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Shortoff Mountain Retreat

5.0000
5.0 (4 Reviews)
4 Bedrooms
3 Baths - Half 1
8 Guests
Morganton to South Mountain

Featured Amenities

  • Fire Pit
  • Game Room
  • King Bed
  • Mountain View
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private/Secluded
  • Wifi

Cancellation Policy

  • Relaxed Policy 100% refund 14 days before check-in; 50% refund 7-14 days before check-in.

Description

Bedroom 1 with en suite (upper level)
1 Queen
Bedroom 2 with en suite (main level)
1 Queen
Bedroom 3 with en suite (lower level)
1 King
Bedroom 4 (lower level)
2 Bunk Bed
Extra Bedding
1 Day bed located in the loft
An adventurer's paradise, this home is located just outside the Linville Gorge Wilderness near Lake James. This log cabin is sure to delight the wild at heart who appreciate the finer things in life. Delightfully decorated with white pine walls in every room, pristine - yet cozy- furnishings, and plenty of space both inside and out for your group, Shortoff Mountain Retreat will be a winner for anyone looking to escape from the pressures of the outside world. 

On your way up to the home, be sure to swing by a grocery store in Morganton or Marion for all your essentials to maximize your time for adventuring in this beautiful area. Unload your groceries and ready your daypacks in the spacious and well-designed kitchen with pale granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. You can prepare a quick and delicious crockpot meal that evening or leave it to slow cook all night and day to enjoy when you return home from your adventures the next day. Spend your first night relaxing on the wraparound porch as the sun sets, planning your activities for tomorrow, and playing a round or two of Pacman or Foosball in the game room. 

Start your day out early, with a warm-up hike to Wolf Pit trailhead just a half mile from the home. This 1.1-mile point-to-point trail is your entrance to the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Wolf Pit connects to the Shortoff Mountain hike, a 7.7-mile round trip trail, offering stunning views of the Linville Gorge Wilderness and Lake James from their viewpoints. Along the way, stop for a picturesque picnic at any of the vistas. For more intrepid hikers, the Linville Gorge Loop will provide a variety of challenges in its 22 miles. With paths skirting the top of the Gorge and going down to the various falls and rapids, there is plenty of beauty and mystery to be found here. Hike back to home base, take a nap, and ready yourself for the next excursion. 

If you’re craving some waterbased activities, drive down to either: the Linville Boat Ramp for some good bank fishing, or Paddy’s Creek Area on Lake James for access to easy to moderate hiking trails, kayak and paddleboard rentals, swimming area, and boat ramp. Shortoff Mountain Retreat offers 2 inflatable kayaks, 2 inflatable stand-up paddle boards, and life jackets to enhance your time on the water.

Find 15 miles of mountain biking trails at the Paddy’s Creek area with the Tindo and Wimba loops rated for beginners and intermediate riders respectively. The Fonta Flora trail at Greenlee Park is an easy 1.1-mile nature loop offering kayak/canoe/tube access points along with a covered picnic area. Take a 35-minute drive to reach Brown Mountain OHV Trail System (the only area in Pisgah that is open to OHVs like ATVs, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and trail bikes). After a full day of outdoor adventure, head home to Shortoff Mountain Retreat to take advantage of the outdoor shower. 

Plan a day of exploring the greater Asheville area to take in the art, shops, restaurants, and breweries that will enhance your experience of WNC. With downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate just over an hour away, there is plenty to see and do on your “big city” day. First thing in the morning swing into Ingenious Coffee Roasters in Marion to start your day off right with a delicious coffee and handmade treat before making your way up the mountain to Black Mountain and Asheville. Browse artisan galleries and carefully curated shops in downtown or the River Arts District before heading to Biltmore Estate for your house and garden tour. 

Please note: Forest Service maintains a large portion of the long and unpaved road, but it is susceptible to ruts during inclement weather. We recommend  AWD or 4WD for a smoother ride, but 2WD will suffice. Well-behaved dogs are allowed with these specific guidelines: (1) Dogs must be prevented from damaging/scratching the doors or furniture (2) Please keep dogs off furniture and bedding. There is a $100 per pet fee. 

This home is located within Pisgah National Forest. Ladybugs and Kudzu Beetles are prevalent in our area in the fall and winter months, and they will find their way into homes to escape the cooler weather. They are not poisonous and cannot be exterminated. 

Amenities

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Game room
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron
  • Iron Board
  • King Bed
  • Linens provided
  • Mountain View
  • Private Entrance
  • Secluded Asheville Rentals
  • Smoke Detector
  • Television
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
  • Wifi

Suitability

  • 4WD/AWD Required
  • Air Conditioning
  • Children Welcome
  • Cleaning Disinfection
  • Decked area
  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices
  • Fireplace
  • Free Parking
  • High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoking Not Allowed

Kitchen and Dining

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishes Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outdoor Living

  • Fire Pit
  • Grill

Availability

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Location

Reviews

New Years Stay

Sent on 2024-01-01 by John
Overall
5
Great home and communication. Home was as advertised, fully stocked with plenty of space for all. Great decks and fire pit was a blast. The only issue we had was resolved by Management company quickly. Thank you for a great time.

Manager's Response

John, we're delighted to hear that you had an overall amazing stay at Shortoff Mountain Retreat and that the communication and customer service from the Greybeard team were excellent. We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and future guests, and we hope to welcome you back to the area soon!

Sweet Retreat!

Sent on 2022-06-22 by Bret M.
Overall
5
Were you satisfied with the property's general condition?
5
Were you happy with the property's location? (convenience, safety, view, etc.)
5
How would you rate the cleanliness of your home?
5
How would you rate the reservations process
5
Would you recommend this property to a friend?
Everything was perfect. From the renting, to the layout, to cleanliness, to checkout.
Stunning Views, Comfortable hangout spots, everything you need in the kitchen.
99/100 Perfection in my book! Only thing missing was a can opener!

Shortoff Mountain Cabin

Sent on 2021-09-01 by Margaret P.
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5
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5
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The cabin was beautiful and in a location that was made for relaxing.

Loved this place !

Sent on 2021-08-07 by Amber g.
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5
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It was very peaceful

FAQs

WHERE IS THIS HOUSE LOCATED?

Shortoff Mountain Retreat is located in Morganton. This home is approximately 15 minutes to Lake James, 35 minutes to downtown Morganton, 40 minutes to downtown Marion, 1 hour to Black Mountain, and 1.5 hours to downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.  Click on the location tab above to locate this house on a map.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY?

This property offers a flexible cancellation policy that differs from the standard cancellation policy. The policy for this home is the relaxed policy. The terms of the policy are as stated:  RELAXED - Bookings canceled at least 14 days before the start of the stay will receive 100% refund. Bookings canceled at least 7 days before the start of the stay will receive 50% refund.  

WHAT IS YOUR PET POLICY AND FEE?

Shortoff Mountain Retreat is specified as "pet friendly" and well-behaved dogs are allowed with these specific guidelines: (1) Dogs must be prevented from damaging/scratching the doors or furniture (2) Please keep dogs off of furniture and bedding. Unfortunately, due to common allergy problems we cannot allow cats. For the privilege of bringing your dog, there is a minimum charge of $100 nonrefundable fee per pet. A maximum of two dogs are allowed unless you have received special permission from the property manager or homeowner. Any damage that may be caused by your pet during your stay will be paid for out of your security deposit or charged to the credit card we have on file. There is a county-wide leash law in place. When taking your dog outside of a gated area, please ensure that they are on a leash. 

WHAT ARE CHECK-IN/CHECK OUT TIMES?

Check-in time is 4pm and check out time is 10am. It is important that we adhere to these times, because there is a chance that someone else will be checking out/in before or after you and we need sufficient time to ready the house for the next renter. If you wish to check-in early, there is a $50 early check-in fee that can be added on to your reservation. Early check-in is only available if someone is not checking out on the morning of your arrival.

WHERE DO WE CHECK-IN/PICK UP KEYS?

Shortoff Mountain Retreat has a keyless entry system. You will receive a unique access code within 3 days of your arrival, allowing you to go straight to the house and check-in starting at 4pm.

WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY DURING OUR STAY?

If you are having a medical emergency, dial 911 from the phone in your rental home or cell phone.

We hope that your stay in the area will be relaxing and without incident, but should you need to get in touch with Greybeard, we have someone on call 24 hours a day. Just call our office at 828-669-1072 and dial extension 203, which will forward to the cell phone of the person on call. Please do not hesitate to call us if something needs immediate attention, but if your question or concern can wait, we ask that you call the office during normal office hours.

WILL THERE BE FIREWOOD AT THE HOUSE?

Firewood is not supplied by Greybeard. Some houses will have small supply of firewood for renter use; however, it is best to purchase your own small bundle of wood or Duraflame pressed logs at the local grocery store. Cutting branches, limbs or trees on the property is strictly prohibited. You can use limbs found on the ground. Absolutely NO fires are permitted outside unless the property is fitted with a fire ring/fire pit. You cannot bring your own portable fire pit.

IS WIFI SERVICE INCLUDED WITH MY RENTAL RESERVATION? WILL I HAVE CELL PHONE SERVICE AT MY RENTAL?

Wifi is available at Shortoff Mountain Retreat. Please note that Greybeard Rentals does not guarantee internet connectivity or speed. Each individual homeowner contracts directly with an internet service provider, and due to a variety of reasons, Greybeard does not guarantee service. Our Black Mountain and Asheville offices have wifi service available if needed.

Cell phone service is not guaranteed. You may check with your service provider to see if service is available.

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