|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The Handcrafted Hideaway is located next to Highlands, NC, the preferred mountain destination in the Southeast. Only 6 minutes from shopping, fine dining and entertainment. Whether you want to get away and sit on the deck to hear nothing but the wind talking to the trees, or throw yourself into the many activities that abound, this is the location for you. Skiing, snow tubing, river rafting, train riding, lake swimming, river hopping, golfing, horseback riding, craft fairing, fine shopping, excellent dining, mountain topping, hiking..it is all there plus more.
Nestled on Flat Mountain in the mighty Nantahala National Forest, Handcrafted Hideaway is more than a comfortable retreat, it is filled with all the amenities you may desire, and chock full of hand-made crafts and furniture that will please and amuse.
*46, 40 and 32 inch HDTVs with HD cable and DVD players; video library
*free cable Internet access
*ponds, streams, hiking trails and spectacular vistas abound
The Great Smoky Mountains: For those of you unfamiliar with our area, I am listing some very informative websites on Highlands, the mountains, the blue Ridge Parkway, and destinations: **
Please contact me for websites about things to do!
I have to end this paragraph--running out of room--but you can see from the above that there is no lack of activities or destinations available, most of them with no charge at all.
Last Fall was a big one for us...: After coming up to Highlands every year for 17 years and staying in a friend's house, we grew tired of trying to get the dates we wanted. Leaving from our August trip, the wife said to me, 'Wish we had our own place; we could come any time we wanted.' Just a slight pout, but I could tell she was sincere.
Two months later, after three more quick trips to scout and eyeball property, we closed on the Handcrafted Hideaway. We call it that because of the many native and handmade furnishings my wife filled it with, and the original furniture I make as a hobby.
Our three daughters all contribute--#1 knits a lot of our afghans and other accents; #2 crafted and fired our dishes, cups and mugs (she is a professional potter); #3 hand-paints glasses and other accents. Oh, yes-#3 also made the tile for the kitchen and baths that I have to install this spring.
In fact, I will be doing more renovation and upgrading in the months ahead; it is lovely and very comfortable now; I will make it better.
A glimpse into the different seasons: We were fortunate to be able to visit in 3 of the four seasons last year.
August, all five of us were here before we bought the house. If you live in the South, or an area of the North that experience hot weather (we are from Florida), you will absolutely revel in the summertime temperatures--rarely above 70s but chilly or downright cold at nights. Feels marvelous (I hate the heat!)
We were a little late for leaf-peeping season in October, but the colors were still spectacular.
My wife and I came up alone the weekend after Thanksgiving. She loves Florida, and said she hates the cold. Friday morning it was 19 degrees on the deck, but it was the still and quiet cold that does not bother you. She had some wonderful walks in that cold.
Christmas week, we were all there again, #1 and #2 had their gentlemen this time and we had a great time. From hogging the fireplace, to eyeballing the holiday games, to cooking, to laughing--it was a precious time.
Bonus--it snowed on Christmas Day!
Lacking in cleanliness, and basic essentials such as a can opener and soap in bathrooms.. Television remotes did not function correctly. No manual to describe system operations such as Roku password , what to do with trash, etc Outdoor deck, walkways, and Drive were covered with leaves. Had to dig through closets for towels. unsecure wifi, old food left in the refrigerator. Unpleasant owner when contacted by phone.Musty basement sleeping quarters. Would not recommend. Have rented through VRBO on numerous occasions and this was our most disappointing experience.
Worst vacation rental we have ever stayed in!
Dirty :floors, crumbs and food on couches, mini blinds were filthy, no outdoor trash storage, no book explaining operational details of home. Moldy smelling and dark lower floor with dead insects in tub and floor in room with futon. Old food left in refrigerator, and freezer. Deck was covered with leaves, I mean covered! Someone thoughtfully left a leaf blower to use, so I blew the deck and furniture off so we could use it. No functioning can opener.so we had to drive into Highlands, and buy a can opener for 10.00 so we could feed our dog. Coffee pot leaked, I could go on and on. This place is not maintained correctly as a rental . Whoever wrote these other reviews must be related to the owner or else something has changed.
We had a great week in October 2016 at Handcrafter's Hideaway! We knew nothing about Highlands or the area prior to our visit, but now know this is a very comfortable and reasonably priced home in an area that skews upscale. There were only two of us, so we didn't begin to utilize the whole house, but there is a lot of room for a larger group. Everything you might need is at the house-- the only possible suggestion would be a landline as we had zero cell service and needed to call to make reservations a few times. This was eventually remedied by downloading an app that allows calls over wifi, so in the end, not that big a deal. Everything was neat and clean. There are a few nearby neighbors, but house is situated in manner that allows privacy. Hot tub larger than usual at rental properties and very clean. A great home and very comfortable. We had a wonderful stay and appreciated all the little touches that make a house a home. Thank you for having us!
Whitney and Jason
The Handcrafters Cabin was a wonderful place to stay for a week. It is a perfectly feathered nest for friends and family to enjoy. With multiple beds on split levels, pillows and blankets galore and 2 full living rooms, there is plenty of space to be together and yet have apart time.
All the amenities were in perfect working order, the kitchen was fully equipped, the jacuzzi was hot, the firewood was chopped and stacked on the front porch, and the lovely friendly old-lady neighborhood dog was installed on the back porch.
This cabin is conveniently located minutes from town, yet high in a quiet mountain nook. Multiple hikes and amazing waterfall vista's are available in close proximity to fill you days with adventure, yet still eat at home.
I would not hesitate to return to this lovely space with more of loved ones.
This was the perfect getaway spot in one of our favorite places to vacation. The house was perfect, with every amenity imaginable. This was the perfect base camp for everything we wanted to do in the area and close enough to town to be convenient, but far enough away from other people to enjoy serenity. This was also the perfect base camp to visit local attractions, fishing spots, waterfalls, and hiking trails. I highly recommend this place.
Our family of 4 plus a dog had plenty of room in this comfortable home. It was conveniently located, yet very private. The owner was very pleasant to deal with and quickly responded to our inquiries. The kids loved the games, Roku, and DVDs. The kitchen had everything we could possibly need. The house was so big we could have invited friends to join us. We'll definitely be back when the weather is warmer and we can spend time on the fabulous deck and in the hot tub.
Located on the Highlands Plateau in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, the area abounds with rivers cascading down heavily forested mountains with an abundance of waterfalls, mountain trails, golf courses and ski destinations. At 4011 feet above sea level, Highlands enjoys wonderful seasonal weather year round.
A lovely escape from the heat and congestion of the flatlands, it is a destination no matter the time of year. Summer visitors can enjoy mild days and chilly nights while others are sweltering in the Dog Days. Winter visitors can enjoy the activities associated with the season. 'Leaf-peeping' season in the fall is a spectacular display of color, whether up close or from atop a 6,000 foot peak along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Spring brings another visual delight, as the mountain laurel and rhododendrons bloom in a riotous profusion of lush color.
Many of the waterfalls are accessible by foot, and all the rivers have rock-hopping and swimming areas.
Other Activities: White water rafting, snow tubing
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Rates negotiable depending upon demand, special events, season, etc. Feel free to contact owner.
Pet deposit $50-100. Refundable after cleaner's assessment.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.