Experience the Yin Yurt
Imagine the charm of a cabin in the woods with the modern amenities of home... What is a Yurt? Yurts are circular dwellings built around a wood frame, originally designed by the Nomads of Mongolia. Today they are enjoyed in a variety of glamping settings, coast to coast. Ours features a full kitchen, bathroom, separate bedroom, and living/dining areas, a wrap-around porch with a grill for your BBQ, and a garden with a fire pit.
The Yin Yurt at Wildcat Ridge Farm is 30-minutes from downtown Asheville, at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest. We are also a short 20-minute drive to historic downtown Waynesville with its handmade arts & crafts, furniture shops and restaurants.
Spend your days hiking, white water rafting, canoeing, visiting the hot springs, skiing Cataloochee in the winter, biking in the warmer months, or taking in the sights and sounds of Asheville and Biltmore Estate. See more images and Book on Airbnb.
For a birds-eye view of Yin Yurt, check out our drone video.
IN THE MEDIA:
Asheville Citizen-Times “Best Kitchens of 2018” – January 2019
Asheville Citizen-Times “Home of the Week” – August 2018
As reviewed by The Mountaineer – May 2018
“Pictures simply do not do this place justice! Everything about the Yin Yurt exceeded our expectations. Ricardo was a thoughtful and welcoming host. The yurt itself was pristine, provided everything we needed and more. We spent our days playing in the river and nights enjoying s’mores by the fire under the stars. The binoculars provided allowed for some spectacular bird watching, especially the local eagle that charmed us from across the river. For a family of 4 with 2 teenagers, this was a beautiful place to make lasting and priceless memories. We hope to return so that we can enjoy the yurt in different seasons.” – Sara, June 2019
“Such an amazingly restful retreat! We loved the beautiful setting that Suzanne and Ricardo have created next to the River. Watched the thousands of fireflies at night – it seemed like they had put up twinkling lights in the trees by the rivers. Just a magical, rejuvenating experience!” – Susan, May 2019
“The Yin Yurt is better than we expected. It is absolutely beautiful, comfortable, and inviting. We enjoyed the fire pit, took naps in the hammock, ate meals on the deck overlooking the Pigeon River. The yurt is decorated tastefully and comfortably. Ricardo and Suzanne met us as we drove onto the property, gave us a tour of the yurt area, then departed with the promise that they were close, but not too close, and we were to contact them if we needed anything. We needed nothing! They had thought of everything. We can wait to return in the fall.” – Lonny, May 2019
“No need to look any further, click “Book Now.” All the reviews are 5 stars which do this place an injustice because it deserves 10 stars. The absolute most unique getaway. This place is better than any resort you could imagine. The photos are great but it’s even more spectacular in person. The sound of the river was amazing. This will blow your mind when you see the details that were put into the accommodations. Ricardo such an accomplished individual, please allow him to tell you his stories which are nothing short of legendary. From the wines, flowers, restaurant, tour trips, hosting events and professional chef, he’s awesome! This was the most tranquil trip we’ve ever taken. You will not find another place like this. Wish we had more time! Thank you!” – Sherri & David, Feb. 2019
Be prepared to relax and listen to the tranquil sound of the pigeon river in the most beautiful mountain setting! The Yin Yurt was lovely, with every amenity to make you right at home and then some. Ricardo and Suzanne have created an experience with charm, comfortable indoor and outdoor living spaces, privacy, and many personal touches that are above what you would expect…but the best part was the hospitality and kindness of our host. Ricardo greeted us at the gate and showed us around and we enjoyed a lively conversation! He made us feel at home. We would like to return soon and as travelers who tend to roam around and rarely stay in the same place twice that says a lot. We loved the Yin Yurt and had a great experience. Of note, the bed was very comfortable as were the other furnishings, it was chilly out and we stayed warm, we had plenty of cooking implements, extra supplies for things we didn’t bring, lots of linens, all top notch and luxury quality, recommendations for local restaurants and other amenities, and special touches I won’t give away. If you’re on the fence and you want the experience of luxury but also being closer to nature. This place is perfect!”– David & Shay, Feb. 2019
“Our recent short stay at the “Yin” yurt provided some of the most enjoyable memories of our travel life. We cannot praise our hosts, Ricardo and Suzanne, enough! They are such warm and caring folks who welcomed us to their special yurt with fresh flowers, a great bottle of wine, and a lovely note. Our time spent with them made us feel as if we were seeing old friends. They conveyed their desire to do whatever they could to make us comfortable but were not intrusive. Ricardo has compiled a great list of restaurants in the area. He has a wealth of knowledge about peonies and all plants in general. Both Ricardo and Suzanne shared their knowledge, appreciation of and gratitude for their special spot on earth in the most hospitable way. The yurt itself was unique and spectacular! It is located on the side of a mountain and above a river that rushes over rocks and produces a wonderful peaceful sound. The deck was where we wanted to spend every waking hour. The finches would come there to the feeder to get their breakfast as the hawks flew over the river. There is a fantastic gravel fire pit beside the yurt that is complete with seating and a hammock that calls your name. The interior is perfectly equipped with high-end and hand-crafted furniture, a fireplace, tv with music channels even, a fully equipped kitchen, filtered water, instant hot water, heating and air conditioning, and a pantry that contains items such as coffee, salt, etc. and even the components for Smores! Some of the most special and personal touches available at “Yin” are the beautiful live plants inside and out, specialty lotions and shampoos, and candles. Our only suggestions would be to schedule a visit soon but arrive at the yurt first and then make your plans to visit other attractions. Secondly, make a food run before settling down. Once we got to the yurt, we did not want to leave. It was a lovely stay and we feel as if we have made new and dear friends in Ricardo and Suzanne.” – Elvera
“Wow, words can’t even describe the Yin Yurt. The pictures don’t do it justice. My husband and I stayed here for Memorial Day Weekend. From the moment we arrived, we realized these accommodations exceeded our expectations. The hosts are fabulous and you can really tell the attention to detail they put into the Yurt. Everything was taken care of: fluffy towels, ironing board, coffee, and even s’mores. They even had a book of recommendations of things to do/where to eat which was helpful since cell phone reception wasn’t stellar for googling. This is truly a great place if you’re looking to disconnect from it all, but it still a very doable drive to all the action in Asheville. Highly recommended!” – Kathleen
“My wife and I spent an amazing weekend at the Yin Yurt. Our toddler twin girls came along for our much-needed getaway and all of us were blown away by the beauty, peace, charm, and comfort of this place. The Yin Yurt is a hidden gem in the middle of the mountains, overlooking the Wildcat Ridge Farm (also owned and managed by owners, Ricardo and Suzanne) and the Pigeon River. This wonderful couple is fantastic hosts and goes above and beyond to ensure their guests feel welcome and have everything they need. They welcomed us with a beautiful bottle of Italian wine and fresh cut flowers from their farm. This experience was everything and more we could have asked for. We cannot wait to go back!!!” – John & Angelica