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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 8
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Bedrooms 8
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Highlands House Rental Photos and Description

Luxury 7 suite mountain retreat with breathtaking views

Dear travelers,

Thanks so much for checking out our property!

If you'd like to make an inquiry, please follow instructions at the bottom of this section by clicking on 'more details'.

This lovely Highlands mountain home is nestled between Whiteside and Black Rock, perched high above a valley with sweeping easterly views of the Smokies. The naturally landscaped lot is situated on a private road, with off-street parking for 8 cars (no street parking), a short walking trail with rope swing, and a darling playhouse for the kids.

The home's three levels offer many options for gathering together, and cozy spaces to retreat to for quiet time. Watch the sunrise or the fog roll in from two levels of decks and balconies, or on the lower deck with the gas fireplace blazing.

Seven bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. Lower king bedroom uses spa bath across the hall. Six bedrooms on view side. Most have sitting areas and fireplaces.

You probably won't want to leave the property...but if you must, Highlands is 3 miles away. Stroll along quaint Main Street for some shopping and dining; and stop by the Highland Hiker for outdoor gear and great local advice on what to do in the area. Hiking, fishing, golf, swimming holes.

PLEASE NOTE: Rates are based on up to 14 guests, are subject to change without notice, and do not include tax. The 'instant quote' feature will give an idea of your total cost, or I'm happy to provide for you.

Our calendar is kept up to date with confirmed reservations, but does not reflect pending reservations. Priority is given to family and returning guests, and therefore we're typically unable to confirm 'first-time' bookings until about 6 months prior.

No additional guests (day or overnight) are allowed without prior written approval. Our home is meant to be used as a gathering place for friends and families, and is not available for parties or events.

Children are welcome, but the property poses some dangers (cliffs! bears!). We consider total number and ages to determine whether our house is a good fit for your group, and require a ratio of two adults per child to ensure adequate supervision.

For our new guests, we require a referral from a past guest, or two references from other vacation rental owners.


Based on HomeAway's security guidelines (read more in the Security Center), I now only respond to inquiries containing the following information:

- specific dates (these can be changed later)

- phone number with a good time to call you

- some information about your group: # adults with general ages, # children with specific ages, where you're coming from, and the reason for your visit (i.e. family reunion, wedding, golf retreat, etc.).

- what drew you to our place (just a quick detail so I know you're a real person!)

- please also review rates and minimum stay requirements before inquiring.

- We have a 5 night minimum for our standard rate, but do offer shorter stays at an increased rate.

Thanks so much for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you!

- Mead

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mead (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2015

About Mead

Hello! My family completed our special mountain home in 1999, and continue to make improvements and additions as our family grows. We still use it often ourselves, and have enjoyed sharing it with other families as a vacation rental since 2010. We're honored and blessed that so many choose to return yearly!

I'm the oldest 'kid', and manage bookings for my family from my home in Seattle, WA. I've chosen not to list my phone number after a few too many pushy marketers, as well as some early morning calls due to the time difference; but I do provide it to serious inquirers and welcome the opportunity to tell you more about our special place.

Mead purchased this house in 1999

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a special time our family had in your Highlands home! Our small family doesn’t get together very often, and all the space and conveniences fit our needs very well. We sat in the hot tub (sometimes with ice in our hair), sat by the fire, read stories, did puzzles, ate steak and salmon off the grill, stared at sunrises, slept late, played pool, drank some fine wine, and did some modest hiking. Thanks for your generosity and such a wonderful retreat. All 12 of us thank you!
Feb 2012
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Bedrooms 8
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 5 traveler reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

A private home like a 5 Star resort!

  • 5 of 5

Everything in the listing and more! Easy and prompt dealings with the owner and local property manager. Six of our seven children were able to join us for this visit, and no one was disappointed. The owner has thought of everything and anticipated every need. Everything was clean and well maintained. We enjoyed the local waterfalls and the beautiful view from the terrace. The town of Highlands was delightful and we especially enjoyed the outdoor wine bar restaurant at the Old Edwards Inn. Our deposit returned immediately. We will recommend this property without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Incredible setting and beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the pleasure of joining five other couples to spend four glorious day in the mountains in this fabulous house. It could not be a more perfect venue for great friends to spend time together and enjoy the area's hiking, shopping and restaurants. Each couple had privacy in their room with en suite bath, and the gathering rooms were perfect for conversation and fun. We brought all of our own meals knowing that dinner each night with 12 people would be challenging, and we found the kitchen to be a chef's dream! Anyway, after a day of hiking and lunch in a charming cafe, who would want to leave this beautiful place? Few luxury hotels could offer more scrumptious accommodations- from the linens and well-appointed bathrooms to the cozy fireplaces, pool and ping pong tables, and incredible views enjoyed from rocking chairs on the porch. The house could be a designer show house. Every detail in design and decor was thoughtfully planned, yet it had the warmth and welcoming feel of a good friend's home. The owner offered it up as such, even making spices and condiments in the kitchen available to us if needed. We loved this place, and I hope to return one day. I've heard it said that walking into a well appointed and beautiful home is like receiving a warm hug. This house was that and more. Thank you for sharing it with us and our dear friends!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect Wedding Spot - Happy Bride:)

  • 5 of 5

June of 2012 we were married in this amazing house. We had 16 people attend and we all stayed together for the weekend. Plenty of room for everybody to have there own personal space. The decks and views are breathtaking.

I would recommend this property to anyone.

If you are thinking of a quaint mountain wedding this is your spot.

Would be happy to show pictures and a list of vendors that helped make our day so special. The owners made everything so easy!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Spartanburg, SC

Special Mountain Home in Highlands!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I could not have been happier with our experience at this mountain home in Highlands, NC. We got married at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn on 7/20/12. The house was perfect for housing our entire wedding party. The size and decor of the home is very impressive, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. The home was clean and well maintained. Although we were without DirecTV, WiFi, and a functional oven due to lightning striking the house a few days before our visit, we still had a wonderful time. The owner was great in notifying us about this issue before we arrived and making prompt arrangements to get everything fixed. We loved this house and will always remember it fondly. We hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
South Carolina

Fantastic Family Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this house two years in a row during the Thanksgiving holiday. i can't tell you how perfect it is. it is the only place we have ever rented twice if that helps. This year we were 14 and we all still had more than enough room. the kitchen has ample space and cooking supplies , great knives, a coffee maker that could keep up with even us , games and puzzles to entertian all of us , pool, ping pong , you name it , it is there. With any luck we will be returning soon for my wife's 50th birthday.

The house is very well kept, convenient to town and there are opportunities to walk , run and play right outside the door. There was also someone available in the event of any issues which is always nice to have. My only reluctance in recommending this home is that i do not want to share.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway


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Rates & Availability

From $1,250 Per night

Highlands House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 17 2015 - Jan 10 2016
5 night minimum stay
Apr 15 2016 - Jan 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000.00
Tax Rate 10.75%
Notes Rates subject to change, based on 14 guests (including children of any age). Larger groups considered for a charge of $40/person/night.

Additional day/night guests only allowed with prior approval. Our home is not available for parties or events.

Shorter stays considered 6 months before arrival:
4 Nights @ $1,400/night.
3 Nights @ $1,650/night.
2 Nights @ $2,000/night (non-holiday)
Reservations are subject to change or cancelation and are not confirmed until balance is paid in full and all signed paperwork is received by due date.

Currently we do not accept credit card payments. Deposit of $1,000 required to confirm reservation with balance due 60 days prior to arrival. If canceled more than 60 days prior, the deposit is forfeited. No refund if cancelled within 60 days.
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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Rumpus Room
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , with main floor king
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with main floor queen
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , with upper NE king
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with upper SE king
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , with upper E twins
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , with upper E queen
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with upper SW queen
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , Lower level steam shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Main NE King Suite - 1 king , 1st floor, view, 3/4 bath
    Main NW Queen Suite - 1 queen , 1st floor, full bath
    Upper North Master Suite - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 2nd floor, view, full bath
    Upper SE King Suite - 1 king , 2nd floor, view, full bath
    Lower King Bedroom - 1 king , lower level, shares spa bath
    Upper East Queen Suite - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor, view, 3/4 bath; trundle, window seat/daybed
    Upper East Twin Suite - 1 king , 2nd floor, view, 3/4 bath
    Upper SW Queen Suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor, full bath; sleeper ottoman
  • There is also a sleeper sofa in upper hall outside of Upper SE King Suite
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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