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“Peace and tranquility.” 5 of 5 stars
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269 Riversedge Rd, Brevard, NC 28712   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Brevard
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“Peace and tranquility.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Pros:
Location on 175 acres of woods, river, and ponds, self-catering cabins.

Cons:
Time there is always too short.

Tips:
For a romantic getaway, choose the Barn Cabin, with full kitchen overlooking the pond.

The Deerwoode resort is one man's vision and dream to preserve 175 acres of pristine woodlands, ponds, and a river for future generations. Bill Mayes will complete his dream this year when he signs final papers with the land conservancy. In the meantime he, his wife, and their two sons run what used to be a summer camp converted into a rustic and private resort.

The main lodge has four rooms with a common kitchen facility and great gathering room. In addition.there is a number of cabins scattered throughout the property. Some cabins offer cooking facilities that include microwave, refrigerator, hot plate or cooktop. All cabins are air conditioned but only a small number is winterized.

The cabins are rustic, no doubt about that; but this is why we come here. Deerwoode is for those who seek to relive the days of summer camp, fishing, walking, watching the mist lift from the ponds, and sipping wine by the fire. Even rainy days have their charm.

The owners, the Mayes family, is welcoming, keeps the property in immaculate condition, and loves to tell stories. The boys are singers and may even entertain on weekend nights. For a real treat, purchase trout raised by the local Sunburst Farms (available from Ingles in Brevard) and either roast it on the open fire or on the grill provided by the Mayes. This is living.

We can't wait to return!!

Room Tip: Choose the Barn Cabin for a romantic getaway overlooking the pond.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This was my first trip to Brevard, and I stumbled upon this place at the last-minute; boy, am I glad that we did! We stayed in Bear cabin, a very thoughtfully themed private cabin on the grounds. The room has a gas fireplace and/or a/c for the summer months, queen bed, loveseat, tv (four stations, but you wont need it here!), small refrigerator, scrabble/cards/games/books, bureau, coffee maker, etc. I was so impressed with the thoughtful design, beautiful artwork (by Elisabeth Mayes- the owner's wife), the porch and rocking chairs and the amazing hospitality. Go for a Saturday night and you'll be delighted when Matt and Andy Mayes play music for the guests (only) in the main lodge. The grounds here are GORGEOUS....a small golf green, hideaway, ponds, trails, peaceful sitting spots, kayaking, bamboo forest, etc... it's simply amazing. I went to see Dupont and Pisgah and ended up wishing i'd stayed longer on the resort. I will be back, and for longer next time! The place is so peaceful and the hospitality superior. A note to the fitness junkies: run or walk around the grounds, kayak, or use the two-story gym of old (but safe) equipment that Mr. Mayes, sr. put together in the 70's. A health nut, he's designed 50+ programs using the equipment which will work all muscle groups. My boyfriend, a health nut, was very impressed!

Room Tip: For a romantic stay/couples stay, I recommend bear cabin. If you have a large group, consider the C...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A great relaxing place; we stayed in the Bear cabin. Beautiful grounds to see, go for a short hike and also see the bamboo forest. Our cabin had lots of room; ask for some extra towels if you stay 3 nights; bring your bug spray and favorite beverages for sitting on the porch.
Ask if Matt and Andy will play their guitars on Saturday night in the lodge. Enjoy the beautiful paintings by Liz one of the owners.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Really had a wonderful time at Deerewood, very peaceful and serene setting. The owners are some of the friendliest people you could hope to meet. We were treated to some great music by Matt and Andy on Saturday night. We understand that Matt plays in a band known as Jupiter Coyote,and we will certainly be following for updates. Very impressed with the ecological aspects of Deerewood, lots of TLC went into this place. It's apparent that the owners are very environmentally conscious, something that my husband and I appreciate very much. We
plan to visit again, and will be looking forward to hearing more music. Lots to do in Brevard as well, DuPont Forest is a must see.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Midland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway Deerwoode is the place. Matt is very accomodating and made us feel welcomed. We enjoyed listening to him and Andy play Saturday night at the lodge. The River Cabin was perfect, we kayaked 9 miles on the French Broad River and exited right at our cabin. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LaPorte, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We found this delightful place on the internet and decided to spend a week after talking to Matt. The owners, Matt, Bill and Andy, are absolutely the nicest folks you will ever meet. They provided my husband with fishing poles so that he could take advantage of the beautiful pond and river; made sure that we had everything that we needed to make this vacation enjoyable; recommended places to eat in Brevard; and in general showed hospitality at its best. There is a mountain to climb on the property and paths to take for walking. You are about 5 minutes from downtown Brevard where there are the best restaurants and nice shopping. What we enjoyed the most is that you are about 15 minutes from National Forests where there are over 240 waterfalls. We went to Pigsah and Dupont Forest where we did a lot of hiking and picture taking. We recommend Deerwoode as a wonderful place to spend your vacation.

Room Tip: We stayed in Bear Cabin. It is roomy and nice with a sitting area with a fire place and a sleeping...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This was as close to perfection one could ever get. Accommodations are very comfortable and the owner and his family go out of their way to make each guest feel right at home. The lodge is located very close to many "must see" places including Pretty Place, an outdoor chapel with a view looking out over many miles. And while at the lodge there are plenty of activities to keep your group entertained. For such a small town, Brevard has a host of good eating places and more night life than one would expect. I highly recommend Deerwoode Lodge !

Room Tip: Actually any room in the Lodge is great.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Deerwoode Resort

Address: 269 Riversedge Rd, Brevard, NC 28712
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Brevard
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Brevard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Deerwoode, 175 acres of green, sustainable, peaceful serenity and wildlife preserve along the banks of The French Broad River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. Once a summer camp built in 1923 and closed in 1991, Deerwoode has matured into a quiet retreat for adults only. Preserving the vintage, old hardwood structures, many unique old stone fireplaces, and all with lake, river and mountain views, makes Deerwoode a must stop when visiting WNC. Deerwoode is truly one of the most ecological and pretty places in North Carolina, and only two miles from downtown Brevard. ... more   less 

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