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Escape to this Asheville area cabin - enjoy the beauty of the mountains

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sleeps 6

This architect designed split-level cabin, 'Mountain Laurel', is situated on a ridgetop of Hickory Nut Mountain at an elevation of 2900 feet at Gateway Mountain, a gated nature preserve and mountain residential community. The cabin sits on four acres surrounded by a hardwood forest with pastoral valleys and distant mountain views. Quiet surroundings allow the guest to experience the woods and her creatures with no distractions from city and traffic noise. There is a waterfall, a stocked trout pond and 2 lakes in the development.

Conveniently located near Asheville and Black Mountain, Gateway Mountain is an easy drive just 7 miles off I40, which situates you midway between the city of Asheville and the Biltmore and, 15 miles from the resort town of Black Mountain with its quaint antique and gift shops and good selection of restaurants.

'Mountain Laurel' provides a serene environment for a 'get away from it all' experience.

Winter activities: There is skiing, snow boarding and tubing available near Boone NC.

Christmas at the Biltmore is a very special occasion.

Summer activities: July 4th party and fireworks display at Lake Lure. Summer concerts in Black Mountain. The Leaf festival takes place in May and October. Asheville has minor league baseball and the Bele Chere festival, one of the largest outdoor music events in the US.

More Details

Property Manager
Lynne Desterre
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Lynne Desterre

Tim and I live in the Tampa area and fell in love with the Asheville area when we visited in 2005.

Lynne Desterre purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Lynne Desterre chose Asheville Area

Because it's beautiful, quiet and restores peace with every visit.

What makes this cabin unique

The views from the deck are ever changing with the weather and the light - we never get tired of it.

Guestbook comments from the manager


We really enjoyed your cabin. It was very nice. My husband saw three deer, that was the highlight of his trip. We loved the ceilings and your granite countertops. There was some beautiful detail. It has a very homey feeling. The only thing I might suggest is maybe some blinds or curtains in the downstairs bedroom. Even though this place is very private, you get the feeling that someone could look in on you at anytime. Thank you for sharing your cabin with us. David and Khiannon
Nov 2005
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Old Fort Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Large en suite bathroom with jetted tub off of master bedroom. Second bathroom is on the lower level and has a skylight over the shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Very spacious
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private deck
  • Brand new sleeper sofa in the family room. All linens, blankets and towels are provided. The master bedroom is large with high ceilings and a large comfy chair for lounging or reading. The lower bedroom opens to a private deck and the woods beyond.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
TV is 47' flat screen and there is also a DVD player.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(94 traveler reviews)

Escape to this Asheville area cabin - enjoy the beauty of the mountains
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 117 reviews

Stunning Mountain Views

  • 5 of 5

I booked this great place in the mountains of NC several weeks ago and stayed from 4/19/17 to 4/22/17. Had no idea that the views would be a thousand times better in person than they are on the web. The owners literally thought of everything when decorating and provided every little item one could possibly need. Situated on the top of Gateway Mountain, it is a gated community located about 25 minutes from Black Mountain and Lake Lure/Chimney Rock. The views on the way up and down are equally stunning. Roads are a little narrow and curvy but no big deal. If you are looking for a relaxing mountain getaway with unbelievable views do not hesitate to book this place!! You will be glad you did!

Dave E.

Greenville, SC

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave, thank you so much for posting such a lovely review. Tim and I are glad you enjoyed the property and hope to host you again.
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Mandeville, LA

Amazing rental in the mountains!!

  • 5 of 5

My mom and I recently stayed here for a mother/daughter get away. So glad we chose to rent this place, as VRBO has never steered me wrong . LOL, I personally didn't mind the winding roads up the mountain to get to the house, but I can see how some might find it a little daunting. Anyhow, this place was perfect. The house had a very "homey" feel to it and we did not need to buy a thing (minus the groceries). This house was very well stocked and very clean. It was a little chilly (in the 30's) at night when we stayed so we didn't get to enjoy the outside deck, but there was plenty of space inside to enjoy the beautiful views. The house was just the right distance for our day trips. My mom and I went to Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Valle Crucis & Mast General store, Black Mountain, Linville Caverns, and Blue Ridge Parkway to name a few. Never did we have a bad drive, scenery was amazing. We even had snow, which is so exciting for someone from south Louisiana!! My mom and I enjoyed ourselves so much and plan to take another trip here next year. Definitely recommend staying here. No regret!!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for posting such a lovely review! Tim and I are always delighted to hear from our guests. I hope you can visit again and please share your good experience with family and friends.
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice stay and the views from the rental were just beautiful! The place was very well equipped and clean. We had no issues what so ever. I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for posting a review. We are always happy to hear from our guests. Hope you can visit again!
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St. Petersburg, Florida

Very peaceful & beautiful foliage

  • 5 of 5

The Mountain Laurel house is a perfect getaway from the city life. It's surrounded by mountains and you will see lots of wild life. We vacationed there Nov 15th-18th and the foliage throughout the community was beautiful. We don't see the tree colors change in Florida, so that was a treat! The house is clean and stocked with all your needs. We went to dinner in neighboring town, Black Mountain? Hiked the Catawba Falls in the morning, which is really close by. We visited the beautiful Baltimore Estate for the Christmas evening tour, it was unreal and I highly suggest going anytime of the year. The winery there was fabulous!! Went to Asheville a few times (approx 35min drive), to join in on some of the brewery tours/tastings. Went to Grove Park Inn, and had lunch on the terrace, the views there are gorgeous!

We would recommend the Mountain Laurel house and hope to be back for a visit one day.

Happy Thanksgiving and Cheers,

Crystal & Stephen (St. Petersburg, FL)

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review - it is much appreciated. Tim and I are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you can come again.
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Beautiful home in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I rented this home for a four night girl friends getaway to enjoy the fall leaves in the area and all along the blue ridge parkway. The home is beautifully appointed with all of the amenities of being at your own home. It was lovely to come back to such a calm, peaceful setting at the end of a long day of driving, hiking and sightseeing. We would enjoy sitting and reading on the outside patio or reading by a fire in the wood-burning stove! I would definitely consider staying here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review - it is much appreciated. Tim and I are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mountain Laurel and we hope you can visit again.
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Very nice property, well maintained and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

I stayed at this property from Oct 23 to 27, 2016. The house is beautiful and very well maintained. It's a gated community, so feels very safe. It is half hour drive from chimney rock and lake lure. We really enjoyed our stay. The only little downside was that the drive to the house was very steep, we managed, but it made me a little uncomfortable everytime. I would recommend this house to everyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post comments. It is much appreciated. So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We too found the drive a little daunting when we first bought the house but all of the roads are paved and the views are so beautiful that we don't even notice now! Hope you can visit again.
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Straightaway Cafe
Trail Head Restaurant & Bar
Black Mountain Bistro
"Outdoor dining - great salads."
Larkin's on the Lake Rstrnt
"Outdoor dining on beautiful Lake Lure."
Biltmore Estate
"A must see when you visit the area."
Whistle Stop Pizza & Subs
"Outstanding pizza!"
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Straightaway Cafe
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Black Mountain
Car: necessary

A 45 minutes drive will take you to historic downtown Hendersonville and the nearby Flat Rock Playhouse. Also nearby are Chimney Rock Park, Mount Pisgah, and Mount Mitchell State Parks. Mt Mitchell is the tallest peak in the eastern US. Lake Lure is 30 minutes away with it's beaches, picnic areas and boat rental facilities. Or, you can enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise or dine at one of their lakeside restaurants. There is a grocery store in Old Fort, a 10 minute drive away, and there are 2 more in Black Mountain, a 20 minute drive away. Old Fort features genuine mountain music every Friday and Black Mountain also has live entertainment during the summer. There are swimming pools in Old Fort and in Black Mountain. Information on these and other attractions are at the house as well as recommendations for dining out and menus from local restaurants. The house is stocked with most of the basics. Check with the property owner for more information.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.75%

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