Living room area.

Entire home/apt

3 guests


2 beds
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About this listing

Our self catering studio apartment is nestled on the hill above our home and pottery studio, located in the Penland School of Crafts community. Close to the road and adjacent to our painting studio, a separate driveway and entrance provide a private setting. Most comfortable for two people, the studio consists of an open plan kitchenette, sitting area, queen size bed and private bathroom. The additional sleeping loft is accessed by open stairs and can accommodate a third (agile) person.

The space

This 300 sq.ft studio apartment is simple, sweet and sunny. It has been creatively built using an eclectic mix of locally salvaged materials, collected treasures from local Habitat stores and Italian antique markets.
Our property is home to Shawn Ireland Pottery, a working studio and showroom, which is always open to the public and guests for shopping.
The painting studio is open for viewing with prior arrangement.
All pottery and paintings in the apartment are Shawn's work and are for sale.


*Fully equipped kitchenette with sink, electric two burner stove top, microwave, mini-fridge with small freezer, electric kettle, French press coffee maker, stove top espresso maker, handmade pottery dishes, pots & pans, pantry staples (olive oil, salt & pepper, tea, coffee)
*Bathroom with full shower. Towels, soap, shampoo and hair dryer provided.
*Queen bed on main level, queen futon mattress in sleeping loft (comfortable for one adult) with linens, pillows and duvets included
*Open closet with shelves and hanging space
*Private deck with outdoor table and chairs
*Heat & ceiling fan

Other things to note

No TV, no dishwasher, no washer/dryer.

No pets. There are no pets on the property but some neighborhood chickens roam freely.

No smoking in apartment or on property. This includes the outdoor porch and gardens.

Not suitable or safe for young children due to the open ladder stairs to the loft.

Not wheelchair accessible.

Due to the hill location of the apartment, access is via a steep gravel driveway (approximately 200 feet)& path with stairs leading to the deck entrance.

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Bed: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 20%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 floor mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Quiet hours after 11pm.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Ian User Profile
August 2017
A wonderful private retreat, nicely appointed and furnished. As a student at Penland, I appreciate the proximity to campus but also the ability to have a quiet personal space to relax. I will definitely be requesting this property again on any future visits to the area.

Leigh User Profile
August 2017
Our favorite home away from home. Highly recommend staying here!

Yan User Profile
August 2017
It is a very nice place to live in for couple days. Tidy with all of the facilities you will need. The environment is so beautiful and the landlord has a ceramic studio. All the pots in the house are made and fired by themselves. Wonderful time there!

Dale User Profile
May 2017
Very much enjoyed the creative environment of shawn and jo's place. If you are considering a visit to this area of NC, you should definitely hope to get a booking at their place.

Jo & Shawn's place is a gem. We've stayed in several places around WNC and it may be the best. It's like an Italian villa without having to travel overseas. The place is influenced by their travels abroad, adorned with beautiful artwork created by Shawn, and flowers from their incredible garden. The space is comfortable and clean. The kitchen is fun to cook from. The bathroom, with a beautifully tiled floor and shower stocked with Burt's Bees and Dr. Bronner, is almost worth the trip in itself. In proximity are Penland School of Craft and the cute little town of Spruce Pine. Go see both. In town, eat at Fork and Knife and splurge on the Chef's Table option. Grab a pizza and beer at Dry County brewery too. The mountains are easy access as well. Both Roan and the Blue Ridge are within an hour away. All told, skip Asheville and stay with Jo and Shawn. You won't regret it.

Eva User Profile
April 2017
This place is great! Incredibly thought out and lovingly decorated. Jo and Shawn were very communicative throughout our stay and check in and out was easy. We were here for a long term stay (over a month) and it was the perfect location and space for both relaxing and working. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking and the loft is perfect for napping. The deck is wonderful for reading, eating and watching the birds. Jo and Shawn are very respectful of your space and privacy but are available for any questions or a glass of wine. Would stay with them again in a heart beat!

Gaia User Profile
April 2017
This is the perfect spot to stay if your taking a class at Penland School of Craft. It is right down the rd and offers comfy artistic accommodations with attention to detail. Jo and Shawn have done a great job anticipating every little thing you might need even down to an iron and ironing board. Just perfect :)

Penland, North Carolina, United StatesJoined in June 2013
Jo & Shawn User Profile

We are a creative couple living a hand made life in the Penland arts community.
Jo is a registered nurse and gardener. Shawn is a wood fire potter and painter. We love good wine, food and world travel.

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