|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Winter Star Retreat is a rustic cabin located high in the Black Mountain Range of western North Carolina. The cabin offers a unique, relaxing experience for our guests.
Winter Star Retreat is located on Winter Star Creek in the Cattail Creek Community of Yancey County. We are less than an hour from Asheville NC and about 20 minutes from Burnsville, the county seat of Yancey County. The cabin is at 4200 foot elevation on the west side of the Black Mountain Range, the tallest mountain range east of the Mississippi. It is nestled beside a fast flowing creek that splashes over boulders and through rock pools surrounded by rhododendrons. The cabin is set in a lovely hardwood forest just outside the Pisgah National Forest. The setting is very private and quiet. The only noises you’ll hear are the birds and the creek- which will lull you to sleep each evening!
The cabin has three lovely bedrooms. Two have queen-sized beds and the third has a pair of twin beds. Maximum of six guests please. Two full baths are provided. One, with shower, is en-suite with one of the bedrooms.
Excellent hiking and mountain biking trails begin at the cabin’s doorstep. The trails follow the old logging railroad right-of-way which was used in the early 1900’s. A popular half day hike takes you to the 100 year old Isom Mica Mine. This can be extended to a full day loop hike that ascends to 5600 feet. Both hikes provide spectacular views of the Black Mountains and upper Cane River valley. Other trails connect to the Black Mountain Crest Trail on the top of the range and to Mount Mitchell, at 6684 feet the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
Fly fishing (with NC permit) is just minutes from the cabin as are kayaking, tubing, and rafting on the Nolichucky River (in season).
But best of all, just relax on the spacious deck next to the creek in the hot tub and enjoy the peace and solitude!
NOTE: Winter Star Retreat is an older rustic cabin. The ceilings in some of the rooms are only 6 feet 5 inches high- so if you are over 6 foot 4 this may not be the place for you! Maximum number of guests is six.
The cabin is located on a rough gravel road. The road is not suitable for low ground clearance vehicles such as sports cars. Normal sedans, large and small SUV's, etc. normally will not have any problems negotiating the road. Contact us if you have any concerns.
Even at our remote location we have Internet available for our guests. We also have limited cable TV. A video monitor and DVD/VCR player are provided so bring your favorite movies! Local and long-distance phone service (to the lower 48 states) is provided free of charge. Enjoy the opportunity to really unwind without distractions!
Children must be at least 10 years of age.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS:
Winter Star Retreat is closed for the winter. It's not too early to plan your Spring or Summer getaway to the mountains! Check our calendar for available dates.
Explore the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway for breathtaking views!
Visit Mt. Mitchell State Park to enjoy the 360-degree view that can extend to the Smoky Mountains. Take a short hike and enjoy lunch at the Park's Restaurant (restaurant open May through October).
Visit the famous Biltmore House and Estate, a bit more than an hour away.
My husband and I retired to the western North Carolina mountains in 2005. We enjoy outdoor activities, particularly hiking in the woods and mountains. We both volunteer for the Carolina Mountain Club as trail maintainers, working on the Appalachian Trail, the Mountains to Sea Trail, and many others.
John & Sandy Whitehouse purchased this cabin in 2007
While hiking in the Black Mountains near our home we discovered the cabin which we now call Winter Star Retreat. We were so taken with the cabin and its natural setting on the creek that we immediately contacted the owners and purchased the property. We spent 18 months renovating the cabin and we now want to share it with you!
Winter Star Retreat is very private with no immediate neighbors. The creek is an endless source of wonder with water cascading over rapids and small waterfalls amid rhododendrons. The surrounding hardwood forest is gorgeous with wildflowers in spring and summer. Incredible views of the Black Mountain Range are a short hike away. But most of all we love the quiet and beauty while we enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the creek!
We had a wonderful time at the Winter Star Retreat. The waterfall below the cabin alone is worth the visit. Those interested in hiking should also be satisfied. There are a great variety of easy to all-day hiking trails that are near the cabin. The property is very clean and well-maintained. The owners go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need. I would only recommend you have a vehicle that can handle steep, gravel roads if you plan on visiting the cabin. Especially during wet and cold parts of the season I could imagine people having problems. That being said, they have a four-wheel drive car that you can use to get to the property. Overall, a wonderful place that I highly recommend.
Our stay at Winter Star Retreat was the best experience we have had using Home Away. We go to the NC Mountains several times a year, and always rent cabins through Home Away. This visit tops them all! Our hosts are wonderfully thoughtful and go the extra mile to make sure the guests are comfortable.
The cabin is really cute, and the waterfall is awesome. It rained a lot during our visit, so we didn't get to hike to the mine. We plan to return asap!
We have already told our friends, and they will be planning a stay also.
Words cannot capture the serenity and comfort of the Winter Star Retreat. The cabin is perfectly nestled into a mountain ridge, neighbored only by pristine babbling waterfalls and greenery so lush that you soon forget stress of the modernized world...such a hidden treasure nowadays. The owners are so very attentive, kind, and have thought of every detail from hiking trails, maps, firewood, hot tub towels, ...you name it! Just bring pants , swimsuit, hiking shoes, and a light jacket- it's cooler up in the mountains remember! :)
We left our worries behind, and had a wonderful, romantic getaway. We will definitely be back!
We had a wonderful opportunity to visit a new area in NC due to the govt shutdown of the Smokey Mtn National Park. The Black Mountains are phenomenal and we plan to go back again soon. The cabin is the last one almost to the top of the mountain and it takes a little time to drive up and down, but it was well worth it. The views and sounds of the waterfall were awesome. It was very secluded and quiet. We enjoyed the hot tub and the wood stove. The color change was perfect and we even had sleet one morning. We visited Mt Mitchell, Linville Falls, Blowing Rock, and lots of places in between. We hiked every opportunity we could.
John and Sandy have provided for every comfort. The kitchen was well stocked with little things I forgot to pick up at the store. Preparing meals was easy as they had all the necessary cooking utensils and a cabinet full of spices. The cabin was extremely clean. We decided to stay in the downstairs bedroom closer to the bathrooms rather than staying upstairs in one of the bedrooms up there. The bed was comfortable.
We hope to rent again when the rhododendrons are in bloom.
Our family loved our vacation at the Winter Star Retreat! The cabin is well stocked and very clean. We were blessed to receive 4 inches of snow and enjoyed being "snowed-in" for 4 days. The hiking was amazing and soaking in the hot tub under the stars with the waterfall in the background was breathtaking. We loved the books, games, and puzzles in the cabin library but my favorite part was being secluded and unplugged - no WiFi and no cell service! Instead of wasting all that time with texting and social networking our family really had a chance to relax and connect.
Thank you to our wonderful hosts, Sandy and John, for sharing this spectacular jewel with us!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Three night minimum stay. Rates subject to change. Higher rates may apply during holiday periods. Pets permitted with owner approval. No additional fees for pets. No cleaning fees. Children must be at least 10 years of age.
Check-in is 3 to 6 PM.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.