Giant Farmhouse. Gorgeous Renovation. Built 1844! Pets Ok! 3 acres.

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5 bedrooms, desk, iron/ironing board, travel crib
In-Room Dining
Smart TV, fireplace, DVD player, printers

Overview of Giant Farmhouse. Gorgeous Renovation. Built 1844! Pets Ok! 3 acres.

Giant Farmhouse. Gorgeous Renovation. Built 1844! Pets Ok! 3 acres.

4.9/5 Exceptional

Entire home

5 bedrooms4 bathroomsSleeps 18

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 140°F
Swannanoa, NC

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPisgah Brewing Company8 min drive
  • Popular LocationFolk Art Center10 min drive
  • Popular LocationWestern North Carolina Nature Center13 min drive
  • AirportAsheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional)28 min drive

Space details

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 18
4000 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 king bed
    2 twin/single beds
Bedroom 3
    1 king bed
Bedroom 4
    2 bunk beds
Bedroom 5
    2 queen beds
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 3
    Bathtub/shower combo

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Giant Farmhouse. Gorgeous Renovation. Built 1844! Pets Ok! 3 acres.

Riverfront vacation home with kitchen and patio
[Deep discounts for full months or stays greater than a week from November through March. Plus -- book three nights jan2 -March 13 and get a free night on either end. Inquire with me directly. Work from here with extended stay rates. Great WiFi throughout the house.]

**In this time of health worries, please know my houses are immaculately clean. There is hand soap at every sink and disinfectant in every bathroom cabinet. In addition, housekeepers use disinfectant wipes on every doorknob, light switch and remote control as the final step before you arrive! All bedding and towels are washed in hot with bleach. Your health and safety is my most important concern. - Mike**

Okay, now about the house:

Be a part of history! This huge 175-year-old, two-story, 4000 sq. ft. home was built in 1844 with locally milled old growth red oak and locally sourced fieldstone. It may just be the most historically valuable home in Western North Carolina. The property includes about three acres of land, and was a working farm until 2002. The grounds include persimmon, walnut and almonds trees, blueberry bushes, a stream and two ponds.

In the early 1700's the Alexander and Davidson families were the first pioneers to cross the Blue Ridge Mountains and settle in Western North Carolina. The Davidsons settled HERE, on this land where the Bee Tree Creek enters the Swannanoa River. The house was built by the grandson of the first settlers and was owned by the family until 1981.


Entering from the front porch into the foyer, you will be immediately struck by the scale of the rooms and the grand old bones of the house. I have removed several walls to create a giant entrance to the dining room ahead and to fully expose the fireplace, creating a large and inviting living room to the right. The fireplace has an authentic period mantle and the living room comfortably seats 16. The three sets of double floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the stream and pond with gazebo bring the outdoors into the room. Tasteful decor from local Asheville artists is mixed with carvings and art from my recent visit to Africa. Authentic vintage braided rugs and brass chandeliers complete the room.

The focal point of the dining room is the handmade dining table of wormy chestnut for 16, with vintage chandeliers, a brick fireplace, classic ladder-back dining chairs scrounged from local antique dealers, and a collection of farming and country-themed wall art.

Off the dining room is the bar area that seats four and a wide sunny entrance to the back patio and yard.

For groups of friends or corporate retreats where everyone wants their own bed, the house fits eight, but for couples or families, the total sleeping count in bed can be up to 18.

Houses that sleep up 18 need large kitchens. And this house delivers! The main full kitchen is augmented by a second nearby kitchen that makes reunion dinners, holiday meals and family gatherings easy. With two ovens/stoves, two dishwashers, two sinks and a spare fridge in the nearby utility room. A charming breakfast nook off the main kitchen seats 6.

I guarantee you will not find a better equipped kitchen in any other vacation rental. I hear this over and over from guests at all my houses. All manner of baking pans, utensils, and cooking pots and pans are available. From garlic presses to hand mixers, from bunt cake pans to blenders and bagel toasters -- this kitchen is ready for you!

There is silverware and plates, cups, bowls and glasses for 32 and tons of serving pieces.


The master on the ground floor includes a large sitting area that was once part of the front porch but has now been enclosed. In addition to the king bed, the room has a twin day bed with twin trundle bed underneath. For the family with infants, this room provides plenty of room for the (provided) pack-n-play or crib. The bath features a giant walk in 36" x 72" shower with stone bench seating area.

(In addition to this master bath, the ground floor has an additional full bath that features the exposed wood of the house's original exterior rough cut oak plank wall).

Off the central foyer upstairs are four more bedrooms and two more baths. The front of the house includes the red king bedroom across the hall from the largest bedroom, the green room with two queen beds. The nearby silver bath has a large walk-in shower and vessel sink.

Down the hall in the back are a third bedroom with king bed and the "bunkhouse" room in the back with two twin-over-full beds that sleep six kids but probably only 4 adults. They share the very large blue and grey bathroom with double sinks and tub/shower combo.

All the bedrooms have vintage braided rugs and brass or glass chandeliers.


Externally, the house includes a large front porch with four rockers, a screened in porch on the side with wicker furniture, a covered patio in the back with a BBQ and dining seating for 16, a fire pit area, and a gazebo overlooking the pond -- multiple ways to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

Phew. That's a lot of house. So much house that it has two new HVAC systems -- one for upstairs and one for down, with separate controls for each floor.


The property is in unincorporated Buncombe County, between the Asheville City line and nearby Swannanoa township to the east. It is 7.4 miles from downtown Asheville, as the crow flies, but about a 15 minute drive to town, through a gorgeous country valley to I-40, one exit outside of Asheville. It is a great mix of convenience to town but country living without the winding mountainous roads that lead to many other country vacation houses. Uber and Lyft rides to town are about $14-$16. The commercial district of Swannanoa offers a large Ingles grocery store and other necessities. You are only a few minutes from charming Black Mountain, historic Montreat and a dozen or so of the gorgeous wedding venues east of Asheville. This is probably the closest large rental to the Warren Wilson College campus.

It's a straight shot down I-40 to the entrance of the Biltmore Estate, providing easier access than from homes in the North Asheville that might be geographically closer. Of course the Blue Ridge Parkway is only a couple miles away and there are terrific hikes very nearby along the Swannanoa River or Bee Tree Valley.

I love this house and its location, and could go on and on, but I feel now is good time to stop. If I missed anything, please feel free to ask.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Kitchens or kitchenettes offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.

This Swannanoa property provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, desk chairs, and printers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided on request.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Mike Smith
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Property is kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Playground
  • Highchair
  • Travel crib
  • Children's games


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice maker
  • Coffee grinder
  • Toaster
  • Lobster/crab pot


  • Dining table


  • 5 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 4 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Hair dryer
  • Soap
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Dining room


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Firepit


  • Washing machine and dryer

Work spaces

  • Printer
  • Desk
  • Desk chair


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near outlet shopping

Things to do

  • Golfing on site
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hunting nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golf nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 18
  • Unit size: 4000 sq ft (372 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 30


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Parties and events are allowed on site
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Giant Farmhouse. Gorgeous Renovation. Built 1844!pets Ok!

About this area


Located in Swannanoa, this vacation home is on the waterfront. Western North Carolina Nature Center and Asheville's Fun Depot are local attractions and those in the mood for shopping can visit Asheville Mall and Innsbruck Mall. Traveling with kids? Consider Colburn Earth Science Museum, or check out an event or a game at McCormick Field. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Pisgah Brewing Company - 8 min drive
  • Folk Art Center - 10 min drive
  • Western North Carolina Nature Center - 13 min drive
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area - 13 min drive
  • Black Mountain Golf Club - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) - 28 min drive


  • Native Kitchen and Social Pub — 4 min drive
  • Okie Dokie's Smokehouse — 4 min drive
  • East Village Grille — 9 min drive
  • Blue Ridge Biscuit Company — 9 min drive
  • Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe — 10 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 49 out of 56 reviews
5 - Excellent 88%
Rating 4 - Good. 7 out of 56 reviews
4 - Good 13%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 56 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
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4/5 Good

Great Location! So many amenities
We met here with 2 other families, 6 adults 6 kids, and the property was perfect for this. Everything we needed was on site, and the location of the house was great!

5/5 Excellent

Great Place For A Group
Our group of 11 stayed here for 3 nights and loved everything about the stay! Plenty of room for everyone inside and out. Close to Asheville, which we spent the majority of our time if we were not hanging out at the house! We definitely recommend!

5/5 Excellent

Heavenly mountains
It was great except the landlord forgot to mention there were bears in the area!

5/5 Excellent

Divine Davidson Farmhouse!
There were 13 of us on this trip ranging in age from 13 to 80. This home accommodated us all beautifully! My only regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend at the house. Days were spent zip lining, white water rafting, exploring the Biltmore, shopping at the River Arts District-all were only 15 minutes from the farm. After returning from the day’s adventures, we had cocktails on the front porch or the back patio—so many great outdoor spaces! Later in the evenings we gathered around the fabulous dining table for meals followed by games or a spa night. One evening was cool enough to light up the pit for s’mores and songs around the fire. The bullfrogs joined in the singing. We had the most wonderful time! Tons of space to spread out. Introverts can find several nooks to read and relax away from the extroverts. We made lots of memories and will definitely be back!

5/5 Excellent

Special reunion experience!
This house is huge, historic (built 1844), in excellent condition, with just the right amount of funk. The manager is amazing...he really cares about his place, his clients, and even the rest of humanity (no spoilers; you need to read his guidebook to find out.) Everything works. The grounds are beautiful (see some pics here:) There's a great little park nearby. Don't miss a walk up the dead-end street; it's full of friendly people. All the rules are reasonable. It's close enough to Asheville to visit easily, but far enough to feel rural. Easily 5 stars on my scale...