A COUNTRY ESCAPE MINUTES FROM THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT THE BILTMORE ESTATE!

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Gayle Wurthner

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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A COUNTRY ESCAPE MINUTES FROM THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT THE BILTMORE ESTATE!

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QUEEN bed, QUEEN sofa bed, SINGLE chair bed, 2nd private BR above w/sofa bed.

Re-FOCUS COTTAGE is over the meadow and through the woods, but this is no grandma’s house and it is only 7 miles to downtown Asheville! VRBO 387785 is an elegant, uncluttered contemporary studio-style get-away on SPECTACULARLY LANDSCAPED GROUNDS and ample levels of hardwood decking invite you to gaze over it in style. Whether you are a city mouse or country mouse, an executive, teacher, doctor, writer, artist, dreamer, mountain lover, fly-fisherman or culture vulture this art-filled cottage is an inspired and inspiring retreat. Ideal for one person or a couple but suitable for four or more with a queen futon sofa/bed (mattress quality), a convertible and very comfortable chair bed and a blow up mattress option PLUS another sofa bed above, in a SECOND BEDROOM privately accessed from the outside decking with a lovely view of its own.

Please call if you'd like to use the property for an EVENT such as a birthday, small outdoor wedding, anniversary, reunion...

Chic and sophisticated, here is a clapboard cottage that is comfortable and cozy without being cluttered with cute. Its open floor plan features a cathedral ceiling and large windows framing woods, sky and meadow.

Come for a season. Stay for a year.

NEED AN EVENT VENUE? - think about our FOUR ACRES, our meadow, creek, promenade of pines, glen, pavilion and large fire pit, boccie ball, horse shoes... ideal and full of photo ops. (For our other listing, please SEE VRBO 482027, a 3BR, 1 1/2 BATH option with a garage. Because these properties are directly across the street from each other, the two rentals together (see VRBO 482027) make it perfect for a reunion, a birthday gathering, a small wedding, graduation or anniversary and call me for the catering options...

Write a best seller here. Compose a modern symphony. Or just drive 6 minutes to downtown Asheville for GREAT FOOD - Indian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, South American, Mexican, Thai, Spanish tapas, French, Continental, vegan... Within 2 miles of your cottage is AMBROZIA - fantastic new local Bar + Bistro (chef originally from Albuquerque New Mexico) with an ever-changing southern influenced menu of creative small plates and magnificent farm to table meals. For great pizza, calzones and local beer... Marcos is also in the neighborhood. We have GREAT, often daring THEATER at NC Stage Company and several larger venues with popular presentations. Tour the largest privately owned home in America, the famed French Chateau the BILTMORE ESTATE built by the Vanderbilts on grounds of unparalleled beauty any time of year. When the LEAVES are changing or the rhododendrons and azaleas BLOOMING our vistas are breathtaking.

WANT TO SHOP? Only a short drive to downtown provides a walk-able shopping experience, an alternative to the mall (which of course we also have). There are too many to mention, but our galleries, The Blue Spiral, Haen Gallery, The New Morning Gallery exhibit brilliance and originality. The Highland Craft Guild and the Folk Art Center display the best Appalachian crafts. WANT ART WITH YOUR BEER? Repeatedly named BEER CITY USA, Asheville boasts 20+ craft breweries and at the RIVER ARTS DISTRICT fine art meets fine beers while you stroll in and out of working artists studios, meeting the artists while they are creating unique pottery and paintings.

WANT TO DRESS UP? The Grove Park Inn hosts events worthy of your finest and it is ONLY A FIVE MINUTE DRIVE from your cottage! It's Ballroom Dance contest draws international visitors. WANT TO DRESS UP DIFFERENTLY? Attend a festival or bar hop. Our MUSIC VENUE'S are varied and fun. Rolling Stone has named THE ORANGE PEEL one of the top five music venues in AMERICA, just to mention one. I recently attended the symphony and found it exhilarating, particularly followed by some late night local blues, jazz or fusion...

WANT TO LAUGH? There are funny people everywhere, but particularly on the La Zoom Comedy bus tour.

WANT EXERCISE? Hiking, biking, fly-fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, zip-lining... golf. Donald Ross designed four of our GOLF COURSES. Grove Park Inn's Links is only 5 minutes away which houses a FIVE STAR SPA for relaxing in style afterwards. A short drive to SHOJI JAPANESE SPA provides a more remote-feeling to your soak. Here you can get a massage and then enjoy breathtaking vistas from private tubs over-looking the Smoky Mountains.

Back to BEER... take the BREWS CRUISE on a pedal assist electric bike. If wine is your beverage of choice, visit the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar - a library filled with books old and new, where wine is poured in intimate lounges among the stacks.

TIRED OF RUNNING AROUND ON VACATION? Your kitchen is fully loaded with granite counter tops and herbs right outside your door. Let the birds wake you or the insects sing you to sleep. STAR GAZE through the generous breadth of windows and sky light. Stars here don't compete with street lights. Roast marshmallows in the meadow's fire-pit. Grill outside beneath the sky. Enjoy boccie ball and horseshoes or waste some time reading and sunning on the deck.

Walk down into the park-like meadow and sway in one of the hammocks under trees whispering alongside the CREEK. Bring your Nook or even a real book (these are like connected blogs typed onto bound paper). Enjoy the evening by the fire pit and walk the woods on the property. PROMENADE the pine corridor, amble in the glen or walk the wooded path above the cottage where nut hatches rustle in the fallen leaves and the woodpecker types away in Morse-code.

Rest on a stone bench in a contemplative spot of garden and shut off your phone to hear an old fashioned kind of twitter. Spin in the sky chair under a one hundred and fifty year old maple and feel like a kid again.

Soak in your claw foot bath tub after a bike ride or day hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, then curl up under a down duvet on soft linens and turn on the heated mattress on your side. Hardwood floors. Spotlessly clean. Large HD flat screen, cable and high speed internet. Wi Fi.

This place offers the best of both worlds - On FOUR ACRES in a safe eclectic neighborhood provides a remote country retreat minutes to a cultural excursion in the PARIS OF THE SOUTH - Asheville.

Visitors to Re-FOCUS COTTAGE include lady bugs, chattering squirrels and chip monks, wild turkeys, a blue heron, crow, wood-peckers, jays, finches and an occasional furry fox, possum or raccoon. And of course, you. Bring your camera.

Keywords: Sophisticated contemporary cottage, pastoral, country, loft-like, open studio floor plan, mountain view, meadow, wooded, scenic romantic get away, inspired location, unique design, clean, comfortable artist or writer's retreat, accessable, close to downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grove Park Inn with its GINGER BREAD HOUSE display this time of year, the Biltmore Estate with its CANDLE LIGHT TOUR this time of year, biking, hiking, fly-fishing, great dining, scenic views, craft, micro-breweries, wine, crafts, Appalachian trail, lake walk nearby, bird watching, holiday destination, hand-made crafts, THE BEST SHOPPING, concerts, theater, entertainment variety, arboretum, river walks, studio crawls, art galleries, craft fairs, festivals, dance venues, conference destination, spas, health clubs, vegan options, locally grown food in restaurants, wine bars, winery, fall color, SPRING COLOR, mountain WALKS or HIKES or BIKE RIDES, fully stocked kitchen for dining in, cathedral ceiling, light, airy generous windows, new appliances, soft cotton linens, new heated bed, down duvet comforter, sleeps 2-4, soaking tub, rain head shower, Wi-Fi.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

Gayle Wurthner

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Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon - quite a few years ago as a painter, I have had many creative occupations including theater, film and teaching. A strong desire to share the property that my husband and I have sculpted together for 15 years has led to converting my free standing art studio to Rack Focus Rental Cottage. We love to travel and recognize that this is our favorite destination. Home.

Gayle Wurthner purchased this cottage in 2011

Designed and built as an artist's studio, it has evolved to a guest house for our many visitors, seasonal guests or long term tenants.

This is a calm, restorative, inspiring, unpretentious place. All who visit want to stay. Read in a hammock. Build a fire in the meadow or a dam in the creek. See stars you've forgotten from your skylights and many windows. Have a wine on the deck. Or a nap.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Property Reviews

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A country escape minutes from the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Biltmore Estate!
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
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A country escape minutes from the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Biltmore Estate!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p387785vb
828 230-9697
Asheville Asheville Area
5

Week Getaway

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We enjoyed our stay at this property, the grounds were perfect for us. We took advantage of the meadow, creek, firepit, and decks. The kitchen is perfect for staying in and making meals, and if not you are only 15min away from downtown. The only thing that is not mentioned on this is that the house is located 10 feet away from the owners house. This caused no issues and the owners are very nice and respect your privacy, but it was a little surprising when we pulled up. Again we recommend this location and would go back.
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! We would love to have you as guests again. Best, Gayle
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A country escape minutes from the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Biltmore Estate!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p387785vb
828 230-9697
Asheville Asheville Area
5

Incredible stay at an incredible cottage

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
A friend of mine and I had a fantastic weekend at Rack Focus. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the cottage was decorated. We stayed in and cooked. We had everything we needed and more. The surroundings are peaceful and serene. My friend was writing the entire weekend and I read. Whether you want to stay in and retreat from the world or get out and see Ashville ,this is a top notch place to stay. I will definitely be back!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. It means everything to our business. See you again soon I hope. I love returning guests. GAyle
business
A country escape minutes from the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Biltmore Estate!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p387785vb
828 230-9697
Asheville Asheville Area
5

A beautiful getaway and fantastic owners. Perfect for our anniversary!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
The listing description nor my words will ever be able to accurately describe this beautiful, peaceful cottage. It's close to downtown Asheville and The Biltmore House. The cottage was immaculate with everything needed to spend a weekend. Only wish we could have spent more time there! We only used the main cottage, but there is a separate upstairs which could be used for a teenager or young adult traveling with you. The shower is fabulous, warm and great pressure. Be sure to eat at Modesto downtown near the Grove Arcade and also at Ambrozia just down the street from the cottage. Both owned by the same chef and very good. Also, don't miss a visit to the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade downtown. Thousands of books in nooks and crannies with leather sofas and reading areas. All of these were recommended by Gayle, the cottage owner and we were not disappointed. We have traveled to Asheville many times and missed all of these spots, so we were thankful for such a great host who knows what her visitors like! Don't miss this cottage. Once you visit, you just know you'll be back!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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A country escape minutes from the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Biltmore Estate!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p387785vb
828 230-9697
Asheville Asheville Area
Trumbull, CT
5

Our family loved the cottage!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
Rack Focus is an amazing cottage so close to everything and still feels worlds away. Our two young sons absolutely loved the property. They ran, explored and laughed like little boys should. The cottage is immaculate. The artwork is amazing. And the hosts are just wonderful. Your every need is met and you can truly relax and enjoy your stay. Our family will be back on our next visit to Asheville!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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A country escape minutes from the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Biltmore Estate!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p387785vb
828 230-9697
Asheville Asheville Area
Wilmington, Delaware
5

Great Place To Relax and Take in all That Asheville Has to Offer!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
My wife and I decided to spend a weekend in Asheville to visit some friends and just relax. The pics online were great.. along with the reviews... so we gave it a 3 night go. Boy were we glad we did! The cottage was even more beautiful in person and our stay could not have been more comfortable. From the beautiful grounds, the meticulously decorated rooms... to the extremely soft bed... everything combined to make our stay great. Sure beats a hotel by a mile...We will be back for sure!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Asheville Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
240
Nearest Beach
43 Miles
Lake Lure
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Marcos. Avenue M, Ambrosia
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Wolf Ridge- Mars Hill,Cataloochee in Maggie Valley
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Grove Park Inn
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Marco's Pizza, Ambrozia, Avenue M

GREAT park like property with woods, meadow and creek and minutes to the best hiking in the country - the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Blue Ridge Mountains. Just FOUR MILES to downtown Asheville and TWO MILES to the GROVE PARK INN. SHOPPING downtown or at the FOLK ART CENTER, the RIVER DISTRICT and BILTMORE VILLAGE is a delight because of our unique opportunities from Appalachian crafts and antiques to Urban custom-designed furniture and boutique clothing, local JEWELERS, CRAFTERS, POTTERS... CRAFT BREWERIES are sprinkled around to fuel your purchases. Nothing is far away. Minutes to THE BILTMORE ESTATE, UNCA campus walking trails and nature center, theater, library and medical facilities. BEAVERLAKE, a small beautiful lake in a bird sanctuary with a walking trail is less than 5 minutes away. A renowned arboretum is around a 20 minutes drive. Wildlife abounds year round on the grounds of RACK FOCUS COTTAGE with spectacular seasonal beauty in one of the ten finest micro-climates in the world. Horse shoes and corn hole toss right here on the grounds. A walk in the woods, meadow to run in, hammocks creek side to rest in, a sky chair to swing in... all RIGHT HERE AT HOME. Asheville is a destination for musicians, artists, writer's, campers, bikers, kayakers, zip-liners, fly- fishermen and spa soakers. There is GREAT DINING on farm-to-table locally grown and raised produce and meats. It is a VEGAN PARADISE. FESTIVALS all the time. We've hosted visitors from Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and most of the states in the US! Come and add yourselves to our guest list.

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Availability & Rates

Asheville Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
STANDARD RATE
Apr 2 2014 - Jan 5 2015
$185
$989
$3,100
2 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
FOURTH
Jul 4 2014 - Jul 6 2014
$600
Flat fee
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $69.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes If booking is two months or more in advance, two payments will be acceptable. 50% at time of booking and the remaining balance within two weeks of check in. If booking for OVER TWO MONTHS or MULTIPLE MONTHS - discounted pricing is available.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Asheville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Spa
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 with a claw foot tub for soaking with a rain head AND a hand held. Guests love the tub/shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 queen in BR area, 1 single chair/bed, 1 queen sofa/futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , There is a convertible sofa and an air mattress in a 2ndBR
  • Queen size Beds (1) Beautiful new with head and foot board. All new linens., Twin or Single Beds (1) Single blow up mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable chair converts to a single bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • gambling casinos
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting
  • cross country skiing
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • basketball court
  • spelunking
  • water tubing
Notes:
Relaxing retreat, stylish studio get-away, uncluttered comfort, chic country contemplative cottage, airy artistic loft-like, cathedral ceiling/windows and skylights, mountain view, park-like landscape, expansive meadow, woods, glen, creek-side hammocks, majestic trees, sky chair, fire pit, gas grill, bird-watching, tranquil escape, near DT Asheville, inspired romantic interior, open floor plan, hardwood floors, sunny south-facing deck, cocooned quiet canopied wooded back yard, minutes to the Appalachian Trail, Italian, Indian, Japanese, South American, French, vegan and continental cuisine. Off road parking, covered parking if required, central heat and air, period claw foot soaker tub with European shower halo, chef's kitchen, new brand name appliances - DW, W/D, gas stove, granite counter tops, blender, food processor, Keurig coffee maker, dishware, cookware, settings for four. Flat screen, entertainment center. Near hiking/biking trails, kayaking, fly-fishing, Bring your camera.
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