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Cozy Mountain Setting 15 Minutes to Asheville and Biltmore Estates

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8)

Call or email for Special Rates - The Firelight cottage is a charming turn of the century built home that has been updated and remodeled and is only 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. It has a covered rocking chair front porch with seasonal mountain views along with a wrap around deck. It sits in a small mountain neighborhood. It has two king bedrooms. Bunks in the third bedroom,sleeper sofa in the living room. King size bedrooms also have their own private entrance onto the covered wrap around deck. After a day of shopping and browsing the many galleries and stores in the area, hiking and enjoying water activities, attending a festival, concert, or play; or visiting the spectacular Biltmore Estate in the Asheville area you can relax in front of the quaint gas log fireplace, watch TV or a DVD from the video library on flat screen TVs, pay a family game or use your laptop to surf the web with high speed WIFI access. Relaxing in the comfortable multiple jet setting Hot Springs spa on the two tiered deck is also a definite option. You can also cook in the kitchen or use the grill out on the private deck. If you’re in the mood for a quick supper out you can enjoy quality restaurants about 3 minutes away in the charming hamlet of Black Mountain.

Peaceful and relaxing, Firelight cottage is a quick 15 minutes away from the center of Asheville with its many world class restaurants, year-round live entertainment, museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and large exhibitions at the Civic Center. The quaint downtown of Black Mountain is only three minutes away from the cottage, with the beautiful Lake Tomahawk only a short five minute drive(see picture. There is a trail around the lake along with a huge twenty five yard pool that can easily accommodate lap swimmers. Access to the Blue Ridge parkway is a quick and easy 10 minutes away. Lake Lure and the beautiful Chimney Rock State Park is a scenic and relaxing 30 minute drive. Mt. Mitchell, highest mountain in the Eastern U.S., is a 45 minute drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. For those interested participating in workshops and gatherings, the cottage is only a 2 minute drive away from the Ridgecrest Conference Center.

During the spring, summer and fall seasons there are festivals occurring all over the area with the Biltmore Estates Festival of Flowers occurring every April and the L.E.A.F. Festival taking place twice a year in May and October. Asheville is also an antique hunter’s paradise, and the River Arts District (more than 80 artists’ studios) produces some of the best art in America. Shoppers will love the boutiques and specialty shops.

The cottage is also only 2 minutes away from the Ridgecrest Conference Center and a short five minute drive to the beautiful Lake Tomahawk trail and swimming areas.

For those guests needing more sleeping accommodations check out VRBO Listing 276176. It is a mother-in-law cottage sitting next to this cottage and has 2 bedrroms and 1 bath; sleeps up to 6.

Please note that winter road conditions in the mountains can often be unpredictable. While the cottage is close to a main road about (500 feet), the road grade leading up the cottage while small, is still steep enough that a 4 wheel drive vehicle might be required if there is more than a few inches of snow on the ground. In more severe weather ( 3+ inches of snow or ice) guests may have to park at the bottom of the road and walk up to the cottage. Guests should keep abreast of weather conditions several days before their arrival and we also encourage them to call us as well for updated information on weather and road conditions. We highly recommend that guests consider purchasing travel insurance if your stay is in the winter months.

There are a number of steps throughout the house reflecting how rooms were added on throughout its history. This can make the cottage potentially difficult to traverse for elderly or disabled guests. Please call us for more information regarding any questions you might have about this.

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Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Marilyn

Bill and I are seniors who are working. We have been people helpers all our life and made careers out of it. I am a retired social worker. We love the area of Asheville and found it to be very enjoyable and thought that others would want to come and visit but not everyone can afford to pay the high prices of vacation rentals. So we decided to get into the vacation rental business. Bill works full time and I manage the cottage.

Marilyn purchased this house in 2009

Why Marilyn chose Black Mountain

We found two cottages that needed TLC. We wanted to buy something old but unique to the area and we surely did find that in Firelight Cottage. We fell in love with the old fashioned porch and the size and quirkyness of the home. We were told that this was a hand built house and that the lumber was milled from timber on the property at a nearby mill. Redoing the plumbing and electricity was quite the comedy as each of the previous owners had done the work themselves. Then we had old fahsioned sewer and water lines as well to address which turned out to be quite the lesson on how to detect underground leaks and find sewer lines. We have laughed and cried over this property and have come to appreciate it's enduring charm. We are glad that we have kept this piece of mountain history alive and renewed its vitality. It has been and continues to be a journey. Each year we are able to do more and more improvements.

What makes this house unique

We love the heavy old fashioned doors with the old fashioned door knobs. The King bedrooms are add ons from one of the previous owners and are charming especially the one we call the hobbit room as you have to bend down a little to go down to that room. We also thought the kitchen which once the porch was quaint with the bead boarding. The clawfoot iron tub is the original and in great shape. The one feature that made us laugh and sealed the deal was the fireplace which leans a little to the right. You just gotta love that....This cottage is kinda like Asheville...a little bit quirky but fun and comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed the uniqueness of this cottage. We loved the front porch seating and being able to rock in the rocking chairs. Black Mountain and Asheville are beautiful cities and we cant wait to visit again. Both of our families enjoyed being able to sit around, relax and just talk. Thanks for having us and we hope to back again.
Jul 2014
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Black Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With Flat Screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , With Flat Screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , With Flat Screen TV
  • King size beds (2) Two pillowtop king beds in two of the bedrooms. Three steps up to bathrooms. Double bed and Bunk Beds in third bedroom. Bunk Beds are seven feet long with upgraded mattresses.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming


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Cozy Mountain Setting 15 Minutes to Asheville and Biltmore Estates
average rating of 4.422222 based on 172 reviews
Silver Lake, OH

A Rustic Charmer

  • 4 of 5

The Firelight Cottage is a rustic charmer. A welcoming front porch with comfy rocking chairs. Plenty of room to accommodate guest. The beds are very comfortable and comes with TV in each room and DVD library. Newer appliances are a welcome convenience. The kitchen is well stocked with needed cooking and eating utensils. Outdoor activities abound: hot tub, firepit, gas grill and the beauty of NC nature. Very close to historic sites, great restaurants and shopping.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beautiful description. Thanks.
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great stay at the Firelight Cabin without any issues or complaints.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves. It is a great place to share with friends and family.
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The cabin was nice and cozy and was definitely extremely comfortable for 8 people

  • 5 of 5

It was definitely a lot home-ier than I expected. There were plenty of spaces for everyone to have their own spot in the cabin and the fireplace was a great touch. Impressed that they had so many blankets which was perfect for playing board games near the fire.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a very comfortable cottage and many folks tell us they love it. Blankets by the fire is a favorite activity too. There is a lot room for it right in front of that fireplace. Thanks for your very positive review.
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Winter wonderland

  • 4 of 5

It’s was a beautiful snowy weekend! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes sometimes we get a winter wonderland here in the mountains.
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Unique cabin close to I40

  • 4 of 5

Not perfect but worked well for get together with daughters and their boyfriends. Small steps everywhere so be aware if this is a issue. Except spring and fall would be beautiful

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that this charming cottage and its quirks worked for and your family. It is a nice large space and accomodates a large group easily. Lots of living memories have been created at firelight cottage.
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It was really cute and we totally enjoyed our stay. Would absolutely stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and very well kept. My only suggestion is there is a step down in the kitchen that was not very well pointed out and my Dad took a pretty good fall going into the house for the first time. Other than that no complaints.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry your dad fell. We have a sign there by the step down from the living room to dining room. We are mulling over what we can do differently. We always appreciate feedback.We always like to hear that everything else was good.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
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Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $40
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.