It's winter at the Mountain House...time for long hikes, bonfires, s'mores, and fluffy down comforters, with snow tubing, skiing and an indoor pool right down our street...but spring and summer are right around the corner! We currently have a few summer weeks open: Aug. 1-8, Aug. 15-22, and June 9-18.
If you've never before traveled via a vacation home, especially with a family, let me assure you...once you do, you'll never go back to a hotel room!
The Mountain House offers an immediate sense of sanctuary ... and space. We furnished this house in a way that we constantly look for when we travel, but rarely find. Mountain rustic...(modern mountain if you will), with designer details, antiques and a refined casual vibe thrown in for a lovely eclectic mix. This craftsman style, genuine post and beam house has hardwood and stone floors throughout - no carpet. The Mountain House is also recently furnished, and everything in it is new(except for some antiques!)...so new top quality sheets, towels, mattresses, down comforters and furniture selected specifically for this home. Oh, and we're dog friendly. (We are also redoing a dariling bark-covered cottage for two, just a couple of miles away, to be available late March-link below!)
Cleanliness: It is top on our priority list as it is for most travelers. We have a top notch cleaning team, and you can be assured your vacation getaway is clean, top to bottom.
Convenience: It's also important to our guests to be close to supermarket, restaurants, and shops. While still secluded and pastoral, the Mountain House is just 5-10 minutes to all these things.
Detailing: It's here, in every room, not just some of them. And it's just one thing that sets the Mountain House apart. All the rooms are unique, with great accents, from the ten foot antique French workbench coffee table in front of the fireplace to cool art throughout the house.
Family perfect: Aren't most of us looking for that special place that can make can those great family memories? Birthdays, anniversaries, reunions....the occasions that make you realize the time together is the gift that never wears out.
Space: For everyone! The great room is perfect for family gatherings in front of the soaring 24 foot rock fireplace, great in the winter season or on chilly summer nights...plenty of seating for everyone to chat, or watch movies on the HD television. Wifi, of course.
Family dining: A huge rustic trestle dining table that seats 10 to 12 easily, anchors the dining room. A large antique buffet against the wall for serving dinner. Right by the screened porch is the open porch, where you can dine al fresco with your family and guests, enjoying the gorgeous summer weather in the mountains.
Cooking: The gourmet kitchen has beautiful soapstone countertops and farmhouse sink, TWO ovens (heaven for the cook), and a Dacor 5-burner gas cooktop...and everything you need to cook and serve an amazing family meal. Beautiful dishes and serving ware. Square dishes? We have those too.
Relaxation: Sure we all love togetherness (most of the time), but we also need some down time, right? Try the screened porch, where I promise you'll spend a lot of time. The large daybed swing with tons of pillows and a foam mattress is the best place imaginable for reading or naps...and you may even sleep there one night! There are plenty of getaway spots for quiet moments.
Six bedrooms: Three bedrooms on the main level (1 king, 2 queens), with 2-1/2 baths (both with heated stone floors). Upstairs are 2 more guest bedrooms (1 queen and 2 twins) that share the bath. The 6th bedroom is a king on the lower level, very private, with glass doors and windows onto the back garden with lots of rhododendrons. It also has it's own bathroom with heated stone floors and a seating area outside for your morning coffee!!
Laundry: Yep it happens, even on vacation. But here it's easy...a beautiful (yes they can be) laundry/mud room just off the kitchen, and a side entrance (great place to unload groceries)...with top of the line front loading washer and dryer, and a lovely summer herb garden just outside the door.
No TV struggle: A lovely 2nd family room with HDTV is on the lower level, with big windows, built in bookshelves, mini-fridge and sink...and a game room with foosball and ping-pong. Game on!
I want s'mores: No problem. Just outside is a new boulder firepit with cedar Adirondack chairs perfect for a chilly mountain night and we have long, stainless marmallow roasters!
Location: The Mountain House is located in a lovely, gated neighborhood just behind the Country Club of Sapphire Valley...a wooded, level road for walking, biking or driving (not so far out and up hairpin twist roads you think twice about going anywhere). Snow is cleared by the neighborhood assoc. in the winter.
Activities: Done, and done. The Sapphire Resort facilities with indoor and outdoor pools, winter ski slopes(great fun), exercise room, playground, two hot tubs and saunas, and massage...literally just down the street. You have access! Hiking, waterfalls, golf, fishing, shopping...it's all here. We're also very close to Camp Merrie-Woode, and several top notch restaurants, including the increasingly famous Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, which is 5 minutes away.
THe Mountain House is at your disposal!
*Groovin' on the Green: Most Friday nights in the summer, @ Village Commons...music at 6:30!
June 11th-August 10th: Sapphire Valley Kids Camp, half or full day. Reservations required.
*Cashiers Chamber Music concerts every Saturday and Monday June 28-August 11th, 5pm @ Albert Carlton Library
*July 5th- Fireworks Extravaganza on the Cashiers Green/coolers & lawn chairs welcome/free.
*July 10th-13th, 2014 Mountains in Bloom Festival/Bascom Center/Highlands
*Highlands Summer Concert Series: every Saturday night 6-8 pm, beginning 6/15 thru August. Free, and you're invited to bring a picnic dinner with brown bag beer or wine!
*Cashiers Leaf Festival, October 3-4-5, 2014.
*Highlands Culinary Weekend, November 6-9, 2014. THE event for foodies...amazing chances to enjoy some incredible food!