On a Clear day you can see forever. Stunning 360 degree 10 mile views! Watch the brilliant crimson sun set or marvel at sunrise cloaked in a gossamer fog from one of the 4 balconies.

Poised atop Pickard's Mountain this secluded retreat is reminiscent of the Grove Park Inn. On 47 breathtaking acres, it offers over 8000 square feet, with 8 bedrooms, a bunk room, 8.5 baths, 4 massive fireplaces, a wine cellar, an exercise studio, media room, outdoor patios and balconies. There is a Chef’s kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, saltwater pool and sauna. There is a separate Guest wing. Gardens, fruit trees, solar panels, workshop.

At the end of a road winding its way upward through the woods, you are treated to a stunning backdrop of panoramic views. 10 mile views in every direction from the many porches and terraces. Watch the brilliant crimson sun set or marvel at sunrise cloaked in a gossamer fog.

Highlighting the unique features of this very special property: Two years of continuous work to construct this back to nature retreat. Ongoing and evolving design as the finishing work continued on site. The Cypress timbers used were carefully selected from down East and whole logs transported to the site where wood-smith carefully cut and shaped them. The copper roof was specially treated with an acid wash to inspire it to turn more quickly to the lovely green patina finish. The colossal stones came from western Carolina. Cranes were perched on the hillside and worked tirelessly lifting each one into position. Stones were strategically placed around the pool and basement area. There is a diving rock poolside and a sink carved from the stone in the cave bar area. Stones were hand cut and laid along the driveway and placed to form the cascading steps to the front door and patio. Mural paintings captured the lock formations. There is a sliding door to enclose the area. Secret door to the tower

Details floor by floor Main Floor: From the artistic stained glass front door to the soaring ceilings and custom cypress beams and stones this retreat will impress you. You will be struck by the one of a kind 3-story stacked stone fireplace in the Great Room with huge glass doors leading to the patio designed for entertaining and offering a sweeping view of the property. The stones were brought from western Carolina. Cranes were perched on the hillside to carefully set the stones into place. Here you also will find a dining room that seats 40 comfortably, a chef's kitchen, a comfortable Family Room, laundry room and half bath.

The second floor offers a master suite with bath and balcony, study, three additional bedrooms each with a private bath. The master has access to a spiral staircase taking you to the first floor side patio, pool and sauna.

There are also a hidden staircase taking you to fourth floor tower room.

There are four strategically placed balconies which provide 360 degree views of nature’s gifts.

The lower level offers a wine cellar, game room, home theatre, collections room and a convenient wet bar area. A Bunk room with bath, exercise studio and sitting room complete the lower level. Cave-like aesthetic with fireplace add to the lodge like ambiance of this area of this magnificent home. Note the sink carved from western Carolina stone.

Detached Guest wing with two bedrooms and private baths, private balconies and spiral staircase leading to outdoor terraces.

The tower room – a secret staircase will take you up even higher to the Observation Deck with views that never disappoint.

Gardens - There is a 100x100 vegetable garden with its own cisterns.

Salt water pool – with strategically placed diving rock.

Garages: There is a two car garage plus workshop and a one car garage with workshop as well as a carport.

A second floor studio apartment with kitchen completes the two story garage structure.

Magnificent vistas

47 acres of hardwoods and gardens.

3 story stone fireplace

Stones trucked in from Western Carolina and hoisted by cranes into place.

Entertain in style

Commercial kitchen, formal dining room that seats 40 comfortably, terrace access.


All with sitting areas and private baths.

Family room

Comfortable space off the kitchen and eating area.

Wine cellar

Game Room

Complete with wet bar, bunk bed room and lounge area.

Media Center

Just bring your DVDS.

Guest wing

2 separate bedrooms each with sitting area, private bath and balcony.

Tower Room

A private meditation, perhaps yoga space with spectacular views.

Outdoor entertaining

Outdoor kitchen and patios, pool and sauna.


2 car plus one car plus workshop.


100x100 garden area.


Mariana Fiorentino, C.I.P.S., CRS, GRI, ECO-BROKER, TRC

Founder and Owner of Terra Nova Global Properties, Mariana is well credentialed to assist in all your real estate needs. Mariana has been selling real estate since 1990. She holds the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist C.I.P.S.) designation. In addition, she has earned her TRC, CRS, GRI, Eco-Broker.

Mariana has been recognized as REALTOR of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Local Hero from WCHL, and the Joe and Lucy Straley Peace and Justice award. Read more at www.terranovaglobal.com.

In addition to holding many advanced real estate designations, Mariana also holds an M.A. and a Ed.M. from Columbia Unversity. A good listener; insightful, caring. Mariana is a member of and has given presentations to the Triangle International Committee of REALTORS (TICOR)

Her 23 years of real estate experience in development, new construction, resales, investment properties and relocation are evident in her "by referral only" business.

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