House, 2 Queen Size BR + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4). Adults Only.
About Carol Bell
We are busy professionals in Atlanta, GA and love our get-a-way abutting the Nantahala Forest.
Why Carol Bell chose Highlands
We purchased the Buck Creek property in 2001 when it was an elaborate "Swiss Family Robinson" campsite! The former owners had enjoyed it as such when their children were young. It also sported a small single-wide trailer and a large deck overlooking a beautiful, rushing creek. A few years later we traded the trailer for excavation work and constructed the home of our own design, doing much of the finish work inside ourselves. It was a labor of love and we've enjoyed sharing it with family and friends since our first Thanksgiving in 2003.
What makes this House unique
SUMMER: On our mountain it is always at least 10 degrees cooler than Atlanta and there's nothing like the screened porch and hot tub after a summer day hiking. There's a real, old fashioned swimming' hole just a little way up the private road with stone steps leading down to it. AUTUMN: Of course, fall is the busy season as this is one of the top leaf looking areas in the country. WINTER: If you're from an area where it never snows, you're in for a treat. Our private road is gravel and usually passable in all but the heaviest of storms. The State Road is also cleared of snow promptly and well-maintained.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Great place near Highlands
Beautiful home, on top of gushing stream. Relaxing and peaceful, enjoy the hot tub on lower deck.
Enjoyed our stay, house has everything you need.
Location! Location! Location!
This is truly God’s country! The house is perched above a creek that creates a soothing, constant roar at this mountain retreat. We even spotted river otters a short walk up the road. We enjoyed fires in the chiminea and soaking in the hot tub. Everything you need to make it like home is provided.
My childhood best friend and I met here for a weekend of hiking and catching up. We loved it. There were so many places to perch and watch the river run by while we talked. Beauty all around us. It was fantastic. Very relaxing.
We drove to both Highlands and Franklin for great meals and supplies. Found several hiking trails nearby. Having two master bedrooms was really nice, too, so we had plenty of spaces to catch up, but also had our own space.
The rental agreement requires that we leave the property cleaner than my own home usually is, lol. So that was unexpected, but was clearly communicated ahead of time, so not a big deal. Might've been stressful if we had to leave earlier for our flights on departure day and were trying to put away clean dishes, strip beds, etc. pre-dawn.
Would definitely return!
Very enjoyable and well maintained.
It was such a nice place tucked in the woods. The house was built with a lot of thought and had a great vibe. Loved listening to the sound of the creek. I can’t wait to come back and stay again.
This traveler was so respectful of our house rules and extremely tidy upon departure. We greatly appreciate the special attention they gave to caring for the home. It was almost like they had not been inside yet their note of appreciation confirmed they enjoyed their stay.
Thank You, Thank You for loving our home as much as we love it in the Nantahala Forest.
We hope you will return. Carol & Katie.
Believe the positive reviews!
Not sure what to add to prior reviews that does not sound redundant, but felt compelled to write a review, as we enjoyed our stay very much.
To start with, Carol was really helpful before we even left. She answered a number of emails with trivial questions and seemed to be happy to do so.
There have been ample reviews that speak to the beauty of this home, especially the natural light afforded by TONS of windows everywhere in the home. Add to that trees right outside the windows with brilliant fall foliage colors, and it was an amazing sight to wake up to. The beauty and sound (roar) of the creek right below the back of the home was one of our favorite features.
We enjoyed the quality: nice pots and pans in the kitchen, comfy sofa, Weber propane grill, great selection of knives and flatware in the kitchen, great gas cook top and oven, quiet dishwasher, nice fridge with bottom drawer freezer with ice maker, hardwood throughout, etc.
On the main level:
There is a bed room with ample blankets and spread, and comfortable pillows.
A large common area with sectional sofa, wood stove, kitchen table and kitchen stocked with dishes.
The bathroom on the main level is large and attractive with double sink, a fabulous tub (Japanese soaking tub?) and lots of quality towels.
A door off of the common room opens to a deck with table and chairs for 6, and propane grill.
Lower level has a large bedroom with thermostat controlled fireplace and lovely, roomy bathroom with gorgeous stacked stone shower.
Outside of the downstairs bedroom door is a screened in back porch with breakfast table, 2 chaise lounges and a glider that brings back great childhood memories. Outside of the screened porch is another deck with the hot tub overlooking the roaring creek.
The loft has a television with internet television and two futons.
There is a shed on property with firewood for purchase, about $6 per bag.This was really convenient and we enjoyed the Scandinavian wood stove. We saw a closet with lots of puzzles and so on, but we never got around to that.
We drove a short distance to catch multiple waterfalls. The following day we made another short drive to Bartram Trail and did the short hike from Wallace Branch to Williams Pulpit (4 miles round trip-highly recommend). One of our favorite experiences was eating lunch in Highlands at Mountain Fresh Grocery Store.
We highly recommend this home and hope to return and enjoy other seasons.
close to waterfall hikes, gem mining, local artisans