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REFOCUS COTTAGE is over the meadow and through the woods, but this is no grandma’s house. LESS THAN 5 MILES to downtown Asheville, VRBO 387785 is an elegant, uncluttered contemporary studio-style get-away on SPECTACULARLY LANDSCAPED GROUNDS and ample levels of hardwood decking invite you to gaze over it in style. Whether you are a city mouse or country mouse, an executive, teacher, doctor, writer, artist, dreamer, mountain lover, fly-fisherman or culture vulture this art-filled cottage is an inspired and inspiring retreat. Ideal for one person or a couple but suitable for four or more with a queen futon sofa/bed (mattress quality), a convertible and very comfortable chair bed and a blow up mattress option PLUS another sofa bed above, in a SECOND BEDROOM privately accessed from the outside decking with a lovely view of its own. Formally my art studio, this is a very private feeling property with the safety provided by the fact that it is a part of our property and we live here year round maintaining the very meadow you'll soon be romping in.
(See also: VRBO 482027 REFOCUS FIVE for a 3 BR 1.5 B option. It is right across the street and perfect it you need more room. You only need to walk across the street to access the same outdoor amenities!)
Chic and sophisticated, the clapboard REFOCUS COTTAGE is comfortable and cozy without being cluttered with cute. Its OPEN FLOOR PLAN features a cathedral ceiling and large windows framing woods, sky and meadow.
Come for a season. Stay for a year.
NEED AN EVENT VENUE? - think about our FOUR ACRES, our meadow, creek, promenade of pines, glen, pavilion and large fire pit, boccie ball, horse shoes... ideal for small weddings, parties, birthday celebrations. Great photo ops. (For our other listing, please SEE also REFOCUS FIVE VRBO 482027 - 3BR, 1.5 BATH with a garage. Because these properties are directly across the street from each other, the two rentals together (see VRBO 482027) make it perfect for a reunion, a birthday gathering, a small wedding, graduation or anniversary and call me for the catering options...
Write a best seller here. Compose a modern symphony. Or just drive 6 minutes to downtown Asheville for GREAT FOOD - Indian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, South American, Mexican, Thai, Spanish tapas, French, Continental, vegan... Within 2 miles of your cottage is AMBROZIA - fantastic new local Bar + Bistro (chef originally from Albuquerque New Mexico) with an ever-changing southern influenced menu of creative small plates and magnificent farm to table meals. For great pizza, calzones and local beer... Marcos is also in the neighborhood. We have GREAT, often daring THEATER at NC Stage Company and several larger venues with popular presentations. Tour the largest privately owned home in America, the famed French Chateau the BILTMORE ESTATE built by the Vanderbilts on grounds of unparalleled beauty any time of year. When the LEAVES are changing or the rhododendrons and azaleas BLOOMING our vistas are breathtaking.
WANT TO SHOP? Only a short drive to downtown provides a walk-able shopping experience, an alternative to the mall (which of course we also have). There are too many to mention, but our galleries, The Blue Spiral, Haen Gallery, The New Morning Gallery exhibit brilliance and originality.
The Highland Craft Guild and the Folk Art Center display the best Appalachian crafts. WANT ART WITH YOUR BEER? Repeatedly named BEER CITY USA, Asheville boasts 20+ craft breweries and at the RIVER ARTS DISTRICT fine art meets fine beers while you stroll in and out of working artists studios, meeting the artists while they are creating unique pottery and paintings.
WANT TO DRESS UP? The Grove Park Inn hosts events worthy of your finest and it is ONLY A FIVE MINUTE DRIVE from your cottage! It's Ballroom Dance contest draws international visitors. WANT TO DRESS UP DIFFERENTLY? Attend a festival or bar hop. Our MUSIC VENUE'S are varied and fun. Rolling Stone has named THE ORANGE PEEL one of the top five music venues in AMERICA, just to mention one. I recently attended the symphony and found it exhilarating, particularly followed by some late night local blues, jazz or fusion...
WANT TO LAUGH? There are funny people everywhere, but particularly on the La Zoom Comedy bus tour.
WANT EXERCISE? Hiking, biking, fly-fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, zip-lining... golf. Donald Ross designed four of our GOLF COURSES. Grove Park Inn's Links is only 5 minutes away which houses a FIVE STAR SPA for relaxing in style afterwards. A short drive to SHOJI JAPANESE SPA provides a more remote-feeling to your soak. Here you can get a massage and then enjoy breathtaking vistas from private tubs over-looking the Smoky Mountains.
Back to BEER... take the BREWS CRUISE on a pedal assist electric bike. If wine is your beverage of choice, visit the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar - a library filled with books old and new, where wine is poured in intimate lounges among the stacks.
TIRED OF RUNNING AROUND ON VACATION? Your kitchen is fully loaded with granite counter tops and herbs right outside your door. Let the birds wake you or the insects sing you to sleep. STAR GAZE through the generous breadth of windows and sky light. Stars here don't compete with street lights. Roast marshmallows in the meadow's fire-pit. Grill outside beneath the sky. Enjoy boccie ball and horseshoes or waste some time reading and sunning on the deck.
WALK in the park-like meadow and sway in one of the hammocks under trees whispering alongside the CREEK. Bring your Nook or even a real book (these are like connected blogs typed onto bound paper). Enjoy the evening by the fire pit and walk the woods on the property. PROMENADE the pine corridor, amble in the glen or walk the wooded path above the cottage where nut hatches rustle in the fallen leaves and the woodpecker types away in Morse-code.
REST on a stone bench in a contemplative spot of garden and shut off your phone to hear an old fashioned kind of twitter. Spin in the sky chair under a one hundred and fifty year old maple and feel like a kid again.
SOAK in your claw foot bath tub after a bike ride or day hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, then curl up under a down duvet on soft linens and turn on the heated mattress on your side. Hardwood floors. Spotlessly clean. Large HD flat screen, cable and high speed internet. Wi Fi.
This place offers the best of both worlds - On FOUR ACRES in a safe eclectic neighborhood provides a remote country retreat minutes to a cultural excursion in the PARIS OF THE SOUTH - Asheville.
Visitors to REFOCUS COTTAGE include lady bugs, chattering squirrels and chip monks, wild turkeys, a blue heron, crow, wood-peckers, jays, finches and an occasional furry fox, possum or raccoon. And of course, you. Bring your camera.
Keywords: Sophisticated contemporary cottage, pastoral, country, loft-like, open studio floor plan, mountain view, meadow, wooded, scenic romantic get away, inspired location, unique design, clean, comfortable artist or writer's retreat, accessible, close to downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grove Park Inn with its GINGER BREAD HOUSE display this time of year, the Biltmore Estate with its CANDLE LIGHT TOUR this time of year, biking, hiking, fly-fishing, great dining, scenic views, craft, micro-breweries, wine, crafts, Appalachian trail, lake walk nearby, bird watching, holiday destination, hand-made crafts, THE BEST SHOPPING, concerts, theater, entertainment variety, arboretum, river walks, studio crawls, art galleries, craft fairs, festivals, dance venues, conference destination, spas, health clubs, vegan options, locally grown food in restaurants, wine bars, winery, fall color, SPRING COLOR, mountain WALKS or HIKES or BIKE RIDES, fully stocked kitchen for dining in, cathedral ceiling, light, airy generous windows, new appliances, soft cotton linens, heated bed, down duvet comforter, soaking tub, rain head shower. Verizon works best here in the mountains. There is Wi-Fi.
Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon - quite a few years ago as a painter, I have had many creative occupations including theater, film and teaching. A strong desire to share the property that my husband and I have sculpted together for 15 years has led to converting my free standing art studio to REFOCUS COTTAGE. We love to travel and recognize that this is our favorite destination. Home.
Gayle Wurthner purchased this cottage in 2011
Designed and built as an artist's studio, it has evolved to a guest house for our many visitors, seasonal guests or long term tenants.
This is a calm, restorative, inspiring, unpretentious place. All who visit want to stay. Read in a hammock. Build a fire in the meadow or a dam in the creek. See stars you've forgotten from your skylights and many windows. Have a wine on the deck. Or a nap.
Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. This was our first trip to Asheville and it couldn't have been more perfect. Your cottage has been like a home away from home for us and we'll always cherish it as the place where we spent our first Christmas together. We hope to see you again soon for another visit. Happy New Year!
Perfectly appointed cottage in a beautiful setting. Highly recommended…Gayle and Rob have thought of everything. All the excellent reviews you have received are well deserved. Thank you for such wonderful hospitality, look forward to a return visit soon.
It was a treasured family retreat with our two college sons and we wanted something fun and comfortable to enjoy our weekend in Asheville. The cottage was immaculate and cozy with plenty of porches to drink coffee and enjoy the mountain views. We didn't take advantage of the fire pit, but it was there along with swings and hammock. A delightful 5 acres that we could call our own for the stay. Gayle was friendly and attentive, a California transplant whose art is sprinkled about the cottage and property. Ten minutes from downtown and twenty minutes up the mountain to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Will return.
Great place!! Very nice and clean, not to far from the city.... would definitely stay there again
We just left this beautiful retreat. Gayle has created the perfect getaway...tranquil and comfortable. We loved the brightness and the contemporary furnishings this cottage has to offer. I would recommend this to anyone coming to Asheville.
This cottage was just perfect for our last minute trip to Asheville. My husband and I escaped to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary and we were lucky enough to stumble across this during my search. I had searched for days and nothing was exactly what we wanted until this.
The cottage was furnished very nicely -- you can tell a lot of thought went into the arrangement of what once was an art studio and the furnishings. We loved the open feeling which included lots of light -- waking up looking at trees and the blue sky was so nice. Absolutely spotless inside! The outside meadow area and decks were fabulous. We didn't have enough time to enjoy it all as we were only there for three nights. There are so many outdoor areas to just sit back relax, read, listen to music, etc. Speaking of music...several choices of Bose speakers -- even a portable to take out on the deck. Gayle left lots of super choices of music CD's too. We watched a little football -- TV was really nice too. The bedding and mattress were very comfortable.
We loved the bathroom with the claw foot tub and huge basin sink. It was a little challenging for placement of shampoo, shaving creme, etc.
The kitchen was nicely furnished and very modern. Perhaps a few more wine glasses ! LOL.
Gayle was awesome from the minute we made the reservation to the very end. She is available for whenever you need her and very respectable of your privacy. We hope to be back again and maybe even rent the other property and bring the family as well. You won't regret staying here!
Jack and I stayed for 6 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We particularly enjoyed sitting on the private back deck overlooking the meadow. The studio is functional and roomy filled with light from the many windows and skylights. We will definitely stay here again when we are fortunate to be in Asheville. Thank you Gayle for a lovely visit!
GREAT park like property with woods, meadow and creek and minutes to the best hiking in the country - the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Blue Ridge Mountains. Just FOUR MILES to downtown Asheville and TWO MILES to the GROVE PARK INN. SHOPPING downtown or at the FOLK ART CENTER, the RIVER DISTRICT and BILTMORE VILLAGE is a delight because of our unique opportunities from Appalachian crafts and antiques to Urban custom-designed furniture and boutique clothing, local JEWELERS, CRAFTERS, POTTERS... CRAFT BREWERIES are sprinkled around to fuel your purchases. Nothing is far away. Minutes to THE BILTMORE ESTATE, UNCA campus walking trails and nature center, theater, library and medical facilities. BEAVERLAKE, a small beautiful lake in a bird sanctuary with a walking trail is less than 5 minutes away. A renowned arboretum is around a 20 minutes drive. Wildlife abounds year round on the grounds of RACK FOCUS COTTAGE with spectacular seasonal beauty in one of the ten finest micro-climates in the world. Horse shoes and corn hole toss right here on the grounds. A walk in the woods, meadow to run in, hammocks creek side to rest in, a sky chair to swing in... all RIGHT HERE AT HOME. Asheville is a destination for musicians, artists, writer's, campers, bikers, kayakers, zip-liners, fly- fishermen and spa soakers. There is GREAT DINING on farm-to-table locally grown and raised produce and meats. It is a VEGAN PARADISE. FESTIVALS all the time. We've hosted visitors from Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and most of the states in the US! Come and add yourselves to our guest list.
If booking is two months or more in advance, two payments will be acceptable. If booking months in advance, 50% at time of booking and the remaining balance at check in will be acceptable. If booking for OVER TWO MONTHS or MULTIPLE MONTHS - discounted pricing is available. AND booking in the gaps (week days shown available on calendar) is negotiable. Just call: 828 230-9697
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.