The Starling: A Small A-Frame in the Blue Ridge


Tiny home hosted by Ryan And Alyson

  1. 3 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. Half-bath
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Feel the mountain breeze in this air inspired rustic A-Frame. Atop the ridge, enjoy year-round views of the mountains from the back porch. Hike up Rhododendron Ridge Trail or cozy up by the wood stove with a book. Start a campfire or listen to the sounds of Bee Tree Creek in the hammock. Nightlife, food, coffee and breweries in Asheville or Black Mountain are 15 minutes away. It's an hour to Great Smokey Mountains National Park!

The space
A 14'x14' (250 square foot) rustic tiny home with a back porch

Looking for an alternative place to stay near Asheville? The Starling is a light filled A-Frame constructed atop a ridge, surrounded by beech, birch and maple trees. Because of the slope, the back porch is 10 feet off the ground and you'll feel like you're in a tree house while looking over the Blue Ridge mountains. Light floods The Starling through seven large windows by day, and by night you can enjoy the warmth of candles, a wood stove and twinkle lights. In the summer, leaves cover the canopy, plus there are screens on all of the windows.


Inside, climb up the ladder and you’ll find a full sized mattress that comfortably sleeps two. The Starling can easily sleep a third person on the large 76" window seat made from high quality upholstery foam. Though we don't have more sleeping mattresses, if you have more than 3 people in your party you're more than welcome to bring floor mats and pillows of your own.


We provide a single butane burner for cooking, kettle, a wood stove, a dining table and clean water for drinking and washing up. The kitchen is stocked with plates, bowls, cups, silverware, wine tool, french press, a frying pan, sauce pan and a cooler for your perishables. Outside is a fire pit for outdoor cooking.


There is no running water. We do provide a Pocket Shower and using the rig on the back porch you can get cleaned up outside. We have instructions at The Starling.


The board and baton outhouse is just down the trail about 50 feet. The outhouse is lit by path lights and we provide a great flashlight so you can move around at night. The outhouse is fully equipped with toilet paper and hand sanitizer for you.


The property has WiFi and we'll provide the password upon arrival. There is minimal to zero cell phone service but if you have a smart phone or computer you can connect to WiFi to make phone calls and send texts through the internet.


The back porch is a perfect place to watch the sunset over the mountains. Start a camp fire in the fire pit and lounge the evening away in the hammock. Using our Rhododendron Ridge Trail you can hike about 15 minutes up to the top of a ridge.
Outside Fire:
We provide wood for the fire pit for $3. Just let us know if you’d like some fire pit wood and we will have it ready for you. As an alternative to buying wood for the fire pit we also encourage you to forage for dead and fallen wood on the property. There is plenty of it, and it also makes the forest look great!


15 Minutes to the west in Asheville, and the same to the east in Black Mountain, you’ll find top-notch dining, coffee, music, and nightlife. Plus, Pisgah Brewing Company is less than 7 miles away with live musical performances and incredible brews. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forrest, packed with hiking trails, is 10 minutes away, and Great Smokey Mountains National Park is just over an hour away. Charles Owen Park is less than 2 miles away with a playground, baseball field, fishing pond, and hiking trails leading through Warren Wilson College. We’ll provide you with a list of our favorite places to eat, drink and hike in our welcome booklet.


Dogs are welcome! First dog is free and then we will ask for an addition $10 for each dog after that. Thank you! Please keep in mind that we have a dog as well. We ask that your dogs be friendly with others if you want to allow them to run loose; ours does but usually sticks close to our house and is very friendly. If they don't like other dogs, that's ok! Please just notify us ahead of time and keep your dog on a leash while outside. Please make sure to clean up after your pet.


We have done our best to spray for bugs/ants/spiders and keep the place clean for you. However, you will definitely see some bugs while you are here. There is also a small chance you will see a bear. Be sure to keep all food and trash inside the cabin and use the bear horn located above the front door if one gets close.


We suggest bringing a headlamp or flashlight for night walks around the property or to the outhouse, but if you forget yours don't worry... we have a great flashlight for you!

If you use the wood stove please read the instructions carefully so it can be the most efficient for you.

Thanks so much we look forward to having you stay at our woodland paradise!

Where you'll sleep

1 double bed
Living room
1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Valley view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Private patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace: wood-burning
Luggage dropoff allowed
Fire pit

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Where you’ll be

Swannanoa, North Carolina, United States

Bee Tree Road is a beautiful rural mountain road in the southern Appalachian mountains home to mostly locals. We own about 20 acres of land. We have built our home on the property in addition to The Starling. Our tiny home is very secluded and from the back porch the only house in sight is 1/2 mile away. There is a new school close by and sometimes you can hear children playing at recess. We do have one other tiny home on the property called The Roost.

Hosted by Ryan And Alyson

  1. Joined in February 2015
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Aly and I have lived in the Asheville area for about 12 years. Three years ago we bought our land, built our house, and during the winter, built The Roost. The next winter we built The Starling. I grew up in Maine in a solar-powered log cabin with an outhouse and Aly grew up in the Bay Area but we've both come to love the mountains. When we're not working other jobs we constantly work to improve the land and building funky structures on it. We have a 30 lb dog named Avi who is very sweet.
Aly and I have lived in the Asheville area for about 12 years. Three years ago we bought our land, built our house, and during the winter, built The Roost. The next winter we built…

During your stay

We are available at anytime by phone and you can always come knock on our door if you need anything at all. Though our house is hidden by rhododendron, it's only a short walk from The Starling.

Ryan And Alyson is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy