House, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 25-35)
About John Warthman
The Warthman Family-Kay, John, Jonathan, Josh and his wife, Natalie-own the Lodge. Kay is a long-ago retired nurse, who devoted her time to parenting and now focuses on church related activities. John is a retired real estate property management exec., who oversaw management of 17,000+ apartments, 3,800+ condominiums, 1 million+ square feet of office space and a number of home owner associations in a 30+ year career. Today, he is an instructor and speaker for a number of professional real estate organizations, which allows him to travel widely in both the U.S. and overseas doing professional credentialing courses.
John Warthman purchased this House in 1979
Why John Warthman chose Charter Hills
We bought this home when we lived in Charlotte and our oldest son was just born. We had visited the mountains during the summer and fell in love with Beech Mountain. A subsequent ski trip further cemented that feeling. John became aware of the Lodge itself while buying a pair of ski boots in Charlotte. During his preschool years and the summers of his first school years, he lived with his grandparents who lived in 5-bedroom converted stone barn. The Lodge reminded him of those wonderful childhood memories. Because he was in real estate management, he thought he could buy it, refurbish it, expand it and add a stone facade to the majority of the house. With the help of his brother Bob, who was a contractor, and some of his talented employees, he worked on the Lodge during weekends for 8 months to bring his vision to fruition. Initially, we thought that the Lodge would best be operated as a bed and breakfast, but quickly found that the most requests were to rent the entire house by larger groups. So, in our second year of ownership, we converted to whole house rental. In the mid-80's, we moved to Atlanta, where we still reside. So, for a long time now, we've been unable to enjoy the Lodge and its peaceful setting as much as we'd like. Over the 30+ years we've owned and operated the Lodge, we've been privileged to serve many families and groups. Many of them have returned again and again causing us to think of them as extended family. So, we derive pleasure from the enjoyment they experience as well as the relationships we've formed over the years.
What makes this House unique
The setting of the Lodge combined with materials contained within it just give us the feeling of living in another, less hurried time. However, we still have access to the Beech Mountain Club with its gorgeous Olympic pool, first-class tennis facilities, pickleball courts, breathtaking golf course with views of 3 states and excellent dining. And, it's 1.9 miles from the Beech Mountain Resort ski slopes. We think it's the perfect combination of yesteryear atmosphere combined with many modern conveniences.
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Great house for lots of people
Was nice to have lots of room to spread out with our group. Owner was excellent at responding and helping us with anything we needed. Enjoyed our time there!!!
Rustic Large Cabin in the Mountains
Beautiful cabin with a lot of nature. The cabin was great for our family reunion. John was very accessible to us before and during our stay. We were extremely pleased with our experience! The deer 🦌 are everywhere! We had a nice visit from a local bear to.
Thanks so much for your kind words. We’re pleased to learn you had a great time while visiting our home. It was our privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and your group. Please let us know if/when we might have the opportunity host you folks again. John W
Nice location, could use a little love
The property was nice. But it could use some maintenance. Electrical outlets don't hold plugs. Padding on Furnitures Warren and dated. Just a little detail stuff where I feel like the owner needs to invest a little money in maintenance and upkeep. But overall we enjoyed our stay.
Very enjoyable stay!
John was a great host and was very easy to work with. He walked me through the entire house upon arrival and was very helpful in giving tips for the local area (directing us to Fred's general store; a Beech destination). I will certainly be staying here next time I come to Beech!
Thanks so much for both your patronage as well as kind words, Bishop. It was a pleasure working with you as well. Please reach out to us if we might be of future service to you. Thanks again, John W.
Perfect for our 7 families with kids. John is a great host. Well equipped kitchen.
Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Great location.
Thank you for both your patronage as well as kind comments, Melissa. It was our privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and your group. Please let us know if or when we might service to you again, John W
We had a great time staying at the Great Escape Lodge! The lodge is perfect for a large group like ours! There’s lots of room for everyone without being crowded. Everything was clean and organized at the cabin with lots of extras. There was even a piano and board games to entertain the kids. This is our favorite home to stay in at Beech Mountain and we can’t wait for next year! The owner, John, is great to work with! He called after we arrived to check that everything was okay at the cabin and make sure we didn’t need anything. We had a fantastic experience at the lodge and are looking forward to next time.
Thank you so much for your group’s continued patronage as well as your kind words, Melissa. It’s our privilege and pleasure to be of service to you. We look forward to again being of service next year. John W
4900+ square foot log home in moderately wooded setting located only .9 miles from Beech Mountain Club recreational facilities and 1.9 miles from Beech Mountain Resort entrance.
Other Activities: Downhill/alpine skiing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, basketball, horseshoes, kayaking, mini golf, boating, cross country skiing, snowboarding