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Book a weekday getaway - Any 2 weeknights for $300 ALL IN!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

The Wright Cottage is a perfect getway for a couple, a family, or group of friends. We've have a gas log fireplace to warm you after a day of shopping or hiking. And, we now have an outdoor fire bowl for you to enjoy! We are the BEST VALUE in Highlands!

This four bedroom/two bathroom vacation home--The Wright Cottage--is located in a serene setting near downtown Highlands and a short drive to Cashiers. This home is a perfect setting to relax and recharge in the pristine mountains of western North Carolina. The cottage is newly remodeled with all the features and amenities available at a tremendous rental value.

With hardwood floors throughout, the master bedroom suite features a king size bed with the full bath across the hall. The other downstairs bedroom has a twin bed. Upstairs features twin beds in one bedroom and a double bed in the other. In between, a completely renovated full bathroom serves upstairs guests. And, we have air conditioning for those unusually hot days in Highlands.

The cottage kitchen is fully furnished and you can dine at the bar, dining room or outside at the patio table. If you decide to pick up some steaks from Dusty’s Market and cook out, a grill is available for your use! After dinner, you can relax on the screened porch and enjoy the evening experience while you listen to the nocturnal chorus of whip-o-wills, tree frogs, and the occasional hoot of the great horned owl.

Whether you decide to curl up with a good book or spend the afternoon shopping in town, you will grow to love Highlands. Maybe you want to spend the afternoon wading in the cool water emanating from a nearby waterfall or hike on one of the many trails in the surrounding National Forest. Your Highlands vacation will be complete when you end the day with an evening picnic at the top of Sunset Mountain.

Small inside pets are welcome with a pet deposit.

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More Details

Property Manager
Lisa Gunter
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Lisa Gunter

The owner, Maxie Wright Duke, was born and raised in Highlands in a home located in Wright Square, Her mother, Helen Cabe Wright Wilson, owned and operated Helen's Barn which still stands on Helen's Barn Avenue, Wright Square. The dance hall was the favorite of local and summer folks and provided a means to feed, clothe, house and educate her children. After marring Albert A. Duke, Maxie moved to Walhalla, SC The family has a Log Cabin on Turtle Pond Road where many memories have been made. Lisa Gunter, Maxie's daughter, manages the property.

Lisa Gunter purchased this house in 1993

Why Lisa Gunter chose Highlands

We feel that the Wright Cottage is a great place to relax & enjoy nature. It is close enough to Highlands(3.7 miles) & Cashiers (8 miles) to enjoy everything both towns has to offer. It is big enough to sleep 7 but affordable for a smaller group. The screened porch is an absolute haven for relaxing with a drink, reading or just visiting. The fire pit offers seating and warmth to enjoy the outdoors and view of Shortoff Mountain. The front yard is great for children playing or running with your dogs. The gas log fireplace inside will knock the chill off on the fall & winter days.

What makes this house unique

The cottage was built in the early 1930's on one acre of land that was given to the First Presbyterian Church to be used as a manse for their preacher. The land surrounding it was owned by Maxie's uncle, Henry R. Wright & inherited. She purchased the house in 1993. It has been renovated several times but still has the original hardwood floors. The timbers were cut from the land including the wormy chestnut in the living room & dining areas. The dining table is a hand crafted solid cherry wood table made by a local craftsman and given to Helen's people on Turtle Pond. We are continually making improvements to keep the house up-to-date including new windows, interior & exterior paint, new washer & dryer, new stove, new heating & cooling system & new tin roof. The house was renamed The Wright Cottage and became a seasonal rental in 2003.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This has been a great week. We have enjoyed staying here at the Wright Cottage. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Would love to come back and enjoy the peace & relaxation again.
Jun 2018
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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Downstairs bathroom offer a tub/shower combination. Upstairs bathroom offers a shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Downstairs 2nd bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Close to hiking and waterfalls.


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Book a weekday getaway - Any 2 weeknights for $300 ALL IN!
average rating of 4.642857 based on 110 reviews

Comfortable and cozy

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect. Tucked away but not far from town. It had all the amnesties I needed

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our cottage.
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Tranquil location to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was wonderful. The grounds and area were incredibly beautiful. The house was a bit rustic, but is historic and worked perfectly four our needs.

Was the perfect location to stay for our family.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, great location, lots of time to relax and enjoy the cool summer weather. Our favorite vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend in Highlands!

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin experience. Host was very helpful and available to answer questions by phone. Would happily rent this property, again.


  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Visiting sick Father

  • 4 of 5

This cute cottage was a perfect gathering spot for our family to be together for some sad and glad moments

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad we were able to accommodate you during your difficult time. Thank you for leaving the cottage neat and tidy. Come again soon! Lg
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Clean and convenient to town!

  • 5 of 5

No seriously, it’s really close to town!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the comment! We think the Wright Cottage is close enough to town, but out of town enough to allow for peace and quiet! Come back again soon! Lisa G
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Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Highlands, NC
Car: necessary

Highlands, NC.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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