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Historic Stone "Chalet Switz" under a mile from center of Little Switzerland

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type chalet


About the property

Chalet, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-3)

Stay in your own little haven -- a stone chalet that was once the Kilmichael Tower. This one bedroom chalet, with impressive two-foot thick stone walls and 23-foot cathedral ceiling, harks back to the days when the Kilmichaels left their mark in history on the Isle of Arran. Chalet Switz today offers Blue Ridge mountain ecology, imaginative architectural design and the perfect setting for a memorable getaway.

Located on the very top of 4000-foot Grassy Mountain, the Chalet is a 20-minute walk from Little Switzerland's village center, a historic 100-year old town with quaint shops, homes of extraordinary character and fine and casual dining. Unlike at many residences in Little Switzerland, there is no traffic noise from the Parkway or other paved roads in the area since you'll be located on the very top of the mountain. As you walk down a country road to the village you will enjoy breathtaking views and the countryside filled with wildlife and natural forest, passing a few residences on the way as you descend 800 feet.

Your walk can easily be extended to Grassy Falls by going under the stone bridge and taking a right onto the untraveled dirt road that takes you about another downhill mile to the falls.

Chalet Switz is made of natural materials with the finest of craftsmanship. Cozy nooks include the kitchen and the inglenook with wood-burning stone fireplace. The airy loft above with its 13' cathedral ceiling offers spectacular views of the night sky right from your bed! Amenities for your comfort include down pillows, Ralph Lauren linens, and a Kohler Greek tub with hand-held shower in which you can relax and enjoy the serenity. The kitchen is equipped with refrigerator-freezer, stove/oven, coffee maker, toaster and distinctive dinnerware. A pleasant garden surrounding the Chalet can be enjoyed while dining outdoors or relaxing on chaise lounges. Feel free to roam the several acre mowed Commons area too.

Between 5 and 24 miles away along the Blue Ridge Parkway is spectacular hiking at Linville Falls, Crabtree Falls, Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell. Penland ( is less than 15 miles away, the crucible for the dozens of pottery, glass, wood, iron and other fine craft studios and shops in the area.

A 50-mile drive on the scenic, forested Blue Ridge Parkway takes you past the Black Mountains with 6 of the highest 10 peaks -- including Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain -- east of the Mississippi to the city of Asheville and the Biltmore.

In the winter, when 'the season' has ended and most village shops and the Switzerland Inn (but not the Mountain View restaurant) have closed, there is peaceful quiet and endless views. You can lie in bed or bath and listen to the wind roar in the trees -- or sit in front of a fire in the cave-quiet inglenook. The super-insulated home with silent, dry electric heat combined with warmth emanating from the 23' tall rock chimney is truly a haven.

Reserve directly with the owner and avoid uncertainties and complications so many have reported using on-line booking.

Keywords: Haven for one person, Chalet for two, Mountaintop Getaway

More Details

Bettie Sommer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Bettie Sommer

The day I happened upon the Kilmichael Tower during an idyllic vacation in Little Switzerland, I decided to turn it into a residence although I resided 600 miles away in Winter Park, Florida and worked as a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida. Currently, I am developing a website at featuring innovative and time-tested bicycle transportation systems and also launching a second career in photography, inspired in part by the beauty of leisurely days spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I like having kindred spirits enjoy the chalet.

Bettie Sommer purchased this chalet in 1986

Why Bettie Sommer chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

Pristine forests, meadows and waterfalls are right there in the town within walking distance. The Switzerland Inn offers breakfast-through-dinner fireside dining with a lively bar, a grand flagstone lobby with massive fireplace and views south into the valley and newly added stone bar and dining patio and fire pit seating below. The village of Little Switzerland is informal, energetic and blessedly free of pretense. commercialism, and “development.” The area is internationally renowned for both its welcoming fine craft artist studios and rustic arts. In the area, folks play mountain music, clog and square dance, work iron and wood, make cane chairs, and engage in other traditional activities that are open to visitors. Surrounded by wild nature, Grassy Mountain offers the opportunity to be among deer, rabbits, wild turkey, fox, huge owls and other birds, wild apple trees, forests with hillsides of blooming native plants, and the annual monarch butterfly migration.

What makes this chalet unique

Location, location, location right in the village of Little Switzerland -- surrounded by nature, in a historic building on a mountaintop, and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. A fun vacation getaway tailored to one or two persons in a spacious residential mountain neighborhood with nature still intact. The romance of interior stone walls and holiday architecture and furnishings. A delightful stroll downhill in an ever-changing landscape to the village center and a waterfall. Scenic drives to Mt. Mitchell, Crabtree Meadows and Falls, Linville, Penland and America’s best fine craft studios, and the always fascinating Asheville.


Little Switzerland Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The inglenook has a convertible bed
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Historic Stone "Chalet Switz" under a mile from center of Little Switzerland
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
Raleigh, NC

Cozy, well-crafted beauty

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful natural and well-crafted aesthetics in the chalet, and, yeah!, no paintings of waterfalls! The quiet is exquisite, and the views east and west are lovely.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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25th Anniversary get away

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! A perfect get away from all the stresses so that we could enjoy our 25th Anniversary. It was like being in a storybook fairy tale...especially the first morning we woke up to a thick fog, which of course I had to get up and take a million pictures! We would love to go back in the fall for the colors...since we miss out on that living in Florida. Highly recommended...don't miss out!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Retreat for me

  • 5 of 5

Chalet Switz was a perfect location for some away time for this very busy lady. I enjoyed the quiet and solitude tremendously - I spent three days reading, watching movies (using the super-fast WiFi), and just enjoying the beautiful flowers and scenery around the house. Then I spent one day driving up the Parkway to Blowing Rock and the Moses Cone Center to do a little shopping. I thought I would eat out more, but I enjoyed being at the Chalet so much that I didn't want to leave to go to a restaurant! I was a little apprehensive about the road up the mountain, but it was no problem at all. I actually enjoyed the vistas, the greenery and flowers, and checking out the other homes along the way.

If you are someone who just wants to get away from it all for a few days, this is the absolute ideal location. I highly recommend it, and I hope to visit Chalet Switz again very soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, unforgettable little hide away

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I needed a place to unwind for 3 nights after a very stressful couple of weeks. Chalet Switz was perfect! I couldn't have dreamed of anyplace more relaxing. It is very easy to find and get to. Everything we needed to lock ourselves in and just relax for 3 days was there. We kept a fire going in the fireplace, and cooked our own meals. Watching the clouds roll in and sweep past the Chalet on top of grassy mountain road was nice. The wild turkeys would come to visit every once in awhile too. It was very quiet & had the feel of a medieval castle inside and out. The owner, Bettie was just so pleasant to deal with. I can't help but think that we have made a new life long friend with her. Deb & I just feel so blessed and fortunate that we found Chalet Switz & Bettie. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful chalet.

God Bless you

Deb & PJ Lunz

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Cary, NC

Hideaway in the hills

  • 5 of 5

(ignore the arrival date: I waited too long to review this, and the VRBO site won't let me put in June 23. 2014 ~ Sorry, Elisabeth...)

My wife and I spent our 15th anniversary in this great little place. Its almost like a tree-house on the ground. We enjoyed the solitude, the beauty of Little Switzerland the surrounding area, and the access to great food in Little Switzerland. The chalet is just perfect for two (or one!). The kitchen, eating nook and sitting area are the epitome of coziness. It was June, so we didn't use the fireplace, but I think that would just top off the stay during a colder time. We did, however, utilize the lounge chairs outside to enjoy the cool mountain afternoon air.

The upstairs was comfortable because the alpine, high ceiling allowed the heat to rise past the living area. We left the upstairs, floor level windows open during the evening, and kept the place cool -almost cold- during the night. Just be careful when using the tub - especially the hand held spray nozzle - you just about of have to turn it down to a drip to keep it from bouncing off of you onto...everything around you.

Ms. Sommer was so very nice to deal with while setting up the trip. I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to writing this review, but then again, that's one of the reasons we rented this place - to get away from the busyness of life.

Highly recommended!

We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet & cozy

  • 5 of 5

The chalet is exactly as shown in photos and descriptions. Betty is easy to contact and quick to respond. There is a new Wal Mart nearby for food supplies and the chalet is just off the Blue Ridge Pky for exploring trips. We enjoyed our week stay. Thank you Betty.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Drive 5 miles toward Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway to reach parking at the sweeping Cr..."
Blue Ridge Pkwy
"Just a mile from the chalet, this ribbon of two-lane road meanders through meadows and mount..."
Grassy Falls
"Step out the front door of Chalet Switz and head down to the village, walking along Grassy M..."
Switzerland Inn
"The Switzerland Inn with its distinctive dining areas and popular bar offers three meals dai..."
Penland Gallery and Visitors Center
"Founded in 1929, the Penland School of Crafts ( has made the Little ..."
Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Grassy Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Car: recommended

Hiking to nearby waterfalls; Mt. Mitchell; star gazing in one of the few places east of the Mississippi without light pollution; gem mining; visiting and observing glass, wood, clay, iron and other fine craft artists that live in the area, which has one of the finest collection of artists in the US, centered on the 75 year old Penland School of Crafts, less than 15 miles away


Rates & Availability

Little Switzerland Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 9 2017 - Sep 29 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Leaf Change
Oct 2 2017 - Nov 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.75%

You will need to provide a $250 damage deposit. Usually this is a check mailed by regular US mail to me that rather than deposit, I plan to mail back to you within a day after your departure with VOID written on it and the amount crossed out. If getting a check to me before you check in is not convenient for you, we can discuss other options.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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