Through a series of articles, we show the journey of how we came to Heart Ridge.
When we first saw this place advertised, we thought it was way out of our price range. It was being used as a wedding venue that offered lodging. It was in pristine shape. The owners who lived in Florida were ready to get out of the business. It had been on the market for many years, too. We had looked at on our own, and thought it wasn't rustic enough, but our real estate agent had suggested we look at it again.
It had beautiful views since it was literally at the top of a mountain. It had room to sleep 30, but many of them were queen sized beds, meaning that for individuals on a retreat, it could only sleep 15. And as it was, it could host 5 families--very nicely, but still only 5.
Tami sketched all the apartments with floor plans, to try to figure out how to accommodate more. We also explored ways to "mountain-it-up." On the positive side, it had almost 100 acres and not one, but two waterfalls. (I've always wanted my own waterfall!!!)
Maybe it could work, but we'd make about 4 trips to this place, once with our son and his family, before we ruled it too expensive and not really our style.
Keith and Tami Kiser
On the journey of building a retreat center and more.