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Luxurious 11,000 SF, 560 Acre Mountaintop Rental
Vacation Rental DescriptionTwickenham is named for a a quaint village on the Thames nestled between Richmond and Wimbledon where the character and charm of England flourishes.
The owners fell in love with the people and the area of Twickenham while on their honeymoon about 20 years ago. Their favorite dining spot was a small pub located in a cellar next to Mick Jagger's apartment where the young Rolling Stones spent a lot of time before they became famous.
As they toured the area and explored the grand old manors and castles, their love for one another grew in their hearts as the scale and form of the architecture and beautiful furnishings and fixtures became etched upon their minds .
Years later when their dream of building their own family home was becoming a reality, they decided to model this home after the style and character of the grand homes discovered while on their honeymoon. And thus after several years of planning and construction and exciting shopping trips to England, Twickenham House was completed.
The current original owners raised their four children in this home, and through the years the walls and wonderful grounds have seen much love and laughter shared between friends and family. Their hope is that you too will come to Twickenham House with your family and friends and enjoy the peaceful and loving atmosphere as much as they have.
This immaculately presented and extremely well-equipped mountain estate home, with 11,000 square feet of living space on 4 levels and 560 acres of beautiful land leading up to and encompassing the peak of Phoenix Mountain, represents the finest in private mountain living!
When you pass through the first iron gate onto the property, you will see a trout-stocked pond and cascading waterfalls in a park-like setting, and you will know that you have arrived at your own private mountain resort! The grounds are perfectly maintained, and the paved driveway is over a mile long. It guides you from an elevation of 3375 feet above sea level at the main gate through a second iron gate at the main house at an elevation of 4325 feet.
After parking in the circular drive, enter the main entrance and step into the large open foyer where the grand staircase rises below 2 majestic chandeliers to the 3rd level. Through the foyer and to the left is the large living room with a wood-burning fireplace (firewood provided), 46-Inch Satellite Flat Panel TV, plenty of comfortable seating, a card table, and French doors leading to the terrace.
From the living room, step into the beautiful dining room with table for 8 and with built-in china cabinet with dinnerware and flatware for up to 30 guests, and French doors to the terrace. Pass through a small corridor into the huge kitchen with commercial grade double-sized refrigerator, separate freezer, a 6-burner gas cook top, double electric ovens, 2 dishwashers, a fireplace with a wood-fired oven, a dining table with seating for 6, swinging doors to the foyer, a French door to the terrace, a French door to the conservatory with another table for dining that seats 4.
From the main entrance through the foyer to the right are 2 sets of French doors into the billiards room with pool table, a dartboard, a 40-inch flat panel satellite TV, a desk with an iMac, a handsome stone wood-burning fireplace, and a library of books.
Down the hall from the billiards room and to the left is a bathroom with shower, the conservatory with an indoor Endless Pool Swim Spa that can be used as a hot tub, or swimming pool with a constant flow of water so that swimmers can swim against the current. With 180 degrees of windows, this conservatory is also a bright gathering place to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and wonderful outdoor sights any time of year. From here step out through French doors onto the well-furnished terrace to the outdoor hot tub and outdoor fireplace.
At the end of the main hallway is the door to the 2-car garage, and just before that is the second staircase that leads upwards to the bedroom levels and downward to the entertainment areas which include a 600-square foot home theater with 12 leather recliners plus 4 additional seats, a popcorn maker, an 8-person sauna, an 8-person steam shower, an exercise room, a bathroom with shower and changing room, a large playroom with an abundance of toys for young children as well as a kitchenette, and a laundry room with 3 pairs of front-loading washers and dryers.
The flooring of both the main level and 3rd level are of maple peg and groove oak, and all bathrooms are tiled. The ceilings are 9 and 10 feet throughout the home.
Upstairs on the 3rd level are 5 suites all with peg and groove oak floors . At the west end is the huge Versace suite - named for the 2 Versace area rugs covering parts of the floor. This 900 square foot suite includes, a king bed, an armoire, plenty of seating as well as a gathering table, a 40-inch flat panel satellite TV with DVD player, a bathroom with large shower and heated towel rack, and 6 large windows through which to take in the beautiful outdoor scenery including spectacular sunsets.
Down the hall to the south are a laundry room, a master suite with 32-inch satellite TV, DVD player, queen bed, and a private bathroom with ball-and-claw-foot bathtub with shower, a master suite with a king bed, 32-inch satellite TV with DVD player, a private bathroom with a ball-and-claw-foot bathtub.
Across the hall on the north side of the house is another spacious bedroom suite with a king bed, 32-inch satellite TV with DVD player, and private bathroom with ball-and-claw-foot bathtub with shower.
At the east end of this level are the grand staircase and beyond is a spacious 500 square-foot bedroom suite with king bed, wood-burning fireplace, 40-inch satellite TV with DVD player, sitting area, and private bathroom with large windows and great views, a ball and claw foot bathtub, and separate tiled shower.
Follow the second staircase up to the 4th level to the wonderful Penthouse. This private space consists of a bedroom with king bed and 32-inch satellite TV with DVD player, a bathroom with a ball-and-claw-foot tub, and a large room with 13 twin beds, 40-inch satellite TV with DVD player, kitchenette, and plenty of windows to view the surrounding mountain landscapes from rooftop levels.
The rear terrace overlooks the large backyard enclosed with a well-crafted native stone loose stacked wall and seasonal mountain views. Here is plenty of room to set up a game of volleyball or badminton, or croquet. And this large beautiful level space is perfect for large family gatherings, private parties, and weddings with receptions. Along the terrace is plenty of outdoor seating, a gas grill, an outdoor fireplace, and a large hot tub. Enjoy a bounce on the Olympic-sized trampoline or a game of basketball with the goal near the garage.
Follow the driveway just a 10-minute walk or 2-minute drive past the main house to where it ends just a few steps from the peak of Phoenix Mountain at 4500 feet. This is an incredible area to explore and sit on the rocks to take in the full 360 degrees of breath-taking mountain views.
Twickenham is located just 10 minutes from the shops and restaurants of Jefferson and is convenient to many High Country attractions including 15 minutes from West Jefferson, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Mount Jefferson State Park, 45 minutes from Boone and ASU, 50 minutes from Blowing Rock, Appalachian Ski Mountain, and Tweetsie Railroad, and less than an hour to Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline and Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, and just 75 minutes to Ski Beech. So if you decide to venture out beyond the estate and explore other parts of the High Country, you will be able to enjoy all the area attractions and still have plenty of time to come home to relax at sunset.
PLEASE NOTE: This home is accessed by a long single-lane paved driveway which is steep in places. It is plowed in winter, but 4WD or AWD vehicles are required November-March and chains may also be necessary to access the property in winter months.
For more photos see the other listing for Twickenham House. The 3000 SF Guest Cottage will be available in Spring 2011.
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Vacation Rental Rates Information (USD)Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Daily Rates from $1,100 to $1,995
Weekly Rates from $5,400 to $12,000
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Additional Rate InformationALL PRICES INCLUDE TOWELS, LINENS, EXIT CLEANING, AND TRASH PICK-UP.
ADDITIONAL FEES INCLUDE 7.75% NC SALES TAX, AND AN $80 RESERVATION PROCESSING FEE
PET FEE: $50 PER NIGHT PER PET, $250 PER WEEK PER PET
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Other Unlisted Amenities600 Acres of Beautiful Private Mountain Land, 360-Degree Long-Range Mountain Views on the Property Just a 10-Minute Walk from the Main House, 11,000 SF of Living Space on 4 Levels, 4 Wood-Burning Fireplaces with Firewood Provided, 2 Apple iPads, 1 Apple iMac Computer, WIFI, Pool Table, 5 Suites, 5 King Beds, Outdoor Hot Tub, Olympic Sized Trampoline, Indoor Endless Pool Swim Spa, Outdoor Fireplace, 9 Flat Panel TVís, Conservatory, Stainless Steel Commercial-Grade Appliances in the Main Kitchen, 2 Additional Kitchenettes (One in the Penthouse Suite and One near the Home Theater), Large Sauna, Large Steam Room, Home Theater, Large Popcorn Maker, Large DVD Library, Heated Towel Racks in All Bathrooms, 4 Ball-and-Claw Bathtubs, Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Exotic Area Rugs, Many Original Art Pieces, Large Level Yard, 2 Backup Power Generators, Convenient to Shopping and Dining, Perfect as an Exclusive-Use Venue for Weddings, Private Parties, Corporate Entertainment, Team Building, and Family Reunions