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Susan Hinz

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

'Holly Haven' - Serene Retreat with Vista Views

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Asheville Area Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Beautiful secluded 1 bedroom apartment with private entrance and dedicated off street covered parking. Centrally located - only 10 minutes to Downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estates, 5 minutes Blue Ridge Parkway, 15 to 20 minutes to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Black Mountain

Fully equipped kitchen and dining area provides you the opportunity to enjoy light snacks, four course meals or a romantic take out for two. There are several major food stores close by for your shopping ease.

Wake up slowly and drink in the fresh mountain air with your morning coffee or tea. With the Mountain View and being nestled by trees at 'Holly Haven', these serene surroundings invite you to linger a little longer for a second cup.

Just relax in the cool NC Mountains or if you want to see the sites, you'll have a long list of activities to choose from as we provide literature in the apartment for your leisurely perusal. Nearby are very popular 'must see' film landmarks:

*Lake Lure - Original 'Dirty Dancing'

*Chimney Rock - 'Last of the Mohicans'

*Black Mountain - Current Blockbuster ' The Hunger Games'

Asheville is a great town with much history, spectacular restaurants, unique shops and the nicest people you'll ever meet!

Keywords: Ground Level, Private, Romantic, Views, Mountains, Mountain Views, Peaceful, Retreat, Beautifully Decorated, Easy Access, High Speed Internet Access, Nearby - Outdoor Adventures, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming, Horseback Riding, Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Black Mountain, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Susan Hinz (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Susan Hinz

As a world traveler having vast experience with staying in different types of accomodations, I wanted to provide the best of all worlds in Holly Haven. Creating a 'home away from home', Holly Haven has been designed to be a destination for traveling souls desiring a relaxing atmosphere.

Susan Hinz purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Susan Hinz chose Asheville Area

I've found all the natural beauties and open mindedness of Europe in Asheville! From the moderate climate, waterfalls and abundent nature to the cosmopolitan restaurants, ecclectic and down to earth people, Asheville area has it all in one place.

What makes this apartment unique

Peace, serenity and a retreat into nature at Holly Haven. So many activities are nearby or just stay in and get lost in the sweeping vista views of the mountains for hours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely stay in your apartment. Thank you so much for opening it for visitors to stay.

This was such a comfortable place to return to each evening for rest and respite. We so appreciated the apartment ; a true haven. Thank you for your gracious hospitality in leaving us the banana bread. It was a lovely kindness and very delicious!
Jul 2015
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based on 44 traveler reviews

'Holly Haven' - Serene Retreat with Vista Views
average rating of 4.681818 based on 55 reviews

Great time in a cozy nook!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to come up to Asheville last minute, and we were lucky enough to find Holly Haven. The property manager was extremely responsive - we literally made the booking while we were driving! The home is very well maintained, comfortable, and clean. There was even fresh baked banana bread waiting for us upon arrival. Great place to stay for a couple!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holly Haven was clean, well laid out and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I wanted a nice place to stay for the New Year and not wanting to stay in a hotel we found a listing for Holly Haven and was able spend four wonderful nights. The apartment was spacious, clean, and very comfortable. The big screen television and fireplace added a very nice touch. The kitchen was well stocked with all the utensils, even a pizza cutter, that we used since we baked pizza for dinner one night.

We would recommend Holly Haven to anyone looking for a nice place to stay while in the Asheville area which is only a short drive away.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

The apartment is cozy and has a beautiful view. It is in a quiet area (too quiet for my taste), about 10 minutes or so from Downtown Asheville. All around are quiet winding roads, lovely homes and beautiful mountain views.

A few points about the apartment -

1. The bed was not comfortable at all. It was a box-style, ultra-soft mattress that sinks in as you lie down. It is very difficult to change your side once you are lying, and it disturbs your partner too. Wrote to the property owner the next morning, and she suggested that we remove the top layer (a thin, silky mattress-y cover). However, the base mattress is still very soft, so I don't know if that would have made a difference. We didn't try that option but it may be comfortable for others.

2. There is an attached room that contains some machines (e.g. generator). During the night, they seem to turn on and off. If you are a light sleeper, then you may be woken up by these sounds. I kept hearing running water and had to remind myself that it was probably the flush tank (or something like that).

3. The apartment above seemed to have some visitors on one of the nights. Heard some thumping and stomping late into the night. Sound transfers very easily between the two apartments.

4. The bathroom shower head is something wonderful! Enjoyed using it.

5. The kitchen is comfortable and well-equipped.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Two

  • 5 of 5

Holly Haven is absolutely the best VRBO place that we have found! It was very comfortable, convenient to everything that we wanted to do and was quiet and restful. It took us about 15 minutes to get to Biltmore. I cannot express how clean everything was in the apartment. The bed was comfy. The kitchen was fully equipped. Grocery stores and restaurants were very close by and easily accessible. I have no reservations about recommending Holly Haven for any couple's Asheville getaway! We hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had pros and cons

  • 3 of 5

The living room and kitchen were very nice. The electric fireplace was very cozy and the kitchen had much to offer. The bedroom and bathroom were not what we expected. The bed was very uncomfortable and we did not get a good night's sleep. The sheets had been washed many times and were not smooth. The bathroom was too small, and there was no vanity so no place to lay hair dryer, curling iron, etc. We would not stay here again just because of the bed, so therefore we can not recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, just right for our stay in the Smokies

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent one bedroom, fully equipped apartment about 10 minutes from the Billy Graham Conference Center and also very close to an entrance onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was about two blocks off of a highway, quiet, peaceful and ideal for my wife's and my getaway.

The booking agent, Susan, could not have been more helpful and we had the opportunity to meet the owner of the property, an artist named Doreen. The two of them helped make the trip even better.

We will attempt to stay there each time we return to the area, and I am truly glad we found this property as it was very reasonable and perfect for our trip.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway and Interstate 40
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Local Joint - Great American Food and Burgers
Car: necessary

Check Out Website: for all sorts of things to do in the Asheville Area, to include but not limited to:

Nearby 10 to 15 Minutes from Holly Haven - Biltmore Estates and Winery - Year Round, River Arts District, Outlet Shopping, Golfing, Ziplines, Waterfalls, Public Soccer Fields, Year Round Roller Skating, Comedy Bus Tours of Asheville, Spooky Historical Bus Tours of Asheville Area, Performance Street Art in Downtown Asheville, Micro Breweries, Seasonal Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Tubing, Ice Skating,


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

Rates are subject to change without notice. Except for 1 week or longer stay there are no discounts.

Inquiries and rate quotes are not reservations. In the event of multiple inquiries, the first to confirm with signed rental agreement and funds paid has an actual reservation for the time requested. Please be timely in your response if you are seriously interested in booking Holly Haven property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Asheville Area Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bathroom with Shower, New Thunderhead High Pressure 'Rain' shower head with 90 spray jets and new shampoo, conditioner and shower gel dispenser, 2 full sets of towels provided for length of stay
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen Pillow Top Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Ground level apartment entry, private keyless code entry provided at time of booking confirmation, Note: There is a $60.00 cleaning fee for each stay up to two weeks which includes pre /post housekeeping.

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