|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
we had a super time.owner was great!
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.
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
|Refundable damage deposit||$600|
Based on maximum group size of 25 people
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.