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'Journey's End' - A quiet mountain retreat surrounded by nature!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Nestled in the trees overlooking stately mountain views, we are pleased to present a very special property - affectionately known as “Journey’s End.” A charming, private and exquisitely-furnished lodge located about two miles from downtown Highlands, this gracious property is uniquely situated in the lovely “Falling Waters” community – where nine upscale homes share this fifty acre, peaceful place – all accompanied by an abundance of majestic trees and varied wildlife. Our private development includes a stone gateway, free-flowing clear water streams, two waterfalls and immense tranquility as you continue on to this enchanted retreat.

Extremely private, yet not too secluded, Journey's End is a welcoming place. Upon entrance to the home the Grand Room, Gallery, Gathering Room, Master Bedroom and spacious back deck provide panoramic views of the mountainous terrain. The adjacent, well-appointed kitchen provides all of the amenities that support gourmet cooking. The common areas encourage great entertaining, whether for couples who wish to just escape from it all in a romantic setting to a family gathering suitable for both adults and children. Supremely distinctive when compared to other properties, there are three independently-placed master suites, each with their own well-appointed king-size bed and private bath. All three are unique, each sumptuous and splendid in appeal.

As evidenced in the photo’s, Journey's End is furnished in an interesting African theme - where the original animal pen/inks share this grand place with authentic African wood carvings, a variety of eclectic art glass and other gracious design elements evocative of a true mountain lodge – such as soaring timber-framed ceilings, natural woodwork and glorious western-facing mountain views that embrace the setting sun. As we enjoy wildlife in all of its' splendor, we harbor no stuffed animals or endangered skins here! The Gathering Room is appointed with three full-size sofa’s that enable viewing of a very large 55' wide-screen flat television, perfect for sporting or other entertainment and accompanying gleeful repartee. Or, let the kids simply enjoy the other 60' wide-screen located in the large Loft - perfect for movies. Also available is wireless internet access, continental-US long distance telephone service, as well as a high-fidelity stereo system for your music enjoyment. The back deck creates an entertainment area for all guests to share in nature's glory, while the large natural charcoal grill w/smoker can also be used for that long-awaited repast – served at the Grand Room dining table for eight or the sturdy outdoor picnic table that easily seats twelve.

Care for an adventure? Visit our local NC waterfalls: Glen Falls (difficult descent!), Bridal Veil Falls (drive under!), Dry Falls (amazing walk under!), Bust-Your-Butt Falls (a place for kids to cool off, yet can be turbulent and dangerous after rainstorms!), and the magnificent Cullasaja Gorge Falls (absolutely inspiring!); go for a hike along many outdoor trails that surround Highlands - Whiteside Mountain is a must; visit the Highlands Nature Center; drive through the vintage covered wooden bridge at The Bascom art center and enjoy their varied exhibits; swim in the new Jr. Olympic-size pool, play tennis or shoot hoops at the Highlands Recreation Center; enjoy the varied opportunities for food lovers! Try a day trip to Cherokee, NC, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (a tribal sovereign nation that functions under the laws of the Federal Government), to experience the true culture of our native friends. To be sure, there is much to do and see nearby!

Browse and shop to your heart's content in downtown Highlands! Our shopping experience is oriented to both the resourceful and the opulent; from hiking shoes to antiques, t-shirts to leather handbags, artwork to furniture, we have it all in Highlands! Our many eating establishments provide for great, modest-priced meals: from ice cream cones and sandwiches to those who seek the unique, gastronomical delight of several five-star restaurants. Consider also embarking on a short drive to Cashiers for more shopping, Glenville for a glorious lake view (swimming, boating and picnics), or just enjoy a refreshing stroll in our very own Falling Waters neighborhood – perhaps to include a picnic down by the modest streams and beautiful waterfall, or a quiet walkabout through the attractive development. To be sure, you won’t be disappointed!

Let there be no doubt that “Journey’s End” is a place to call home, a well-appointed lodge to enjoy and a welcoming respite from the busy urban life! We welcome you, esteemed guests, to our Highlands mountain paradise!


1) We can accommodate less than a 4-night stay, but at a higher rate than the quoted 4-night stay due to pro-rated laundry costs, etc. Please inquire with the owner.

2) The property sleeps 6 (2 each in king size beds), but there is ample room for more - on sofa's, sleeping bags on the floor, or even consider bringing sleeping bags and a pup tent for the kids to be placed on the back deck!

3) We offer air conditioning throughout the entire home, unlike many mountain homes in the area. Although the mountain elevation offers cooler summer temperatures, we also experience relatively high humidity - thus, a/c provides both temperature and humidity control.

4) Small well-behaved dog considered, but requires prior approval by the owner. If approved, the Pet Fee offsets the cost related to carpet cleaning and removal of pet dander.

More Details

Bruce E. Kibler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Bruce E. Kibler

Highly educated, the owner brings a unique sense of design style to Journey's End. Upscale and upbeat, the property and its' owner welcome you to a peaceful vacation experience where tranquility abounds and our invigorating locale is sure to please the most discriminating tastes.

Bruce E. Kibler purchased this lodge in 2006

Why Bruce E. Kibler chose Smoky Mountains

The photo's tell it all: Clean, spacious and quiet accommodations provide for a unique experience in a very private setting. Whether securing Journey's End as a romantic getaway for two, a retreat for friends and family, or a respite for several adults to simply relax from the hustle and bustle of humanity, Journey's End is a welcoming environment that offers great entertainment possibilities and that often elusive romantic setting.

What makes this lodge unique

A mountain lodge filled with charm and character; spacious and evocative, simply a magnificent property to use as a base camp while exploring the seemingly endless opportunities in and around the western North Carolina mountains. We are nestled in the trees with a very nice, western-facing mountain view. Due to our elevation at 4,100 ft. above sea level, mosquito's are virtually non-existent - and quiet solitude is assured because we have no nearby neighbors. Conveniently located (downtown Highlands is just 2-1/2 miles away!) and surrounded by abundant foliage, our clean, spacious and comfortable accommodations are the perfect setting to ensure that Journey's End will be long remembered as a delightful vacation destination!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our visit in your home. Very clean and spacious, and the view was spectacular!

Thank you so much for our stay. Our Little Lucy enjoyed as well!

OWNER COMMENT: You are very welcome, Sheila! Please come back and visit again sometime!
Jun 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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'Journey's End' - A quiet mountain retreat surrounded by nature!
average rating of 5.0 based on 59 reviews

Relaxing Weekend Away

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Highlands and all the information that Bruce provided was extremely helpful, both in advance of our arrival and with the materials left in the home. The location is perfect such that the seclusion of the mountains can be enjoyed but with easy access to town. The house is beautiful with a layout that would be excellent for three couples or two families. It is the most well-appointed rental we've stayed in with quality knives and cookware, enough of the basics to last your stay, and a very generous gift basket with assorted snacks and wine. One thing to note is that the windows do not have shades or coverings. Since we stayed during the winter that wasn't an issue, however if you have children and book during the summer be prepared for early rising! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Beth for your kind comments. We definitely strive to provide a warm, yet unique, vacation rental experience. As we have no neighbors on our private street, we have elected to allow the beauty of our natural treed surroundings to be a back drop for our windows - as virtually every window has a great view of the forest and mountainous terrain. We wish you safe travel in your future vacation getaway's, and look forward to your return.
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Highlands Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience with renting journeys end! Bruce was very helpful before during and after the rental. The house was spotless and such a nice house with a gorgeous view. And Bruce left such a nice amenities in the kitchen and bathrooms that you normally do not see at other houses. Just a very clean grand property tucked away at the top of a mountain away from it all!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greetings DeeDee! Your gracious comments are much appreciated. We're glad that you chose Journey's End for your Highlands weekend getaway. Looking forward to your future return!
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  • 5 of 5

The host was extremely helpful before our visit and most hospitable upon our arrival, stocking the kitchen with wine, cheese, and other assorted goodies. His home is most relaxing, private, and spacious for three couples. That is close to town was an added bonus. We highly recommend this lovely home for anyone choosing to visit the Highlands.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dennis for the kind comments. Highlands does indeed have many wedding ceremonies, and it sounds as though you thoroughly enjoyed your Journey's End wedding venue adventure. As always, looking forward to your return. Best wishes for the future!
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Journey's End is an exceptional mountain getaway--a place to cook, laugh, and relax with friends

  • 5 of 5

Imagine sumptuous surroundings, a great sound system, beautiful lighting, fantastic art, a kitchen fit for cooking cassoulet amid the quiet grandeur of the Appalachian mountains--imagine all that and you will be close to envisioning what awaits you at Journey's End. Our party of six thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and we are hard to please. The house was immaculately clean, well equipped, and easy to use. We felt as if a good friend were lending us his house and had gone out of his way to make us comfortable and delight us. We know now why other visitors raved about the welcome basket--it was overflowing with delicious snacks and chocolates. Plus there was a cheeseboard waiting for us as well as white wine in the fridge when we arrived. Book your reservations now before this remarkable home sells and experience the magic of Journey's End for yourself.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your most remarkable comments are warmly received, Rebecca. It's always a pleasure to receive such positive feedback from our valued guests. After all, just as you noted, we don't consider our vacation renters as such, but indeed look upon your residency as our friends. May your future travels bring joy and harmony, and may you experience safe journey as you seek solace in our mountain paradise.
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Five Stars are not Enough!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a wonderful stay at this lovely mountain home which felt like a luxury resort. The house is extremely clean, well-maintained and beautifully furnished. All the amenities -- towels, linens, kitchen supplies - are plentiful and of very high quality. Although there were only two of us, the layout of this house could easily accommodate three couples in complete privacy. The quality and comfort of the home is exceeded only by the hospitality of our host, Bruce. He's thought of everything, including an extraordinary gift basket of gourmet treats to greet us (and our dog), a complete guide to the house, area attractions, and everything one would need to easily settle in and enjoy their stay. The house is in a very private setting, at the top of a hill, completely surrounded by woods, without another home in sight. Its rear deck has a beautiful view of the forest and distant mountains, and is equipped with a grill, very comfortable patio furniture and the largest picnic table I have ever seen. Definitely a spot for relaxing with friends. This was our first trip to Highlands and we were pleased to find that the house was conveniently located just a few miles from town, which is filled with great shops and outstanding restaurants. As Floridians, driving on the steep and winding mountain roads did take some getting used to, but it was well worth the effort. We were fortunate to visit during the peak of leaf season and the display of colors was absolutely spectacular! If you're looking for a vacation spot high in the mountains, offering a beautiful home, complete privacy and an extraordinary host, look no've found it in Journey's End.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vivian and Michael, it is with sincere appreciation that I receive your very gracious comments regarding your recent visit to Journey’s End. As you now know, I offer our valued guests a safe, secure, and welcoming environment conducive to a relaxed, get-away-from-it-all retreat in the glorious mountains of western NC. In my attempt to develop a tastefully themed property, filled with architecture, artifacts and artwork unique in artistic appeal, and emotionally welcoming to those who appreciate attention to detail, Journey’s End does indeed merit special attention. Close to civilization in Highlands, yet somewhat reclusive within the flora and fauna of our treasured neighborhood environment, we thus offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of humanity. Following the advice of Shakespeare, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” I have offered this property to our guests with the singular sense of emotive purpose; that is, following the guidelines of my personal thought process, if surrounded by serenity, without even trying one may indeed find tranquility. May your future travels bring you blessed memories such as you experienced at Journey’s End!
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Wonderful property, wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Journey's End. It was a beautiful home in a beautiful setting, that fit our needs perfectly. We would definitely stay here again if we were to visit the Highlands again!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind remarks are very much appreciated, Jeremy! Looking forward to your future return to the Highlands plateau!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC (Atlanta 140 miles, Greenville 90)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Highlands, NC
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Sky Valley
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
NC Hwy. 106
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Highlands, NC
Car: necessary

Attractions: autumn foliage, ponds, streams, waterfalls, sightseeing, nature center, art gallery/museum, live theatre, and of course retail therapy!


Rates & Availability

Highlands Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Winter/Spring
Feb 20 2017 - May 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning/Trash Disposal $185 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

Accommodation Notes:

1) Rates include professionally laundered/sanitized linens and clean, sumptuous guest towels.
2) Rates also include a Guest welcome package, special soaps and other amenities.
3) Rates do NOT include a Cleaning/Trash Disposal Fee ($175), Damage Protection ($79 - insured to $3,000), Pet Fee ($150, if required) or 9-3/4% Macon County, NC Accommodation and Sales Tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Highlands Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath #1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2 vanity tops, each with sink; hair dryer
    Guest Bath #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1 vanity top with sink, hair dryer
    Guest Bath #3 - toilet , shower , 1 vanity top with sink, hair dryer
    Powder Room - toilet , 1 vanity sink
  • Each bath includes very special hand soap for the bath/shower and vanity. Towels included: 6 Bath Sheets, 6 Hand, 6 Wash and 1 Bathmat.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom #1 - 1 king , King bed, professionally laundered linens
    Guest Room #2 - 1 king , King bed, professionally laundered linens
    Guest Room #3 - 1 king , King bed, professionally laundered linens
  • 3 King beds, professionally laundered linens. Journey's End sleeps six in beds; consider bringing sleeping bags for the kids......and maybe even a pup tent for the back deck!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Local Attractions:  Highlands Visitor’s Center  Highlands Botanical Garden  Highlands Library (Macon County)  Highlands Recreation Center  Highlands Community Pool  Live Theater/Performing Arts Centers  Numerous Restaurants and Taverns  Health and Beauty Spa; Salons  Many Hiking Trails  Scenic Drives  Whiteside Mountain Trail  Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (5 miles)  Churches and Synagogues  Holiday Festivals  Waterfalls (numerous and beautiful!) Outdoor Activities:  Fly Fishing  Swimming  Water Skiing  Water Tubing  Paddle Boating  Jet Skiing  Rafting  Tennis  Softball  Playground  Eco Tourism  Bird Watching  Zip Lines  Mountaineering  Whitewater Rafting  Photography  Wildlife Viewing  Bird Watching  Hiking, Walking and Jogging Local Services and Businesses:  ATM’s and Banks  Grocery Stores  Retail Therapy Shopping

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