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Living room with gas fireplace.House from the tree field
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River Hill Retreat

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River Hill Retreat

7 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
7 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
Outstanding hospitality6 recent guests said this host offered outstanding hospitality.
Great value100% of recent guests gave this home’s value a 5-star rating.
Great communication100% of recent guests gave this host a 5-star rating for communication.

Basement apartment (owners live upstairs) situated on 23 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Sparta, NC. It is an outdoor lovers paradise. Did we mention it's a Christmas tree farm? Great for families or those who simply want to get away. Sit out by the fire pit and star gaze without any light pollution. Take a pole and some tackle to the pond or river. Hang out and read under the oak tree. Mainly, relax.

Several places to access the Blue Ridge Parkway within 10 minutes drive from the house.


Indoor Fireplace
Laptop friendly workspace

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 super king bed
Bedroom 2
1 super king bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM


32 Reviews

Will User Profile
July 2018
This was our second stay at Joel’s place, and we had another great stay. I stayed here with my wife and 4 kids, and there was plenty of space for all of us. The space is very comfortable and homey. The hosts also give you good privacy if you wish or are willing to interact with y…
Tom User Profile
June 2018
Will change the way you look at the world in a positive way. Heaven had to be near by, felt like the stay was Like a dream, did not want to wake up from it. If you are looking for a great place to relax, great family to be around, then this is it
Roel User Profile
May 2018
Joel's place was right out of a travel agency booking company. It offered beauty. It offered quietness. It offered a homey touch. It offered adventure not too far down the road. And everything put together made a memorable time for me and my lady.
Charles User Profile
April 2018
This is a wonderful place to stay and the host is responsive and friendly. Very clean, very large, the fruit and muffins were great! The views are wonderful. You will not be disappointed if you stay here. Very comfortable furniture too.
Andrew User Profile
April 2018
We love staying at Joel's place. We relaxed, we fished, and we had a fabulous time. We will be back over and over again. My two boys love it there so much!
John User Profile
April 2018
RHR was a perfect respite for our long weekend adventures: we were able to hit Stone Mtn, Greyson Highlands, Pilot Mtn and Hanging Rock state parks from there. The kitchen was set up well enough that my 12 yr old made cookies for us and we made friends with the sweet farm doggies…
Kevin User Profile
November 2017
We had a great stay and had plenty of room. We got in after dark and the GPS was a bit confused, but Joel talked us in and made us feel at home. Definitely recommend.

Hosted by Joel

Sparta, North Carolina, United StatesJoined in June 2015
Joel User Profile
35 Reviews
Joel is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Born in Maryland, raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. I've also spent time living in VA and ID. Love the outdoors - hunting and fishing are some of my favorite past times along with spending time with my wife and our 2 young boys. We love to travel - especially to small tow…
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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