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
Carolina Jewel: America’s Smallest Castle
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: 15 minutes from Asheville
Average rate: $425
Bring a group of the family to this 5-bedroom treehouse perched on the side of the mountain. You’ll enjoy gorgeous views from every window. Prepare meals in the gourmet kitchen and relax in the large family room with a wood-burning fireplace. With four flat screen TVS, everyone can watch their own show.
Outside you can enjoy a grill, two dining tables, patio chairs for lounging and enjoying the sounds of a nearby creek. Oh, and did we mention the hot tub?
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Average rate: $425
You’ll enjoy stunning views through the walls of windows in this gorgeous treehouse that sleeps up to 10 people. The bathrooms are all gorgeous, especially the one with the elegant tub. I love the bunk room with room for four guests, big or small.
There are three levels of decks, a grill and two tables to enjoy dining outdoors.
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Average rate: $405
This gorgeous home with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains is just 7 miles to downtown Asheville. There is easy access to hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
The deck has a grill, chairs for lounging and a dining table that seats six. Be sure to head outside at night to catch a glimpse of the millions of stars.
Average rate: $246
Just a few minutes from downtown Asheville, this treehouse was a former workshop where the owner hand-crafted banjos and dulcimers. Now guests can enjoy the deck overlooking the woods and a hot tub
Average rate: $944
I love the open feel of this large home with beautiful bathrooms. While it has magnificent views from several of the rooms, my favorite may be the inviting all-glass sunroom. Enjoy the outdoors from seating areas on the decks with a gas grill. The home also has a garage and washer/dryer.
With this rental guests get a Mountain Discovery Pass that includes a pass to Biltmore Estate and other seasonal activities like whitewater rafting and skiing.
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Average rate: $132
Okay, so this isn’t really a treehouse, but it’s so cute and you can walk to Trader Joe’s, the Visitor’s Center and a show at the Civic Center. With wood paneling on the walls, this property has such a cozy feel and feels so homey.
Average rate: $175
This cozy cottage is in the charming historic Montford neighborhood, just 1 mile from the center of Asheville. Technically not a treehouse, it is a detached garage apartment surrounded by large oak trees and at this price with this location, I had to include it. There’s a large kitchen, deck and closet with plenty of space.
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: Brevard, North Carolina, less than an hour from Asheville
Average rate: $125
Close to the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest, every room of this treehouse has spectacular views. Blackout curtains ensure you’ll rest easy at night. The kitchen has everything you need to enjoy your stay.
Explore the restaurants and cultural activities of Brevard, the cultural center of Western North Carolina.
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: Boone, North Carolina
This little cutie is located in the Hound’s Ear Country Club Community and proves good things come in small packages. Enjoy a hot tub, grill and firepit with chairs on the deck.
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