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

Quiet Treehouse Cottage, Walk to Town & Old Edwards Inn (HOLT KNOB)

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,675 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 bedroom 3 bath home with mountain views, 0.4 mile walk away from town center

Our 'Bear House Cottage' is conveniently located within the city limits of Highlands, NC. (For problems or payments please contact us at 323-787-7678 x11 or x14) A quiet neighborhood away from it all yet only a short walk to town, Old Edwards Inn, Main Street shopping, restaurants, and more outdoor activities then anyone could hope for. Great home for a family or for two separate families or couples to share.

*Upstairs: main living area, kitchen, dining, and living rooms all together - a great social space. Two cozy bedrooms and two baths as well as a covered and screened-in deck. Lots of light and fresh air!

*Downstairs: two more bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Separate entrance - great for privacy when you have a large crowd! Private covered and screened patio downstairs as well as a deck with outdoor seating! Please note: to get to the downstairs area, you will have to use the staircase that is located outside. We have added a second spiral staircase that goes from covered patio (upstairs) to covered patio (downstairs). This is to help families visiting with children.

Bedrooms are configured with:

Upstairs Bedroom 1 = 1 Queen Bed

Upstairs Bedroom 2 = 1 Queen Bed

Downstairs Bedroom 3 = 1 Queen Bed

Downstairs Bedroom 4 = 2 twin sized beds (Bunks) (upper bunk is suitable for children only)

Comfortably sleeps 6 Adults (and up 2 Children) and your furry friend. Yes, we welcome dogs with a 'bring your dog on vacation' fee. please note that 4 people are included in the nightly price and an additional per guest fee over 4 people will be added (per night).

The walk to town is short - Main Street starts just a 7 minute walk away! (Old Edwards Inn is 7 to 10 minutes walking distance) Parking for up to 3 cars. Very private road with minimal traffic.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, russian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Justin

Anything outdoors - thats what attracts us to Highlands, western North Carolina, and the mountains. We travel all over the world seeking out beautiful scenery, hikes, waterfalls, and adventures! Some of our favorite trails are within a few miles of Highlands, NC. Have we found the perfect place for our mountain cottage?

Justin purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Justin chose Highlands

We have been coming to Highlands area for years for the hiking, waterfalls, and adventures. It was only time before we found the perfect cottage for us!

What makes this cottage unique

Feels like a real cottage. Close enough to walk yet feels off the beaten path! Great location, location, location, location! Some of our favorite trails and waterfalls are minutes away. Or go canoeing in one of the beautiful nearby lakes, also only minutes away.


Highlands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1675 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom (Upstairs) - 1 queen , Cozy bedroom with a pillow top queen sized bed
    Bedroom (Upstairs) - 1 queen , Cozy Bedroom with a pillow top queen sized bed
    Bedroom (Downstairs) - 1 queen , Private and Quiet bedroom with a comfortable queen sized bed
    Bedroom (Downstairs) - 1 bunk bed , The Kids Bunk Bed room (adults only on the lower bunk)
  • 2 Bedrooms upstairs (part of the main house), 2 Bedrooms downstairs with a private entrance. OUTSIDE (EXTERIOR) STAIRCASE to access the two downstairs bedrooms. MAXIMUM 7 adults, 2 children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting
Our cottage is unique, quaint and just a short walk to Historic Main Street in Downtown Highlands, NC! Less then 1/2 mile from all that Downtown has to offer, and a lovely 7 minute walk to the first restaurant/bar. Our heavily wooded cottage makes you feel like you are way from it all, high above the main road and very quiet surroundings. This comfortable split level layout boasts 2 bedrooms upstairs along with the kitchen, dining room and living areas. Downstairs, you will find a very private additional two bedrooms with its own entrance. Both bedrooms upstairs feature queen sized beds, and downstairs you will find one bedroom with a queen sized bed and one bedroom with custom made bunk beds (two twins). There is also on-site laundry, a fully equipped kitchen and lots of outdoor space! Come stay in our cottage and enjoy magnificent Highlands, NC to the fullest.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

84% Complete
12% Complete
1% Complete
1% Complete
0% Complete
Quiet Treehouse Cottage, Walk to Town & Old Edwards Inn (HOLT KNOB)
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 57 reviews

Almost excellent

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay. Great walking location. Owner very responsible.. Responded on Sunday to a problem with the DVD player. He replaced it that same day. Some problems persist with humidity in the downstairs. Owner says he's fixing it. I believe him!.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and the issues in the basement have now been resolved. for future visitors, we have installed a system that will permanently deal with the issue as well as replacing the carpet with a vapor lock and tile system. most of the issues surfaced this year due to an extreme amount of rain. we received over 22 inches of rain in may alone. thank you for choosing us and we look forward to your next visit. thanks
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wonderful weekend in Highlands!

  • 5 of 5

The Bear House Cottage was the perfect place for our weekend in Highlands. The property was very convenient and easy to walk into town. Justin (host) was very responsive and helpful too. I hope to stay at this property again in the future!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Valdosta, GA

Has Potential - BUT in definite need of some TLC!

  • 2 of 5

I rely on Reviews and picked this property due to the Reviews. We were all disappointed upon hitting the Door. I looked back over the pic's and realized - they must be several years old. The property is a little run down and needs some attention. First - it sticks out like a "sore thumb" from neighbors on the street. Needs some Landscaping & pressure washing of exterior, and painting/stain on front/back decks. Mildew & cobwebs were everywhere. Next, when a property accepts pets - you must be extra diligent about smells. We opened the Door to overwhelming smell of DOG. Had to purchase an "odor eliminator" candle in Highlands or we couldn't have stayed. In addition on the SMELL category - the front right bathroom had a constant odor of some type and downstairs smells musty. The home has a dining table for 8 - yet there is only possible "comfortable" setting for 2 or 3 on sofa. Needs additional options for comfortable TV watching. If a home has FEMALE visitors and definitely if people are guests of Weddings - YOU need a FULL LENGTH MIRROR! After the negative - I'll finish with the Good! Location is fantastic! Perfect for driving/walking to Highlands. Perfect for attending weddings in town and distance to Highlands County Club is great. Beds were very comfortable. As mentioned - this property has tons of potential - but needs some updating and attention to detail to be the 4+ Star Property that previous reviews gave it.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We also rely heavily on our reviews and the quality of our place. its important to voice any issues when staying at a vacation rental while you are there so we can do our best to resolve them. telling us about issues a month later and rating us low does not help the community or the homeowner. the guests after you notified us about a few of the same issues upon check in. we resolved their issues right away and left them with a positive experience. since your visit we have done the following. (this was all done before your recent review): 1. the pictures were from our renovation last summer where we built the covered front and rear porches and replaced the shingle roof with a metal roof. 2. the house, decking and windows have all been pressure washed as of August 1, 2018. 3. the house has had a deep cleaning and we are now limiting visitors with dogs. 4. the furniture description is in our listing. it states the seating arrangements for both the living room and dinging room. the house is a small cottage type of house and there is not room for a larger sofa, nor is there room to add an additional sofa. there is a leather sofa that seats three, plus two chairs in the living room area. 5. the odor downstairs was due to the 22 inches of rain received early July in the area. many houses flooded and were un-usable. since then we have removed the flooring downstairs, installed a moisture barrier and tiled the entire downstairs to eliminate any chances of water or odor issues in the future. 6. the odor in the bathroom upstairs was also related to #5 For those reading the review with any concerns, please contact us with any questions. we do our best to keep the house in great condition for our guests. sometimes we rely on guests to inform us if they notice something that is not right. we always correct any issues in the best way possible. in the future, you should always give the homeowner the ability to resolve any issues you have when staying at a vacation rental instead of just offering a low quality review or rating. thanks
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Nice place in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Can walk to town. Old time mountain home, has all the basics. Could use a TV or two more in the bedrooms. Lovely open space in dining area. Nice covered deck area.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charming cabin perfect for the family!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing location! Warm and cozy cabin, beautifully decorated perfect for the family!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wonderful setting.

  • 5 of 5

The house is really wonderful and close into town. It has everything we could need and very cozy. Our family spent five nights and enjoyed exploring the area of Highlands.

We would definitely come back and stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
The Ugly Dog Public House
Nearest Golf
1.4 Miles
Highlands Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Cyprus (Restaurant)
Car: not necessary

Lots of waterfalls, hiking, and other outdoor activities

New HVAC system added April 2014


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $70
Refundable damage deposit $300

Highlands has a noise ordinance after 10pm. Due to several recent complaints about noise late at night, we will now charge 50% of the deposit if we receive complaints from neighbors about noise after 10pm and 100% of the deposit if police are called to the property due to a noise complaint. thanks for your understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

You might like these similar properties