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“Grandma's basement meets the Bates Motel”
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Campfire Lodgings
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

Lets just say that we will be talking about this vacation for years to come!

Positives:
-Campfire Lodgings is conveniently located near Asheville, the Biltmore Estate and the Great Smoky Mountains.
-If you have an RV, this is a beautiful place to stay. Beautiful view, nice hookups, nice campsites. I would recommend sites P1, P2 and P3!
-Andee in the office is a very genuine, hard working and fun person. We really enjoyed talk to her.
-Loretta the Watch Cat is great!

Negatives:
-We stayed in the Cliff House . . . . Buyer Beware! While the website and the brochure is technically accurate, it in no way prepares you for the actual stay in this not- very-clean, very musty smelling house.
-In short, dank and dingy come to mind. It is furnished in mismatched,eclectic 1950's antique items. It would be somewhat charming if it was clean. Cobwebs, spider webs and insect shavings are visible everywhere including on top of the sheets and dresser in the bedroom with the double bed.
-The yellow flocked wallpaper in the bathroom is literally falling off the walls.
-Many of the lights either don't turn on or have burned out bulbs.
-The outdoor surrounding woods engulf the cabin, choking out much needed sunlight.
-The windows are filthy and need to be cleaned so that you can see out.

Sadly, this could be a very cool place to stay in. It needs a little love and alot of cleaning. The architectural details like the fireplace and the stair cases are fantastic. It you can get past the smell, the dirt and the saw blade that greets you at the front door, then its an interesting stay.

The only humorous part of our stay was the envelope on the kitchen counter for "Housekeeper Tip".

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Bordenbunch
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

We stayed with a group of 6- 2 in premium RV spot - INCREDIBLE!!! Amazing view, cement patio, nice landscaping, unobstructed view of Blue Ridge Mtns. And French Broad River, full hookups, cute camp store. 4 of us were SORELY disappointed with Cliff House =( Save your hard-earned money. Website is accurate, but avoids the pitfalls - HORRIBLY MUSTY AND MILDEWY, NUMEROUS COBWEBS EVERYWHERE. Felt very creeped out when we saw "droppings" on bed and dresser in bedroom. All of the antiques and amenities were overlooked because we were so upset that we paid premium $$$$ For what we got. On the positive side, they sheets and towels were clean =) Some cool antiques, too. Wi-Fi does NOT work in house. No blow dryer in any of 3 full baths. I would go back ONLY if in RV park, NEVER Cliff House.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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3  Thank KristaLee65
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

We just LOVE this place--Big RV , tent , or anything in between--this is the place! Small, super well kept, excellent bath house, pets always welcome--and the VIEWS are amazing! We love this place because you are on top of a mountain and can see to the next state --secluded and private as can be but you are only a mile from a great Ingles grocery that has everything, easy gas up and right down the street is a wonderful wine store, ABC store, high end grocery with anything you could want --go a few miles and you are downtown Asheville! Do not stay without a trip to the Sunnyside for breakfast, the Stoney knob cafe 1 mile down --great dinner for grown ups very reasonable $, Salsas downtown for lunch will knock your socks off, and many local clubs that always have great music, Tresas is THE spot to go dancing! Andy, (female)The super sweet and damn capable manager will take great care of you the entire stay --they have a super on the site 24 hours a day so any problems are handled promptly--wild life everywhere and QUIET!!!
I hate to do this review because it may be booked up when I want to go.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dusterdave173
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

We stayed at an RV site. Very nice, fairly small campground which was perfect. Extremely quiet and relaxing. The sites could use a bit more trees, but we stay mostly in state parks, so we used to a bit more vegetation. Beautiful views and nice trails. Wild turkeys wandering around every morning which was great to see. Very clean. Nice individual bathrooms/showers in the bath house. Tent sites were in the woods, and were private. I would highly recommend. Also. for a great dinner check out the Stoney Knob Cafe - excellent food and ambiance (I wouldn't call it a cafe - it's a nice restaurant).

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Marjie23
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

This campground is immaculate. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. If you know how to drive your rig, the road to the campground is no problem. The sites have beautiful views and are spacious. Everything is clean. The hiking trails are great. The location is convenient to Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had no issues at all. We brought our dog and they let him play off leash since we were the only campers there for the weekend. Although it was January, the temperature there actually got into the mid-60's and we had a lovely stay. Matt got us checked in and was there on site 24 hrs in case we needed anything. He even lent us his bottle of ketchup when we needed some! We stayed here on a "business trip", and if we have to be in Asheville again, this is where we will stay.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tambarnc
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

I can only start with the rude way we were greeted by a not so friendly pissed off "what do you want". i would think the obvious answer would be that we were interested in staying here. But i guess that's not obvious. When signing in the man was pushy, rude, wouldn't look me in the eye and just plain mean. i asked if there was acess to the river and he replied " GO STAY AT THE RIVER IF YOU WANT A RIVER" . it was merely a question. so we did look at our "tent" area it was a sad little hole in the dark corner of a dirt road. no view no openings at all hardly enough room to walk around in after you park your car and set up. Only until i told him that we were unhappy about the view and general campsite did he start to act nice. "ohhh i wouldn't want you not to stay here" in a very condescending way. He just didn't want me to hassle him and try to get a refund. Even though we walked to our site saw it and came back wanted a refund he wouldn't. only gave us partial. Needless to say we didn't stay there. Right down the road is French Broad river camp go there they are nice and super friendly. Campfire Lodgings will ruin your trip unless you are in a RV and have the view they do. be warned.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank startxtoday
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

We stayed in a 'premium' site which gave stupendous views across the valley to the Smokey Mountains. The setting was amazing. Camp facilities were good and Ande and Matt were very welcoming. Rental cars were no problem with Ande sorting out the details and we have four very good nights here. The longest we have stayed in any campsite. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RVbarry
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Additional Information about Campfire Lodgings

Address: 116 Appalachian Village Rd, Asheville, NC 28804-9636
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Asheville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Asheville
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Serenity in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains with panoramic views, 4-5 miles of hiking trails and a "catch and release" fishing pond. Come experience the peacefulness and calm of nature on top of Goldview Knob while being in such close proximity to downtown Asheville, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, waterfalls, and the Biltmore Estates. ... more   less 
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