About the property
- House3800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
4 Bedrooms + 2 Other private rooms w sleeping, 4 Baths (Sleeps 11-16)
Capture the Sunset. Relax on the deck with a drink and your loved ones and friends while watching the spectacular sun set behind the beautiful Carolina mountains.
Just 5 minutes from downtown and conveniently located for foodies, brewery tours and everything else!
This is the most convenient vacation rental in the area for Asheville and have mountain views. .
Over 3800 of square feet of living space perfectly set up to accommodate larger get togethers. Perfect for friend/family reunions and other get togethers to enjoy each other, Asheville, brew tours, tremendous restaurants and outdoor/ indoor activities.
We know your vacation time is precious and have tried to give you as much in the way of convenience and luxury as possible.
We have just added a pool table in the game room. It can be used presently but is somewhat restricted.
This home will accommodate a large party without feeling cramped. It has an abundance of off-street parking, is very private (yet close) and is located on the original carriage road from Grove Park Inn to the Seely Castle. Seely Castle is just across the street and is the castle that Fred Seely (E.W. Grove's son-in-law) built after he finished construction on the Grove Park Inn.
Fully equipped kitchen with double ovens, eat in table, separate dining room and a 6 person hot tub located on upper level deck.
The upper garage is available for use with prior notification.
The lower garage is used for storage. Huge amount of off street parking. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ( sorry not class A). Wood Fireplace: cozy fireplace in lower master suite (firewood is provided in winter.)
Why this house!: We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than in Asheville. This was our home for 9 years, we no longer need the space and have moved into a smaller house.
Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and miss the convenience. It is a perfect vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces, many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever. Please enjoy!
Additional Information: We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience.
Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has gorgeous views but may be blocked or partially blocked during the summer months by leaves. It is very spacious and convenient. The house was bought to live in but converted to a vacation rental. There are 4 ski areas close by. It is on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn (don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants.
Dogs welcome with restrictions. Please contact us for details.
If you wish to book a period that is designated "event - special pricing" and the dates are not dates you would like, please send us an inquiry stating the dates requested. We are flexible and try to anticipate what dates around holidays might be desired but don't always get it correct.
Please note that weekly rentals have a changeover day of Sunday. Friday and Saturday night will not be split without prior approval.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than Asheville. This was our home for 9 years, but with all of our children grown and gone we no longer need the space and are moving into a somewhat smaller house. We plan to travel some and having a smaller house to care for on a routine basis will work better for our situation. Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and will certainly miss the convenience. It will however make a great vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever. Where did Sophie come from - well Stephanie's grandfather didn't particularly like the name Stephanie, he preferred Sophie and called her that. Stephanie was always pretty much a tom boy and loved to help her grandfather on the farm. She loved to go with him in his wagon to the store and to do various chores on the farm. She was always Sophie to him. We enjoyed living in this house, especially the closeness to town and watching the wild life in the yard. There was almost always a gentle breeze in the summer and quite relaxing to sit on the deck and watch the sunsets. In the winter, it's like a winter wonderland when it snows - so quiet and serene. We were quite fond of building a fire in the fireplace and just relaxing during snow periods. We hope you enjoy the house for your vacation and hope you will make a stay at Sophie's Retreat an annual event. Please enjoy!
Charlie purchased this House in 2002
Why Charlie chose Grove Park- Sunset
We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience. Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has views, is very spacious and convenient. There are 4 ski areas close by. Our house is on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn( don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants. The house if quite large and well suited for large groups with lots of room to spread out and have room to oneself. Our favorite of all was to take off on our motorcycle to the parkway for a short ride or a picnic after work or on the weekends.
What makes this House unique
The most unique benefit of this cabin is it's proximity to town and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is at a higher elevation than the city but still has all of the protection and amenities of the City of Asheville. The cabin is well suited to large groups with lots of room to spread out and not feel cramped. It really is the perfect vacation cabin!
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
It was a beautiful home. Close to downtown Asheville.
Thanks Jessica for the great review! We appreciate you taking the time to review our property and help potential guests determine the suitability for their vacation stay.
We also think it is a great location and very much miss the convenience of living their. It is so close to downtown Asheville. We appreciate you choosing our house to celebrate your birthday and enjoyed meeting all of your colleagues.
Please come stay with us again!
Charlie and Stephanie
Perfect stay at Sophie’s
We are all on the road and would like to Thank You for allowing us to stay at Sophie’s retreat. It allowed all of us to enjoy our family and friends getaway weekend. The House was plenty big and had everything we needed and more. One morning we got to watch a momma bear and her 2 cubs climb the tree. We all had a fabulous time in Asheville.
Just as described
There are a lot of pros to this Home I’d like to point out: it is just like the pictures, there are no odd surprises. The kitchen is big and easy to move around in. It made it easy for multiple people to prepare meal together and serve meals. We spent most our time in the kitchen and eating area. The view is great, you feel like you’re out of town but you’re only a $7 uber ride to restaurants and activities. Everything was clean. It’s spacious enough that if you’re with a big group and need alone time there is plenty of space to go and have some quiet. The owner is readily available for any questions; I ended up having to ask him a couple of things (more than I’ve ever bothered a VRBO owner) and he always responded and never seemed annoyed. Thanks for your help, Charlie! We only had 8 guests but I’d say 12 could stay extremely comfortably. The beds were comfortable. There were plenty of blankets, pillows and towels.
My only suggestion to the owner is possibly provide some space heaters for down stairs. We had a hard time getting temps comfortable for both upstairs and downstairs sleepers due to there being one thermostat. It didn’t ruin our stay, but I heavily rely on reviews so I want to be honest. And this seems like an easy fix if there were just a couple space heaters to add to the downstairs bed rooms. In summary, thanks for a wonderful and spacious home to spend time with friends in Asheville!
Thanks Margaret for the nice review. The house is plenty big enough for large groups and so very close to downtown. The kitchen is twice as big as most with every appliance one could ever need. The double ovens make meal prep much easier. There is an abundance of room for multiple cooks- or just guests hanging out.
The HVAC does get a bit tricky in "in between months" where A/C is needed during the day and heat at night. We do have some portable heaters for this occasion which were in the upper garage. We'll move them back downstairs so they are more easily located. Thanks again for the marvelous review and please come stay with us again and visit Asheville.
Great Location and Big House
Charlie is great to work with! Recommended if you are coming to Asheville with a big group
Hot tub and upper Dishwasher were broken. Cable and internet went out and they tried to tell a house full of guys it was because we plugged in a hair dryer and popped a circuit. Didn’t plug in anything bugger than a phone charger. Circuit breaker in the garage was surrounded by a homade mess of wires that was clearly a fire hazard. Took 2 hours to get cable and internet back up. That being said, Charlie was helpful to get cable and internet back. Weirdest thing had to have been the rule book that was about 20 pages long. A “house rule” was a threat to kick you out without warning if you made too much noise after 11pm. Also said that you couldn’t leave anything less than a 5 star review without a comment and leaving a negative comment to get your deposit back was extortion. They literally underlined that in the rule book. Won’t stay here again.
This house was excellent, and equal to the needs of our group. The house is larger than the photos might suggest, and offers both privacy and large communal spaces. The house is close enough to downtown Asheville if that's what you're interested in, but also far enough away to maintain the mountain feel. The owner was professional and prompt in his replies. I recommend staying at this house.
1.3 miles from downtown Asheville/ 1/2 mile from Grove Park. The house is centrally located to the Asheville.One can easily be in downtown Asheville in less than 5 minutes. There are many restaurants, grocery stores and craft pubs located within several minutes of the house. Other Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Hot Air Ballooning, Boating, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Miniature Golf, Shopping Golf: There are many courses in the area ranging from highly rated and pricey to less expensive. Our municipal course is surprisingly well groomed and affordable. Black Mountain is also a great, affordable course. Grove Park Inn course is one of the top rated in the area but is usually somewhat pricey. One can see this course from the house. Ski: There are several ski areas within easy driving. Which one you choose depends on skiing ability and other factors. The larger areas are Beech and Sugar Mountain, are 1 1/2 to 2 hours away and tend to cater to more advanced skiers while the closer areas are Cataloochee and Wolfe Ridge. These are more family oriented and both have tube parks for those who don't ski or board. Both of these are about a hour away. There are other areas like Ober Gatlinburg and Appalachian that should be checked as well. Charlie has been on ski patrol at Cataloochee for a number of years and is of course somewhat prejudiced but feels that this area is far superior to the others over all unless you are a very advanced boarder or skier. We have awesome snow making capability and are usually the first area to open on the East Coast. We also have the most professionally run operation and are the most family oriented. This is not only my opinion but am told this by customers every time I ski.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Friday and Saturday nights will not be split up. Guests must rent both nights. Please call or email before booking to ensure the house is available. Our minimums are 2 nights Sunday through Wednesday, 3 nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, except in winter, in between and fall. All weeks containing federal holidays rent at in season rates. Standard rates are 225 Sunday - Wednesday, 375 Thursday - Saturday. Please call for booking or more information Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please call us if you have a pet or pets - ,rates subject to size.. We will need to provide you with a pet addendum. Thanks