A 4500 sq/ft, 10 Bedroom home, on three levels with old school charm.
- english, spanish
About Lauren Nichols
Birdwood has been in our family since 1927 when my great great grandparents purchased Birdwood. The current owners are descendants of the original owners and live in Houston & Atlanta. I grew up at Birdwood, because my parents wanted a retreat from the heat of Texas; I also went to college in Winston Salem because I loved North Carolina. BIRDWOOD is our home too, every summer we gather, cousins, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, children, friends, and share our love for each other and Birdwood. We want to share it with you & your family. Our family, the Carrs from Bainbridge, GA who purchased the house in 1927 used BIRDWOOD as a private summer home. The house was inherited by the three daughters: Alice, Grace, and Anne in 1943. The current stewards of BIRDWOOD are descendants of Grace. One of which is a Clark Sister from New Orleans, who visited Birdwood during the summers, as an escape from the heat of New Orleans. My great aunt Kitty, also an owner says "We enjoyed it so much that we wanted to be as close as possible; my big sister Mary moved to Montreat in 1991 with her husband, Bill; so Ken & I settled in Atlanta in order to be a few hours from Montreat." In addition Kitty says "One of our great joys is to sit on the porch with family and friends. As children we heard the story of Birdwood, while sitting on the porch. The story goes: our mother, her sisters and brother and parents(our grand parents) loved Montreat and had stayed in various 'elegant Boarding houses', so they purchased their own home, Birdwood, in 1927, where they had once stayed. The Carr family had all their meals in the one large dining room, which continued until 1955. The Carr sisters had all married and they desired their own separate spaces, so Birdwood was lovingly and carefully remodeled into three separate areas. " Today guests may enjoy all of these areas.
Why Lauren Nichols chose Montreat
Birdwood has lovely, comfortable furnishings, so that guests feel right at home. Stealing away for a nap on the front porch swing is the best. There are many rocking chairs on the porch and terrace, so one may lounge, read a book or visit with friends. The scenery and healthy climate are also draws for this area. We have pleasant summers, usually 10 degrees cooler than Asheville. During Spring there are flowering dogwoods, fruit trees and rhododendron; Fall is ablaze with colors as the leaves change; and winter is cold and crisp, yet still invigorating for much outdoor activity. Some folks seek out Montreat in order to live comfortably and attend a conference at Ridgecrest (4 miles away) or at Montreat, the PCUSA Assembly grounds (3/4 mile), Montreat College, and the incorporated town of Montreat. There are about 500 homes, cottages and cabins, within the gate, both year round and summer homes open to all. Birdwood appeals to many: families, conferees, reunions and to participants of a wedding party. Of note, our parents married at the chapel in Montreat and had their wedding reception at Birdwood in 1929. This began the tradition of Birdwood receiving many guests, who enjoy the home for different occasions.
What makes this House unique
Flexibility to host groups of 20 guests. Great for entertaining outside on the terrace & wrap around porch. Big driveway and lots of parking. The location, 2 miles from Black Mountain and only 15 miles from Asheville is a big benefit and provides many opportunities. Montreat was established at the turn of the century as a Presbyterian Conference Center, which it still in operation today. Yet many residents and visitors are not directly related to the conference center and enjoy all the amenities of the community. In addition to Montreat activities, there are many opportunities for recreation and fun in the surrounding area: Tennis, fishing, swimming, hiking and crafts are available in Montreat; in the surrounding area sightseeing, outlet shopping, rafting (French Broad River and the Nanahala River), golfing(2 miles, the Black Mountain Golf Course) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (entrance on Highway 70, East of Asheville) are all available. Don't miss the famous Biltmore House, the George Vanderbilt's mansion, English gardens and Winery are just one half hour away. Of course there's always just relaxing on the porch or patio.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
An event fee is additional, $100 returned.
1 small well behaved pet with fee, $200/$100 refun
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Overall great time
Weather was a little cold and damp but house was warm except for draft in living room. Wasn’t able to use porch much but it was nice place to relax and visit
We had a lovely team meeting! Plenty of space for everyone!
we rented for a family reunion and the place was great: very clean, nicely located and well equipped
we will probably be back next year!
Such a cool house and so close to everything.
Thank you, Ashley, for your positive review. We are always pleased to hear that our guests are comfortable and can work around any mishaps. Keeping up with a 10 bedroom home is a challenge, but I am thrilled when we make a big improvement, as last April I installed the new patio, so we can consider big dinner parties or rehersal dinners, or just relaxing on the patio. We'd love to host you again sometime. Best, Kitty Manson
Everyone enjoyed the house and location. We were a little worried that there might be a problem for our number of people (20) with only 4 bathrooms, but it all worked well. The sinks in some of the bedrooms helped a lot. We liked the old fashioned feel of the house. We only wish the fall foliage had been closer to peak but that certainly was beyond anyone's control.
Thank you, Joe, for your nice review of your stay. I appreciate your patience, as we worked through some of the details. I am in process of renovating one of the bedrooms terrace level, which will be ready when we open again in the Spring. We enjoyed having your big group and hope that you will find the time to visit us again soon. Yes, the old fashioned dressing sinks in the bedrooms, help a lot with the 4 separate bathrooms. Glad you liked them.
getaway for 16
This house was spacious enough for our large group of 8 couples. The patio was a great spot for us to all hangout, but there wasn't an inside den/living room that was quite large enough to accommodate us all at once. There was one basement level bedroom that was under repair. I was not aware of this in advance of my stay. I was glad we didn't need that bedroom because that could have posed a major invconvience. Other than that, this house was spacious and a nice location.
The Asheville area is know for it's natural beauty; in order to see the broad panorama, one must take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, designed for a leisurely drive and viewing the most magnificent mountain vistas; stop at Craggy Gardens for a picnic, watch for the 159 species of birds and the 100 varieties of trees and 1000s of plants.
One of my favorite Asheville activities is a two day visit to the famous Biltmore House and gardens. Wear comfortable walking shoes, spend the days viewing the Mansion, the gardens, the Antler Hill Village; also enjoy free wine tasting and guided tour of the Winery; you may bike, hike and can bring the kids for free.
One of my favorite Montreat activities is a hike up to Lookout Mountain, which takes only 1 hour and a half round trip. The view of Montreat, Lake Susan and surrounding mountains is well worth the climb. During the summer months check in at the Nature Center on Lookout Road for hiking maps or to sign up for a guided hike.