About Your Host
Once upon a time there was a popular legal recruiter from New York City. He worked hard for his success in the city but always yearned to live in nature.
Ken spent each year on extended holiday every December backpacking the world. He often traveled upwards to 24 hours on planes, buses, boats, tuk-tuks, and horseback to find, explore and enjoy what was elusive to most. To permanently quench his thirst for nature, he settled in Asheville in 2014 after falling in love with the wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Soon after he began his search for a piece of land that would bring the most spectacular natural features right to his own doorstep.
The property was a mess at first, but he knew in his bones this was the place. He demolished two dwellings and began building a custom home that would blend seamlessly with its surroundings. It would become his retreat while serving as an Airbnb.
While the construction was happening, Ken got to work himself on transforming the land. As he traversed the property, he heard water coming from everywhere. He knew it was there, but it was most often inaccessible. So he began to dig, weed whack, and move dirt. What he found was incredible.
“There were “wow” moments everywhere!” Ken said. “The end result of each project was more spectacular than the previous. What I was exposing were natural masterpieces and each one, individually, provided me with a profound sense of joy and pride. During the entirety of Covid, I essentially said to heck with my desk job I’m getting muddy.”
Ken regularly found himself covered in dirt and poison ivy and plagued with exhaustion, but he kept going. He thinned pure forest areas and replaced them with grass and clover. He lost his balance and rolled down hills, many of which were greater than 60 degrees at times. He removed and moved boulder after boulder and rock after rock with his bare hands. He transplanted moss from deep in the forest to create long paths above the house for his guests to enjoy walks barefoot. He even felled giant trees with chainsaws he learned to operate. And he did it all by himself.
“Everyone thought I was mad,” Ken said, “but I felt that every feature I discovered was one I could enjoy for the rest of my life”
“Just think about it. These rocks and boulders have been covered over for millions of years and now they’re visible. They are part of something that can be enjoyed by us from this day forward. Imagine the memories that will be made here.”
“This place is overwhelmingly tranquil. All your senses are engaged – sights, sounds, smells, and touch. You are enveloped in peacefulness no matter where you are here, literally anywhere and everywhere. You can’t help but be in good mood from the moment you drive in. It’s a dream to share this place with whoever wants to be here.”
“This spot… the house and property as a whole, possesses what I have always searched for,” he concluded. “I have such a powerful sense of pride over what I have done. Nothing seems to matter when you’re here. It’s just you and nature — and not a soul within eyesight or earshot. It’s total seclusion and submersion.”
Weddings over Waterfalls opens in 2022.