A slice of peace and quiet in a busy week
Our stay at this Daniel and Ellen's rental house was exactly what we needed. We were out and about each day exploring and attending meetings in Lenoir, Granite Falls, Morganton and Hickory. The house is close enough to the highway to be convenient, but far enough from the hustle and bustle to soak up the country peace and calm We were greeted coming up the drive by 14 deer, and then at the house by fresh daffodils and a bottle of sparkling wine. This is a historic home, but had no "old house" smell to it, instead it smelled like fresh air and cinnamon. We specifically wanted to stay somewhere with a kitchen so we could cook some meals to save money, and the kitchen worked perfect for us. Full set of dishes and pots and pans, full size stove/oven and a modern fridge. The one bathroom had great water pressure and the water was nice and hot. Towels were nice and thick and soft. We also had very good cell reception (Verizon). We did have some internet connection issues, by Daniel immediately worked on correcting that and had the provider on property the next day. The couch was comfortable and the ping pong table was great fun. We even got to try out the hammock briefly :-). We saw deer each morning and several evenings. The owners have many night lights about the home making it easier to navigate at night, though the staircase, being older, is a bit narrow. The floors also show their historical roots and are just a bit uneven.... could be an issue for someone whose balance is compromised. The many historic decorations make me wish we'd had time to sit down with Daniel and hear all the stories. We also wish we'd had more time to explore out Asheville way. For dry red wine drinkers we highly recommend the neighboring South Creek winery and their Maestro red blend. Silver Fork, which is close by, was also good and Lake James Cellars has a real nice selection.
Newly renovated historic home by Lake James, near Asheville, and next to winery!