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Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats

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Last updated: 08/10/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Special offer: Had cancellation - now 30% off! Details

Highlands lodge description



Easy 20 minute drive to Cashiers or Highlands, 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 with their own secret spot Outside are play areas, swings, fort and hammock. All 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 and corporate retreats. We have six bedrooms (one king, four queens, two twins), four baths, large loft (with bunk bed & trundle bed), den w/trundle bed, 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 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, and large laundry room.

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, hazelnut, currant, cherry trees, grape vines, etc.

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

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • 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

          • 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

          • Pets Considered:

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

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Events Allowed

          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

          Kitchen & Dining

          • 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

          • 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

          • Kitchen:

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

          • Dishwasher:

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

          • Dining Area Seats:

            12...moreless

          • Ice Maker
          • Child's Highchair
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 12 people

          Amenities

          • 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

          • 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

          • 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

          • 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:

            Plenty of parking in the gravel parking area out front. extra parking at the side of the house....moreless

          • Heating:

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

          • Gas Fireplace:

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

          • Washing Machine:

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

          • Iron & Board
          • Towels Provided
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer

          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

              • Video Library:

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

              • Games:

                We have lots of Board Games....moreless

              • Television:

                Large Screen TV...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable
              • VCR
              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • Toys

              Communications

              • Free Long Distance
              • Wireless Internet
              • Telephone

              Outdoor Features

              • 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

              • 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

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Large cast-iron charcoal grille typical of campgrounds....moreless

              • Balcony

              Theme

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

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rafting
                  • Golf
                  • Cycling
                  • Swimming
                  • Hiking
                  • Kayaking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Hunting
                  • Shopping
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sledding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Photography
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Fishing
                  • Skiing
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Special offer: Had cancellation - now 30% off!

                  Now thru the end of September we'll rent for long weekends at $850 or full weeks at $1,600.

                  Offer for: Aug 11, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014 View calendar

                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Fall
                  Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $600
                  $1,900
                  Christmas
                  Dec 21 - Dec 28, 2014
                  8 night min stay

                  $2,950
                  flat fee
                  New Years
                  Dec 29 - Jan 3, 2015
                  6 night min stay

                  $2,950
                  flat fee
                  Winter
                  Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $450
                  $1,600
                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay

                  $2,950

                  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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                  Location

                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Sapphire Valley
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  High Hampton

                  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.

                   

                  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.

                  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, 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 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.

                  • 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 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

                  • Gravel road leading to property

                    Gravel road leading to property

                  • Hammock at side of house

                    Hammock at side of house

                  • Front Deck & view (now includes benches, and table is moved to adjacent area

                    Front Deck & view (now includes benches, and table is moved to adjacent area

                  • 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

                  • View from screened-in porch.

                    View from screened-in porch.

                  • typical bedroom (queen size bed)

                    typical bedroom (queen size bed)

                  • 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)

                  • Campfire area at side of house

                    Campfire area at side of house

                  • Front of lodge

                    Front of lodge

                  VRBO #28064

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                  This listing was first published here in 2003.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

                  $421 - $600 per night (USD)
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                  7 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 18

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