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Minutes from town, but relax in the quiet of the treetops!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Trail's Inn is nestled in the quiet of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will be only 5 minutes from downtown Highlands, NC, enabling you to enjoy the many arts, shopping, dining, hiking, local activities and amenities offered throughout the season. Best of all you'll come home to rest in the quiet and cool of a serene mountain cottage. Our secluded house has a wonderful open floor plan allowing forest views from every room. With a spacious sun room and deck you will feel as if you are living in a tree house! The vaulted living room is focused on a large stone fireplace to keep you warm on chilly nights.

Each of the two private bedrooms are attractively appointed with comfortable bedding, quilts, storage space and a private modern baths. The sunny, fully-equipped kitchen is large enough to accommodate more than one cook! Guests can choose to eat in the dining room, the sun room, or on the deck. If you have overflow visitors, there is a detached guestroom and bath available for the warmer months of May to late September. (Please be sure to see the link below for additional photos)

Highlands is a true vacation destination with wonderful shopping, fine dining, great hiking, and many cultural events throughout the vacation season. If you have never been, you will be so pleased to discover this delightful community! Highlands was named by 'Southern Living' as #3 in the top 10 small Southern town destinations!

We hope you will come, enjoy our cottage and the many amenities such a short distance away. We will be glad to assist you in any way to make your vacation personal and special for you and your guests.

Keywords: House, Cabin

More Details

Anne Newhouse
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Anne Newhouse

Visits here are always rejuvenating for everyone! The cool mountain forests, nearby Mirror Lake, the ever-present sound of the nearby waterfall, and the vast entertainment opportunities make for an ideal relaxing vacation. We love including family and friends for a step back to an easier life-style. Living in Atlanta we are only 2 hours away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Just a few days here allows for a great attitude adjustment in our hectic city lives!

Anne Newhouse purchased this cottage in 1972

Why Anne Newhouse chose Highlands

Our family has owned Trail's Inn for 40 years! Originally purchased by my Dad to escape the summer heat of Florida, we have had the opportunities to create so many family memories through the years.

What makes this cottage unique

Highlands has so many different hiking trails that we try a different one on each visit. With the shops, restaurants, and art galleries so nearby, there is always something to do. However, we often find that just sitting in the sun room or by the fire reading away the afternoon is the best alternative!


Mirror Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) New hotel-quality comfortable king in the master!, Double Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Trail's Inn is a very private property, yet 5 minutes from the town of Highlands. With the Bascom Visual Arts Center nearby ( there are always classes to take or art installations to explore. Highlands has wonderful restaurants, art galleries, summer theater, visiting artists and writers, waterfalls and hiking trails! You will never be disappointed with the variety of exciting vacation activities to appealing to every taste.


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Minutes from town, but relax in the quiet of the treetops!
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Our "Happy Place"

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is in a perfect setting for a peaceful mountain experience. The home is beautifully appointed, comfortable and spacious. The Newhouse's have thought of everything to make Trail's Inn feel like home. The grounds are gorgeous with hosta's and hydrangeas. We enjoyed every minute of our two weeks at Trail's Inn and plan to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were such perfect guests and we loved having you in our home. Our flowers are really blooming after so much rain this Spring and made the mountains bloom in profusion! You are welcomed to return at any time!
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Very cozy and comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice stay at Trail's Inn. Great location close to town and great restaurants. But with a secluded, private feeling. The area is great for walking and exploring.

The owners provided everything needed to make our stay so easy and pleasant.

We hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy home and conveniently located close to town. Another delightful visit staying here. Pretty views from the kitchen area as well as the deck.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well appointed home, close to town, private, and beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week. Our only complaint is that it was too short! All the little touches made this home warm and cozy. No matter if you want to shop in town or stay home and read... it is all easily available.

Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of heaven!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Leaf viewing trip staying at Trail's Inn Oct 19-23 2016

  • 5 of 5

We escaped the heat in Charleston and had a wonderful 4 night stay at Trail's Inn owned by Anne and Richard Newhouse. The cabin and grounds were even better than we expected for the two of us and our dog. We enjoyed the views from the the sun room and outside deck, walking the local roads, having roaring fires in the fireplace, and grilling steaks on the deck. The house was stocked with everything we could think of needing..even had a whisk! We only had a couple of questions, and Anne was quick to answer!

Great times walking in downtown Highlands, with side trips to Franklin, Cashiers, and local waterfalls.

The cabin was easy to get to, easy in and out, very clean, and one of the most pleasant places we have stayed.

We highly recommend Trail's Inn and look forward to our next stay!

Chuck and Cappie

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Mt. Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this beautiful Mt. Cottage. Just perfect for 4 people. Very attractive, comfortable, and clean. The location is fantastic. Close to Mirror Lake and the town of Highlands. Just a wonderful place to

chill out and have a perfect vacation. We will definitely plan a return visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
On the Verandah
Car: recommended

Highlands is well known as a superb destination for a relaxing mountain vacation with all of the attributes of a much larger city. There are many award winning restaurants, art galleries, boutique shopping, fine arts festivals, music, as well as hiking in the cool mountain air. Visit for a while and you'll want to return!


Rates & Availability

Mirror Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall colors
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving, 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
December Holiday Season
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

We allow small mature non-shedding well behaved dogs. Your pets must be on a flea protection program.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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