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This property is our newest offering for relieving stress by connecting with nature while surrounded by trees, yet staying only 10-20 minutes from many of Asheville’s popular attractions. It is also only 25 minutes from the entrance to Pisgah Forest, land of waterfalls! The Cottage at Sleepy Gap is a great home base for adventurers and romance seekers alike. The house is surrounded by forest so you can soak up your "nature fix", connect with your mind in a quieter state, and unplug. Relax. “Hear” the quiet. Ahh….

We have lovingly renovated and decorated this 1000 square foot cabin that is perched on a hill in the forest on land that borders National Forest of the Blue Ridge Parkway to create a peaceful place to unwind. While away from it all, you can still enjoy modern conveniences such as high speed internet and central heat and air, and rest assured of your comfort in our new king sized bed, drink our filtered water, and know that we use green products to clean the house. Snuggle up in our daybed overlooking the tree canopy and read your favorite book. Explore our path into the woods to our yoga and meditation platform perched by a moss covered boulder. We have paid attention to every detail to make this a dreamy getaway for a romantic escape, or a place to unwind after some adventuous exploration.

Seeking Adventure?  The Cabin at Sleepy Gap is conveniently located near adventure destinations such as the Arboretum, Zen Tubing on the French Broad River, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hard Time Trails for hiking and mountain biking,  and just a 20 minute drive to downtown Asheville. The increasingly popular "Disneyland for beer lovers", Sierra Nevada, is only 15 minutes away. Brevard, a mecca for bikershikers, Oscar Blues Brewery and waterfall lovers, is just 30 minutes away. 

Things to know before you book: While we have a phone land line and high speed internet allowing FaceTime and texting, cell phone service is not reliable here. Also, our driveway is a fairly steep gravel road, so we suggest you have four or all wheel drive to get up the hill easily. We’ve had all kinds of vehicles up here that don’t have those features - it’s just more challenging that way. This is a place for people who enjoy peace and quiet - if it’s nightlife you want, this is not the place for you - we have downtown Asheville places for you guys! This one is for peace and quiet.

Cradled in the breeze-swept hollow of Sleepy Gap, a forested fold in the Blue Ridge Mountains twenty minutes outside of Asheville, the cottage sounds a silent retreat from the pace of the world beyond. Halfway up a wooded slope, the cottage tucks into a verdant canopy of red oak, pignut hickory and tulip poplar, the treetops disappearing into the morning mist before towering into afternoon skies of Carolina blue. Time is best measured from the south-facing deck, where dawn breaks in soft light heralded by the ancient call of a pileated woodpecker or the song of a swallow or wren. Sunlight filters through the foliage in late afternoon, until shadows grow long from the mountains to the west. Evening falls with moonlight spreading through the pines, and only the baleful wail of some distant hound breaks the serenity of an evening staring up at the stars.
The cottage interior casts a spell of its own. Through careful design, the snug but tidy kitchen is fully equipped for a gourmet meal or casual brunch. The downstairs great room looks out onto the deck, perfect for opening the mind to time spent sketching, strumming a guitar or penning letters, prose and poems. The bedroom upstairs is spectacular, with windows opening to the forest outside. And a lovingly created window nook the size of a day bed appears like a hidden jewel, inviting visitors to curl up with a steaming cup of tea, burrow into a good book or simply gaze off into the woodlands and dream.
Dreams come easily at the cottage, a place where it’s no harder to work out the riddles of modern life than to imagine native Cherokee long ago, tracing the same steps today’s visitors might take among the high mountain laurel, lush mosses and ferns that crest the Blue Ridge hills rising up from behind the Cottage at Sleepy Gap.
Bob Deans, spokesman for NRDC
Our meditation/yoga platform surrounded by ferns, laurels and the sounds of nature

Our meditation/yoga platform surrounded by ferns, laurels and the sounds of nature

Dining for 2 - 4 people

Dining for 2 - 4 people

Daybed/reading nook overlooking the forest

Daybed/reading nook overlooking the forest

Morning visitors in our driveway

Morning visitors in our driveway

Soak up the view

Soak up the view

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