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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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First, some unsolicited comments from guests::

A few words to tell you that your “tree home” is so, so special and the location is a hiker’s dream. Our guests, ~~ 5 boys between 9 and 14 yrs., were in a dream world. They never stopped moving, swimming and exploring. We went to all the places you suggested and they found trails on their own, explored the Chattooga trail and did some fly-fishing with their dad by the Iron Bridge. Oh my, they were hungry all the time! And the best ~~ Sliding Rocks, it was so, so chilly but they were all relentless and the laughter was such a joy!

“Heaven on earth! What a spectacular location and the house is wonderful. We enjoyed the porch at night – wish we had brought the telescope! We also enjoyed the trail out back . . . “ – Ann K.

“ . . . this is one of the nicest vacations we have had. We shall miss the ever changing views of the mountains, the good-tasting water right out of the faucet, being able to see lots of stars, sleeping with the windows open . . . “ Debbie E.

“ I don’t think we have ever stayed anywhere with such amazing views – 360 degrees – it was beautiful . . . our granddaughter especially liked the “Harry Potter” room . . .” – Ann S.

“Your home fits its surroundings perfectly – spectacular! We really enjoyed the views of gold, orange and red. Mother nature did a wonderful job: the hiking to the streams and waterfalls are breathtaking. We enjoyed sitting outside to see so many stars.” – Kim A.

From a Thanksgiving: “My parents 50th wedding anniversary was outstanding . . . The location is spectacular and the lodge is wonderful. Sightseeing, hiking, fishing and even shopping is all close at hand. We even had snow the last two days and all have our Christmas card photographs taken care of.” – Julie F

“We had a wonderful time vacationing at your beautiful home. The kids loved the hike down to the river. We all enjoyed horseback riding, the waterfalls, tubing, campfires and shopping! It was so relaxing for us to have the kids playing outside without worrying about them. Your house was plenty big enough for all 12 of us . . . “ – Jennifer B.

“A true vacation in every sense of the word! Fun, relaxing, beautiful – a great house. We wanted for nothing! Love it!!!” – Diane P., North Palm Beach

Other comments:

The hikes through your trails gave our kids a great thrill.
I love this place.
I think this house is beautiful.
Your home is warm and welcoming with spectacular views.
Your home afforded us the opportunity to gather in once place yet not be cramped for small group areas to share and play games and find “space”.
Our grandchildren loved playing in the little play-houses.
The house/lodge is perfect.
What a great spot!!
The kids loved the “clubhouse”, loft and of course the woods.
What an amazing house and view.
We enjoyed the fire pit all evening.
This is a very beautiful place and ideal for family get-togethers.
Your lodge is great and the river is full of trout.
The play areas are a blast.

Easy 20 minute drive to the wonderful resort towns of Cashiers (to the east) or Highlands (to the west), but still a "deep woods" location at the end of a road with fantastic views of the mountains across the valley. Very private and rustic with only one neighbor in sight. Our backyard borders the Nantahala National Forest, and a 15-minute path leads to the Chattooga River and Chattooga River Trail with beautiful river access, picnic areas, swimming holes and endless hiking. This area is rated 'wild and scenic' by the forest service - a rare honor!

Kids love this place as we have built a special 'kids cave' inside - cozy and kid-size to get away from the adults - they have their own secret spot! Outside are play areas, swings, fort and hammock - and of course most important of all - the woods! Trails run through the woods, and the day will fly by while they explore. All the outside features are close enough so parents can enjoy their time on the upstairs screened porch and still keep an eye on the children.

Built in 2003, this passive-solar design brings the sun in during winter, so is naturally warm then, but shades the windows with overhangs and tree cover in summer so we stay cool! It also includes air conditioning and ceiling fans, a toasty see-thru gas fireplace on the main floor, and electric heat in each bedroom.

The open floor plan designed especially for family reunions. We have four full bathrooms, six bedrooms (one with a king size bed, four with queen size, and one with two twins), plus large loft (with bunk bed & two trundle beds), plus den w/trundle bed . . . this place can hold a LOT of people! Other rooms include family room, dining room, breakfast nook, and screened, covered patio and exterior deck with charcoal grill. Five BRs share adjoining baths. The mail-level BR has the two twins and is designed for limited mobility persons with a bath nearby and low-threshold shower stall.

For mealtime, there is a 12-14 person dining room table, plus large circular table for 4 - 6, plus seating for 6 at the kitchen bar-top.

State-of-the-art appliances, including large center-island kitchen with gas range, microwave, blender, and two coffee makers (including Keurig). Also a large laundry room with washer and dryer.

I built this for my own family and go there often when its not rented. It is stocked with many books, games and DVDs (and usually staples and condiments in the pantry). Also have satellite TV and WiFi, and a treadmill with DVD player for those who like their exercise inside.

Edible plants outside include blueberry, blackberry, elderberry, gooseberry, pawpaw, hazelnut, currant, cherry trees, grape vines, etc.

Keywords: Home, lodge, retreat, vacation rental, mountain cabin


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    This was designed for my children, and has a small 'kids cave' (under the stairs) that they love to play in. Outside we have cleared woods, trails, hammock, swings and fort. Nearby is a fantastic swimming hole with beach and 'sliding rock' suitable for all ages....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We allow well trained, well behaved pets. Please contact me with a description of the pet....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The parking lot is gravel, but it is very close to the front porch and door. Not ideal, but we have had guests with wheelchairs who were fine. The main floor has a Bedroom with 2 single beds, and a nearby bath with low-threshold shower stall. Living room, dining room kitchen, deck and porch are also located on this floor, so limited mobility guests need not miss out on any of the action. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single


  • Loft: 2 bunk bed, 2 murphy bed

    Loft has a typical bunk bed, plus 2 murphy beds. Sleeps 6...moreless

  • Den: 1 murphy bed

    Desk, treadmill, and pull-out Murphy Bed, sleeps 2...moreless

  • King size beds (1) The 'master' BR has a King Size bed., Queen size Beds (4) Four Bedrooms have Queen Size beds., Twin or Single Beds (2) The main floor BR has 2 single beds. The Upstairs loft has 2 single beds and a bunk bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) The Den has trundle bed (acts like a couch, but pulls out to form 2 beds), Bunk Beds (2) Bunk bed is in the loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    'Jack and Jill' bathroom, connects to BR 1 & 2...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    'Jack and Jill' bathroom, connects to BR 3 & Den...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    'Jack and Jill' bathroom, connects to BR 4 & 5...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    On main level this near BR 6. Loft would use this also...moreless

Other Amenities

  • For exercising there is a treadmill in the den with flat screen DVD/VCR, Den also has a trundle bed and is main-floor level, making access easy for the physically impaired (No steps necessary) Contact me for a detailed list of nearby 'Things to do - Places to go' My guests rave about this list, and it ensures your days are packed with fun adventures....moreless


  • Books:

    Many books - a mini library! - of a wide variety of books....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    We have lots of Board Games....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large Screen TV...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Lots of videos for the kids and family....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We look across the valley to the mountains on the other side. These views are enjoyed from our screened- in, covered porch, or the open deck next to the charcoal grille, or the grape arbor down below...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining area is adjacent to the breakfast room (large round table) and kitchen bar (seats 6), so you can seat 20 people or more in the same area. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air conditioning cools the main floor and loft, and dehumidifies the bedrooms downstairs, which are cool anyway due to our high mountain elevation. BRs have ceiling fans also....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    We do NOT have an inside fireplace, but rather a campfire ring with seating just outside....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    In the den we have a treadmill....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Free calling anywhere in the United States...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Two sided gas fireplace is viewed from the Living Room and Dining Room...moreless

  • Heating:

    Central heat on the main floor and loft. Electric baseboard heat in the bedrooms....moreless

  • Internet:

    We have free WiFi access. Bring you own computer....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living Room is separated from the dining room by a half-wall which contains the 2 sided, glass gas fireplace. Nice views of the nearby tree tops. which also has the large screen TV...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking in our driveway out front. extra parking at the side of the house and along the road if needed....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    We are the last house on a dead-end, gravel road. Plenty of off-street parking if you needed it....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Some of the parking spaces are deep enough for trailers. Windy road getting here does not work for large RVs though....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line our guests are welcome to use....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Modern, front-load washing machine....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi reaches throughout the house...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    We can recommend excellent nearby restaurants to cater any event....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Two coffee makers: One Kuerig, and one Mr. Coffee style....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you need is supplied....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We supply a very large number of dishes and utensils....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Large, extra quiet dishwasher - you hardly know its on!...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Modern Gas appliances with an open floor plan kitchen so you are always part of the fun. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    gas oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Stocked with staples like flour, sugar and a huge spice rack. You are welcome to use what you like, and leave behind clean, fresh condiments, etc for the next guest....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large modern refrigerator with ice maker and water ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Normal toaster...moreless


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    The third of our patios is downstairs out back. Covered by a tin roof and grapevine arbor. There are adirondack chairs and a picnic table. Very cozy, and nature is only a few steps away! ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    This covered, screened-in porch is on the main (ground) level floor, which becomes three stories up at the rear of the house because of the sloping lot. Great views, very pleasant! ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    We have a fantastic fire pit and hammock. We also have a kids fort out back. Many edible plants too....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large cast-iron charcoal grille typical of campgrounds.Open deck adjoins the grille, and includes a picnic table, benches and other seating . . . and a fabulous view of the mountains across the valley...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Dec 22 - Dec 27, 2015
6 night min stay

flat fee
New Years
Dec 29 - Jan 3, 2016
6 night min stay

flat fee
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2016
3 night min stay
Apr 1 - May 31, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 10.75%


Holiday weeks are charged at the same rate as Peak Season: $2,950/week plus sales tax. Cleaning is included.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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4 Miles
Nearest Golf
High Hampton
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sapphire Valley

Car: Necessary

A path from our property leads to the 'wild and scenic' certified portion of the Nantahala national forest, and the Chattooga River and Trail. Canoeing, flyfishing and white water rafting are nearby, along with countless trails and waterfall hikes.

There is MUCH to see and do, and I provide guests with a long list . . . too much to type here!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Originally from Florida, we grew up we spending time every summer at my parents summer home nearby. Wonderful, lifelong memories were created on each trip, so as I got older I decided to build a place of my own, and big enough for family reunions. I did not originally intend to make this lodge available as a Vacation Rental, but I bumped into a rental owner who convinced me it was a good idea. I tried it, and based on the glowing reports I get from my appreciative renters I am sure I am doing the right thing. This is not your usual Vacation Rental. It is first and foremost my 'mountain house', and is fully stocked with games, DVDs, books, etc. There is almost always unopened food in the pantry and refrigerator that guests are welcome to use at their discretion - no replacement necessary - but I usually find more food than I left!

Why the Owner Chose Highlands:
We chose this location because it is so close to the gourmet mountain towns of Cashiers and Highlands with their great shopping, dining, golfing, outdoor activities and people. (We see more of our friends up here in the summer than we do at home!) The elevation is cool, the woods are deep and lush, the air is clean and fresh, and the water is the best you will ever drink!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our backyard borders the national forest - we wouldn't have it any other way! Peace and quiet, and nature's beauty are right outside the door. On site we also have a fire pit for campfires and smores, hammock, swings and kids play area, and lots of adventure for the kids. We also rent to lots of wedding parties from weddings in Cashiers and Highlands . . . we're a quality, fun, inexpensive alternative to lots of individual hotel rooms!

Contact us

Speaks: english

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Exterior view (side entry showing)

    Exterior view (side entry showing)

  • Screened Room with views of the trees and mountains.

    Screened Room with views of the trees and mountains.

  • Kitchen, with breakfast nook in corner.

    Kitchen, with breakfast nook in corner.

  • Bedroom on main level - no stairs necessary!

    Bedroom on main level - no stairs necessary!

  • Queen size bedroom

    Queen size bedroom

  • View through our front porch and charcoal grille area.

    View through our front porch and charcoal grille area.

  • Having fun on the Chattooga River - a path from our door leads there!

    Having fun on the Chattooga River - a path from our door leads there!

  • View from screened-in porch.

    View from screened-in porch.

  • Typical 'Jack and Jill'Bathroom, adjoins a BR on each side

    Typical 'Jack and Jill'Bathroom, adjoins a BR on each side

  • Hammock at side of house

    Hammock at side of house

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Dining Room & Kitchen with Living Room in rear and Loft above.

    Dining Room & Kitchen with Living Room in rear and Loft above.

  • Loft with bunk beds and two pull-out trundles - sleeps six with room to spare!

    Loft with bunk beds and two pull-out trundles - sleeps six with room to spare!

  • View from the kitchen deck.

    View from the kitchen deck.

  • Winter view from our front deck. Great in the sun or moonlight!

    Winter view from our front deck. Great in the sun or moonlight!

  • Dining Room with loft above.

    Dining Room with loft above.

  • Campfire area at side of house

    Campfire area at side of house

  • Shaded grape arbor out back. Try not to fall asleep in the adirondack chairs!

    Shaded grape arbor out back. Try not to fall asleep in the adirondack chairs!

  • BBQ with a view!

    BBQ with a view!

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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