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Tom Traywick

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, Newfy and Geechee :-)

PRIVACY. Amazing Long Range Views. Biking, Hiking, Trout Streams.

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Asheville Area House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 1 Sleeping Loft, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

From the porch you can see for 20 miles to the West and North – amazing mountain views, morning mist rising from the river valleys below, the sunrise painting light and shadow on 9 ridges to the West, amazing sunsets – and continuous breeze.

This house is our home but we would like to turn it over to you to enjoy. We have rented it from time to time since 2009.

We designed and built the house as a bright, airy and open place to enjoy the magical site. It is facing SW on the NW end of a finger ridge at elevation 3200’ overlooking the valley of the headwaters of the East Fork French Broad River in a quiet secluded 12.5 acre setting with paved roads right to the end of our easy driveway.

The neighborhood is surrounded by scores of thousands of acres of protected lands - lands in strong private hands or public lands such as Caesar’s Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park, duPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and Gorges State Park – each only a short drive, - as is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The view from our porch is Headwaters State Forest. Our neighborhood also includes miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and fly fishing on the East Fork French Broad.

The house features:

o More than 3000 sq ft of living area on three levels.

o More than 1500 sq ft of porch and patio on two levels.

o A cooking and view deck outside the kitchen door; with gas grill and chiminea.

o A fenced in side yard.

o Many large windows and tall glass doors for maximum light and air.

o The air conditioner is usually not needed.

o There is a well tended flower and kitchen garden with herbs and seasonal vegetables with a gardener provided. Cleaning service is provided once a week.

o Pets will be considered.

The main floor kitchen, great room (open to upper level roof line ceiling), and master bedroom all open to a wrap around 12 foot deep 750 sq. ft. porch for dining, comfortable seating and fair weather sleeping – ideal for families and entertaining. The large master suite includes a tile shower, double sinks, and walk in closet. The kitchen is fitted with black honed granite counter tops, farm-house sink, stainless steel appliances, gas cook top, electric convection oven, electric drawer oven, and walk-in pantry. The entry hall incorporates a coat closet and ½ bath powder room. The dining table seats 8 with additional seating at kitchen snack bar and on the porch.

The lower level includes family room with TV and game table, and a bedroom with twin beds each open to 750 sq. ft. flagstone terrace; and a full bath. The laundry room includes washer, dryer and utility sink.

The top level consists of one queen bedroom, one twin bedroom, and a full bath each opening to a large loft library/sitting area with clerestory windows and the great room below, and including a day bed.

Keywords: Our Mountain House is very near duPont State Forest (film location for 'The Hunger Games' and 'Last of the Mohicans') near Brevard, Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, USA (Big Hill Rd is 3.5 Mi from US 276 on E Fork Rd).

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tom Traywick (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, Newfy and Geechee :-)

About Tom Traywick

Tanne and I were born and raised in the SC low country. Escaping the summer heat by traveling to the mountains of WNC was something we always enjoyed. We moved to this area when Tanne retired after 28 years as a teacher. I am mostly retired from my consultancy as a funding compliance analyst for public school districts.

Tom Traywick purchased this house in 2006

Why Tom Traywick chose Asheville Area

Amazing views surrounded by tens of thousand of acres of protected lands - no danger of encroachment.

What makes this house unique

We have been coming to this area almost our entire lives (summer camp, family vacations, visits to relatives) and have always thought this country was magical. Since we have located here full time we have been amazed by the atmosphere of friendship among the locals and outlanders.

Guestbook comments from the owner

September, 2009 Wow! What a beautiful home you have in Brevard! We all loved the big porch and the view! We only wish we had more time here to enjoy! The house is beautifully decorated and I love that we have the same cookbooks. "Talk About Good" is one of my favorites and mine is just as worn! Our children were born in Louisiana! Thank you for sharing your home with us! Our fly fishermen were successful and my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed
Sep 2009
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PRIVACY. Amazing Long Range Views. Biking, Hiking, Trout Streams.
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

It was beautiful. The whole family loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The property from inside and out is beautiful. The gardens and all the plants in the house are great. Makes you fell right at home. We had three generations there and there was plenty of room. The last couple of years have been hard on our family and this was exactly what we all needed. Thank you for a great vacation. Hopefully we will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home has extensive outdoor space, is well maintained and appointed. Everything is as represented. We came (in part) to mountain bike, and found that the location, halfway between Pisgah and Dupont was perfect for that purpose. It's 10 -15 minutes from Brevard - just far enough away to feel as though you aren't in the crowds and close enough to take advantage to the restaurants and shopping in town. One of our group tried the services of the recommended massage therapist and was very pleased. With three levels of living and bath/bed rooms on each level, it's easy to get away from your group and also to spend time together. We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Views of Fall Colors

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family had a wonderful long weekend at the house! The views were breathtaking. The house is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city but also close enough to Brevard for access to the restaurants and the stores. The house was plenty big for the 6 of us and really comfortable. The owners thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and easy. We hope that we can return for another vacation one day!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed yourselves. We love it too.
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What a treasure!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we drove up the driveway and saw the house and the view, we knew we were in for a treat. The house is beautiful, well-kept, and had everything you might need. The view was amazing. We sat on the porch and watched a bald eagle soar by, listened to the sounds of nature and enjoyed ourselves with our family. We will definitely book this place again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love that you loved it, and that you took such care. You are a great guest and welcome back.
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Perfect seclusion

  • 5 of 5

The views from this comfortable home are stunning. I didn't want to leave the porch, but found time to drive into Brevard for a fun day. If you're looking for a country club type or urban area, this isn't the spot for you. If you want seclusion in a natural setting, it's perfect. The owners have thought of everything for a perfect stay, and were wonderful to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay so much we only left for groceries twice!!! Breakfast & lunch on the porch staring at God's stunning creation. Not to mention all the butterflies & humming birds that visited most of the day and evening. Though this home is huge and beautiful it is very warm and cozy so you feel so much at home. Best of all thank you so much for allowing our dog. It is the first vacation he has been able to go with us and that also made our trip so special. You are wonderful people to share such an incredible place with perfect strangers. May God richly bless you for allowing us to share in your special spot! Chris & Diane. P.S. The weather was perfect too!!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Music, arts and dining in Brevard (15 minutes) and Asheville (45 minutes) are terrific. We are 45 minutes from Greenville SC, 2 hours from Charlotte NC and 3 hours from Atlanta.

The Brevard area includes the highest concentration of waterfalls in the world, over 100,000 acres of public parks and forests, and the internationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center.


Rates & Availability

Brevard House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.75%

Pets are permitted if identified in writing at with the reservation.
Refundable Damage Deposit: Greater of $250 or 10% of rental. Refundable Damage Deposit is due at time of booking the reservation. An advance payment of 100% of rental amount is due 45 days before arrival.
45 day notice and $50 cancellation fee is required. WE SUGGEST THAT YOU CONSIDER TRAVEL INSURANCE.

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Asheville Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - 2 sinks and tiled over sized walk in shower with seat.
    Entrance Hall Bathroom - toilet , 'Powder Room'
    Upper Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Serving Queen's and Cowgirl's
    Old Gringo's Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Serving lower level.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom
    Queen's room - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Cowgirl room - 2 twin/ single
    Old Gringo's room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , Loft with day bed on the top level.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5), Baby Cribs (1). The house sleeps 9 in beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
House calls by a trusted and gifted massage therapist who we have been using for over 7 years can be arranged.

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