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Ultimate Family Mountain Retreat - Balsam Mountain Preserve

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Created by Al Platt, designer of the 2006 HGTV Dream Home, this custom residence features an open floor plan with antique reclaimed white pine floors, exposed timbers, and reclaimed hemlock ceilings. The 4 bedroom, 4½ bath home is nestled into over five acres of forest and is bordered on two sides by protected conservation land. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces create great living spaces from which to enjoy the long range mountain views. Additional features include white pine wall paneling in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and foyer on the main floor, as well as in the lower level family room. Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances with stained concrete perimeter countertops and rustic knotty hickory cabinetry in the kitchen.

This home is in the private community of Balsam Mountain Preserve with a 24 hour onsite security staff, a fully staffed Nature Center and over thirty miles of hiking trails. There are three golf courses located within 15 minutes of the property as well as horseback riding, fishing and rafting close by.

Keywords: North Carolina Mountains, Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Vacation Getaway, Gated Community, Luxury Rental, Golf, Hiking, Private, Asheville, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Biltmore Estate, Golf Community

More Details

Property Manager
Bruce Fine
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2017

About Bruce Fine

I have lived in the mountains with my family for 12 years. Having spent a good bit of my adult life in cities like Los Angeles, Houston, and Miami, I can say with confidence that this is my family's last stop. This home sits at the crossroads of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, and there is no where else on earth that I've found that has the beauty, the peace and the restorative nature of this special place. My children are 19 and 15 and I feel blessed with the knowledge that they have grown up in a very unique and cultural rich environment. You'll feel the same way as well after just one week!!

Bruce Fine purchased this house in 2008

Why Bruce Fine chose Bryson City Area

Balsam Mountain Preserve is unlike any mountain community I've ever seen. They all have beautiful views and picturesque settings, but living in Balsam is like living in a national forest. Most of the mountain can never be developed because it's in a conversation trust, so there is a sense of peace and a connection with nature that is real. The 24 hour manned security is also a plus. Balsam feels secluded, but it's really just ten minutes from Waynesville and Sylva. Both towns offer a huge variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Asheville is only 40 minutes away. Finally, the access to Balsam is hard to beat. It's located just off the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, so it's literally a four-lane drive from anywhere - no 2-lane twisty mountain roads to maneuver to get here. It's easier to get to than any mountain location I've ever seen.

What makes this house unique

Balsam is a private community with 24 hour onsite security, a fully staffed Nature Center and over thirty miles of private hiking trails that wind across streams and waterfalls throughout the property, some reaching elevations as high as 5,400 feet. The trail system is truly amazing! My wife and kids love to get outdoors and have all-day adventures on the trails with peace of mind, knowing they are inside a private community. One of the trails leads to a private campground inside Balsam that has outdoor grills, a trout stream, a covered Pavilion, and camping sites. One of my kids' favorite spots!! There is also a Nature Center at Balsam staffed by full-time trained and educated naturalists, an experience not to be missed. Make sure you check out the live Birds of Prey program, which includes a close-up look at a beautiful Bald Eagle. The Nature Center is a real treat for young and old alike.


Sylva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Master - 1 king , Main Level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • King Bed (2), Queen Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This beautiful home is nestled in Balsam Mountain Preserve, a 4400 acre gated community high in the Plott Balsam Range. The fantastic variety of amenities offered at this truly one-of-a-kind mountain retreat appeals to every generation and its common thread revolves around the great outdoors. • 34 miles of well-groomed hiking and mountain biking trails. • Family campsite within the community. • Stream fishing. • Nature Center with on-site Naturalists and Activities Director. • Find out more at


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Ultimate Family Mountain Retreat - Balsam Mountain Preserve
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful secluded setting

  • 5 of 5

Loved this property. Bruce was wonderful to work with. The home was immaculate and perfect for our family. The gentlemen who staffed the gate were very helpful, friendly, and informative about the community and surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Darlene, thank you for your nice review. Glad you had a great time and hopefully you got to see a little January snow before you left! Come back anytime!
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Beautiful Mountain Retreat... perfect for family gatherings....

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Mountain Home filled with comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains is breathtaking and every day's sunrise and sunset brought a different scenery to life. Our family enjoyed all aspects of our stay and the kitchen was well stocked for meal preparation. Thank you for this incredible opportunity to spend Thanksgiving in the Mountains! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, thanks for your review. We work hard to make this home comfortable and enjoyable for our guests, I'm glad your family had a great time. Please come back anytime!
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Beautiful home with loads of privacy!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this beautiful mountain home! Bruce was wonderful to work with - very responsive and informative. The home itself was welcoming and grand at the same time. The screened in porch with outdoor fireplace, seating area and dining table was fabulous. We spent a lot of time out there enjoying the nice breezes and wonderful view. Making s'mores in the evening was a treat. The home was well appointed and decorated with tasteful artwork and furniture, while still feeling very comfortable. The master suite was huge! Plenty of room to relax. It was nice to have bathrooms for every bedroom. Everyone had their own space in the house, while still enjoying the common areas together. The sun greeted us every morning through the large back windows of the house - no window treatments on them brought the outdoors inside, which was a nice touch. Michael at the Nature Center on property was awesome! He spent time educating us about snakes and other local "neighbors" - he even gave us a mini birds of prey encounter with one of the hawks at the center. Hope, the bald eagle, was also amazing. Highly suggest stopping in to check it out. We also ventured to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for flat water kayaking - approx. 35 minutes from the front gates. Mike was our guide and he was excellent. Highly recommend going there, if only to people watch. Walked around downtown Sylva - some cute shops and cafes. Just remember that small downtown area shops close early, so give yourself enough time to explore. Overall, we had a great mountain vacation! I would recommend this house to anyone looking to get away from it all, while still having ammenities not far away.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation in the NC Moutains

  • 5 of 5

The house is truly gorgeous in a beautiful part of the country. It is conveniently located near both the towns of Sylva and Waynesville so that was very nice to have. The Food Lion in Sylva is very nice and very well stocked. The house is absolutely gorgeous and spotless. Professionally decorated, it is very large with plenty of space for everyone. The master suite is gigantic. The views are great from the porch and all of the bedrooms. Kitchen is well equipped and and all the linens and towels are high quality. The house has everything you need. The hot tub is great and very well maintained The drive up from the main road is steep and curvy and partly on gravel but it was no problem for any car. The bedrooms are very bright in the morning so if you want to sleep late, keep that in mind. A truly gorgeous home worth every rental dollar.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Mountain House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this house over a long weekend and its awesome. Great quality house and furniture with awesome views and room for everyone. Owner was great to deal with and flexible with our concerns.

If your looking for a peaceful place to enjoy the views and enjoy a little family together time put this house at the top of the list!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and glad you had a great time. Come see us again on your next trip to the mountains!
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time. The house is gorgeous with amazing views and most important super comfortable. Inside of balsam preserve where the house is located, we got to experience a few activities like bird feeding (bald eagle , Hawks etc) which for the kids it was a great learning experience , also they had the time of their lives horseback riding. This place is amazing and only 30 min away from a ski slope which is another fun activity. Everyone was super nice and welcoming. The house was in perfect conditions, very clean and organized ;) BEAUTIFUL

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Asheville Regional
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Waynesville Country Club
Nearest Motorway
Smoky Mountain Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Catalooche Ski Area
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.75%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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