Price: $3,499,900 (NEW PRICE 9/11/23)
Location: Madison County (Marshall)
Detailed Property Information
- Heated Square Footage
- The Lodge: 3,656 total heated living area
The Farmhouse: 3,359 total heated living area
The Pavilion: 1,089 total heated living area
- Year Built
- 1950's to 1997 (modernized/updated)
- # of Bedrooms
- 9 in The Lodge
5 in The Farmhouse
- # of Baths
- 4 in The Lodge
4 in The Farmhouse
- Overall Condition
- Surface Water
- Creek and springs
- Open Field/Pasture
- Approx: 3 - 4 acres
- Nearest Interstate Highway
- I-26 7 miles
- Nearest Four Lane Road
- US 25/70 1.2 miles
- Nearest High Density Area
- Weaverville 7 miles
We are pleased to offer this world class retreat center near Asheville, North Carolina. The Bend of Ivy Lodge has been operated for decades as a corporate, family and spiritual/wellness retreat center that has become recognized as one of the foremost facilities on the eastern seaboard. With the boom in destination weddings, Bend of Ivy Lodge has also become a highly sought after venue for such. We’ve had our share of listing similar properties, but none quite compare to Bend of Ivy Lodge.
Situated on 36.45 acres of beautiful rolling farmland, the property provides a quiet sanctuary from the world where folks come to rest, study, train and restore their souls. The property is located approximately ten minutes from the mountain town of Weaverville, which itself is only ten minutes more to Asheville which is a well known destination for the arts and tourism. Weaverville features numerous privately owned restaurants having a quaint pedestrian friendly downtown district, yet all the national retail services one may need including a Lowe’s Home Improvement, Publix, etc. Though Bend of Ivy is convenient to these services, it is a world away as the drive takes you through the country dotted with farms and scattered homes. Click here for a full video of the property. Coming through the entry, you are greeted by a stunning long range mountain view overlooking one of several manicured fields within the property. Artistic signage directs visitors past the farm and to the Lodge.
The Lodge is a nine bedroom, four bath building created out of a restored tobacco barn featuring several of its original timbers. The Lodge is exquisitely decorated and finished with high quality features filled with light and space. The main level features a large two story living room, ideal for large gatherings along with a self-serve kitchen and full bath. Off to one side is a true chef’s kitchen complete with commercial grade gas range, stainless steel prep sinks, refrigerator, fire supression hood and commercial dishwasher. On the far side of the Lodge is a large dining hall lined with windows overlooking the woods and pond below. Click here for an immersive 3D tour of The Lodge
The upper level of the Lodge features five private bedrooms along witih two full baths. A mezanine from this level looks down into the main level living room. Each room is uniquely decorated with artwork and furnishings acquired by the current and prior owners’ world travels, each themed from a different country. They are filled with light and in most cases, high volume wood finished ceilings. Each room has two twin beds, that have toppers which allow them to be configured into king beds. For additional guests, there is a sleeping loft tucked away up in the eaves.
The lower level of the Lodge offers guests another intimate gathering space with small living room area having direct access to a rear landscaped patio. On this level are four more guest rooms and another full bath as well as a laundry location.
The Lodge is in excellent condition having a metal standing seam roof finished off with a large solar panel array. The solar system has a DC/AC inverter installed, though no batteries for storage. Therefore, if one wished to operate off solar, it could be done with the installation of a battery bank. There are even thermal water solar panels on the roof to augment the hot water supply if desired, though not presently in use.
Up the hill above the Lodge one finds the Farmhouse. The Farmhouse is a single family home that has been configured into three living spaces. The main level is presently used for caretaker’s housing and includes a large living room with wall of windows, four potential bedrooms, a full bath and kitchen. The upper level features the Primary Bedroom with a three piece bath created out of the eaves with a shower alcove in one space and the vanity and toilet in another. The main level is connected by a lockable interior set of stairs to the lower level which is called the Roadhouse and Studio. The Roadhouse and Studio spaces can either be connected or closed off from one another depending upon the guests. The Studio features a kitchenette offering a refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven along with bedding for four guests. It has a full bath with divided watercloset so one guest can be in the shower while another in the watercloset. The Roadhouse side is similar featuring a full bath, and bunk style bedding for five more guests.
The Pavilion is one of the central gathering spots on the property. Situated beside a beautifully landscaped meditation garden with bubbling creek, it overlooks the pond below. The Pavilion features a very large open room that is often used for group events, yoga, dance, etc. At one end are three “sleeping nooks”, ideal for curling up to a book while reclining on the overstuffed pillows. There are two half baths for convenience as well as a “dry” kitchen that is often used for catered events. There is even a small hidden sleeping loft with a twin bed. Outside, is a deck overlooking the amazingly landscaped areas below.
One of the current owners is a professional landscaper and it shows most around the pond. This pond provides an exceptionally tanquil setting for relaxing and gathering with friends. There is an expansive deck and hardscaped areas around the pond which sits at the base of a 120′ long gurgling rock lined brook. Overlooking the pond is the Boat House. This is a former corn crib that of which 2/3 have been finished into a warm and inviting studio ideal for reading, meditation and sometimes massage therapy. The exterior has been finished with stucco and board and batten siding. The Boathouse even has a sleeping loft thus providing a secluded space for a nap or an overnight guest. For another video featuring the grounds, click here.
One of the greatest assests of Bend of Ivy Lodge is that it shares its property lines with such equally amazing properties. All around it you will find well maintained and preserved farms and woodlands. The original owner of Bend of Ivy still owns a farm parcel adjacent which is accessed over the shared driveway. This farm is an organic farm which supplies area restaurants including guests of Bend of Ivy. Imagine dining on vegetables from this garden just next door. On another side is a cooperatively owned farm in preservation, thus protecting the quality of life here. Though Bend of Ivy itself is comprised of 36.45 deeded acres, it really lives much larger because the adjoining owners allow guests to walk and explore the adjoining lands which include “Hound Dog Hill”, which is a higher elevation field with direct sunrise views to the east. But perhaps the most sought after feature is Ivy Creek.
Guests of Bend of Ivy presently have rights to enjoy walking along Ivy Creek which at this point is approximately 70′ to 80′ wide. It is a wide and slow moving river of clear water ideal for swimming. Sitting by the river in a hammock or with a book is something guests have enjoyed for years. NOTE: Access to the river is not deeded with the property, but upon introduction, a new owner could request the access to continue to be granted.
In addition to walking along or swimming in Ivy Creek, there are numerous well maintained and marked walking trails throughout the property. One of them leads to the Labyrinth on a wide, gently laying finger ridge overlooking the pond and Pavilion below. Its simply a stunning, yet peaceful setting. Elsewhere on the property you’ll find the “Back Nine”, another large open field ideal for stargazing or a picnic. A neighboring farmer presently grows hay on this field. Then there is “Hound Dog Hill”, another walkable view point presently available to Bend of Ivy guests via an agreement with the previous owner.
Because of the nature of Bend of Ivy, the property will convey with some protective covenants restricting certain uses such as firearms, hunting, trapping, pesticides, etc. This is to preserve the natural setting of both Bend of Ivy and the adjoining lands. The property is shown by APPOINTMENT ONLY, and such appointments must be made well in advance in order to work around guests of the property. Proof of funds must be presented prior to any showing appointment. The offering includes both the real estate, all personal property (i.e. furnishings, bedding, linens, appliances, artwork, maintenance equipment, etc.) as well as the business of Bend of Ivy which includes any scheduled bookings, intellectual property, etc. Financial information on such will only be provided during due dilignece after signing of a non-disclosure agreement.