We were very fortunate to have our 2019 Family Reunion at Deerhaven for a week in July, with family from the East Coast and the Midwest. It was without a doubt the most relaxing week we have had, with family ranging in age from young children to older adults. The grounds are spectacular and the staff is second to none. We were blessed to be able to have Erika and Matt cook for us all week and we were amazed with each meal, from breakfast every morning prepared on the hibachi grill, to Erika’s award winning fried chicken for lunch and the surf and turf for dinner. We had a random draw family doubles tennis tournament on the beautiful clay court which our mother enjoyed watching and everyone had a lot of laughs. Spending time at the pool and mixing up daiquiris and margaritas at the outdoor kitchen was the perfect way to spend the afternoons. The highlight of the trip for me was renewing wedding vows with my wife of 33 years with family, by the waterfall below the pool. Valerie and Glenda made our stay very memorable and took care of all of our needs including finding a pastor for the vow renewal. It is by far the nicest home we have been able to stay at and hopefully we will be able to experience Deerhaven again next year. If you are planning on visiting Deerhaven, I suggest not making too many plans in Asheville, because you will not want to leave the estate once you arrive. Thank you Mr. Katz for the opportunity to stay at such a beautiful retreat. - MS

Everything! The house had everything we could ask for and more. Loved the porches, the pool, the surroundings! It was the perfect place for us to be and just enjoy time with our family- very peaceful and relaxing. No one felt like they had to run to do something somewelse. Also enjoyed the tennis court and horseshoes. Terrific staff-Glenda was sweet and helpful. The meals were top notch! - YC

The details of the home were amazing and stunning. We enjoyed having the chef cook our meals and also the fantastic service during the meals. Our chef Erica was the BEST! The large screen TV on the lower level was amazing to watch. We also enjoyed the paths around the house and the tennis court. The pool and hot tub were both incredible along with the amazing views. I do not think there was anything that was missing. - KP

Where do you begin on this? The house was absolutely the nicest home I have ever been in. From the very beginning of the tour there, to the fabulous chef, wonderful massages, the pool, the tennis courts? Hiking and the weather turned the trees right before our very eyes. We loved everything so much. And their staff was so very accommodating and so friendly. In fact, we are planning on coming back next year, same time. Thanks isn’t even enough to say to the owners in sharing their fantastic home with us. THANK YOU! - GR

From beginning to end…..the staff, the grounds, the comfort of each space, the variety of activities to do on property were all 5-star. - NB

We enjoyed and took advantage of every existing wonderful element of the entire Deerhaven Gardens estate during our Fall 2018 seven day stay. While the website is very descriptive, and the June 2018 preview visit was awesome, no words adequately describe all that we were able to enjoy and appreciate at Deerhaven. The purpose of this week was to bring two families together from various parts of the east coast (most had never met before!) for a pending marriage engagement, as well as including long time friends to share in the Deerhaven experience; a total of 28 visited/stayed during this time. The foodies collaborated with Chef Erica, planned menus, made some items in advance, and pre-purchased food items so most time was spent enjoying the estate and family/friends. Chef Erica and Matt were so much fun and so easy while cooking very delicious and memorable dinners! Our gratitude and appreciation goes out to every other Deerhaven staff. - AK

On October 13th we had the most beautiful event there for my daughter. We couldn’t have found a more magical place. - LSL

The beauty is beyond description. No detail has been overlooked. The staff were so welcoming and gracious. We loved the world class tennis court! The landscaping and trails are exquisite. We had so much fun and our meals were delicious!

Definitely hope to return!


We all enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Deerhaven house and gardens. The service was excellent and the ambiance was very relaxing. We (the family) are considering a return next year.


I don’t know where to start to describe how amazing our time at Deerhaven was. Glenda, the house manager, was so helpful in answering all of my questions and helping me plan our weekend there. She probably did 5 house tours between me and my family, taking time to explain all of the intricacies of this incredible house. She made sure everything was perfect for the weekend. Holden, the butler, was so much fun to talk with and did everything from helping us put together a keyboard to making an amazing cappuccino. Liliana is the head housekeeper and her warmth and kindness was felt at all times, whether she was present or not. I think my son wanted to be adopted by the end of the weekend as he gravitated to her genuine caring spirit. The people we met were what made the weekend unforgettable, but I can’t forget to describe the house. Each bedroom is an experience, with unparalleled views, bathrooms with the finest stonework and showers, walking paths to take in the mountains, and waterfalls all around the house to sit near and relax. The weather was amazing and allowed us to open the walls of windows and make the house truly open. My kids’ favorite parts were the old school video games, pool table, and lattes. It was a time for my family to come together, and it was perfect. My family could have private time in their rooms and come chat in the kitchen. We made so many memories there. It is the perfect place for a family gathering. We even got to enjoy on-site massages from Angie, who is a master. Our food was catered by chef Blake Lewis, who did a fantastic job. Each meal was truly delicious and exactly what we wanted. My son loved learning how to use the hibachi. There is not one thing about the weekend I would change except I wish I had taken more pictures. This is an amazing place that I will never ever forget.

Mary Suhr

Our family had an amazing time at Deerfield Garden Estate. Chef Terry and Liliana are fabulous !! All of our requests , grocery shopping, and nightly dining at the estate…was phenomenal. Both were very professional , very attentive , and extremely authentic. Our family truly enjoyed their services and company .

The guest house proved to be the perfect place for our family vacation. The estate is immaculate!! Stunning!! The use of the gym in the main house was perfect , especially for our 16 year old son. The spa in the main house is beautiful. Angi, the massage therapist/ aesthetician, is very gifted and provided wonderful massages during our stay on 3 days. She was eager to please and attentive to our personal requests regarding individual medical issues. She’s very knowledgeable and experienced.

We would highly recommend this estate for a family vacation!


I wanted to say thanks for all of the great hospitality! The house, staff, food and really everything were spectacular. What a place!
It’s likely you see some of us again on a couples trip or a family trip. Everyone seemed very impressed! Thanks again.

- Chad

Beautiful everywhere you look. Large but warm, comfortable and inviting. Just a lovely experience all around. Always look forward to my stays here.


We definitely do not have anything negative to say about our visit! The house is absolutely beautiful. We were surprised by how comfortable the house was; I say this because most houses of that size do not make you feel as at home as this one does. Holden was very nice and willing to help us with anything. He went out of his way to make sure that we felt comfortable. Liliana was amazing!! I actually told my husband that I want her for Christmas! She is on top of everything and my children loved her! Angela and the massages were perfect as well. She is very good at what she does I wish we lived closer so that I could see her once a week! Chef Blake is an amazing cook! I know that he has not been with you guys for very long, but I would hold onto him! He was so easy to coordinate with about our meals and was willing to make us anything we asked for! His Japanese food is actually better than any restaurant that I have ever had. You guys could not have a more perfect staff or a more beautiful home. Thank you so much for having us!! We are planning to visit again next May for our anniversary.


- Heather Grant

We had the most fun. That is the coolest place to stay. We will hopefully be coming back soon. Thank you for making everything happen.


- Trevor Grant

Just wanted to say a big Thank You for the stay at your house last week. It certainly was amazing. Definitely the highlight of our summer!!
Still in awe of the grounds and landscaping - and appreciate all the thought you put into your beautiful home.
Your staff really went out of their way to make us feel welcome from the minute we arrived.
We hope to return very soon.

- George B

My husband and I, along with three other couples, had the opportunity to spend a long weekend at Deerhaven recently. What an unbelievable experience! The main house was beautifully decorated and every room felt as comfortable as home. We occupied the waterfall bedroom and falling asleep and waking to the sounds and sight just outside the massive screened in doors was heaven. We all took advantage of the spa services and thoroughly enjoyed our massages with Angie. Being someone with a food allergy often makes it difficult for me to travel, but our chef, Terry, made sure my meals were prepared to be as amazing and tasty as the others. During the day, we lounged by the pool and summer kitchen, enjoying the beautiful grounds and breathtaking views. By night, we enjoyed gourmet meals by Terry or wondered into town to experience all that Asheville has to offer. We will definitely return to Deerhaven; hopefully for a longer stay!

- Jim & Susan Wade

Deerhaven Gardens is by far the best place I have ever stayed for a family vacation! During June, we were fortunate to celebrate my brother’s 70th birthday in this incredible dwelling and I can’t say enough good things about it. The house is very private and absolutely gorgeous. We had 12 people from our family attending and every one was able to stay together in the main and guest house. Mornings started with coffee by the infinity pool and a hike through the private grounds. The trail was amazing with hidden gems of nature throughout the walk including private waterfalls. The house has a full gym, tennis courts and a beautiful pool and hot tub. It’s not just the amenities that make this place great, it’s the mountain views that surround you. The screen porches create a southern atmosphere that enables you to feel the warmth of the summer breeze in a covered setting. One last thing - the kitchens had state-of-the-art equipment! We were truly blessed to be able to celebrate a family birthday in this special home. We will always remember our stay at Deerhaven Gardens - a true joy for any family looking for the perfect setting near Asheville.

Thank you for sharing your home with us!

- Beth & John Isikoff