About the property
- House3500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 6 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 18)
First, some unsolicited comments from guests::
A few words to tell you that your “tree home” is so, so special and the location is a hiker’s dream. Our guests, ~~ 5 boys between 9 and 14 yrs., were in a dream world. They never stopped moving, swimming and exploring. We went to all the places you suggested and they found trails on their own, explored the Chattooga trail and did some fly-fishing with their dad by the Iron Bridge. Oh my, they were hungry all the time! And the best ~~ Sliding Rocks, it was so, so chilly but they were all relentless and the laughter was such a joy!
“Heaven on earth! What a spectacular location and the house is wonderful. We enjoyed the porch at night – wish we had brought the telescope! We also enjoyed the trail out back . . . “ – Ann K.
“ . . . this is one of the nicest vacations we have had. We shall miss the ever changing views of the mountains, the good-tasting water right out of the faucet, being able to see lots of stars, sleeping with the windows open . . . “ Debbie E.
“ I don’t think we have ever stayed anywhere with such amazing views – 360 degrees – it was beautiful . . . our granddaughter especially liked the “Harry Potter” room . . .” – Ann S.
“Your home fits its surroundings perfectly – spectacular! We really enjoyed the views of gold, orange and red. Mother nature did a wonderful job: the hiking to the streams and waterfalls are breathtaking. We enjoyed sitting outside to see so many stars.” – Kim A.
From a Thanksgiving: “My parents 50th wedding anniversary was outstanding . . . The location is spectacular and the lodge is wonderful. Sightseeing, hiking, fishing and even shopping is all close at hand. We even had snow the last two days and all have our Christmas card photographs taken care of.” – Julie F
“We had a wonderful time vacationing at your beautiful home. The kids loved the hike down to the river. We all enjoyed horseback riding, the waterfalls, tubing, campfires and shopping! It was so relaxing for us to have the kids playing outside without worrying about them. Your house was plenty big enough for all 12 of us . . . “ – Jennifer B.
“A true vacation in every sense of the word! Fun, relaxing, beautiful – a great house. We wanted for nothing! Love it!!!” – Diane P., North Palm Beach
The hikes through your trails gave our kids a great thrill.
I love this place.
I think this house is beautiful.
Your home is warm and welcoming with spectacular views.
Your home afforded us the opportunity to gather in once place yet not be cramped for small group areas to share and play games and find “space”.
Our grandchildren loved playing in the little play-houses.
The house/lodge is perfect.
What a great spot!!
The kids loved the “clubhouse”, loft and of course the woods.
What an amazing house and view.
We enjoyed the fire pit all evening.
This is a very beautiful place and ideal for family get-togethers.
Your lodge is great and the river is full of trout.
The play areas are a blast.
Easy 20 minute drive to the wonderful resort towns of Cashiers (to the east) or Highlands (to the west), but still a "deep woods" location at the end of a road with fantastic views of the mountains across the valley. Very private and rustic with only one neighbor in sight. Our backyard borders the Nantahala National Forest, and a 15-minute path leads to the Chattooga River and Chattooga River Trail with beautiful river access, picnic areas, swimming holes and endless hiking. This area is rated 'wild and scenic' by the forest service - a rare honor!
Kids love this place as we have built a special 'kids cave' inside - cozy and kid-size to get away from the adults - they have their own secret spot! Outside are play areas, swings, fort and hammock - and of course most important of all - the woods! Trails run through the woods, and the day will fly by while they explore. All the outside features are close enough so parents can enjoy their time on the upstairs screened porch and still keep an eye on the children.
Built in 2003, this passive-solar design brings the sun in during winter, so is naturally warm then, but shades the windows with overhangs and tree cover in summer so we stay cool! It also includes air conditioning and ceiling fans, a toasty see-thru gas fireplace on the main floor, and electric heat in each bedroom.
The open floor plan designed especially for family reunions. We have four full bathrooms, six bedrooms (one with a king size bed, four with queen size, and one with two twins), plus large loft (with bunk bed & two trundle beds), plus den w/trundle bed . . . this place can hold a LOT of people! Other rooms include family room, dining room, breakfast nook, and screened, covered patio and exterior deck with charcoal grill. Five BRs share adjoining baths. The mail-level BR has the two twins and is designed for limited mobility persons with a bath nearby and low-threshold shower stall.
For mealtime, there is a 12-14 person dining room table, plus large circular table for 4 - 6, plus seating for 6 at the kitchen bar-top.
State-of-the-art appliances, including large center-island kitchen with gas range, microwave, blender, and two coffee makers (including Keurig). Also a large laundry room with washer and dryer.
I built this for my own family and go there often when its not rented. It is stocked with many books, games and DVDs (and usually staples and condiments in the pantry). Also have satellite TV and WiFi, and a treadmill with DVD player for those who like their exercise inside.
Edible plants outside include blueberry, blackberry, elderberry, gooseberry, pawpaw, hazelnut, currant, cherry trees, grape vines, etc.
Keywords: Home, lodge, retreat, vacation rental, mountain cabin
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- May 22, 2018
About Craig Melby
Originally from Florida, we grew up we spending time every summer at my parents summer home nearby. Wonderful, lifelong memories were created on each trip, so as I got older I decided to build a place of my own, and big enough for family reunions. I did not originally intend to make this lodge available as a Vacation Rental, but I bumped into a rental owner who convinced me it was a good idea. I tried it, and based on the glowing reports I get from my appreciative renters I am sure I am doing the right thing. This is not your usual Vacation Rental. It is first and foremost my 'mountain house', and is fully stocked with games, DVDs, books, etc. There is almost always unopened food in the pantry and refrigerator that guests are welcome to use at their discretion - no replacement necessary - but I usually find more food than I left!
Craig Melby purchased this House in 2003
Why Craig Melby chose Highlands
We chose this location because it is so close to the gourmet mountain towns of Cashiers and Highlands with their great shopping, dining, golfing, outdoor activities and people. (We see more of our friends up here in the summer than we do at home!) The elevation is cool, the woods are deep and lush, the air is clean and fresh, and the water is the best you will ever drink!
What makes this House unique
Our backyard borders the national forest - we wouldn't have it any other way! Peace and quiet, and nature's beauty are right outside the door. On site we also have a fire pit for campfires and smores, hammock, swings and kids play area, and lots of adventure for the kids. We also rent to lots of wedding parties from weddings in Cashiers and Highlands . . . we're a quality, fun, inexpensive alternative to lots of individual hotel rooms!
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Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great to have so much family together in one house. Well equipped for entertaining.
We had a wonderful stay at this large, well equipped house.
Craig, the owner, was very accommodating. His many lists of places to eat, waterfalls to see, and things to do were extremely helpful. The house is laid out very well, with lots of sleeping space. The kitchen is VERY well equipped, including spices and condiments, in addition to many pots and pans, and other cooking utensils. . My husband used the grill 3 nights. The view from the kitchen windows and porch is breathtaking. We would definitely stay here again!
Roomy and secluded with amazing views...
My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The lodge is very nice, plenty of space, large table for meals, and a nicely accomadated kitchen. Highly recommended.
Perfect Gathering Place
We held a family reunion here and fit 13 adults, 6 kids and 2 babies with ease!! The large dining room table was wonderful for having meals together, both of the porches are relaxing and serene, and the bedrooms were perfect. We hiked down to the river where there's a great swimming spot if you can handle the cold mountain water. Craig was very helpful before and after our stay, and we had not a single problem while we were there. Thanks for a great weekend.
Great family vaction!!!!!
We rented this house for my dad's 70th birthday and we just loved the house. There was 13 adults and 5 kids and we fit in the house perfect. The house had 3 different porches, swing set and a fire pit and we all got to enjoy all the outdoor space. The owner gave us a list of many activities to do around the house, in Highlands and Cashiers and we tried to do as much as we could and loved all that we got to see! This is a perfect house for a family gathering to enjoy the views and the many activities. Plus we got to enjoy the company of the 3 neighbors dogs which all just loved the kids and the attention! We will be back to this house hopefully some time in the near future!
Can't wait to go back!
We planned this trip to celebrate my daughters fourth birthday. I grew up going to Highlands, and wanted to share the experience with her! She fell in love! The MelbyMonte Lodge did not disappoint in any way. Very comfortable, and so much already on hand. We loved every minute spent there. The pictures of the view don't even do it justice, it was amazing! I also loved the location. It was such a nice winding drive to and from town. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We'll be back!!
A path from our property leads to the 'wild and scenic' certified portion of the Nantahala national forest, and the Chattooga River and Trail. Canoeing, flyfishing and white water rafting are nearby, along with countless trails and waterfall hikes.
There is MUCH to see and do, and I provide guests with a long list . . . too much to type here!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Holiday weeks are charged at the same rate as Peak Season: $2,950/week plus sales tax. Cleaning is included.