House - 3 Bedrooms - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 8) in a park-like private setting.
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About Rob Rose
I am a Fort Lauderdale native with deep roots in eastern North Carolina. Real estate is my career, and home renovations are my passion. I am a collector of houses, cars, boats, bikes, art and lots of other things and I enjoy working on them hands on. Top of the Hill is one of three vacation homes I own with others in Beaufort NC and Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Throughout each of them are found things that reflect my interests in design, art, gardens, antique cars, model planes, architecture, cooking, history, vintage English bikes and sailing dinghy’s, entertaining and just living well. I move from house to house, working on them, sort of curating them, and enjoying the unique aspects of each.
Rob Rose purchased this House in 2006
Why Rob Rose chose Southern Pines
This is a special house offering a great experience to guests simply not found in other vacation rental offerings in the area. Guests tell me what a great feeling the house has, what a good vibe. Of course, I am biased! This house has a personality. I obviously love Top of The Hill, its location in the Sandhills, and I love Southern Pines, which gets more attractive year to year. . I saw that when I bought it over a decade ago and set to its restoration. When I travel and book vacation homes, part of what I love is the experience of enjoying someone’s personally created environment. I avoid places without personality, which this house offers in spades.
What makes this House unique
I think the best thing about this house is its peacefulness. Its’ relaxing, restful, comfortable, fun, witty, and a bit magical. It sorts of unfolds to its guests as the light changes and observations are made. I find that Southern Pines is like that; if you just slow down and pay attention, magic happens. What more can you ask of a house?
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Pampered in the Pines
A well appointed, charming home minutes from downtown. The kitchen has all the cooking accoutrements you need to prepare the best meals. There is plenty of seating to accommodate up to ten dinner guests. The vintage furniture and art provided a cozy ambiance transporting you in time to yesteryear. We all enjoyed our time at this beautiful home.
HE'S WATCHING YOU in his museum
Owner gives extremely detailed instructions on how to use the home and how to leave it, but somehow omitted to notify us of the security camera (audio/video night vision recording dropcam) tucked behind the vases in the living room. We were recorded in the living room and who knows where else for 24 hours before I discovered it and unplugged it. I have 3 kids under 18 and am pretty sure this is illegal without my signed consent. If you like staying in a museum where you can’t touch the covered piano, hutch, grandfather clock, vases or paintings without a threat of being charged, then this is the place for you! There is also a camera on the thermostat facing into the bathroom. Not sure if that was active or controlled by the owner. If he’s comfortable recording us in his home, how many other cameras are hidden in the closets that have locks on them and you will be charged if you get into them. They have slats pointing down into the bathroom as well. We also had to pay an enormous fee for the 7th person when it’s advertised as sleeps 8. Long, extensive to do list and cleaning responsibilities before you can leave the property - on top of being charged an automatic cleaning fee. We’ve stayed in VRBOs before and this is extravagant. Creepy setup with an owner that isn’t up front about recording you and justifies doing it because of “security” and that it’s only used when the house is vacant. Right….. This is a glorified overpriced storage facility and a creeper trap.
Checkout is 11. You are charged an extra $50 for leaving late. Here is the list of what you have to do upon checkout:
1. Strip beds that have been used and put bed and bath linens in the hampers provided in each bedroom closet (don’t combine or mix bed linens between rooms).
2. Close patio umbrellas and bring outdoor cushions to living room.
3. Empty refrigerator (you may leave usable food items for next guests if you like).
4. Bag all trash and place in outside receptacles and move to curb.
5. Place two air conditioning thermostats to Heat 40 and cool 90
6. Lock all windows and doors.
7. Be sure all TV’s are off.
8. Wash any dishes and cookware and return to cabinets.
9. Leave grill clean, gas tank off, cover on.
10. Turn off all lights.
11. Close all blinds.
12. Otherwise please leave the house as you found it.
Wow. In over ten years of renting this house I have had nothing but positive reviews. The photos of the house online clearly show the high quality of furnishings that are in the house. Not sure why that was either a surprise, or a detriment to this guest.
The check out instructions he quoted are not at all unusual, nor should they seem burdensome to anyone.
He mentions not being able to touch certain things in the house. I have three small signs, one asking guests to use place mats on dining tables, one not to uncover a Steinway Grand Piano ( given as a gift to my stepfather upon his graduation and restored by Steinway recently ) and another not to place anything on an antique chest in the bathroom. Hardly unreasonable requests. Most guests are interested in the antiques and art in the house, appreciative and careful with them.
Finally he mentions cameras. There are no cameras active in the house. There is one nest camera aimed toward the back deck that is in the living room that I turn on ( if I remember to ) as part of the security system of the house. I should let guests know it is there, and not on, and suggest they unplug it if they like. His suggestion that I have other cameras in the house, and in fact said he saw another one, is simply untrue. What he saw is a Lennox i-comfort thermostat on the bathroom wall. No camera.
When people book a vacation rental, I think it is important to look closely at what they are renting ( including look closely at the photos), and read and understand the terms. My four vacation rental properties are all well represented in photos and descriptions, and guests have, if anything, been pleasantly surprised by what they find. This guest complained about the housekeeping fee ( less than what I actually pay for it) and being charged for additional guests ( clearly shown prior to booking) after he had checked out.
Reviews should come with a certain responsibility from the reviewer for fairness. I just can't understand how this guests experience could be so totally opposite that of any other. Frankly I think this review is unfair and unjustified. I invite you to read the other guest reviews on this property, and three others that I own.
Reviewing my house manual I see nothing that should be thought of as anything less than helpful and normal. Check out procedures are industry standard. The booking terms clearly state what charges will be incurred and the housekeeping fee prior to booking.
Wonderful cozy place
We are a group of 6 cyclists who come every year in Pinehurst area for a spring training camp. This is the second year in a row that we stay at this place and we like it very much. This is a great location: close enough to Southern Pine and Pinehurst. There is a large back yard and you can't see neighbors. There are 4 beds but enough place to add one mattress. The house is beautifully decorated, well equipped with tons of amenities. You will find in the kitchen all the tools a real chef would required, including a nice gas stove. Beautiful patio with sun exposure all day long. We have been in a few places in that area and this house is definitely the best place we have been. We are looking forward to coming back next spring.
We had so much to concern ourselves with moving into the nearby area...the last thing we had thought about was where to stay while the movers did their work. We happened upon Top of the Hill and although the movers were a nightmare, our stay at Robert's gorgeous home was a dream. The kitchen has everything you need to address special diet and cooking needs, the bedrooms are comfortable and offer abundant privacy, and every important accessory is on hand (Wifi, cable tv, quiet places to read and on). Phone conversations are made more enjoyable ambling through the spectacular backyard. The home is impeccably maintained and designed, all of which contributes to what will always be a calming experience amid the storm that may be raging in your lives. A find!
My prior golf vacation rentals were in Pinehurst but this great house in Southern Pines has made me a total convert. The wooded setting is fabulous, you feel "away from it all" yet you're just minutes from downtown and Pinehurst and all the area golf courses (one of which, the Elks Club of So Pines, is about half a mile away and one of the best plays in the Sandhills). The house is spacious, bright and a great place for entertaining...both inside and out on the huge deck, and the neighborhood is upscale and a beautiful place to walk. I spent a month there and can't wait to return in the spring!
My family just spend a long week in this home.
We enjoyed it a lot. The location was perfect. Neslted up the hill but a very short drive to downtown Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen etc or to all the wonderful local golf courses including Pinehurst.This home has a 60s feel but is confortable, spacious and well furnished. The backyard, hamac and foosball table were perfect for the kids. The kitchen is VERY WELL equiped which makes cooking easy for breakfast or dinner. Wireless DSL made is convenient for cruising emails or gathering local infos.
Rob was friendly, always accessible and easy to deal with.
I recommend this home for a family vacation, golf getaway.
With over 400 holes of golf, Moore County North Carolina is the Home of Golf.
What may surprise visitors to the area is the town of Southern Pines. Founded as a resort town after the civil war and marketed to Yankees with northern street names and a main street like a New England town, today Southern Pines is a charming and vibrant town of 10,000 people drawn here by the climate, the schools, the architecture, golf and equestrian sports. With a picturesque main street (Broad Street) lined with shops, many excellent restaurants, a great bookstore, and non-profit theater, Southern Pines has lots to do and see, places to eat and drink, and be entertained.
Don't miss the farmers market at the park on Broad Street Saturday mornings most of the year.
Located 10 minutes from the village of Pinehurst, Southern Pines is a step back in time.
Other Activities: The Spa at Pinehurst
Golf: Moore County is the Home of Golf in North Carolina. Top of the Hill is located within 10-15 minutes of the Pinehurst Resort, Mid-Pines Resort, and many area golf courses. Check out Home of Golf dot com for more information.
Reservior Park is a great place to walk with a 2 mile path around the water, and a disc golf course through the woods. The Sandhills Community College has a wonderful garden. Weymouth is a house museum in Southern Pines with great access to walking trails through Weymouth Woods.