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Laurelwood Lodge - A Family Friendly Gathering Place

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Lake Lure - Laurelwood Lodge

Modern, Multi Family 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Log Home With Wooded Mountain Views

Laurelwood Lodge is a 5000 Square foot Log Home nestled in a heavily wooded area within the gated community of Riverbend. Laurelwood was built as a gathering place for large families. The lodge includes two massive 400 square foot decks with 6 rocking chairs (Upper and lower levels) as well as a cosy 240 square foot front porch complete with porch swing, bench and rocking chairs. For outdoor cooking and dining, a stainless steel gas grill and outdoor seating area are available. Light pours into the centralized well equipped, modern kitchen and great room area through 2 massive 10 foot long prow windows at the rear of the house. This is a great common area for entertaining, cooking and family gathering. There are also many cosy private areas in case you want to get away from the group. The lodge is 4 bedrooms with 3 complete bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a king size bed (sleeps 2), 2 dressers and it's own private glass patio door to the upper deck. The master bedroom has it's own adjoining 100 square foot bath area complete with a large corner style, garden Jacuzzi tub so you can unwind in private, and a shower and Jack and Jill vanity and sinks. Off the front entrance is the guest bedroom which includes a Queen size bed (sleeps 2), dresser, and has a door opening into the hall bathroom which is complete with bathtub, shower, and vanity. Climbing the heavy timber stairs to the loft opens up into 2 spacious - 300 square foot bedrooms. These 2 bedrooms are ideal for the kids with a bathroom in the middle that includes, a shower, a Jacuzzi tub, and 2 sink and dressing areas. One of the upstairs bedrooms has 1 full size bed, and two twin size beds, sleeping 4. The other bedroom has a queen size bed and a twin size, window, day bed , sleeping 3. The loft connecting the upstairs bedrooms and bath overlook the great room area. Downstairs, the converted basement includes a seating area, game room area complete with pool table, foosball, air hockey, and many more activities for kids and adults alike. At the end of the day, you can relax by stepping out onto the lower deck and taking a soak in our well maintained, 6 person, Hotsprings Spa which overlooks the mountain.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Kim Gissendanner
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016

About Kim Gissendanner

Hello, we are the Gissendanner family, living in Goose Creek, SC. Spending a lot of time in coastal areas , we were attracted to the change in scenery in the mountains of Western, NC. In the summer of 2008 I stood outside under the balcony at the Lake Lure Inn, sipping my coffee and admiring the beauty of Lake Lure. Later that afternoon while walking along the Lake with our two small children we began to talk about the adventure of building a log cabin in this peaceful place. The next weekend we returned to Lake Lure and began the process of looking at property.

Kim Gissendanner purchased this house in 2008

Why Kim Gissendanner chose Asheville Area

We came across this community that our home is built in quite by accident and after driving around not knowing where we were headed we drove by the property that soon purchased. We met a couple who were building the cabin next door. We immediately realized that there was a business connection from a few years before. Since then there has been an almost family like bond and s divine intervention would have it this became the place for us to build. For us it's perfect. Just far away from home to get away yet not so far as to make it a long drive. The distance we travel to the cabin let's us decompress and unwind so that we are on 'mountain time' when we arrive. We love this place in all seasons. The fall colors are spectacular and summers here are cooler and comfortable. On more than one occasion we've experienced a white Christmas.

What makes this house unique

Our cabin is located just 10 minutes from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Outdoor activities are everywhere and there is plenty of events going on year round. When you want a more peaceful visit you are far enough up the mountain and away from the main road where you can simply enjoy doing nothing. Today I enjoy stepping out on my back deck and admiring the beauty of the surroundings. You can feel the peace in the air. At night we s go out onto the back deck with lights off. Lifting our heads up we experience what we refer to as 'the big picture' (more stars than you can ever imagine.)


based on 46 holidaymaker reviews

Laurelwood Lodge - A Family Friendly Gathering Place
average rating of 4.673913 based on 46 reviews
Calabash, NC

Great retreat

  • 5 of 5

The dream of relaxing by a fire in the heart of the mountains is what prompted me to stay at this ideal location. As a destination travel specialist, I was looking for something extraordinary and not your run-of-the-mill house to rent. The idea of staying close to where the movie ‘Dirty Dancing’ was filmed as well as be close enough to rustic towns such as Hendersonville and Chimney Rock was an exciting thought. I could relax while I worked to deadlines and pull the local culture in at the same time.

I was not disappointed. The cabin (while a little tricky to find) is smartly nestled in seclusion on Lake Lure. I knew the moment I walked down the hand made steps to the front porch, it was going to be exactly what I was looking for.

The cabin is neatly furnished with all the comforts of home. I brought my own linens and some items from my pantry at home. A fully equipped kitchen, large family sized living room, three bedrooms, two baths and a huge porch that feels as if you are standing in the tall pines of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are just the starters. Venture down to the basement and there sits a hot tub sizable enough for seating 5-6 comfortably.

I felt as if I had found a little peace of heaven on earth. The wildlife (deer everywhere) and surrounding natural beauty is breathtaking. Combined with convenience of hiking trails, waterfalls and neighboring towns, this is the perfect getaway place for two or a family.

The only downfall of staying here was the fact that I had to ‘leave’. I would highly recommend booking this cabin for a rustic, back to basics getaway. It is truly worth the ride to get there.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review of our property. It is always a pleasure to have you and your guest here. We are so glad that you think of it as an executive retreat. You are always welcome and we hope you will return soon.
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed staying here. The owner was terrific in offering assistance and tourist info. A quick phone call and we had an answer. We had a group of adults and had a marvelous time in the great room and on the porches. The had just finished staining and renovations to the exterior and it looked beautiful. The place is well maintained and very clean inside and out. The grocery is just a short 5 minute drive yet you feel like you're really secluded when you are up at the house.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home but needs some tweaks

  • 3 of 5

This home is great for a large gathering. The kitchen is well-equipped and there is plenty of seating. The rooms are very spacious and the decks and very large. However, we did experience some problems with the amenities: pool table with open pockets so balls fall out, treadmill not working, air hockey table not working, fireplace not igniting were some. We did have to take care of four cockroaches: 2 in basement and 2 in living room which was unfortunate. The bathrooms were impeccable: very clean and spacious. The TV is nice. Overall, we had a great time and enjoyed the home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family weekend!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our family time in your home up in a secluded quiet area. Thank you for sharing it with us. The floor plan and bedrooms worked great for our three couples plus 2 little grandsons. The kitchen was well stocked. We all loved canoeing on Mirror Lake and our hike up 499 steps to Chimney Rock. Larkins on the Lake restaurant had fairly good food and service. We ate at a fun place at Chimney Rock. Hendersonville was a great place to shop and eat also. It was a great weekend!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and roomy

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Laurelwood Lodge. It was spacious and well equipped. Be aware that noise travels easily between floors, so setting rules for bedtime is very important. We had everything we needed for cooking our morning and evening meals. There were 10 of us and had plenty of room. The owner was available by phone to ask questions and made our process easy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful family weekend at Laurelwood. Kim quickly answered his phone anytime we had questions. The home comfortably accomodated all 12 members of our group. The children loved the basement game room. The porch and the upper deck were well used. The grill and the kitchen had everything we needed. The bathrooms were pristine (very important for this girl.). The beds were comfy. The beach and the waterfall at Riverbend were big hits with young and old. I only wish we had more time so we could have gone tubing and kayaking. Thanks for helping us make many good memories.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Larkins on the Lake
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lake Lure Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 64A
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Larkins on the Lake
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mirror Lake
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lake Lure, Asheville Area

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £81
Pet Fee £123 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £246
Tax Rate 11.75%

Pets (small dogs) allowed only by prior arrangement with owner. $5000 property damage protection is available for $89. The renter is responsible for damages above or beyond this insured amount. Renters agree that they will abide by all Riverbend Community rules and regulations. Renters agree that they are responsible for actions of guest that they bring onto the Riverbend Property & Laurelwood

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lake Lure in North Carolina Mountains

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Master Bath adjoins the Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Guest Bath accessible from the guest bedroom or the foyer
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Double Sink and vanities. Upstairs between the 2 bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Private Glass sliding entrance to deck. Jacuzzi garden tub
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Entrance from bedroom to hall bathroom with Tub and Shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Perfect room for the boys. Lots of wood and room to play
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Country Shabby Chic style room for the girls
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Laurelwood Lodge is a great place to start your Western, NC adventure. Conveniently located just minutes from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, you can spend your day outdoors with activities such as kayaking, climbing, zip lining, fishing and hiking. Perhaps you prefer antiquing in Hendorsville, an art excursion to Black Mountain or a romantic trip to Asheville to Biltmore Estates and the wineries. There are many exciting things to do within 1 hour of Laurelwood. If you prefer an easy laid back day with the grilling out and swimming with the kids, you can be at Mirror Lake in just a couple of minutes.

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