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'Journey's End' - a Quiet Mountain Retreat Surrounded by Nature!

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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Highlands lodge description

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 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 streams, 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 unique, each sumptuous and splendid in appeal.

As evidenced in the photo’s, Journey's End 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 stuffed animals or endangered 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 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; visit the Highlands Nature Center; drive through the vintage covered wooden bridge at The Bascom art center and enjoy their varied exhibits; swim in the new Jr. Olympic-size pool, play tennis or shoot hoops at the Highlands Recreation Center; enjoy the varied opportunities for food lovers! To be sure, there is much to do and see nearby!

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 enjoy a refreshing stroll in our very own Falling Waters neighborhood – perhaps to include a picnic down by the modest streams 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!

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.


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Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    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

  • Pets Considered:

    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

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    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

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Master Bedroom #1: 1 king

    King bed, professionally laundered linens...moreless

  • Guest Room #2: 1 king

    King bed, professionally laundered linens...moreless

  • Guest Room #3: 1 king

    King bed, professionally laundered linens...moreless

  • 3 King beds, professionally laundered linens. Journey's End sleeps six in beds; consider bringing sleeping bags for the kids......and maybe even a pup tent for the back deck!...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bath #1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    2 vanity tops, each with sink; hair dryer...moreless

  • Guest Bath #2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    1 vanity top with sink, hair dryer...moreless

  • Guest Bath #3: toilet, shower

    1 vanity top with sink, hair dryer...moreless

  • Powder Room: toilet

    1 vanity sink...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

Other Amenities

  • Local Attractions:  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  Scenic Drives  Whiteside Mountain Trail  Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (5 miles)  Churches and Synagogues  Holiday Festivals  Waterfalls (numerous and beautiful!) Outdoor Activities:  Fly Fishing  Swimming  Water Skiing  Water Tubing  Paddle Boating  Jet Skiing  Rafting  Tennis  Softball  Playground  Eco Tourism  Bird Watching  Zip Lines  Mountaineering  Whitewater Rafting  Photography  Wildlife Viewing  Bird Watching  Hiking, Walking and Jogging Local Services and Businesses:  ATM’s and Banks  Grocery Stores  Retail Therapy Shopping ...moreless


  • Books:

    Extensive book collection; owner has provided an inventory list....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD Player for each TV....moreless

  • Games:

    Chess, checkers, Monopoly, backgammon, poker chips, cards, etc. provided by owner....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Music library available; owner has provided an inventory list....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite (Dish TV)...moreless

  • Stereo:

    High-fidelity in Gallery....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    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

  • Monument View:

    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

  • Mountain View:

    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

  • Rural:

    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

  • Village:

    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

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Entire property is central air conditioned (two zones)....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    High capacity electric....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    2 - propane fireplaces; easy to use and mood inspiring!...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Highlands provides a large exercise facility located downtown....moreless

  • Garage:

    Used as Owner's closet....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Entire property is central air heated and air conditioned (two zones)....moreless

  • Internet:

    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
  • Linens Provided:

    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

  • Living Room:

    3 full-size sofa's in Living Room; an additional full-size sofa in the Loft....moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking for several cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Long distance included in the continental US only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Luxurious bath sheets, guest towels, wash cloths and bathmats are provided. Also included are kitchen and powder room towels, etc. Please bring your own sunbathing towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    High capacity electric....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Special blend ground coffee is provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for eight provided....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher detergent is provided....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    All amenities included to support gourmet cooking (professional cookware, cutlery, etc.)....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towels, trash bags, dishwasher and laundry detergent are provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    25 CF with icemaker...moreless

  • Stove:

    4-burner propane gas cooktop with vented hood....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Four slice is provided....moreless


  • Boat:

    Lake Glenville: 1) Amazing Whitehall style 3-station mahogany rowboat, and 2) Fabulous vintage 1963 Thompson wood runabout with 1983 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

  • Golf:

    Several public and semi-private golf courses exist within reasonable distance from Highlands. Contact us for a complete listing!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe rental's are available in Highlands....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Our property is well-landscaped. The Development provides for grass cutting....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Professional grill with smoker included with the property. The initial supply of natural hardwood charcoal and lighter fluid is provided with the property!...moreless

  • Tennis:

    The Town of Highlands town provides outdoor tennis courts for public use at a modest fee....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Highlands has a public pool - Brand new Jr. Olympic size, tennis and basketball courts, and workout facility: all at modest cost on a daily basis....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - May 21, 2015
3 night min stay
$2,300 $7,950
May 22 - Sep 8, 2015
3 night min stay
$2,400 $8,500
Sep 9 - Nov 19, 2015
3 night min stay
$2,300 $7,950
Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2015
6 night min stay
$2,900 $7,950
Post Season
Nov 30 - Dec 17, 2015
3 night min stay
$2,100 $7,350
Dec 18 - Jan 4, 2016
6 night min stay
$2,900 $7,350
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,950 $6,900
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Cleaning/Trash Disposal $175 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9.75%


Accommodation Notes:

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.

Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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Last updated: 04/20/2015
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville, NC (Atlanta 140 miles, Greenville 90)
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Highlands, NC
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
NC Hwy. 106
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Highlands, NC

Car: Necessary

Attractions: autumn foliage, ponds, streams, waterfalls, sightseeing, nature center, art gallery/museum, live theatre, and of course retail therapy!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: Highly educated, the owner brings a unique sense of design style to Journey's End. Upscale and upbeat, the property and its' owner 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, western-facing 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 ensure that Journey's End will be long remembered as a delightful vacation destination!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Journey's End - a Place to Call Home!

    Journey's End - a Place to Call Home!

  • Your Journey's End Adventure Awaits You!

    Your Journey's End Adventure Awaits You!

  • Socialize With The Cook!

    Socialize With The Cook!

  • Great Room with Loft Above!

    Great Room with Loft Above!

  • Gathering Room - Perfect for Entertaining! (55' Tv)

    Gathering Room - Perfect for Entertaining! (55' Tv)

  • Gathering Room (from Guest #3 stair above).

    Gathering Room (from Guest #3 stair above).

  • Guest Room #1 on First Floor (king size bed, with fireplace).

    Guest Room #1 on First Floor (king size bed, with fireplace).

  • Guest Room #1 Bath (whirlpool) and Vanity.

    Guest Room #1 Bath (whirlpool) and Vanity.

  • The Loft (with sofa and 60' widescreen tv).

    The Loft (with sofa and 60' widescreen tv).

  • Guest Room #2 Bath Vanity (with tub/shower).

    Guest Room #2 Bath Vanity (with tub/shower).

  • Guest Room #3 Bath Vanity (includes walk-in shower).

    Guest Room #3 Bath Vanity (includes walk-in shower).

  • Panoramic View from Covered Back Deck (faces West) with Mountain Views!

    Panoramic View from Covered Back Deck (faces West) with Mountain Views!

  • Welcome to Journey's End!

    Welcome to Journey's End!

  • Welcome to Our Lodge!

    Welcome to Our Lodge!

  • Gourmet Kitchen!  Prepare for the Feast!

    Gourmet Kitchen! Prepare for the Feast!

  • The Gallery (fill the house with music!)

    The Gallery (fill the house with music!)

  • Gathering Room and Stair To Guest Room #3.

    Gathering Room and Stair To Guest Room #3.

  • Gathering Room Ceiling Fans - view from Guest #3 Stair.

    Gathering Room Ceiling Fans - view from Guest #3 Stair.

  • Guest Room #1 with Shower and Vanity.

    Guest Room #1 with Shower and Vanity.

  • Great Room - View from Loft.

    Great Room - View from Loft.

  • Guest Room #2 (king size bed).

    Guest Room #2 (king size bed).

  • Guest Room #3 (king size bed).

    Guest Room #3 (king size bed).

  • Covered Back Deck - with Charcoal Grill, Seating for 12 and Mountain Views!

    Covered Back Deck - with Charcoal Grill, Seating for 12 and Mountain Views!

  • Falling Waters Development Entrance - Onward to Journey's End!

    Falling Waters Development Entrance - Onward to Journey's End!

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