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Price:  $899,900 (SOLD 3/8/19)

Location:  McDowell County

Detailed Property Information

Heated Square Footage
5,762 heated s.f.
Year Built
Circa 1930
# of Bedrooms
6 bedrooms
# of Baths
Four full baths
Two half baths
One sauna/shower
Overall Condition
Excellent condition
29.42 Acres
Surface Water
Large year round stream
Two fully stocked ponds
Open Field/Pasture
Approximately 2 acres of open field/pasture
Nearest Interstate Highway
8+ miles, I-40
Nearest Four Lane Road
8+ miles I-40
Nearest High Density Area
15 miles (Black Mountain)

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The Historic Round Knob Lodge is a unique property offering spacious accommodations, privacy, quality and water, water, water on 29 acres.  By “water, water, water”, we mean it has hundreds of feet of frontage on both sides of the rushing Mill Creek as well as two large ponds stocked with trout, bass, bream and others.  More than 38,000 gallons per day come out of the creek into these ponds, then out again to keep the temperature cool for the fish.  But there’s more than just ponds.  There are large areas of level green fields ideal for growing of crops or raising livestock.

The lodge itself sits up on a rock promontory like a castle, very defensible, yet hidden from view from Mill Creek Road by this tree cover.  The lodge was built in the 1930’s by senior executives of the Southern Railroad Company, the tracks of which meander past the property on their way up to Black Mountain.  (Don’t think for a moment you’re going to hear train whistles.  The few trains simply lumber on by across the creek and make for an entertaining sight.)  For anyone with a love of trains, this like going back to the days of the steam locomotive.  Throughout the lodge are artifacts of parts of trains that have been incorporated into the structure and décor.  Huge steel bridge trusses supporting the upper floor are exposed as part of the ceiling of the lower level game room.  Massive steel drive rods from engines are used as andirons in one of the four stone fireplaces.  All memorabilia as well as all linens, bedding, furniture, cookware, appliances, lamps, rugs, etc., convey with the property.  That is, this is as “turn key” as it can possibly get.  Bring your toothbrush and move in!  Click here for a full 3D tour.

The famous Andrews Geyser (fountain) sits nearby on an adjacent parcel

The main level has three large bedrooms along with three baths, a large galley style eat in kitchen along with a large dining room with two fireplaces and an enormous great room.  A cast iron spiral staircase leads down to the lower level game room complete with pool table, foosball, darts, big screen television and a complete wet bar.  Don’t like the stairs?  Then take the elevator.  Three more bedrooms, a t.v. room, laundry and large storage areas are located on the other end of the lower level.  Huge 10′ bifold doors as thick as a two encyclopedias are at the end and allow easy movement of furnishings and catering equipment.

If prepping isn’t your thing, Round Knob Lodge is the ideal event/wedding/conference/retreat venue.  Caterers love the easy set up arrangments.  Wedding parties love the grounds and spacious accommodations.  Corporate types love the large meeting space in the dining room and high speed internet.  Families love the recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, boating on the ponds or shooting pool and swimming.  Swim in the ponds at the sandy beach or take a dip in the pool.  The grounds are simply stunning, and with so much level grassed area, parking is no problem for a large gathering.  In recent years, the property has become an overnight rental sensation, thus if you don’t plan on occupying it full time, then let it pay for itself.  Historic income records available upon request.  For a full motion video of the property used in promoting its rental aspect, click here.

Round Knob Lodge is simply one of the most amazing properties we’ve had the privilege of marketing.  At $899,900, with 5,762 heated square feet, that is just $156 per square foot.  This monument to the railroad could not be replaced for less than $350 per square foot.  Add in the priceless memorabilia and furnishings, the two ponds, creek frontage and 29 acres, and you quickly realize the true asking price is more like $100 per square foot or less.  Call us today to arrange a private showing of this unique western North Carolina retreat property.

Note: Previous owner has right-of-first refusal to match any offer, so make your offer a good one.