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

Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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.

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Jim Spencer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Big 180-degree Mtn View. Secluded, yet walk to Mainstreet
average rating of 4.9454546 based on 57 reviews

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
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great house with great views. Close to everything .

  • 5 of 5

It is a great house with outstanding sunset views. You can walk a little higher up the mountain and have a 360 degree view. Whiteside mountain is about a 20 minute drive with more great views. Several water falls within a 30 minute drive as well as zip lining. Its close to town so about a 3 minute drive to town or you can walk it in about 30minutes. Nice town area with some nice stores and its all dog friendly. This is our second time staying in the house and will be back. The owners keep the house well stocked with everything you need to cook. Fire pit in front of the house was nice touch. Look up at night and see soooo many stars, beautiful. Only draw back in my opinion is all the golf courses in Highlands are private so have to drive 30 minutes to an hour to play. You will be happy you chose this house for your stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome House, View, Interior Decorating, and Firepit!!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this spacious mountain top home and thoroughly enjoyed our first ever visit to Highlands. The home is gorgeous inside and out with two master bedroom suites. The view is hard to describe especially sipping a glass of wine at sunset. Kitchen has a large chef grade 4 burner gas range and we cooked a couple of great meals. Kitchen is very well stocked with all necessary tools and appliances. Awesome fire pit outside. We brought our own fire wood and grill and cooked NY strip steaks over the fire pit. We bought the steaks at Dusty's in town. Do not miss their banana pudding and tomato pies to go. Get there early in the day before they sell out. Both are to die for. We had dinner out one night at Cyprus. Food was great, service slow and terrible. They were crowded and missing one chef for that night. Also had lunch at the Old Edwards Inn. Had the shrimp and grits. Service and atmosphere impeccable. We were very pleased with our stay at this home and would recommend it strongly to anyone wanting to visit the area. We did have a bit of trouble with key lock box when we first arrived and I called the owner on his cell and guess what he answered his phone and resolved our issue immediately. Thanks Jim.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing & the views are breathtaking! The house decor is stunning as are the hardwoods & exposed wood beams. The kitchen is very well equipped & organized with labels throughout. The fire pit, front porch swing & back deck are awesome! All the amenities of home & WAY more. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home & hope to visit again. Highly recommend!!! Deserves more than 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience

  • 4 of 5

Property was gorgeous, comfortable, inspiring. Only wish we had been able to stay at the property more than we did. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Mountain House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family fell in love with Ray's Roost. Over the last few years, we've rented at least 4 or 5 different places in Highlands, and this is our favorite. I've never seen a vacation rental so well-appointed! I brought my crock pot and my favorite skillet and discovered I could have saved myself the trouble. The kitchen is completely stocked with all the cookware, dishes, serving and prepping tools you'll ever need. We enjoyed cooking and eating our meals on the deck porch. Oh, and the fire pit is great! We had a wonderful time sitting around the fire, making s'mores and drinking wine. The beds are comfortable. I'm a sheet snob (yes, it does exist) and I was very pleased about the sheets. If you're a Costco fan (as I am), you're gonna love this house.

Even through Matthew was hitting the Coast, and we lost power for a short while one day, (very windy) and it rained one whole day, we all had a wonderful time. The view is extraordinary, the entire house comfortable, and our hosts could not have been more accommodating. We will absolutely be back. Thanks for having us!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Highlands House Rental Rates

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Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning Fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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