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'La Casa del Amour'; Rustic style custom home I built for my wife.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, two bath, great room, living room, kitchen, laundry, wheel chair easy

The quaint canyon below has over five natural spring heads. A small house covers one of the natural springs, where water comes to the surface of the ground, to protect it from the elements. It is very rare to find a home with such a natural and pure source of mountain water. We elected to build our own cabinets instead of buying factory made. A little 'funky', but they add to the theme of the home, which is rustic, natural and local. This custom home was built over a five year period by design; meaning it evolved as it was being built. The Interior is all wood harvested and milled by local mountain mills. The ceilings are Poplar, walls - Pine and Hemlock, floors Oak with Birch bannisters and Birch log accents. One can see faces in the knots of the wood, or how voracious the poplar trees draw minerals up from the ground with their long warm streaks. The Appliances consist of a four door Kitchenaid Refrigerator with ice maker and filtered exterior water dispensers , whirlpool microwave oven, Whirlpool electric stove and Kitchenaid dishwasher as well as a deep single basin white porcelain Kohler sink and faucet.

Both bedrooms have King size poster and sleigh beds. Each bath has it's own private access. The Master bedroom has a walk-in closet, two adjoining sinks, marble shower, and separate Kohler Cast iron tub.

The walls of the home are six inches thick, which helps to eliminate exterior noise and reduce utility usage.

There is a 10 x 33 foot deck to the rear of the home that overlooks a natural spring pool and the tree lined canyon.

This home is located between several gated communities which offer their amenities to those interested in experiencing them in an area referred to as 'The land of waterfalls'; golfing, dining, tennis, hiking, sightseeing are all within easy driving distance.

Some of the highlights are Gorges State Park; a beautifully newly developed visitors center and hiking area. White Water Falls, the tallest waterfall in the North Carolina, is ten minutes down the road. Sapphire National Golf course and the Sapphire Brewing Company restaurant are within minutes as well as downtown Cashiers and Highlands, in this tree lined mountain community.

Sapphire Resorts offers skiing in winter and outdoor concerts in summer. Cashiers and Highlands both have free concerts in the park on Fridays with many local and acclaimed artists.

Brevard is down the mountain and hosts several local art shows, music festivals, and has a world class music center where world renown artists like Yo Yo Ma often perform.

A local trout farms is just down the road also, where adults and kids can catch trout.

In October there is the Leaf Festival in downtown Cashiers held early to mid October. The Festival has many artisans and vendors, food court and constant music playing on three stages. All free of charge.

Lake Glenville, the largest and highest elevation lake in North Carolina is within easy driving distance. Boat rentals of all shapes and sizes are available.

For those who love to sing, Buddy Mix is a renowned vocal instructor and can offer classes as well in the studio below.

Next to the 'House of love' is the Historic Raspberry Salon' which is the world's only all natural spring water salon featuring River, from Los Angeles, Ca., who is a Goldwell color specialist. Pedicures and manicures are also available as well as massage.

Across the street there is a local gem mining vendor who offers ice cream and goodies during the summer months as well as sleuthing for stones.

Several local restaurants are open to the public from a very high end clientele, such as the Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway or the Gamekeeper (which offers wild caught fowl, buffalo, deer, etc.) Other establishments just minutes away are The Brown Trout, Chestnut Cafe (American), Amores, Osteria (Italian), to mention only a few.

The Blueridge parkway is within driving distance and can be experienced in one days driving to and from the House of love.

The world famous Biltmore Estates are within driving distance in Asheville. An arboretum is also located just minutes away featuring a Bonsai exhibit and luxurious walking gardens.

More Details

Property Manager
Buddy Mix
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, vietnamese, and some spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2017

About Buddy Mix

River and Buddy Mix moved to Sapphire, NC in 2006 to start their new lives here. They purchased the Raspberry Cottage and opened their salon shortly there after. On the adjoining acre Buddy began construction of the 'House of Love' for River. They have come to love the area and people who live here.

River is a highly trianed stylist and has a very active clientele that come from all over the south to see her. Buddy Mix is a singer/songwriter and teaches private voice lessons, as well as performing locally and helping out in the salon when necessary.

Buddy Mix purchased this house in 2013

Why Buddy Mix chose Cashiers Area

This property has a wonderful soothing warmth about it. The interior is all clear coated so that one feels like they are inside the trees that surround them. The outside deck has ample room for dining and enjoying the outdoors or just sitting and having coffee.

What makes this house unique

Easy access to all of the areas communities recreational opportunities from golf, rafting, swimming, boating, dining, and fishing. All natural artesian spring water.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This place was AMAZING! Better than described. I stayed here with some friends for my 28th birthday and we hiked at Gorges State Park. Buddy was more than accommodating with directions, check in, local recommendations and he even came by to put a tarp over the fire pit for us when it started raining. So kind and thoughtful! Beds were SO comfy and the house had everything we needed. We felt right at home! Also - how ironic because I'm the one who chose and booked this place (the house of love) but my boyfriend proposed to me at the top of Rainbow Falls while we were there!!! So needless to say, we will definitely be back for another stay. <3
Jun 2017
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Sapphire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , see photos.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , 2 sinks in mstr bath, seprt tub, shower, privacy toilet rm.
  • Master Bath has double sink, separate tub, separate marble tiled shower. Guest has single sink, marble tiled shower, Kohler toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Walk-in closet, two vanities, separate shower and tub
    Guest Bedroom - 1 king
  • King beds in each. Separate bath for Master Bedroom. Separate entry for guest room. Guest room has a shower only. Master bath has a tub. Private door entrance Kohler toilet room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Outdoor patio is under construction and will include a fire pit and gas Barbecue. Completion date early 2015.


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'La Casa del Amour'; Rustic style custom home I built for my wife.
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 34 reviews

Lovely home. Super clean. Comfy beds. To close to the highway. Traffic noise.

  • 4 of 5

Overall a nice clean comfortable home with nice kitchen and sleeping and baths. Bring your own lawn chairs if you want to use the fire ring and sit comfortably. Highway noise was louder than ideal but only noticeable when sitting outside at fire ring or on the deck. The back deck was great for dinner and cards. Great house overall and Buddy was very nice to work with.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. With the high winds lately here in the mountians, we put up our patio chairs, but there is a low concrete wall around the fire pit that was designed to sit on and bar stools on the porch overlooking the pit. So glad you enjoyed our natural spring water, which is a unique feature at La Casa Del Amour. Artesian Spring Water is unavailable in other homes in this area that only have well water, which has many heavy metals. I'm happy you thought our water was worth the visit alone. Please come again. Buddy Mix
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Nice New Years getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Great place! The owner was friendly, attentive, and responsive!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year. May you new year be happy and prosperous. Best regards, Buddy Mix La Casa Del Amour
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Charming home in beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

The home was large, clean and comfortable. Loved the knotty pine floors, walls and ceiling throughout. Two comfortable king size beds. Easy access to Hwy 64.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I just installed a new water tank and supplemental pump to make sure the water pressure is always constant. Thanks for you wonderful review. The door is always open. Buddy Mix
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Awesome Stay

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house, Buddy went above and beyond making sure our stay was perfect. The house was well equipped and everything in the house was in good working order.

Hope to return

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad you enjoyed your stay. "The Mountains are calling and I must go." John Muir. Please come and see us again. Buddy
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Great place we loved it more than we expected

  • 5 of 5

The house was really nice. We enjoyed setting on deck in the morning having our coffee. i enjoyed watching the wildlife feeding on the acorns. the house was very nice.The lighting was good and the hanging lights in kitchen was so great.The bed rooms was not only pretty but the bed was so good.I have a bad back and slept all night.We was out and secluded but close to everything Nice places to eat and a plant nursery just down the road.We will go back maybe thanksgiving and take friends it would be nice at the big table.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a great review. I have updated the water pressure system with a separate water tank and pressure pump. I had to test it out and was so pleased. I know you will be too. Best regards, I set up the Christmas tree if you like. Buddy Mix (828) 966-9574
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No water pressure

  • 2 of 5

The home itself is fine, and what you should expect for the price. Buddy was very accommodating. Our biggest problem was the fact that there was no water pressure. We were in town for a wedding weekend, that required several social functions...and showers were almost impossible. It takes five minutes just to fill the coffee pot with water. Inside the home is clean and comfortable, but outside around the perimeter of the home, it's fairly sketchy. There is an old red van sitting in the side yard, that looks like it hasn't moved in years. Unfinished construction project and clutter in the back yard. If you are in a regular car, beware pulling into the actual driveway. We did when we arrived, and ended up dragging the bottom of the car on the severe drop off, same when pulling out. There is a very small parking pad, and we used that instead of the driveway...but it isn't big enough to get your car completely off the road. If you drive a pickup, it probably wouldn't be a problem.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul., thank you for your review. You never mentioned the water pressure was a problem when I spoke to you. Ron Bishop Plumbing came by today. Ron discovered I put the wrong filter on the water filtration system. I am so sorry. I would have addressed the issue if you had let me know. Thanks for mentioning it. I've ordered an addition water pump and holding tank which I will have installed this week in the air condition room, so this never happens again. I will give you or a member of your family a 50% discount for the same number of days for the inconvenience you experienced. Thank yo for taking such great care of my home. The red van you mentioned was purchased and I have been waiting for the new owner to come and take it away. Mountain time unfortunately. I am constructing another deck below at the spring pond which I should have done this week as well. It will be a beautiful wedding space someday, a swimming hole or just a nice place to read. Best regards, Buddy Mix
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Osteria Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sapphire National Golf Course
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Sapphire, NC
Nearest Beach
350 Miles


Rates & Availability

Sapphire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Winter Discounts
Dec 1 2020 - Dec 15 2020
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $100

Outdoor patio with fire pit. Charcoal barbeque grill on outside living room deck. Towels, sheets, full kitchen pots, pans, and utensils. 60" TV with dish channels. And wifi. Check in is a little later if someone is leaving the day of your arrival to give cleaning crew time to prepare the beds, kitchen and bathrooms for your arrival. This is a large area to clean properly and we take great pride in making sure you have the best experience possible.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.