....to the Laurel River Retreat

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The ultimate mountain retreat. A hidden treasure in one of Hot Spring's most beautiful settings.

A very comfortable and fully equipped three-bedroom, two bath chalet. Directly off Highway 25-70, five miles from Hot Springs, NC where the Appalachian Trail intersects, and just 25 miles north of downtown Asheville, the Laurel River Retreat sits on the bank of the scenic Laurel River in a 110 acre undeveloped forest.

See a photo gallery of scenes and activities on the Laurel River which is right in front of Laurel River Retreat

Secluded and serene, this is a place to hike, fish for trout, watch birds, sit on the large screened porch, patio or front deck and read, meditate, be. Please note, this is a retreat for those who enjoy nature, the forest, birds, wildlife, and the mountain climate. Ceiling fans are in each room. The house is located in a river gorge, canopied in trees and sits on a hill overlooking the Laurel River.

See a photo gallery of the house, rooms, patios, deck, and other special features

The privacy is profound. No other house for at least 1/2 mile. No motorized vehicles are allowed except Retreat visitors. The only sounds throughout the day and night are the Laurel's rapids, the wind in the trees and the birds. The silence at first can seem deafening and then become divine.

Laurel River Retreat is a three-bedroom, two-full bath house with a screened porch and large stone patio areas on each side of the house. A panoramic deck spans the front equipped with a large glass-topped table and six comfortable chairs with cushions. Each room has electric base-board heat with its own thermostat. There is a fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is equipped with a double-door refrigerator, electric oven, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster oven, coffee grinder and a blender. A front-loading clothes washer and a dryer are in an alcove in the kitchen.

Two bedrooms and a large full bath with Jacuzzi are upstairs. The downstairs has a living room/dining room combination, kitchen, utility closet, one large bedroom and a full bath. The living room/dining room and kitchen have hardwood floors. The stairway and the bedrooms are fully carpeted. Each bedroom has its own closet. . The groundlevel basement area is a 300 sq. ft. heated work/play area with five windows overlooking the river and access through glass doors to patios on each side of the house.

The house is fully furnished in traditional antique with original art in each room. It is completely equipped with kitchen, bath and bedroom supplies and linens. The kitchen is equipped with double-door refrigerator, electric stove/oven, toaster oven, front-loading clothes washer, electric clothes dryer, coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, and microwave oven. The living room has a queen size futon/sofa. The dining room has a large circular glass-top table on a cypress trunk base with wooden chairs. An 8-foot long picture window faces out to the deck, bringing in the sky, moutainside and river. One of the upstairs bedrooms has an outside balcony with sliding glass doors. The house has a telephone and fax/copy machine. In the living room there is FM Radio/Cassette/CD player.The TV is equipped with a VCR and DVD player. There is a connection to output speakers for an iPod. Satellite cable brings in local stations, national networks, pay-per-view movies and a large assortment of free music channels.

Seasoned firewood is available during the fall and winter. A very comfortable hammock is between two trees behind the house. Lawn and deck chairs are on the patio and deck along with tables.

Occasionally hikers, bird watchers or Park Rangers walk by on the trail. The Laurel River trail runs along the river in front of the house all the way to the French Broad River. It is a very enjoyable hike. 3 miles (each way.) Many other hiking trails are close-by as well. Trout are fished in the river (NC fishing license required, available in the bait shop in nearby Hot Springs). Swimming, tubing and canoeing (for those qualified) are summer time enjoyments on the Laurel. The house has four tubes available for tubing along with life jackets and river shoes. White Water Rafting is a major activity in the nearby French Broad River and several very good rafting companies are near the Retreat . The closest skiing is in Wolf Laurel.

We don't allow all-terrain-vehicles, motorcycles, guns or fireworks. We require that smoking be kept on the porch or outdoors. Sorry, pets are not allowed.

Laurel River Retreat is lovingly cared for by owners, Robert FitzPatrick and Terry Thirion, who enjoy sharing this mountain treasure. Original art of award winning artist, Terry Thirion, is in many of the rooms. Some prints are available for sale.

Our Rates:

 Two nights over weekend: $500 Four nights mid-week (other than Fri and Sat. nights) $600
 Two nights mid-week (other than Fri and Sat. nights): $350 Five nights over weekend: $1,125
 Three nights over weekend: $675 Five nights mid-week (other than Fri and Sat. nights): $750
Three nights mid-week (other than Fri and Sat. nights): $450  Six Nights: $1,225
 Four nights over weekend: $900  One Week (7 nights): $1350

See the rental contract for more details.

See the Calendar for available dates.

The house is well equipped, but you will need to bring some things of your own. Here are some suggestions on Supplies to Bring.


FOR A VIEW OF THE ART OF TERRY THIRION SEE HER HOME PAGE