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Nestled in the trees overlooking stately mountain views, we are pleased to present a very special property - affectionately known as “Journey’s End.” A charming, private and exquisitely-furnished lodge located about two three miles from downtown Highlands, this gracious property is uniquely situated in the lovely “Falling Waters” community – where nine upscale homes share this fifty acre, peaceful place – all accompanied by an abundance of majestic trees and varied wildlife. Our private development includes a stone gateway, free-flowing clear water stream, two waterfalls and immense tranquility as you continue on to this enchanted retreat.
Extremely private, yet not too secluded, Journey's End is a welcoming place. Upon entrance to the home the Grand Room, Gallery, Gathering Room, Master Bedroom and spacious back deck provide panoramic views of the mountainous terrain. The adjacent, well-appointed kitchen provides all of the amenities that support gourmet cooking. The common areas encourage great entertaining, whether for couples who wish to just escape from it all in a romantic setting to a family gathering suitable for both adults and children. Supremely distinctive when compared to other properties, there are three independently-placed master suites, each with their own well-appointed king-size bed and private bath. All three are different, but each is sumptuous and splendid in appeal.
As evidenced in the photo’s, this home is furnished in an interesting African theme - where the original animal pen/inks share this grand place with authentic African wood carvings, a variety of eclectic art glass and other gracious design elements evocative of a true mountain lodge – such as soaring timber-framed ceilings, natural woodwork and glorious western-facing mountain views that embrace the setting sun. As we enjoy wildlife in all of its' splendor, we harbor no stuff animals or skins here! The Gathering Room is appointed with three full-size sofa’s that enable viewing of a very large 55' wide-screen flat television, perfect for sporting or other entertainment and accompanying gleeful repartee. Or, let the kids simply enjoy the other 60' wide-screen located in the large Loft - perfect for movies. Also available is wireless internet access, continental-US long distance telephone service, as well as a high-fidelity stereo system for your music enjoyment. The back deck creates an entertainment area for all guests to share in nature’s glory, while the large accompanying natural charcoal grill w/smoker can also be used for that long-awaited repast – served at the Grand Room dining table for eight or the sturdy outdoor picnic table that easily seats twelve.
Care for an adventure? Visit our local NC waterfalls: Glen Falls (difficult descent!), Bridal Veil Falls (drive under!), Dry Falls (amazing walk under!), Bust-Your-Butt falls (a place for kids to cool off, yet can be turbulent and dangerous after rainstorms!) and the magnificent Cullasaja Gorge Falls (absolutely inspiring!); go for a hike along many outdoor trails that surround Highlands - Whiteside Mountain is a must! All of these amenities are all within ten miles of our lovely community.
Browse and shop to your heart's content in downtown Highlands! Our shopping experience is oriented to both the resourceful and the opulent; from hiking shoes to antiques, t-shirts to leather handbags, artwork to furniture, we have it all in Highlands! Our many eating establishments provide for great, modest-priced meals: from ice cream cones and sandwiches to those who seek the unique, gastronomical delight of several five-star restaurants. Consider also embarking on a short drive to Cashiers for more shopping, Glenville for a glorious lake view (swimming, boating and picnics), or just a refreshing stroll in our very own Falling Waters neighborhood – perhaps to include a picnic down by the modest stream and beautiful waterfall – or just a quiet walkabout through the attractive development. To be sure, you won’t be disappointed!
Let there be no doubt that “Journey’s End” is a place to call home, a well-appointed lodge to enjoy and a welcoming respite from the busy urban life! We welcome you, esteemed guests, to our Highlands mountain paradise!
Notes: 1) We can accommodate a 2-night stay, but at a higher rate than the quoted 3-night stay due to pro-rated laundry costs, etc. Please inquire with the owner. 2) The property sleeps 6 (2 each in king size beds), but there is ample room for more - on sofa's, sleeping bags on the floor, or even consider bringing sleeping bags and a pup tent for the kids to be placed on the back deck! 3) We offer air conditioning throughout the entire home, unlike many mountain homes in the area. Although the mountain elevation offers cooler summer temperatures, we also experience relatively high humidity - thus, a/c provides both temperature and humidity control. 4) Small well-behaved dog considered, but requires prior approval by the owner. If approved, the Pet Fee offsets the cost related to carpet cleaning and removal of pet dander.
Children will need to be supervised as the property contains many high-value pieces of original artwork, African carvings and eclectic art glass....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Smoking or chewing of any type is specifically excluded from consideration....moreless
Pet (small, well-behaved dog) must be approved by the owner. Pet fee of $150 is necessary to allow for carpet cleaning due to pet dander as well as potential cleaning for pet hair, etc. Guest is responsible for any and all damage caused by their pet....moreless
The major impediment to use of wheelchairs is the front entry steps (three modest steps down and three steps up); the Master Bedroom and Master Bath are located on the main floor; other Guest bedrooms require climbing stairs. Baths do not have handicap rails. Property is well-suited to use of a handicap walker, particularly on the main (first) floor....moreless
Each bath includes an amenities package in case of common forgotten items. We also furnish very special hand soap for the bath/shower and vanity.
Towels included: 6 Bath Sheets, 6 Hand, 6 Wash and 1 Bathmat....moreless
Highlands Visitor’s Center
Highlands Botanical Garden
Highlands Library (Macon County)
Highlands Recreation Center
Highlands Community Pool
Live Theater/Performing Arts Centers
Numerous Restaurants and Taverns
Health and Beauty Spa; Salons
Many Hiking Trails
Whiteside Mountain Trail
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (5 miles)
Churches and Synagogues
Waterfalls (numerous and beautiful!)
Hiking, Walking and Jogging
Local Services and Businesses:
ATM’s and Banks
Retail Therapy Shopping
Extensive book collection; owner has provided an inventory list....moreless
Numerous titles available; owner provides an inventory list....moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
Highlands is just a hop, skip and jump (and a walk of 2-1/2 miles) away! Great shopping and many things to do in the downtown area!...moreless
Looking for an amazing view of the mountains? Try Whiteside Mountain, located in between Highlands and Cashiers at the border between Macon County and Jackson County - details at the residence....moreless
During late Spring, Summer and Fall we experience a lovely view of mountainous terrain. We are surrounded by trees and nature! As the leaves drop in the Fall, the view expands accordingly....moreless
Just a short 2-1/2 mile drive to Highlands! We are not too secluded in the 50 acre development, yet experience significant peace and tranquility as we have no homes nearby....moreless
More of a village than a town! Nonetheless, we can be a springboard to experience the beauty that surrounds our mountain paradise! Situated at 4,100 ft. above sea level, our climate is superb!...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Golf Privileges Optional
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Grand Room table seats 8 very comfortably. The Kitchen area provides additional seating for 4 at a high-top counter. We even offer an outdoor picnic table for 12 on the back deck (18' above ground)!...moreless
Seating for 8 people
Entire property is central air conditioned (two zones)....moreless
Entire property is central air heated and air conditioned (two zones)....moreless
Satellite internet is included. Guest must limit extent of usage to 10GB per month (2.5 GB per week). We can accommodate higher usage at extra cost, but 10GB per month is generally sufficient....moreless
Iron & Board
Professionally laundered for maximum sanitation. Notify owner if the linens are to be made available for Guest placement rather than the beds being made-up for arrival....moreless
3 full-size sofa's in Living Room; an additional full-size sofa in the Loft....moreless
Journey's End has two boats available: 1) Whitehall style 3-station mahogany rowboat, and 2) 1963 Classic Thompson wood runabout with 115 Johnson outboard. Contact Owner for additional information!!...moreless
Deck / Patio:
Front porch has 2 rocking chairs; Expansive Back Deck has a rugged picnic table that can accommodate seating for 12. The Back Deck is elevated approx. 18 feet above ground due to sloping terrain. ...moreless
Several public and semi-private golf courses exist within reasonable distance from Highlands. Contact us for a complete listing!...moreless
Valentine's Feb 13 - Feb 19, 2015 3 night min stay
Late Winter Feb 20 - Mar 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Spring Apr 1 - May 21, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer May 22 - Sep 8, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Cleaning/Trash Disposal$175 + tax
Property Damage Protection$69
1) Rates include professionally laundered/sanitized linens and clean guest towels, etc. at time of check-in.
2) Rates also include a Guest welcome package and special amenities.
3) Rates do NOT include a Cleaning/Trash Disposal Fee ($175), Damage Protection ($69 - insured to $3,000), Pet Fee ($150, if required) or 9-3/4% Macon County, NC Accommodation and Sales Tax.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Attractions: autumn foliage, ponds, streams, waterfalls, sightseeing, nature center, art gallery/museum, live theatre, and of course retail therapy!
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Highly educated, the owners bring a unique sense of design style to Journey's End. Upscale and upbeat, the property and its' owners welcome you to a peaceful vacation experience where tranquility abounds and our invigorating locale is sure to please the most discriminating tastes.
Why the Owner Chose Highlands: The photo's tell it all: Clean, spacious and quiet accommodations provide for a unique experience in a very private setting. Whether securing Journey's End as a romantic getaway for two, a retreat for friends and family, or a respite for several adults to simply relax from the hustle and bustle of humanity, Journey's End is a welcoming environment that offers great entertainment possibilities and that often elusive romantic setting.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: A mountain lodge filled with charm and character; spacious and evocative, simply a magnificent property to use as a base camp while exploring the seemingly endless opportunities in and around the western North Carolina mountains. We are nestled in the trees with a very nice mountain view. Due to our elevation at 4,100 ft. above sea level, mosquito's are virtually non-existent - and quiet solitude is assured because we have no nearby neighbors. Conveniently located (downtown Highlands is just 2-1/2 miles away!) and surrounded by abundant foliage, our clean, spacious and comfortable accommodations are the perfect setting to make Journey's End a memorable vacation destination!