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Bettie Sommer

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Historic Stone Chalet

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type chalet


High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Chalet, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-2)

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. 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 take in a visit to Grassy Falls, about a mile beyond the village inn.

Chalet Switz is made of natural materials with the finest of craftsmanship. Cozy nooks and corners include the inglenook with wood-burning stone fireplace and spectacular views of the unpolluted night skies 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 in chaise lounges.

Nearby are spectacular hiking, Penland ( and pottery, glass, wood and other fine craft studios that welcome visitors, and the city of Asheville. In the winter, when 'the season' has ended and village shops and the Inn (but not the Mountain View restaurant) have closed, there is peaceful quiet and endless views.

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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Bettie Sommer (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

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 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. The town 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, 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.


based on 21 traveler reviews

Historic Stone Chalet
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews

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
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Greenville, SC USA

Perfect mountain hide-away!

  • 5 of 5

My new husband and I spent our honeymoon at the Chalet - it was everything we wanted! It is an absolutely beautiful location, close to everything you would want to do but hidden enough to have complete privacy. The fireplace and comfy living room are perfect for cooler nights and the bed sits right next to huge windows where you can stargaze while lying in bed on clear nights. The amazing stone walls kept the place a perfect temperature and the windows give the place a great mountain air breeze. The garden was great for morning coffees and good books. This place is perfect for couples or singles of all ages - from 20-something's like us to seniors wanting a quiet week on the blue ridge.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort bragg NC


  • 5 of 5

The chalet was more than we could have ever imagined. It is beautifully decorated and well maintained and we liked having our coffee in the little garden. I'm already planning our next visit!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon Chalet

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went to the Little Switzerland Chalet on our Honeymoon and could not imagine a better place! You feel completely secluded and you have all the room you need. We loved the history of the Chalet and the little town close by. We had such a perfect stay and plan to come back this year! We now feel like it is our own special little place! Thanks for sharing!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
Leaf Change
Oct 3 2016 - Nov 2 2016
1 night minimum stay
Nov 3 2016 - Dec 15 2016
1 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 19 2016 - Dec 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The inglenook has a convertible bed
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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