Laurel River Retreat is a destination location in Madison County – just 25 miles (45 minute drive) northwest of Asheville, and 5 miles east of the village of Hot Springs on US Highway 25-70. There is simply nothing else like it in the area. The house sits in the middle of a 130 acre private forest (only one other house, .4 mile away), adjacent to Pisgah National Forest. It overlooks the beautiful Laurel River and the popular and scenic Laurel River Trail that parallels the river three miles to its juncture with the French Broad River.  The Laurel River and the Laurel River trail are popular for fly fishing, tubing, swimming, kayaking the rapids (for the experienced), wild flower observations, birding, and just strolling and sightseeing.

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Laurel River Retreat is the perfect setting for small groups – families, friends, colleagues or couples – to enjoy a secluded natural environment in a comfortable, well equipped and creatively appointed mountain house in one of the area’s most beautiful settings.

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Key Features:

  1. BulletThree bedrooms. Can sleep up to eight. Each bedroom is tastefully furnished,  has its own closet, carpeted, private. One upstairs has sliding glass door to a private patio deck. Two bedrooms have queen size beds; one of the upstairs bedrooms has two twins that can be combined to make a king; and each of the upstairs bedroom also has a one-person futon or a folding cot; the sofa in the livingroom area converts to a very comfortable full size bed.

  2. BulletLaurel River Retreat is equipped with a high efficiency Fujitsu AC/Heat Pump. The AC will cool the downstairs n cooler months, it can warm entire house with doors open.

  3. BulletFireplace in living room (firewood provided in fall and winter); ceiling fan and electric heat in each room. Double pane windows throughout.

  4. BulletTwo full bathrooms. Larger upstairs bath has a luxurious shower with forest views, gorgeous ceramic, art deco stained glass.

  5. BulletKitchen fully renovated, with island/counter, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, electric oven, toaster-oven, coffee maker and grinder, blender, under-sink disposal – and  fully supplied for cooking, baking, serving.

  6. BulletDining area with unique cypress/glass round table for serving 6-8, in front of 8-foot wide picture window.

  7. BulletOriginal art in every room by award winning, Belgian-born artist, Terry Thirion, and other well known North Carolina artists.

  8. BulletMagnificent front deck, 30 feet off ground and directly overlooking the Laurel River and trail, well

    Kitchen Fully Renovated in 2012

    furnished for outdoor dining or relaxing with large table, with seating for six.
  9. BulletTwo Stone patios; fire pit;

  10. BulletSpacious, well furnished screened porch for enjoying the rain, or taking a nap.

  11. BulletA large craft/play area downstairs with lovely river view, great for kids, artwork, games.

  12. BulletFenced side patio with fire pit, charcoal grill and direct access to front deck and downstairs craft/play area.

  13. BulletFree, wireless high speed internet (DSL) service

  14. BulletFree long distance (domestic calls) on land line telephone. Phone in each bedroom.

  15. Bullet32” flat screen LED TV with BlueRay DVD, basic satellite cable (local stations, major networks and HBO)

  16. BulletPowered speakers for Ipad/SmartPhone connection and/or enhanced TV sound.

  17. BulletFront loading washer; new front loading clothes dryer.

  18. BulletCharcoal grille, board games; painting easel; books, videos

  19. BulletChairs and table on screened porch; rope hammock with tree hooks.

What guests say,
“Unique…memorable…a treasure… stunning river scenery and soothing river sounds…our favorite vacation place… great for family and friends to gather… a re-connection with nature… a fully equipped, comfortable house in the woods that feels like home…gorgeous and interesting art …a place to rejuvenate, relax and get inspired.”
A mountain chalet with the comforts of home