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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 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 River's Salon and Hand Car Wash at the Historic Raspberry Cottage which is the world's only all natural spring water salon. 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:
March 24, 2018

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 Sapphire

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 4.6363635 based on 40 reviews

Excellent family experience

  • 5 of 5

I have nothing but great things to say about our experience. Everything in the House was perfect and all you could possibly need was available. Buddy was very friendly and was available at all times. Beds were comfortable, washer/dryer worked perfectly. It truly felt like home away from home. It was our first cabin experience and it was a great one. Thanks Buddy hope to be back again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review from the perspective of family. To know that you appreciated the feeling of a home away from home is the best compliment we could receive. Thank you. The door is always open awaiting your return. Buddy Mix La Casa Del Amour
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So quite inside. Love the wood. Very dreamy.

  • 5 of 5

This house speaks to you. The wood is so strong and soft. You feel grounded somehow within these wall and enveloped in nature. Thank you River.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Had a very relaxing weekend here at Buddy's mountain home. Great setup, amenities, etc and Buddy could not have been more helpful in the pre-arrival process. Planning on a another stay next January.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely gorgeous house!!

  • 5 of 5

Percect place to relax with your family.. Beautiful house and has all the amenities. Buddy went above and beyond with us when we needed the pack and play.. he went and found us one. Thank you Buddy for making our trip memorable .. Will come back again and stay here.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excelleant Facility

  • 5 of 5

Went to play golf and played 4 courses in four days. Great back porch. Only problem we had was getting in. Could find directions. Finally figured it out after about an hour. Cabin is as appears. Comfortable, affordable, enjoyable. Thank you

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you again. Buddy Mix La Casa Del Amour
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Beautiful and Quite Cabin i

  • 5 of 5

A very beautiful cabin with a very warm feel. The cabin has all the amenities to make you feel at home. If you are looking for a beautiful quite place to say in the mountains of Western North Carolina this is it.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kevin. So glad to read your review. We can't please everyone, though we try. Please keep us in mind next time you're in Western North Carolina. Buddy Mix La Casa Del Amour Check out my latest project Teach the world to sing. I was in Africa during your stay. The web address is teachtheworldtosing (dot)net Or Peace
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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
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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