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Ideal Family Retreat/Reunion In the Spectacular Blue Ridge

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

High Altitude Country Resort

Tucked away on a mountain at 4100' overlooking Lake Glenville just north of Cashiers N.C. is this recently constructed rustic cabin retreat with spectacular views that can accommodate 8 in comfort and privacy without "overload." The Aerie Retreat offers three formal bedrooms, a convertible couch, king or twin daybed, and 3 1/2 baths in a private wooded atmosphere with all contemporary features, utilities and electronics.

Relax in front of the two wood-burning fireplaces in comfortable rustic style but with all of the modern conveniences including DISH TV (basic), DVD, Roku, Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu, WiFi internet ((and back-up system) and telephone landlines. Enjoy a full complement of exercise and entertainment equipment including both adult and child sized pool tables and ping pong; air hockey; fussball; rowing machine/weights/bench and TRX straps; treadmill; outside childrens' playground; 15' covered swim spa (winterized between November and April but available over the winter at extra charge); 14' trampoline; adult and kids paddle boards; kids kayak; fishing canoe and fishing kayak; fishing equipment; toys and board games; gas and stone grills, six person outdoor deck dining set, and much more. 30 AMP exterior hook-up. Private POA dock on the lake. Numerous trout streams and lake fishing. Rent a pontoon boat at nearby Signal Ridge Marina. Sand beach just down the road on Pine Creek by the dam. Just 15 minutes to Cashiers; 25 minutes to Highlands and 45 minutes to Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This is high elevation Blue Ridge country where the temperature is routinely 15-20 degrees cooler than Atlanta, Greenville and the other lowlands. The air is clean and the neighborhood is uncrowded. Lake Glenville is the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi, family and water-sport friendly. Photos cannot do justice to the beautiful mountain views. Nearby Cashiers has very good restaurants and shops and a modern Ingles supermarket. If you get Big Box fever, the Franklin Walmart is only 30 minutes down the mountain; if upscale shopping is your bag, the Highlands emporiums are less than half an hour. This is everything a high mountain retreat should be. And more.

The Blue Ridge Aerie Retreat is not a 'business' rental or a mountain party crash pad, but our home in the mountains that we occasionally rent for family reunions or retreats. Accordingly, any inquiries about availability should include some information about the proposed booking party, numbers and ages of guests and purpose of visit.

A Rental Agreement must be signed before arrival.

Absolutely no smoking inside the Retreat. Well-behave pets considered on a case by case basis.

Proposed guests should also be aware of the obvious fact that this is the mountains, the woods and the country and inhabited by the usual N.C. array of animals, rodents, birds, bees, snakes and bugs in the great outdoors, but not in the Aerie Retreat. A sunning copperhead was once spotted on the property ( without adverse result). The occasional bear shows up along with many foxes. Attention should be paid to small children at all times and caution exercised outdoors respecting the local fauna and on the steeper terrain and somewhat irregular sets of exterior stairs.

Reasonable advance notice is generally required because of the cleaning and preparation logistics.

Finally, please be sensitive to the fact that replacing and repairing things in the mountains is a fairly major production in almost every respect, not the least of which is the cost. As noted above, this is not a business rental that comes with two rolls of TP, one roll of paper towels, cheap tableware and one dishwasher tab. It is our home and comes with everything you would expect to have in a home. All you need to bring are your edible groceries and personal effects. As I do not have a property manager, guests are expected to attend to the minor maintainance issues of a home such as replacing burned out bulbs, batteries and the like. I am virtually always available by phone, text or email to answer questions or to deal with major issues. As a general rule, I usually drive to the Retreat to inspect it prior to your arrival and I can pre-stock your groceries at no extra charge other than their actual cost.

More Details

Peter Bassett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Smattering of French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Peter Bassett

Born in Argentina, grew up in Switzerland and Atlanta resident since 1975; retired attorney; single dad of grown and young children; professional mediator of commercial disputes. I split my time between my circa 1900 'shotgun' house here in Atlanta and a cabin in the North Carolina mountains. I enjoy motorcycling and solo traveling almost anywhere - with particular focus on on the old 'Eastern Bloc'; hiking and alternative lodging. I hope to provide the same kind of experience and amenities in the Aerie Retreat that I appreciate when traveling.

Peter Bassett purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Peter Bassett chose Cullowhee

I spent a long time trying to find a property with the right combination of characteristics for a family retreat including a country peaceful setting, cool summers, dramatic views, proximity to modern conveniences, restaurants, a family and sports friendly lake and suitable connectivity. I built the Aerie Retreat to meet these goals.

What makes this cabin unique

Just because you are out in the country doesn't mean you have to sacrifice modern amenities. But it is still out in the country and you should not expect an suburban experience


Cullowhee Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Bath on lower floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main floor Jack n' Jill shared by Guest BR and Bunk BR
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Main floor master bath with soaking tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Guest
    Bedroom 3 - 2 child bed , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Air mattress convertible in lower floor office
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pop-up trundle daybed converts to king in lower TV room
  • All sleeping areas are behind closed doors
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Ideal Family Retreat/Reunion In the Spectacular Blue Ridge
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Perfect vacation rental with a wonderful owner and amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Aerie Retreat was everything we could have hoped for. My only complaint was that we ever had to leave this place! Peter anticipated every need or question a guest could have, and was in contact throughout our stay. The home was stocked with everything we could have needed. The house was clean, thoughtfully laid out with great decor, and had the most amazing views. We especially loved the area it was located in and the privacy of the neighborhood. I've stayed in 20+ rentals over the last few years, and this is by far the best. Thank you for a perfect trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property presented itself as was viewed on vrbo. There were no surprises. It was "a very comfortable home". It provided everything it noted and more.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place with privacy and a wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

Large, well maintained and equipped home with lots of room and amenities. My favorite spot was the screened in porch with its wonderful long range view of the mountains and the lake in the foreground. Lovely.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great spot for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! Great views, plenty of room to spread out, games, giant hot tub, fires in the screened in room, modern amenities. Great location near lake glenville, cashiers, highlands. Peter was very responsive to our needs. We had an issue with the hot tub which he handled quickly and satisfactorily. We highly recommend this property and would rent again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Pristine condition; friendly service; all the amenities; perfect view. Can't be topped (literally).

  • 5 of 5

See above review.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Decatur, Alabama

A beautiful home with a beautiful view! Exquisite amenities, a delightful experience.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Aerie retreat! A beautiful home with a beautiful view, exquisite amenities, outdoor screened in living area with fireplace, where we enjoyed our morning coffee watching the clouds lift from the lake in the cool mountain air, even in the middle of July. Pool table, swim spa with a million dollar View. Everything you need for a delightful vacation, a well-stocked kitchen for cooking an evening meal, which we did, since we didn't want to leave to go into town! Upscale 3 1/2 bathrooms, comfortable living areas, excellent game room with pool table, air hockey, lots of entertainment, as well as outdoor recreation equipment like canoes and kayaks, stand up paddle, fishing rods, Lake access to beautiful Lake Glenville. This wonderful home is comfortable, clean, delightful! Our family vacation was better than we ever expected, in large part because we enjoyed the Aerie Retreat so very much, and also because there is so much to see and do close by. We had an outstanding experience, and hated to leave. The owner is thoughtful and attentive, a excellent experience overall.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Asheville, N.C. or Greenville/Spartenburg S.C.
Car: necessary

This is a high elevation, rural and family oriented area with easy access to quality dining and shopping venues.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Everything other than food/beverages and personal articles provided. Detailed directions and other relevant information provided after booking. Tax rate includes mandatory N.C. sales tax of 7% and Jackson County Occupancy Tax of 4%. Special rates for couples or small parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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