Relax in front of a roaring fire and take your meals overlooking the countryside in the great room. As you gaze across the expansive deck or covered porch, take in the views and listen to the joyous sounds of the birds while sipping your morning coffee. Take in the fragrance of lavender and tea olive and view the native plants and wild flowers in the gardens. Walk the trails and quiet country roads and see soaring mountains from the windswept ridge. The music room provides solitude for reading, or invite everyone in for a concert at the piano. Your sleeping quarters offer privacy and the soothing comfort of a therapeutic spa tub and soaking tub. Also available is the loft that sleeps two. While at Knollwood enjoy a family gathering, a special event or just a get-away from the bustling city life. Knollwood is a short ride to Asheville where you can take in many of the arts activities, visit the Biltmore House, go antiquing and shopping, and enjoy truly fine dining. Knollwood is five minutes from the French Broad River and five minutes from Mars Hill College. In twenty minutes you can be in Hot Springs where you can enjoy white water rafting, fly fishing, hiking and hot mineral baths. Wolf Laurel is nearby for skiing and tubing. Knollwood is at the center of it all.
Suite has a queen bed with private bathroom.
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4.4 on November 12, 2013
For our trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, I chose to stay at Knollwood in Marshall, NC because it looked more interesting than any hotel room. Indeed it was. The owners are Bill and Donna Sites. They live there, of course. Bill was the architect and builder. This is a log home – nothing like what you would imagine. It is show-case quality. My wife mentioned that everything looked perfect and she did not see a single nail or screw in the house. Her favorite feature was the thermostat-controlled gas fireplace. She also really liked the mountain outstanding views. Bill told us he has retired five times, so he’s had at least five careers, but I lost track of exactly how many occupations and avocations he’s actually had. He is a world traveler and a wonderful story teller. He will spend as much or as little time with guests as they are comfortable with. The man is a genius. I’ve known a few geniuses, very few, but Bill is definitely one of them. Bill started as an electrical engineer, and has taught himself mechanical engineering, soils engineering, and a great deal else. He designed and built a one-wheel motorized trailer for his bicycle. He has designed and is not building a tandem tricycle for active folks who need the extra stability. One of his current businesses is selling log homes. He did months of research before settling on a company he was willing to represent. He talked to us at great length about the hidden problems he has found in many log homes. For example, the wood his company uses is cut and cured in Canada so it doesn’t expand and contract with the seasons. Knollwood was at least a half-hour drive from Asheville, but we are very glad we stayed there. The hospitality was wonderful and our time there was very relaxing. Just how a vacation should be.
Biltmore Estate, Fine Dining, Mineral Baths, Historical Tours, Rafting on the French Broad River, River Arts District, Skiing at Wolf Resort, Airport, City, Countryside, Lakeside, Mountains, Small town, Suburban, Wine country
Asheville, NC (AVL) 32 miles
Directions from Asheville airport: Take I 26 West towards Weaverville and get off at exit 19. There take US 25/70 towards Marshall, about 7 miles until you reach the intersection of US 25/70 and Long Branch Road. For more detail or directions from other starting points, please use the Google Maps display or call us.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Biltmore House, River Arts District, Breweries, Mineral Baths, White Water Rafting, Skiing and Tubming, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting
Guest Cottage, Homestay Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Private Home Bed and Breakfast
Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Library, Piano, TV, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi
Kitchen Facilities Available for Use, Expansive Deck, Covered Porch
Bill and Donna Sites
Bill: Woodworking,tandem tricycle building and cycling. Donna: Gardening, Entertaining.