|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Why stay in a hotel? At Tricky Dog Retreat, you will be greeted with chilled lemonade and chocolates on your arrival. I offer complimentary coffee and half-half for your first morning on the deck. Or you might enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on your first autumn evening in front of the fire.
The house is stocked with paper products, basic cooking condiments, bath soap, shampoo, lotion, hair dryer, personal items, soft towels and Egyptian cotton sheets. Enough firewood for two fires a day has been stacked to warm you on those chilly autumn mornings and winter evenings.
Come. Rest. Experience a Blue Ridge Vacation at Tricky Dog Retreat.
I'm offering my home at cost. There are no hidden fees -- no cleaning fee, no admin. fee, no pet fee, no anything, but rent, taxes, nominal damage insurance (required for dog owners, optional for others), and a modest, refundable damage deposit (or you may elect to pay a still modest but larger refundable damage deposit and pay no insurance). See below for details. I do not require full payment until 2 weeks prior to your vacation. And there is no re-booking requirement, like many rentals, if you need to cancel.
$69 per night pp for 2 (taxes included) - Rent
$35 per night pp for 4 (taxes included) - Rent
Consider my hospitality for your next trip up the mountain.
Crest the Blue Ridge Mountains from the foothills of North Carolina, and you are almost there. Historic Railroad Grade Road, which meanders beside the South Fork of the New River, takes you to the entrance of the well-established, second-home neighborhood of Fleetwood Falls in Ashe County. Follow the rhododendron-canopied roads to Tricky Dog Retreat, my second home, atop the last ridgeline of the community.
My home-away-from-home is a two bedroom/two bath mountain chalet with a gorgeous view. Quietly situated on a cul-de-sac with a half acre of wooded tranquility, Tricky Dog Retreat has 2 beds and 2 sleeper sofas and sleeps 4 adults comfortably or 2 adults and 3 children.
The spacious, master loft has a king bed with its own full bath, deck, sitting area for reading or writing, and a long, long layered mountain view to wake you. The second bedroom with a queen bed and the second, full bath are on the main level. The living room sofa folds out into a queen sleeper. The living area has a stone, wood-burning fireplace to warm you on those cool, autumn mornings and a wall of windows and a sliding glass door to let the sun embrace you and the breeze soothe you. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or contemplation on the main deck, or grill an evening meal. The game room in the finished basement has a double sleeper, a ping pong table, games and puzzles.
Pet Policy: One well-behaved, mature dog. Approved by owner. No pet fee, but guests will pay $49 in damage insurance and $250 refundable damage deposit. Owner has provided comfortable accommodations for your pet in the home while you are out sightseeing. Please call and ask any questions.
For Non-Dog Owners: You may elect to pay $49 in damage insurance and a refundable $150 damage deposit or pay $250 refundable damage deposit and no insurance. The choice is yours.
I am quite prompt in returning deposits as I live just around the corner and can be at the house promptly to confirm check-out.
I have been circumambulating hospitality all my adult life. I worked for a caterer in my early twenties and planned parties for a metropolitan museum while I put myself through college. At midlife, I offered spiritual hospitality to individuals and groups, and now (still in midlife) I have created physical space for others.
I am also a writer who spent the first half of her life in college, studying and then teaching English literature and composition in college classrooms. I enjoyed the work, but knew in 2011 that I needed to leave teaching. I went home, closed the gate on my own retreat at the end of a mountain hollow, hired a writing mentor, and began to write.
Two years later, I ventured out into the world to help out a real estate friend in her office. I am now a real estate broker. I love the work. I love helping people find their home. I love it when they walk through the door and say, 'Yes, I'm home.'
Pierrette Stukes purchased this chalet in 2013
I've been coming to the mountains of N.C. since I was a child when my parents took me to Tweetsie Railroad. My husband and I took our honeymoon here. And since 2005, I've lived in the same area as Tricky Dog Retreat. The mountains of northwestern N.C. are home to me.
When I drove through the Fleetwood Falls neighborhood for the first time and walked through the front door, I knew the chalet was meant to be mine. I could see past the gaudy yellow walls and the faded gray carpet. I could see myself there. And I could see guests there, too.
I worked with wonderful trades persons to transform the home outside and in for my guests. The home always had a good feel for me. It just needed some devotion to bring out its beauty and to showcase the forever mountain view.
Hospitality has been at the forefront of all my choices and efforts. I hope you will come and enjoy the fruits of much labor.
Layered, far-ranging view of the mountains greets you when you walk through the door. In addition to the view from almost every room and every angle, the chalet is tucked away on a 1/2 acre of woods at the end of a cul-de-sac. A private, quiet, tranquil setting, you can listen for your creative voice within as the birds sing and the crows caw.
Pierrette, Thanks for providing this wonderful place for our weekend get-away. We've enjoyed our stay very much. The house is great -- so well decorated and equipped. You have done a marvelous job and the view -- "wow" is all we can say. Hope we can come this way again.
Tricky Dog Retreat is 20 minutes from West Jefferson, NC, a vibrant Appalachian town with a thriving arts district.
West Jefferson, NC has so much to offer to those wanting to enjoy all that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. The Florence Art School conducts art classes (in writing, booking making, painting and other art forms) throughout the spring, summer and fall. The art galleries in town open their doors for gallery crawls in the spring and summer. The Ashe County Arts Council sponsors a gallery and numerous programs, such as the annual On the Same Page Literary Festival in September of each year with regional and national authors.
Come to the Farmers Market on Saturdays during the summer and share in the bounty of Ashe County. Walk around the corner to the Ashe County Cheese Store to savor delicious fresh cheese and other homemade dairy products, like scrumptious fudge.
The Churches of the Frescoes in West Jefferson and Glendale Springs boast Ben Long's stunning art. Watch a first-run movie with state-of-the-art technology in a small-town movie theater for $5.
Listen to a talk by a park ranger and take a night-time hike at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. At E.B. Jeffress Park at Mile Marker 271 on the Blue Ridge Parkway enjoy picnic areas, hiking and amazing waterfalls.
Todd General Store on the National Register of Historic Places is also 20 minutes from Tricky Dog Retreat. The Todd General Store has summer and fall events weekly, such as storytelling, bluegrass, author signings, artisans and demonstrations. River Girl Fishing Company also in Todd offers fishing, boating, biking and tubing.
West Jefferson and its sister-community Jefferson have all the conveniences you will need to complete your vacation, such as groceries, restaurants, banking and commerce.
The bohemian college town Boone, NC is only a 25-minute drive. Stroll King Street with its local restaurants, boutiques and artists’ co-ops. Shop at Mast General Store. Enjoy Turchin Center for the Visual Arts or An Appalachian Summer Festival on the campus of Appalachian State University.
40 minutes to an hour away are the High Country's ski resorts: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Hawksnest and Sugar Mountain
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$49|
I have a personalized Rental Agreement which outlines my policies. I will not change my rates/policies while you and I are in the midst of our conversations.
Refundable Deposit due to confirm.
$69 Damage Insurance -- required for dog owners
50% of rent/taxes due 3 weeks prior.
Balance due 2 weeks prior.
No cleaning fee; light cleaning and pickup by guests.
No pet fee.