About the property
- House4900 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 6 nights
House, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 26-35)
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The perfect place for your ski season, Spring, Summer or Fall getaway. Enjoy the winter wonderland that is Beech Mountain during ski season or the unhurried pace and cool temperatures during our off season. The town of Beech Mountain is the highest city east of the Mississippi River. Ideal for business and church retreats as well as family reunions or even just time with friends.
4900+ square foot log home in moderately wooded setting located only .9 miles from Beech Mountain Club recreational facilities and 1.9 miles from Ski Beech entrance.
Home's exterior is fieldstone and cedar shake. The Lodge's interior, which is almost exclusively wood, creates rustic atmosphere with modern conveniences. Wood beamed ceilings throughout. Many of the walls are 16'-24' thick hand-hewn logs. Interior materials are recycled from 143 year-old grist mill located in Chatam, Virginia; the 136 year-old Reedy Fork Mill formerly outside Winston-Salem, NC; and, a barn of unknown age and origin.
Living room, dining room, and kitchen floors are hardwood (area rug covers almost all of living room); all halls and bedrooms are carpeted and bathrooms are ceramic tiled.
Large living room with over-sized woodburning fireplace (firewood provided). Dining room is 10' x 35' and seats 30 at one sitting. Kitchen has flat-surface stovetop, separate flat-surfaced, 5-burner stove with self-cleaning oven, combination microwave/range hood and two GE refrigerators with icemaker. Wood deck is 18' x 18' with perimeter bench seating and over-sized commercial gas grill. Ten bedrooms contain ten full-size beds and ten queen-size beds, three adult-size bunk beds as well as a twin-size sofa bed.
TV room has 42' flat panel TV with digital cable service, high-speed broadband internet access, VCR/DVD player and surround sound system as well as a queen-size sleeper sofa, which may be used as eleventh bedroom. Third floor hallway has foyer with large window seat, sofa, and 40' flat panel TV with digital cable service and PS3.
Off-street parking for up to eleven or twelve vehicles. SORRY, BUT NO PETS PERMITTED.
Keywords: Huge, Log Home, on ski hill, NC mountains
John or Kay Warthman
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About John or Kay 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 or Kay Warthman purchased this House in 1979
Why John or Kay Warthman chose Beech Mountain
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 Olympic pool, first-class tennis facilities, tennis as well as pickleball courts, breathtaking golf course with views of 3 states and excellent dining. And, it's 1.3 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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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful mountain home. Great size and location for our group
We had a great experience at the Great Escape Lodge. We had 5 families with 12 kids altogether and more than enough room for everyone to spread out. Not once did it feel crowded. The house had everything we needed to cook dinners every night for all the families and store everything we used. I liked how there was a separate living/tv room off the dining area so the kids could play and watch a movie while the adults ate and hung out by the fireplace in the main living room.
Location was good in that it was quiet and wooded; yet less than a 10 minute drive from all the amenities at Beech Mountain resort and the town. Unfortunately the weather conditions weren’t good for skiing, but we all still enjoyed it.
John the owner was very thorough in terms of detailing the house, area, what we needed to bring, and suggestions on the area. He was also so responsive if there was anything we needed. Would highly recommend for big groups and would certainly come back
Thanks so much for your patronage and kind words, Tim. We’re pleased to learn our home met your needs. We’re sorry the weather wasn’t more cooperative. It was a crazy ski season with some groups experiencing too much winter weather and some too little.
We look forward to having the opportunity to host you and your friends again in the future when the weather will hopefully be more accommodating. If you come again, you’ll find even more improvements in our home and it’s furnishings as we continue our updating process to make it more attractive and comfortable.
Thanks again. John W.
John was super responsive regarding any question we had during our stay. The house was exactly what we were looking for!
Great house, terrible winter roads, couldn't stay the 2nd night
This was a great house for our retreat, but we had to spend $750 getting our vehicles towed out and purchase of chains for one of the vans to make multiple trips back and forth getting everyone out. We didn't spend the second night there because more bad weather was expected. The advertisement for this house should have warned guests that the roads are not groomed during the winter house making the approach and departure dangerous! Maybe spring would be a better time to rent this one!
We certainly understand why you’re disappointed as well as upset. We apologize for any part we may have played in your experience. In our thirty-nine years years of ownership, it’s only the second occasion which something like this occurred despite the same or worse winter and road conditions.
On the other occasion occurring many years ago, 28 inches of snow fell in a single day. In this instance, a front impacted the area as well as the Midwest and Northeast. On a number of occasions-when church groups such as yours have brought buses or vans-we’ve come up with work arounds in very bad weather. You didn’t reach out to us to discuss the possibilities on this occasion.
Our home is on Beech Mountain which is an incorporated town with municipal services including road maintenance. Still, it is a mountain ski area with winding roads and changes in elevation. Our family skied both here and in the western US. We would always have either a four-wheel drive vehicle and/or snow chains when visiting any ski area. If-in checking the weather forecast-we found potentially hazardous road conditions were a possibility, we’d also check locally and sometimes do both.
When asked in the past, we would counsel each groups’ contact person to consider doing the same. You do bring up a good point that we haven’t historically proactively advised groups to do so in the winter. It’s an addition we’re going to make not only on our VRBO listing, but on the informational materials we provide prior to each groups visit. Thank you for the suggestion
We believe the customer service is important ingredient in the rental experience. If we had any openings left during this ski season, we’d offer them to you at a minimal charge (cost of maid service and laundry). However, we’re fortunate to be booked well into March. If you’d like to visit for retreat purposes during open dates that we have in April or May, we’d be happy to host your group again. Please just let us know.
Again, we’re sorry for your experience and hope to have the opportunity to provide you a better one. John W
Perfect For Large Groups!
If you're traveling with a large group this is the perfect place for you! The house is conveniently located to Beech Mtn. Resort and has all the amenities we needed. The initial travel dates we locked down when we booked the house ended up not working but John graciously switched the dates for us without any sort of penalty. He was a joy to work with and made sure the process was smooth for us from start to finish. We will definitely be staying here again!
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a privilege and pleasure to have your group as our guests. We look forward to the next time we can be of service to you and your group. John W
Wonderful mountain home! Great for groups! We had an amazing weekend with lots of room for our entire Boy Scout Troop. The owner is very nice and the customer service is outstanding. We were very pleased with our stay! Thanks!
Thank you again for your patronage as well as kind comments, Melissa. It was a privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and your group. The cleaning service owner called us earlier this afternoon to rave about how your group left our home. She also asked that we let you know how grateful she is for the condition in which you left it.
I’d like to add my thanks to hers. Please let us know if/when we might again be of service to you and your group. We’re making ongoing improvements to our home and hope you’ll have the opportunity to see and experience them. Thanks again, John W.
Amazing Place for a Retreat
The house was so cozy it was tough to get our people out skiing! A great place to bring large group, with a lot of rooms to spread out. John was great to work with before, during and after our stay. Would definitely book this property again!
Thanks for your patronage as well as kind words, Brendon. It was a privilege and pleasure to work with you and your group. We'll hope to have the opportunity to do so again in the future. 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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates based on maximum group size of 25 people during any time other than ski weekends. Written lease required by state of NC for all rentals less than thirty days. Any fees assessed ownership for traveler's use of credit cards for payment will be deducted from security deposit prior to return.