4 Bedrooms + 2 Other private rooms w sleeping, 4 Baths (Sleeps 11-16)
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!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This is a lovely house that is extremely convenient to everything in Asheville!
Charlie is the bomb! He was very accessible and gave great detail regarding the property. We hope to stay here again!
Thanks Laura! It's always fantastic when our guests really have a wonderful time, enjoy the house and actually plan to return again! Great communications and a truly fabulous group of folks. Enjoyed meeting all of you! Thank You!
5 day week in Asheville
Great location being 5 min from town. However secluded with a mountain feel.
Big house with multiple bedrooms. Plenty of space for several couples.
Would stay again .
Cozy, spacious home close to downtown
Myself and 10 other guests stayed at Charles house for several days. The house was as advertised and every spacious. We enjoyed the views from the deck and and the seclusion. The houses distance from everything: golf, breweries, downtown and groceries stores was extremely convenient. We had a very enjoyable time.
Bike trip for Blue Ridge
Our group was 4 adult couples and had plenty of space (each had their own bedroom and bathroom). We were there to ride our motorcycles on the blue ridge. Didn’t use the hot tub nor cook any meals but did enjoy all the space. Everyone enjoyed their own room. A bit tricky driveway for the bikes and trailers but we managed. Dennis responded quickly for all my questions. Nice location and close to Asheville. Easy Uber to the city for less than $10. Good space for larger groups.
Great space for a large group and amazing location! So much fun!
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.