Round Knob Lodge

999,900  29 acres  John Haynes  Retreat Realty

Historic Southern Railroad executive lodge located in the midst of the Pisgah National Forest approximately 17 minutes east of Black Mountain, NC. Built for railroad executives in the 1930’s and situated high on a rocky promontory, this 6 bedroom 5 bath lodge has been meticulously restored with all modern mechanicals. With 29 acres of very private mountain land, hidden from view, and overlooking two very large and well stocked trout ponds, this property is easily self-sustaining. There is abundant grassy fields for the cultivation of crops and livestock, all that can be irrigated and watered via the roaring Mill Creek which runs through the property. More than 38,000 gallons per day flow through the trout pond, keeping it ideal for the fish.

Inside you’ll find luxury and railroad memorabilia like nowhere else. While this is great for prepping, its a railroad lover’s dream come true with numerous structural and functional elements taking from the railway cars themselves. The ceiling of the huge game room is supported by steel railroad bridge trestles, and four massive stone fireplaces provide auxiliary heat. A commercial sized kitchen is ideal for large groups or events. Fish in the ponds or the creek. Swim in the swimming pool or at the beach on the larger of the two ponds. Rest safely behind the heavy steel gated entrance that is hidden from view. Hunt across the creek in the national forest. As a bonus, EVERYTHING in the lodge conveys with the real estate: EVERYTHING. Yes, artwork, linens, bedding, furniture, lamps, rugs, flatware, cookware, electronics, animal trophies, railroad artifacts and memorabilia, down to the toilet paper and soap. To rebuild this lodge would cost $350 per square foot not including furnishings, but its now available for less than half that, and that include all the furnishings. Here is an opportunity to own not only an excellent bugout property, but one steeped in history and comfort.

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John Haynes

Retreat Realty    Black Mountain, North Carolina    Properties (8)

John Haynes has been a licensed NC real estate broker since 1997 being involved in all facets of real estate since 1987 when he started in the appraisal business.  Over the years, he has personally developed five successful subdivisions including one of 900 acres in western North Carolina.  In recent years, while working in the jungles of Guyana, South America on a 34,000 acre project, John saw the United States from a different vantage point and as a result, he became concerned about its leadership, the direction of its economy and the instability of the dollar.  Being good friends with others involved in a large NGO specializing in disaster relief, John became knowledgeable in the matter of disaster readiness and preparedness.  Some would call him a “prepper” or even a “survivalist”, yet he's actually a realist and pragmatist, skilled at what he does.

John's excellent knowledge of real estate, planning and design caters specifically to clients of Retreat Realty.  Given the nature of this subject, discretion is necessary and a special skill set is crucial. John has partnered with Hurt Architecture of Black Mountain, North Carolina which has a specialty niche in designing safe homes. His friend and neighbor, Bill Forstchen is author of “One Second After” and together they work to educate the public on disaster preparedness through speaking engagements and blog articles.  Read the testimonials about John at and if you'd like to see dozens of full length testimonial letters, he’d be glad to forward them to you.