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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.

Dogs 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. (low to no traffic in our area, so roaming is safe)

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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 Highlands

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. Yet we are still only a mile and a half from town center.

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
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 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.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Vaulted Ceiling, love seat & Gas fireplace, 55" tv,
  • 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 ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • 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. A popular walk of 2 mi is out the lane, and up Bearpen Rd. It is a large circular route, perfect for walking. Also, it is only 1.5 miles down to the center of town.


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Great getaway to Highlands, NC

  • 5 of 5

A group of us spent a long weekend in Highlands. Ray's Roost was the perfect spot to call home while we were in town! The house is really nice, well maintained, clean, and laid out really well for a large group. It was an easy trip to town when needed and the views were spectacular. Jim and Lorine do a wonderful job of making it easy to stay at their home, from the timely instructions and communication to the labels in the house, they have thought of everything. We will definitely choose Ray's Roost again when traveling to Highlands, NC!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Just fabulous beautiful relaxing well thought setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. It has been a healing , relaxing, enjoyable retreat. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views from this lovely secluded home, yet close to town and trails

  • 5 of 5

Ray’s Roost was perfect for our extended family getaway. Comfortable and well equipped with everything you need. Thank you Jim and Lorine for sharing your wonderful home with us!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed from the moment we arrived. The home is so comfortable and well thought out for visitors arrival. We brought many supplies that were not needed. The homeowners provide everything that you could possibly need. The views were spectacular!! Even though it was 20 degrees outside we sat out on the HUGE deck in very comfortable chairs to enjoy the amazing view. But it was not necessary to have to sit outside because the views of the mountains can be enjoyed from almost all rooms in the home. We even enjoyed watching the birds eat from the feeder outside the den picture window. It is not often that we are able to work in a vacation and we appreciate how the homeowners made sure it was one to remember. We would absolutely choose this home for our next HIghlands visit. Thank you Jim for having such an amazing home that you graciously share with others!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with a breath taking view.

  • 5 of 5

The home is just beautiful inside and out it has so many big window's with great views. The big beautiful decks on this home give you plenty of room to relax with beautiful scenery with a great hammock and swing. Had an amazing stay look forward to coming again..

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful and relaxing New Year's Weekend at Ray's Roost! The house was beautiful and comfortable for us! We even had a little snow! Having the fire pit and fire place were a bonus! We went through 2 loads of wood-delivered the day we arrived!! Thanks for a great start to 2018!! Will definitely return soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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