On a beautiful 18 acre estate, nestled among gently rolling hills, just south of Asheville, is an exact replica of the famous Oak Alley Plantation, which is an exquisite antebellum mansion just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. The smooth approach takes you along gently rolling pastures, landscaped lawns, and a circular entrance that transports you back to the early 19th century south. The Greek Revival architecture with its stately white pillars along two levels of wrap around porches offers the perfect place for sipping iced tea in the sweet mountain countryside air.
The central hall with gleaming tile runs from front to back, but your eye will be drawn to the sweeping grand staircase. Receive guests in any of four living rooms created for leisure, each with a fireplace and featuring high ceilings and large windows. Serve elaborate meals in the elegant dining room where many can settle in for a fine culinary fare. The dining room adjoins the spacious kitchen that can become a chef’s haven by adding modern updates. For after dinner coffee and conversation, the rich, wood paneled library includes floor to ceiling shelves with a rolling ladder for an extensive book collection.
Up the grand staircase, the evening living area awaits late night guests. Five bedrooms and three full baths provide for everyone’s comfort. Retire to the master suite after first enjoying a nightcap in your private sitting room. The private bathroom ensuite and laundry room are just off the master bedroom.
The third floor consists of several rooms including a billiard room, a crafts or hobby room, a kitchenette and another bedroom and bath. With some updating, this home is a southern mansion connoisseurs’ dream. And in the quiet of the landscape, privacy abounds where nature takes its hand. Hikers and equestrians alike will relish the lay of the land, the gentle breezes and infinite starry nights.