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A quiet sanctuary on four acres and yet NEAR everything Asheville/parkway...

Gayle Wurthner

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Gayle Wurthner

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015
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A quiet sanctuary on four acres and yet NEAR everything Asheville/parkway...

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Asheville Cottage Rental Photos and Description

QUEEN bed, QUEEN sofa bed, SINGLE chair bed, 2nd BR w/single (separate entrance)

Re-FOCUS COTTAGE is over the meadow and through the woods, but this is no grandma’s house. 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 in 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, accessible, 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, heated bed, down duvet comforter, soaking tub, rain head shower, Wi-Fi.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Gayle Wurthner (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015

About Gayle Wurthner

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

Why Gayle Wurthner chose Asheville

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. This was our first trip to Asheville and it couldn't have been more perfect. Your cottage has been like a home away from home for us and we'll always cherish it as the place where we spent our first Christmas together. We hope to see you again soon for another visit. Happy New Year!
Dec 2012
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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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A quiet sanctuary on four acres and yet NEAR everything Asheville/parkway...
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

Outstanding place to recharge your batteries!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a quiet, secluded place to recharge from work, etc. This house was exactly what we wanted. It was secluded enough for quiet times on the porches (3), yet close enough to town to enjoy dining and sight-seeing. The accommodations in the house were perfect. Lots of light and modern conveniences. Would definitely recommend, but don't squeeze us out when we want to come again...


  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

I booked this trip for my wife and I. My wife didn't pay much attention to the pictures. She was extremely happy upon arrival. The cottage itself was great. The outdoor area was much more abundant than the pictures would lead you to believe. Plenty of room for family outdoor activities or just relaxing. Biggest compliment I can give is if we go back to Asheville I wouldn't hesitate to stay hear again.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Cedar Bluff, VA

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoy staying in this unique and well appointed cottage on our visits to Asheville. Gayle and Rob are exceptional to work with - and ensure we have a restful atmosphere. The location, lush landscape and especially the cozy times at the fire pit always make for a memorable stay in this lovely cottage.

We look forward to our next visit to our home away from home!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family had the best weekend here! We made a quick trip to visit with my husband's parents who were in town for a convention at the Grove Park Inn. We were conveniently located near the GPI, and enjoyed zipping over to take in all of the Christmas wonder. We were also so close to downtown Asheville, and enjoyed a lovely breakfast at a delicious restaurant. The studio itself was cozy but luxurious and well-appointed. My toddler thoroughly enjoyed exploring the grounds. We highly recommend this unit!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Portland, ME, USA

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

As a celebration of our birthdays, my husband and I took a road trip to Asheville, a part of the country we'd never visited. We'd spent a long time researching the perfect spot to stay. Rack Focus turned out to be everything that the pictures and write ups had promised.The grounds are expansive and delightful. We were perfectly content to linger in the mornings to enjoy the ambiance. In the late afternoon we enjoyed sitting with a glass of wine in one of the several seating areas. A flock of turkeys strolling along the far side of the stream, beautiful ornamental grasses gently waving in the breeze, lights twinkling along the split rail fence on the patio...after a busy day getting to know Asheville, this was the perfect respite.

The cottage is both comfortable and unique. The many windows and skylights bring the outside in, and the walls are covered with eclectic artwork.

Asheville is a vibrant city. Four days gave us enough time to realize that we want to return to continue our exploration. There would be no better place than Rack Focus as our home base. Thank you Gayle and Rob for sharing this lovely spot!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. I am humbled by your generous comments and invite you to come again anytime, always reminding me that you are a returning guest. Look for gaps in the calendar and call me: Gayle 828 230-9697

Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and daughter stayed at this wonderful property for a long weekend. When the reviews say the property is as pictured believe it! The grounds are scenic and the deck magnificent.

The cottage is well equipped and feels very comfortable. Its space where everyone can relax in their own way at their own pace. A great choice!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review! Thank you so much. And we would LOVE to have you back ANYTIME. Please look for gaps in the calendar and feel free to call with an offer. Just remind me that you've stayed before. Also take a look at VRBO 482027 so that you can consider sharing the visit with friends or family in a larger rental (our second property). Best, Gayle (keep my phone number on your phone) 828 230-9697


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

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.


Rates & Availability

From $210 Per night

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cleaning $75
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes If booking is two months or more in advance, two payments will be acceptable. If booking months in advance, 50% at time of booking and the remaining balance at check in will be acceptable. If booking for OVER TWO MONTHS or MULTIPLE MONTHS - discounted pricing is available. AND booking in the gaps (week days shown available on calendar) is negotiable. Just call: 828 230-9697

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Asheville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
Location Type:
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  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • MAIN BR in open studio space w/privacy wall - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , QUEEN bed, SINGLE chair bed, QUEEN futon bed in LR area.
    LOFT - 1 sleep sofa /futon , WIDE SINGLE sofa bed w/topper private w/outside access only.
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
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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