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Mara and Frank Butera

Member since: 2014
Speaks english

Charming 3 Bedroom Cottage on The Lake, Newly Remodeled

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Sunset Cove holiday cottage

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Stairway to Heaven is a charming cottage located on Lake Lure, surrounded by trees in a relaxing and peaceful setting. Very private, yet conveniently close to local supermarket, several restaurants and Chimney Rock. This cozy abode has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a queen sized sofa bed in the living room. The entire house has been remodeled, savoring the knotty pine wood walls.

Upon entrance, you will find 2 bedrooms, one has a queen sized bed, the other has a set of log style bunk beds. The bathroom has a tub and shower. The large kitchen has plenty of work space and is filled with all the amenities, including a K Cup coffee maker. It is open to the dining room which features a gas fire place and a rustic style wood dining room table that seats 8. A flat screened television hangs above the mantel and can be viewed from the kitchen, dining room and living room. Downstairs is the master suite with private bath, gas fire place, TV and sofa.

Beyond the master suite is an enclosed porch with a glider, rocking chair and Foosball table. Lift up the top of the Foosball table and you will find other fun games. From the porch, step outside onto our new deck. Here you can enjoy meals, a glass of wine and listen to the sounds of the birds, crickets and water from the damn.

Continue on down the stairs to the boat house which houses a kayak, paddle board and other fun water items. Our view of the damn is lovely and set in a quiet part of the lake which is perfect for swimming or lying on a raft.

Whether you are looking for romance, an escape from your every day life or a relaxing family getaway, Stairway to Heaven is the answer.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mara and Frank Butera (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks english

About Mara and Frank Butera

My parents built a summer home on Lake Lure in 1950. I have many wonderful memories swimming and water skiing here. As soon as I introduced Frank to Lake Lure, he fell in love with the place. So much so, we got married here under the Gazebo across from the beach. We knew that one day we would buy a home here. This became a family affair. My cousin's husband was the contractor. My husband being in the kitchen remodeling business built all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well as the master suite furniture. The painted window in the living room was done by my cousin. And some of the photographs on the walls were taken by another cousin who is a professional photographer living in Lake Lure.

We love our cottage and Lake Lure and hope that all who stay here, enjoy the peace and tranquility that this wonderful place provides.

Mara and Frank Butera purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Mara and Frank Butera chose Lake Lure

We like that you can park directly in front of the house. Our street has easy access. No inclines for flat landers like ourselves. We feel like we are out in the woods, yet Ingles is only 2 miles away. The walk down to the boat house is great exercise. This house was in need of much repair, however we saw the potential and knew it was ours from the get go. I love the fact that we have so much land which we have future .plans to put in gardens. We also loved the knotty pine walls and wood floors and made a point of saving this.

What makes this cottage unique

We feel the house has so much charm. It is updated, yet rustic with an old time mountain feel. Our deck is wonderful any time, but we particularly love it at night. Sitting outside with a glass of wine and listening to the sounds of nature is as relaxing as it gets. And during winter, we love sitting in front of the fire place and playing board games or doing puzzles. We have been here for every season. My husband loves the winter when there are no leaves on the trees and you can see everything. I love the late spring when the trees are full and the flowers are beginning to blossom. Whatever your season, you can't miss.


based on 40 traveller reviews

Charming 3 Bedroom Cottage on The Lake, Newly Remodeled
average rating of 4.9 based on 40 reviews

Wonderful stay ready to return

  • 4 of 5

The location was perfect and the house was very comfortable and welcoming. Our family wants to return soon. We loved having access to the kyak and canoe. Perfect getaway..

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved your home. Everything was very well maintained. The steps were a little daunting for two sixty year old people, but it was well worth it to spend time at the boat house. Thanks again.

Greta and Horace

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves - please come back again!
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Stairway to Heaven is a great little cabin with everything you need to enjoy your stay at the lake.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this clean and well-maintained cabin - though you will get a work out going up and down those stairs to the lake! The owners were quick to respond to a couple of questions that popped up while we were there. Recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very responsive and this house was the perfect for a quiet getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stairway to Heaven was a cozy, nicely decorated home. We loved the master suite!

  • 4 of 5

Six of us (my husband and me, our Daughter, her husband and 2 grandchildren) enjoyed the cute cabin. By cute I don' t mean small. We had plenty of room. Used the kayak and paddle board every day. Fished and swam in the lake. Went zip lining, boating, and took the kids skiing and tubing. Visited Chimney Rock and drove to Asheville to a great indoor fun place for the kids since it was a rainy day.

The kitchen was spacious and very well equipped. I even used the Kitchen Aid mixmaster and made chocolate chip cookies for the kids. So much faster than my hand held mixer!

We used the outdoor grill several nites. On our final nite, we went to Larkins bar and was delicious and the water view was wonderful. We would recommend this property to anyone....the only "negative" would be the 100+ stairs to the water. Down was ok, but climbing back up was a killer. (My husband and I are 68 + 66,. A little easier for our Daughter and Son-in-law, a breeze for the grandkids, 9 + 7!

Thank you Mara and Frank for sharing your beautiful Stairway to Heaven!

Janet Randolph

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home on Lake Lure.

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week of July 4th in this beautiful home on Lake Lure. It has everything you need. We enjoyed cooking in their well-equipped kitchen and playing in the water on their canoe, paddle board and kayak. We enjoyed Chimney Rock, golf, mountain biking, hiking and fishing from the dock. We would highly recommend a stay in this lovely home!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you had a wonderful time in our home and enjoyed all that Lake Lure has to offer. It was a pleasure having you. We look forward to your return for your next vacation!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
I - 26
Car: necessary

The town of Chimney Rock is filled with many fun stores and restaurants. Chimney Rock Park is a 1000 acre park with wonderful hiking trails. Also available are riding stables, rafting excursions, zip-line tours, fly fishing, golf, boat tours and rentals. The city of Asheville is filled with artist colonies and great shopping. The Grove Park Inn Hotel is a must see as well as Biltmore House and Gardens. Hendersonville is only 30 minutes away and also has great crafts shops and the Flat Rock theatre with live plays. If you are a Harley enthusiast, you will love riding here. Every curve offers natural beauty. Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in all that it has to offer. And of course for the daredevils, give The Tale of the Dragon a try. And if you just want to relax, go on a picnic. Eat at Larkins restaurant and enjoy the beautiful lake view.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Sunset Cove, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Season 2
7 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
1 Nov 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Season
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Season
1 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Season 2
26 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
10 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$264
Pet Fee A$198
Tax Rate 11.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Sunset Cove, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Full Bathrooms 1 located upstairs and 1 located in the master suite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Master Suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , located in living room
  • 3 Bedrooms Upstairs are 2 bedroom - one has queen size bed and the other has log style bunk beds
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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