Unique, extraordinary location. Very comfortable, beautifully appointed, artistically decorated, and fully equipped, directly off Highway 25-70, five miles from Hot Springs, NC where the Appalachian Trail intersects, and just 25 miles north of downtown Asheville. Laurel River Retreat sits on the bank of the scenic Laurel River in a 110 acre undeveloped forest. Secluded and serene, this is a place to hike, fish for trout, watch birds, sit on the large screened porch, patio or front deck and read, meditate, be. For those who enjoy nature, the forest, birds, wildlife, and the mountain climate. The house is located in a river gorge, canopied in trees and sits on a hill overlooking the Laurel River.
Location: Laurel River Retreat is well known locally for its magnificent setting, on a hill overlooking the Laurel River in undeveloped forest. The Laurel River Trail along the river is at the bottom of the hill and runs for three miles to where the Laurel intersects with the French Broad River. This is one of the most popular and beautiful trails in the region. It is literally at the front door of Laurel River Retreat.
Hot Springs: Hot Springs is a charming little town just 10 minutes drive from Laurel River Retreat. It is one of the few cities in America intersected by the Appalachian Trail. Visitors from all over world pass through the town as they hike the trail. It offers three nice restaurants, a hiking/camp store and several good hardware stores. It is famous for the Hot Springs Spas, a real treat for visitors - clean, well run and affordable. Hot Springs also has a medical clinic.
Asheville: Asheville, NC is a scenic 40 minute drive from Laurel River Retreat. This is a jewel in the mountains. It has many fine restaurants, antique shops, theaters, malls, and shops and large Many people enjoy visiting the Biltmore mansion and grounds. Asheville is also nationally known for its many fine art galleries.
This chalet and property on the Laurel River is absolutely phenomenal for a restful, secluded break. The woods and river are truly quiet and peaceful. There's only foot traffic along the river during the daytime. The evenings are dark - free of light pollution, and the chorus of the tree frogs and cicadas, etc. at night is the only sound over the rushing of the river below. The home, itself, is the perfect balance of modern convenience and rustic character. We spent our days hiking the trail while hubby fished the river. It was lovely in the early spring so we didn't avail ourselves of the deck, firepit or grill because of the chilly weather, but this is as close to a perfect retreat as one can get - fully equipped for a great time in a sylvan setting! Hot Springs is a quaint town just a few minutes up the road on the Appalachian Trail, with eclectic dining and shopping. I can't say enough about this property and location - it is truly a hidden gem for folks that want some quality alone time with family/friends.
If you want secluded, woodsy, beautiful, homey, and relaxing, this is your place! I've been coming to the Laurel River to hike and swim for over 10 years, but this is the first time I've been able to stay out there, and it was dream come true. The owners obviously love the property, and it's filled with personal touches from personal art (very good art) on the walls to little decorative touches everywhere. The upstairs bathroom is awesome. Our party of 6 adults and 1 active baby/toddler were very comfortable. The porch is amazing. Really nothing wasn't perfect. We were talking about going back for a week next year by the first morning. Would love to be there in winter too, use the fire pit and explore the river in quieter times. As it was thought, we tubed and splashed and had a wonderful time. Thanks!
We took a chance on this property since it had no prior reviews.....and boy am I glad we did! It's just as described, very secluded and hidden in the woods, basically built into the side of a mountain overlooking the river. We opened the windows at night and nature delivered us the best nites of sleep we've all had in awhile. Loved the nature trail that ran a couple of miles alongside the river. Owner was very helpful with any questions.......would highly recommend!
Laurel River Retreat is located on the Laurel River near Hot Springs, NC, famous for river rafting and hiking the Appalachian Trail. The Hot Springs Spa is also located there with natural hot spring water whirlpool tubs situated along the French Broad River. It is a popular attraction, not expensive and quite nice.