Upscale Cottage with Ultra Privacy and Spectacular View
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cashiers cottage description
Fifteen minutes east of Cashiers, and 55 minutes southeast of Asheville, N.C. is Mountain Laurel Cottage; a wonderful two bedroom, two bathroom home, that boasts a spectacular, long distance, southwest view of Chimney Top and Whiteside Mountains.
Designed by Al Platt (yes, the same one who designed the nationally recognized 2006 HGTV Dream Home), Mountain Laurel Cottage not only takes advantage of the impressive view from this five acre estate, but also offers a superb natural mountain experience. Enjoy a cool mountain breeze, or the warmth of a crackling fire, on the comfortably furnished, screened, living room/porch, which is the common family area of the home. Screened on three sides, it has a high vaulted ceiling, and lets you enjoy the acres of surrounding nature. Inside the home are the bedrooms, bathrooms, den/living area and the kitchen that opens onto that screened living room/porch area. Peace, quiet, and privacy are your neighbors. From the living room/porch step outside onto an uncovered deck where there is a large gas grill ready to cook your favorite meal. This is truly designer mountain living!
The Mountain Laurel Cottage estate is situated at an elevation of 3800 ft, on the 320 acre, gated, Preserve at Rock Creek. With 215 of the Preserve’s acres dedicated to conservation; pristine forests, plentiful waterfalls, and ancient rock formations are all a splendid hike away.
Fine dining, boutique/convenience shopping, additional golf / tennis facilities, more stream/lake fishing, renowned hiking, and a multitude of incredible waterfalls are all within fifteen minutes. There is even a post office, a gas station, and a convenience store five minutes of Mountain Laurel Cottage, on the main east-west artery, State Road 64.
Keywords: Cottage, Home, Flat, Bungalow, House
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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The screened porch and the view from the porch were great and the Preserve at Rock Creek a beautiful retreat. If we were able to spend all our time on the porch it would have been fine, but freezing temperatures forced us inside for much of the time. Inside, the 8' x 15' living space was cramped even for 4 people. The cabin can sleep 8, (as described by the owner) but does not SEAT 8. There is only 1 couch and 2 chairs in the living area. There is no dining table (only 4 small fragile snack trays) and no fireplace inside. The only places to see the view are from the master bedroom and guest bath--only 1 small window from the living/kitchen area. If you plan to spend all your time outside on the porch this cabin would be fine... Otherwise, it is a cramped and uncomfortable place. By the way, I still haven't found the fire pit and stream! I give it a generous 2.
- Guest Don R.
- Date of stay 10/19/13
- Review Submitted 11/11/13
Manager response: So sorry to hear the weather was not cooperating and you did not get to enjoy the screen porch/ outdoor living/ dinning room. That is why so many people come here. I wish you had called, the dinning table on the porch folds down so it can easily be moved in doors when it is cold. Along with the fireplace on the porch there are two portable electric heaters in the master bedroom closet that can be used to make the porch much more comfortable (not perfect but much warmer). It's unfortunate you could not find the fire pit and waterfall, it's beautiful and a great place to have a fire and cocktail in the evening. We would love for you to come back when it's warmer. I'll be happy to work with you so you can enjoy everything you missed. Sincerely, John C. Hazard, Jr.
Property in sapphire valley
Property in sapphire valley
The property was as described and owner supplied very helpful data as to property and local businesses. The home was stocked with the proper items that make stay an enjoyable experience The views were great from most windows. All appliances worked and were convenient to grilling or cooking in kitchen. The cleanliness of all rooms was first class Internet access was good. I would not only recommend this home to anyone and plan to make a follow up visit next year.
- Guest Wayne P.
- Date of stay 11/01/13
- Review Submitted 11/08/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children.
We just returned from our first visit to the Cashiers area and we are already missing it! The cottage was very clean and well kept. We had a hard time leaving it to go enjoy what the area has to offer and spent almost all our time on the screened in living area overlooking the surrounding mountains and listening to the sounds of nature. It was very secluded without feeling too isolated. The kitchen was actually well stocked and it all was very comfortable and enjoyable. Since we were in mid-October the porch was definitely cool but we just couldn't bring ourselves to come inside. There is a fireplace (though we had problems keeping the wood burning) and the only comment I would have is the living areas inside would be cramped if you had more than say a handful of people staying so keep that in mind. I would highly recommend this place and we certainly plan to come back. Make sure to visit the Gorges state park nearby for hiking. Highlands has lots of shopping if you are interested. Make sure to stock up on Dramadine if you are a passenger in the car for the road in the area are very winding.
- Guest Brett M.
- Date of stay 10/13/13
- Review Submitted 10/18/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway.
My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Mountain Laurel. This small private cottage was an ideal getaway spot for the two of us. The mountain altitude makes for a wonderful escape from hot summer temperatures. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during the day. Then return to the cottage for a late afternoon nap, read a book or have a cocktail while viewing the sunset. Lunch at Cornucopia in Cashiers is a must. Also try breakfast or lunch at the Mountain Fresh Grocery (yes in the grocery store) in Highlands if you go there shopping. We preferred eating out during the day and cooking dinner on the Jenn-Air outdoor stone grill at the cottage. The Farmers Market in Cashiers is great for fresh fruits & vegetables. There is also a large Ingles Market in Cashiers for grocery shopping that includes a Starbucks Coffee Shop & Redbox movie rental. You will spend most of your time on the screened living area. The mountain breezes and ceiling fan make it very comfortable. There is a large stone fireplace if the weather is cool. The dining table is on the screened living area and makes for a great place to eat and enjoy the view. There is a small sitting area with a couch, 2 chairs & HD TV adjoining the kitchen area. There is no indoor dining area however TV trays are provided for the sitting area if you insist on eating inside. HD TV's with DVD players are in each bedroom. If you plan on more than one couple, note that the 2nd bedroom is on the second floor and the 2nd bathroom is on the first floor. There is plenty of privacy so this shouldn't be a problem, but thought it should be noted. We look forward to returning soon.
- Guest Alan M.
- Date of stay 07/23/13
- Review Submitted 07/29/13
Unbelievable Mountain Retreat
Unbelievable Mountain Retreat
This was our first trip to the Cashiers North Carolina area and the "Mountain Laurel Cottage" was like being on our own private Mountain. The views from the cabin are spectacular, the accommodations are tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Perfect for a couple or family. We entertained friends one night to watch the sunset on the huge screen porch....it was a perfect evening. The "Preserve at Rock Creek" is one of the most well thought out sanctuaries that that we have ever seen. Beautiful hiking trails, spiritual water falls and much more. All this is so close to everything that the area has to offer fishing, shopping, golf, spa's....unbelievable local restaurants....so much more. We look forward to staying at Mountain Laurel Cottage again soon.
- Guest Joan & Greg (Austin, Texas)
- Date of stay 07/16/13
- Review Submitted 07/21/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children.
Gorgeous Mountain-top Home in Pristine Setting
Gorgeous Mountain-top Home in Pristine Setting
Visited Mt. Laurel Cottage for the first time in December of 2012, in what most would assume was a down time of the year, post-Fall/foliage. Nothing could have been further from the truth! The weather was an unseasonably warm 60 degrees almost every day, dropping to a crisp mid 40-degrees most evenings. The outdoor fireplace (stocked with starter logs and fresh cut wood) inside a screened-in porch was perfect for entertaining guests and hosting dinner parties. I brought my dog, who loved to briefly escape the comforts of the outdoor porch and roam the immediate vicinity of the property, exploring the woods in plain sight. The accommodations were immaculate--the comfort of the beds and linens made for a quiet, peaceful, and deep sleep. The house is EXTREMELY well insulated so just a little heat with the large ceiling fans is more than enough to keep your room warm and comfortable. The kitchen has all the basic amenities but I primarily used the outdoor gas barbecue for all my cooking needs. Gamekeepers Tavern, a top-notch, gourmet restaurant located just five minutes from the entrance, specializes in wild game. Make sure to introduce yourself to Matt, the owner, and Chip and James, the lead bartenders. I had originally planned on staying just a few days, but once I experienced a few days and saw an opening in availability, I booked the place for two weeks! There are numerous hiking trails in the area, including a short, but beautiful trail on the property, just minutes from the entrance. The trail runs along a creek which the dog enjoyed. Met some of the other property owners and visitors staying in Mt. Laurel. Everyone is very friendly and educated, mostly affluent, looking for an escape from the urban lifestyle, while maintaining a sense of connection (3 HD TVs all equipped with DirecTV + fast, wireless internet all over the property) with privacy. The house is truly stocked with everything you need and includes a washer and dryer so you really don't have to pack that much. The water pressure and temperature was great in both showers (I was alone but tried both!) If you don't have guests staying in the second bedroom upstairs, make sure you open the rooftop windows for the fresh air and incredible mountaintop scenery. If I had the money, I would buy one of the available properties for sale inside Mt. Laurel. In summary, this is among the most scenic and beautiful destinations of any in the United States. Book this place!
- Guest Walker (New Orleans, LA)
- Date of stay 12/01/12
- Review Submitted 02/25/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners.
This home is absolutely fantastic! I can't say enough about the views!!!!! The porch is where we lived most of our trip when we were not out hiking and exploring Cashiers and Highlands. We did a lot of hiking there on the Preserve and the fire pit area was really nice; it was well stocked with wood and starter logs. Our son played in the creek there many late afternoons while we had cocktails and appetizers. The beds are very comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked and all the linens were nice as well. It was one of our best family vacations and we look forward to returning. The Gamekeepers Tavern is a must for anyone looking to eat out one evening.
- Guest Millie P.
- Date of stay 09/23/12
- Review Submitted 02/03/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Perfect for Tour de Cashiers!
Perfect for Tour de Cashiers!
My husband and a friend's husband love to go cycling and have made day trips to from GA to ride the Tour de Cashiers before. This year we decided to make a weekend of it, and I'm so glad we did! This cabin is only 7 miles down to Cashiers; very convenient! When we arrived, we had some trouble navigating the neighborhood; a phone call with the homeowner sorted that out. The key and gate opener were not where they should have been, and this too was resolved in a very timely manner. The rental process itself was smooth and painless. The views are amazing, and the screened porch is definitely the main attraction for good reason. My friend and I stayed out there all afternoon while the guys raced, and then we all spent the rest of the evening enjoying the supermoon and a cozy fire. There were a few small disappointments however that should be mentioned for potential renters: * There were not two queen beds as the listings both here and at homeaway.com indicate. The upstairs loft had a full size bed and a twin size hideaway and the downstairs master had a king. The loft bed is not catty-cornered as pictured but sits with the head of the bed at those windows straight ahead. There is neither a headboard nor screens on those windows which means your pillows can fall out and into the porch if you're not careful! Renters with children should be cautious. * The loft got very warm during the day despite having a/c. It may be of concern during the heat of summer! * Not sure if it's seasonal, but there are many carpenter ants. In the mountains you're bound to have some critters or pests, but I was a bit uncomfortable by how many there were. There was also a lot of sawdust on and behind the twin sized bed in the loft, likely from ant damage. * The listing says "pets considered," and we were able to take our dog. (We were also told there is no minimum stay with a pet contrary to the listing.) Be aware there is limited "open space" to take your pet to toilet unless you allow them to use the gravel driveway and clean up after them. * The property looked like it had been cleaned, but perhaps not just before we got there or not as well as I'd like to have seen. I went around the house with the broom and vacuum and felt much better. * We were instructed to leave our garbage either in the house or drive it down the mountain to some bear proof cans. Some signs to these cans would be useful, especially in the dark. Overall a fantastic weekend; looking forward to 2013!
- Guest Andi M. (Braselton, Georgia)
- Date of stay 05/04/12
- Review Submitted 05/07/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.
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2 night min stay
- Cleaning Fee: $100 + tax
- Pet Fee: $100
- Tax Rate 11.75%
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About: There is so much to enjoy on the Preserve’s 320 acres including walking the Rock Creek trail and climbing to the waterfalls, horseback riding in our meadow, trout fishing in our two ponds or simply exploring the 115 species of flora and 100 species of animals that live on the Preserve. There is all of the great outdoors to enjoy but sometimes its about sitting on the porch and enjoying the views. Also, near by is swimming, golf, tennis, fine dining and family activities.
National Parks & Recreation Areas: Mt. Laurel Cottage located in The Preserve at Rock Creek is nestled within the Nantahala National Forest, the largest national forest in North Carolina and home to many of the area’s waterfalls. There are lots of activities to enjoy in the Nantahala. Gorges State Park is filled with plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique plant species in the eastern United States. Panthertown Valley boasts a density of biodiversity equal to that of a plateau high in the Himalayas, it is practically next door to the Preserve at Rock Creek. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is accessible at many points in this area and the Parkway is great way to take in the gorgeous views. With so many things to do you can easily spend day after day on the Parkway. Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are all within an hour of the entrance to the Preserve at Rock Creek. With all these recreational areas, the number of hiking trails and other outdoor activities are too numerous to mention.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
It’s no coincidence that The Preserve at Rock Creek sits in the heart of one of nature’s masterpieces. Located in the Western North Carolina region known as the Land of Waterfalls, the area is home to more than 250 free-falling and cascading waterfalls and boasts a temperate rainforest microclimate that maintains pleasant temperatures even during the hottest times of year. When you’re standing three to four thousand feet above sea level, breathing in crisp mountain air, soothed by the sounds of wildlife and awed by the views of natural spring-fed waterfalls, tranquil streams, massive rock outcroppings, soaring cliffs and hidden caves, you know you’re some place special. The property at this exclusive mountain community is designed to maximize scenic features while maintaining natural integrity. In addition to the waterfalls, the area’s diverse and plentiful plant life is a true highlight, with spring and summer’s wildflowers giving way to the hardwood forest’s impressive displays of color when leaves change in the fall.
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Mountain Laurel Cottage Has a Spectacular Southwest View at 3900 Ft.
This is the Place for Privacy and Rejuvenation of the Spirit.
The Master Bedroom Has the Same Fantastic Long Range View.
The Master Bath with Granite and Wood Stays True to the Native Mountain Feel.
Upstairs Bedroom with Queen Bed, Twin Trundle Bed and Flat Screen TV.
Spring is a Beautiful Time of Year.
The Mountain Laurel Cottage is a Difficult Place to Leave.
The Screened Living Room/Porch Provides the Ultimate Mountain Experience.
Spectacular Views From The Screened Porch
Sleep in the Middle of 320 Acres. Peace and Quiet Await the Soul.
The Full Kitchen Opens Onto the Living Room/Porch.
Cozy Living/TV Room with Queen Size Sleeper Sofa.
Beautiful Vaulted Ceiling Makes This Porch Truly Unique.
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