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ANY 3 NIGHTS in MARCH, APRIL or MAY $400! EMAIL ME~Heaven in Highlands

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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 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

Thanks for a wonderful time at the Wright Cottage. Our families got to watch the Christmas tree lighting and get our tree for the season. Lots of fun with a house full of kids.
Nov 2017
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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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ANY 3 NIGHTS in MARCH, APRIL or MAY $400! EMAIL ME~Heaven in Highlands
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 96 reviews

Wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house and location! Perfect choice for our family! Especially wonderful were the cool mountain temperatures!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed The Wright Cottage. Thank you for renting and we hope you will return! Lisa G
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Wonderful stay in a wonderful home

  • 4 of 5

Overall, a great trip! My best friend and I live in different states and always try to have a girls weekend once a year. We brought along my 3 girls with the intent to bake and watch "chick flicks" all weekend (which we did!). The cottage was exactly as pictured.

Keep in mind, it is a home that was built in the 1930s, so it has its "quirks", but really was a lovely home. The living room was VERY large which was fantastic since there were 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and a toddler and we relaxed all weekend watching movies on the Blu-ray player (thank you for having one so we didn't have to bring one!!). The kitchen isn't huge, but worked just fine with 2-3 of us in there baking or cooking. The stovetop and oven are both gas which was a little unexpected (not used to baking in a gas oven) but we figured it out :). The kitchen was also equipped with everything you would need from mixing bowls, to baking dishes, plenty of dishes and silverware, and cooking utensils! you truly would not need to bring anything extra, other than the food :)

There is definitely plenty of space to spread out in this home and it was fantastic to have a separate bed or room for everyone!

The only "con" was that the doors don't have deadbolts, which would be a nice addition (especially for people like me who get anxious being in a "new" or "unknown" place). The doors did have handle locks and a chain, but, the doors stick a bit and were a little difficult to work with. Since it was raining out, we mostly stayed inside anyhow so it wasn't a major deterrent, but something that stood out to me. Also, the king mattress could really use replacing.

Overall, it was a great stay in a beautiful home with lots of history and character! Would love to come back and stay (with hopefully better weather) so we could enjoy the beautiful yard and fire pit :)

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the comments. We will look into the items you mentioned and see about them. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Wright Cottage. Lisa G
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Beautiful site with great Mountain views; We will be back

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this house. We decided to expand our annual Highlands trip to the weekend, and this was the perfect way to do this. We used almost all of features of the house from fireplace to fire pit. Little things made the difference- like quilts in the closet and good wireless, and LCD TVs in most areas. We even had a Christmas tree farm below us and terrific sunrise views. We would definitely recommend it and we will be back .

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Let me know when you want to book again. Lisa G
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Wonderful house on a beautiful piece of property

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Wright cottage. The house was warm, inviting, and full of character. We would definitely stay their again.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We hope you come back soon!
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charming, secluded mountain getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for my dad's 70th birthday celebration, and the cottage was the perfect place for myself and a few other family members coming from out of town. It's comfortable, secluded, and quiet, with a great living room, perfect dining table for playing games, a lovely stone screened-in porch for reading, and a kitchen with everything you might need (except for the food itself). My only regret was that we didn't get to spend more time there, and that we didn't get a chance to enjoy the fire pit (unexpected rain). Will definitely be looking to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We are so glad you picked The Wright Cottage for your dad's birthday weekend! We celebrated my mother's 90th birthday (owner of The Wright Cottage) this summer as well. We love repeat renters so come back soon! The fire pit is amazing, especially if you have some s'mores! lg
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Nice, quaint and woodsy

  • 4 of 5

My mom and sisters enjoyed our stay here. It was a short drive to town and was on a beautiful piece of property. My younger sister and I stayed in the room upstairs and it was a bit tricky getting up the stairs. My mom wasn't able to easily get up the stairs. The kitchen was well stocked and the living room had tons of space for us. All in all nice stay!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Highlands, NC
Car: necessary

Highlands, NC.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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