John or Kay Warthman

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Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms6
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HUGE COMFORTABLE LOG HOME IN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS!

Beech Mountain House Rental Photos and Description

House, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 26-35)

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW! PLANNING A FAMILY REUNION OR GROUP RETREAT FOR THIS YEAR? GET YOUR CHOICE OF DATES BEFORE THEY'RE GONE.

The perfect place for your Summer, Fall or ski season getaway. Enjoy the unhurried pace and cool temperatures during our off season or the winter wonderland that is Beech Mountain during ski season. The town of Beech Mountain is the highest city east of the Mississippi River. Ideal for business and church retreats as well as family reunions or even just time with friends.

4900+ square foot log home in moderately wooded setting located only .9 miles from Beech Mountain Club recreational facilities and 1.9 miles from Ski Beech entrance.

Home's exterior is fieldstone and cedar shake. The Lodge's interior, which is almost exclusively wood, creates rustic atmosphere with modern conveniences. Wood beamed ceilings throughout. Many of the walls are 16'-24' thick hand-hewn logs. Interior materials are recycled from 139 year-old grist mill located in Chatam, Virginia; the 131 year-old Reedy Fork Mill formerly outside Winston-Salem, NC; and, a barn of unknown age and origin.

Living room, dining room, and kitchen floors are hardwood (area rug covers almost all of living room); all halls and bedrooms are carpeted with 62 ounce (62 oz) carpet over eight pound (8 lb) pad; baths are ceramic tiled.

Large living room with over-sized woodburning fireplace (firewood provided). Dining room is 10' x 35' and seats 30 at one sitting. Kitchen has flat-surface stovetop, separate flat-surfaced, 5-burner stove with self-cleaning oven, combination microwave/range hood and two GE refrigerators. Wood deck is 18' x 18' with perimeter bench seating and over-sized commercial gas grill. Ten bedrooms contain 17 full-size beds and 3 queen-size beds, three adult-size bunk beds as well as a queen-size and single size sofa beds.

TV room has 40' flat panel TV with digital cable service, high-speed broadband internet access, VCR/DVD player and surround sound system as well as a queen-size sleeper sofa, which may be used as eleventh bedroom. Third floor hallway has foyer with large window seat, sofa, and 40' flat panel TV with digital cable service and PS3.

Off-street parking for up to eleven or twelve vehicles. SORRY, BUT NO PETS PERMITTED.

Keywords: Huge, Log Home, on ski hill, NC mountains

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • smoking allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
John or Kay Warthman (Owner)
Advertiser since 2002
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About John or Kay Warthman

The Warthman Family-Kay, John, Jonathan, Josh and his wife, Natalie- own the Lodge. Kay is a long-ago retired nurse, who devoted her time to parenting and now focuses on church related activities. John is a retired real estate property management exec., who oversaw management of 17,000+ apartments, 3,800+ condominiums, 1 million+ square feet of office space and a number of home owner associations in a 30+ year career. Today, he is an instructor and speaker for a number of professional real estate organizations, which allows him to travel widely in both the U.S. and overseas doing professional credentialing courses.

John or Kay Warthman purchased this house in 1979

Why John or Kay Warthman chose Beech Mountain

We bought this home when we lived in Charlotte and our oldest son was just a baby. We had visited the mountains during the summer and fell in love with Beech Mountain. A subsequent ski trip further cemented that feeling. John became aware of the Lodge itself while buying a pair of ski boots in Charlotte. During his preschool years and the summers of his first school years, he lived with his grandparents who lived in 5-bedroom converted stone barn. The Lodge reminded him of those wonderful childhood memories. Because he was in real estate development and management, he thought he could buy it, refurbish it, expand it and add a stone facade to the majority of the house. With the help of his brother Bob, who was a contractor, and some of his talented employees, he worked on the Lodge during weekends for 8 months to bring his vision to fruition.

Initially, we thought that the Lodge would best be operated as a bed and breakfast, but quickly found that the most requests were to rent the entire house by larger groups. So, in our second year of ownership, we converted to whole house rental. In the mid-80's, we moved to Atlanta, where we still reside. So, for a long time now, we've been unable to enjoy the Lodge and its peaceful setting as much as we'd like. Over the 30+ years we've owned and operated the Lodge, we've been privileged to serve many families and groups. Many of them have returned again and again causing us to think of them as extended family. So, we derive pleasure from the enjoyment they experience as well as the relationships we've formed over the years.

What makes this house unique

The setting of the Lodge combined with materials contained within it just give us the feeling of living in another, less hurried, time. However, we still have access to the Beech Mountain Club with its Olympic pool, first-class tennis facilities, breathtaking golf course with views of 3 states and excellent dining. And, it's close by to the Beech Mountain Resort ski slopes. We think it's the perfect combination of yesteryear atmosphere combined with many modern conveniences.

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Sleeps35
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Reviews

4.8
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
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Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p16269vb
(770) 621-9400 (Georgia, USA)
Beech Mountain High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Where do you live?
5

super place for a vacation

  • 5 of 5
we had a super time.owner was great!
  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for both your patronage and kind comments. We'll hope to be of service to you and your family again in the future! john w.
business
Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p16269vb
(770) 621-9400 (Georgia, USA)
Beech Mountain High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Fort Myers, FL
5

Great place to bring the family for memories!!!

  • 5 of 5
This was our family's second visit and was not disappointed. We were blessed again with the owner being available, helpful, generous, and is a great example of a HOST. Our family of 26 arrived to enjoy the New Year. When we got there, it was clean, wood outside for the fireplace, and within minutes the kids were running, and playing "Hide n Seek". Every room was unique, with most bedrooms having their bathrooms. The kitchen has all one needs to cook, bake, and prepare needed meals for ones family or group. There is an island, adequate refrigerators, stoves, and shelves. It was a good hang out. The dining room is perfect for the family to serve either buffet or family style. After clean up, a great game room. There is also a piano, and I loved hearing our granddaughters play their favorite songs. Music is healing and brings smiles. The TV room is cozy, and in a perfect location. From the patio doors one sees wildlife so keep your eyes open. We feel so blessed to have found this place, and we have hopes to go up for another visit sometime in the future. If you are planning a trip, this is a good choice.
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your ongoing patronage as well as your kind comments. It was a pleasure to have you as returning clients and would be our pleasure to again be of service to you and your family in the future. Until then, john w.
business
Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p16269vb
(770) 621-9400 (Georgia, USA)
Beech Mountain High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Salt Lake City, UT
5

Wonderful rustic home

  • 5 of 5
The Great Escape Lodge is a charming, rustic home in a beautiful, quiet area on Beech Mountain.

We needed to house a large group of people, and the lodge was perfect for us. We had 31 people sleeping comfortably there (young families with children), and we were feeding 45 at every meal. The dining room is perfect for feeding a large group, and the kitchen, although it seems small, held all the food we needed for the 4 days we were there. It has 2 fridges, 2 stoves, and a large amount of shelf space for storage.

The owner was extremely responsive before, during, and after our trip to any needs that we had. The home is fairly old, but the owner maintains it well. We were not inconvenienced in any way, as the owner let us know what maintenance items were being resolved before we came.

We enjoyed our stay and recommend it to anyone who wants to house a large group of people under one roof. The owner is also acquainted with at least two other home renters within a few homes away from his home to allow for an even larger group to comfortably stay.
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Lisa, thanks for your family's patronage as well as your kind comments. It would be our privilege and pleasure to again be of service to you and your family should the occasion arise. You'd then have the opportunity to see the numerous improvements made since your recent stay. Thanks again, john w.
business
Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p16269vb
(770) 621-9400 (Georgia, USA)
Beech Mountain High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Garner, NC (Wake County), USA
5

Wonderful Vacation Retreat

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 12 adults, 3 teenagers, and 1 baby had a wonderful time at the Great Escape Lodge for the week. The spaciousness is unbelievable. You would think with 15 people it might be a bit crowded, but that certainly was not the case - in fact, sometimes we wondered where everybody was when we were all at home! If you are looking for a new, modern, cookie-cutter box of a place, this is not it. It is much better, with its own character. (I had some concern when we first drove up about the size, but that was quickly dispelled as I have noted earlier in this review). It had its quirks, but nothing detracted from our good time. John was very pleasant to talk to (he will call you after your arrival to make sure all is in order and to welcome you - a very nice touch!). [Example: sometime before our arrival, lightning struck the main floor TV, frying it. The 3d floor TV was temporarily moved to the main floor. While we were there, John planned on making a trip from Atlanta (what, 5-6 hours or more one way?) just to bring a replacement. That is what we felt was concern and service.] Finally, John's handling of the rental details - from how to get there to what to do when leaving, and everything in between was very professional and complete. I don't think there was anything that could be considered a "grey" area. We would not hesitate to use this house on any future trips, not do I have any problem with unreservedly recommending it to anyone needed a large place. THANK YOU, WARTHMANS.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi again, folks. Thanks for your group's patronage as well as your very kind comments. It would be our privilege and pleasure to again be of service to you and your family should the opportunity arise. You'd then have the opportunity to see a number of improvements made since your recent stay. Or, as I mentioned in another response, you might visit our website at www.greatescapelodge.com and click on the video button after this November. We hope to have an updated video tour illustrating them at that time. Thanks again, john w.
business
Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p16269vb
(770) 621-9400 (Georgia, USA)
Beech Mountain High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
4

GFI Family Fun & Fellowship

GFI Family Fun & Fellowship
  • 4 of 5
Our family, along w/ 3 other families of friends (w/ a total of 24) enjoyed the Great Escape Lodge immensely during the holiday week of July 4th.
You'll find that it has rustic charm befitting of a mountain ski lodge, and is group and child-friendly. It is very spacious and user-friendly. Our group felt relaxed and comfortable. It does not have a modern or refined or recently remodeled look if that is what you are wanting. All of the rooms are spacious w/ exception of the kitchen (large enough for 3-4 cooks/preparers) and the restrooms (but there are 6 so they were easily sufficient).
The owner is very responsive, kind, and helpful. The Lodge did have a number of maintenance issues during our stay - because it is an old log home, but mostly due to an unusual period of very strong rains daily. Yet again, John was helpful in addressing these concerns to the best of his ability.
The immediate area is very beautiful. I strongy recommend hiking from the cabin where you can stay on the roads or take one of the trails thru the ravines and along the flowing streams. We managed to make some very exciting adventures getting down the mountain and following paths along the stream (beautiful waterfalls) that was flowing at full force due to daily rains.
If you want other local siteseeing w/in an hours drive is the beautiful Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls.
Our family, and those we vacationed with, would desire to stay at this property again. We wish you the best in your vacationing plans.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Richard, thanks for your group's patronage as well as your kind comments. I'm sorry you experienced the poor (constantly raining weather) you did while there and appreciate your understanding and patience during your stay. It would be our privilege and pleasure to again be of service to you and your group should you again be in the area. You'd then have the opportunity to see the numerous improvements made since your stay. Or, you might visit our website at www.greatescapelodge.com and click on the video button after this November. We hope to have an updated video tour illustrating them at that time. Thanks again, john w.
business
Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p16269vb
(770) 621-9400 (Georgia, USA)
Beech Mountain High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
mich
5

The GREAT ESCAPE LODGE!!!

  • 5 of 5
My girlfriend and I started this adventure 6 months prior to our actual vacation, us and her family living in Michigan, and most of my friends and family residing in Florida. We started with a number of loved ones we wanted to invite on our great North Carolina vacation, we had a total of 24 people and the idea we would find someplace in the middle to meet. We had quite a hard time finding one house that could accomadate such a number, we even debated renting two houses in the same vicinity. Then six weeks into our search we found it, " That's the one! ", we both said almost in unison. We had stumbled upon a link to the Great Escape Lodge, we did our research and realized there was plenty to do within an hour of the lodge. Such as: zip lining, white water rafting, Linville Falls, Linville Caverns, entry to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grand Father Mountain, fishing, lots of golfing, and plenty of local tourist shopping. By the time we arrived we had 4 families and 18 pe le total. The lodge was perfect, it was exactly as described in the web sites, clean, well maintained, the owner is a really nice, helpful man who will not accept being called Mr. W-, but insists on being called by his first name. I would suggest anyone with large vacation plans (group wise), to seriously consider the Great Escape Lodge as your vacation home! It was really nice to not have 17 people hiding in their rooms, or feeling like your on top of one another. We had 17 vacationers, everyone had different agendas, and time frames, and we somehow had too much room! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE MEMORIES, Mr. J.W.!
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your patronage as well as the kind words, Michelle. It was a pleasure to host you, Josh and your families. We'll hope to have the opportunity to do so again sometime in the future. john w.

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tri-Cities Tennessee
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Beech Mountain Resort
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Beech Mountain Club
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Various
Car: necessary

4900+ square foot log home in densely wooded setting located only .9 miles from Beech Mountain Club recreational facilities and 1.8 miles from Ski Beech entrance.

Other Activities: Downhill/Alpine Skiing, # Wildlife Viewing, rock climbing, basketball, horseshoes, kayaking, mini golf, boating, cross country skiing, snowboarding

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Beech Mountain House Rental Rates

Notes

  • From $975/wknd & up - $1,875/wk & up
  • US Dollars
  • 2013 Non-Ski Season .. $975/weekend & up.. $1,875/week & up
  • Off-season rates based on group sizes of up to maximum of 25 people
  • 2012-2013 Ski Season ...... $2275/weekend & up (Friday-Sunday)
  • Ski weekend rates based on group sizes of up to 30
  • 2012-2013 Ski Season ...... $1675/midweek & up (Monday-Friday)
  • Midweek rates based on group sizes of up to 25 people
  • All rates are exclusive of sales tax.
  • E-mail or call for Holiday rates which may vary significantly

Amenities

Amenities

Beech Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Mountain
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 30 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1 of 2 located on main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , 2nd of 2 located on main floor has claw-footed tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground floor bath for two bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor hall bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor private bath for bedroom #6
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Third floor hall bath with shower only
  • Ceramic-tiled floors with 1x8 clear-finished pine walls.
Bedrooms:
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , Main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Ground floor with adult-sized bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 1st of 4 second floor bedrooms
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , 2nd of 4 second floor bedrooms
    Bedroom 6 - 2 double , 3rd of 4 second floor bedrooms. Has private bathroom.
    Bedroom 7 - 2 double , 4th of 4 second floor bedrooms
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , 2 double , 1st of 3 third floor bedrooms. Has loft bed with ladder.
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , 2 double , 2nd of 3 third floor bedrooms with loft bed
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , 2 double , 3rd of 3 third floor bedrooms with loft bed
    Bedroom 11 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , TV room with queen-size sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Ground floor-Adult-sized bunk bed & single bed sleeper sofa
  • Seventeen full-size beds, Baby Cribs (1), one queen-size sofa bed in TV room plus one single-size sofa bed in ground floor bedroom, Bunk Beds-3 Adult-size
Entertainment:
  • VCR
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • smoking allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • theme parks
  • cinemas
  • autumn foliage
  • recreation center
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • sledding
  • miniature golf
  • antiquing
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • horseshoes
  • boating
  • walking
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • ice skating
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • ski privileges optional
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • cross country skiing
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • skiing
  • basketball court
  • sailing
Notes:
All cooking Utensils/ Plates/Silverware/Glassware/barware provided. Beech Mountain Club Guest Privileges (Heated Olympic pool, 18-hole golf course with views of three states, tennis courts, activities, etc, - fees apply), Access to new 22, 000 s, f, Beech Mountain Activity Center - fees apply), Town of Beech Mountain water and sewer.