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Lakefront Cabin, 2 bedrooms downstairs, 2 upstairs in loft - Sleeps 8

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Enjoy a peaceful cabin getaway on Apple Lake, 5 minutes from Highlands, NC. Highlands is a small charming mountain town with great restaurants, spa, theatre, music concerts, and shopping. At over 4100 feet in elevation, there is rarely a hot summer night. This cabin has large cathedral ceilings, a huge wood burning stone fire place, and jacuzzi. Minutes from scenic waterfalls, and hiking trails. Enjoy cooking your own meals, paddle a kayak on the lake or fish for bass or brim, sit on one of two decks and watch the hummingbirds fly by. Wonderful for a family vacation or romantic getaway!

Pet Policy:

We permit Dogs ONLY (no cats, birds, snakes, etc.) on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee. Visiting pets must be on a Flea Prevention program.

More Details

Mary Ann Badovinac
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Mary Ann Badovinac

Our family of five has enjoyed visiting and playing at the cabin for over twenty-five years. We moved to Atlanta, Ga. to be closer to the cabin and share our love of nature with our 3 children. We hike, swim, fish, kayak and enjoy sharing our cabin with friends and guests.

Mary Ann Badovinac purchased this cabin in 1984

Why Mary Ann Badovinac chose Highlands

We bought this cabin because it is next door to our family cabin of 54 years. Enjoying the cool summer weather and outdoor activities this area has to offer has been our summer fun for as long as I can remember.

What makes this cabin unique

Our home was originally owned by an artist couple who designed it after their loft in Paris. They became close family friends. When we bought the cabin we expanded it, trying to keep the light airy feeling of the original cabin. From our decks we view a variety of wildlife and birds. At night we only hear the sounds of the bullfrogs in the lake. So peaceful.


Highlands Hills Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • shower/jacuzzi tub downstairs shower/ tub upstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1, downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2, downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3, upstairs in large loft - 1 double
    Bedroom 4, upstairs in large loft - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds - one in each downstairs bedrooms, Double Beds - 2 double beds, one in each upstairs loft bedrooms
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The following activities are available in the area: hikes to mountain vistas & waterfalls, white water rafting, horse back riding, fly fishing, golf courses, lake & river swimming, picnic areas, gem hunting, boutique shopping, American crafts, antiquing, wonderful restaurants, spas, live concerts and theater, lectures at Nature Center, and exhibits and art lessons (pottery, painting, stained glass etc.) at the Bascomb museum.


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Lakefront Cabin, 2 bedrooms downstairs, 2 upstairs in loft - Sleeps 8
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews

Perfect family get away

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a family that loves the outdoors! The owner Mary was very accommodating, I would /will rent this place again and would recommend it to anyone that wants a place that has privacy and the feel of seclusion. The lake had very little activity other than our own use of it.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patricia, Thank you for selecting our cabin for your Highlands vacation. Please do stay at the cabin on your next visit to Highlands. You were excellent guests and we welcome you back anytime! Mary Ann
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Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful location on a private lake and only 5 minutes from Main Street in Highlands. This is the best equipped kitchen I have ever seen in a rental property, so if you like to cook, like we do, there is most everything you need. The only problem with this is that it will take away time from all the great dining locations in town. You are also close to Falls, hiking, mountain climbing, tubing and fishing. The beds are comfortable and you won't find a more responsive owner than Mary Ann.The jacuzzi tub is great. My only complaint is the broadband signal is spotty at best, but the Wi-Fi is adequate. Also be aware that you must travel several mikes to take the garbage and recycling, but that is no fault of the owner. All in all a very comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, We are so pleased you and your wife enjoyed your stay in our cabin during your Highlands vacation. The Verizon reception is spotty around the mountains, and works best outside the cabin, or in downtown Highlands. We have an AT&T cell phone extender so reception is good in the cabin for guests who use AT&T; plus, the cabin phone line allows guests to call anywhere in the U.S. and Canada free of charge. The recycling center is 5 minutes away. Thank you again for staying at the cabin. We hope you keep us in mind for future visits to Highlands! Best Regards, Mary Ann
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Comfortable & beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay - the kids enjoyed the loft and had a blast on the lake. We couldn't have asked for a better, more comfortable stay. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing our cabin for your Highlands visit. You were excellent guests are welcome anytime you are in Highlands.
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Exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was perfect for our needs and the owner was helpful and accommodating. Great location was close to town but not too close! Giant deck and boat dock were a great bonus.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing our cabin for your Highlands vacation. You are welcome anytime you visit the Highlands area. Best Regards, Mary Ann
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Nice Place for a Short Stay

  • 4 of 5

I and my two brothers needed a place in the Mirror Lake area for four nights and this place was perfect for that. Unfortunately there was some miscommunication with the cleaning person and the sheets and towels had not been washed nor the beds made when we arrived that first evening. The cabin was otherwise pretty clean. We resolved the problem ourselves and received a sincere apology along with an immediate refund of our cleaning fee and damage deposit from the owner. The next day was very clean and tidy, beds freshly made and a sincere apology from the cleaning person for the mix up. The cabin was certainly adequate for our needs including the loft area which realistically is only a semi-private sleeping area. Kitchen is well appointed and everything worked well.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your response. I am so sorry for the problem with the house cleaning. This was the first time it has happened in my five years of renting the cabin. The cabin has always been comfortable for my family of five, and I do highly recommend it for families.
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Lovely visit to a open, clean, well stocked home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed during the Thanksgiving 2016 holiday. I packed most of my cooking needs, but inevitably forget a few (rolling pin, glass baking dish, etc..) and was pleasantly surprised to all my forgotten items in the kitchen! The house was open, clean and very spacious! The lake was low due to the drought, but it didn't keep my 18 year old from getting out on the water in one of the owner's supplied boats. All the owner's suggestions on hikes and restaurants were spot on! Particularly loved Wild Thyme! Wonderful stay for making treasured family memories.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at the cabin. I am happy you enjoyed visiting the local sights and hikes. Please consider our cabin for your next Highlands vacation.
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Car: necessary

This lakeside cabin, is just a few minutes from beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, the quaint town of Highlands - fine restaurants, shopping, live theatre, music concerts, spa, nature center, museum, art, and a recreation center w/swimming, gym, and tennis. Drive a little further for white water rafting, flyfishing, and horseback riding.


Rates & Availability

Highlands Hills Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 20 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.