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Do you have a minimum stay?
What are additional taxes and fees for the rental?
Do I have to put down a deposit to reserve a house?
What are my payment options?
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
What is trip insurance and does Greybeard Rentals offer it?
What do I need to bring for the rental?
Are linens included in the rental?
Are your houses pet friendly?
What are check-in/check out times?
Where do we check-in/pick up keys?
What if we need to check-in after office hours?
What do I need to do to check out?
Are we expected to clean the house before we leave?
What if there is an emergency during our stay?
Do you have a Lost and Found?
Do you have an age requirement?
Why is the occupancy limited?
What months are homes with gas logs in operation? Will there be firewood at the house if there is a wood fireplace at the home? 
What are monthly furnished rentals?
Is wifi service included with my rental reservation?
What are my options for payment?

DO YOU HAVE A MINIMUM STAY?

All of our homes have at least a two night minimum stay. All homes have at least a 3 night minimum stay during the summer and October. Some of our homes have a week minimum stay throughout the year. During the summer, our Montreat houses have a week minimum stay, and that reservation must be Saturday to Saturday. During the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays all of our houses have a four night minimum stay. TOP

 

WHAT ARE ADDITIONAL TAXES AND FEES FOR THE RENTAL?

In addition to the rental charge, there is a $75 booking fee, 12.75-13% NC sales and accommodation tax. If the property is not left in good condition, we will contact you first but will use your credit card to cover all damage costs. Please also note that the majority of our homes have a 3-night minimum. For owners that have agreed to drop down to a 2-night minimum for certain time periods, we charge a 2-night housekeeping fee charge of $100 to cover the cost of housekeeping (for a 3-night reservation or more, housekeeping is included in the total cost for the majority of our rentals - there are a few rental unit exceptions that charge a cleaning fee).  TOP

DO I HAVE TO PUT DOWN A DEPOSIT TO RESERVE A HOUSE?

Within two weeks of making your reservation, half of the rental charge is due by check or credit card. If we have not received it or been in contact with you by that time, we will assume that you wish to withdraw your reservation. The remaining balance, which includes half of rental charge, tax, and booking fee is due no less than thirty days before you are scheduled to arrive. If you make your reservation less than thirty days from the time you are scheduled to arrive, you will be required to pay the full amount by credit card. TOP

WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?

You can pay for your rental with cash, check, or Visa/Mastercard. If you make your reservation less than thirty days from the time you are scheduled to arrive, you will be required to pay the full amount at the time you make the reservation by Visa or Mastercard. TOP

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY?

If you need to cancel your reservation and the property you had reserved re-rents for the time which you had it reserved, you will be refunded all money you had paid minus a $75 cancellation fee. If you cancel and the property does not re-rent for your reserved dates, you will lose all money you have paid to that point. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase trip insurance . Please call 888-228-8008 before making a reservation if you have questions or concerns. TOP

WHAT IS TRIP INSURANCE AND DOES GREYBEARD RENTALS OFFER IT?

For the protection of our renters, we have recently started offering trip insurance. This will insure your trip in many cases should you need to cancel your reservation. Please note that this is not cancellation insurance, but the purchase of trip insurance can help you to recover the cost of your trip in those cases that are covered by Red Sky travel protection. The charge for trip insurance is 7% of the total trip cost. This insurance covers the cost of your rental if your trip is interrupted or cancelled due to documented medical illness, death in the family, natural disaster, and for several other reasons. View this link for a brief overview of the benefits and coverage of trip insurance.You can get the full list of coverage and further information about this service at www.redskyinsurance.com or call Red Sky at 866-889-7409. Trip insurance is an optional charge, but if you deny trip insurance and need to cancel your trip for any reason, it is likely that none of your money will be refunded. Please see our cancellation policy above for more specifics. TOP

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR THE RENTAL?

All our vacation rental homes are fully furnished. They include furniture, appliances, and a kitchen supplied with at least basic cooking tools. They will have blankets, pillows, and comforters but in some cases do not include sheets and towels. You will need to bring any paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins) that you will need during your stay. You may also need to supply basics like garbage bags and dish soap. In many cases the houses will already have these things, so you may want to wait until you arrive and if necessary, buy them at one of the local grocery stores. TOP

ARE LINENS INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL?

While all of our houses are stocked with blankets, pillows, comforters, and kitchen linens, many of our houses do not include sheets and towels. If they are included it will be specified on the house details page. If a house does include linens, the beds will be made when you arrive with the exception of the top bunk bed (if applicable). Linens will be placed on top of the top bunk if there is one present. If linens are not provided, you can choose to bring them from home or rent them from us for an additional charge. If you do choose to rent linens from us, they will be available at the house in a plastic bin. TOP

ARE YOUR HOUSES PET FRIENDLY?

Some of our owners have chosen to allow pets in their homes. These houses will be specified as "pet friendly" on the house detail page. Pets are allowed in these houses only. Unfortunately, due to common allergy problems we cannot allow cats in any of our vacation rental homes. 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. Please be respectful of those owners who, because of allergies or other personal reasons, have chosen not to allow any pets. If housekeeping notes that a pet was present on a non-pet friendly property during your visit, you will be charged a minimum of $600 to clean carpets, upholstered furniture and complete air purification measures. Bringing a pet to a house that is not pet-friendly without owner consent or permission from Greybeard is grounds for termination of the rental agreement without refund. 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. More info about service animals and the ADA is available here.TOP

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. TOP

WHERE DO WE CHECK-IN/PICK UP KEYS?

Unless other arrangements have been made through a Greybeard employee, you will need to come by our office to pick up keys for your rental. Our office is located at 204 E. State Street in Black Mountain. Driving directions. TOP

WHAT IF WE NEED TO CHECK-IN AFTER OFFICE HOURS?

Our rental office is open Monday-Friday 9-5 EST. If you need to check in for a rental at a time that our office is not open, there is a check in center on the front porch of our office (we'll leave the front porch light on for you). TOP

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO CHECK OUT?

Since cleaning is included in your rental fee for the majority of our homes, when you leave a house we simply ask that you make sure all of the trash is taken care of, that the dishwasher has been run and emptied and that you have all of your personal possessions. If you have time, please fill out the report card that can be found at your rental. Then please bring your keys by our office. If you are checking out at a time that our office is not open, please put the keys through the mail slot in our front door. TOP

ARE WE EXPECTED TO CLEAN THE HOUSE BEFORE WE LEAVE?

Cleaning is included in your rental charge for the majority of our rental homes so you are not expected to clean the house before you leave. We simply ask that you make sure all of the trash is taken care of, that the dishwasher has been run and emptied and that you have cleared the house of your personal possessions. Should you need them during your stay, basic cleaning supplies (mop, broom, cleaning spray) will be at the house. TOP

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. TOP

DO YOU HAVE A LOST AND FOUND?

Although we cannot be held responsible for items left behind, we do make every effort to locate and return them to you. Contact our office and items found will be returned to you and a $35 handling fee plus postage will be charged to you. Unclaimed items will be donated to charities after thirty days. TOP

DO YOU HAVE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?

Yes. You must be at least 25 years of age to reserve one of our vacation rental homes. TOP

WHY IS THE OCCUPANCY LIMITED?

The vacation property should not be used or occupied by more than the maximum allowable number of occupants. Some of our mountain homes do not have a central sewage system and have individual septic systems, which are permitted by the Health Department for maximum occupancy. Greybeard Realty and Rentals strictly follows the County Health Department regulations, which assume occupancy of two persons per bedroom. Although additional bedding may be listed, this is for the convenience of providing privacy and adequate bedding for groups that may need to have separate lodging due to gender, age or marital status. We take this seriously and ask that you abide by the maximum occupancy without exception. If necessary, please rent a second cottage to allow for all the members in your group. TOP

WILL THERE BE FIREWOOD AT THE HOUSE? WHEN ARE HOMES WITH GAS LOGS IN OPERATION?

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. Homes with gas logs are not in operation May through September due to the warmer summer months. If your rental home has an operable wood fireplace or wood stove, you can purchase our Guest Services Firewood Bundle package and have firewood and fire-starting materials awaiting you upon your arrival from October through the winter months. TOP

WHAT ARE MONTHLY FURNISHED RENTALS?

Extended stay homes, or monthly furnished rentals, are available from Greybeard Rentals and come fully equipped with all the appliances, furniture and amenities you will need for a temporary stay (minimum of a month stay). Monthly allowances apply for utilities (power/water/gas if applicable) for each home. Average utility cost per home can be supplied through our office. Also, when the reservation runs 90 days or more, no sales tax is collected. A refundable security deposit amount will be determined by management. The rent payment process is same protocol as vacation rentals in that the balance must be paid in full within 30 days of arrival. TOP

IS WIFI SERVICE INCLUDED WITH MY RENTAL RESERVATION?

Homes that include wifi service will be noted in the amenity list or web description for that specific property on the website. 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. TOP