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PASTORAL RETREAT just 4 mi to twn w/meadow & creek, Huge fire pit, privacy...

Asheville, NC, USA
  • Cottage850 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay30 nights

QUEEN bed, QUEEN sofa bed, SINGLE chair bed, 2nd BR w/single (separate entrance)

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. 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 chair bed and a blow up mattress. PLUS a single 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 property gives you plenty of privacy but we are here if you need us. 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. Right across the street and perfect if you or your event guests need more room. (You only need to walk across the street to access the same outdoor amenities that include badminton, corn hole toss, firepit, pavilion...)

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 reason or 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 less than 5 miles 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.


Gayle Wurthner

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 18, 2018
About Gayle Wurthner

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

Why Gayle Wurthner chose Asheville

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.

What makes this Cottage unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • MAIN BR in open studio space w/privacy wall
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, QUEEN bed, SINGLE chair bed, QUEEN futon bed in LR area.
      • LOFT
        1 sleep sofa /futon, WIDE SINGLE sofa bed w/topper private w/outside access only.
      • Queen size Beds (1) Beautiful new with head and foot board. All new linens., Twin or Single Beds (1) Single blow up mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable chair converts to a single bed


      • 1 Bathroom
        • 1 with a claw foot tub for soaking with a rain head AND a hand held. Guests love the tub/shower.

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            NOT downtown but only a few minutes drive from your country-feeling get-a-way
          • Mountain View
            Nestled in a valley, Rack Focus Cottage has mountain views from the deck.
          • Rural
            ONLY minutes to Asheville but WONDERFULLY landscaped with a meadow, creek and woods to FEEL LIKE A COUNTRY RESORT ESCAPE. Plenty of contemplative spots, hammocks and benches. Fire pit and pavilion.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Brand new 600 thread count cotton, brand new duvet, down-filled pillows. Dual control heated mattress pad for cold nights. Custom throws of polar fleece
                      • Air Conditioning
                        powerful and powerfully effective
                      • Covered Parking
                        We have a carport if needed (additional cost)
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                        Open floor plan with a living room area between the kitchen and bedroom. Easy living...
                      • Mobile Phone
                        Bring your phone. Verizon works best in this part of the mountains.
                      • Parking
                        guests are welcome to the carport or ample parking between cottage and house, near entranceway additional...
                      • Parking Off Street
                        parking available right outside your cottage; several other options nearby on property
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Washer and dryer laundry unit.
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Microwave
                            Brand new Whirlpool.
                          • Coffee Maker
                            KEURIG coffee maker (coffee provided),
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            More than enough is provided
                          • Dishwasher
                            Brand new Bosch full size.
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Large fully loaded brand new kitchen with brand new and brand name appliances, gas stove, oven etc. Granite counter tops, window, ice maker, DW, W/D, microwave.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            EVERYTHING you will need will be in your kitchen.
                          • Oven
                            new oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Olive oil, sugar for coffee and a complete set of herbs are provided. Fresh herbs are outside also (basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender and marjoram
                          • Refrigerator
                            Brand new Frigidaire, full-size with an ice-maker.
                          • Stove
                            new gas stove
                          • Toaster
                            What can you say about a toaster? It toasts.


                              • Dining
                                In this open floor plan the dining table is a part of the environment doubling as a desk. It is solid and seats four.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    A few good choices in case you've forgotten yours.
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    A board game or two, but outside... badminton, corn hole toss, horse shoes...
                                  • Music Library
                                    There is a Bose in the kitchen and a CD case filled with both familiar and unusual choices.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    premium HD cable with HBO and Showtime. 46' Flat screen TV. Blue Ray DVD/CD player
                                  • Stereo
                                    We have a Bose radio/cd player in your kitchen.
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                        Very generous decking on three sides with lofts for resting in the shade or sunning.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Large overlooking beautiful meadow below with some mountain views. Table and chairs for 4 on deck, lounges on second deck.
                                      • Gazebo
                                        covered pavilion in the meadow 12' x 13' near fire pit and creek
                                      • Golf
                                        nearby golf opportunities include the Grove Park Inn (5 minute drive) or the Asheville Country Club (less)
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Spectacular options of wooded walks, glen, flat lawn for balls, bocci, bean toss, huge fire pit with benches, creek side walking, lounging, hammocks, tree sky chair...
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • live theater
                                              • arboretum
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • synagogues
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • horseshoes
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • whitewater rafting


                                                              • Relaxing retreat, stylish studio get-away, uncluttered comfort, chic country contemplative cottage, airy artistic loft-like, cathedral ceiling/windows and skylights, mountain view, park-like landscape, expansive meadow, woods, glen, creek-side hammocks, majestic trees, sky chair, fire pit, gas grill, bird-watching, tranquil escape, near DT Asheville, inspired romantic interior, open floor plan, hardwood floors, sunny south-facing deck, cocooned quiet canopied wooded back yard, minutes to the Appalachian Trail, Italian, Indian, Japanese, South American, French, vegan and continental cuisine. Off road parking, covered parking if required, central heat and air, period claw foot soaker tub with European shower halo, chef's kitchen, new brand name appliances - DW, W/D, gas stove, granite counter tops, blender, food processor, Keurig coffee maker, dishware, cookware, settings for four. Flat screen, entertainment center. Near hiking/biking trails, kayaking, fly-fishing, Bring your camera

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: Flexible

                                                                Check-out: Flexible

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                70 Reviews


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                                                                Experience the true beauty of Asheville

                                                                jack h.

                                                                Have visited Asheville all times of the year and rented six different homes , most rented several times. This was our second stay at this location . We have found our spot in Asheville. It checks so many boxes . The setting is amazing to be so close to everything. The cottage is perfect in decor, living space (inside and outside) and the owner is a pleasure . All information , pictures, ect.., are accurate. In case you do find a box of yours that is not checked, step outside and sit on the deck for a while and be prepared to re-focus your priority at THE RE-FOCUS COTTAGE. This place lives up to its name.

                                                                The pictures don't lie -- this property is absolutely beautiful.

                                                                Tracy N.

                                                                The living space and the property are beautiful and peaceful. It was as wonderful as the pictures promised. We wished we had more time to explore all the thoughtful and meditative nooks that are around each corner. The owner was incredibly welcoming and accommodating. We cannot wait to visit this property again.

                                                                No Detail Overlooked!

                                                                Carlos R.

                                                                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.

                                                                Perfect mountain retreat!

                                                                William G.

                                                                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.


                                                                Joe J.

                                                                Great place!! Very nice and clean, not to far from the city.... would definitely stay there again

                                                                Beautiful, peaceful cottage to relax and rejuvenate. Close to downtown. Perfection!

                                                                Linda B.

                                                                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.


                                                                Asheville, NC, USA

                                                                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.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                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.

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