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The historic Mill House on Mirror Lake and, Cullasaja River on 1 Acre

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5BR, 4 1/2BA, new kitchen renovation, Sleeps 13, cozy

The Mill House is located on one of the most beautiful, tranquil settings you will ever see. It overlooks the lake spillway on beautiful Mirror Lake. The Cullasaja River wraps the house surrounded by Native Rhodedendren and Mountain Laurel. Kitchen totally renovated Spring 2013.

You can hear the sound of rushing water from every room. It has a large deck, comfortable screened porch and an upstairs covered porch overlooking the river on two sides of the house and a sitting area next to a goldfish pond overlooking the river and Mirror Lake. This completely renovated authentic mill makes a delightful setting for relaxation. Kitchen newly renovated 2013.

A water wheel, rushing water, 2 canoes and a river full of fish, all available on the same beautiful property. TRULY BEAUTIFUL and that is just the outside. The completely renovated house (with lots of history) has a family room, den, master bedroom with sitting area, fireplace and beautiful view, 3 other bedrooms, and a bunk room with 2 sets of bunk beds (4 bunk beds). There is a screened porch w a water view that opens to both the downstairs den and kitchen.

There are lots of private places to 'sneak away' to relax, read a book, or snooze in the cool mountain air. Great deck for outdoor dining and big kitchen table for indoor dining. Only one mile from downtown Highlands, close to golf, shopping, restaurants, spa and wonderful hiking.

Take a look, you will LOVE it. BEAUTIFUL, COMFORTABLE, RELAXING and all the comforts of home. Great for a romantic getaway or a family reunion. Nothing like it in Highlands; it is truly unique.

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More Details

Property Manager
Cathy Thrasher
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Cathy Thrasher

We are the Thrasher family and are GA natives residing in Atlanta. We have 3 sons (now have added 2 wonderful daughters in law and now have 3 grandchildren). We love to have great family time together. We love a place to get away from the city in the cool, clean mountain air to unwind and enjoy time together with family and friends. We enjoy hiking, canoeing, exploring, fishing, relaxing, strolling through downtown, eating good meals, enjoy jogging or strolling, doing a little or doing a lot, depending on our mood for the day. Each of our sons love bringing friends and other families up to the Mill House to create memories for their families. It is a great place for us to spend quality time together.

Cathy Thrasher purchased this house in 2005

Why Cathy Thrasher chose Highlands

We fell in love with not only the house but the beautiful, relaxing setting. It truly is a unique amazing getaway, yet only 2 hours from Atlanta, and in the city limits of Highlands. And yet, we feel like we are out in the country, but we have all the conveniences and good things about being in a small town. It is a great escape from the summer heat of Atlanta. We enjoy the change of seasons here as well as spending time in a cozy home when it is cold and snowing.

What makes this house unique

The house has a wonderful history. It operated as a timber mill in the early 1900's until a family purchased it in the early 1930's and converted it to a cabin to be used as a family mountain retreat. We have been told they had milk cows in the front yard. The original water wheel which provided electricity back then is still in operation today. In the 1980s the house was operated as a bed and breakfast by the daughter of the man that built it. It has been totally renovated and added on to several times, and most recently (Spring 2013) had a total kitchen renovation. The house has all the conveniences, but yet retains the charm of a mountain cabin. Amazing views out of every window, close to town, yet seems remote. Beautiful places to jog or walk. This property seemed to have it all. We have loved it and would love to share it with you and your family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Thank you for opening your wonderful home as the setting for a very special family milestone- our parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Nine of us were here to celebrate. We even had a vow renewal ceremony outside with the waterfall as a backdrop. It was so beautiful. Ringing in the New Year here was so fun! So thank you for again for the blessing of being able to commemorate Mom and Dad's Golden Anniversary in such a memorable way. God Bless you!"
Dec 2012
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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • Large shower in master, hall bath w claw foot tub on main floor, 2 hall baths upstairs (1 w claw foot tub/shower and other w shower/tub combo). All claw foot tubs have shower heads also.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Bedroom 1 (main level) - 1 king , MBR and sitting area overlooking water. Large shower2 head
    Bedroom 2 (main level) - 2 twin/ single , overlooks water, hear the rushing water!!
    Bedroom 3 on upper level - 1 queen , fireplace and sitting area
    Bedroom 5 on upper level - 2 bunk bed , 2 sets of bunk beds (4) opens to balcony
    Convertible bed(s) - Bed in nook in family room. (main level)
    Bedroom 4 on upper level - 1 queen , With balcony overlooking water w 2 rockers
  • King size beds (1) with feather bed in master, Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) nook in den with twin size bed, Bunk Beds (4) 2 sets of bunk beds = 4 beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Soothing sound of rushing river from every room. Original, running water wheel on property. Relax in so many different 'outdoor get away places'; hammock by waterfall, on deck over river, on screened porch, by little fish pond overlooking lake and spillway, and in yard overlooking water. You just decide what you feel like!! Great firepit in yard surrounded by chairs that overlooks lake and river. Wonderful place for roasting hot dogs and making somores. Also, room in yard to play games.


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The historic Mill House on Mirror Lake and, Cullasaja River on 1 Acre
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews

Mill House Stay

  • 3 of 5

This house is loaded with charm and amenities. It has numerous bathrooms and plenty of sleeping arrangements. It even comes with two canoes. The only thing wrong with it is the furniture in the upstairs sitting room is very uncomfortable. Otherwise it would be perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Thanksgiving Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family wanted a chance to get away and celebrate an early Thanksgiving. The Mill House was just perfect. The guys went fly fishing at a nearby river, and the girls went shopping in Highlands and cooked. The kitchen had everything we needed. We enjoyed the canoes provided, hiking Glenn Falls, and sitting around the fire pit in the evenings. The river wraps around the house and you can hear the rushing water from everywhere in the house. We felt at home the minute we walked in and had a hard time leaving. I would recommend this house to anyone who appreciates uniqueness and charm.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Simons

Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at the Mill House in September and had an amazing time! Even though the house is just a few minutes away from Highlands, we felt like we were miles away from everything. Since the river runs right by the house, we enjoyed keeping the doors and windows open to hear the sound of the water. We also took advantage of the canoes available and went out on mirror lake - it was beautiful! When the weekend came to an end, I was sad to leave such a nice, relaxing place, but I am excited to go back for another visit! I highly recommend this venue for your next stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gray, Ga

Mill House Fun

  • 5 of 5

Oh my goodness, what a great getaway! From every balcony and room you could hear the waterfall. My favorite part was falling asleep with the balcony doors open. I have never seen so many little places to get away. My favorites were sitting out in the adirondacks by the gold fish pond and swinging in the hammock with my niece and nephew. I had never been canoeing before and I absolutely loved Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake was beautiful and I now know why they named it that. The reflections of the homes were beautiful. I definitely plan to make staying at the Mill House an annual tradition.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Ugly Dog downtown
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Public golf at Sky Valley

Great restaurants, community theater in season, free concerts in season, Bascom Gallery, Olde Edwards Inn Spas, beautiful views, great hiking, canoeing (2 canoes), great fishing, great shopping and lots more. Come enjoy this totally renovated old Mill House.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $300
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 9.75%

During winter months there is a $150 fuel surcharge.
Minimum stay during the months of July- August is 7 nights. Other times of year may inquire for shorter times.
1. This is a NON SMOKING home.

2. PETS - are not permitted in the home under any conditions without prior approval by owner. If approved, there is a $200 non-refundable pet fee.

3. DAMAGE/RESERVATION DEPOSIT- A damage/reservation deposit of $500 is required. This must be received within seven (7) days of booking the reservation. The deposit automatically converts to a security/damage deposit upon arrival. The deposit is NOT applied toward rent; however, it is fully refundable within fourteen (14) days of departure, provided the following provisions are met:

a. No damage is done to the home or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear.
b. No charges are incurred due to contraband, pets or collection of rents or services rendered during the stay.
c. All debris, rubbish and discards are placed in the trash, and soiled dishes are placed in the dishwasher and cleaned.
d. All keys are left on the kitchen counter.
e. All charges accrued during the stay are paid before departure.
f. No linens are lost or damaged.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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