The Nook - Obsessively Handmade Hyperlocal AVL


Tiny homes hosted by Mike & Kristen

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bed
  3. 1 bath
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This house is a collection of stories. Stories of cultural and personal history, ecology, and craft. To celebrate this area's incredible legacy of craft, we’ve collaborated with some of the most talented makers in the region. Staying at the Nook you’ll have an experience unheard of in the modern era -- almost everything you touch or interact with was woven, shaped or whittled by hand.

The space
Traditional craft requires a relationship with local materials -- not just as supplies but as plants, trees, and ecosystems. While Mike loves black walnut for its beauty in woodworking, Jessica wants the husks for dying her sheep’s wool, Chris harvests the immature nuts for a traditional medicinal liqueur, Ashley uses the nuts in baking, and Kristen knows to avoid planting a garden underneath the tree. That’s just one example of the many relationships we have with our local ecology. We invite you to come in, slow down, and have your own experience with the nature and craft of this area.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville and 8 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Nook is a perfect artist retreat or romantic getaway. Through the designs made for us by good friends and power couple, Rob and Karie of Shelter Collective, the Nook theme plays out in many ways, but starts with how tightly nestled the house is among the trees. The nooks inside include a breakfast alcove, a tea loft, an entertainment loft, and a cozy sleeping area. Aside from the nooks is an airy living space with an 18 foot ceiling, expansive windows, and a swing to enjoy the outdoor (or indoor) views. There is an outdoor bathhouse which is available most of the year, but is cut off for much of the Winter.

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What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Long-term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Swannanoa, North Carolina, United States

Our neighborhood is quiet and wooded. The Nook is secluded, and has a private parking area. There are neighbors whose houses can be seen from the Nook, but the windows have shades for nighttime privacy.

Hosted by Mike & Kristen

  1. Joined in April 2015
  • 555 Reviews
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My wife Kristen and I had some amazing experiences staying at people's guesthouses around the world, and are so excited to have the opportunity to be hosts ourselves.


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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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