The SpacePLEASE NOTE. . . All photos were taken within the last 18 months. The majority of the photos were taken by us using an iPhone, so what you see is authentic and is representative of the minimum you can expect if you choose our vacation home.
ABOUT THE HOUSE: Guests love the comfortable, elegant, even inspiring surroundings and natural beauty of Conley House. The home is understated, so you can focus on the scenery and complete relaxation. We provide all the necessities and many little perks, so you feel right at home. Our elevation is about 3000 FASL, so every room in the house has an amazing, unobstructed view of the Black Mountains and each suite has a private entrance from the fenced-in terrace making the house perfect for couples, families and those visiting with their pet. The office/third bedroom located above the studio is near the main house. Out of respect for our guest's privacy, the house and office/studio are never rented separately. The kitchen has everything you will need for cooking and serving - you just supply the groceries. We've got the basics like oil, salt & pepper, spices there for you to help save you time and money. Read on to learn more about why you'll want to choose Conley House for your getaway!
QUICK LIST OF AMENITIES (read on for detailed information by room):
- Safe, rural location that is 15 minutes from shopping
- Private and quiet 6 acres
- Stunning mountain views from every room
- WIFI & super fast fiber optic internet
- Smart home features using Amazon Echo
- Pet-friendly for pre-approved canines
- Terrace with fenced in area of yard - great for pets!
- 2 king size master suites with seating area and attached baths
- Queen size fold-out couch in guest master suite
- Queen size bed, game table, and seating area in office above studio
- New, comfortable mattresses and cotton bedding
- Fluffy "Allergy Free" duvets
- Optional plush, inflatable queen size mattress w/ bedding
- Business center and desk in office
- High-end kitchen appliances including a KitchenAid stand mixer
- Pantry staples like spices, olive oil, flour and baking supplies
- Cookware, dinnerware, kitchen tools and cleaning supplies
- 4K HDTV, DVD, Wii, and integrated sound bar
- Roku device for streaming movies and TV shows
- Live streaming of ESPN sports channels and other TV stations
- Gas log stove
- New HE washer and dryer
- One of a kind artwork
- Handmade details throughout
- Indoor seating for 16
- Extra-large Weber Classic Charcoal Grill
- Outdoor table and seating for 6
- Fire pot (wood not included, but readily available)
- Easy access from state maintained roads
- Apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and herb garden on the property when in season.
- Mountain spring water on tap
The home was built by artist/sculptor Bill Brown, the first director of Penland School of Crafts after the founder, Lucy Morgan, retired. Penland School is important to the region of Appalachia because in the 1920s Miss Lucy, as she was often called, provided education and resources to local women, teaching them how to weave and sell their handmade goods. This developed into a cottage industry that helped to improve the circumstances of these women and also gave birth to Penland. The school now provides instruction in all areas of craft from weaving, pottery, glass and ceramics to metalwork, printmaking, letterpress, photography and much more. The campus occupies 420 acres on the mountain near Conley House. Visually inspiring all by itself, the campus is open for tours by appointment and has a catalog of courses that are open to the public and at a range of skill levels. Also, open to the public is Penland Gallery, which offers fine craft in all media made by skilled craftspeople from all over the world. They also have a coffee shop and gift shop and they love to have visitors, so stop on by! Because of the school and the natural beauty of the mountains, the area is filled with artists and crafts-people making it a truly unique area of the country that you'll want to explore.
DETAILED AMENITY INFORMATION BY ROOM
Conley House is made for entertaining! Natural light streams into the house. Just outside the living area is a large hand-laid stone terrace with seating and a teak dining table with room for 6. The kitchen, living and dining area is open, making it great for entertaining and being a part of your own party. The living room has a large 4K HDTV with streaming using a Roku 4 device, DVD player, and sound bar. The dining area can seat up to eight and the bar can accommodate an additional eight. A half bath is available for guest's convenience. (See image of layout.)
It seems everyone plans to make biscuits or pancakes when on vacation, so we try to make that easy by keeping pantry staples like baking soda and flour on hand. Our kitchen has just about anything a cook might need from high-end appliances, cookware, carbon steel knives, and cutlery to handmade dishes, a salad spinner and a Kitchen Aid stand-mixer. We also try to keep organic herbs & spices and good extra virgin olive oil around, so guests don't have to buy large quantities of things they only need a little of.
Kitchen includes: gas range, electric convection oven, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, garbage disposal, microwave, drip-style coffee maker, French coffee press, pour over coffee maker, tea kettle and a full complement of cookware, serving dishes, kitchen tools and dinnerware, as well as dish soap and dish towels.
Master Suite - King size bed with new mattress, 100% cotton bedding, cozy "allergy free" duvets and coverlets, private seating area, generous closet and views of the Black Mountains that can be seen as you drift off to sleep. Patio doors open to fenced-in terrace and an amazing view! En suite bath is complete with an oversized jetted tub, separate shower, heated floors, magnifying makeup mirror, hairdryer, HDTV and all your necessities - plus, scented bath oils and bath salts.
Guest Suite - King size bed with new mattress, 100% cotton bedding, warm "allergy free" duvets and comfy coverlets, generous seating area with queen-size foldout couch. En suite bath with magnifying makeup mirror, necessities and bath salts. Patio doors in seating area open to the terrace and a great view of the mountains. (An inflatable plush queen size mattress is also available.)
Office/3rd Bedroom (available on request): Located above the artist studio, this space is perfect for those who prefer to have a little added privacy. It offers spacious accommodations including a sofa, game table, a queen size bed with a comfortable mattress and bedding, as well as a business center featuring an iMac computer and printer/copier. Off the office, there is a private deck. Guests in this room will have access to the half bath in the main house, which is a very short walk away, and will need to share showering facilities with another guest (Sorry, due to weather concerns, this room may not be available in snow and ice.) To ensure guest privacy, this space and the studio are never rented separately.
Children are welcome. The house is a home - not a museum, so it can be a great place for families. Some things to keep in mind, Conley House is not baby/toddler-proofed and may not be suitable for all children. We ask that parents be attentive, putting objects out of reach that may cause a problem or be damaged. Guest AccessThe entire house and grounds are available to guests. The optional third bedroom/business center is available upon request at no additional charge. The entire property is rented as a whole to ensure our guest's privacy. At this time, the studio itself is not available for rent. Interaction with GuestsWe live off-site and are very responsive by phone, text, and email. If you need recommendations on what to do in the area, directions, or have a question about the property, we are always more than happy to help. While we do not live close-by, we do have many local resources to help out should onsite assistance be needed. We will do everything we can to make sure you enjoy every minute of your getaway. The NeighborhoodConley House has all the amenities, an unparalleled view, comfortable and stylish furnishings, super fast fiber optic internet, and is fully equipped whether you're cooking for a few or a crowd. The home is located in a safe neighborhood near Spruce Pine and is just minutes away from Penland School of Crafts, the oldest and largest crafts school in America. Being so close to the school, naturally, the neighborhood is filled with artists and craftspeople, which makes the area uniquely diverse and very interesting. The area is rural, but not remote - just 15 minutes to shopping and 45 minutes to Asheville!
THINGS TO DO:
Locally - Spruce Pine is one of the best-kept secrets in the area. As a matter of fact, the town was voted "One of the Coolest Small Towns Around" by Romantic Asheville and Conde Nast's Traveler magazine recently dubbed it “One of the Best Small Town Food Cities"! What the town and area have to offer is often compared to Gatlinburg a few decades ago - authentic with a small town feel, super friendly with beautiful scenery and lots of locally owned, family run businesses and anything but touristy.
Spruce Pine is a known retreat for people living in Charlotte, Asheville, and Knoxville, TN. Just 15 minutes away from the house, the historic downtown area of the town is like a stop in time when things were a bit simpler. A river runs right through the center of historic downtown. To one side are railroad tracks and small shops, restaurants, cafes and antique stores and on the other you'll find a park with a pool, playground, and a put-in for canoes and tubing. It's a great spot for playing, picnics, and fishing. On the outskirts, there is a Walmart for general supplies and a host of mom and pop options, too!
We highly recommend making reservations at The Knife and Fork. The Chef/Owner, Nathan Allen, was recently nominated for the James Beard Foundation's "Best Southern Chef" Award. We also love his gastro-pub Spoon that is located above The Knife and Fork. Other stops we make regularly are The Pizza Shoppe, which makes artisan beer and handmade pizza using a lot of locally sourced ingredients. The Fox and the Fig, which is a terrific bakeshop near the Pizza Shoppe that offers excellent coffee and coffee drinks, tea, and handmade baked goods - try the raspberry oat bar, it's delicious! The City Drive-in has outstanding food - especially desserts, Bonnie & Clyde's - we love their hamburgers, DT's Java has terrific lunch food and hand scooped ice cream, and BBQ joints abound - one of our faves is in Burnsville called Pig & Grits! They have awesome breakfasts, too!
GREAT THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
- Rock Hounding for gems (area is known for emeralds) and minerals
- Visit the National Mineral Museum
- Sightseeing - Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway!
- Visit Waterfalls, Great Trails and State and National Parks
- Kayaking, Tubing, Canoeing - try Loafers Glory
- Swimming, Biking, and Running
- Fishing, & Cooking Outdoors - schedule an excursion!
- Rock Climbing & Hiking
- Farm Tours, Farmers Markets & Agritourism of all kinds
- U-Pick Fruit - including heritage apples native to the area
- Shopping & Antiquing
- Wineries & Craft Breweries
- Visit Artist Studios & Galleries - Shop for Fine Craft
- Go on Studio Tours (pottery, glass, basketry, metal, fibers and more!
- Take a class at Penland ( 1 week, 2 week and intensive courses available)
- Visit Yancey Theater - $6 a person for a current movie in an old-style theater
- Go to a festival or outdoor concert - lots to choose from - ask us for more info!
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Let us know what you are into and we'd be happy to make recommendations! We are happy to help, whether you decide to stay with us or not. Getting AroundA vehicle is necessary for getting around the area.
Driveway: With the house being built on a ridge, the driveway can be steep for some vehicles that are especially low to the ground, such as sports cars and Mini-Coopers, Kia Soul, etc. Four-wheel drive is not required, but if you are renting a vehicle, this option might be a good choice for the mountains in general. We have a typical sedan and have no trouble getting up the driveway. Guests have the option of parking on the lower part of the driveway which is less steep if they would prefer. If you have questions, please let us know. We are glad to help.
Note: Four-wheel drive is not required, but is helpful when there is snow or ice. In cases of winter weather, if you do not have four wheel drive, we recommend parking at the bottom of the driveway.
TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS
The key to driving in the mountains, especially steep gravel passes, is to drive with confidence and keep your momentum. If you are driving on a road that is steep or problematic go low and slow - about 8-12 miles an hour - and do not stop. Other Things to NotePlease Wish List our vacation home by clicking on the "Save to Wish List" at the top of the screen. Also, check us out online by searching for Conley House in Western North Carolina.
FALL FOLIAGE: Typically fall foliage begins October 1 and, barring an early frost, ends the first week of November. Experts say our region peaks with fall color October 7-21.
Verizon is the primary mobile carrier for the area. Other mobile users are encouraged to check their carrier's coverage in the region. If coverage is less than desirable, guests can use apps like FaceTime over the house's WIFI or enable Internet calling over the WIFI, as doing so will bypass many of their carrier's signal issues. For added peace of mind, the house phone can be used to make calls to continental US for free. This phone is registered with E911 service.
The gravel drive can be steep for some vehicles that are especially low to the ground, such as sports cars and Mini-Coopers, etc. The owners have a truck and a typical sedan and have no trouble getting up the driveway. Guests may park on the lower part of the driveway if they would prefer. Four-wheel drive is not required, but if you are renting a vehicle, this option might be a good choice for the mountains - especially in winter. If you have any questions, please be sure and let us know.
Snow and Ice: In the event of snow and ice, guests staying in the office above the studio are asked to use extreme caution. Salt is provided to guests to use on the walkway, but it is recommended that guests use the plush, inflatable queen size mattress in the house. It does snow in our area, but the snow does not usually stick around all that long. However, if you are renting a vehicle in winter, we suggest choosing something with all wheel drive/4-wheel drive and/or consider chains for the tires if you are concerned about driving in snow and ice.