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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
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
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.
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.
In our 10 years of reunions, this was the best. We usually have to worry about the # of beds, not at the lodge. The property was very clean and well kept and you could tell the owner was involved closely with the whole process. We could not have asked for a better place, and I'm sure we will return again.
ETSU Reunion Randy Forshee
We have used the Great Escape Lodge for over a decade, bringing a group of teenage boys. The facility sets up perfectly for a group and is always a perfect place to stay. The owner, is exceptionally easy to work with and beyond accommodating. I would highly recommend using the Great Escape Lodge.
we had a super time.owner was great!
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.
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.
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.
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