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Deerhaven Gardens Estate

By: Maria Mahler Rosenblum
July 2017

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by forest, Deerhaven Gardens Estate is one of the newest treasures for Ashville’s resort community. Located just five miles south of historic downtown, Deerhaven possesses all of the charm and grandeur expected of a private country home.ViewOfTheEntireEstate

Since George Vanderbilt constructed his now infamous estate south of Ashville in the late 19th century, the city has garnered a reputation for attracting the rich and famous. Known today as the country’s largest private estate, the Biltmore has become an idyllic vacation destination with its Châteauesque opulence and Carolina mountain views. There has never been a place that could match George’s visionary approach to mountain luxury—until Deerhaven.

Maybe you’re an international traveler, a Hollywood star or a corporate executive in search of a mountain retreat, or perhaps you’re a pair of honeymooners looking for privacy and romance. Whatever your profile, you’ll find these gated grounds ideal·for a short get-away or lengthy luxury vacation.

Deerhaven Gardens, a 14,000-sq. ft. family-owned estate, is a haven for those wishing to indulge in luxury, become immersed in the audacious beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or enjoy downtown Asheville’s serene mystique.·From Deerhaven, guests have easy access to a myriad of local activities. Explore the 179,000-sq. ft. Vanderbilt mansion, launch a white-water rafting adventure, or enjoy the shopping of historic Asheville’s art-laden downtown.

Biltmore1895Yet Deerhaven itself represents an experience. The owners and the estate's award-winning architect spared no expense during the mansion’s construction, indulging in precious and exotic materials, including petrified wood dating back 200-million-years.

The property held me awestruck from the moment I drove through the gate. The main residence boasts contemporary elegance artfully blended with traditional mountain décor. Ashville inspired accents complement the lush comfort exuded by the rest of the interior furnishings. Walls of glass slide away completely, inviting guests to discover the exterior’s many decks and patios where they can dine surrounded by mountains or simply relax in old-fashioned rocking chairs.·

Each of the four seasons boasts something unique and appealing for the guests of Deerhaven Gardens. In spring, seas of rhododendron blooms mesmerize nature lovers, while roses and emerald-green willows tantalize during summer. Color ignites the forest when the leaves begin to turn in autumn, enticing visitors in a different way than the austere beauty of the snow-covered estate during winter.GroundsSnowyGatePic

Those seeking indoor entertainment will find refuge in the estate’s media, billiard and game rooms, an indoor bar, and a gym that opens onto a 5,000-sq. ft. award-winning patio and pool. A full spa is available for yoga, facials, massages and other luxury services by appointment through the Deerhaven Gardens concierge. Meanwhile, connoisseurs of gourmet dining may place orders with the estate's private chef, whose vast repertoire includes Japanese Hibachi served on an authentic Hibachi table.

The estate’s many water features create a soothing environment, evoking a symphony of sound unique to the Carolina mountains.·One such stream meanders through the property before falling directly into an award-winning 77-ft. curved infinity pool, complete with a swim-up bar and outdoor water spa. A full outdoor kitchen and bar complement the pool, where a beer tap and a pizza oven await the pleasure of your company! So . . . are you ready to party?·

Or, tennis anyone?· Whether you bring your entire tennis team or just your partner, you’ll enjoy what may be the most sumptuousTheTennisCourt setting for tennis in the country.·Should you require lessons or a hitting partner, sessions with one of the estate’s talented pros can be arranged through the on-site concierge.

Beyond the pool, beyond the patio and beyond the courts, walking trails weave through the estate’s entirety, allowing guests to experience the pure serenity of the Appalachian Mountains.· Just step outside and breathe to indulge in the perfumed air! Find the hidden niches along the trails where you can hear rushing mountain streams, interrupted only by birdsong.

Secluded sanctuary. These words almost articulate this ideal escape for the world-weary.

From the ruby-red sunrise to the resplendent sunsets of Asheville, from the wealth of nature adventures to the luxuriously appointed details, Deerhaven Gardens Estate has something every traveler will appreciate -- and long remember.

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