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Lynne Desterre

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

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

88 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lynne Desterre (Property Manager)
Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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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based on 88 traveler reviews

Escape to this Asheville area cabin - enjoy the beauty of the mountains
average rating of 4.965909 based on 111 reviews

A little piece of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in the Old Fort area on a very warm Saturday morning. Started to reconsider going to North Carolina mid summer, glad we came. The mountain home was AMAZING! It was definitely cooler up top. The house was spotless with more amenities than mentioned in the HomeAway website. In fact, there was nothing lacking for what we were cooking or during leisure.

The house was already cooled when we arrived. The view from the deck was beautiful whether it was sunrise, watching a storm go across the valley below, or watch the sunset! There was the cutest nook off the spare room with a lovely stone wall and gnome watching your every move. The landscaping of this area was extremely inviting. The decks had plenty of space with outdoor furniture for lounging or dining. We used the gas grill hard and had a much better view than any restaurant in the area.

Places we enjoyed while there: Of course we loved the relaxed atmosphere at Phil's Bar-B-Que Pit. We did a Paddle board tour in Asheville area of the French Broad River. This was booked with Kyle of Mauii SUP (stand up paddleboarding). Kyle was amazing with his patience for helping us succeed. And the Biltmore Mansion is well worth going to. Go early as the crowd assembles early and there is a lot to see. The gardens rival our local Longwood Gardens. The Blue Ridge Parkway was also amazing. We went to Little Switzerland for a lovely dinner overseeing the valley below. All in all it was a fairly central location for all that we chose to do.

Lynne made sure we had detailed instructions for everything from locating the home to how to manage everything in the home. We could not have asked for anything more!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at night in the pouring rain, so Lynne's clear directions were a big help! The cabin is easy to find (which is not always the case in this part of the world), and very well-equipped and comfortable. Everything works, and you will have everything you need in the kitchen, whether you are cooking an actual meal or just heating up a frozen pizza. I even baked a little cake! There are clear directions for using the TV, Internet, and DVD player, there are plenty of sheets, towels, soaps, etc., and there is a nice selection of movies.

The view is spectacular from inside or outside the cabin. I think my favorite thing about our stay in the cabin was watching the sky from the living room. The view changes with the time of day and with the weather, and it was fascinating and uplifting to just sit and watch the mountains. We enjoyed our hikes around the Gateway property, and I even saw a bear one day!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, OH

Beautiful views, peaceful mountain top retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and making our stay so comfortable. We had everything we could need and enjoyed sitting out on the deck watching the clouds change over the mountains. The sound system is great and the outdoor speakers really created a wonderful experience. We were able to use the Bluetooth to listen to our own tunes, but we wished we had brought a few Cd's with us as well. The beds were comfortable with soft linens and the kitchen was open and spacious enough for my husband and I to prepare breakfast together. The family room downstairs was perfect for DVD watching at night (we brought some of our own, but the selection provided has many award winners).

The location was very private and the drive up to the house was beautiful. The roads up the mountain are winding, but my hubby is used to turning on mountain roads being from Utah. We stopped at the grocery in Black Mountain on our way, so that made it easy not to have to go back down once we settled in. We visited the Biltmore, Asheville, Black Mountain and Chimney Rock. We also enjoyed the trails to Catawba Falls with the swimming hole and the falls we could play in. Thanks again for a wonderful stay and easy to follow instructions for your rental!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to post a review. Tim and I are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Mountain Laurel and we hope you will consider visiting again or referring us to friend and family.
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Morris, AL

Have the Mountains to Yourself - Almost!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent five nights at this peaceful mountain retreat to refresh and renew our spirits and watch spring unfold before our eyes from the stunning vistas out the front windows of this house! Lynne (the owner) emailed us several times in advance to make sure we had everything we needed to access her home in this gated nature preserve. The winding (paved) roads led us upward and upward until we almost reached the pinnacle of the mountain where her home is nestled into its side. Only one home is visible from this mountain home although there are others nearby and many within the community itself. Driving to the Standing Rock Waterfall within the preserve we saw two deer, ten wild turkeys, and a river otter! The waterfall is a must-see and if you have time, take a picnic lunch there. You will find all the comforts of home in the house itself. There are a variety of DVD's to watch on the large family room television downstairs, and the upper living area is equipped with surround-sound speakers that extend to the front deck. (I think we blasted the mountains with some of our music until we discovered that there were speakers on the deck as well!) If you are looking for upscale furnishings, this is not the place for you; it is decorated with a "be comfortable and make yourself at home" flair. If you are looking for an upscale view of the mountains and surrounding nature, this is it!

We visited Mt. Mitchell for the views and some hiking. We took the northern entrance into the Blue Ridge Parkway by going further east on I-40 and getting off in Marion. The drive was beautifully scenic, taking us through winding roads and past glorious forests and one lake, but it was well over an hour getting there. Chimney Rock Village has some quaint stores, but when we were there, the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock was broken and they were awaiting parts to repair it. (It's 500 steps to the top.) We loved Black Mountain Village with its unique shops and restaurants. We recommend Blue Mountain Biscuit Company (9 oz. biscuits!) and the Black Mountain Bistro (delicious food, reasonably priced). In Asheville, we loved the Tupelo Honey Cafe and a top-rated local favorite, the Sunny Pointe Cafe. Don't discredit the Black Mountain grocery chain, Ingles, for your lunch or supper. On several occasions, we bought food from the Ingles deli and carried it back up the mountain to the house for our supper.

We can't wait to go back!

Donna ~ Morris, Alabama

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time while staying at Mountain Laurel. The property has spectacular views and was very comfortable. We spent most of our time during the day hiking and sight seeing so coming home to the house and enjoying a fire in the wood stove made for the perfect end to our days.

We only noticed 2 items that probably need attention. The dishes placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher did not get clean. Also, the coffee maker is probably on it's last legs. Other than those minor issues, our vacation was spectacular and we would highly recommend your Mountain Laurel home!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review - it is appreciated. Tim and I are always glad to hear from our guests and we look forward to hosting you again.
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Chapin, SC

Cabin on the Mountain

  • 5 of 5

After a somewhat "rocky" start, I took a wrong turn at Christmas Tree Ln, we arrived at the cabin. The area is isolated but very beautiful. The view from the deck is inspiring. The cabin is exquisite. It's like staying in a townhome. Living room, kitchen, master bed and bath up, second bed, family room, bath down. Pictures adequately depict cabin but really don't do it justice. We really enjoyed ourselves. Lynn , sorry about the initial call of panic but unlike your road, Christmas Tree put the fear of God in us, especially trying to make a u-turn. Thanks again for the rental and your patience.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I so appreciate you posting a review and I am glad that you were able to get past the scary road episode. I hope you will consider visiting 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.


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3 night minimum stay

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

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Old Fort Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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