Cottage At Green Heron Pond

The Farm At Green Heron Pond’s New Honeymoon Cottage & Vacation Rental Getting Closer!

Cottage At Green Heron PondThe Farm at Green Heron Pond is excited to start offering a new feature in spring of 2019! The Cottage is a two bedroom, one bath vacation rental situated just steps from the onsite 1500 square foot pavilion. With magnificent views of the Green Heron Pond and the surrounding mountains, this new feature will be a great addition for onsite weddings and receptions, as well as travelers coming to the Asheville area wanting a unique overnight accommodation in a farm like setting.

The Cottage At Green Heron Pond will feature

  • 640 sq/ft of living space
  • 260 sq/ft covered rocking chair front porch with views of The Farm At Green Heron Pond & and
    surrounding mountains
  • Two bedrooms
  • One full bath with walk in shower
  • Full kitchen with fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher & more
  • Open living room
  • Central heat & air
  • TV/DVD Player
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Fire pit
  • WIFI

Cottage At Green Heron Pond

The addition of the cottage will be great for onsite weddings. Included in the day rental, wedding parties will have access to the additional covered space. It will also be available at a discounted rate to wedding couples for overnight stays prior to and on the day of their event.

Adjacent to the Pavilion the cottage will be an ideal place for wedding parties to get ready before the wedding. With separate entrances to each bedroom (which can be used dressing rooms), brides & grooms will be able to get ready without seeing each until the wedding starts. Other features include a dressing area for the bride with a full-length mirror, petticoat stairs in the front for photos, an open living room/kitchen space for the wedding party to gather in before the ceremony.

The cottage will also be available as a vacation rental for non-wedding/event dates.

Cottage At Green Heron PondThe Farm At Green Heron Pond is located in Leciester, NC just 20 minutes west of downtown Asheville and less than 10 minutes to the very popular West Asheville corridor. Situated on fifty acres of rolling pastures and woods the Farm At Green Heron Pond offers a serene, natural setting for weddings, receptions, parties, family reunions, picnics and other outdoor events.

The Farm At Green Heron Pond To Help Raise 15,000 To Help Abolish Medical Debt of Others.

RIP Medical Debt AshevilleThe Farm at Green Heron Pond is teaming up with ZaPow Gallery, Mignon Durham, Linda Kane, and John Fritchie to raise $15,000 to help abolish the medical debt of people living in the 34 western North Carolina counties. Working with the national organization, RIP Medical Debt, Inc., the Asheville group hopes that they will help eliminate 1.5 million dollars of medical debt locally.

So how did the local effort come to fruition? On December 5, 2018, several Asheville, NC residents opened the New York Times to see a front-page story headlined “Two New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers.” The story highlighted two New Yorkers that teamed up with RIP Medical Debt, Inc. and we’re able to eliminate 1.5 million in medical debt for hundreds of people who otherwise couldn’t. The local group hopes to do the same here in the mountains. The group was recently featured in the WLOS story – Asheville group joins effort to pay off medical debt for those in need.

RIP Medical Debt, Inc. is a national not for profit that purchases medical debt from bill collectors and then works to abolish the medical debt and provide relief for those in need. Founded in 2014 by Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton, two former debt collection industry executives, who understood the world of debt collection and realized they could purchase this debt for pennies on the dollar. Their efforts were greatly enhanced in 2016, when John Oliver did a segment on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” in which he paid $60,000 to forgive $14.9 million in medical debts through the charity. Because of that effort about 9,000 people received the yellow forgiveness envelopes. So far nationwide efforts have raised more than $500 million and is on the way to RIP’s efforts to reach $1 billion of medical debt forgiveness.

If you want to join this local effort visit our fundraising page and donate. Checks can also be sent directly to RIP Medical Debt, Attn: Western North Carolina Campaign, 80 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY 10580.

Want to have some fun while donating? Join the organizers for a Medical Debt Party at ZaPow Gallery in downtown Asheville on Thursday March 7 from 5:30-7:30. Get cool art and gifts as thank you’s for donating $25 or more. Then on April 28, The Farm At Green Heron Pond will host a party to thank all the donors.

Who is RIP Medical Debt?
RIP Medical Debt (RIP) is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to empower donors to forgive the billions of dollars in oppressive medical debt at pennies on the dollar. Since inception in 2014, RIP has relieved more than $450 million in medical debt for individuals across the U.S., impacting over 250,000 individuals.

How Does RIP Medical Debt Work?
RIP, working with third-party credit data providers, searches through large debt portfolios to locate accounts meeting their criteria for relief. RIP then negotiates to buy millions of dollars of this debt at a steep discount, usually a penny or less on the dollar.

Facts about Medical Debt:

  • 6 in 10 of both insured and uninsured people say they have difficulty in paying other bills as a result of medical debt. Over a third were unable to pay for food, heat, or housing because of medical bills.
  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults under age 65, or 116 million people, had medical bill problems or debt, went without needed care because of cost,
    were uninsured for a time, or were underinsured.
  • Medical debt contributes to more than 60% of the bankruptcies in the US. Until satisfied, debt lingers on a person’s credit report to negatively impact their ability to buy a home, get a loan or even gain employment.

Whose unpayable medical bills does RIP forgive?

  • Individuals who make less than 2 times the federal poverty level
  • Individuals with financial hardship – a debt that that is 5% or more of their annual income
  • Individuals who are insolvent (debts greater to their assets)

Why Donate to RIP Medical Debt?

  • Your dollar goes a long way! On average, $1 abolishes $100 of debt.
  • 100 percent of your donation goes towards abolishing medical debt.
  • RIP Medical Debt is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax- deductible as allowed by law.
  • There are no tax consequences for those whose medical debts are forgiven.

RIP Medical Debt’s Federal Tax ID: 47-1442997

New Honeymoon Cottage Progress

We are so excited about the speedy progress on the construction of our new Honeymoon Cottage! Adjacent to the Pavilion, this will be a great place for the wedding party to get ready, and/or for the newleyweds to spend their first night – at the same place where they became husband and wife! We expect that the cottage will be ready for occupancy in November. Some of its features:

  • Two bedrooms
  • Separate exits from each bedroom in the back
  • Petticoat Stairs in the front (should make for stunning ceremony or reception entrances!)
  • Full kitchen with fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher
  • Den for hanging out and getting ready.
  • Dressing area in master bedroom (bride’s room)
  • Mini fridge in groom’s room
  • Full length mirror
  • Full bathroom
  • Stunning views of the farm, the pond, and the mountains beyond.

We are so excited to offer this additional amenity to our event clients. The cottage will also be available to rent by the night on non-event days to outside guests. Many thanks to Josh Sams Construction and his crew for all their hard work.