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Welcoming and Spacious Year Round Family Vacation Home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)


In winter or on chilly nights, gather round the wonderful fireplace on the upper level for family times and fun. Spring, summer and fall the deck is the perfect spot for barbecues, visiting and sunset views. Year round, the huge media room on the lower level beckons for football, Blu Ray and gamers.

And in case the weather gets a little warm, we have onditioning as well as a whole house exhaust fan.

Enjoy a 360 degree view, adventure and tranquillity in this peaceful, 4000 square foot, mountain vacation home on a four acre oak and hickory-filled knoll at 4000 foot elevation. Includes large deck, children's playhouse and play equipment, huge media room, lower level outdoor patio, and beautiful grounds.

The enormous beamed great room on the main level is perfect for family and friends to gather in the living area with window walls framing mountain and pasture views, lovely stone fireplace, flat screen TV, and dining table seating 10, with room for more. New carpeting installed in 2015 installed through the main level.

The master bedroom has a king bed, seating area with sofa, and full bath with double sinks. The main level guest room has a beautiful brass king bed and newly remodeled bath with large glass-enclosed shower. The Bonus room with sofabed can be used as den or bedroom. All rooms open onto the spacious deck with porch swing, ideal for enjoying the views, dining, and social activities.

The very large lower level media room has a large flat screen TV with video gaming ports, Surround Sound Home Theatre and Blu-Ray DVD player. The room is complete with couches, an additional dining area surrounded with windows, and a separate entrance. The large lower level bedroom has a king bed, seating area and large bath with tub/shower. There are also a full laundry, tool and furnace rooms.

Keywords: Mountain Home

More Details

Mickey Starrett Knecht
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2017

About Mickey Starrett Knecht

Hal and Mickey love this part of North Carolina and wacationed there for years before buying this home. We especially enjoy the sunset views, the walks around the property, and the wildlife and birds! A wonderful change from our permanent home in Miami.

Mickey Starrett Knecht purchased this house in 1987

Why Mickey Starrett Knecht chose Smoky Mountains

Our property is an easy drive from Atlanta and only one day from South Florida.

What makes this house unique

We especially enjoy hosting family and friends for holidays ang special occasions.


Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Newly remodeled upper level guest bath featuring glass enclosed shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (3), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Also two sofas in lower level family room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
Modern open chef's kitchen, plenty of fire wood, central heat and air, whole house exhaust fan, ceiling fans, 4 telephones, high chair & complete array of baby/toddler needs, play house, swing set, variety of sports equipment.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Welcoming and Spacious Year Round Family Vacation Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful for families!

  • 5 of 5

The property and house were beautiful! Great place for families, my son did not want to leave. Plenty of room for everyone and there was so much provided for us. Crib that was set up on arrival, high chair, books, games, etc...

Mickey ( the owner) and Marilyn ( caretaker) were both amazing and easily reachable before and during our stay. Both checked in to see if we needed anything and to see how we were getting along.

The location was amazing; tubing, fishing and zip lining right down the road along with the cute towns of Clayton and Highlands. Loved the huge yard and privacy of the house. Played outside every afternoon. Even had smores in the fire pit. So lovely.

Would love to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family had a great time - we surely hope you will be able to return - all the best - Mickey
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Relaxing mountain home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home perfect for a large family. Bedrooms spread throughout the house with plenty of gathering space. Kitchen well equipped. Outdoor deck space was wonderful. Great views. Close to Highlands, Cashiers and lots of hiking trails. Enjoyed our time here.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted you had a great time here in our beautiful mountains - please come back again! All the best, Mickey & Hal
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Great house near highlands

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay. Big house in mountains around highlands, nc. A family of 10. We had an amazing time. Great house, fully loaded. Great time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you and your family had a wonderful visit. We will welcome you back any time! Enjoy the rest of your summer - Mickey
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Amazing View and Family Friendly Home

  • 5 of 5

We simply had a perfect week for our time at this Scaly Mountain home. The property for this home is simply breathtaking. In almost every direction, you see mountains. It sits next to a gorgeous farm field with a pond. It is a great place to rest and relax!!! The house is about 15-20 minutes from Highlands. It is so close to several waterfalls and breathtaking overlooks of the mountains. We had four adults and four kids (under the age of 8) there. Plenty of space, so we did not feel cramped at all!!! I also did not feel like I had to be on edge thinking my kids would destroy everything. This is a very comfortable home. The kitchen had everything we needed to fix meals. The house had wi-fi which was needed since we did not have cell service. If you have kids, there is a tubing/gem mining/trout fishing pond in the summer and ice skating rink and tubing hill in the winter, that is five minutes away. Our kids had a blast!!! To be honest, one of our kids was crying because he did not to leave! The owner's did a FABULOUS job communicating with me regarding our stay!!!! We would like to go back again in the fall to see the leaf color change and then again in the winter to see all views.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had such a great time - please stay in touch and come again and I hope the boys caught fish!
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North Carolina Vacay

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an amazing week in a lovely Scaly Mountain Home. This home is PERFECT for a family. We enjoyed hiking to the area falls, some of us took a day trip to the Biltmore but most of all we enjoyed being together while we cooked and hung out on the deck. The views from the home are worth the trip. There is nothing missing from this house! We were all adults, but I can't wait to go back with grandchildren! This home is meant for families!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family had a great time! Mickey
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Magical Christmas Holiday with Family and Friends

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a truly special stay at this lovely home in the mountains of North Carolina. We visited the Highlands area to reunite with family for the Christmas Holidays and introduce our 3-month old daughter, so it was important for us to find just the right place to stay for this trip. We were so lucky to have found this comfortable mountain retreat. Throughout our stay, we were able to welcome friends from Kentucky, family from New Jersey and Texas, and a good number of relatives from the NC area as well. This home was the best possible fit for all of our entertaining needs for the holiday season! There was plenty of space for everyone to spend time around the fire, do some holiday baking in the kitchen, share a family meal together in the dining room, and have movie nights/game nights in the entertainment area downstairs. My husband is quite the chef, and we were so pleased to find the kitchen so well-stocked with a range of gourmet equipment and gadgets. He was in culinary heaven! We even made use of the grill on the deck, and really enjoyed an afternoon barbecue in the cool mountain air with a stunning view. We were excited to show our friends some of the highlights of the surrounding area, and the house was the perfect jumping-off point for visiting some wonderful restaurants, participating in a wine-tasting event, doing some last-minute holiday shopping, and visiting some of the waterfalls nearby. The bedrooms were spacious and there was plenty of room in the master BR to set up a crib for our newborn daughter. We built a lot of memories with family and friends during our holiday, and staying in this beautiful home made it all possible.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rita and family - we are so pleased that your trip was all you wished and delighted that our house could be a home away from home in the beautiful Highlands area!
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Nearest Point of Interest
Knecht's Knoll own national forest

Adjacent to maintained hiking trail in the Nantahala National Forest, nature walks & hikes in beautiful rural surroundings, Many Waterfalls, 10 minutes to the Bartram Trail, fine dining & theater available in nearby Highlands (20 minutes), Cashiers (40 minutes), Franklin (30 minutes), Sky Valley GA (5 minutes), Dillard GA (15 minutes), Appalachian Trail (1 hour), Rafting & kayaking on the Nantahala, the Chattanooga, or the Ocoee Rivers is 45 minutes to an hour away, Gem mining is also close by. Highlands Aerial Park zip lining and Scaly Mountain Trout Farm fishing are just minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Highlands House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 - Apr 30
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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