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Nestled in one of the best locations in Highlands, Miss Rebecca's Cottage is secluded in town on 2/3 acre right next to the Sunset Rocks hiking area (a short walk to a beautiful overlook), across the street from Highlands Nature Center (with native plant gardens, museum, and lake), and one-third mile from Main Street's famous shopping and dining.
Newly renovated and decorated with family heirloom antiques, nice linens, and fine accessories, Miss Rebecca's is an historic cottage that was once an ice house which held blocks of ice from Harris Lake. It was also a caretaker's house and later, an artist's studio. The property was owned by the family of Miss Rebecca Harris since the early 1900's, and included Harvilla, the estate next door which is now a separate property. The lush grounds seclude the cottage from the quiet street but the surrounding grassy, open areas allow lots of light to enter the 24 windows.
The main part of the house has been opened into a great room with a wood-burning stone fireplace, well-equipped kitchen, and a comfortable seating area with lots of windows. The living room/dining room and kitchen are a deep red with off-white trim and feature comfortable seating in sage green with plaid and richly hued florals.
The three bedrooms (two with queen-size beds and one with two twin beds) are sage green or peach with floral & check fabrics in subtle greens and blues with rose and peach accents. The furnishings, artwork, and accessories have been collected over a lifetime. Enjoy TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, telephone, CDs player, radio, puzzles, games, books, and magazines.
With a total square footage of 1300 feet, it is cozy but open and suitable for either a family of six or equally appealing for a couple wanting a private, special occasion getaway. If additional bedrooms are needed, rooms may be taken at the owner's bed and breakfast, Colonial Pines Inn, half a mile away where there is also a separate, smaller cottage suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children. If Miss Rebecca's calendar is full, please inquire about availability at these other locations.
Highlands, at an elevation of 4118', offers a cool summer climate with an average high in July of 77 degrees and an average low of 57. In summer, there are many cultural offerings including theater, music, and outdoor events from which to choose.The fall colors of Leaf Season bring excitement and crowds, especially on weekends; but the quiet evergreen beauty of winter and the gentle unfolding of spring offer a time to enjoy Highlands at a slower pace. Shops and restaurants are open year round and there is a winter/spring theater season as well as summer. Check into activities year-round at The Bascom, The Nature Center, The Highlands Cashiers Players, The Highlands Playhouse, Friday Night Live, The Chili Cook-Off (to name a few).
There is no better place to experience the beauty and mystery of the mountains in any season, and there is no house in Highlands more personal, charming, and well located than Miss Rebecca's Cottage.
There are family antiques in the house. Well-behaved children are welcome....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Absolutely no smoking allowed inside the house, and we prefer no smoking outside, either....moreless
Pets Not Allowed
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bedroom 1: 1 queen
Master BR is to right of Great Rm & has its own bath...moreless
Bedroom 2: 1 queen
BR #2 is to left of Great Rm & shares bath with BR #3...moreless
Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single
BR #3 is to right of Great Rm & shares bath with BR #2...moreless
Bedrooms are comfortably furnished with antiques, new mattresses, good linens, attractive window treatments. There are three bedrooms. The Master Bedroom has a queen bed and it's own bath. A second bedroom with queen bed and a third bedroom with twin beds share a bath. All bedrooms open directly off the Great Room....moreless
Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub
The Master Bath is private to The Master Bedroom....moreless
Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower
The second bath has an apartment-sized washer/dryer...moreless
Bathrooms are small but well-maintained and have direct access from the bedrooms....moreless
Stone wood-burning fireplace in the great room. Enough firewood to get you started which you can replace for the next guest. Starter logs are provided so kindling is not needed....moreless
The kitchen is fully-equipped with all utensils provided for preparing meals for six guests....moreless
Dishes & Utensils
A full kitchen is open to the l-shaped Great Room and has a view of the fireplace....moreless
Paper Towels, an unused scrub pad, coffee filters & toilet paper are provided....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Brick patio table & four chairs with four adirondack chairs in the yard. A 'secret garden' between the house and the street has adirondack chairs for a quiet interlude under a canopy of trees....moreless
HIGH SEASON NIGHTLY RATES: (2) Adults $200; (4) Adults $275; (6) Adults $375;
2nd NIGHT HALF PRICE: Jan/Feb/Mar; 3rd NIGHT HALF PRICE: Apr/May
WEEKLY RATES: Jan/Feb $700; Mar/Apr/Dec $800
Jun/Aug $1200; July/Oct $1500; May/Sep/Nov $1000
HOLIDAY WEEKLY RATES: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's $1200.
CLEANING FEES INCLUDED. TOWELS & LINENS PROVIDED. ADD 9.75% SALES TAX.
Inquire for a Special Quote and if Miss Rebecca's is filled, ask
about our second cottage next to Colonial Pines Inn B&B.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Miss Rebecca's is located in town at the corner of Main St (Horse Cove Rd) & Gibson St, the quiet end of town. Highlands is very small and Main St is only about 1 1/2 miles long. From Miss Rebecca's to the Library is about 1/4 mile and to the beginning of the business district is about 1/3 mile - very walkable past beautiful old houses on a lovely sidewalk through a rhododendron arbor. Just across the street is the Highlands Nature Center, a five acre nature preserve (with lake) run by the University of North Carolina, and right next to the property is the half mile Sunset Rocks Trail leading up to a picture postcard view down on the town of Highlands. That trail is also driveable! Miss Rebecca's is on 2/3 acre, set back from the street, and surrounded by a forested perimeter. Private & green but close to everything!
Year Purchased: 1993
About the owner: We have a busy life in Highlands running our Bed and Breakfast, Colonial Pines Inn, which we've owned since 1984! We left our Atlanta careers in Interior Design and Installation, fell in love with the mountains, and moved without looking back. Daughters Meghan and Heather had an idyllic childhood here and both still love the mountains and all things outdoors. They have wonderful memories of large family gatherings at the Inn on special occasions, and growing up around the constant comings and goings of guests taught them many valuable lessons. Meghan is a Property Manager/Homeowner Liaison for Vail Resorts in Beaver Creek CO and Heather is a horticulturist at the Georgia State Botanical Garden in Athens. Our days are filled with cooking, cleaning, repairing, upgrading, advertising, entertaining, bookkeeping, shopping, and a myriad of other things that bed and breakfast owners do every day. It's a great life!
Why the Owner Chose Highlands: Highlands is without a doubt, the classiest and most beautiful mountain town in Western NC. At an elevation of 4118', the average nighttime low in July is 57 degrees. In looking around to add an extra investment to our B&B, we found this lovely little house right in town not far from our Inn. Close enough for us to maintain meticulously, we are able to keep a close watch on it and we make sure it's always pristine and in shape for your visit. You will always be able to call us if you need anything and we will be right there, yet you have complete privacy on 2/3 acre right in town. In the past, we've owned other rental cottages in Highlands, but Miss Rebecca's Cottage is by far our favorite, and the others have now been sold so we can really concentrate on keeping Miss Rebecca's nice. Its location, size, appearance, and decor make a wonderful choice for a long or short stay in Highlands, and one day, when we sell the B&B, we plan to retire there. In the meantime, it's yours to enjoy!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Miss Rebecca's most outstanding feature is its location - private yet close to everything Highlands has to offer and best of all, you can park your car and walk. Neither too large nor too small, it can accommodate couples as well as families. From your front door, be sure to take the 15-min hike up Sunset Rocks for a gorgeous view of town, especially at Sunset (this hike can also be driven without 4-wheel drive for those not inclined to hike), and stroll across the street to the 5-acre nature preserve and lake at the Highlands Nature Center, run by University of NC. And check out the excellent summer nature classes for children and lectures for grown-ups. You'll find a Hiking & Water Fall Guide on your coffee table. The Library is 1/4 mile away, and the grocery store, churches, and shops are 1/3 mile. Walking is a popular activity in the safe environment of Highlands, and from Miss Rebecca's you can walk through several beautiful residential neighborhoods as well. Town is the place to be!