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Comfortable Elegance with Mountain View: 5BR, 4BA 5 min. from Highlands,NC

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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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Barbara Jones
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Barbara Jones

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.

Barbara Jones purchased this house in 2012

Why Barbara Jones chose Highlands Hills

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have all enjoyed Twig and Nest to the fullest. It was so gracious of you to decorate for Halloween for all the youngsters. Raegean Blair, the 3 1/2 year old, spent hours at the Halloween tree.

Wanted you to know one detail. The evening we were preparing to leave for the open house . . . we lost our power. John graciously came over and confirmed that the problem was not here at the house, but rather on the line feeding power to the area. The girls were trying to get dressed, apply make-up, etc. in the dark. He built a fire for us and found some candles to light so that the girls could finish getting ready for the party."
Sep 2017
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Highlands Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Noise levels must be kept moderate from 11pm-8am or nuisance fee may be deducted from damage deposit.
  • No food or garbage should be left outside or in cars.
  • Property is not child-proofed for little ones. Children should be supervised and not allowed to climb on porch railings or wander into woods alone.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall bath off Great Room has custom cabinetry.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Spacious walk-in spa shower, custom cabinetry, stone floors
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower, marble floors, granite countertops
  • 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.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming


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Comfortable Elegance with Mountain View: 5BR, 4BA 5 min. from Highlands,NC
average rating of 4.9183674 based on 58 reviews

A beautiful vacation home and visits to remember

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have rented this home for week in July or August for 3 years to enjoy beautiful Highlands and the exceptional weather. It is so large and comfortable and the outdoor lounging and dining (where we have breakfast) is simply wonderful. The kitchen is good, beds comfortable, rooms large, dining room seats 8, Wifi works as does the TV, and one couldn't ask for more. The owner, Barbara, is very welcoming and next year we're going back for a month!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had another good visit at Twig and Nest and it was about time we met! I appreciate your taking such good care of Twig and Nest and for helping me spread the word about our beautiful Highlands. Having such considerate and appreciative guests enjoy my home in the mountains makes all the effort to improve and maintain the property worthwhile. See you next year.
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Great place for a girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

This house was great for a girls' getaway in the mountains. The outside sitting area was perfect for us and is where we spent most of our time. We also enjoyed all the Halloween decor that had been put up. Even with a large group, we had plenty of room to all hang out together both in the living room and out on the porch! We had a great time and would definitely recommend this house for a vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Austill, so delighted that your Girls' Getaway was so enjoyable. And, that you liked the Halloween decorations. I had put those up for a prior family with children of various ages. They really enjoyed the "spooky" decor just as you did. It was a pleasure having you stay at my home in the mountains and thanks so much for taking such good care of it. I am always pleased when my guests feel comfortable and cared for. Barbara Jones, owner
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A beautiful property in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the Twig and Nest for approximately six days while attending my youngest son's wedding in Highlands. With us were my oldest son, his wife, and their three children~daughters aged 12, 3 1/2, and 17 months, and a nanny attendant for the little girls. It proved to be the ideal accommodations for the younger granddaughters giving them lots of space for play and to explore outdoors.

We warned them to be careful and watch for bears that might be in the area, and, indeed, on sort of a field trip to view the waterfalls in the area, with an aunt and uncle who were there for the wedding, they did get to see a mother bear with her two cubs.

We were extremely pleased with our stay at the Twig and Nest, and recommend it most highly. The owner, Barbara, even came in in advance of our arrival, and decorated for our granddaughters in a Halloween motif.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, I didn't realize that you had seen a mother bear and her cubs! The kids must have been so excited. I am so happy and grateful that you chose my home in Highlands for your son's wedding gathering spot. My only regret is that I didn't get the opportunity to meet and greet you personally, though my go-to-person and friend who helps me with the property did on the night the power went out in our neighborhood and he arrived on the scene with candles, lanterns, and flashlights to help the ladies finished getting dressed for the wedding! It touched me that the children were so captivated by the Halloween tree. So nice to have our efforts so enjoyed and appreciated. Barbara Jones
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The Highlands Best

  • 5 of 5

We had a great three days and the home was wonderful! The kitchen had everything a cook could want! The seven of us were very comfortable and could not have been happier! Enjoyed the back porch! We will be back! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the weather turned out great for the wedding. About a third of my guests are comprised of wedding parties--the close proximity to downtown Highlands, the spacious entertaining areas, and large-well-equipped kitchen seem to be the most appreciated characteristics of Twig and Nest. The covered porch with fireplace is a comfortable and spacious place to relax--in fact, as one of the most appreciated features of the house, I am considering renaming the house to "The Back Porch." Glad you made it home before Hurricane Irma hit South Carolina. Come again when you can stay longer and just enjoy Highlands. Barbara Jones Owner
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  • 5 of 5

The house is very well appointed. It is as shown on the web. The kitchen is extremely well equipped.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your special milestone birthday celebration at Twig and Nest. Also nice to hear that you found the property to be as represented in the pictures and description. I hear of so many people who arrive at rentals who are disappointed in the actual property once they enter. I have been told that my kitchen is second to none in that it has just about every appliance one could wish for and two of many. It's nice to have my efforts to keep the property in tip top shape and decorate for the seasons appreciated. Hope you will not wait for another "zero-ending" birthday to return to the beautiful NC mountains. Barbara Jones Owner
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We Will Return

  • 5 of 5

This property was exactly what our group needed. The photos on the website acurately depicticted what the house is like. It was clean, comfortable, well stocked, beautifully decorated and convenient to Highlands. We decided to fix all of our meals there and found that was so relaxing. No wait time at restaurants etc. and the outdoor room was fabulous for us considering the rain we had the weekend we were there. We enjoyed the fireplace as well because even in summer, mountain nights are cool. We are looking forward to getting to be guests at Twig and Nest again. Also, our owner/host was great to work with so all things considered, WE LOVED IT ALL.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking such great care of Twig and Nest. As guests, you get a Five-Star rating. I had just had all the carpets in the house professionally cleaned, and they were spotless upon your departure--even though it had rained the weekend of your stay. So glad you were able to enjoy your time on the covered back deck, despite the rain. As you know, Highlands has been re-coverning from a drought for the last couple of years, and we are grateful every time it rains here these days! Glad you enjoyed the Sunday brunch on the Veranda. One of my favorites! Please, please, do come again soon. Barbara Jones Owner
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $225 + Tax
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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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