We stayed here in June to celebrate a small family wedding in Asheville. We had a total of 12 people staying here, and the accommodations were perfect for a large group. Plenty of room to gather, or to sneak off by yourself. The house itself is old, a little on the dark side, and I'd even say a little creepy in some places! But in a way that was part of its charm. The kitchen was large and reasonably modern, and had a large table that accommodated our group easily - we spent many hours around the table, and also out on the screened porch. We enjoyed the property a great deal, but there were some disappointments:
1 - for starters, as mentioned, the house is old. Which is kind of cool, but some of the furniture was rather worn, and the seating areas were a bit uncomfortable.
2 - no cell service. Ever.
3 - no wi-fi. ever. Even though it was promised.
4 - millipedes -- dozens, maybe hundreds of them -- all over the basement floor.
5 - speaking of the basement (which is where 3 of the bedroom are located) it was dank, dark, and frankly, creepy. Plus, millipedes. Everywhere.
6 - Parts of the exterior decking were roped off and not usable due to repairs or pending repairs
7 - there was a bee's or wasp's nest outside the front door under the awnings. They were quite aggressive.
8. Did I mention no wi-fi or cell service? Ever?
Still, there was a certain charm about the place. Other than the fact that we expected wifi and didn't have it, the rest of the complaints (well, maybe not the millipedes) were just part of staying in a huge, old, historic home in the woods. The setting is beautiful. We had a magical time there, in many ways. Lots of great memories made!
Rented the lodge for my father-in-laws 80th birthday. Really beautiful grounds with lots to explore. Couple fishing ponds and rushing creak. Very private. House is cool with lots of history. Rooms to mingle with group or 'get away' as sometimes is needed with big gatherings. :) Fairly close to Black Mountain and Asheville
Some of the furniture is showing its age and not really comfy usable. Would like more seating in the main family room for larger groups. LOTS of worms/caterpillars in downstairs...including in the bedrooms. Downstairs bedrooms definitely not as nice as upstairs (smells like a basement).
One of the main reasons we picked this loge is the stated availability of WiFi. We asked two different people if it was functioning and were told yes. It never worked the entire week were there. Told the property management the first day we were there and never could get it worked-out. This couple with virtually no cellphone (Verizon) coverage made it difficult for me to get the work I sadly needed done. Granted, cellphone/WiFi shouldn't be a criteria in a get-away lodge, but I was counting on it. I requested partial refund and haven't heard back. I will update this review if/when I hear back
Round Knob Lodge is a 20 acre historical rental in Old Fort, NC. We had a small wedding here and stayed for the week. The grounds are absolutely spectacular with incredible mountain views. There is a flat area with 3 stocked fishing ponds and even an area to clean fish outside the house. There is also a beautiful mountain stream on the property.
From the flat area, it is a steep ride up a gravel driveway to the house ( lodge).
The lodge is an old building that used to be a retreat for railroad executives.
There is a large screened in porch with a couple rocking chairs and tables. The lodge has a decent size modern kitchen. (Local caterers are willing to serve this venue). The kitchen table seats 10 and the formal dining room has room for 16 people. There is a large great room with scenic views and a fireplace. Outside on the top level, there is a nice area with a swing and seating.
A spiral staircase descends to the lower level where there is a bar, pool table and football table.
Downstairs flooring is stone, which is cold and hard. There are several bedrooms down and several up. There is a vintage elevator, which is helpful for caterers and for those who have difficulty with steps.
The mattresses are comfortable and sheets are good quality, but the rooms are very rustic with shared bathrooms. The lodge has the smell of an old house.
The internet was a source of frustration as it was very limited. We did not get any cell reception at the lodge, but there was a land line.
You can see "Andrews Geyser" from the lodge. Although it is not a real geyser, it looks like one.
Amazing for large gatherings. Plenty of room inside and lots to do outdoors. My wedding could not have been in more a perfect spot. Photo-friendly in every direction for events. The perfect outdoor, destination experience. No one wanted to leave...
Our tennis team stayed at RKL for 3 nights and had a great time. Very short commute to Asheville and our matches. The game room was a blast and the accomodations were superb. Only issue was with the internet, but was told were working on it.