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We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)

Avoid the new trend for add-on fees for Vacation Rentals!

Better Price Better Stay With Asheville Cabins

An article in USA Today recently reported that extra fees are coming to Vacation Rentals faster than in other part of the travel industry. These fees include hot tub fees, cleaning fees, etc.  Mr. Elliott’s article is reprinted below. Dreaded fees come to vacation rentals by: Christopher Elliott, Special for USA TODAY 8:09 a.m. EDT September 14, 2015    First, there was a $25 “check-in” fee when she arrived, which, though disclosed in the fine print of her contract, was unexpected. And then there was a mandatory $200 “cleaning” fee for her unit after she checked out. Neither was part of the original price. Rhonda’s vacation rental in Park City, Utah, came with a few surprises. To add insult to injury, a construction crew in a nearby unit woke her at 7 a.m., on her first morning at the mountain resort. “So much for relaxing with the mountain breeze,” says Moret, a healthcare marketing consultant who lives in Del Mar, Calif. Don’t look now, but vacation rental companies are piling on the fees, many of them pure junk. Among the most common: booking fees, change fees, cleaning fees, hot tub fees, parking fees, reservation fees and — everyone’s favorite — amorphous “convenience” fees. Simply put, rental fees are exploding. And there’s a reason why. “Rental managers only get a commission on the rental part of the transaction,” explains Andrew McConnell, the chief executive of VacationFutures, an online vacation rental marketplace. “But most negotiate that they get to keep 100% of fees. In this way they can make owners think they are getting a great deal with a lower commission, but actually take more of the all-in revenue by shifting more of the revenue to other fees.”

At our Asheville Cabins Resort we do not  charge any fees except taxes required by law! Before booking your stay, compare those hidden costs! We have a staff of  full time professionals who are here to assist you in every way possible to make your stay your best vacation ever!  Our staff is not paid a commission on upcharges, therefore, they have no reason to try to pile on extra fees.

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We enjoyed our stay in this lovely, well equipped comfortable cottage.

Wonderful to be so secluded and quiet ~ yet so close to shopping etc.

Such comfortable beds & pillows, a very important item indeed!

The grounds are lovely; even in early spring ~ love those fountains! Our thanks to Pat & Linda for being so friendly & accommodating.

M & D Dunbar (Briercrest, SK)


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