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Big 180-degree Mtn View. Secluded, yet walk to Mainstreet

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Big View, Sleeps 10. Dogs Welcome

A 4 Bedroom/ 4 bath house, completely renovated and expanded, with all new furniture. Situated on the prestigious Big Bearpen Mountain for view and cool summer breezes. Yet only a simple one-and-a-half mile walk to downtown Highlands.

Family room includes a wood-burning fireplace, two swivel-recliner-rockers that can reverse to enjoy the view, or participate in conversations. With a 52' TV with Roku and Blu-Ray DVD, surround sound system.

All new hardwood floors and wood ceilings are throughout the first floor, for the warm mountain feeling.

Dining room seats 8 (with provided leaf) and can open onto the rear covered porch for the spacious feeling.

Kitchen includes new granite counters and ALL new appliances.

Rear covered deck includes a sitting area with new comfy chairs/couch, and has a dining table for 6.An adjoining open rear deck includes a hammock and recliners for working on your tan.

Front porch is covered, where you can relax in the rocking chairs while overlooking the garden, and fire-pit.

Pets welcome. And we have a fenced in area at the side of the house accessible from the back deck and front should you not want to let them roam free.

Master Bedroom 1, first floor – Has a Cathedral ceiling, floor to ceiling windows, massive King bed. There is a sitting area in front of gas log stove, 46” TV and spacious bathroom with custom tile shower, and large walk-in closet.

2nd bedroom downstairs – has a Queen Bed with bathroom tub/shower.

Master Bedroom2 - 2nd floor - King Bed, with picture windows overlooking view, large bathroom, with a shower and a Garden Tub (room for two, & candles and wine), picture window to view and watch the sunset as well as a large walk-in closet.

Kid’s room - 2nd floor – Bunk Beds, full bed, and a bathroom with tub/shower.

More Details

Jim Spencer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Jim Spencer

Lorine and Jim (in the picture, playing cards on our back porch) have been visiting Highlands since the '70s, and finally bought a home for their eventual retirement. Jim and daughter Jessica helped rebuild and expand the home, making it our perfect destination.

Why Jim Spencer chose Smoky Mountains

Ray's Roost (named after Jim's grandfather) is our dream location. Secluded, with a breathtaking Mtn view, yet in the middle of a wonderful town. Note that the weathervane on the roof came from Jim's grandparents home, then his mother's home, and now our home.This is why it is a part of our logo.

What makes this house unique

The panoramic view from the rear porch is what draws most people. It can be viewed from the covered and (optionally) enclosed porch. But the front porch provides a tranquil setting, and a BIG firepit for the evenings.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Jim,

We don't have any complaints at all. Your home is fantastic. We have been coming to Highlands for the past 20+ years and have stayed in many homes and this is one of the best so far. We usually never stay in the same place twice, but we will be back at Rays Roost. It is big enough for our Family and your accommodating our dogs is great, and appreciated.

I have a property management, construction business and caretake 40+ homes on Lake Burton and can't help but being critical when we are the guest, but your place is perfect. I was pleasantly surprised rounding the corner and immediately noticing how well kept the house and yard were this early in the season. Thanks to you and your caretaker for making our stay ideal.

Kindest Regards Jamie.
Apr 2015
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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Upstairs Master - toilet , tub , shower , Big Garden Tub for 2 with spectacular view
    Bathroom 1 - Downstairs Master - toilet , shower , Very Spacious, with custom dbl sinks, large tiled shower
    Bathroom 3 - Kids Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - Downstairs Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Vaulted Ceiling, love seat & Gas fireplace. access to porch
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , On 1st floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2nd floor master, with view. Big bathroom & garden tub
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 2 bunk bed , Cozy room for the kids.
  • All bedrooms have new furniture and mattresses. Each with a ceiling fan. 2nd floor is carpeted, while 1st floor has all new hardwood floors.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
Throughout the year, a cool mountain breeze is present, making the house feel noticeably cooler than many 'down the hill.' when the windows are open. The lane on which the house is situated is flat, making it a good place for short walks with family and pets.


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(60 traveler reviews)

Big 180-degree Mtn View. Secluded, yet walk to Mainstreet
average rating of 4.95 based on 62 reviews

* * * * * * 6 on a scale of 5 ******

  • 5 of 5

As you leave town you come to a fork in the road with a sign listing all of the properties in Big Bear Pen MTN "A WILDFLOWER PRESERVE", and you know you are entering a special place.

In our party there were 4 senior adults, 2 of which have been visiting the Highlands annually for 30 years, so between their past experience and ours here is a list (in no particular order) of what makes Ray's Roost really outstanding compared to others we have stayed in.

* The owner responded quickly and was very nice to deal with.

* Proximity to town and being 2 properties from the end of the road, no traffic!

*Driveway and parking are fairly level and well groomed for "easy access" with only 2 nice wide steps to the large front porch.

*The view is stunning just as described.

*Large rear deck and covered porch.

*Beds, and all other furniture, fairly new, well made and very comfy.

*Best designed fire pit we have seen with ample (8 or 10) well made, comfortable chairs.

*Ample parking and carport.

*Large kitchen with professional grade cookware, cutlery, and new appliances.

*All electronics were easy to use with great "how to" directions.

*Split HVAC units new and worked perfectly.

*Large soaking tub.

*ADA toilets.

*Great trails just outside your door and ample brochures to acquaint you with the area.

*A well mannered and friendly dog who greeted us and came to visit twice a day...and you can bring your own!

Now for the "cons". LOL there are none!

All in all this is now our favorite Highlands lodging and we look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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simply incredible

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five is just returning from this incredible home and can't wait to head back. The home is well appointed with everything you need and the views from the expansive porch are amazing. The pictures really can't do it justice. Close to town yet very secluded, we spent our days hiking and exploring waterfalls and the evenings by the fire pit. There's even a local greenway trail accessible within a few hundred yards of the property.

Really can't say enough good things about this home and the local area. Look forward to visiting again soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable space with lots of privacy. Secluded yet convenient to shopping and services. Phenomenal view!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect place no matter what you're planning!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there for our 14th anniversary in January. Absolutely wonderful place to accommodate a variety of needs. Quiet, secluded getaway for just the two of you? Check. Spacious, welcoming home for your next family function? Check. Cool space to go on vacation with a bunch of your friends? Check. Within easy distance of town and yet still feeling miles away, you're going to love staying here. Plus there are a couple different trails to hike just a short walk away. Check out the sunset from the back deck, roast marshmallows on the fire pit, cook a nice dinner in the well stocked kitchen, cozy up by the fire with a book, take a swim in the spacious tub. Looking forward to staying here again. And you can even bring your dog!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Mountain Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family visited Jim and Lorine's home in January, 2017. We had an incredible time in Highlands. The views from the deck as well as the family room sitting by the fire were beautiful. The house is very well equipped and our entire family slept comfortably. The kitchen had great appliances and all the chef tools you need to cook a fabulous meal.

Jim was extremely helpful in every aspect of making our trip a wonderful experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return. This home truly deserves the 5 star rating.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we could have asked for.

  • 5 of 5

This house and the mountain views are just spectacular! My fiancé and I stayed here with three other couples for a NYE getaway. The rooms and living areas are very spacious, comfortably seating eight guests. The house was pristine and well-stocked (may want to bring an extra roll of paper products if staying in most of the trip). The house is only 1.7 miles away from the charming downtown Highlands and close driving distance to lots of hikes!

The views are just incredible. Don't miss sunset because the colors are just gorgeous while the sun sets over the mountains. Our first two days were very cold and windy but the wind blocks and mushroom heater on the back porch made the conditions more than bearable so we could really use the deck and take in the views. Would absolutely love to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning Fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

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