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Cozy Flat Rock Cottage on pond, 2 miles to everything!...Read our 5 star reviews

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)


(1+ mile to Playhouse and Carl Sandburg)



--Memorial Day --Garden Jubilee, in Hendersonville

--Rhythm and Brews - Street Party! Live music and beer in HVL, Third Thursday of the month, May June July Aug Sept.

--Labor Day-- NC Apple Festival, in Hendersonville

-- July 21st-- Historic Flat Rock Historic House Tour (3 rarely seen beauties!)

Historic Home Tour

The tour features MOUNTAIN LODGE c1827, BEAUMONT C1839 and SALUDA COTTAGES c1836. All three homes and properties are beautiful examples of the estates built by Charlestonians in the early 19th century while establishing Flat Rock as their summer enclave. Flat Rock would become known as “The Little Charleston of the Mountains.”

--World Equestrian Games, Sept 11-23 , Mill Spring, NC (30 minutes drive)

Book now for this event. Horse trailer parking avail.

The Maids Quarters on the Beckon Ridge Estate also available for this event.

A lovely 1 Bedroom apartment, located in the main house.

Photos available upon request!

Same pricing as Gardener's Cottage

Note on RATES:

$160/night, 2 night minimum

NO extra charge for holidays,

But Fall rate applies

and 3 night minimum MAY apply

Special events may have Special Rates


Our Guests say it better than we can!

'Gardener's Cottage' is located in Historic Flat Rock on the 1938 Beckon Ridge Estate. Overlooking a picture perfect pond, you will feel the stress drain from your soul as you listen to the sound of water running downstream and watch the fish swim casually about. How can this special place be so close to town?

Inside you will find the 1 BR & 1 bath cottage comfortable and cozy. Downstairs is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area overlooking the pond & living room with 32 inch flat screen TV. The furniture is comfortable and practical.

Up the spiral stair (or the exterior steps) is the lovely bedroom with queen sized bed and bathroom with stall shower and laundry area. The cottage has central air and heat and is bright and airy.

Sit outside the bedroom on the small covered balcony to enjoy your morning coffee, evening cocktail or to read a book. It is a lovely private space overlooking the pond, dam and grounds.

While walking along the stream & around the pond (you may stay on the paved drive if you prefer), remember to stop for a bit to sit on a bench or one of the stone steps and notice how nature surrounds you. The wonderful wildlife and foliage is not to be missed.

If you come by motorcycle, you probably know that this whole area is a Bikers Bonanza with great rides in all directions! Cruise Little River Rd, to Crab Creek to Dupont Forest or to Pisgah Forest and the ultimate...the Blue Ridge Parkway. (For your convenience, covered bike parking is gladly provided at the main house.)

All that Historic Flat Rock has to offer, the shops at Little Rainbow Row, Carl Sandburg's Connemara Farm, the goats, the Playhouse are all less than 2 miles away...and Hendersonville's historic Main Street is only 3 miles away, with many excellent restaurants, shops, and exhibits...and Saluda, The Green River Gorge with kayaking, tubing, waterfalls fishing and - ZIP LINES OVER THE TREES- all within a half hours drive. Breweries and Wineries abound!

You know, when the Gardener ran off with the Maid, we were concerned... But The Maids Quarters have been rented, and the Gardeners Cottage is ready for your arrival; so give us a call. OUR CALENDAR IS KEPT UP TO DATE - BOOK NOW!

*The owners live in the main house. They enjoy their privacy and they will respect yours.

(Be sure to click on 'My Insider Guide' and OTHER ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES' section for additional information…)

Our area is just full of things to do!

Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock Playhouse, Historic Main Street, Village of Flat Rock, Farmers Curb Market, Historic Depot & Model Railroad, WNC Air Museum, Historic Johnson Farm, Waterfalls, Mineral Museum, three NC State Forests, golf, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, shopping, antiques and historic sites. Near Chimney Rock Park, Lake Lure, and Biltmore Estate. Events: Garden Jubilee and Carl Sandburg Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend; July 4th Celebration; NC Apple Festival on Labor Day weekend; “Home for the Holidays” Nov-Dec.

.FOR 2018: AGAIN, we are proud to partner with our neighbors, the renowned Flat Rock Playhouse to offer our Stay and Play Special . When making your reservation, mention the Stay & Play Special to guarantee best seating available and discount pricing. The Mainstage Flat Rock Playhouse is just a mile or so from The Cottage! You will NOT be disappointed.

More Details

Victor & Darlene
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2018

About Victor & Darlene

We are formerly from the Catskill Mountains and Long Island in NY. When the kids moved on, we did too! We are semi retired and from the mountains, so WNC was an easy transition. We are just loving it here and hope you will too. We manage our property without pesticides. We raise Honeybees and Free ranging, organically fed Chickens and have been planting fruit trees all around our 8+ acres. We have stepped it up by taking over the management of the Flat Rock Farmers Market for the FR Merchants Association. We hope you visit it while you are here at the Gardener's Cottage at Beckon Ridge. Memberships include: The Henderson County Beekeepers and The Hendersonville Hens as well as the Chamber and the Merchants Association.

Victor & Darlene purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Victor & Darlene chose Hendersonville

We fell in love with this home and with Flat Rock. We are pleased to offer Gardener's Cottage for your vacation stay.

What makes this cottage unique

The grounds, the pond, the stream, distance to town, Sandburg National Historic Site, Flat Rock Playhouse, and watching the water over the dam. Gardener's Cottage is located close to great eateries and all that WNC (western NC) has to offer. Located on the Beckon Ridge Estate, circa 1938, Gardener's Cottage is our guest house. When our family and friends are not visiting, we offer our place to you. We are confident that you too will love Gardener's Cottage.


Hendersonville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • water tubing
The small chiminea is a great spot on the patio...Don't forget the marshmallows! Gardener's Cottage is equipped with smoke and CO2 detectors and a fire extinguisher. Your hosts will be happy to provide any additional info needed to make your vacation unforgettable! Just ask. It is our goal to EXCEED your vacation expectation.


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Cozy Flat Rock Cottage on pond, 2 miles to everything!...Read our 5 star reviews
average rating of 4.9852943 based on 68 reviews

Easy to get to. Arrival and check in was smooth and fun. Cottage was amazing we lived it.

  • 5 of 5

Waking up to the sounds of nature every day was wonderful. We could not have wished for a better place to get away from the hustle of the city. Victor and Darlene were great they left not detail unmentioned.

Probably the most relaxing 4 days we have ever had, and we would certainly love to return. Thank you for an amazint stay

Greg & Olivia

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh thank you! And thank you for caring for our Gardener's Cottage! Last night we had no guests so we spent a few hours at the pond and had a little fire in the chiminea. A pair of wood ducks kept landing in the pond to the consternation of the geese. Mrs Goose is about to lay her eggs any day. In the middle of that, a flock of wild Turkeys were cackling away just in the woods! It was better than TV, thats for sure. Please do come again.
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  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Victor and Darlene thought of everything to make guests as comfortable as could possibly be, right down to a welcoming gift basket with a bottle of wine among other things, fresh eggs from their hens, chocolates by the bed, fluffy towels, and lists of places to go eat and see, with a little anecdotal advice. My husband wants me to be sure to add that the bed was the most comfortable he ever slept in, and I second that! The location was PERFECT, close to some great restaurants and shopping, and not far from Lake Lure. We can’t wait to come back in the Spring! We highly recommend The Gardener’s Cottage at Beckon Ridge!!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for noticing all the details of our Gardener's Cottage. Our goal has been to provide our guests with what we would want for ourselves. We have stayed in many VRBO's over the years and have learned a lot. (BTW: we have the same beds in the main house bedrooms- manufactured in NC) . And then there's Flat Rock! Known as "Little Charleston in the Mountains"...the jewel of western NC. Thank you for staying with us and for taking time to review.
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Perfect Anniversary Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

Victor and Darlene’s cottage was beyond charming. Not only is the property stunning, but the cottage itself is so comfy and cute. From the comfy bed and lush towels, all the way to the fresh farm eggs in the fridge and goodie bag with wine and treats, you can tell they love their property and truly care about the guests that stay there. It was the perfect location for us to be outside the city, but super close to the things we wanted to do. Hands down the best place we could have spent our anniversary. We look forward to coming back soon.

Danielle & Ryan Beeson

Cleveland, TN

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very lucky to have the Beckon Ridge property as our home and to be able to share Gardeners Cottage with guests. Thank you for noticing our attention to detail and appreciating the efforts of our hens! We look forward to seeing you both, and Bentley, back again!
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  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay in the beautiful cottage. We will definitely return.

Bob and Lisa

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will be glad to have you back!
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Rock Hill, SC


  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful, the property was amazing. You are surrounded by the forest, with the sound of the water fall and birds. Complete privacy! Victor and Darlene were amazing hosts. They provided us with information on what to do and where to eat, they even left a wonderful treat basket for us. They have gone above and beyond to make their guests feel at home. We didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to come back! Thanks Victor and Darlene!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes. Gardeners Cottage and Flat Rock is a wonderful place. We are lucky to have it and enjoy sharing with our friends and guests. Please do come back!
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Tranquil, quaint, cozy

  • 5 of 5

This is by far one of the most peaceful, refreshing stays my husband and I have spent together in quite some time. We went to tour the area and troll for apples for my birthday and we were not disappointed. Great, thoughtful, hosts! We felt more like guests in their guest house than we did tourists to the area. Garden setting with waterfall, plants, trees, foliage and birds all around. Loved the village atmosphere too. Minutes away form many things to do and not enough time to do them all before heading back to the real world. Thank you Victor and Darlene for a memorable stay! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to tell of your experience. We are so lucky to have Gardener's Cottage to share. It was a pleasure having you visit and we look forward to your returning!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Asheville Regional
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
South Rock Grill, Hannah Flanagans, others
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Crooked Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rt. 25, 26
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Flat Rock Wood Room,wood fired Pizza BBQ Beer Wine
Car: necessary

Gardeners Cottage is only 2 miles to The Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, the Flat Rock Playhouse, The Cinema, restaurants, golf, and Main Street Hendersonville with all its shops and nightlife.

Within a couple of miles you can patronize any number of good eating and drinking establishments, some with live entertainment on weekend nights. And you are only a few minutes from the supermarket or the food co-op for organic foods.

In addition to hiking trails and the House Tour, the Sandburg site, (aka Connemara Farm) is steeped in Civil War history. And be sure to see their nationally recognized goat herd. Of course the Dupont Forest, is just a short drive and The Green River Gorge with tube rentals and easy access for fishing and kayaking is just 30 minutes south. Zipline over the forest - AMAZING!

There is just so much to see and do around here in any season. The only problem is that once you find the hammock, you may not want to get up and go anywhere!

Private, but not isolated, Gardeners Cottage is right smack dab where you want to be!

****STAY AND PLAY! ****

Book for a 3 night stay, and add 2 tix to see a show at the Flat Rock Playhouse MainStage, just down the road, for an additional $60. (regular price $100.) Best available seats guaranteed!

Go to for show while good seats are available!

Flat Rock Playhouse MainStage is located 1.5 miles from Gardener's Cottage at Beckon Ridge, we are proud supporters of the FRP.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $100

No extra charge for holidays but 3 night min. may apply.
(We will add $55. cleaning fee and 11.75% tax)
$100 security to be returned promptly post inspection.
Cancellation/Refund policy available upon request.
Small Pet Fee:$30. (for length of stay)
Extra Person Fee (over 2): $30.(per night)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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