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Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!

Bedrooms 10
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 26-35)


The perfect place for your Summer, Fall or ski season getaway. Enjoy the unhurried pace and cool temperatures during our off season or the winter wonderland that is Beech Mountain during ski 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

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John or Kay Warthman
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

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, breathtaking golf course with views of 3 states and excellent dining. And, it's close by to the Beech Mountain Resort ski slopes. We think it's the perfect combination of yesteryear atmosphere combined with many modern conveniences.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Huge Comfortable Log Home in North Carolina Mountains!
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Family Fun at "The Lodge"

  • 5 of 5

We staged a family vacation the 1st week of August 2015 at The Great escape Lodge. The home is huge with ten Bedrooms and six bathrooms! We had twenty four members of our family enjoying all the incredible outdoor activities including: the pool, golf, hiking, horse back riding, white water rafting, going up the mountain in the ski lift, fishing and hiking.

After all of these activities we would gather in the huge dining area and enjoy the many tales of the day.

In the evening we would gather either outside around the fire pit for "somores" or in the living room for cards and or board games.

Beech Mountain offers everything and "The Lodge" provides the relaxation and room to enjoy our large and loud group.

Visit Beech Mountain and stay at The Great Escape Lodge!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thomas, thank you so much for both your group's patronage as well as very kind comments. We're pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay. It was our privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and your family. We look forward to either having you and your family as guests or neighbors sometime in the future.
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Charlotte, NC

Spring Break Weekend Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We're looking for a place that can accommodate big group. With 10 families with us, we need a spacious place, a functioning kitchen, and large dining area plus a space for our night activities (singing/playing bingo/dancing) as well as we need a space for teens (playing videogames/wifi connection/tv area for teens). We all got it at Great Escape Lodge. John Warthman (the owner) is easy to talk to... he has a ready answer for all our questions. The website helped a lot with what to expect, places to go, things needed, things not needed, map, room assignments, what to bring and etc. The place is clean and spacious. For sure, we will be back and will recommend it to our friends. Again, thanks for letting us create a memorable Spring Break.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, thank you so much for both your group's patronage as well as kind comments. We're delighted to hear that you had a good time. It was our pleasure to be of service to you and your group. We look forward to again doing so at some point in the future.
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Great Reunion Getaway

  • 5 of 5

In our 10 years of reunions, this was the best. We usually have to worry about the # of beds, not at the lodge. The property was very clean and well kept and you could tell the owner was involved closely with the whole process. We could not have asked for a better place, and I'm sure we will return again.

ETSU Reunion Randy Forshee

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Randy, thank you so much for your kind comments as well as patronage. We look forward to being of service to you and your group again at some point in the future.
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Fantastic place for groups

  • 5 of 5

We have used the Great Escape Lodge for over a decade, bringing a group of teenage boys. The facility sets up perfectly for a group and is always a perfect place to stay. The owner, is exceptionally easy to work with and beyond accommodating. I would highly recommend using the Great Escape Lodge.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Drew, thank you so much for your kind comments as well as many years of patronage. It's been our privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and PAYH (Paul Anderson Youth Home). Best wishes for continuing success in your ministry and education of the fine young men there.
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super place for a vacation

  • 5 of 5

we had a super time.owner was great!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for both your patronage and kind comments. We'll hope to be of service to you and your family again in the future! john w.
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Fort Myers, FL

Great place to bring the family for memories!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's second visit and was not disappointed. We were blessed again with the owner being available, helpful, generous, and is a great example of a HOST. Our family of 26 arrived to enjoy the New Year. When we got there, it was clean, wood outside for the fireplace, and within minutes the kids were running, and playing "Hide n Seek". Every room was unique, with most bedrooms having their bathrooms. The kitchen has all one needs to cook, bake, and prepare needed meals for ones family or group. There is an island, adequate refrigerators, stoves, and shelves. It was a good hang out. The dining room is perfect for the family to serve either buffet or family style. After clean up, a great game room. There is also a piano, and I loved hearing our granddaughters play their favorite songs. Music is healing and brings smiles. The TV room is cozy, and in a perfect location. From the patio doors one sees wildlife so keep your eyes open. We feel so blessed to have found this place, and we have hopes to go up for another visit sometime in the future. If you are planning a trip, this is a good choice.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your ongoing patronage as well as your kind comments. It was a pleasure to have you as returning clients and would be our pleasure to again be of service to you and your family in the future. Until then, john w.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tri-Cities Tennessee
Nearest Barpub
2.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.6 Miles
Beech Mountain Club
Nearest Restaurant
2.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Beech Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Wautauga Lake
Car: necessary

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

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 12.75%

Based on maximum group size of 25 people

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Charter Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 30 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1 of 2 located on main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , 2nd of 2 located on main floor has claw-footed tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground floor bath for two bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor hall bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor private bath for bedroom #6
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Third floor hall bath with shower only
  • Ceramic-tiled floors with 1x8 clear-finished pine walls.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , Main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Ground floor with adult-sized bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 1st of 4 second floor bedrooms
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , 2nd of 4 second floor bedrooms
    Bedroom 6 - 2 double , 3rd of 4 second floor bedrooms. Has private bathroom.
    Bedroom 7 - 2 double , 4th of 4 second floor bedrooms
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , 2 double , 1st of 3 third floor bedrooms. Has loft bed with ladder.
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , 2 double , 2nd of 3 third floor bedrooms with loft bed
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , 2 double , 3rd of 3 third floor bedrooms with loft bed
    Bedroom 11 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , TV room with queen-size sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Ground floor-Adult-sized bunk bed & single bed sleeper sofa
  • Seventeen full-size beds, Baby Cribs (1), one queen-size sofa bed in TV room plus one single-size sofa bed in ground floor bedroom, Bunk Beds-3 Adult-size
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
All cooking Utensils/ Plates/Silverware/Glassware/barware provided. Beech Mountain Club Guest Privileges (Heated Olympic pool, 18-hole golf course with views of three states, tennis courts, activities, etc, - fees apply), Access to new 22, 000 s, f, Beech Mountain Activity Center - fees apply), Town of Beech Mountain water and sewer.

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