A new custom home in The Cliffs built for a worldly couple.
WRITTEN BY: Kate O’Connor
They could have settled anywhere. Ben Bethell, who is British, and his lovely, Russian-born wife, Valia, have traveled the world. They have owned homes in Europe and in U.S. cities ranging from Cincinnati, Ohio to Naples, Florida to Linville, North Carolina. So when it came time to build their dream home, the setting needed to be world-class.
“We were looking for the perfect place — climate-wise, dream-wise, feeling-wise,” Valia recalls. The search eventually led them to a very private mountainside property bordering on Pisgah National Forest in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. “The moment we saw the lot,” she says, “we had no doubt that this was it.”