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Comfortable Elegance with Mountain View: 5BR, 4BA 5 Min. from Highlands,Nc

(38 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

5BR, 4 Ba with panoramic views, this spacious home affords every comfort.

"We were looking for a house spacious enough that we could all sit around the dining room table--Twig and Nest did not disappoint us. The house felt like a home that someone cared about."--
Kelly B-Signal Mountain, TN 5/20/16

"JOY"--the perfect word to describe our weekend. Your effort to make the house 'magazine ready' was appreciated by all. Thank you so much for sharing your winter wonderland with our mom's club. The perfect escape, and we all needed it." (12/13/15)
Mom's Club from Birmingham, AL

"Your house was exactly as you described it" (Nadia from Georgia, 03/12/16)

"'Everyone who came by remarked what a beautiful home it was and what a beautiful setting with all the trees. The wedding planner was so impressed, she is going to recommend it to all her brides.'" (J. Sandifer, Germantown, TN, 10/20/14).

"'We absolutely loved your home and plan on returning. We don't cook much any more, other than breakfast but your kitchen is so well equipped, we could turn out a grand repast,'" (U. Higgins, Aug. 2014).

These comments reflect the experiences of guests who have stayed at my mountain home in Highlands. Twig and Nest enjoys the best of both worlds: woodland beauty and privacy conveniently located just minutes away from the charming town of Highlands, NC.

The spacious interior, with two-story Great Room (17' x 27') opening up to a skylit covered deck with stone fireplace and sunset views is designed for entertaining.

The custom designed Chef's kitchen with breakfast bar, center island, and butler's pantry has ample space for several cooks. Cosy private dining room can seat 8 people comfortably.

The house is tastefully furnished with an eclectic collection of antiques, art and memorabilia from my travels. Many nice touches add to the mountain ambience: cathedral ceilings with clerestory windows, antler chandelier, wide plank wood floors, outdoor fire pit, swings and hammocks, spa bathrooms, stone pathways, stacked stone wood-burning fireplaces, perennial gardens and custom woodwork. Televisions in both Master Suites, Great Room and Kitchen for your convenience and enjoyment. Covered parking for two cars and additional parking for 4 more vehicles.

The house can accommodate two families or groups comfortably. The main level contains a Master Bedroom suite on one side of the Gathering Room and two bedrooms and a bath on the other side. All bedrooms on the main level have woodland and/or garden views.

A few steps down from the main level is an apartment-sized Bedroom Suite with sitting area. A second bedroom with four-poster bed and private bath (my grandchildren's favorite) is next to a small office. Both suites have private entrances to the main level and outdoors.

Guests have expressed delight in how warm and personal the home is, as contrasted with other places they have stayed which were, perhaps, more 'generic.' I take delight in sharing my personal space with travelers who appreciate my eclectic mix of furnishings, in the lovely setting Nature has provided.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Due to health concerns, Twig and Nest is a non-smoking property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Due to allergy concerns of owners and guests, pets are not permitted....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen


  • Three bedrooms and two baths on main level. Master bedroom is furnished with queen-sized sleigh bed, armoire with TV, vanity, chairs, and walk-in closet.. Adjoining bath features large tiled shower, marble floors, handsome console with granite counter tops. Two additional bedrooms on main level share hall bath. Lower level has second Master Bedroom Suite with rustic four-poster queen bed, pine armoire with TV, built in drawers, sitting area, large walk-in closet, desk and large private bath. Fifth bedroom on lower level has pencil post four-poster queen bed and private bath. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Hall bath off Great Room has custom cabinetry....moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Spacious walk-in spa shower, custom cabinetry, stone floors...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Large walk-in shower, marble floors, granite countertops...moreless

  • Lower level Master Bath has 5' X 5' spa shower, stone floors, separate vanity area with custom cabinetry. Hall bath off Great Room serves as powder room for guests and is shared by bedrooms on either side. Three of the bedrooms have their own private baths....moreless


  • Books:

    There are many books and magazines throughout the house....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a DVD player in the Great Room....moreless

  • Games:

    Board games are located in the closet in the front bedroom on main living area....moreless

  • Music Library:

    There is a library of CDs in the hall closet where the sound system in housed....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    All TVs are connected to cable....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Sound system with speakers in kitchen, great room and covered porch....moreless

  • Television:

    Four televisions, one in each owner suite, one in Great Room, and one in the kitchen. All are connected to cable TV. There is an additional cable connection on covered porch, for an additional TV....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There are videos and DVDs in the hall closet where the audio equipment is stored. ...moreless


  • Botanical Garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Recreation Center

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Shot gun view of Little Bear Pen Mountain....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Private dining room with garden view, connected to kitchen by butler's pantry. Mirrored wall with displays of objects d'art from owner's travels and additional cabinets for storage....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    There is a dryer in the laundry/storage area....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Two stacked stone wood-burning fireplaces: one in Great Room and one on Covered Porch....moreless

  • Garage:

    Covered parking for two vehicles...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The house has both gas and electric heat....moreless

  • Internet:

    There is wifi access for internet....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two-story Great Room (17 X 27;)with stacked stone fireplace, clerestory windows, wide plank wood floors opens to covered porch/deck with skylights....moreless

  • Parking:

    Carport accommodates two vehicles. Additional parking for 4 cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a land line and the best cell reception is for phones with Verizon service. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Ample towels are provided in each bath and extras in the linen closet....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A washer and dryer are in the laundry/storage area as well as ironing boards and irons, detergent, bleach, and dryer sheets....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    two coffee pots (Cuisinart and Braun)...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All you could ever want. The former owners were in the kitchen and bath business and there is every imaginable appliance and implement--some of which I don't even know how to use....moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    Sunlit, well equipped chef's kitchen with skylit island, custom cabinetry, farmer sink, granite/soapstone counters, stainless appliances, wine rack, TV, breakfast bar and butler's pantry....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Samsung microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    KitchenAid Stainless Double Oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    There are canned goods, staples, spices, and condiments in pantry, plus baggies, foil, waxed paper for your convenience. Please use what you need and leave the rest for next guests....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Whirlpool, stainless, side-by-side...moreless

  • Stove:

    Thermador 5-burner gas cooktop...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Spacious Covered Deck with cathedral ceilings, skylights, stacked stone fireplace, step-down deck for dining...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Perennial terraced garden borders stone walkway from driveway to house....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Grill on Deck...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 38 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$300 $375
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,800 $3,000
Early Spring
Apr 1 - May 20, 2017
3 night min stay
$375 $475
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,000 $4,000
2017 Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 - May 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$550 $550
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,800 $5,000
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2017
3 night min stay
Christmas Week
Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2017
3 night min stay
New Year's Week
Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$415 $575
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,900 $7,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $225 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 9.75%


Book directly with owner to save booking fee. Clients may choose to purchase damage insurance or pay a refundable damage deposit of $500.00. Special event groups (such as weddings) may be required to add damage insurance. Damage deposit will be refunded within two weeks of date of departure, providing that there is no damage to the property or its contents during your stay. 100% refund of all deposits for cancellations 60 days or more before expected date of arrival with the exception of the VRBO booking fee, which goes to VRBO, and is non-refundable if the client cancels the reservation. Cancellations made within 30 days of date of arrival will receive a 50% refund of rental amount + taxes, and 100% of cleaning fee and damage deposit. Owner will make every effort to accommodate cancellations due to illness or other family emergency, including rain-checks for a future rental.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: This picture was taken on the back deck last summer with my two grandchildren. I have visited Highlands every summer since 2007, and upon my retirement from the higher education field in 2012, I found the house of my dreams in a lovely neighborhood just 2 miles from Main Street. I later learned that I had just bought the house that "Santa Claus had built." Well, at least the Santa Claus of Highlands for the past 40 years.

Why the Owner Chose Highlands Hills (Highlands, NC, USA):
I had looked for just the right property for several years before discovering Twig and Nest. I was visiting a friend in the neighborhood when I discovered 93 Rolling Woods on a morning walk. The setting and views from inside out were nothing less than spectacular, and I liked the fact that the house was completely updated, backed up to a nature preserve, and was so convenient to both Highlands and Cashiers. Those who know me, know how much I love Christmas. I could hardly wait to get the biggest tree I could get in the doorway my first Christmas in the house, and have been adding trees ever since.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The hillside setting of the house affords lovely views from every direction. From the sofa, you can see the terraced gardens in the front and the woods and mountainside in the back. It's a great house for entertaining with over 800 feet of porches and decks. Around stone fireplace on the back porch is a favorite gathering spot. The house is infused with light in the common areas. A row of windows in the kitchen open to the woods and mountainside. High ceilings with skylights and clerestory windows in the Great Room open to the covered deck with corresponding skylighted cathedral ceilings making the house feel light and airy and spacious. Everyone who enters the house has the same response: 'Wow!' and then heads straight for the hammock.

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Great Room/Kitchen/Dining Room

    Great Room/Kitchen/Dining Room

  • View of Great Room facing front of house

    View of Great Room facing front of house

  • Gardens in Front of House

    Gardens in Front of House

  • Covered Porch with skylights

    Covered Porch with skylights

  • Carport/Swing


  • Private Bath-Main Level

    Private Bath-Main Level

  • Bedroom Facing Back Yard

    Bedroom Facing Back Yard

  • Sitting Area--Owner's Suite--Lower Level

    Sitting Area--Owner's Suite--Lower Level

  • Master --Lower Level

    Master --Lower Level

  • Bedroom--Lower Level
Private Bath Entry

    Bedroom--Lower Level Private Bath Entry

  • Office--Lower Level

    Office--Lower Level

  • Great Room /Covered Porch

    Great Room /Covered Porch

  • Private Dining Room at Christmas

    Private Dining Room at Christmas

  • Spring at Twig and Nest

    Spring at Twig and Nest

  • View from Deck of Covered Porch, Great Room

    View from Deck of Covered Porch, Great Room

  • Owner's Suite-Main Level
Doors to Walk-in Closet

    Owner's Suite-Main Level Doors to Walk-in Closet

  • Front Bedroom, Main Level

    Front Bedroom, Main Level

  • Hall Bath-Main Level

    Hall Bath-Main Level

  • Lower Level Owner's Bedroom

    Lower Level Owner's Bedroom

  • Private Bath-Lower Level

    Private Bath-Lower Level

  • Private Bath-Lower Level

    Private Bath-Lower Level

  • Rear Entry from Carport

    Rear Entry from Carport

VRBO #574723

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 30, 2017

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