PERFECT FOR FAMILY REUNIONS AND CORPORATE RETREATS

Craig Melby

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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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PERFECT FOR FAMILY REUNIONS AND CORPORATE RETREATS

Highlands Lodge Rental Photos and Description

House, 6 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 18)

Easy 20 minute drive to Cashiers or Highlands, 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 with their own secret spot Outside are play areas, swings, fort and hammock. All 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 and corporate retreats. We have six bedrooms (one king, four queens, two twins), four baths, large loft (with bunk bed & trundle bed), den w/trundle bed, 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 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, and large laundry room.

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, hazelnut, currant, cherry trees, grape vines, etc.

Keywords: Home, lodge, retreat, vacation rental, mountain cabin

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
Other comments:



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.
May 2009
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Craig Melby

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2003
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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.

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, 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!

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 8 traveler reviews

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Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
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Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
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(828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Highlands North Carolina Mountains
Charlotte, NC
5

GREAT FAMILY VACTION!!!!!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p28064vb
(828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Highlands North Carolina Mountains
United States
5

CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!

Can't wait to go back!
  • 5 of 5
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!!
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
business
Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p28064vb
(828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Highlands North Carolina Mountains
Matthews, NC
5

GREAT PLACE TO STAY - WELL MAINTAINED

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: As always, thanks for these kind words.
We do things differently here: vacating renters are encouraged to leave any unopened food or condiments, spices, baking products, etc., and arriving renters are welcome to use whatever they like - no need to replenish, etc. When people arrive, they usually find food in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Our spice rack is FULL of spices and cooking oil, etc.

Since I am not a good photographer, renters are almost always happily surprised that the place is even nicer than they imagined.
business
Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
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(828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Highlands North Carolina Mountains
Jensen Beach, FL
5

EVEN BETTER THAN EXPECTED!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p28064vb
(828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Highlands North Carolina Mountains
Athens, Alabama
5

BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINSIDE RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
business
Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p28064vb
(828) 884-4454 (North Carolina, USA)
Highlands North Carolina Mountains
PA
4

GREAT HOME AND LOCATION

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Map

Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Sapphire Valley
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
High Hampton
Car: necessary

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.

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Availability & Rates

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Highlands Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$2,950
 
 
Fall
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$600
$1,900
 
 
Christmas
Dec 21 2014 - Dec 28 2014
8 night minimum stay
$2,950
Flat fee
 
 
New Years
Dec 29 2014 - Jan 3 2015
6 night minimum stay
$2,950
Flat fee
 
 
Winter
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$450
$1,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$2,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 10.75%
Notes Holiday weeks are charged at the same rate as Peak Season: $2,950/week plus sales tax. Cleaning is included.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Highlands Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Free Long Distance
  • Wireless Internet
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , 'Jack and Jill' bathroom, connects to BR 1 & 2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 'Jack and Jill' bathroom, connects to BR 3 & Den
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 'Jack and Jill' bathroom, connects to BR 4 & 5
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , On main level this near BR 6. Loft would use this also
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Loft - 2 bunk bed , 2 murphy bed , Loft has a typical bunk bed, plus 2 murphy beds. Sleeps 6
    Den - 1 murphy bed , Desk, treadmill, and pull-out Murphy Bed, sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) The 'master' BR has a King Size bed., Queen size Beds (4) Four Bedrooms have Queen Size beds., Twin or Single Beds (2) The main floor BR has 2 single beds. The Upstairs loft has 2 single beds and a bunk bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) The Den has trundle bed (acts like a couch, but pulls out to form 2 beds), Bunk Beds (2) Bunk bed is in the loft.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • CD Player
  • Television ...
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • antiquing
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf
  • rafting
  • mountain biking
  • jet skiing
  • fishing
  • skiing
Notes:
For exercising there is a treadmill in the den with flat screen DVD/VCR, Den also has a trundle bed and is main-floor level, making access easy for the physically impaired (No steps necessary) Contact me for a detailed list of nearby 'Things to do - Places to go' My guests rave about this list, and it ensures your days are packed with fun adventures.
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