Travelers looking for unique vacation accommodations are increasing looking to sleep in the treetops. Who doesn’t want to stay in a treehouse, reliving childhood memories? Check out our top choices for treehouses in Asheville, NC.
Why Stay in a Treehouse?
It’s true that Asheville has amazing hotels, like the Omni Grove Park Inn, The Inn on Biltmore Estate and the Grand Bohemian Asheville.
But maybe for your next visit you want something more unique. And the best news? These treehouses aren’t the open-air, rough wood, riddled-with-nails structures from your childhood. Or at least from mine.
Many of these beautiful treehouse vacation rentals are totally luxurious, complete with antique furniture, oriental rugs, fireplaces, Wi-Fi and luxury linens.
Many have fully equipped kitchens and feature granite countertops while the bathrooms are what you’d expect in a luxury hotel. You can find just about any feature you want in some of the treehouses in Asheville, NC.
Another bonus is that several of them are completely private, located on several acres of wooded land, and many have gorgeous mountain views.
Prices for treehouses can vary widely. The ones listed here are available on Airbnb and start at around $50 for the more rustic ones and go up to $500+ a night, excluding fees and cleaning service.
Why You Should Plan a Getaway to Asheville, NC
Asheville is one of my favorite cities in the South. Located in western North Carolina, it’s nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has a walkable downtown filled with museums, stores, breweries and restaurants.
Historic attractions include The Biltmore, the largest home in the United States, and the home of Thomas Wolfe. [Insert your own “you can’t go home again” joke.]
Nature lovers can hike, zipline, raft on the French Broad River, slide down a 60-foot waterslide or take a drive on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountain Parkway.
Please note this rates are accurate as of publication date; however they may be different when you view them due to seasonal changes or other factors.
Our Favorite Treehouses in Asheville, NC
Location: 10 minutes north of downtown Asheville
This gorgeous treehouse has two stories with a deck on the top floor, heating and AC, kitchenette and Wi-Fi. Just check out those mountain views. One reviewer described it as something out of a fairytale.
Treehouses of Serenity opened in 2016 with one treehouse on eight acres. Owners Caroline and Michael Parrish enlisted the help of James Roth and Chris Haake, aka “Treehouse Guys” for their first treehouse and the home was featured on their show. You can see why when you take a look – it’s just amazing.
Location: 10 minutes north of downtown Asheville
Bedrooms: 1 plus sofa bed
The Perch is located on eight acres with large windows to take in the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has a hanging bed, screened-in porch and a gas fireplace.
Location: 10 minutes from downtown Asheville
Bedrooms: 1 plus Murphy bed
And while it’s not a treehouse, Hobbit Knoll is so adorable I had to share photos of it. This earth house, inspired by the J.R.R. Tolkien series, has a kitchen area with an electric cooktop, indoor fireplace, heating and air conditioning. It’s been featured on CNN, ABC News and local affiliates.
Another spectacular place, Wizards Hollow, will be available soon.
I asked Caroline why she thought treehouses are so popular. “We feel like people today are looking for more of an ‘experience’ when they travel,” she said. “We have taken that opportunity to create an area that not only gives you a place to put your head at night but one that will leave lasting magical memories. With each of our homes having a very different look and theme, we are seeing families return to experience them all.”
Location: near Asheville
Bedroom: 1 plus sofa bed
It features two floors, bathrooms with heated floors, fully equipped kitchen with eating area, Wi-Fi, indoor fireplace, heat, gas grill and outdoor shower.
There’s a cozy turret with a hand-crafted wood ceiling furnished with a reading chair and desk. If you forgot to bring a book to read check out the Tiny Lending Library on the property.
Take a walk down to a creek where you can play in the water and swing under a large tree.
Location: 20 minutes from Asheville
Bathrooms: shared about 450 feet away
For a more rustic experience, opt for a treehouse that helps support an 11-acre organic farm that supplies restaurants in Asheville, about 20 minutes away.
This treehouse located on a stream has heat, fire pit, charcoal grill and two shared baths. Despite its lack of many modern amenities it gets rave reviews.
Location: 15 minutes from downtown Asheville
Bedrooms: 1 bedroom with twin beds, couch and inflatable floor mattress
This little gem of a tiny house treehouse, the Altitude Rental Treehouse, is on 13 acres in a private gated community.
It has a microwave, fridge, heat and air conditioning. There’s room to set up tents outdoors along with a charcoal grill, outdoor camping shower and port-a-john.
Treehouses in the Asheville Area
Location: 20 minutes east of Asheville
While it didn’t really fit my idea of a tree house as it’s barely elevated in the middle section, Tara’s Treehouse is so stunning I had to share it. While some people may think of staying in a treehouse as a form of glamping, a stay here is true luxury.
This spacious luxury home has a large living room, huge kitchen and living area with a wood-burning fireplace, air conditioning, heat, Wi-Fi, washer and dryer, wrap-around deck with gas grill and a fire pit. And it’s pet-friendly.
Tara’s Treehouse is in Fairview, less than 20 minutes from downtown Asheville and 10 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s also close to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.
Location: 35 minutes from Asheville in Barnardsville
Located in the mountains in Barnardsville about 35 minutes from Asheville, this treehouse has a kitchen, Wi-Fi, small washroom with composting toilet and an outdoor shower. There’s a fan for warm months and a heater when it’s cold.
You can hike on the property’s 20 acres or drive a mile to the Big Ivey with hiking, biking, swimming holes and waterfalls.
This treehouse is a bit harder to access as guests need to walk up about 150 feet from the footpath and navigate a ladder to reach the bedroom. If you have issues with mobility, select another one that’s has easier access.
Sometimes the hosts offer herbal cocktails for purchase, perfect for sipping on the porch.
Location: 20 minutes from Asheville
Bathrooms: 1 with outdoor shower and composting toilet on deck
This treehouse just moved to the top of my list when I need to plan a romantic getaway with my husband. It’s just stunning. It’s located on 14 acres in Old Fort, North Carolina. It has a kitchen area, hot tub and LED fireplace.
Location: 45 minutes northwest of Asheville near Hot Springs, North Carolina
These four hand-built cabins include Wi-Fi, gas grills, kitchen, hot tubs and indoor gas fireplaces. Extra touches include a French press and yoga mats.
Another special touch is a complimentary CSA farm share from Appalatin Farmstead that includes fresh vegetables, eggs and bread. You can also order a gourmet picnic lunch from Vaste Riviere Provisions in Hot Springs.
There’s a private swimming hole to cool off in the hotter months. Dogs are accepted on a limited basis.
Location: 45 minutes from Asheville near Boone, North Carolina
Bedrooms: 1 plus queen bed and sofa bed in common space
This treehouse is on a 6-acre lot about two miles from Green Mountain. It has Wi-Fi, washer and dryer, heat, air conditioning, hot tub, wood stove and kitchen.
A mountain stream is close by where you can lounge in a hammock or enjoy the fire pit. Pets are allowed.
Location: 10 minutes from Asheville
Bedrooms: 2, king bed, queen bed with twin bed with trundle
This treehouse has three floors, a wood-burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, spacious master bathroom with tub and separate shower and another bathroom on the lower level. There’s a fire pit with Adirondack chairs and the property is pet friendly.
Check out more treehouses in the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.
Tips for Renting Treehouses
Renting a treehouse can be a bit different from traditional house rentals. Here are our tips to make the most of your stay.
• Book early.
We highly recommend you book as early as possible. Asheville treehouses are wildly popular and book up fast. If you’ve fallen in love with one particular treehouse, contact the owners for cancellations. You might get lucky. Or go ahead and book your favorite for next year.
• Read the reviews.
Yeah, we all read reviews to see what recent guests say about the property. But I’ve also found them really useful to learn more details, like which hiking trails they recommend or which restaurants guests enjoyed. I’ve found a wealth of helpful tips and other information from reading reviews.
• Consider what you really need and want for your treehouse rental.
Are you going to be eating all your meals out? Then you may not need that fully equipped kitchen. Consider whether you’d like these things when booking your Asheville treehouse rentals: hot tub, firepit, wifi, TV, grill, covered porch, full bathroom
• Don’t assume anything.
These are not traditional rentals like other vacation homes. Don’t assume you’ll have indoor plumbing, electricity, wifi, air conditioning and heat.
• Ask about extra fees and cancellation policies.
Make sure you know all the costs before you book, including any reservation, cleaning or pet fees. If cancellation is a possibility, make sure you know what the policy is.
• Read the fine print.
Are pets allowed? Can you bring your own firewood or do you need to purchase some? Is a four-wheel drive car recommended? Some treehouses have ladders or a spiral staircase to a loft where a bedroom is. Are you comfortable with that?
Also please note that some of the treehouse rentals in Asheville, NC, are open year round while others are seasonal. Some may require a minimum stay depending on the time of year.
• Determine if the location works for you.
Do you want to be completely private or is it okay to have several other properties around you? Whichever you choose, you may have to research a bit to figure out how the treehouse is situated in comparison to others.
Do you want to be close to restaurants, shopping, hiking trails or a state park?
• Want to give a gift?
Some treehouse getaways offer gift certificates. Wouldn’t a treehouse vacation make an excellent gift?
• Look for specials.
Some treehouse rentals include discounts for repeat customers or veterans and active duty military.
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– Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief