|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Enjoy the peaceful serenity of this unique, off-the-grid home 3,500 feet up Ivy Knob near Barnardsville in Western North Carolina. Wrap-around deck and lofty windows offer views of surrounding mountains and forest. Set on 41 acres with private mountain trails and streams and surrounded on three sides by the Pisgah National Forest. Listen to the breeze through the trees and the brook falling over rocks from your bedroom or while enjoying a glass of wine on the deck. Watch the moon rise in the skylight amid the natural pine posts and beams of this timber-frame home. The property rises sharply to the north through hardwood forest. To the east is Ivy Knob and to the south you can see Big Butt Mountain through the treetops. Facing west, across the stream in the deep ravine beside the deck, are the large hardwoods of the national forest. Just 25 minutes from Asheville, 15-20 minutes from great golf, Weaverville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the charming college town of Mars Hill.
How secluded is Brookside? Go to www.satelliteviews.net/my-house.htm and type in "120 Dodd Rd, Barnardsville, NC" for a satellite view. The opening view shows nothing but forest around us and no power lines. Zoom in to maximum magnification and you can see the house and wrap-around deck and even the deck furniture. The small rectangular object across the driveway is the backup generator and the just above the driveway is stacked firewood. The two solar arrays are on the hillside above the firewood.
This kind of seclusion rarely exists in easy-to-access places because because such places generally are pretty well built out, so you wil need four-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you don't have a suitable vehicle please rent one or find another property. If you live in flat country you might have trouble finding a suitable vehicle to rent, so you might consider reserving one at the Asheville Regional Airport and leaving your car in airport parking.
Wildflowers:: Wildflowers grow in great abundance and variety on the 41 acres of Brookside at Ivy Knob and throughout the region. Our favorite is the Turks Cap Lily, which blooms June through September and is fairly common on our land. Other favorites include Showy Orchis, Rhododendron, Trillium (Wake Robin and Tall Grand), Flame Azalea, Bloodroot, Pink Turtlehead, Black-eyed Susan, Phlox, several types of Aster, Coneflower, and Bee Balm. Rich Stevenson's web site (see link on our web page 'Waterfalls') has page after page of beautiful color photographs of these and many more of Western Carolina's wildflowers. The wildflowers attract many species of butterflies.
Waterfalls:: Walker and Douglas Falls are located not far away in the Craggy Gardens area of the Pisgah National Forest. They don't flow heavily all the time, so it's best to see them after a period of pretty good rainfall. From Brookside, go back into Barnardsville and turn left across from the post office onto Dillingham Road (SR 2173). In 5 miles you cross a one lane bridge and the road becomes gravel. You are now in the Pisgah National Forest and the road is called F.S. 74. Follow it about 4.8 miles to Walker Falls, which is on the left and visible from the road. In another 4.7 miles the road ends at a parking area. The trail to Douglas Falls starts at the far end of the parking area and descends gently for about a mile to the falls. [Directions from 'Waterfall Walks and Drives in the Western Carolinas,' by Mark Morrison. Rich Stevenson maintains a terrific site entitled North Carolina Waterfalls, where he has photos of most North Carolina waterfalls, including Walker and Douglas Falls.
Weaverville and Mars Hill:: Weaverville is a nice little town about 15 miles toward Asheville from Brookside. There are several interesting arts and crafts and gift shops and three good places to eat all clustered within two or three blocks along the main street. Mars Hill is a charming college town at exit 10 on U.S. 19/23. It is the home of Mars Hill College, a small liberal arts college ranked number 38-Comprehensive Colleges–Bachelor's (South) in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2007.
We took our girl scout troop here for our end of year celebration. This was an excellent place to stay. There was enough room for the younger girls to have space and the older girls had their privacy. The girls loved having their bridging ceremony on deck with candles during the evening hours. We had a hiking trip where we were able to demonstrate and earn our first aid patch. This was truly a memorable weekend for everyone.
This is a great house to spend some unwind time in. We had 5 adults and one 8 year old, and we were all very well satisfied. We are already thinking about when we can come back to stay again. And yes, the driveway is a trip in itself. It was a lot of fun!
I can not say enough to express how amazing this place is! My family of 3, my brother's family of 4, and our parents stayed here for 4 nights over the 4th of July this year. We try to do a big family trip once a year and everyone felt this was the best one yet! The road up to it is indeed a bit thrilling, but I quite enjoyed it and very detailed directions are provided. The house itself was spacious: each part of the family had their own floor to retreat to, with a wonderful open-concept 1st floor kitchen/dining/living room for everyone to meet for meals, games, and a place to talk. The deck was wonderful! We spent most of our time out there. There were gates on both ends and our 22 month old, 3, and 5 year olds played on the provided riding toys for hours, bro and I did yoga on the deck, used the gas BBQ, and just sat outside enjoying the forest and peace around us. Explored hiking trails right from the house. There were no fireworks allowed because of fire danger so we just barely heard the fireworks in Asheville, like distant thunder. For the combat vet in our group, not having to deal with random fireworks going off was a gift; he said it's the best 4th of July he's had since his deployment. The house is the last one up the mountain road, so incredibly private. It was a great homebase for trips to Asheville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Mt. Mitchell State Park. All communications with the owner were prompt and helpful. They also provide everything you can think of from paper products to laundry detergent. We would definitely recommend this place and hope to return!
This is a must stay vacation home. Located in a secluded and absolutely breathtaking location north of Asheville, it is far enough away to escape everyday life and forget about the day to day stresses, yet close enough for excursions and explorations of the tremendous amount of activities and sights to be seen in western North Carolina. This vacation home is absolutely beautiful, and even though it is far away from the beaten bath, it has everything and more one could ask for in a vacation home. Evenings were spent playing games with the whole family fireside, or grilling and just listening to the serene sounds of nature while taking in the breathtaking sights. If hiking is your thing, you have to go no further than behind the vacation home with a trail immediately accessible.
Without going on forever, this was easily one of the best vacations ever, and it's not a question if, but rather when we will be returning for another family vacation!
Thank you for your hospitality!
I stayed at this wonderful cabin with some friends for a few days over the summer, and we were utterly pleased with the whole experience. The renter was kind and courteous, very thorough in his directions and policies, and a pleasure to work with. (Tip: don't shrug off his advice on getting up the mountain, especially if you're unfamiliar with driving switchback unpaved mountain roads: you want to keep moving forward the whole time, especially in any inclement weather!)
The place is spacious and comfortable, and really makes one feel very much at home. The kitchen is well supplied with utensils and flatware. The cabin is at the top of its own road heading up the mountain, and the nearest neighbor being a long way away, it is super quiet - all you can hear is the trickling of the brook next to the house, and the sounds of nature. The deck is definitely a highlight, wrapping around the house on three sides and affording some great views down the mountain. But the best views, not to be overlooked, are up in the sky. Stargazing on the deck is one of my favorite memories of the place. Do yourself a favor when you visit: on a clear night, darken all of the lights in the house, take a flashlight and position yourself on the deck so that all other light sources are occluded from your field of vision, and then take a look at the sky and click of your flashlight. Soon, you'll see the whole Milky Way come into view - believe me, if you haven't seen such a night in a place with no light pollution and a great vantage point, you'll be wonder-struck.
The cabin is located at a reasonable distance from Asheville, and if you're at all into micro-brews and modern urban bohemian culture, you definitely will want to spend an evening or two in town. Plan to divide up your time well between such excursions and enjoying the mountainside retreat.
I'd go back in a heartbeat - indeed, I think I left a bit of my heart there. I'd give it ten stars if I could!
We couldn't have imagined it so perfect for what we wanted. We looked long and hard for a place to get away....for our family of five....all adults. We wanted the mountain air rand we didn't want people all around us. WE HIT THE JACKPOT! The excitement started when we got the detailed description of the trip up Dodd Rd and the one of a kind driveway. We loved every minute of the trip and the stay. We made daily trips down for sightseeing and we enjoyed grilling steaks on the deck. My kids came from all over the country to join us and said it was their best vacation ever. Thanks Johnsons!
I recently spent an extended weekend at Brookside with family. What an incredible mountain retreat! Surrounded by woods, watching deer stroll by, incredible woodwork and ample accommodations for 5 adults. Born in East Tennessee, we took a short trip back there (just an hour or so away), availed ourselves for the local grocery store and just unwound.
I loved every moment of it. And regarding that drive up the mountain? Crazy fun! The video on this page is fun to watch, but far more fun to drive up and down.
I would love to visit again, but barring that, I definitely recommend this retreat.
Located a few miles east of Barnardsville, which is about 22 miles north-northeast of Asheville in western North Carolina. Wildflowers grow in great abundance and variety on the 41 acres of Brookside at Ivy Knob and throughout the region. Our favorite is theTurks Cap Lily, which blooms June through September and is fairly common on our land. Other favorites include Showy Orchis, Rhododendron, Trillium (Wake Robin and Tall Grand), Flame Azalea, Bloodroot, Pink Turtlehead, Black-eyed Susan, Phlox, several types of Aster, Coneflower, and Bee Balm. The property has two streams close to the house which offer wonderful places for play and exploration by young children. Older kids and adults will enjoy the challenge of hiking the trails, particularly the climb to the top of Ivy Knob. The view from up there is well worth the effort. Short drives lead to two beautiful waterfalls and a wonderfully scenic and serene meander around the base of Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in NC.
Golf: The Reems Creek Golf Club in nearby Weaverville rates four stars from Golf Digest and the green fees are quite reasonable. Our web page has a link to the Asheville Golf Course Directory, which has information about all of the courses in the Asheville area and links to those that have web pages.
Ski: Wolf Laurel Ski Resort is about 25 minutes away. Our web page has a link to their web page and also a link to a web cam at the foot of the ski lift that shows current conditions there and updates every 30 seconds.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Pet Fee||$75 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$200 + Tax|
Discounts available for 2 and 3 week stays. Pet fee $75 per dog (no cats, please, due to allergies.
Half of total amount when reservation is made, remainder not less than 60 days prior to check-in. All payments in U.S. dollars.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.