Live off the grid in luxury at this remarkable sustainable living paradise near Asheville NC. Spanning 150 acres of pristine mountain land near Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Retreat at Meadowtop Farm features a self-sufficient eco-luxury home with upscale interiors and appliances, a solar barn, a hobby barn, extensive orchard and gardens, 4 acres of fenced pasture and miles of hiking trails. This one-of-a-kind green retreat includes a 10-acre meadow, spectacular 360-degree views of two states, a half-mile ridge walk looking down into valleys below, the largest cherry tree in North Carolina, beautiful ponds and more than a dozen springs. This property is ideal as a self-sufficient family compound, retreat center, camp or working organic farm. The Residence | The 'Eco-Luxury' natural home was designed with sustainability and health in mind. Non-toxic paints and finishes are used throughout the house. Wood for the home was milled on-site, including the structural members, decking, most flooring, cabinets, all trim and the solid cherry front door. Earthen plaster walls in the master suite and yoga room were made from all local materials. A six-zone radiant floor system and the triple pane Loewen windows keep this remarkable house warm in winter, while the home's elevation and design keeps it cool in the summer. The solar thermal and solar electric systems are sized such that the house is entirely self-sufficient. The interior of the home comprises over 6,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, two kitchens, four and a half bathrooms, a yoga room, large mud room, and two office spaces that can also serve as additional bedrooms. The large covered porch is ideal for rocking chairs and hammocks.
The Gardens | Close to the house is a well-established vegetable garden featuring 200+ blueberry bushes, raspberries, strawberries, June berries, goji berries and hundreds of edible plants and herbs. In the main garden, raised beds built of locally milled locust are covered with "solar pods" which enable greens to be grown throughout the winter and frost-tender plants to be started early in the spring.
Solar Barn | The solar barn is the heart of the retreat's off-grid (grid-tie enabled) power and heating systems. It also houses an equipment storage and maintenance area, a backup wood-fired boiler and wood storage area, a generator shed, a 60'x12' room that serves as craft space and storage, a three-car parking area, and a large gymnasium.
The Land | The 150-acre property is comprised of 14 individual tracts of land with many building sites. Three rights of way provide access across privately maintained roads. Locked gates enhance the privacy and security of the land. The primary access road enters the property through an 800-acre tract of land which is in a private trust and cannot be subdivided. "Meadow Top,” a beautiful 10-acre field, offers a 360-degree view into parts of Madison County, Haywood County, and Eastern Tennessee. To the west is a view of Max Patch, a huge natural bald on the Appalachian Trail. There are no conservation easements on the land. The property offers a variety of live water including a pond with dock, bold mountain streams, small waterfalls, and more than a dozen springs.