Friday, August 12, 2011

Flashback Friday - Little House in the Mountains

Back in 1999, Scott and I and another couple bought a house on Little Grandfather Mountain in Laurel Springs, NC.

Laurel Springs is in Alleghany County, the upper most Western corner of North Carolina, where NC, Virginia and Tennessee meet. The house was two miles from the famed Blue Ridge Parkway and 10 minutes from the New River.

It was one of a handful dwellings near the top of Little Grandfather Mountain. A brisk 10 minute walk up the rest of the road brought you to the top and to Church's Christmas tree farm and their family hunting camp. Our little house - and half of the mountain - had been owned by the Church family. The elder Mr. Church would come calling every now and then - sometimes with a pie to share- to sit and chat with whomever was at the cabin at the time.

Built in the 1940's, the interior was all wood. The whole interior: floors, walls, ceilings. It was little, wooden and adorable!

Our property bordered the Thurmond Chatham Game Land and Black Bear sanctuary. This meant there would never be any development near our little house. It also meant that not only were there bears in the area, they were encouraged to be there! Needless-to-say, we were very careful and never left any trash outside.

Except for January and February, we we up there nearly every other weekend for 3 years.

We loved it. Lucy, our dog, loved it. Our friends and family loved it (I'm looking at you, Kris!)

But, alas, we learned a hard lesson of buying something with another family. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't.

Unfortunately, we felt like our only option was to sell our half to our partner's ex-wife and so we had to say goodbye to our little place in the woods. It was really hard to do. But trust me when I say it really was the only option.

Man, do we miss it. I miss how relaxed Scott was when we were up there. We miss the peace and comfort of our own little getaway. And so do our friends - still looking at you, Kris!

We keep thinking one day we will find another perfect little place in the perfect location...hopefully one day we will!

The living area looking toward the back deck.
The living area looking toward the front door.
The galley kitchen with its open shelves
The master bedroom
The hall and the bathroom
Sunset from the back deck
From the top of the mountain looking into Tennessee
Looking into Virginia

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