|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The House at High Haven sits on a ridge at over 4000 feet and is surrounded by 130 acres of forest and fields. It is easily accessible from Newland, and convenient to Banner Elk, Linville, Grandfather Mountain, and beyond.
This is a large house with three easily accessible floors.
The main floor features a full kitchen, dining area and an enormous wrap around living room which centers on the original large stone fireplace. A wall of glass doors along the entire west facing front of the house opens to a long open porch and provides continuous views of the outdoors. The main floor also contains two corner bedrooms with windows on two sides.
The upper and lower floors of the house have their own mini kitchens, dining areas, and full bathrooms. The upstairs is a romantic favorite with a double bed, separate access, bathroom, and its own balcony with grand views of the surrounding mountains. It can also double for a family with two additional single beds on their own platform. Downstairs can be divided into three rooms for large gatherings and is popular with kids who want their own access to the outdoors and parking.
Keywords: family, spacious, mountain top views, large living room, fireplace, 1 full kitchen /2 kitchenettes, near Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, and Roan Mountain, secluded private road, three floors, large porch, balcony, and outdoor hammock.
The Hodnett and Nunez family have been coming here now through five generations. It is where we come to reunite and get reenergized by the mountains and each other.
Victor Nunez purchased this house in 1949
Donna Hodnett found this land while on a search for a summer home in the mountain in the late 40s. When her car broke down in Newland, she discovered the mountain top she and her husband would call High Haven. A house was built almost immediately, survived a devastating fire in the 60's with an extensive remodeling and upgrading that has continued into the present. The 'elder' these days is Kay Nunez who often summers nearby when not at High Haven with family.
It is hard to describe the feeling of heading up Hickory Nut Gap road from Newland into the cool fresh air of higher altitudes and space. There is room to walk through the open fields or even brave the 100 acres of dense woods that are now preserved as a natural area through the Blue Ridge Conservancy. It was the first land in the area to be so protected and includes watershed and habitat for endangered bog turtles, salamanders, and various wild flowers.
A new project is the 2 acres 'Heritage Apple Orchard' being done in partnership with the Avery County Historical Society. Located near the entrance, the orchard provides an interesting stroll from the house.
High Haven was perfect for a three generaltional family gathering: little girls converted the top floor into a a cafe--$.50 bought a juice box an yogurt parfait but bring your own coffee; teens took the bottom floor; and grandparents and parents were on the main floor. There were books for all ages and tastes: mythology, travel history, fiction, spirituality, mysteries, art, science--something for everybody. There were board games galore, hoseshoes, badminton and balls but best of all was a hammock and lots of grass for playing. The 100 Acre Wood provided privacy and offered a quite place for turkeys to visit. We celebrated everyody's birthday with a cake from "Fabio's Restaurant" and games on the lawn. It was a great day! It was a great vacation!
My family and I have stayed here a couple of times. The house is on top of a mountain with great views. There are apple trees , natural forest, streams, and private paved road. The house is close to grocery store to be able to get supplies and then if you want go back to the top of the mountain and leave the world in the valley. If you want to try the local restaurants they are close. Local shopping is close, Grandfather Mountain, and other local attractions are a short drive.
My family and I first vacationed at High Haven in June of 2010. We arrived late in the day. At 4000 ft in elevation we were literally in the storms clouds as they passed by. The most amazing way to experience a rainstorm you will ever have. We vacationed in the home for a week taking in the local sites. We especially enjoyed Grandfather Mountain. I would recommend this home to anyone who wants to relax and decompress. Our time there was the best summer vacation we ever had!
What a wonderful, cool place to spend time in summer. We have visited several times and would spend time at High Haven each summer if we could. The owners are very accommodating and were not daunted when we held our family reunion there. The teenagers loved having the basement. Especially nice is the commitment of the landowners to the natural beauty and wildlife of the region. The view out the front windows and from the porch is magnificent.
Grandfather Mountain is a very short distance and there are multiple activities there to compliment what is available at High Haven. You will love the town of Newland.
Great hiking in all directions with access to the Appalachian Trail, Wilson Creek Wilderness, Linville River Gorge, and the Tanawha, Mountains-to-the-Sea, and Grandfather Mountain Trails all only a short drive away. No promises, but wild turkey, foxes, and deer are frequently sighted on walks and out the windows of High Haven.
|Pet Fee||$45 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$110 + Tax|
|Damage Dep Refundable||$200|
20% discount on additional weeks and days beyond one week.
200 deposit due 3-5 days after reservation converted to security deposit returned
upon review of property. * 50% rent due 60 days prior, balance due 30 days prior.
For 'last-minute' reservations, full payment due 10 days prior to occupancy.
Cancellation full refund if 30 days in advance. See contract for near term cancels.