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Last updated: 04/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description


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 is naturally warm in winter and cool in the summer. It also includes air conditioning and ceiling fans, a very warm 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. 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, and 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

  • Lodge
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • 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

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single

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  • 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

Entertainment

  • 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

Theme

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

Attractions

  • 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
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • 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

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    The air conditioning cools the main floor and loft, and dehumidifies the bedrooms downstairs, which are cool in summer due to the high elevation. BRs have ceiling fans also...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • 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

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • 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 the gravel parking area out front. extra parking at the side of the house....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
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

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

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 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

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    This open deck adjoins the charcoal grille, and includes a picnic table, benches and other seating . . . and a fabulous view of the mountains across the valley....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:

    An former logging road runs next to the property on one side, where 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....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$600
$1,900
Summer
Jun 1 - Aug 11, 2015
7 night min stay

$2,950 $8,500
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$2,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 10.75%

Notes:

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


Cancellation policy:

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


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Last updated: 04/23/2015
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Location

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 Lodge:
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

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Exterior view (side entry showing)

    Exterior view (side entry showing)

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

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

  • View from the "Back Porch". Old photo (sorry), grape arbor is now grown in.

    View from the "Back Porch". Old photo (sorry), grape arbor is now grown in.

  • Dining Room with loft above.

    Dining Room with loft above.

  • Living room near (gas) fireplace

    Living room near (gas) fireplace

  • Dining room overlooks kitchen and breakfast room

    Dining room overlooks kitchen and breakfast room

  • Screened porch out back. (Trees are in winter - summer is all green.)

    Screened porch out back. (Trees are in winter - summer is all green.)

  • Typical BR

    Typical BR

  • 'Harry Potter' kids-cave under the stairs

    'Harry Potter' kids-cave under the stairs

  • laundry area

    laundry area

  • Den, with desk, treadmilll and pull-out trundle bed. (sleeps 2)

    Den, with desk, treadmilll and pull-out trundle bed. (sleeps 2)

  • Hammock at side of house

    Hammock at side of house

  • Collage of inside, outside and nearby fun stuff!

    Collage of inside, outside and nearby fun stuff!

  • View from front deck in winter.

    View from front deck in winter.

  • View from screened-in porch.

    View from screened-in porch.

  • View from inside front door. LR then dining room on other side of fireplace.

    View from inside front door. LR then dining room on other side of fireplace.

  • Loft, overlooks the Dining/Living area below. Pull out beds - sleeps 6

    Loft, overlooks the Dining/Living area below. Pull out beds - sleeps 6

  • View of kitchen and dining room, from the breakfast room.

    View of kitchen and dining room, from the breakfast room.

  • typical bedroom (queen size bed)

    typical bedroom (queen size bed)

  • typical bedroom

    typical bedroom

  • bedroom

    bedroom

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

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

  • Campfire area at side of house

    Campfire area at side of house

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  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Property type
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Owner
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within a few days
  • Response rate 50%
  • Calendar last updated 04/23/2015
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