Mountain Top Studio With Huge View

House - Entire home/apt · Summer Haven Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778, United States

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The Eagles Nest as we call it, a split level stick built house, is nestled at the very top of a beautiful 4,200' mountain 20 Minutes east of Asheville and 15 minutes west of Black Mountain. This property is in the forest and has lots of warm sun in the winter and cool shade in the summer.

Hiking is literary “out the back door”. There are lots of diverse plants and trees to guide you during the 30 minute hike to the ridge top. If you would like a private plant identification walk one can be arranged upon special request. Up here you can find a great place to bask in nature. There are huge views of the blue ridge mountains from the studio and the ridge top.

This land is located at the end of the road and is surrounded by well over 17,000 thousand acres of protected watershed. A real mountain dream.

Shanti Mountain Apiaries is a small honey bee farm that also resides on the property. Depending on the season and supply honey and bee products may be available to purchase during your stay. Honey bee workshops and lessons are available upon special request.

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You made it.

The Eagles Nest as we call it, a split level stick built house, is nestled at the very top of a beautiful 4,200' mountain 20 Minutes east of Asheville and 15 minutes west of Black Mountain. This property is in the forest and has lots of warm sun in the winter and cool shade in the summer.

Hiking is literary “out the back door”. There are lots of diverse plants and trees to guide you during the 30 minute hike to the ridge top. If you would like a private plant identification walk one can be arranged upon special request. Up here you can find a great place to bask in nature. There are huge views of the blue ridge mountains from the studio and the ridge top.

This land is located at the end of the road and is surrounded by well over 17,000 thousand acres of protected watershed. A real mountain dream.

Shanti Mountain Apiaries is a small honey bee farm that also resides on the property. Depending on the season and supply honey and bee products may be available to purchase during your stay. Honey bee workshops and lessons are available upon special request.

The Space

Custom, private, and new, this mountain top studio with quiet long-range views has a wonderfully furnished living room with wood floors and ceiling, strong Wi-Fi, a (New Futon), antique rugs and furniture which is lit by the 90 sq feet of windows and 9' ceilings.

The Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you might need during your stay including a stainless gas range, beautiful hickory cabinets and slate bar top. Of course the essentials are there too with a microwave, toaster-oven, blender stick, coffee maker and blender, utensils, and flatware.

The fully natural tiled and well lit bathroom comes stocked with all the linens you will need for your stay.

Enjoy the 400 sq' of deck with furniture, New Beautiful Hickory cabinets and Bar, Natural Earthen Plaster, Earth Tone paints and was Completed 2 year ago

I encourage you to compost all you veggies, use the recycling bins, and pack out trash if you can.

No Pets.
No smoking

The Upper flat is listed as
Mountain Top Chateau with big views and rents throughout the year.

There are endless ways to enjoy the Appalachian Mountains. From the fresh waters of lake lure to the culture of its mountain folk, or arts and cuisine of Asheville there is always something for everybody here in the blueridge.

If one thing is for sure its that it would take a lifetime to do everything this magical place offers.

Hope you enjoy your stay.


Here are some of the areas main attractions

The Town of Lake Lure is a great location for sports including swimming, golfing, hiking or serious rock climbing. You can enjoy a wide variety of water activities, ranging from canoeing and fishing to pleasure boating and water skiing. Both motor and non-motorized boats enjoy the lake; however, a lake permit is required to place a private boat on the lake.

Grandfather Mountain
Be inspired by views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, laugh at bear cubs and otters in natural habitats, and escape into a globally recognized nature preserve with 12 miles of the South's best alpine hiking trails. Open all year. US 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway at Linville.
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Sunset Cruises
Join Southern Waterways and experience the Biltmore Estate and the French Broad River in a whole new way on a relaxing sunset raft, canoe, or kayak ride though George Vanderbilt's prized land holdings. Wednesday and Saturday nights only. (phone number hidden)

Learn the history and meet the people of the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Visit the Oconoluftee Indian Village and see "Unto These Hills" for a great educational opportunity.

Linville Caverns
Located in WNC near Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns are worth the visit. Deep beneath Humpback Mountain, nature has sculpted a veritable masterpiece in stone. Toiling many centuries, slowly moving ground water has been the primary artist for this creation of underground labyrinths. The water dissolved out an incredible series of rooms and passages. The cavern was discovered in the 1800's by men intrigued by the mystery of fish swimming out of the mountain. Since then, extensive research has been done to acknowledge the history, folklore, geology and biology of Linville Caverns. The mystery is still alive. (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden)

Oconaluftee Indian Village
Travel back to 1750 when you enter this recreated Cherokee community featuring Native American guides in traditional costumes. Craft demonstration including canoe construction and arrow making take place in the midst of a seven sided council house, sweat lodge and cherokee homes. hwy 441 N. Cherokee. (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden)

Flat Rock Playhouse
One of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. Check their website for schedule.

Asheville Tourists
Take yourself down to the ballgame this summer at McCormick Field, 30 Buchanan St., as you watch Asheville's minor-league heroes, The Tourists, confront a host of regional contenders. (phone number hidden)

Asheville Historic Trolley Tours
Sightsee Asheville in style aboard our vintage touring trolleys.Visit Asheville's major attractions on this live, narrated tour including the Grove Park Inn,Montford Historic District, Grove Arcade, Biltmore Village and much,much more.The ticket price includes admission to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and Grove Arcade Building. (phone number hidden)

Hickory Furniture Mart
When you're in Asheville, you’re just over an hour away from the nation’s leading home furnishings resource and a shopping experience you'll never forget. See a thousand lines in nearly a hundred beautiful factory stores, outlets and galleries. Ideas galore. Famous North Carolina prices. On-site hotel, restaurant, shipping service. Visit (website hidden). 800/462-MART

Biltmore Estate
George Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains more than a century ago as a retreat for family and friends; a place to rediscover gracious hospitality and revel in nature’s beauty. His vision holds true today. Explore Biltmore House, a magnificent 250-room château filled with priceless art and antiques. Stroll through century-old gardens designed by America’s first landscape architect. Savor award-winning wines and taste our chefs’ creations using estate-raised foods. Enjoy our 8,000 acres of forests, farmlands, and rivers on bikes, horseback, and rafts. (phone number hidden)

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, through tunnels and across river gorges in the Great Smoky Mountains. Tuckasegee River Excursion (3½ hour round trip), Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip) and the Gourmet Dinner Train (2½ hours) are just a few of the wonderful excursion trips available to passengers. (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden)

Lake Lure Marina
Hop on board one of our many rental boats and discover for yourself why National Geographic named Lake Lure "one of the ten most beautiful man-made lakes in the world." Canoe, kayak, paddleboat, electric boat, pontoon and speed boat rentals. Wakeboarding and waterskiing. U.S. Hwy. 64/74A, 25 miles southeast of Asheville.
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Chimney Rock Park
Find the best of the mountains in one place. This privately-owned scenic attraction near Asheville offers spectacular 75-mile views, a 404-foot waterfall, hiking trails and more. (phone number hidden)

Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery
The gallery features an state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition that uses a solid terrain model animated with regional voices, video, music and lasers to bring the culture and history of Western North Carolina to life. The Grove Arcade Arts & Heritage Gallery is a project of the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation. Opened in January 2006, the gallery features the crafts, music and stories of the Blue Ridge. Visit the gallery and experience the places, objects and activities that authentically represent the people of Western North Carolina. The Gallery’s mission is to strive to help drive the local economy of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area by establishing strategic partnerships and promoting the region’s arts, crafts, music and cultural heritage.

Blue Ridge Corn Maze
Bring the whole family and find your way out of a maze that traverses six acres of corn field. Open July through October. (phone number hidden)

Hickory Ridge Homestead
Experience Appalachian life in the late 18th century at this living history museum composed of a log cabin, a weaving room, a barn and a smoke house. This outdoor drama, Horn in the West, set during the same era, is performed on site. Located at 591 Horn in the West Dr., Bo(phone number hidden)

Mount Mitchell
The eastern United States highest mountain. Experience a wonderful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville to the Mount Mitchell State Park. A great place to have a picnic and walk on the surrounding trails. (phone number hidden) ext. 200

North Carolina's National Forests
Take a look at some of the nation's top national forests located in the great state of North Carolina.

Vance Birthplace
On Reems Creek Road off US 25 near Weaverville is the restored late 18th century homestead of North Carolina Senator and Civil War Governor Zebulon B. Vance. Open year-round. Admission is free. (phone number hidden)

Cherohala Skyway
This new two-lane skyway spans 40 miles to link Tennessee's Tellico Plains to Robbinsville, NC. Many scenic overlooks allow for beautiful view, excellent photography, and picnic lunches. Allow 1-1/2 to 2 hrs travel time. (phone number hidden)

Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center
On WCU campus in Cullowhee. The center celebrates heritage of the Southern Appalachian region through exhibits, publications, educational programs and demonstrations. Free. (phone number hidden)

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center
Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
"A must see" when visiting Asheville, NC. (phone number hidden)

Asheville's Urban Trail
The Asheville Urban Trail creates a living, historic walking tour of Asheville: a museum without walls, that illustrates and highlights the city's heritage. "The remarkable abundance and survival of much of the city's turn-of-the-century architecture has set the decorative tone for the rebirth of the downtown area. And the visual beauty and intricate detail of the architecture style found here is not only a feast for the eyes, but also stands as a visual reminder of the remarkable, creative history of the city and of the dynamic and talented individuals who first chose Asheville as home." Along the Urban Trail the history of the city and of its people is represented in story and art. (phone number hidden)

Blue Ridge Parkway
One of America's finest driving routes, following the the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Folk Art Center
The Folk Art Center, located just east of the heart of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 382, is a center for one-of-a-kind, handmade crafts that are a part of the very fiber of the mountains. (phone number hidden)

Cradle of Forestry
This is a historical site and interpretive center in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. The Cradle of Forestry is a beautiful place to visit any day of the week. (phone number hidden)

Appalachian Trail
This world famous trial runs through North Carolina on its way from the State of Maine from the State of Georgia.

Pearson's Falls
Located between Tryon and Saluda is Pearson's Falls. The Tryon Garden Club has own this 250-acre site for nearly 70 years. Hours are 10am -6pm Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults. (phone number hidden)

Bent Creek Experimental Forest
One of America's oldest research forests that is maintained by the USDA Forest Service.

Nantahala National Forest
This national forest contains the Memorial Joyce Kilmer Forest that contains one of America's oldest stand of Poplar Trees.

Pisgah National Forest
Nearly 500,000 acres of protected forest, featuring hundreds of miles hiking, biking, and horse trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views. (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden)

Asheville Assault
Asheville’s first all-women football team is a member of the National Women's Football association-and a mighty force to be reckoned with! Home games are held at Memorial Stadium, 30 Buchanan St.

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
A multi-agency wildlife center focusing on the wonders of NC native wildlife. Attractions include aquarium, guided walks, tour of fish hatchery, and gift shop. The center also offers a variety of schedules programs for groups. Special-event programs and educator workshops are also scheduled during the year. Free (website hidden) 475 off us 276 N. Pisgah Forest. (phone number hidden)

Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery
Housed at the base of John Rock, the hatchery raises the thousands of trout used to stock area streams. Feeding the fish is a real treat for kids, and an educational center with programs and interpretive walking trail will educate and entertain all (website hidden) 475 off US 276 N., Pisgah Forest. (phone number hidden)

Asheville Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, North Carolina is located in one of the three most diverse temperate ecosystems on earth - the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Our collections are primarily native species displayed in both natural settings and in ways designed for ease of examination and beauty. (phone number hidden)

Riverside Cemetery
This cemetery in Asheville is the burial place of Thomas Wolfe and O Henry. (phone number hidden)

North Carolina Arboretum
A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. (phone number hidden)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
America's most visited National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the Blue Ridge Parkway going through it, so it is to access with great vistas around every turn.

WNC Nature Center
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, raccoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee. (phone number hidden)

Catawba Science Center
This is 12,000 sq. feet of "hands-on" experiential exhibits that include live animals, earth and physical science, toddler areas and natural history exhibits. Located on the SALT block in the Arts & Sciences Center of Catawba Valley, 243 Third Ave., NE in Hickory. (phone number hidden)

Thomas Wolfe House
The boyhood home of the author Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel) is furnished with family possessions and open for tours (appr. 30 min.). A number of special events take place each year. Small admission fee. (phone number hidden)

Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville's First Mansion
If you are planning a visit to the Asheville area for the color season, you might want to plan a visit to the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Built circa 1840 by James McConnell Smith, the Smith McDowell House is Asheville's oldest surviving house and the oldest brick house in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Small admission fee. (phone number hidden)

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
The museum is located at 400 North Main Street below the Genealogical and Historical Society. (phone number hidden)

Asheville Art Museum
As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum, its collection and programs are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region.

YMI Cultural Center
For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville's Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.

Land of the Waterfalls
Visit over 250 majestic waterfalls throughout Transylvania County. We're in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is cool, the waters are pure, and the welcome is warm!

Carl Sandburg Home
This historic site consists of a 22 room house, barns, sheds, rolling pastures, walking trails, two small lakes, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard. This is where Carl Sandburg felt the peace and solitude he required to write. (phone number hidden)

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
The Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre's work includes family oriented dance theatre productions, collaborative shows, community involvement, dance networking, educational training, touring shows and presentations, and an international exchange program.

Appalachian Cultural Museum
The mission of the Appalachian Cultural Museum is to provide a continuing reinterpretation of life and culture in the Blue Ridge region, and to serve as a laboratory for new museum ideas.

The Health Adventure
The Health Adventure celebrates the pursuit of wellness in mind, body, and spirit. The interactive activities throughout the Health Adventure keep children learning.

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
This is the home of the Western North Carolina State Fair. The facilities include the McGough Arena, J. Clayton Davis Arena, Outside Warmup Rings, Sales Arena, Stall Barns, and Youth Building.

Gorges State Park
The newest addition to North Carolina's state parks is right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gorges State Park has over 80 inches of rain a year making it a temperate rain forest. The plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and concentration of rare and unique species makes this a wonderful park to visit. (phone number hidden)

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
SART’s purpose has been to produce quality theatre by a professional non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of original plays. (phone number hidden)

Sliding Rock
Test your sense of adventure at this popular natural water slide fueled by 11,000 gallons of water a minute! Wear old jeans or shorts for the 150-foot long ride down slickrock into a six-foot-deep pool of chilled mountain water. And for safety's sake, there's a lifeguard or two watching the fun and aiming to keep it that way. (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden)

Guest Access

As a guest you have access to the private hiking trails as well as the Wi-Fi and guide book which is packed full of great things to do during your stay.

Interaction with Guests

I am always available by phone and internet and as a traveler, depending on my schedule, I may or may not be staying on the mountain. I frequently will stay in one of the units when i,m not traveling.

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is a one mile loop of heavily forested habitat. There are only 8 houses up here and it makes for a quiet and peaceful experience.

Getting around

A car is required.

Other Things to Note

The studio deck faces west so the sunsets are always epic.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $539 /week
Monthly Price: $1749 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • I chose this studio as I was on a solo business trip in the USA and needed some "time away" from a busy schedule and that is exactly what I got. It suited my needs perfectly. What you see in the pictures is what you get. Great little kitchen for self catering (supermarkets and food stores are within an easy drive), wonderful verandah upon which to sit and relax, lots of windows, outside fire to enjoy in the evening when the fireflies are flashing and its in a great location. Not far from Asheville and Black Mountain where there are loads of excellent restaurants and in Swannanoa there is a hidden gem that serves excellent food and drinks (Native Kitchen and Social Pub). On top of this the Blue Ridge Parkway is not far away and that is spectacular as is Chimney Rock and Lake Lure a short drive from Swannanoa. Although I only met the host (John) once he was friendly and accommodating and I am sure that if I needed anything from studio related issues to tourist information he would have been happy to oblige. I was in the apartment for close to a week, walked around the area, saw a black bear, listened to the birds, enjoyed the forest in both the sunshine and the rain and had a great get away. A perfect spot for one or two people.

    July 2014
  • My husband and I really enjoyed our stay. Beautiful, peaceful, and the loft was super cute and comfy!

    June 2014
  • John communicated effectively with us and provided a great cabin space. we did have trouble with phone reception; internet worked well. i overlooked the concept of "studio" so, was thinking there was a small bedroom attached-- my mistake. woods and deck very attractive. craftsmanship in cabin well-done.

    June 2014
  • John's studio was perfect for my weekend getaway to Asheville. I highly recommend staying at his place. Not only was he friendly, but also willing to help when I needed assistance with hikes, etc. Beautiful views, peaceful, and close enough to the action downtown.

    June 2014
  • John was extremely helpful and most timely in his response. It was indeed a mountain studio with wonderful privacy and great views. There was even a fire pit on the patio ready to go. So nice! We apparently aren't the best readers because we didn't realize there was only a futon, but I must say it was much more comfortable than expected. All quite nice and a unique experience. Great retreat after a day of hiking.

    June 2014
  • The studio was gorgeous. It is in a really beautiful location. It does a person some good to enjoy some peace and quiet. If you are looking for a relaxing place that is still close enough to enjoy the city, you will love this one. I hope to stay here again.

    June 2014
  • This was a lovely place--very relaxing. It's not far from Asheville, and offers a quiet retreat. John leaves a few jars of honey with prices on the lid--we were intrigued by the bees, so purchased a small jar to take with us. The place is clean and cozy and I recommend this place if you need to decompress. The people staying in the room upstairs said that their room was even nicer and to try to book that one next time.

    June 2014
  • Beautiful place, private and quiet even when there were upstairs guests. Stayed for almost a week and loved every day there. The kitchen was great, and having a french press (as well as grinder and regular coffee maker) made this coffee addict very happy. Would definitely stay again!

    June 2014
  • It was a little rough getting to the cabin, but don't let that deter you from going. The cabin is cute and wonderful for get away. The kitchen is nice but no stove, but cozy. The shower was the best and 2 of us took quick showers and did not run out of hot water. That's the best part.
    The futon wasn't very comfortable and we didn't get a good nights sleep, so we chose to leave the cabin on our second night there and stay somewhere else. We found the blankets to be dingy as well, so not really much to coverup when it get chilly, although the heater helped.
    I'm not foreign to the woods but I do enjoy an good nights sleep. My suggestion is to read the description fully and to understand what you are walking into. Airbnb and the owner of the cabin will not give any refunds no matter what. I ask for the 2nd night to get a refund but they would not.

    May 2014
  • John was helpful in trying to get me to his mountain top studio.

    May 2014
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Appalachian State University
Owner: One World Energy.LLC
Hi, I built and own this magical property and it has been a labor of love. This place came in a vision and dream i had in New Mexico while traveling after college. I feel that traveling gives me perspective on what i value and what i take for granted. I humbly offer the fruits of this dream to you and of all the places in the world, you have found us. (A little word from my Gran) My grandmothers say that these are the oldest mountains in the world and being born and raised here I know why. It takes about 4 hours in the forest for folks to start resonating on nature's time and frequency. When everything around you is alive and transmitting to you the essence of all life you slow down and realize that everything is ok and all you need to do is breath and just be with nowhere to hurry to or not much to do. We are so over productive in this civilised world and its ok to relax from time to time. I invite you to re-charge and nourish yourself at the eagles nest. Gratitude. ~J
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