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Stunning Sunset and mountain views minutes from Highlands

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Comfortable mountain home, 4+ Bedrooms, Sleeps up to 11. Very private.

Enjoy a beautiful mountain retreat on two private wooded acres, seven miles from downtown Highlands, perfect for couples or larger groups. Surrounded by nature, with two full-length covered decks for enjoying the great western views and dining outdoors. Easy access to hiking trails and waterfalls, or shops, restaurants, and golf in Sky Valley, GA or Highlands, NC. Accommodations include 2 kings, 1 queen, 3 twin beds, and a large queen futon in the loft. There are 3.5 baths, one with a jetted tub. Cook your meals in a large, fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances or the outdoor gas grill. Entertainment options include flat screen TV, free wifi, ping pong and foosball tables.

Easy year-round access, 2 hours north of Atlanta and Athens in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. We have sunset views year round and provide firewood for cooler nights. The house sits at 3,700 feet so, even in the summer we have never had to use the air conditioning.

More Details

Susan Dougherty
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Susan Dougherty

Retired couple wanting to share this amazing home with others who love the mountains. We have been renting in this area for many years. We were sometimes disappointed with little or no views of the mountains. When we saw the view from this house, we were sold!

Why Susan Dougherty chose Scaly Mountain

Beautiful mountain setting, a large, comfortable contemporary home with two decks, a screened dining porch, and awesome western views all year. Gorgeous fall foliage. Easy access to waterfall hikes and shopping in Highlands.

We try to make staying at Sunset Ridge easy. We provide firewood, wifi strong enough to stream, the kitchen is stocked well and includes dish detergents and spices, the baths and laundry room are stocked with soap, shampoo and detergent. We provide some teas, but bring your own coffee!

What makes this house unique

The view, of course. Ping pong and foosball tables, four bedrooms and loft with a card table and queen futon, 3.5 baths, jetted tub in master bathroom. Free TV and strong wifi. Comfortable furniture. Great views from many rooms and both decks. Extremely quiet and private.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sitting here with our coffee looking over the beautiful mountains on the last day of our two week vacation stay! Where do we begin to express our appreciation for you letting us use your home. Everything was perfect. This was a great base to all kinds of activities and activities and trips. It was a delight to watch the hummingbirds. My husband refilled the feeder 4 times! Can't say enough about the temperature and sunsets. Thanks for your generosity and we hope to visit again.
Jul 2015
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Scaly Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Turn out lights when you leave a room. Electricity is very expensive. Never put garbage outside! Bears will come. Don't leave food in fridge
  • No pets No smoking Enjoy the sunsets!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bath near king bedroom and loft
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs near queen bedroom and twin bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Half bath off kitchen
  • Master bedroom has a jetted tub; upstairs has a full bath; downstairs (ground level) bath with shower, plus a half bath off the kitchen.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Has kitchenette and sitting area; opens onto lower deck.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size futon in loft
  • King master bedroom, king upstairs bedroom with an additional twin bed, queen futon in loft, queen bedroom downstairs (ground level), twin bedroom downstairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting
Set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, there are numerous trails and waterfalls to hike! Wonderful gourmet restaurants and great shopping in Highlands are just a short and beautiful drive away.


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Stunning Sunset and mountain views minutes from Highlands
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 19 reviews

A perfect getaway in the mountains!

  • 4 of 5

Our college group from church went up for a fall retreat and this cabin was just what we needed! It was big enough for everyone to fit comfortably. We enjoyed sitting on the porch taking in the mountain views and doing worship out there. The stars were pretty incredible too! Not too far from highlands and beautiful overlooks. We absolutely enjoyed our stayed and would definitely love to come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Sunset View. We went over Labor Day weekend and enjoyed hiking and waterfalls in the area and watching the sunset on the porch every evening. Our three boys (10-11 years old) had fun staying in the loft! It's a really comfortable and cozy home, and the owners are very responsive and hospitable. We would definitely love to come back some time.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Becky, Thanks for the review. Come back soon! Susan
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Beautiful Views

  • 4 of 5

I only use VRBO when traveling so I am a veteran when it comes to the process. The cabin is just as described and everything you need is there. We stayed in the den by the fire most of the time spending quality time with the family. We evacuated during the hurricane from Savannah not knowing it was headed for the NC Mountains. The owners were quick to respond to every question we had and were willing to do anything they could for us. If you do a side by side comparison of cabins you will find that most are very similar to each other BUT the owners of this one puts its over the top in my book. They truly care about their guest and that their stay is a memorable one.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, So glad that you made it home safe and sound. Susan
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Beautiful home in a spectacular setting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Sunset Ridge. The home was spacious, well-stocked and the beds were great. The setting was truly beautiful and there were lots of fun activities in the surrounding area. Thanks for a memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place when you want to get away from it all. View is beautiful. Well equipped with everything you will need. Wish we had more time to spend there.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Deanne. We look forward to having you as a guest again soon. Susan
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Great Mountain Get Away

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location of the house. It was close enough to downtown Highlands, but also far enough to truly enjoy the mountains. The house is well stocked, and the owners are great to work with. We will stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dry Falls
Highlands Aerial Park
Glen Falls
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sky Valley, GA; Highlands, NC
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
NC 106; US 441; US 64
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Scaly Mountain
Car: necessary

Zipline and downhill tubing in Scaly Mountain.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150

House is reached by a narrow gravel road for the last mile. This makes it very private and relaxing. Main level of the house is on the second floor.

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.