About this listing
Sanctuary in the trees. Open, modern home by award winning architects. Designed to inspire and relax in natural setting. 5 Minutes to downtown.
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A modern retreat in the trees just outside of West Asheville's "locals downtown". Walkable/bike-able to Haywood Rd and excellent neighborhood restaurants, art and yoga studios, farmers market and music venues. 5 minute drive to the city of Asheville.
The house is open and warm, flooded in light and views. It's modern style is spacious and airy. Warm and toasty with radiant floor heat and a free standing wood stove. On a sunny day, you can dine outside on the upper floor deck in the oak trees.
My husband and I are architects and have designed this house as our home. We are traveling this year on a world tour with our two children so our house is available for your vacation. Our managers, Lisa and Michele will make sure you feel welcome and have everything you need.
All our personal things have been removed but you will find everything you need in terms of kitchen and bath supplies and of course, freshly made beds ready for your arrival.
The house was designed to take advantage of the trees and breeze in the summer months. We value home-making that lives with nature and doesn't tax our planets limited resources. There is no AC but there is good air flow and fans. This works well in the mountains.
If you are looking for an inspiring space that is peaceful and part of a vibrant creative community you will enjoy staying here.
This is a three story dwelling with the main house (this listing, sleeps 6) occupying two levels. We have a different listing for the separate studio apartment (sleeps 2) on the lower level and we can accommodate up to 8 people. You will need to reserve both listings for adult groups of 8. (Families with kids have the option of sleeping pads on the floor of the main house) The cost for both listings with 8 guests is $384/night weekdays and $494/night weekends.
Interaction with Guests
Lisa or Michele will be there to greet you when you arrive and answer any questions you may have but after that, you'll have the place to yourself unless you call for more assistance.
West Asheville is home. Its quiet and wooded, a real neighborhood scene with great restaurants and music venues. Many artists live on this side of the river as this is where the river arts district (RAD) is. West Asheville has it's own downtown area on Haywood Rd., a few blocks away. Downtown Asheville is five minutes away by car and is much more touristy.
You can walk to Haywood Rd, our "main st." Or ride the bikes provided but you'll want a car if you stay here, I think. Its a five minute drive anywhere, farmers market, Biltmore house, Downtown, also easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smokies National Park.
We are not charging an extra cleaning fee for groups of four People or less. We ask that you leave it in the same condition you found it. For larger groups or people with pets, there is a $150 cleaning fee due on arrival. Smaller groups may also choose to pay for cleaning instead of taking care of it before leaving. Just let Lisa know and she will make arrangements.
The main thing we'd like for you be considerate of is the walls, no tape or tacks on the walls. Also, please always wipe up spills off the floors when they occur. Standing water will ruin the finish.
This is a smoke free property. Please do not use pipes or tobacco and also, no burning things, like candles in the house. This keeps us all safe in the trees! If you need anything or have a request, please let us know. We truly want your stay to be a happy one and would appreciate the chance to have you leave us positive reviews.
Overall a beautiful and interesting place to stay.
Nice location, 15 minute walk to downtown West Asheville, WNC farmers' market is a short drive down the road, as is a grocery store, so cooking is easily accomplished. Stovetop burners are hard to light, though. Downtown Asheville is a 5 minute drive a few exits down the highway. Blue Ridge Parkway is close, great hiking opportunities 30+ minutes away.
Three complaints but nothing too major. Buggy!!! Tons of spiders, especially daddy long legs, but given the fact you're surrounded by woods, understandable. Just be prepared. Smelled ever so slightly musty... Probably due again to being in a thickly wooded area. Wi-Fi is very spotty. Couldn't get upstairs.
Loved the zip line out back!
Overall, very nice, would stay again!
One-week stay, June 2015. We loved the property as represented online and wanted to be pleased with it when we got there, but we weren't, and wouldn't rent it again. The house was less desirable than represented, for 3 major reasons:
(1) Contrary to the listing promise that "[t]here is no AC but there is good air flow," the ventilation and air circulation are quite poor, so it was HOT in the house. There are only about 5 smallish openable windows with screens and thus little cross-breeze, even with the small portable fans. In the MBR, there is only 1 very small window. The large MBR sliding doors to the upstairs deck, which might be expected to provide some cross-ventilation, have no screens, so we didn't dare open them at night (mosquitoes, moths).
(2) House is poorly designed/furnished/outfitted: No microwave, not enough cups/glasses/coffee mugs for 5 people, no wine glasses (though listing promises "everything you need in terms of kitchen and bath supplies"). Powder room almost unusably small (tiny sink), with nowhere to set anything. No accessible outlets at either MBR or balcony desk areas. Inadequate lighting over eating table (awkward dangling basket fixture plugged into upstairs outlet). Washer/dryer unit inconvenient, accessed via outdoor stairs and shared with other apartment. One towel rack and one small towel hook in entire house. Seating in main living area minimal and uncomfortable. Bedding was marginal. Curtains in MBR old, unsightly, not wide enough to cover window area. Internet too slow for normal, reliable use; initial instructions about access inadequate and misleading, esp. with regard to upstairs "range extender" (without which we had no connectivity in MBR until the last day of our stay, when Lisa and I figured it out).
(3) Deferred maintenance is a serious issue throughout: grout is dirty and tiles are missing in the shower floor; skylight over shower seems not to have been cleaned in years; upstairs deck and table and all surrounding outside wooden decking/ledges are seriously in need of pressure washing and treatment. They were all too dirty/mildewed to use (listing promises that "[o]n a sunny day, you can dine outside on the upper floor deck in the oak trees"). One of the large water meter access covers on the parking pad was unsecured and tilted up when you ran over it, and thus risked damaging a car wheel (we parked on street).
We will say that Lisa and Michele (the caretakers) were very responsive and did their absolute best to address several minor issues, but design, major maintenance, and proper outfitting of the property are presumably not their responsibility.
We are experienced AirBnB/VRBO renters and have generally been pleased with properties we've rented. This one, however, we found significantly misrepresented in some key respects and therefore overpriced for the benefit we received. With attention to the matters we've listed, however, this could be a more desirable property.
Great, quiet neighborhood close to west Asheville and the restaurants/nightlife there. House was nice but starting to look a little worn, especially the bathroom shower which needs a good clean and retiling
Space is just as beautiful as it looks. Loved the glass walls and enjoying the mountain weather on the patio. Close enough to enjoy all areas of the city and the hosts were receptive even while away. Will not hesitate to rent again on my next Asheville trip!
We absolutely loved everything about West Asheville and the surrounding areas. This house is as beautiful in person as it is in pictures. Loved the openness and views, the neighborhood is peaceful and quiet, only a 5 minute car ride to the main drag of great restaurants, market, bars and incredible ice cream! (The Hop) The host gave us great suggestions for stuff to do that suited our tastes. She responded quickly when we had a follow up question. Great space, great town, we'll be back!
I had a wonderful stay in the Tree House! It's a beautiful home in a great location. Easy uber ride into downtown Asheville and only a 10 minute drive to the Biltmore. We were two couples and there was more than enough space; however, the house would probably be too small to comfortably fit three couples. I would definitely stay here again.
What a great house! This was a perfect place for our group of 8. There were 4 beds (2 twins) that comfortably slept 6 and we were also left 2 mattresses for the remaining 2 guests. The kitchen was well stocked with every day essentials that made cooking at the house easy and the extra towels/linens were nice, too. Great natural light, beautiful neighborhood, fun zipline!
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About the Host, Jakub & Maria
Jakub and I have been together since 1999. We are both architects and we are both from Eastern Europe. We have two children, a boy and a girl. As a family we like hiking, mounting biking, travelling, creating art, reading and spending time with friends. We are planning a year of travel around the world November 2013- November 2014 and we are renting our house while away. We are very excited to share our home with others. We feel it is a special place and we hope you will enjoy it. What we most love about our home is its openness, the view of the trees, the quiet and the light.