About Sapphire HeavenA cozy, new cabin of rustic elegance, which offers your soul over 200 acres of privately gated nature, peace, and solitude, but yet provides the convenience of being so close to everything.
Fifteen minutes from Cashiers, and 55 minutes southeast of Asheville, N.C. is Sapphire Heaven; a cozy, new cabin of rustic elegance, which offers your soul over 200 acres of privately gated nature, peace, and solitude, but yet provides the convenience of being so close to everything. Fine dining, boutique/convenience shopping, golf, tennis, stream/lake fishing, hiking, and incredible waterfalls are all within fifteen minutes. There is even a post office, gas station, and a convenience store three minutes from the cabin, on the main east-west artery, State Road 64.
Built in 2007, Sapphire Heaven is a two bedroom (sleeps four), one bath cabin that ranks high on the luxury scale and boasts a spectacular, long distance, panoramic, sunrise view. Enjoy the indoor or outdoor shower, the patio hot tub, a premium sound system, the high end kitchen appliances, a wide screen LCD television, the audiophile DVD/CD player, the outdoor gas grill/rotisserie, and the wireless high speed internet. Naturally, there is also a fax, copier, printer, and scanner in case business calls.
Constructed of 150 year old historic timbers, and boasting over 1000 square feet of outdoor covered area alone. Guests can gaze at the spectacular views even in inclement weather. Located on a rolling five acre gated estate, in the exclusive gated community of the Preserve at Rock Creek, peace and quite abound. Well maintained hiking trails wind past waterfalls and ancient rock formations throughout the 200 acre private preserve.
There is no mistaking the handsome, distinguished look that age bestows on 150-year-old hand hewn timbers. Understandably, it has become trendy for builders to honor these wooden elders by using them as prominent, rustic accents in stylish mountain homes. The patchy, uneven patterns that were chopped into them by broadaxes so many years ago still remain and provide proof that our early American ancestors labored intensely for those necessities. Such history on display quickens one’s curiosity about long-ago daily events that would have been observed by these silent witnesses. This rustic cabin stands as a tribute to these enduring natural resources and the past efforts of early settlers.
It was built using timbers and siding salvaged from two historic barns. Inquisitiveness is rewarded when you learn that one of the barns stood on the Battlefield at Gettysburg prior to and during the Civil War. The other was built by skilled Amish craftsmen.
In the mid-1840s, beech, oak, black walnut, maple, fir, and hemlock trees were all used by Amish barn raisers to complete a large structure in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Well over 150 years later, that farm fixture was sold and carefully dismantled by a team assembled by Rex Bass, a “barn aficionado” from Houston, Texas. The still usable timbers were pressure washed with a borax solution to eliminate the pungent livestock odor and then stacked onto a flat bed semi-truck. From that point, Rex made one additional stop just down the road in Gettysburg. A partially collapsed barn built in the mid-1800s had been taken down and removed from the famous battleground to make way for a new Visitors Center. Select serviceable timbers, which Rex purchased from the demolition contractor, were carefully arranged on top of the Amish barn salvage. Once the load was secure, Rex headed for Sapphire, NC.
After the timbers were offloaded in Sapphire, Derrell Brushaber, local resident and craftsman extraordinaire, began to reconfigure the diverse assortment of antique materials into what he so aptly describes as “a work of art”. “My Dad was a craftsman who only used hand tools. He hewed his own timbers. His dream was to build a rustic cabin, but he never found the time” explained Derrell. “I’ve really enjoyed this project and although I did use power tools, there were times when only one of Dad’s vintage hand tools could produce the right look”.
An undisturbed iron ring on a corner post
The “right look” can be seen everywhere. A tour of the cabin reveals hand forged nails, iron rings, and even a rusty horseshoe, all still attached to their original supports. Plainly visible are wooden pegs once used to join structural members. The name “John B.”, carved into a hemlock beam in the garage, personalizes the allure inherent with such pedigreed timbers. Was John B. Amish? Was he a young soldier? Where in the barn was this beam located when John carved his name there? Did he go there to relax and dream away the hours, or was he hiding with fear during a less peaceful time? Like John B.’s name, other details contribute to the character of this cozy retreat.
High end kitchen appliances set in antique wood bring together the old and the new
However, it’s ultimately the blend of the old and the new that endows this cabin with such refreshing charm. The use of vintage design appliances, built-in state of the art electronics and veiled security system all confirm that modern day comforts can coexist with the past.
The perfect setting for an outdoor gas grill and rotisserie
On an outside deck, above a stone encased gas barbeque grill, hangs a rusted hay trolley once relied upon to move heavy bales through the Amish barn. It is on a beam canopied by an extension of the home’s rusted, tin covered roof, which boldly belies its age.
Upon further inspection of the cabin exterior, however, you realize it isn’t the trolley, the timbers, the rusted roof, or even the stonework that commands your visual attention. It’s something with much more of a WOW! impact. The panoramic view from the back deck has been described by many as one of the best views in the entire area. At an elevation of 3800 ft., the home’s position on the Toxaway Mountain ridgeline affords a pristine view of the majestic 4700 ft. summit directly to the left.
From that vantage point, your eyes are slowly drawn across and down to the right, sweeping 180 degrees to the shimmering waters of Sapphire Lake in the valley below.
There is a spectacular waterfall about 150 yards from the cabin. The trail to it is steep, which makes it a difficult, but not dangerous, hike. It’s not for everyone, but well worth the effort if you’re so inclined. In 2016 the decent/ascent was made easier with the installation of a 65 foot ship’s rope ladder. The waterfall area is totally private and exclusively accessible from our cabin property. What is even more amazing is the fact that you can easily walk behind the falling water and stay totally dry. There is so much room under/behind the falls that you can have a picnic for the whole family. The falls are made private by the sheer walls above and below the shelf. Naturally, I’ve named it Sapphire Heaven Falls. Standing behind the water, the top of the falls starts about 30 feet above your head, then drops out fifteen feet from you, to hit the mountain ten feet below and cascade steeply down toward the next falls, which you cannot see from there. Further down the mountain is the second remarkable waterfall, Indian Falls, which was considered sacred by the Cherokee. Indian Falls is about 125’, not easily accessible from the cabin, but can be heard from there.
Sapphire Heaven Falls