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Callie Wellendorf

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
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Hot Springs House Rental Photos and Description

Tree tops: 2 BRs, bath, loft with futon, RiverRock: 1 BR, bath, family room

Experience RiverDance with amazing views, natural beauty at its best, and all the comforts of home! Relax in front of the cozy fireplaces in the warmth of the timber frame great room or out on the Carolina porch. Retire in your private quarters, and enjoy breakfast baskets of local Madison County delicacies, Callie and Dave Wellendorf look forward to being your hosts at RiverDance! Here you don't rent the whole house, since we live there full time. You only rent the number of bedrooms you need. Our lower level is handicapped accessible.

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RiverDance Is Much More: Bask in the hot tubs or get a massage in nearby Hot Springs. Raft down the French Broad River. Fish in the rich trout streams. Western North Carolinas is known for its arts and crafts community, visit local craftsmen at work, hike our wandering trails, the Appalachian Trail is 2 miles away and the Laurel River trail is even closer.Wander small towns of Hot Springs, Mars Hill and Marshall or immerse yourself in Asheville (the “Paris of the South”). Take a drive along the 'Blue Ridge Parkway'. Experience the majesty of Madison County, the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”. Or just the perfect place to just 'set a spell' and relax !!

We know privacy is important to many of our guests and we totally understand that sharing the house with us the owners might be a concern. But we have taken many steps to ensure you can have the amount of privacy you desire. Please take a look at the review from a recent guest who had some concerns and ho we were able to meet and exceed their needs.

The Military Couple From Savannah: We are a military couple living in Savannah, GA missing our roots in Pittsburgh, PA and we were looking

to go on a vacation for a week before my husband had to leave for a few months. The vacation was last

minute because of how the military works. We got online and were looking for vacation rentals for the

Smoky Mountains. Three of our Main needs that we wanted were 1.) Privacy 2.) Quiet 3.) Access. Oh and pet accommodating. (our dog Agnes is our only family member) We are hikers, rafters and just up to anything. Callie, Dave, Daniel and their dog Midgie were all very accommodating of our needs.


We were extremely hesitant to go with a rental that we were going to be sharing the space with the

owners. We are constantly around people with our jobs and need some time to get away and get back to

the Mountains! So we were pleasantly surprised with the Privacy that was given to us in the lower level of the house.

Access: On top of privacy and needing a quiet peace of mind place we wanted a location that was not too far

away from attractions or different parks. RiverDance is located just a couple of miles from Hot Springs

with is a quaint little town. It has a few restaurants and the Appalachian trail runs right through it. There

were a large amount of trails that were right around the area. The more you explore the more you find.

Asheville is only about 35 minutes from RiverDance and there is so much to do there if you are not all

about hiking 24/7. Plus there are many little towns located within the mountains that you can stumble

upon while you are out. All and All I will come back to RiverDance because of the Great people that run it

and the location. Callie and her family were so welcoming and willing to help us out with anything that we

needed. This family is so pleasant and aware of your privacy it is a great combination.

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  • smoking allowed
  • children welcome

Callie Wellendorf

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Our journey to the breathtaking mountains of the Carolina's began over a decade ago, and it is a dream come true. It was time to get away from the cold and fast pace of the Mid-West and create our year round Timber Frame home. We live in RiverDance full-time and are looking forward to having you as our guest. The idea from the start was to share RiverDance with others who want to venture out and explore all that Western North Carolina has to offer.

Callie Wellendorf purchased this house in 2006

Rated the #1 bed and breakfast in the Hot Springs area for multiple years. A setting clearly reflected on our website draws guests to our listing. Significant outdoor living space within a setting that speaks of relaxation coupled with opportunities to take advantage of all the outdoor options within close proximity to RiverDance. Privacy and spacious accommodation's. Hot tub overlooking the gorge on its own attractive deck space. Not only your own suite level, but a whole middle layer of the house for you to enjoy. Continental breakfast each morning. Inviting hospitality. An experience you will not want to miss.

Relaxing environment, views that inspire, inviting and private personal living space on your own suite level, outdoor adventure, close distance to the hot springs, area rich in artistic talent, blend of the best parts of a B&B and vacation rental. This is our full time home making hospitality a key part of your stay.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
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Property Reviews

42 Reviews Write a Review
Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews
Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
Hot Springs Asheville Area
Midland, MI

Mountain Vacation with At-Home Feel

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
I was looking for a vacation rental from which my son and I could explore the Smoky Mountains. Because he's autistic, it was important to find a home where he would be comfortable. Within 10 minutes of our arrival, he was sprawled on the couch like he'd lived there his whole life.

If you seek a party pad with a lot of nightlife, this ain't it.

But if you seek a peaceful mountain home from which to base your adventures and feel as if you're part owner, you owe it to yourself and your companions to investigate RiverDance.

Mountain views from nearly every window, a cliff-top view of the river far below, privacy when you want it and a family atmosphere when you don't. Funny thing about the river - while RiverDance is perched 300ft. above, the canyon's shape carries the sound of rippling water through your window.

Weather was too chilly for us to enjoy the deck and Carolina Porch (early April), but both are extremely inviting and I'm sure much time could be spent there from late spring into late fall.

While Bear River Lodge is considered a residential development, on the 1/2-mile-long drive up the mountain you only pass a few other homes.

I heartily recommend this vacation rental to:

1. Those who wish to explore backcountry adventures like hiking, paddling, fishing, bicycling, sight-seeing, etc. We hiked on the Appalachian Trail, visited Smoky Mtns. National Park, climbed Mt. Mitchell, NC (highest peak east of the Mississippi) and Clingman's Dome (2nd highest peak).

2. Couples/Families who wish to divide and conquer - one element into the woods/streams/mountains to play, while the other hunts for antiques or enjoys the cultural diversity of Asheville, just 30 minutes away.

3. Those who take a vacation for relaxation. A lot of books could be read on/near the porch/deck/fireplace, etc.

RiverDance is not a vacation rental slapped together as an investment opportunity. This is a beautiful, well-designed home built for the long haul by a wonderful couple who enjoy sharing their home with those who cherish mountain life as much as they do.

We will return and I've already recommended a stay at RiverDance to several close friends and family members.

BTW - I've rented vacation homes in three other locales throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hand's down, RiverDance was the most enjoyable and most memorable.

Happy Trails!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: We thoroughly enjoyed having Dennis and Tucker stay with us. RiverDance is very adaptable, whether you want one, two or three bedrooms. Whether you would like us to act as your on-site concierge to help connect you with all the activities our little piece of the mountains provides. We are handicapped accessible and offer either a completely private vacation experience or, if you desire, interractions with other guests, the owners and the house puppy.
Helpful votes: 9/9
Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
Hot Springs Asheville Area

Valentine's Getaway

Valentine's Getaway
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
When we stumbled across this listing while we were planning our Valentine's Getaway, we felt like we'd found something great.

But once we got there, we were completely blown away by the beauty of the scenery and of the home as well.

Callie and Dave were the perfect hosts! They were caring enough to provide breakfast and give us advice as to which trails had the best views, as well as which areas had the most potential for exploring. Not to mention, they stayed in contact with us the entire time before arriving, making us feel welcomed.

We'd highly recommend staying in the downstairs, as you have some privacy, but still feel connected.

All this is available for an affordable price, making this the ideal weekend getaway.

Plus, there is a hot tub with an incredible view of the mountains and the stars.
Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
Hot Springs Asheville Area

Truly a "Treasure"!

Truly a "Treasure"!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
Staying at RiverDance for the first time is like finding “buried treasure” in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, and once you have been there, you want to go back again and again. The view from the porches overlooking the mountains, canyon, and river are truly spectacular and RiverDance has the rockers, over-stuffed chairs, and porch swing to help you experience its sunrises, sunsets, and changing cloud patterns. The two suites – Tree Tops and River Rock – are spacious, clean and tastefully decorated with countless details to provide a warm and relaxing atmosphere, at a modest price that is unbelievable for the quality. The fact that there are only two suites insures that guests are NOT lost in the crowd as in larger B&B’s, and yet, you can be completely private and alone if you prefer. What makes RiverDance stand out however are the warm, relaxed and fun personalities of its owners. Whatever you want, or whatever you need, is their priority while you stay with them and their genuine desire is to make your experience at RiverDance the best it can be. They are well informed about the best restaurants, hiking trails, area recreation, and driving directions and readily share their knowledge, maps, and pamphlets when asked. It is a wonderful, warm place to get away from the busyness of jobs and schedules, to be refreshed and renewed – whether by hiking, fishing, zip lining, rafting, or just enjoying the views from the hot tub or the wrap-around porch with its giant fireplace.
Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
Hot Springs Asheville Area

SO Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We just spent the most relaxing weekend we've had in some time at River Dance! Dave and Callie have created an incredible Bed & Breakfast with an amazing view! It is so easy to relax as you sit on one of the beautiful porches and admire the view, sit beside the outdoor fireplace and become mesmerized in the flames, soak in the hot tub while looking out over the mountains, rock in one of the rocking chairs while listening to the sounds of nature and the babbling stream below, or simply resting in your room looking out the windows at the incredible scenic view. Callie and Dave frequently checked to make sure we had everything we needed, offered their kitchen and grill for our use, and made great recommendations for activities and restaurants in the area. It was a great place to get away from the business of our everyday lives and still have easy access to Hot Springs, hiking trails and rafting. We can't wait to go back again!
Mark & Carla
Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
Hot Springs Asheville Area

Restful Family Time

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
When I made reservations for a brief family trip to the NC mountains to ensure we had some solid family time before taking our eldest child to West Point to begin her college and Army journey, I had no idea that we would return home with the sense that we had been personal guests of the Wellendorfs. Their hospitality was so natural and their home so thoughtfully appointed to accommodate multiple guests, including our family of five, we felt completely at ease. Whether being lulled to sleep in our loft suite by the sounds of the river far below, watching the fog gradually lift over the mountains while sipping hot coffee in the morning, or cooking after a long day of adventure, sharing food and conversation with them around their dining room table, it was a vacation to remember.

Some features of the home and aspects of the visit that made it particularly wonderful for our family included the private space with two bedrooms and sitting room with TV and movies (perfect for downtime for our teenagers); the magnificent location overlooking the river and in a neighborhood with enough roads and trails to make out-the-door walks and runs possible; the close proximity to our rafting and zip-lining activities; the use of the washer and dryer; the simple but tasty pastries, cereals, breads, yogurt, fruits, berries, and coffee each morning – timed with consideration for each guest’s planned activities; and , most wonderfully, the company and companionship of Callie and Dave. We hope to return again someday.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Asheville NC
Car: necessary

Vacation in Madison County, the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge', two miles from the Appalachian Trail and the quaint spa town of Hot Springs. History is alive in Madison County! Whether it's arts and crafts that interest you, outdoor sports, agri-tourism complete with u-pick and teaching farms, or you're simply looking for a place to completely get away from it all, consider visiting us in Madison County for your next excursion.

Rolling hills, green as an Irish landscape or painted in lovely shades of ochre and beige in winter, rugged mountains ringing the horizon, successive switchbacks on mountains ascents and descents, cows grazing on steep mountain pastures, farms and tobacco barns tucked into folds of the landscape. Located just 30 minutes from Asheville, one can go from wildly dramatic scenery to pastoral peace simply by turning a corner.

The calendar you will see on this HomeAway site is up to date. Do feel free to give us a call at 847-809-3098 with any questions.

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Availability & Rates

Hot Springs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per person
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Year Round
Jan 1 2014 - Jan 1 2015
1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $30.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.75%
Notes Deposit of half of the rental price is required to hold your room(s) and need to be received two weeks in advance.We can accept credit cards.. We also accept personal checks..
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Hot Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tiled Stove
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • RiverRock - toilet , shower
    TreeTops - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • RiverRock - 1 queen
    TreeTops 1 - 1 queen
    Tree Tops 2 - 2 queen
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • smoking allowed ...
  • children welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • arboretum
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • library
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
Since RiverDance is a vacation rental with a difference, we do not use the HomeAway availability calendar. For availability information please inquire for a link to our website.
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