|Space||1,200 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
NO CLEANING FEE! This 1200+ sq.ft. apartment in our log home with on-site parking and a private entrance offers 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, 1-1/2 baths, large living room with stone wood burning fireplace open to a large kitchen and additional living space with piano. It also has a laundry room for your convenience. The private deck offers a place to have dinner or read a book in view of the woods and mountains. Purchase food items at the grocery store 5 minutes away to prepare in the fully equipped kitchen or eat at one of the great restaurants that Asheville has to offer. Linens are provided. A fire ring, hammock and horseshoes are available on premises as well as a selection of videos, books and games. You will enjoy the quiet of the woods yet be within minutes of everything to do in Asheville, including the Biltmore Estate, various music venues, art galleries, outdoor adventures, hiking and scenic driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We can give you additional suggestions or recommendations according to your abilities and interests. And, of course, we have Wi-Fi and cable TV if you have any time or energy at the end of the day. Air conditioning is available anytime the fresh mountain air coming through the windows is not enough. This is a great place for a 'girls' weekend or to share with another couple. Note - There are no additional cleaning fees or long lists of departure chores. Come and enjoy the peace and quiet, and convenience of our home in the woods.
Jim and I grew up together in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in the telecommunications field his entire career. I have worked mostly in accounting but recently have been employed as a nanny and love it. One of our daughters is local but the other lives with her family in the northeast so this gives me a chance to play with little ones. We lived in the Dallas area for 9 years before coming to Asheville. What a change of pace! We have always wanted a log home and feel we hit the jackpot. We have worked hard to get it to where it is but we couldn't beat the location. We love the peace and quiet, the friendly and laid back attitude, and the quirkiness of Asheville. There is always something to do, learn, and participate in. This photo was taken during a hike in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard by some visiting friends. We enjoy when our friends and family can visit in our mountain home.
Jan Sparks purchased this apartment in 2005
We have always wanted to live in a log home. We had visited our daughter here several times and enjoyed it. We had considered starting a bed and breakfast, attended a workshop, researched and evaluated the time and economic commitment, and put it on hold. We decided to look for a vacation/ retirement home while we were in Dallas. Then, Asheville was listed as one of the top ten cities in which to live, and my husband's employment changed which allowed us to move wherever. We started looking in Asheville and found this gem. As soon as we drove up, we knew this was it. It was private, quiet, and was a short drive to town, the grocery store, and Home Depot. The story of the owners and the building of the cabin was as interesting as the cabin was sound. And, it had 2 fireplaces and a 2-car garage! We went for it and then the renovations started. It is now almost complete, however, we are always finding a new project. Meanwhile, we got involved with a hiking group, line-dancing, wine-tasting and I learned to reupholster furniture. Whenever we get a chance, we take in a concert, go to the farmer's market, or take advantage of our Biltmore membership and visit the gardens or a new renovated room. However, we never tire of cozy nights by the fireplace, dinners on the deck, walks through the woods, and listening to the hoot owl or watching the hummingbirds.
When we purchased our home there were 3 porch swings, one on each deck. The ladies who owned the house were sitting on the front porch chatting. We have always had a porch, but three? The house was not a log home kit. The logs were cut and chinked. The chinking was visible on the inside too. The stone fireplace and the golden hue of the logs felt cozy as soon as you walked in. The ideas for renovations to enhance the beauty and aesthetics of this house was immediate in both my and my husband's mind. The idea that we could have this privacy and the amenities that the house offered, but also the community of neighbors and the closeness to the activities and places that we wanted to go to was just perfect. We were lucky enough to be able to buy it and have since made it truly ours.
Great location away from the hustle but still close enough to all the attractions. The cabin is cozy and equipped enough, that you may be tempted not to leave at all. We enjoyed our downtime playing all the games and puzzles and relaxing out on the deck. The owner seems to read the minds of his guests by being 2 steps ahead on everything. We had a perfect 4 day weekend and would have loved even more time to enjoy the cozy cabin with idyllic views. I couldn't recommend it more to a family of 3-5.
The cabin was even better in person. My mom and I had a fabulous week in the mountains! Jim was very helpful with restaurant suggestions and activities in the area. We will definitely be back!
Our host (Jim) provided invaluable information about the area and really was an asset to our vacation. The accommodations were outstanding in a beautiful setting that made us feel better than home. Everything was provided that allowed us to be comfortable and cooking meals was a great option. I would recommend this to anyone and our next visit will be at this location except for two weeks instead of one. Great location for any activities, restaurants, hiking. So many activities we could not accomplish everything in one week.
Our recent stay at the home of Jim and Jan Sparks was delightful! The house offered wonderful views of the wooded area and met all our needs for a comfortable stay. Would be happy to return!
Very lovely, comfortable hone with a great porch for sitting to simply enjoy the beauty of Ashebille. We had a lovely time with family, and, would highly recommend this to others
A short drive from downtown Asheville, this property is golden. Tucked away in a quiet forested area, this home is peaceful and lovely. Perfect for the romantic getaway!
The house is well furnished and has great conveniences such as premium television channels and wifi. Our stay was superb, the owner was very friendly and helpful! Highly recommended!
Other specific attractions are listed here. Various festivals and shows occur throughout the year. You can also enjoy a variety of music venues, plays, summer concerts in the park, and every kind of dancing from ballroom to contra. Dining out is an adventure and will make you feel like a world traveler with all the ethnic choices. More details here and in the information binder at the rental.
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co
Beer, pizza, and a movie. Asheville has many more breweries- Bruisin' Ales, Pisgah Brewing, Lexington Avenue, and Highland to name a few. We even have several 'brews' tours that we can tell you about.
A great tea house that also sells herbal teas made from a local herbalist. Dobra is a big supporter of local suppliers.Getting tea here is an experience.
Sunny Point Cafe
Absolutely great breakfasts and mimosas. Outdoor seating. Promotes local and sustainable business practices.
Stoney Knob Cafe
Quirky place with unique and delicious Sunday brunch items.
Grove Arcade area
Visit a bookstore/wine bar, wine bistro, handmade gift items, ethnic restaurants in and around, including Thai, Latin, Cuban, Italian, Indian, or just great American cuisine and cocktails.
Beautiful, historic home and grounds, including greenhouse, restaurants, winetasting/winery, barn with live animals, walking paths and so much more.
Gingerbread House Competition
This annual event is held in November through the Christmas holiday at one of Asheville's exclusive historic inns. Historic photos of construction, gallery, car collection and museum are also on premises.
Black Mountain, NC
Great little town east of Asheville with shops, restaurants and a music venue called the White Horse.
Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville
Got to take a trolley tour of some kind to get the lay of the land, some history, and interesting story telling. Lot's of fun too!
Carl Sandburg Home
Nice day trip. The house and story of Carl Sandberg and family is fascinating. The grounds provide a great hiking experience and nearby restaurants finish off the day. See offspring of Mrs. Sandberg's award winning goats.
NC Arboretum--Bent Creek Trail
Beautiful walking trails and bonsai collection. Quilt show and orchid show is held here annually.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
On a clear day, you can see forever from these mountain trails. Absolutely beautiful and our trail guide knew how to work a crowd!
Mount Mitchell State Park
Visit the highest peak east of the Mississippi. See grand views, beautiful rhododendron, and have a piece of the best cobbler around. A must sightseeing drive!
Hike, climb, birdwatch or just take in spectacular views. Don't miss a visit to Lake Lure where there actually is a beach in the mountains.
Mast General Store
Remember candy necklaces, candy from barrels, jack in the boxes, and everything else being under one roof? This store recreates the old fashioned general store. Fun, unique and great shopping!
Arts and Entertainment
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Beautiful handcrafted items for purchase along the Parkway. Visit upstairs for some history. The Discovery Center and a hike along one of the many paths along the parkway are a must.
Navitat Canopy Adventures
We have not done this yet, but it is at the top of our list. We can only imagine the fun of flying through the trees on a zipline.
New Morning Gallery
Great handcrafted items from pottery to furniture in Biltmore Village.The Southern Highland Guild will soon open around the corner.Sweeten Creek Antiques and the Screendoor are just down the street.
River Arts District
A 'Stroll' occurs twice a year but many galleries are open to the public year round. The Wedge brewery, the Grey Eagle music venue and bar, Clingman Cafe and Smokey Bones restaurant is also here. 2013 dates - 6/8-9 and 11/9-10
Warren Wilson College
Not just a college - there are trails, contra-dancing, a chamber music festival, a folk arts festival, theatre and farm animals to view.
Concerts in the park at Pack Square, The Orange Peal Social Club, the Grey Eagle, Asheville Music Hall or street performers- Asheville has everything from classical to rock to old timey music at a variety of venues.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild
The guild holds an arts festival in July and October, but if you can't make it there come to their intimate shop on Tunnel( soon to move to Biltmore Village) or visit the Folk Art Center. 2013 dates - 7/18-21 and 10/17-20
Lake Eden Arts Festival
Twice a year this festival is held to bring you a wide array of entertainment,art and participatory events. Referred to as L.E.A.F. festival, it is for all ages.
Private massage and/or yoga session
We can arrange for a private on-premise massage or individual yoga class. Please let us know well in advance of your arrival so it can be scheduled.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|+person/night/owner OK||$20 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$155|
Rates are subject to change until reservation has been confirmed. A signed contract is required by the state of North Carolina.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.