Private charming two story cottage, 1 BR with 1.5 bath nearby Asheville
John Johnson and Angela Whitney
About John Johnson and Angela Whitney
John has lived in Sandy Mush since 1977, and Angela since 1985. They met at a holistic nursing conference at UNCA that John co-sponsored with the American Holistic Nursing Association, married, and purchased this 105 acre farm and retreat center in 1988, and have cared for it since. They've offered individual retreats at Light of the Mountains since 1988, and now are offering this vacation cottage. They enjoy 3 adult children, and granddaughter Soraya. They love gardening, taking care of the land, and living with their sheep, chickens, dogs, nature, and all the wildlife. There are beavers, otters, heron, woodpeckers, kingfishers, deer, turkeys, groundhogs around, and of course, summer crickets and lightening bugs. John and Angela's big friendly Great Pyrennes help take care of the farm. Preservation of the richness of these pastures, woodland with springs, creeks, and huge rocks is important to them. The farm has been "organic" for 40 years, and has 80 acres certified for wildlife preservation. Angela is a holistic family nurse practitioner in Palliative Care, a retreat guide, and a Polarity Therapist. Angela has had a wellness practice in Asheville, SynergyAlive, since 1996 where she offers Polarity with the RaphaeliteWork, and focuses on each client's personal growth. John, a retired private school headmaster, is presently having fun (and lots of work) as a "gentleman farmer", and a personal retreat guide. In addition. he teaches personal growth and meditation around the world. He’s created national and regional conferences on healing with a universal perspective, and helped start two flourishing "alternative" schools for children in Asheville. John and Angela appreciate their friends, neighbors, and community. They welcome you to Chestnut Cottage at Light of the Mountains farm. You'll find cozy relaxation and peace at this beautiful spot so close to Asheville fun, and yet seemingly far away to also enjoy nature, romance, and reflection.
John Johnson and Angela Whitney purchased this Cottage in 1988
Why John Johnson and Angela Whitney chose Leicester
Sandy Mush is an incredibly beautiful area of the world. We have travelled to various parts of the world and though there are areas that match this area in beauty, none surpass it. Fall is splendid with color, winters are mild, spring comes early with a profusion of wild flowers. Evenings in the summer are cool. The Sandy Mush Creek brings a wonderful sound and feel. The people in the area are friendly. They actually wave when they see you on the highway! All this is only thirty minutes from downtown Asheville - a city full of great restaurants, theatre, festivals, and live music.
What makes this Cottage unique
Great atmosphere, country charm--perfect for get away, romance, or enjoying the combination of what both country and city offer--a private peaceful spot thoughtfully accommodated, with balcony and outdoor relaxing areas by singing creek, with night time stars and crickets, surrounding farm and woodland, wildlife and an occasional view of sheep!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
What a delightful hideaway up beautiful winding roads. We breathed in the quiet. The gentle babbling brook was the perfect reset. The cabin had all the amenities. Sweet sheep and a friendly dog to round out the stay. The hosts were a text away if needed. Perfect for one or two people. 20 to 25 minutes to Asheville.
Great Cottage/Great Stay
Great location in the N.C. mountains, has a very pretty stream running thru the back yard with comfy chairs to relax and take in the view. As if that is not enough, there is a small herd of sheep wander around the pasture next door. The owners are very nice and have provided all the amenities you could need. Overall we were very pleased with our stay and were sorry to say good by.
We appreciated your visit do much and fo hope to see you again
The owners were super easy to work with and this out of the way cabin is the perfect place to unwind, disconnect and enjoy nature’s beauty. It was super clean, plenty of amenities and offered the serenity and peace we were looking for to escape our daily grind in corporate America. Can’t wait to go back !!
Had a wonderful time in this peaceful cabin. Was able to see lots of wildlife, including deer. Property has lots of butterfly/hummingbird flora so expect to see alot of each. And of course there’s a sheep pasture directly next to the cabin. A peaceful creek off the back patio. A great place to unplug from the world
20 year anniversary trip
My husband and I celebrated our 20 anniversary by staying in Chestnut Cottage. We could not have had a better stay. We were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The cottage is absolutely adorable and well appointed with all that one would need for a perfect escape. We will definitely be back and highly recommend to anyone looking for a quiet getaway.
the best little romantic getaway
I would HIGHLY recommend this adorable little cottage for a romantic getaway. It's about 30 minutes from asheville so you're close enough to be in the city but far enough away to enjoy the quietness of this property in a much more secluded area. The cottage was very clean, well-maintained and the perfect size for our little 4 day retreat. It's comfy and cozy and they even left us with a jar of local honey which was amazing. I would highly recommend this place to anyone traveling in the Asheville are!
The Restaurants rated as the top ten in Asheville are all 35 minutes away: Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 Bones Smokehouse, Laughing Seed Cafe, Mela Indian Restaurant, Salsa Mexican-Carribbean, Sunny Pointe Cafe, White Duck Taco Shop, Chai Pani, and French Broad Chocolate Lounge, as well as Chestnut, Zen Sushi, the Grove Park Inn restaurants, Biltmore Estate restaurants, Limones, Early Girl, Zambra, and Fig.
Eight of the top places to visit are 35 minutes away: Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village, NC Arboretum, Blue Ridge Pkwy, LaZoom Tours, Botanical Gardens, Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and the Asheville Tourist Baseball, in addition to Malaprops Book Store.
Other great places only 45 minutes away: the Blue Ridge Parkway,
the Folk Art Center, Appalachian Trail, WNC Farmers' Market, and the Pisgah National Forest.
60 minutes away or so: Hot Springs Spa, Appalachian Trail, town of Hot Springs, Mt. Pisgah, Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain, Mountain to Sea trail, Cradle of Forestry, Craggy Gardens, Graveyard Fields...