A couple spent $275,000 to build a fantastic underground home nestled in a North Carolina mountainside.


Dragon's Knoll in North Carolina.

Dragon’s Knoll is near Asheville, North Carolina.Maxwell Windolf

  • Caroline and Mike Parrish built an underground Airbnb featuring a 150-year-old door in Belgium.

  • Called “Dragon’s Knoll,” 90% of this land is built in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

  • Characteristics of their company, Treehouses of Serenity Some unique Airbnb properties.

Mike Parrish and Caroline Parrish founded the Treehouse Vacation Community in Asheville, North Carolina.

Caroline and Mike Parrish from Treehouses of Serenity

Caroline (left) and Mike (right) Parish in North Carolina.Courtesy of Mike and Caroline Parrish

It sits along the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Treehouse of Serenity, 65-year-old Mike and 46-year-old Caroline, is a community of unique homes built by Parrish.couple Owned 7 rental properties so farcontaining two underground houses: alchemy – has a 12 foot slide – and Dragon’s Knoll.

Caroline told Insider that Mike’s lifelong love of fantasy inspired the design and aesthetic of Dragon’s Knoll.

“One of his dreams was to have a house in the basement. I’m like, ‘Have you lost your mind?'” she said. “But he obviously told me. I’m glad he did.”

With 90% of Dragon’s Gnoll built into the ground, guests can experience the natural beauty of the area from the comfort of their well-equipped home.

Mr. and Mrs. Parrish began operations in April 2020 after starting construction on Dragon’s Knoll in June 2019.

A photo of the exterior of Dragon Knoll in North Carolina.

Dragon’s Gnoll is built into the Earth.Maxwell Windolf

Parrish welcomed guests to Dragon’s Knoll in April 2020, but was closed for six weeks at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has put many industries in recession like traditional hotels, but Caroline said business has thrived after reopening in May 2020.

“Our situation is very different from the hotel situation,” says Caroline. “Our property is all on the same land, but you are separate. So the family can come and go outside the four walls of the house, but still be isolated with the family.”

According to Caroline, construction of Dragon’s Knoll took about eight months and cost between $275,000 and $300,000.

As of Wednesday, the property is available for rent Airbnbs $364 per night.

According to Caroline, building a house underground is like building a basement.

Build Dragon's Knoll in North Carolina.

This photo shows the beginning of the construction process of Dragon’s Gnoll.Courtesy of Caroline and Mike Parrish

Caroline explained to the insider that she started by digging a large hole in the mountainside.

“We dug a hole from the side of the mountain, poured a concrete slab, and built a block wall just like we did in the basement,” she said. Caroline added a metal layer over the roof before pouring concrete to seal the structure, she said.

“Once it was all dried, cured, and waterproofed, I cleaned it up and put it back together,” Caroline said.

They built Dragon’s Hill around the mountain’s rocky terrain, but ran into some problems along the way.

Construction photo of Dragon's Knoll in North Carolina.

Added pictures of Dragon’s Knoll on walls and ceiling.Courtesy of Caroline and Mike Parrish

Caroline told an insider that she adjusted the house’s design plan four to five times for the mountainside view.

“I started digging where I wanted to build my house and came across a huge granite rock,” says Caroline. “The only way to move that huge boulder is to blow it up, and of course we didn’t want to do that.”

Instead, the couple decided to work with the land rather than against it. They scrapped the entry foyer plan, moved the bathroom into the old foyer space, and expanded the living room.

“Once I knew I wasn’t past this rock, I looked at the design of the house and it wouldn’t go any further, so I had to change it up a bit,” she said.

The Parish couple found an eye-catching front door in an antique shop in North Carolina for about $1,200.

Sun shining on the front door of Dragon's Knoll in North Carolina

The main entrance has a 150-year-old Belgian door.Maxwell Windolf

Mr. and Mrs. Parrish had originally purchased a sliding glass door for the front door, but changed plans after a pack of bears knocked it over to “countless splinters” one night.

“I found the present door tobacco barnis a huge antique store here in town,” Caroline said, adding that she spoke to the store owner for more information.

Mike, Caroline, and her mother spent three weeks stripping layers of paint off the door and giving it a fresh new glass. But they saved the wide iron bars and the door’s intricate woodwork.

The front door leads to the living room, where guests will feel like they are in the basement while enjoying the comfort of the space.

Furnished living room in Dragon's Knoll, North Carolina

Dragon’s Knoll is approximately 800 square feet.Maxwell Windolf

As guests walk through the front door, they discover that the living room has been painted to mimic nature.

“We want this home to feel like you’re underground, but not underground like it’s claustrophobic,” Caroline said of the 800-square-foot home. and her family used feather brushes throughout the house to create a speckled leaf-inspired wall design.

“We also incorporated some rocks into the house from outside to keep the design cohesive,” added Caroline.

The living room has a seating area, TV, fireplace and one of two beds. There is also a bathroom to the left of the living room. The house is fully equipped with the exception of an oven, but Parrish provides hot plates for guests.

The kitchen is the same space as the living room.

A kitchen with a patterned wall in Dragon's Knoll, North Carolina.

Dragon’s Knoll sleeps 4 and has a kitchen and bathroom.Maxwell Windolf

The home’s kitchen is designed with colorful stones, patterned tiles and lots of wood. Wood features stretch all the way from the ceiling to the cabinets, floor and nearby table. According to the website, the kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, microwave, electric grill, pots, cookware, glassware, and other useful items for easy guest use.

A wooden pocket door leads guests from the living room to the master bedroom.

Circular door leading to master bedroom in Dragons Knoll, North Carolina.

Dragon’s Knoll features circular doors throughout the house.Maxwell Windolf

Guests find the master bedroom on the right side of the home, which is entered through a sliding dark wood pocket door.

Inside the master bedroom is a hanging side table and wood-themed features.

Master bedroom with hanging furniture in Dragon's Knoll, North Carolina.

The master bedroom has a hanging side table and lights.Maxwell Windolf

Like the rest of the house, the master bedroom has wooden floors and ceilings and a mix of natural elements. A walnut bed frame is paired with an accent wall of poplar bark panels.

“We try to make sure all the details are things that you don’t necessarily have in your own home or see elsewhere,” said Caroline. There is also a hanging side table and a hanging light fixture above the bed.

Another wooden side door visible from the outside also leads to the master bedroom.

A wooden side door in Dragon's Knoll, North Carolina.

The wooden sides were handcrafted for the home by local woodworkers in North Carolina.Maxwell Windolf

The wooden door with the wood design was made by a local man named John whom Mike met in a woodworking group. According to Caroline, John made the door from scratch and loaned it to her for free as long as she paid for the materials.

“He’s done it all. The house wouldn’t be right without it,” Caroline said. “His work is perfect.”

There is an outdoor area with seating and fire pits on the roof.

A man stands on the roof of Dragon's Knoll in North Carolina.

There is additional space for guests on the roof.Maxwell Windolf

Guests at Dragon’s Gnoll spend time on the roof outside the home. There, a fire pit invites guests to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains.

According to Caroline, the dragon’s head carved into the roof encourages most guests to stop and take pictures.

Guests left rave reviews for Dragon’s Knoll on Airbnb, with a 4.99 rating.

A side door leading outside of Dragon's Knoll in North Carolina.

Dragon’s Knoll has an Airbnb rating of 4.99.Maxwell Windolf

“Gorgeous” was described by one of our guests who visited Dragon’s Knoll in August of this year.

“We loved staying here. It was everything we wanted and then some things. Thoughtful touches throughout the house, great views outside and really charming We highly recommend it and hope to be back soon,” they said. I have written.

Another poster wrote: “We booked 6 months in advance and every minute was worth the wait. Caroline and Mike have created a magical haven of treehouses that offers a sense of security and remoteness at the same time.”

The positive reviews are a relief to couples who have been wondering if their guests will truly feel like they’re living underground. is interested in Dragon’s Gnoll and doesn’t even know it’s there.

“Towards the end of their stay, guests will say, ‘I’d like to see Dragon’s Knoll, but is it somewhere else?’ It’s time for you to be here.

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