Chalet Switz is a stone chalet that once was a stone tower named Kilmichael Tower.
With two-foot thick stone walls, stone-glass-Douglas fir construction and 23-foot cathedral ceiling, the one-bedroom chalet is filled with character like the Isle of Arran, where the Kilmichaels also left their mark in history.
The chalet appeals most to those who love nature, are in shape and young at heart.
Located in a spacious residential neighborhood in Little Switzerland on the very top of 4000-foot Grassy Mountain, you’ll be a 20-minute walk from the village center along a quiet, no-outlet country road with gorgeous views, wildlife and about 8 residences. The distance is a mile with an 800-foot drop in altitude going down to the village. You can continue from there on foot to Grassy Falls.
If you enjoy and appreciate natural materials and fine craftsmanship, small and varied spaces, a wood-burning stone fireplace, down-filed pillows, Lauren linens and Kohler bath fixtures, a thick cedar shake roof, and a pleasant yard with berry and rose bushes made more enjoyable by 2 chaise lounges and a pair of chairs at an outdoor dining table, you’ll love the chalet. That is, providing you can live happily without a microwave, dishwasher, ice-maker, AC (not needed due to altitude, insulation and venting), washing machine or stand-up shower. For bathing, a hand-held shower is used in the Greek tub. In the kitchen, all-wood cabinets hold a variety of hand-painted dinnerware, and there are stainless steel/copper-lined pots and pans, a drip coffee machine, toaster, full-size refrigerator-freezer and stove/oven.
Little Switzerland is a historic 100-year old town graced with dining at the expansive Switzerland Inn looking south into the valley, intriguing shops, abundant open space and wildlife, and interesting old homes nestled in some of the most spectacular scenery in the US, all located only short drives from Penland fine craft studios, spectacular hiking, and Asheville.
You’ll find Chalet Switz offers rich Blue Ridge mountain ecology, imaginative architectural design, fine craftsmanship, and sustainable living. It shelters like a wine cellar yet offers panoramic views of the night sky from bed—both east and west--in one of the few places east of the Mississippi that does not suffer from light pollution.
Detailed information on outings and activities in the area are available on the Chalet Switz website.
Keywords: Haven for one person, Chalet for two, Mountaintop Getaway