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Featured on ABC TV Sweet Retreats! Stunning Views Fine Art Interiors Green Built

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 - 3 nights


Leicester Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Asheville is only 1/2 hour away but you can enjoy the best of both possible worlds by staying in pristine countryside in a beautiful, private cottage. You will be enchanted by the Clearfield Cottage which was just featured out of thousands of rentals in the area on ABC TV's reality show, 'Sweet Retreats.' Click on the video and watch the beautiful footage from the Sweet Retreats episode about the Clearfield Cottage. The cottage is nestled in the Smokies with a spectacular view of Mount Mitchell and surrounding mountains but is only ½ hour from Asheville’s world-class restaurants, entertainment, and the famous Biltmore Estate. The cottage and grounds have become a destination paradise for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays and even intimate weddings. This two story, romantic cottage is entirely new, fresh, green built, green furnished and eco-friendly The unique interiors feature original artwork and mosaics by owner and internationally renowned artist, Rachel Clearfield. The downstairs kitchen, dining and living area has a stunning mosaic floor, named 'Stepping Stones in a Flower Garden' made of Brazilian polished granite. Upstairs is the amazingly intricate, mosaic bathroom shower, called 'Magnolia Trees,” made of European marble and colorful stones. The kitchen has all granite countertops. The upstairs bedroom has a beautifully finished 100-year-old maple floor and a sumptuously comfortable queen size futon bed with luxurious linens.

Outside the cottage there is a peaceful shade garden with a rose covered gazebo in which you can swing, listen to the creek and watch the birds and butterflies. Guests are welcome to enjoy and roam through the beautiful flower gardens. You also have a lovely outdoor sitting area right by your back door, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or sipping a glass of evening Chardonnay and stargazing the sequined night sky without light pollution. There's also a wonderful barbecue, camp fire and chiminea area right by your own private creek.

This cottage is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend, soulful retreat, girl’s time together or just a quiet, peaceful place to let go of the challenges of one’s life and return to the simple joys of existence and beauty. The owners are recording artist, cellist and conductor, Ron Clearfield, and his wife, fine artist Rachel Clearfield. There is an abundance of creative energy on this property for anyone who needs a place to find that seed of inspiration for their next book, album or painting. Without a doubt, this is a paradise for painters, photographers and nature lovers or just anyone who is looking for a beautiful, fulfilling time in the mountains.

Keywords: Fine art interiors, esthetic, peaceful, meditative, rural beauty, gorgeous views, organic flower gardens, green built, original artwork, wonderful hiking, owner managed.

More Details
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Ron Clearfield
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016
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About Ron Clearfield

Owner's Ron and Rachel Clearfield are musicians and artists. We've practiced meditation, sustainable living and the joys of life for many decades. The beauty of nature, art, music and healthy lifestyles are foremost in our beliefs.

Ron Clearfield purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Ron Clearfield chose Asheville Area

We actually built this guest cottage just recently. A labor of love, situated on our beautiful land; a place to share with others who are looking for something unique. We chose nearby Asheville because Asheville rocks! Incredible restaurants, entertainment and always fun things to do and people to see. They don't call it the 'Paris' of the south for nothing!

What makes this cottage unique

We've personally stayed many times in the cottage and have always been impressed with how peaceful, esthetically inspiring, quiet and restful our stay was.


based on 78 traveler reviews

Featured on ABC TV Sweet Retreats! Stunning Views Fine Art Interiors Green Built
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 78 reviews
Pontotoc, MS

What we were expecting, and more!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to get away from it all and enjoy some quite peaceful moments this is the place. Our stay was in September, a bit off season, but the scenery inside and out was absolutely gorgeous. The art and music provided the perfect atmosphere. Everything was very clean and maintained. The owners provided for all our needs and even gave us great suggestions on places to eat nearby and scenic routes to take. We would love to do it all over again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Knox, It really was special to have you and Janie stay in the cottage. We admired how much you both appreciated everything and how actively you pursued checking out all the beautiful locations and vistas in the area. You two were wonderful guests! All the best, Ron and Rachel
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The perfect mountain getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely cottage! The owners, both artists, and kind souls, obviously built this vacation home with passion and care.

The furniture and detail are wonderful and cozy. It was perfect for our three-person family and we loved getting away from it all and yet having Asheville closely.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joe, Hey thanks for your kind words! It was wonderful having you, your wife and son stay and enjoy our cottage. So glad you noticed and appreciated all the care of detail and beauty. Rachel and I really try to make the cottage and grounds a one-of-a-kind experience. Hope to see you again! Ron and Rachel
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What a one of a kind stay!

  • 5 of 5

The Clearfield Cottage is one of a kind! The cottage is wonderfully decorated with Mrs. Clearfields artwork which is incredible. The cottage is secluded and peaceful. They also have a wonderful garden, and 2 horse that Mrs. Clearfield introduced us to. The Clearfields are very hospitable and kind. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather, Thank you for such a lovely review! We're so glad you noticed the care and detail we try to put into the cottage. Rachel and I really do our best to make the cottage and grounds a one-of-a-kind experience! All the best, Ron and Rachel
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simple farm getaway

  • 3 of 5

To get to the property you drive through a picturesque valley between the mountains and thru farm land.

This property is a very simple, cottage at the top of a valley beside the main house. The uniqueness of the simple farmland, the horse and pony and very artistic details of the house make this stay simple, isolated from busyness and artistic in nature.

Additional notes : the house does not have air but with box fans and open windows it allowed for a cool atmosphere, the girl is charcoal

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Josh, So glad you and your wife enjoyed your stay in the cottage. Yes, the setting of the cottage is very picturesque, artistic and peaceful. Definitely a change from the norm. We wanted to point out though that the cottage and our land is definitely not on a farm. There are some scenic farms nearby and we do have two beautiful horses and a lovely organic garden (from which we share it's bounty with our guests) but we're really not a farm. Just a beautiful (inside and out) rural holiday rental. Hope you come again sometime in the future. All the best, Ron and Rachel
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Great Cottage

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was a great place to unwind and relax. The cottage has so many details. As you look around every corner of the inside, you find anther painting or sit in the big window day dreaming like a little child. The owners were very helpful with directions and have thought of everything you need to relax. The cottage was cool and comfortable even on the hot days of summer. The brook running near the cottage great to go to sleep by. The water pressure was little low but understandable on the side of a mountain. Close to Asheville,NC, were we when shopping and dinner. Thanks Ron and Rachel.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Jill, Thanks for the wonderful and descriptive review! Rachel and I are so glad you, your husband and your daughter just about to enter college, all had a special time unwinding and relaxing in our magical and dreamlike cottage. Hope to see you again sometime in the future! All the best, Ron and Rachel
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  • 5 of 5

So very glad we found the cottage! Peaceful and relaxing all around. The kindness and generosity from the owners made our stay even better- beyond our expectations. Can't wait to return someday!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jessie, Thank you for your lovely review! It was great having you and your wonderful family stay and enjoy the cottage and setting. We very much appreciate your kind words about Rachel and I. Hope to see you again too!! Best wishes, Ron and Rachel
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
AVL (Asheville)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Turkey Creek Cafe
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Charleston, SC
Car: necessary

Painter's and gardener's paradise, great hiking, creative space, spiritually uplifting and inspiring ambiance, ultimate retreat, perfectly quiet for meditation/yoga, cook's access to organic vegetable and herb garden. The cottage is green built and hypoallergenic.


Rates & Availability

Leicester Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Valentines weekend
Feb 11 2017 - Feb 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Easter weekend
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Independence Day
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

7% North Carolina Tax and $50 cleaning fee are required in addition to rental fee
A $200 returnable security deposit placed on credit card upon arrival
Deposit of 50% of total stay is required upon making reservation
Full payment must be received 2 weeks prior to arrival
Credit card payments accepted

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Leicester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , italian marble with murals throughout
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , very comfortable futon bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) Comfortable Queen Sized Bed, Double Beds (1) Convertible Futon Couch into Comfortable Double Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Spectacular views, fabulous hiking, 1/2 hour from Asheville's world class dining, entertainment and the Biltmore Estate, fine art interiors, marble and granite mosaic floors, green built and original oil paintings by Rachel Clearfield.

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