Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats(7 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 6 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 18)
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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Member since: 2003
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
This was designed for my children, and has a small 'kids cave' (under the stairs) that they love to play in. Outside we have cleared woods, trails, hammock, swings and fort. Nearby is a fantastic swimming hole with beach and 'sliding rock' suitable for all ages....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
The parking lot is gravel, but it is very close to the front porch and door. Not ideal, but we have had guests with wheelchairs who were fine. The main floor has a Bedroom with 2 single beds, and a nearby bath with low-threshold shower stall. Living room, dining room kitchen, deck and porch are also located on this floor, so limited mobility guests need not miss out on any of the action. ...moreless
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18
- King size beds (1) The 'master' BR has a King Size bed., Queen size Beds (4) Four Bedrooms have Queen Size beds., Twin or Single Beds (2) The main floor BR has 2 single beds. The Upstairs loft has 2 single beds and a bunk bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) The Den has trundle bed (acts like a couch, but pulls out to form 2 beds), Bunk Beds (2) Bunk bed is in the loft....moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- For exercising there is a treadmill in the den with flat screen DVD/VCR, Den also has a trundle bed and is main-floor level, making access easy for the physically impaired (No steps necessary) Contact me for a detailed list of nearby 'Things to do - Places to go' My guests rave about this list, and it ensures your days are packed with fun adventures....moreless
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- Bird Watching
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- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $400
- Tax Rate 10.75%
Holiday weeks are charged at the same rate as Peak Season: $2,950/week plus sales tax. Cleaning is included.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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!
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: 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!
Why the Owner Chose Highlands, NC, USA:
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!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!
- Primary: (828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Exterior view (side entry showing)
Screened Room with views of the trees and mountains.
Kitchen, with breakfast nook in corner.
Bedroom on main level - no stairs necessary!
Queen size bedroom
View through our front porch and charcoal grille area.
Having fun on the Chattooga River - a path from our door leads there!
View from screened-in porch.
Typical 'Jack and Jill'Bathroom, adjoins a BR on each side
Hammock at side of house
Dining Room & Kitchen with Living Room in rear and Loft above.
Loft with bunk beds and two pull-out trundles - sleeps six with room to spare!
View from the kitchen deck.
Winter view from our front deck. Great in the sun or moonlight!
Dining Room with loft above.
Campfire area at side of house
Shaded grape arbor out back. Try not to fall asleep in the adirondack chairs!
BBQ with a view!
This listing was first published here in 2003.
Date last modified - Saturday, January 21, 2017
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