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""Journey's End"" - A refreshing, private retreat nestled in woodlands with views!"""

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 sumptuous King-Size beds each with an ensuite bath; sleeps 6

VIDEO TOUR........View the walking video tour! Just scroll through the image's until you see an "arrow" displayed on the center of the front porch; then "click" on the arrow to view the video.

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 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 provided is wireless internet access, and continental-US long distance telephone service. 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 (easy access!), 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!); each are "Kodak Moments!" Consider a hike along many outdoor trails that surround Highlands - Whiteside Mountain is a must - midway between Highlands, NC and Cashiers, NC - with a very modest ascent to a panoramic view that will be long-remembered; head north of Cashiers to enjoy Lake Glenville (the highest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River), where there is a public swimming park, as well as public boat launch sites. Continue north midway between Cashiers, NC and Sylva, NC to discover Judaculla rock - a remarkable curvilinear soapstone rock with petroglyphs that is believed to have been carved prior to the Cherokee Indian presence in the area.

Want to see sights closer to Highlands? 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 (now open year-round!), play tennis or shoot hoops at the Highlands Recreation Center (skateboard ramps are currently being constructed!); spend time at Founder's Park (downtown) to simply relax, feed the ducks/geese at Harris Lake, enjoy the varied opportunities for food lovers!

But wait, there's more.......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; visit the Visitor's Center (Oconaluftee) at the NC entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, immediately adjacent to Cherokee, where you can also view the interesting Mountain Farm Museum and nearby Mingus Mill. Have a hankering to travel higher than the 4,118 foot Highlands plateau?...continue to Balsam Mountain, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to view vistas as high as 6,410 feet.....not high enough?.... travel to Mount Mitchell State Park, Burnsville, NC (north of Asheville, NC), to reach the summit at 6,684 feet, which is the highest point east of the Mississippi River! Take a drive to ride the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad departing from Bryson City, NC. Still want more fun? Visit Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, GA....view the breathtaking gorge (2 miles long and 1,000 foot deep!) from high above, or take the challenging 615(?) step descent to the river itself during which you will cross an amazing pedestrian suspension bridge. 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 3-night stay, but at a higher rate than the quoted nightly rate 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
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 17, 2018

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 house in 2006

Why Bruce E. Kibler chose Highlands

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 house 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 beautiful, 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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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • 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 in each bathroom: 6 Bath Sheets, 6 Hand, 6 Wash and 1 Bathmat.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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 ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • spelunking
  • 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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"Journey's End" - A refreshing, private retreat nestled in woodlands with views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 75 reviews

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our stay at Journey’s End. Bruce, the property owner, put together a wonderful welcome basket (and some well-received bottles of wine) for us. My girls loved all of the games and movie options, while my husband and I loved the spectacular views and cool decor. The location is perfect, convenient to town, hiking and waterfalls. We loved it so much that we extended our stay by an extra day, which Bruce was kind enough to accommodate. You won’t be sorry you stayed here; we plan to come back...

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, AL

Very nice house

  • 5 of 5

Great house and the owner was very good to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Johnny, for your excellent communication, as well as the opportunity to contribute to a successful Journey's End - New Years Eve get together for your family. The cold weather has indeed been a bit brutal, but the icicles on the waterfalls have been a glorious sight to behold. Best wishes for a safe and productive 2018!
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Melbourne beach

A little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. The home was amazing as were the views. It's a short drive into town, short walk to waterfall. Lots of games to play in the home! Great time with great friends sitting by the fire, around the table, on the deck and in the 3-sofa den!! Nice bedrooms, all with bathrooms, downstairs large den, upstairs small den, nice kitchen with long table and fireplace....views from all rooms!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi again, Sue! Thank you for the compliments regarding your recent stay at Journey's End. It's always nice to read comments such as yours that summarize what our guests appreciate most about their lodging experience. Best wishes in your future travels, and we hope to have the pleasure of your patronage once again.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent our yearly girls trip at this gorgeous home last week and were thrilled with our stay.

The owner was more than gracious, providing us with a welcome basket of wine, cheeses, nuts, crackers, etc. He called prior to our arrival to see what kind of wine we preferred. He even called after our arrival to ask if there was anything else we needed, which made us feel right at home.

The home itself was very comfortable with professionally laundered bed linens, fluffy towels, fine soaps and anything else you could imagine one might need. It lacked nothing! We loved the oversized dining table and coffee table, not to mention the 3 large leather sofas in the den.

The fireplaces in the dining room and master bedroom gave a cozy feel to the home. All 3 king bedrooms and adjoining baths were both very large with plenty of room for 2 people to share. The home was wonderfully decorated with lots of African art items, rugs, paintings, etc., which we enjoyed very much.

On our first day there, it rained but we relaxed by the fire, played games, watched TV and enjoyed the wonderful view from the back porch. Each night, just looking at the stars and listening to the wind in the trees was so relaxing. We loved it!

The owner was so friendly and hospitable, and the home was spectacular! We definitely intend to return for another visit.

Mary S

Valdosta GA

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mary, for such kind comments. We wholeheartedly welcome guests such as yourselves who appreciate the amenities we offer that bring a sense of that "home, sweet home" touch to your vacation rental experience. We're also very pleased that your once-a-year get together with family and friends at Journey's End was filled with delightful memories; we wish you many more years of such endeavors. After all, there is nothing more important than preserving a family tradition!
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  • 5 of 5

We were in town for a wedding. My sister and I left our husbands and kids at home, and took our parents with us. The welcome basket was a nice, personal touch. Bruce (the owner) was incredibly accommodating. He asked our favorite wine/beer choices. When I told him that we didn't drink, the fridge was stocked with our favorite Pepsi drinks. The attention to detail, and personal needs/preferences were incredible. Anything you could need, was thought of. The home is beautiful and clean! (My favorite part) There was one day that we had bad weather. We made soup & sandwiches in the beautiful kitchen. We played games (provided) by the fireplace, and watched football on the big screen tv. The fall colors were amazing. My parents are older and have some health challenges. The main floor master was perfect for them. My dad spent a lot of time on the large deck. The word he used most on this trip, was spectacular! He also loved the music selection that was available. The home, the scenery, the seclusion...all of it were so perfect! My sister and I loved exploring Highlands and the surrounding small towns. We loved all of the antique shops and road side shops as much as the high end shops. We felt like we were in the middle of a Hallmark movie. The scenery is unreal! Everyone we encountered was so kind and friendly. True Southern hospitality. We will definitely be back. Maybe next time we will bring our husbands along. The three beautiful master suites would accommodate us a loft area for the kids. This home would be perfect for all types of groups... families, elderly, girls or guys trips...etc.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jodi, your gracious comments are appreciably received with warmth and humbleness. Yes, it's true, we love to pamper our guests with little touches in the residence that differentiate us from the competition. From the contents of our Welcome Basket, to our cheeses, to our bedside zoological-themed snack, we endeavor to provide a relaxing atmosphere conducive to the creation of warm memories that will be forever cherished. Thank you for the opportunity to have made a positive impression on you, and your family. Looking forward to your return!
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  • 5 of 5

Bruce is a wonderful host! Everything about our stay was magnificent.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mark and Kelly, for your kind recommendation. After your week's vacation rental at Journey's End, I was so pleased to return to an impeccably clean property! May you experience safe travel in your future adventures!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC (Atlanta 140 miles, Greenville 90)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Highlands, NC
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Sky Valley
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
NC Hwy. 106
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $185
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59

Accommodation Notes:

1) Rates include professionally laundered/sanitized linens and clean, sumptuous guest towels.
2) Rates also include a Guest welcome package (wine, snacks, etc.), special soaps and other amenities.
3) Rates do NOT include a Cleaning/Trash Disposal Fee ($185), Damage Protection ($59 - insured to $1,500), Pet Fee ($150, if required) or 3% Macon County, NC & 6-3/4% State of NC Accommodation and Sales Tax.

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.