Located in a Blue Ridge Mountains valley at 3000', this one-room pioneer log cabin was built in the mid 1800s. Enjoy fresh food from our organic gardens. Near hiking, rafting, skiing. 20 min from Mars Hill, 35 from Asheville. Breakfast. We welcome everyone!
This cozy pioneer cabin was built in the 1840s by the Scots/Irish settlers of our surrounding mountains. It served as the main residence until the 1930s and was used as a pottery studio from 2003-2011. We have restored its basic amenities. It has a comfortable queen bed with convertible futon couch for an additional adult guest or two small children. There is a microwave, coffee/tea maker, spring water dispenser (our water is the best!) and a small fridge in the cabin.
Cindy is a professional potter and she and Rod are organic vegetable market growers. The cabin is surrounded by the gardens, potter's studio and showroom, chicken houses, greenhouses, barn and mushroom yard. Our house is right next door. A wonderful mountain stream flows through the property. This is a great place for a writer's retreat or as a jumping off point for the many opportunities our mountains have to offer. Downtown Asheville is only 35 minutes away.
Price includes a daily home-cooked breakfast for two* with a small charge for extra guests, if applicable. The cabin is not plumbed, but there is a full bathroom with shower 50 feet away, private entrance. Wi-Fi is available, but cell service is sketchy. Evening meals are also available for an additional charge of $20 per person. Menus change with the season. Or, you can join us for 'leftover night' and donate to the cause!
*-Rentals longer than six nights will be provided with a Continental breakfast basket delivered to the cabin or as otherwise agreed upon with the guest.
Interaction with guests
Interaction with the guest is up to the guest. If you want solitude, we'll leave you alone. However, you are welcome to sit on our front porch (next door to the cabin) or take class with us. You can even help collect the eggs! We offer a variety of fee-based classes on basic homesteading, pottery demonstrations, fermentation, bread/biscuit making, cheese making, shiitake mushroom production and more. Class fees are set based on length and complexity and should be booked in advance of the visit.
Other things to note
We will provide you with brochures and maps describing the many activities available in our area. There are restaurants in Mars Hill and Weaverville. We are only 35 minutes from Asheville and all that it offers.
This is a working mini-farm so appropriate footwear is a must, especially in inclement weather.
We ask our guests to respect the primitive nature of our cabin and the gardens. Since the bathroom is separate, you will need to keep that in mind when going to and from the facility.
We allow pets, but this needs to be discussed ahead of time. We have five outdoor cats, 35 chickens, and open gardens so dogs must be leashed outside of the cabin. There is an additional $10 per-animal cleaning charge for pets payable directly to us prior to checkout. So, two dogs: $20.00.
Smoking is not permitted in any building but porches and the rest of the outdoors is fine. Please be courteous.
I am a potter and my husband, Rod, and I are organic vegetable growers with a private market in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Our 20-acre mini-farm is the setting for our growing operations, my studio and showroom, and our guest cabin.
We conduct classes on pottery, fermentation, homesteading, shiitake mushroom cultivation and more.
Prior to turning to art full time, I was a teacher (English, German, ESL) at both high school and university. Rod was past Executive Director of our Arts Council and prior to that, Managing Director of the international theater group, Poetry Alive! He is currently the Coordinator for the Mars Hill Heritage Festival held the First Saturday of October each year. He is also the Conference Director for Organic Growers School, a farmer and gardener learning center.
We don't own a television but do like to watch movies on the computer. Because we grow most of our own food, we have a wide menu selection which we love to share with others. We love to share food stories with our Asheville customers and are lucky that we have been able to forge and foster a great relationship with them. Many have visited Mudluscious to see where their food comes from.
BTW, 'mudluscious' harkens back to Rod's poetry theater days. The word was lifted from an e.e. cummings poem, 'In Just Spring'. Since I have my hands in both clay and garden earth, it seemed fitting.