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River House at Chimney Rock
Ranked #1 of 5 Chimney Rock B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I was looking for a last minute place to stay in the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock area for just one night of the Labor Day weekend for my husband and I to "get away". We found the River House B&B and sent a msg to the owner, Rondi, inquiring on availability. Rondi returned my call and although they had no openings at the B&B; she mentioned her cottage across the river; the Little River House. We agreed to try it. SO GLAD WE DID! Rondi was out of town but she gave me Chrissy's phone number and Chrissy met us at the cottage and made sure we were settled in before leaving us. We absolutely loved it! The location was perfect; just a 5 minute walk to Chimney Rock park entrance and all the little shops; but it was secluded also! We enjoyed sitting on the rocks, listening to the river; and eating at Medina's! It was just wonderful. We hated to leave. We will DEFINITELY be returning - thinking of bringing our 2 grandchildren next time! THANK YOU RONDI!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Thank you so much for the great review of the Little River House! The LRH is my husband and my personal bungalow and we have had fun fixing it up and enjoyed staying there so much when the main RH is completely full. We look forward to doing even more renovatioins....knocking out the back windows, puttiing in french doors, and another riverfront deck. So happy you enjoyed it and hopefully, I will get to meet you next time you visit. I, unfortunately, was recovering from surgery. Come again soon! Warm regards, Rondi Jennings

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We (2 couples) wanted to visit the Lake Lure area. It was last minute and we couldn't find two rooms at the same location. We happened upon the Little River House which is owned by the River House at Chimney Rock and used by the owner when at the property. Lucky for us. The cottage across from the main facility was clean, quiet and we could enjoy the rushing water all night long. There are 3 big flat screens which we never had on, and a kitchen which is fine for cooking or warming up what you bring. The support people are super and took care of us as we checked-in with local info and color on where to go and what to do. Mostly we wanted to have a glass of wine and sit by the stream and listen to the sounds of nature. One block, across the one lane bridge, and you have restaurants and stores, a plenty, to choose from.

Room Tip: One bedroom with twin beds and one with a double.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

We were so happy to have you all stay at the Little River House which is actually our personal bungalow. We are always happy when we are away if someone else can enjoy it like we do! Please come again anytime! Rondi Jennings

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

To celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary we decided to rent the River House at Chimney Rock to allow all 14 of us the comfort and flexibility of being togehter but also have enough privacy to get away when necessary. We ranged in age from 8 - 75 and fun was had by all. Every day was filled with hiking, kayaking, fishing or shopping and LOTS of laughter. Being right in the middle of down town was so convenient and the views were breathtaking. I strongly recommend the River House at Chimney Rock for a family getaway.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Joy T
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

This was a review by a wonderful family who rented the whole house for a weeklong family reunion (this is done on another website). We book about 15 of these family reunions a year and usually they review us on the other website. Trip Advisor is normally used by B&B guests. I was a little disappointed to see 4 out of 5 stars (I'm a perfectionist!) in some areas as we always strive for 5's by our guests. As far as service, we only check in (give them a tour of the home, show them where everything is, etc...) whole house rentals, we do not provide daily service so I am somewhat mystified with this 4 star rating. We also are available 24/7 to the family with a great local manager, Chrissy (in case they have questions or need us in some way). As far as cleanliness, we are so proud of our 100% Health Dept. rating and that is one of the things we constantly monitor and are fanatical about. I'm glad they had a great time, just always wanting to achieve 5 out of 5 stars and be the absolute best we can be!!
We just celebrated our one year anniversary July 1st and my number one goal is that ALL our guests have a great time, are happy with their stay, and that every year we improve the River House (the home, the design, and decorating) and strive to always improve our service to our guests.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our family of 15-10 adults and 5 kids rented the entire house for a week in July. The River House offered lots of room and privacy for everyone. And the view was magnificent! The location is wonderful and an easy walk to shops and restaurants. I especially enjoyed evening walks over the one lane bridge. I would not hesitate to stay here again!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed using our home for your family reunion! We happily hosted 15 family reunions this year and really loved seeing all the generations sharing this family home that is part of our family and before us, part of the dear Sherman family for many years. Our youngest family reunion guest this past year was 1 1/2 months old and our most senior guest to date has been 88 years old. We want to thank all the wonderful families for choosing to stay at the River House and taking such good care of our home while it was in their care! Come again soon, everyone! Rondi Jennings

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you plan on going to the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock, NC area you MUST stay here!!! THE best experience you will ever have staying in this area!! We stayed here for 2 nights/3days in the "Dirty Dancing Room".... (The best Room!!!) You hear the rapids right outside your private balcony and window the whole time... It's amazing! What makes it an even better experience are the owners, Rondi and Jay. They will make you feel like you are family.

I think about this place almost everyday!! We will be going back there often!! If you want to get away from your everyday stress, come here and it will be the most relaxing time.

Room Tip: The "Dirty Dancing Room"
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Thank you, Jason for your great review! I loved meeting you both and will love it when you come back. As I wrote in another response, we love it when our guests feel like family. I always want you to feel like you visited your "friends with an inn" in the mountains. Come again soon!!

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Our lasting impression of River House is the kindness and welcome given by Rhondi. We felt like old friends and were made to feel really at home. The room we stayed in overlooked the river and had its own sundeck but in the evening we would sit by the dining room and chat to Rhondi. Nothing was too much trouble and the cooked breakfast was a great start to the day. It was also very nice to come back in the evening to freshly baked cookies that were delicious. River House is close to lots of places to visit and an easy drive to Ashville. It's a long way from England but If ever we return to Chimney Rock there would be only one place we would stay and that place would be River House. Bryan & Polly

Room Tip: Rooms by the river are great, really nice to hear the water and sunny in the evening.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Bryan and Polly,
Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I enjoyed meeting you both so much and am glad you decided to come to the mountains after your son's wedding! You were perfect guests and happy to have you as new friends from England! Come again when you can stay longer and we will put together more fun, fabulous day trips/adventures in the mountains! Thank you again for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to post this review! See you again, Bryan and Polly!

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Chimney Rock has plenty of charm on it's own, but Rhondi and her delightful River House B & B put it over the top. The decor is perfection; the breakfast is delectable, and her hospitality and knowledge of fun things to do in the area is amazing. There is nothing that can be said about this place and the experience which is not lovely. We ate our breakfast out on the porch listening to the river playing on the rocks below. Everything is ease & loveliness here. The only bad part is leaving. We will stay again for sure...I mean, why go anywhere else?
Jacqui & Andy

Room Tip: All the rooms seem to be hugging you!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rondi J, Owner at River House at Chimney Rock, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

It was so wonderful meeting the two of you and felt like you were part of the family! I appreciate all your compliments as the things you wrote are at the top of my priority list in what I try to provide our guests. We want you to leave feeling like you stayed with your "friends with an inn in the mountains". I'm so glad you felt that way and come again soon....fall is great! :)

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Address: Highway 64/74A, 307 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720 (Formerly Wicklow Inn Bed & Breakfast)
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Chimney Rock
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Chimney Rock
Price Range: $154 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — River House at Chimney Rock 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River House sits on the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock, NC. We are just steps away from the quaint town center and just a quarter of a mile from the entrance to Chimney Rock National State Park. You may rent single rooms or the entire house. There are 3 rooms with private entrance and outdoor decks. We have one room on the first floor that is convenient for wheel chair access and two suites on the second floor. One suite has 2 bedrooms with a kind and two twin beds. The other suite has 3 bedrooms with a king and 2 queen size beds. We serve breakfast from 8:30 am - 10:00 am when we operate as an Inn. If the entire house is rented out to one person/group, you are welcome to use the kitchen to make your own food. There is also a main deck off of the kitchen/dining room where you can look up and see Chimney Rock. Or, you may choose to look down and watch kayakers, fishermen and rock climbers in the river. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Wicklow Hotel Chimney Rock
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