Experience serene birdsong, gorgeous sunrises, and a secluded, private escape to the Smokies when you stay at this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Mills River vacation rental. Situated just a short drive to Asheville, this house is ideal for travelers looking for an action-packed itinerary full of visits to sites like the Biltmore Estate or explorations in Pisgah National Forest. Wherever the day takes you, look forward to returning to this cozy abode to sip tea on the porch or warm up by the fireplace.
OPT OUTSIDE: Pisgah National Forest (surrounding), Mills River Park (4.5 miles), Westfeldt Park (6.7 miles), Lake Julian Park (11.7 miles), Jump Off Rock (13.1 miles), DuPont State Forest (16.6 miles), Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower (27.9 miles)
WATERFALLS: Laughing Falls (11.3 miles), Looking Glass Falls (16.6 miles), Hooker Falls (17.4 miles), Triple Falls (17.4 miles), Sliding Rock (18.7 miles), High Falls (18.9 miles), Raven Cliff Falls (24.9 miles)
FAMILY FUN: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (8.4 miles), The North Carolina Arboretum (11.6 miles), Western North Carolina Nature Center (20.5 miles)
ASHEVILLE (~21.2): Biltmore, Asheville Pinball Museum, Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Folk Art Center
GREENVILLE (~53.3): Paris Mountain State Park, The Children's Museum of the Upstate, Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville Zoo
AIRPORT: Asheville Regional Airport (7.3 miles)
Having our home remodeled created the need for a nearby vrbo rental and we landed on this NEW listing. Super convenient for keeping an eye on our construction project, taking child to high school etc but for, out of town guests visiting the Greater Asheville area, this Mills River home is in a great location! The winter mountain views are great - enjoy sunrise on back deck and sunset on front porch. The home was well appointed and had most things anyone could need. Our teenage daughter enjoyed the very private downstairs bedroom and second living/movie room (as did mom and dad, LOL). The fenced in backyard was very nice for our two doggies as well.With this being a new rental with the owners living in Florida, we expected some issues which we understand the owner will soon address. First, the KWIK lock on the main entry door does not work properly. We were locked out for over an hour in the very cold temperature...taking over 100 tries for the lock to recognize our code. We had no way of locking the house securely for three weeks (not good). The listing should have included some language about winter accessibility. It is a one lane steep road and NOT state maintained (as a local, had I known that in winter, I likely would have rented something else). Upon our arrival, there had been a very significant winter storm and the drive up was VERY icy. We understand the cleaning crew prior to our arrival actually went off the road and the neighbors had to pull them back onto the road. Week two we had another cold snap come through that froze the water pipes into the house. There is an above ground well house that is not insulated. We fortunately found an electric cord and unfroze the pipes with a hair blow dryer which took several hours. Over the three weeks, we noticed water pressure steadily decline due to clogged well/water filter into the house. By the end of our stay, you couldn't take a shower without both bathroom shower-heads making a whiny ear-piercing scream.Again, we understand the owner will be on-site soon (they recently bought the home themselves) and intends to address maintenance issues with the home. Otherwise, the beds are comfy, we had most everything we really needed, the location is great (aside from select winter road scenarios/freezing pipes), and the area/attractions are super convenient. Lots of fun things to do nearby! I have no doubt future renters will enjoy this home once work is complete.
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Owners response: Hi Christi, Thanks for letting us know about your stay. After going over your feedback, the owner wanted to address the items that you mentioned:
“Thank you for the review.
- The water pressure situation has been resolved, we installed a brand new well system replaced this past week and the water pressure is amazing!
- The Well box has now been re-insulated.
- The front door lock has been redone.
- We've also added a second keyless lock to the garage door, and have a physical key as a backup if needed.
- We are also having verbiage added to the listing regarding the one-lane road and snow removal for future guests.
Thank you for providing us feedback to continually improve our home.”
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