North Carolina has many natural settings to explore, including 37,000 miles (59546 km) of freshwater streams and more than 1.2 million acres (485623 hectares) of national forest land. Among North Carolina’s picturesque spots are the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Cottages at Spring House Farm sit on 92 acres (37 hectares) at the base of the mountains in Marion, N.C., and provide a tranquil and secluded retreat.

Only six cabins inhabit the property, which leaves a minimal footprint and offers visitors privacy. Previously cut trees and reclaimed lumber were used to construct the cabins and beds. One well supplies fresh mountain water, and all cabins include a fireplace, outdoor grill, linens and a fully equipped kitchen stocked with farm-fresh eggs and freshly baked bread. Owners Arthur and Zee Campbell reside in a historic home on the property. Built in 1826, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Throughout construction of the cabins, the hardwood canopy was kept intact as much as possible. Curving roads throughout the property are existing logging roads that wind around hardwood stands. The Campbells also turned the property into a wildlife sanctuary. Bird-watching enthusiasts are attracted to the Birder Friendly Business, meaning the farm is an official birding site within the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ North Carolina Birding Trail. The trail links bird-watching sites across the state and connects birders with communities, businesses, and other cultural and educational attractions.

Spa treatments at the cottages include Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, Kaya regeneration therapy, Pilates, reflexology, paraffin-wax treatment and body scrub. The nearby towns of Asheville and Black Mountain, as well as Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure, provide opportunities for additional hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities.

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The Cottages at Spring House Farm is a member of the EcoClub, an international ecotourism organization based in Greece, and Washington, D.C.- based The International Ecotourism Society, or TIES. As a member of TIES, the retreat minimizes impact; builds environ-mental and cultural awareness and respect; provides positive experiences for visitors and hosts; offers direct financial benefits for conservation; supplies financial benefits to and empowers local people; raises sensitivity of the U.S. political, environmental and social climate; and supports international human rights and labor agreements. According to TIES, about 2.4 million Americans can be regarded as eco-tourists, and the Cottages at Spring House Farm readily embrace those travelers.

The Cottages at Spring House Farm

219 Haynes Road, Marion, NC 28752 / (877) 738-9798 / thecottages@springhousefarm.com / www.springhousefarm.com