Capture the Sunset. Relax on the deck with a drink and your loved ones while watching the sun set behind the beautiful Carolina mountains. Spend your vacation in this spacious house on the side of Sunset Mountain, overlooking Asheville. We are 3 minutes from Asheville, 10 minutes from The Biltmore Estate, 4 minutes from The Grove Park Inn and all that Asheville has to offer. This home will accommodate a large party without feeling cramped. It has an abundance of off-street parking, is very private (yet close) and is located on the original carriage road from Grove Park Inn to the Seeley Castle. Seeley Castle is just across the street and is the castle that Fred Seeley (E.W. Grove's son-in-law) built after he finished construction on the Grove Park Inn.
Discounts: Be sure to check our discounts listed in the rates section. We offer discounts to our incredible public servants as a way of saying 'thank you'.
Things to do: Downhill skiing,Cross Country Skiing, Spelunking, Hiking, Golf, Shopping and Racquetball. Fully equipped kitchen with eat in table and breakfast bar. 8 person hot tub located on lower level and enclosed in gondola for protection and child safety. HBO,Showtime, and more available. Garage: The upper garage is available for use. The lower garage is used for storage. Huge amount of off street parking. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ( sorry not class A). Wood Fireplace: cozy fireplace in lower master suite/ firewood is provided.)
Why this house!: New on the vacation rental market. We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than in Asheville. This has been our home for the past 9 years, but with all of our children grown and gone we no longer need the space and are moving into a somewhat smaller house. We plan to travel some and having a smaller house to care for on a routine basis will work better for our situation.
Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and will certainly miss the convenience. It will however make a great vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces, many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever. Please enjoy!
Additional Information: We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience.
Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has views, is very spacious and convenient. The house was bought to live in and recently converted to a vacation rental. There are 4 ski areas close by, on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn( don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants.
Dogs welcome.This reminds me of an old joke that goes like this: A man wrote to a small hotel he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote 'I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to let me keep him in the room with me at night. An immediate reply came from the hotel owner who wrote: SIR: ' I have been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time I have never a dog steal towels, bed sheets, pillows, silverware or pictures off of the walls. I have never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. I have never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed your dog is welcome at my hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you are welcome to stay here too.'