Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Waterfront and Walk to Town. Intimate Intown Forest Setting!

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

What everyone is looking for: Downtown Highlands, one block to town and Bascom Art Center and WATERFRONT.

3 bedroom 3 bath. Open floor plan. Walk to town in the morning for breakfast or coffee with new friends. The Highlands Greenway (Kelsey trail) runs in front of home. Spend the afternoon with your novel on the porch day bed listening to the gentle waterfalls of Mill Creek. Enjoy the evening in the waterfront gazebo with a fire and friends. Property surrounded by lush rhodedendrum and laurels. Master bedroom upstairs will keep your family and company a close by 'not too close' distance. Both floors have porches, and larger entertainment areas. Property includes use of my canoe located two blocks down the trail on Mirror Lake. Enjoy the perfect holiday you have earned here in Highlands. Your well behaved pet is welcome here to come play with my Kippers, Kippers and I live one block away.

Keywords: One block to main street and Bascom Art Center. Kelsey Trail runs in front of home, catch trout behind on Mill Creek. 4 fireplaces, jacuzzi tub, elegant yet secluded. Wonderful for relaxing or entertaining. Trail in front also leads to community center for tennis, swimming, and activities. Day bed on porch perfect for indulging that great piece of literature while the kids play in the creek.

More Details

Kathleen Hillman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Kathleen Hillman

I recently sold my company and retired at 52. I summer here in Highlands, just one block form this fine property, and winter in Jupiter FL. Come visit, and bring your puppy to play with Ginger.

Kathleen Hillman purchased this house in 2002

Why Kathleen Hillman chose Highlands

I have been coming to Highlands since I was a teenager, and there in no finer place for a holiday.

What makes this house unique

Enjoy the summer theater, chamber music festivals, wine festivals. Great fly fishing (and regular fishing if you must : ( both behind the house and in town.


Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Golf Course View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Jacuzzi in master bathroom Each downstairs bedroom has private bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) downstairs king suite and private bath and gas fireplace, Queen size Beds (1) Upstairs master has a queen bed., Double Beds (1) downstairs guest room had a double bed and a private bathroom with walk in shower
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Attention to every detail. Morning walks to town on Kelsey Trail, enjoy Bascom Art Center. Afternoons will find you in the outside day bed, enjoy a great novel with your glass of wine while you listen to the gentle flowing waterfalls on Mill Creek. Evenings you will be in the creekside gazebo with a fire and friends you meet that day on Kelsey Trail. Open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. Upstairs master and two downstairs bedrooms keeps your company close, but far enough away : ) Both upstairs and downstairs have decks and large common areas for entertaining.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

69% Complete
13% Complete
8% Complete
4% Complete
4% Complete
Waterfront and Walk to Town. Intimate Intown Forest Setting!
average rating of 4.3913045 based on 23 reviews

Cute and Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't do this house justice. Lovely setting and private. Nice wooded paths to town......if you don't get lost😳�. But you can also walk the streets to town. Great patio setting for meals....almost feels like a tree house. Be sure to walk the neighborhood....great character! Will gladly rent this one again next time we're in Highlands. Very welcoming owner, too.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And I thank you and your wife fir leaving my home so clean and lovely!!! You're the best
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Could be great!

  • 3 of 5

stayed for 4 weeks july/august...first the positives...very nice house, feels like a home, not a rental. well equipped. great walk-to-town location; gorgeous deck with covered dining area...should get a 5 star rating, so why a 3 star rating? Well, for starters, the place is only partially air conditioned...a noisy wall unit in the dining room; it usually is not an issue but it was when we got there...temperature was in the eighties and it was in the low eighties inside the house. The living room and the upstairs master bedroom were unusable. Mother nature solved the problem three days later when the temperature dropped to the low to mid seventies. The owner was not sympathetic and told me that I was the first one to ever complain...a tone deaf comment. A whole series of what would be minor problems further aggravated the initial situation: a dozen missing light bulbs, dead batteries in all but one remote, inoperable fan on the dining deck, no remote for the LR DVD player, hair on a bathroom wall, ants. I solved the DVD player problem and, to her credit, the owner sent people to replace the fan and to replace a bunch of light bulbs. Lots of linen were frayed with stains, the bedding needs cleaner sheets and mattress covers.

It all ended well and we enjoyed the rest of the stay. Just advertising the place honestly as partially AC'd and paying a little more attention to detail(a check-list would help) would go a long way to making it a fine place!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Always perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Everything fabulous.... again!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Highlands Stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Loved the creek in the back. Terrific house with large spacious rooms but still feels cozy. Felt like home!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Great space and location

  • 5 of 5

Great place for family , good location. Owner checked in to make sure we had what we needed. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Very disappointing...

  • 1 of 5

The property is in an excellent location with easy and quick access to Highlands shopping. But that's where it ends.

1. We had two of our grandchildren here with us for a few days: we were all very disappointed with there being no canoe/paddles, as described. Owner said she'd get back to us on that, but never did.

2. Refrigerator ice maker broken.

3. Barbecue inop/broken?.... Would not light, though gas was on. Barbecue itself had not been cleaned in a long time. Very grimy and full of spider webs.

4. Many lights inop.... Had to buy and replace 7-8 bulbs.

5. Upon arrival, almost all windows on both levels were partially opened. Whole house was very humid and musty smelling. The only air conditioning is a small wall unit on the upper level. We ran it continuously to rid the dank smells. That A/C unit leaks water onto dining room floor. Lower level wood floor(s) are warping as a consequence of very high indoor humidity.

6. All bedding in lower bed rooms needed to be washed as ants were everywhere and sheets/pillows were musty smelling.

7. Though we cleaned kitchen daily, ants were always here also.

8. Light in adjustable vanity mirror in upper bath not working (small item, but nonetheless...)

9. Both sliding doors on lower level to yard do not lock. Not very comforting and major Safety/Privacy issue.

10. Though owner brags of trout in stream, we only saw minnows. As with canoe not being available, very disappointing for visiting grandchildren.

Note: Property is for sale....

All in all, we spent a lot of $$$ on cleaning supplies that should have not been necessary and the owner's happy property description reflects her personality and not reality. Again, great location but property not well maintained.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my, I pray we never have anyone like this again. In all the years i have rented my home, I have never had anyone leave such a filthy mess that my housekeeper was crying. I live one block away, and stopped by to see if this guest needed anything. They could not find the canoe, so I checked, and told them it was there, and paddles were next to the tree. Nothing else was mentioned, even though this guest has my cell phone number. This has been the driest year in Highlands in 40 years, so the water behind the house is low, and the city decided not to stock the stream. This is an act of God, not the property owner. Highlands is not Disney World....cue up the comes visitors. This is a real town. As i told this guest and his family, shame on you for the mess you left and for signing up as just 2 guests and bringing more. I will post an owner review to warn other home owners. My neighbors called to complain about this guest washing their cars, leaving mats on lawn to dry, and towels on the front porch to share with everyone that walked by. I take pride in my home, and my neighbors take pride in our community. We are not a company, but a neighborhood. I am here to answer questions, bring supplies if needed, and my housekeeper take pride in her work. I don't feel the town of Highlands is a good match for this guest. I suggest South Beach next time. Thank you for allowing the response, as this is quite upsetting. Kathleen
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Asheville or Greeneville
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Two blocks
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Maggie Valley
Car: not necessary

City of Highlands is called the Aspen of the East. Amazing high end dining, summer theater, chamber music concerts, hiking clubs, sunset rock. Train in front of home leads to community center where you can enjoy bridge games, exercise room, basketball courts, tennis, and swimming. Walk to everything from this location.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties