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Near Mirror Lake--Only One Mile to Town!

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Last updated: 01/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom newly renovated cabin in quiet neighborhood

This newly renovated mountain cabin on a three-quarter acre lot is only 1 mile from downtown Highlands, peaceful yet convenient! Come enjoy the cool breezes of this popular resort— at an elevation of over 4000 feet, with an average high temperature in July of 78 degrees. It’s a welcome refuge from the flatland summer heat and humidity. This wonderful cabin in the secluded Mirror Lake area is also perfect for year-round use, with air conditioning and gas heat.
It features a large great room with a French door opening onto a serene deck surrounded by rhododendrons. In front of the stone fireplace is a cozy sitting area, which is underneath the gem of a loft for sleeping, reading, or working. A custom modern kitchen is handsomely equipped for serious cooks as well as those who just want easy entertaining. The kitchen includes granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a convection range. You can choose to eat in the dining area or on the convenient deck with gas grill.
There are two bedrooms with queen size beds, a full bathroom with a claw foot tub and shower, and a half bath on the main floor. The loft above the great room has a day bed suitable for sitting or sleeping and a desk. Guests can park off the street on the driveway, as well as on the street.
Additional amenities include WiFi, flat screen TV with cable service, and a laundry room with washer and dryer.
Highlands, NC, has something for everyone:
• shoppers enjoy the boutiques, assorted gift shops, and auctions
• golfers love the many beautiful courses
• outdoors people relish the waterfalls, hiking trails (including the nearby Appalachian Trail), and national forests—Nantahala National Forest and Pisgah National Forest
• food lovers appreciate the many dining options in Highlands as well as nearby Asheville (including James Beard award nominees)
• those who seek rejuvenation find it in the area’s natural beauty and at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa where you can find a heated mineral pool, massage, acupuncture, facial, pedicure or manicure
• botanists delight in the unusual plants that abound in the subtropical highland climate
• rock hounds seek the native sources of garnets, rubies, and other semiprecious stones
• and vacation lovers of all sorts will relax in the peace and quiet of this tranquil, unspoiled area
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/21/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1694 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    original claw foot tub adapted for showers...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    half bath room on main floor ...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Resort:

    Luxury spas, hotels, and gourmet restaurants abound...moreless

  • Rural:

    Rural setting only 1 mile from downtown, surrounded by rhododendrons and mountain laurels...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Warm gas heat...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Newly updated to include convection oven, microwave, stainless steel appliances, food processor, blender, coffeemaker, electric teapot, toaster....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Highlands Parks and Recreation has a public pool less than 1 mile away...moreless



Write a review 4.5
from 30 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$95 $135
Fri, Sat
$695 $2,295
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Housekeeping $110
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $175
  • Tax Rate 10%


Please note: November and December weekend night rates are now reduced by 15%! Come enjoy a weekend on the beautiful plateau.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 01/21/2017
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58 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville, NC
0.75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Hwy 64

Car: Necessary

Highlands, NC, is a wonderfully cool mountain resort, with nearby gem mining, zip line parks, numerous waterfalls, hiking trails, local auction houses, craft stores, and antique stores. Plus, lots of shopping!

Have you ever been to an antique auction? It’s an event to be experienced. Dry Falls and Glen Falls must be seen, as well as Sunset Rock—all well worth the hike! The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is especially wonderful for children (my kids LOVED the ice cream stop!). Asheville is a mere 85 miles away, the site of the Thomas Wolfe house, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, some 18 craft breweries, and many more award winning restaurants.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1974

About the owner: We are three sisters, who cherish the cabin that our parents adored. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful refuge as much as we have! It’s not perfect, it’s not modern, but it IS fun! We live in different areas of the country: near Chapel Hill, NC and outside Boston, MA. As military brats, we grew up all over: NC, NJ, KS, CO, TX, Germany, and GA.

Why the Owner Chose Mirror Lake (Highlands, NC, USA):
Thistle Dew is a lovingly restored cabin that has been in our family for nearly 40 years. After 30+ years in the Army, our dad retired. Our parents moved around constantly and were finally able to return to NC and fix up this cabin to spend the summers. We remember how happy they were, to be in this cool refuge and walk with neighbors nightly down to Mirror Lake or to go golfing with friends. The heat in the coastal plains of NC was (and is!) unbearable, especially as our parents aged. This cabin has been a family refuge for many years—beloved and adored.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
This cabin is perfect for private getaways. Only one mile from downtown, it feels so private and secluded, thanks to the many native rhododendrons and mountain laurels. The deck is perfect for outdoor dining, grilling, and relaxing. The original cabin was built entirely of wormy chestnut (American chestnut trees were mostly destroyed by the chestnut blight in the early 1900s). According to grandchildren of the doctor who sold the house to OUR parents, it was built in the late 1930s. Our recent renovations have attempted to retain that flavor—with nightstands built from the old kitchen table, deck consoles built from the old dining table, and closets utilizing old interior chestnut doors.

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/21/2017

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  • Thistle Dew

    Thistle Dew

  • View of living room from loft

    View of living room from loft

  • Living room overlooking spacious deck

    Living room overlooking spacious deck

  • Sitting area in front of fireplace

    Sitting area in front of fireplace

  • Loft desk and day bed

    Loft desk and day bed

  • Another view of the loft day bed

    Another view of the loft day bed

  • Kitchen working area with granite countertops

    Kitchen working area with granite countertops

  • Kitchen bar area and seating for two

    Kitchen bar area and seating for two

  • Guest bedroom

    Guest bedroom

  • Deck seating for two with handmade table

    Deck seating for two with handmade table

  • Hallway to powder room

    Hallway to powder room

  • Front entrance

    Front entrance

  • Front door with owl door knocker

    Front door with owl door knocker

  • Living room with comfortable sleeper sofa

    Living room with comfortable sleeper sofa

  • Dining area in front of original granite fireplace

    Dining area in front of original granite fireplace

  • View of loft area from living room

    View of loft area from living room

  • Loft


  • Kitchen bar area

    Kitchen bar area

  • Kitchen


  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Guest bedroom armoire

    Guest bedroom armoire

  • Deck seating for four with handmade console tables and gas grill

    Deck seating for four with handmade console tables and gas grill

  • A convenient place to hang your hat!

    A convenient place to hang your hat!

VRBO #587779

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, January 21, 2017

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