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Tranquil Treehouse on 2.5 Acres; Affordable, Luxurious, Large Porches, Wifi

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Last updated: 04/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Highlands cabin description

Your own tranquil Treehouse is secluded on 2.5 acres of white birch, mountain laurel and hardwoods, only 3 miles from downtown Highlands. The charm here is magical for a perfect romantic getaway or to just get away from it all. Authors have written books here. It is a unique place from which to hike nearby Whiteside Mountain or enjoy the waterfalls, trout streams, restaurants, shopping and seasonal festivals, concerts and theatre of the Highlands region.

There is also a returning guest discount. Just let the owner know you have been here before and when.

When you first arrive, you may enter the Treehouse from the front porch, which has easy access for the mobility impaired. You may also enter from the long, high back porch with its swing, recliners and rockers overlooking wooded grandeur as the land falls away beneath you. Both porches run the width of the house. You will enter the Great Room with its 22 feet high cathedral ceiling that gives a wonderful feeling of spaciousness and windows that let in an abundance of natural light and the forest outside. You will view the beautiful dining and living room areas, the rock fireplace, the entertainment center with wireless Internet and Direct TV and a very comfortable sleeper sofa in front of a unique coffee table filled with information on things to see and do. You will be standing on thick hardwood floors that run throughout the house.

As you look around, you will notice the dark granite counters and wood cabinets in the full kitchen. On or near the front porch, you will see the Weber grill, firewood and a swing. (The front porch is close to the ground and best for off-loading luggage and groceries.)

Walk toward the back door and you can turn into the master bedroom with its comfy, king size bed and full bath. All linens and towels are provided and the beds will be made when you arrive. Go back to the Great Room and you can go up the stairs to the high, open loft bedroom with its queen size, sleigh bed, writing desk, full bath with shower, double closets and dark wood furniture and desk. On the way up or once there, you may notice the window at the apex of the cathedral ceiling that lets in natural light, making the loft bedroom light and airy.

The Treehouse is fully furnished. Free long distance calling in the United States on a land line is provided. Mobile reception in the mountains can be spotty.

Day or evening,you may want to swing or rock on the back porch. Enjoy a beverage and the ultimate peace and tranquility of deliciously cool days and crisp nights of summer and early fall. In the late fall and winter months, a warm and cozy fire in the rock fireplace will beckon.

Highlands and Cashiers have incredible restaurants, unique shops, golf, hiking, waterfalls, and trout streams, all nearby. The hiking trails and the many waterfalls have beautiful views. In the winter, skiing in Sapphire Valley is 20-25 minutes away.

For me, being in the Treehouse and Highlands is a transcendent experience. All the problems and worries of everyday life seem to fall away to the lower elevations from which I came. I hope you can share that Treehouse experience with me.
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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 2-5

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    in great room...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    sleigh bed in loft bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    in master bedroom on main floor...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Great hiking and gorgeous water falls are nearby. The fine shops and excellent restaurants of Highlands can be reached in five to six minutes. Whiteside Mountain with its beautiful hiking trails is three to five minutes away. Cashiers and Sapphire Valley can be reached in 15-25 minutes. ...moreless


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


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    wood fireplace...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat and air...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Free long distance calls...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Deck / Patio:

    Front and back decks. Hiigh Back deck has a view of mountain laurel and hardwoods on ground that falls away from the house. The front deck has a portable grill and firewood. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - May 21, 2015
2 night min stay
$145 $155
Fri, Sat
$795 $2,795
Summer/Early Fall
May 22 - Oct 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$195 $210
Fri, Sat
$995 $3,195
Late Fall
Nov 1 - Jan 3, 2016
2 night min stay
$145 $155
Fri, Sat
$795 $2,795
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$195 $210
Fri, Sat
$995 $3,195
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • cleaning fee $95 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9.75%


Rates subject to change. Guests agree that repair and replacement costs for damage or extra cleaning required for any reason will be charged to guests' credit cards as an alternative to a damage deposit.

No smoking inside or on porches. Dogs allowed in owners discretion (no cats please). Please include phone # in inquiries. Owner likes to talk briefly with guests and address needs before rental.

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Last updated: 04/02/2015
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53.9 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville (Greenville SC =80 mi., Atlanta =143 mi)
5.7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Highlands CC, also Cashiers, Sapphire Valley
9.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wyndham Ski Resort at Sapphire Valley, NC

Car: Recommended


Owner info

About the owner: I am a professional in Houston, TX who grew up and attended college in Georgia. I miss the mountains and woodlands of the east coast. I am close to retirement and bought the Treehouse both as a place to get away and as an investment. My wife is a yoga teacher. I am a former Marine officer, a partner in a professional firm and do some acting in film. I have a wonderful housekeeper who has immaculately maintained the Treehouse for number of years and people in Highlands who look after the building and the grounds.

Why the Owner Chose Highlands:
I was on vacation in Sapphire Valley and fell in love with both Highlands and the Treehouse. Something about the topography, the waterfalls and the town, as well as the Treehouse itself, is unique. The feeling in the Treehouse with its huge back porch that runs the width of the house and overlooks white birch, hardwoods, mountain laurel and blackberries is indescribable. I have learned that Highlands attracts a very high quality group of people both as renters and owners and is brimming with fine restaurants, shopping and live theater and concerts in the summer, both in town and nearby. The fall provides many great events and festivals in the area. Situated on 2.53 acres of mountain laurel, white birch and hardwoods, the Treehouse is secluded but is only about 3 miles and five minutes from downtown Highlands. This combination was very appealing. It is also within walking distance of Whiteside Mountain with its beautiful hiking trails and views, including the Shadow Bear. There is easy access to many wonders of nature, Cashiers and Sapphire Valley. The Treehouse was built around 2001 and is of high quality construction with wonderful amenities: central air and heat, a beautiful fireplace, thick hardwood floors and granite counters in the kitchen. There are two large porches on the front and back of the house that run the width of the house. In warm and cool weather, one could spend most of one's time on the swings or rockers on the back porch where the ground falls away into the forest, giving a great view and a feeling of peace.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
What made me fall in love with the Treehouse was the utter tranquility of the place. From the 22-feet high cathedral ceiling in the Great Room to being surrounded by mountain laurel and hardwood forests, to sitting on the high back porch in one of the rockers, lounges or the swing viewing the land and forest falling away beneath you , there is a feeling that whatever you are looking for, you have found it. It is very attractive that it is so close to the activities and restaurants in Highlands and Cashiers - five minutes in one direction and 15 in the other. The 20-25 minute drive to skiing in Sapphire Valley is also attractive. Photographs cannot truly capture the charm of the place and upon going back to close the sale two months after making an offer, it was even more charming than I remembered. It did not hurt that I drove from a stifling July summer in Durham to the delicious coolness of Highlands in the course of a day. The Treehouse seemed extremely well-built and solid in its construction with its 6' walls. It still does.

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  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Living Area with stone fireplace

    Living Area with stone fireplace

  • Spacious loft area now has a queen sleigh bed!

    Spacious loft area now has a queen sleigh bed!

  • Mountain laurels surround the property - Very private!

    Mountain laurels surround the property - Very private!

  • Front Porch

    Front Porch

  • Master Bedroom on Main

    Master Bedroom on Main

  • Treehouse in the winter wonderland

    Treehouse in the winter wonderland

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