About the property
- Cabin1700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, wi-fi, intergrated sound, and all the comforts of home
Hi! Before you get started, please watch the video link for Raydio Ridge listed on this site. It's short, and paints a perfect description of this home, and its lofty perch on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Life is better above 4,600 feet!
"I don't want to be in town. I don't want to be in a gated community. I wanted privacy, seclusion, and golden silence. I want gravel crunching under my tires, as I leave the insanity behind. I want countless stars overhead, and the sweet smell of Mountain Air. I want Raydio Ridge, EVERY TIME!" An entry from my guest book.
Raydio Ridge is located high atop Big Ridge Mountain, just 15 minutes from Lake Glenville, near Cashiers, and Highlands NC. The "cabin" , completed in 1999, is the perfect mountain escape, with an open floor plan, and wall of windows, allowing the surrounding panoramic mountain view to pour inside.
The majestic long range views are enhanced by a secluded, private setting. Intimacy, and quiet were of the up-most importance when I envisioned this escape. That noted, the sound system with speakers, both indoors and out, can be the perfect addition to your "lively", yet tranquil vacation experience. Bring your device, plug in, and enjoy the soundtrack of your Life! It always sounds better above 4,600 feet!
TV's, internet access (most of the time), and satellite keep you connected. You'll find HBO, plus a full compliment of music choices offered via satellite. Entertainment options abound at Raydio Ridge.
Three comfortable bedrooms, all with new mattresses await you! There are two king size, and two twin beds, providing ample space for six. Sheets and towels are provided! The floor plan is open and gracious, accented by comfortable furnishings, appointments, and art work. Indoors or out, there is plenty of seating with majestic, expansive views.
There are two full bathrooms.
Three outdoor seating areas provide plenty of options. From the covered side porch, to the outdoor living room, you'll find a welcoming spot!
Smoking is prohibited indoors, but a fine cigar is encouraged outside...or whatever puffery makes you happy.
From the house, you are only minutes away from boating, hiking, dining, shopping, and fishing. There is a well stocked trout pond in our community for our guests enjoyment. Rainbow Trout weighing up to 3lbs are plentiful. Raydio Ridge is the perfect escape for a couple, a group of friends, or an adventurous family.
Start your morning on the covered side porch, with a fresh cup of brew, and greet the day with our feathered neighbors who make Raydio Ridge home. Bird seed is provided so that you can keep our friends well fed.
Named after my father, Ray, and the business that helped me build this retreat... Raydio Ridge is not just a vacation rental. This is a home. A peaceful retreat. A place unlike any other. You will arrive, and never want to leave. Or, so I have been told! :)
NOTE - The home is located on a gravel road. The road is very navigable, but I always want guests to know that the privacy of this place requires "getting off the beaten path". If you leave on asphalt, and arrive on asphalt, you're not in the mountains! SUV's, and cars of all sorts make the journey up this mountain, but I would hesitate to bring a Porsche, or Ferrari. Though, one intrepid full time resident drives a Corvette up and down the mountain every day.
So, if you are ready for an authentic mountain escape, complete with all the comforts of home, Raydio Ridge is worth a gander.
Remember, even in the summertime, pack your Fall clothing. Here at Raydio Ridge, the nights are crisp, and the days are cool. A pull-over or a sweater are always in season on the ridge.
Maximum capacity is six (6) people. You must be at least 25 to rent this home. Reservations made under false pretense will result in a stern lecture from my Mom, immediate eviction, and forfeiture of any funds paid. Ouch! :)
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 15, 2018
About Mark Storie
I have been coming to this mountain since the mid-70's, when my father would pile our family in the car, and escape the summer heat for a week or two on Big Ridge Mountain. I completed the home in the Summer of 1999, and have enjoyed sharing it ever since. This place is to be cherished and enjoyed...by you.
Mark Storie purchased this Cabin in 1999
Why Mark Storie chose Glenville
The property had been in my family since the 70's. After my fathers passing in 1983, I took over the responsibility for this 2.5 acre tract. In 1998, I was finally able to break ground, and build this amazing escape. Raydio Ridge is named, in part, after my dad...Ray.
What makes this Cabin unique
The view is breath taking...stunning, and you are only minutes away from the most amazing lake in the region. Lake Glenville's 25 miles of shoreline, provide ample opportunity to boat, tube, swim and explore. Boat rentals are available at the foot of the mountain. So is the lake!
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Amazing views, wonderful home and owner
All round fantastic experience...highly recommended!
Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you'll come back!
Words Cannot Describe!!
This property has the most stunning view of the mountain range that i have ever experienced in the South. Once you exit your car and step out on to the deck you feel that you are the only person in the world. Even though you will not want to spend much time inside with this view, the cabin has all the comforts that you need to make your stay fantastic.. Beautiful cabin, comfortable beds and fully stocked kitchen.
We did happen to be there during tropical storm Nate so.. needless to say we experienced some pretty violent winds, but Mark checked on us several times that day which made us more comfortable. Pretty amazing experience and will definitely be back!!!
Thank you so much for your kind words. Reviews like yours are cherished and wonderful.
I have always wanted Raydio Ridge to feel like home. It was my desire to create a retreat unlike any other. To provide rest, and relaxation on a level that would be impossible to replicate. My favorite comment from my guests is this: "pictures just don't do it justice." Indeed. :-)
I hope you come back soon!.
When you walk out on to the back deck the view is truly awe inspiring. We sat outside for our entire visit just to take it all in. My daughter is 9 and she never came inside from playing around the home or walking the roads near the house. Everything in the home is well appointed and everything I needed in the kitchen was there for me. And the birds? They were asking for us to fill the feeders! The second we did, we had amazing birds everywhere. It felt like my home! I wanted it to be my home! We can't wait to go back!
Exceeded ALL my expectations
Raydio Ridge will forever have a piece of my heart. I went to school at Appalachian State University and have long been a mountain girl. Still, this property impressed me beyond measure. Raydio Ridge has a view of the NC mountains like no other and is home to many beautifully colored birds that make you feel immersed in the Rainforest around you. Yes, the property is in one of only TWO designated RAINFOREST areas in the continental US. Mark, the owner is extremely accommodating and welcoming. You can tell this property means more to him than just a house. Overall, my romantic getaway with my boyfriend was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend to anyone considering that you should book immediately! :)
Thank you Ashley-Nicole. I so appreciate your wonderful review of Raydio Ridge. Glad to know that it elevated your romantic getaway, too!
All I can say is WOW
The pictures DO NOT do this property justice! Raydio Ridge is like stepping into a fairy tale world! The views are absolutely stunning. The location is fantastic. You feel very secluded but, you can hop over to Highlands, NC for a romantic dinner and some shopping. My Husband and I enjoyed every moment of our romantic getaway. The house is clean and well appointed. The owner is a pleasure to work with and is very accommodating. I highly recommend this property to anyway looking for a mountain getaway. It is one of a kind!
Thank you so much for your kind review. It's nice to know that you enjoyed your stay at Raydio Ridge.
I hope you will come again and again.
This is our go-to house for a mountain vacation. We have stayed at other homes prior and this is where we are most comfortable and find ourselves coming back to. It is the perfect get-away house! It is close to everything; the lake, shopping in near by towns, exploring and adventures. To start and end the day on the deck with the view of the Ridge is nothing short of a slice of heaven!
Located in the heart of Cashiers-Highlands Plateau, Raydio Ridge is the perfect vacation escape. Only minutes from boating, hiking, dining, fishing, and shopping, this is Mountain living at its best!