'Journey's End' - a Quiet Mountain Retreat Surrounded by Nature!
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Lodge
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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.
Member since: 2014
- 3750 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Pet (small, well-behaved dog) must be approved by the owner. Pet fee of $150 is necessary to allow for carpet cleaning due to pet dander as well as potential cleaning for pet hair, etc. Guest is responsible for any and all damage caused by their pet....moreless
The major impediment to use of wheelchairs is the front entry steps (three modest steps down and three steps up); the Master Bedroom and Master Bath are located on the main floor; other Guest bedrooms require climbing stairs. Baths do not have handicap rails. Property is well-suited to use of a handicap walker, particularly on the main (first) floor....moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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 ...moreless
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Looking for an amazing view of the mountains? Try Whiteside Mountain, located in between Highlands and Cashiers at the border between Macon County and Jackson County - details at the residence....moreless
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
Grand Room table seats 8 very comfortably. The Kitchen area provides additional seating for 4 at a high-top counter. We even offer an outdoor picnic table for 12 on the back deck (18' above ground)!...moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Hair Dryer
Satellite internet is included. Guest must limit extent of usage to 15GB per month (3.5 GB per week). We can accommodate higher usage at extra cost, but 15GB per month is generally sufficient....moreless
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Deck / Patio:
Front porch has 2 rocking chairs; Expansive Back Deck has a rugged picnic table that can accommodate seating for 12 and patio furniture for 6. The Back Deck is elevated approx. 18 feet above ground. ...moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 28 - Dec 23, 2016
3 night min stay
Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2017
4 night min stay
Jan 3 - Jan 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Feb 1 - May 21, 2017
4 night min stay
May 22 - Jun 30, 2017
4 night min stay
Jul 1 - Aug 16, 2017
4 night min stay
Total Solar Eclipse 8/21
Aug 17 - Aug 23, 2017
7 night min stay
Aug 24 - Sep 5, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning/Trash Disposal $185 + tax
- Property Damage Protection $79
- Pet Fee $150 + tax
- Tax Rate 9.75%
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:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Attractions: autumn foliage, ponds, streams, waterfalls, sightseeing, nature center, art gallery/museum, live theatre, and of course retail therapy!
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Highlands, NC, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
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!
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Grand Room - Great for Enjoying the Feast!
Welcome to Journey's End!
Ready to Prepare that Mountain Repast!
Gathering Room - Stair to Master Bed #3
Master Bedroom #1 (main floor; king size)
Master Bath #1 with Jetted Tub & 2 Vanities
The Loft - Great for Movies!
Master Bath #2 with Combination Tub/Shower
Master Bath #3 with Shower
Another Back Deck View
Fall Color Splendor!
Falling Waters Entrance Gate (no code req'd.)
Good Food and Great Conversation!
Gathering Room - Time to Socialize!
Gathering Room from above
A Romantic Fire for your Hearts Delight!
Master Bath #1Vanity and Shower
Master Bed #2 (king size)
Master Bed #3 (king size)
Back Deck Relaxation Space
Back Deck - Table for 12!
Home, Sweet Home!
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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