Bettie Sommer

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay nights

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HISTORIC STONE CHALET

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Chalet, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-2)

Stay in your own little haven -- a stone chalet that was once the Kilmichael Tower. This one bedroom chalet, with impressive two-foot thick stone walls and 23-foot cathedral ceiling, harks back to the days when the Kilmichaels left their mark in history on the Isle of Arran. Chalet Switz today offers Blue Ridge mountain ecology, imaginative architectural design and the perfect setting for a memorable getaway.

Located on the very top of 4000-foot Grassy Mountain, the Chalet is a 20-minute walk from Little Switzerland's village center, a historic 100-year old town with quaint shops, homes of extraordinary character and fine and casual dining. As you walk down a country road to the village you will enjoy breathtaking views and the countryside filled with wildlife and natural forest, passing a few residences on the way as you descend 800 feet. Your walk can easily be extended to take in a visit to Grassy Falls, about a mile beyond the village inn.

Chalet Switz is made of natural materials with the finest of craftsmanship. Cozy nooks and corners include the inglenook with wood-burning stone fireplace and spectacular views of the unpolluted night skies right from your bed! Amenities for your comfort include down pillows, Ralph Lauren linens, and a Kohler Greek tub with hand-held shower in which you can relax and enjoy the serenity. The kitchen is equipped with refrigerator-freezer, stove/oven, coffee maker, toaster and distinctive dinnerware. A pleasant garden surrounding the Chalet can be enjoyed while dining outdoors or relaxing in chaise lounges.

Nearby are spectacular hiking, Penland (www.penland.org) and pottery, glass, wood and other fine craft studios that welcome visitors, and the city of Asheville. See the ChaletSwitz.com website for more details.

Keywords: Haven for one person, Chalet for two, Mountaintop Getaway

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Bettie Sommer (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
Speaks english

About Bettie Sommer

The day I happened upon the Kilmichael Tower during an idyllic vacation in Little Switzerland, I decided to turn it into a residence although I resided 600 miles away in Winter Park, Florida and worked as a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida. Currently, I am launching a second career in photography, inspired in part by the beauty of leisurely days spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I like having kindred spirits enjoy the chalet.

Bettie Sommer purchased this chalet in 1986

Why Bettie Sommer chose Little Switzerland

Pristine forests, meadows and waterfalls are right there in the town within walking distance. The Switzerland Inn offers breakfast-through-dinner fireside dining with a lively bar, a grand flagstone lobby with massive fireplace and views south into the valley. The town is informal, energetic and blessedly free of pretense. commercialism, and “development.” The area is internationally renowned for both its welcoming fine craft artist studios and rustic arts. In the area, folks play mountain music, clog and square dance, work iron and wood, cane chairs, and engage in other traditional activities that are open to visitors. Surrounded by wild nature, Grassy Mountain offers the opportunity to be among deer, rabbits, wild turkey, fox, huge owls and other birds, wild apple trees, forests with hillsides of blooming native plants, and the annual monarch butterfly migration.

What makes this chalet unique

Location, location, location right in the village of Little Switzerland--surrounded by nature, in a historic building on a mountaintop, and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. A fun vacation getaway tailored to one or two persons in a spacious residential mountain neighborhood with nature still intact. The romance of interior stone walls and holiday architecture and furnishings. A delightful stroll downhill in an ever-changing landscape to the village center and a waterfall. Scenic drives to Mt. Mitchell, Crabtree Meadows and Falls, Linville, Penland and America’s best fine craft studios, and the always fascinating Asheville.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.9
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Historic Stone Chalet
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Little Switzerland High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Atlanta, GA
4

Great place for romantic getaway! Couples ONLY

  • 4 of 5
We celebrated our anniversary at the Chalet Switz and absolutely loved the place. This place is perfect if you are looking for a quiet, close to nature, above the clouds (literally) retreat. I surprised my husband with this trip & Bettie was extremely helpful and accommodating, not to mention responding VERY promptly to multiple emails & answering all questions in the days leading up to our stay. She also stayed in touch during our visit. She was very kind and provided a lot of helpful info about the area. Unfortunately we couldn’t enjoy any outdoor activities or amenities due to the weather conditions (icy storm), but we still had a chance to enjoy absolutely breathtaking views. Plus this cabin is so cozy and equipped with everything you need to have a romantic getaway; we didn’t feel that we missed much. We liked this place a lot and plan to come back, but meanwhile we are telling our friends about Chalet and strongly recommend this place. Thank you so much - Bettie and Steven (housekeeper)!
  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Little Switzerland High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Statesville nc
5

Wow

  • 5 of 5
My girlfriend and I just returned from the chalet. Only one word AMAZING. Just what someone needs to get to the next part of their lives "together forever". Great walking area great weather for wonderful pictures and great tree to lean against holding her in me lap and taking in the view. Will definatly return.
  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Little Switzerland High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Ontario WI
5

Great little get away!

  • 5 of 5
I just returned from a stay at the Chalet. What a fabulous location! And such a neat little chalet full of history. My husband and I enjoyed our time here so much. The chalet is small, but it really doesn't feel it with the gorgeous high windows and the light streaming in in the loft. We never felt crowded, just perfectly cosy. We enjoyed having a fire in the fireplace so much, it made the chalet feel so warm and lovely. The decoration and sheets and dishes are all so lovely, Bettie definitely has an eye for detail. And as I mentioned, the location is amazing. We walked down the mountain into Little Switzerland and enjoyed the Cafe right in town (fabulous food!) and yummy coffee from the book shop. We also took a hike at Crabtree Falls (Very much recommend) and a day trip to Grandfather mountain (also VERY MUCH recommend). So glad we stayed here!
  • Submitted: May 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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Little Switzerland High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Mt Holly NC
5

absolutely beautiful and amazing

  • 5 of 5
My husband and i loved every minute of our stay here. This was an unexpected spur of the moment get away for us. The weather was beautiful and the chalet was awesome. We awoke to the morning sun shining threw the windows. There is really nothing I can expect that it was gorgeous and a very romantic getaway. The owner is great and very sweet we will definetly be back and have referred friends that have already reserved the place.
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Historic Stone Chalet
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Little Switzerland High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
5

Perfect romantic honeymoon

  • 5 of 5
My new husband and I had the absolute best time at the Chalet Switz. We stayed here on the last leg of our honeymoon and it was just perfect. The trek up was a little nerve-racking given the recent snow, but our tiny SUV made it nonetheless. Steven, the housekeeper, promptly answered our text message regarding the wifi. It turns out we didn't need it anyway, as soon as the fireplace started rolling and the wine was flowing. :) Bettie accommodated us more than one could ever expect, responding promptly to multiple emails in the days leading up to our visit. She was very kind and filled us in on every last detail. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen more than adequate. My husband and I enjoyed the grill outside with some local steaks and veggies and even a bottle of champagne! We hope to come back on an anniversary to celebrate all over.

Also, the views, if you have a chance to walk down the mountain, are stunning. It was foggy and snowy while we were there, but still awe-inspring at 4,000 feet. A real treat. Thank you, Bettie and Steven! Also, opt in on the wood or cut your own stray logs like we did (we did both!).
  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Little Switzerland High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Babson Park, Florida
5

Perfect adventurous honeymoon

  • 5 of 5
The Chalet Switz was the perfect place for our honeymoon getaway. The chalet was very clean, cozy, and we immediately felt right at home! The house was well-stocked - we cooked several meals in the kitchen! The entire Little Switzerland community was beautiful and friendly. We did several day hikes off of the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as two trips into Asheville. We would love to return to the Chalet Switz in the future - we had a wonderful time.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: You are such a vibrant, adventurous couple with broad horizons and selfless goals! It was a true pleasure having you as guests at Chalet Switz.

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
I-40
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Grassy Creek Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Car: recommended

Star gazing in one of the few places east of the Mississippi without light pollution; gem mining; visiting and observing glass, wood, clay, iron and other fine craft artists that live in the area, which has one of the finest collection of artists in the US, centered on the 75 year old Penland School of Crafts, less than 15 miles away

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Little Switzerland Chalet Rental Rates

Notes

  • $499/wk or $90-$125 nt
  • US Dollars
  • $499/week
  • $90/week nights; $125/weekend, holiday and October 6-30 nights
  • $55 cleaning fee
  • state and local taxes are 11.75%
  • $250 refundable security deposit

Amenities

Amenities

Little Switzerland Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Alarm Clock
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Area
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The inglenook has a convertible bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
  • caves
  • library
  • live theater
  • winery tours
  • arboretum
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • sledding
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • rafting
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • cross country skiing
  • tennis
  • kayaking

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