|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Easy 20 minute drive to the wonderful resort towns of Cashiers (to the east) or Highlands (to the west), but still a "deep woods" location at the end of a road with fantastic views of the mountains across the valley. Very private and rustic with only one neighbor in sight. Our backyard borders the Nantahala National Forest, and a 15-minute path leads to the Chattooga River and Chattooga River Trail with beautiful river access, picnic areas, swimming holes and endless hiking. This area is rated 'wild and scenic' by the forest service - a rare honor!
Kids love this place as we have built a special 'kids cave' inside - cozy and kid-size to get away from the adults - they have their own secret spot! Outside are play areas, swings, fort and hammock - and of course most important of all - the woods! Trails run through the woods, and the day will fly by while they explore. All the outside features are close enough so parents can enjoy their time on the upstairs screened porch and still keep an eye on the children.
Built in 2003, this passive-solar design is naturally warm in winter and cool in the summer. It also includes air conditioning and ceiling fans, a very warm see-thru gas fireplace on the main floor, and electric heat in each bedroom.
The open floor plan designed especially for family reunions. We have four full bathrooms, six bedrooms (one with a king size bed, four with queen size, and one with two twins), plus large loft (with bunk bed & two trundle beds), plus den w/trundle bed. Other rooms include family room, dining room, breakfast nook, and screened, covered patio and exterior deck with charcoal grill. Five BRs share adjoining baths. The mail-level BR has the two twins and is designed for limited mobility persons with a bath nearby and low-threshold shower stall.
For mealtime, there is a 12-14 person dining room table, plus large circular table for 4 - 6, and seating for 6 at the kitchen bar-top.
State-of-the-art appliances, including large center-island kitchen with gas range, microwave, blender, and two coffee makers (including Keurig). Also a large laundry room with washer and dryer.
I built this for my own family and go there often when its not rented. It is stocked with many books, games and DVDs (and usually staples and condiments in the pantry). Also have satellite TV and WiFi, and a treadmill with DVD player for those who like their exercise inside.
Edible plants outside include blueberry, blackberry, elderberry, gooseberry, pawpaw, hazelnut, currant, cherry trees, grape vines, etc.
Keywords: Home, lodge, retreat, vacation rental, mountain cabin
Originally from Florida, we grew up we spending time every summer at my parents summer home nearby. Wonderful, lifelong memories were created on each trip, so as I got older I decided to build a place of my own, and big enough for family reunions. I did not originally intend to make this lodge available as a Vacation Rental, but I bumped into a rental owner who convinced me it was a good idea. I tried it, and based on the glowing reports I get from my appreciative renters I am sure I am doing the right thing. This is not your usual Vacation Rental. It is first and foremost my 'mountain house', and is fully stocked with games, DVDs, books, etc. There is almost always unopened food in the pantry and refrigerator that guests are welcome to use at their discretion - no replacement necessary - but I usually find more food than I left!
Craig Melby purchased this lodge in 2003
We chose this location because it is so close to the gourmet mountain towns of Cashiers and Highlands with their great shopping, dining, golfing, outdoor activities and people. (We see more of our friends up here in the summer than we do at home!) The elevation is cool, the woods are deep and lush, the air is clean and fresh, and the water is the best you will ever drink!
Our backyard borders the national forest - we wouldn't have it any other way! Peace and quiet, and nature's beauty are right outside the door. On site we also have a fire pit for campfires and smores, hammock, swings and kids play area, and lots of adventure for the kids.
We also rent to lots of wedding parties from weddings in Cashiers and Highlands . . . we're a quality, fun, inexpensive alternative to lots of individual hotel rooms!
The hikes through your trails gave our kids a great thrill.
I love this place.
I think this house is beautiful.
Your home is warm and welcoming with spectacular views.
Your home afforded us the opportunity to gather in once place yet not be cramped for small group areas to share and play games and find “space”.
Our grandchildren loved playing in the little play-houses.
The house/lodge is perfect.
What a great spot!!
The kids loved the “clubhouse”, loft and of course the woods.
What an amazing house and view.
We enjoyed the fire pit all evening.
This is a very beautiful place and ideal for family get-togethers.
Your lodge is great and the river is full of trout.
The play areas are a blast.
We rented this house for my dad's 70th birthday and we just loved the house. There was 13 adults and 5 kids and we fit in the house perfect. The house had 3 different porches, swing set and a fire pit and we all got to enjoy all the outdoor space. The owner gave us a list of many activities to do around the house, in Highlands and Cashiers and we tried to do as much as we could and loved all that we got to see! This is a perfect house for a family gathering to enjoy the views and the many activities. Plus we got to enjoy the company of the 3 neighbors dogs which all just loved the kids and the attention! We will be back to this house hopefully some time in the near future!
We planned this trip to celebrate my daughters fourth birthday. I grew up going to Highlands, and wanted to share the experience with her! She fell in love! The MelbyMonte Lodge did not disappoint in any way. Very comfortable, and so much already on hand. We loved every minute spent there. The pictures of the view don't even do it justice, it was amazing! I also loved the location. It was such a nice winding drive to and from town. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We'll be back!!
We had a Friends Weekend over Labor Day 2012. There were 4 couples and 6 children...plenty of room, great layout, well stockED with everything you could need. We hope to be back this summer as well. Thanks MelbyMonte Lodge for a marvelous weekend!
Your home was even more beautiful and spacious than we imagined - the photos do not do it justice! It was the perfect location for our large family (16 total) to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary! Everyone was able to do as much or as little exploring as they wanted. Some hiked, went rafting, played at sliding rock, went gem mining, saw waterfalls, and shopped both Highlands and Cashiers, while some just enjoyed the peace and quiet of the house and property. EVERYONE had a great time! And your detailed information on places to go, things to do, and sights to see was priceless - it added so much to our trip to have such a handy guide available without having to do much (if any) of our own research! We are already planning what we'll do and see during our next stay at MelbyMonte!
We stayed at Melby Monte over the Thanksgiving Holidays. We had 17 people in our group and the house was not crowded. Had a large dining tablet that made our meals very enjoyable. We enjoyed the firepit on the cool nights and the kids loved the kid cave. The house was well equiped with everything we needed. Owner was very helpful with anything we needed. Thanks for sharing your wonderful house with us!
The home is roomy and accommodating - plenty of room for everyone. We loved the views and especially hiking the trails. The children had fun around the campfire and exploring the woods. Thank you for having us in your home and making our family retreat memorable.
A path from our property leads to the 'wild and scenic' certified portion of the Nantahala national forest, and the Chattooga River and Trail. Canoeing, flyfishing and white water rafting are nearby, along with countless trails and waterfall hikes.
There is MUCH to see and do, and I provide guests with a long list . . . too much to type here!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
|Notes||Holiday weeks are charged at the same rate as Peak Season: $2,950/week plus sales tax. Cleaning is included.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.