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In Town, 2 Masters, Outdoor Living Area W/fireplace,Spa, Stream & Pond

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath, 23' Vaulted Ceilings, Walk To Bascom Art Center,

• This luxury, light filled home is situated at an elevation of 4100’.

• Private pond & mountain brook for intimate picnics.

• Over 1100 sq ft of covered outdoor living area with stone fireplace, gas grill and spa.

• 23’ vaulted great room with stone wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors.

• Gourmet kitchen, concrete countertops and wormy chestnut island.

• Two king master bedrooms, walk in closets, private baths with walk in showers & large jetted tub or soaking tub for two.

• Conveniently located two minutes to main street highlands, 15 minutes to Cashiers.

• Walk to Mirror Lake and feed native Canada Geese and Mallards.

(Unfortunately this is not a kid friendly house. There could be safety issues with children and the spa and fireplaces. We also have valuable art pieces that are subject to breakage)

A gentle hike takes you to the Bascom Art Center and then on to town. Exclusive Mirror Lake community is quaint and charming. A truly magical property reminiscent of Adirondack lodges. This is why you come to highlands.

The lodge is filled with fine original art, luxurious furniture, period antiques and rugs from around the world. Artist designed custom ironwork by Whitney Butler Designs of Pensacola, FL. Professionally decorated & appointed by Stan Cox Interior Design, Knoxville, TN.

Beautiful maple cabinetry, professional knives & cookware. Multiple sets of everyday china plus fine china and crystal, and beautiful serving pieces.

Sit in antique wicker rockers on the wrap around porch, or the outdoor entertaining area with gas grill, wood burning stone fireplace, seating and dining area and covered spa overlooking pond and rhododendron gardens. Listen to the rain on the tin roof or relax and meditate by moss covered rocks and a gentle brook. Have breakfast on the screened porch off kitchen and dining situated over the tranquil brook and massive rhododendrons gardens.

Handsome library with games and books.

Property with 150' trees surrounding a large garden and flat area conducive to outdoor games. Stroll the vegetable and flower gardens or sit by the pond.

If the hot tub is not functioning due to mechanical failure, we cannot give refunds or credits. We maintain our spa but sometimes things happen that cannot be avoided. We will try to repair the spa as soon as possible but this is very difficult on a weekend. A functioning hot tub is not a condition of the rental. We will do everything we can to insure you a great vacation.

Refund Policy: We're pleased to refund 90% of your payment if your cancellation is outside 45 days of arrival with a $50 cancellation fee.(For monthly, within 60 days). Regrettably, we can not offer refunds inside 45 days, as it's difficult to rent vacation properties on short notice. However, if we can re- rent the property for the cancelled period, or a portion thereof, we will refund any amounts recovered from the new rental, less the 10% and $50 fee. Prices subject to change without notice. Paid reservations with deposits confirm original price.

If this property is not available, we have two other absolutely wonderful cottages:

VRBO 376856 and VRBO 184869

More Details

Diane Carpenter
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Diane Carpenter

David & Mary have visited Highlands for 30 years, initially camping. We have traveled in many areas of the world and have included some of our treasures for all to enjoy in this very special home Antiques, artwork, Persian rugs. We love to hike, cook and garden. David's artwork is hung throughout our home.

Diane Carpenter purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Diane Carpenter chose Mirror Lake

The proximity to everything we love in Highlands makes this property very special. For the energetic, you can walk to the Bascom Art Center and from there you are a block to town.

What makes this lodge unique

Hiking trails are within minutes of our home. We are establishing cutting gardens and vegetable gardens for our guests to enjoy. The small private pond and stream running thru the rhododendron complete the perfect setting.


Mirror Lake Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Queen - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Laughing Bear Powder Bath - toilet
    Downstairs Master - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Double vanities, walk in closet
    Upstairs Master - toilet , tub , shower , 2 person soaking tub,walk in shower, double vanities
  • Luxurious Master Baths Feature Walk In showers and either double soaking tub or jetted tub for two. Picture windows overlooking stream and beautiful rhododendron beds.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs Master - 1 king
    Upstairs Master - 1 king
    Upstairs Queen - 1 queen
  • Main level King master with private bath, large jetted tub for two, walk in shower, separate alcove with double vanities. Upstairs Master is luxuriously appointed with period antiques and private bath with soaking tub. Queen Bedroom with full bath just outside. All bedrooms overlooking brook and rhododendron beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The home is fully stocked, towels, luxury linens, soaps, tissue, garbage bags, paper towels, cleaning agents, vacuums, etc, Ceiling fans in BR's, instant responce electirc range, disposal, blender, coffeemaker & filters, multiple sets of dishes, cutlery, glassware, flatware & bar items, gourmet cookware/bake, in-line outdoor gas grill, Seated main level dining for 8 at dining table, 4 at bar, 8 at porch dining table, concrete counters, Washer/Dryer.


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In Town, 2 Masters, Outdoor Living Area W/fireplace,Spa, Stream & Pond
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 41 reviews

Laughing Bear home in Highlands, NC

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful mountain home. Awesome location close to downtown Highlands. Lovely 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, great living and dining area. Open covered large porch with hot tub and stone fireplace is a 10+! There's also a screened in porch area. Our family gave it 5 stars and we would rent it again!! K. Evans (Atlanta)

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kathy We are so happy that you enjoyed the cottage and appreciate the additional feedback to make our cottage better for future guests. It is a pleasure having such helpful guests!
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Very nice house! Full of charm & character!

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a long weekend in Highlands! Was our second stay at Dancing Bear and I'm happy to report our experience was wonderful! The house is located about five minutes from downtown Highlands and about two minutes from Mirror Lake. Home is well appointed, furnished with an eclectic mix of comfortable antiques and custom new pieces- decor is interesting with lots of original art! Porches and outdoor spaces are superb! Beds are comfortable. Would recommend this home and consider it one of our favorite VRBO properties! Owners and housekeeper are very responsive as well! Looking forward to our next visit to Dancing Bear!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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❤️ loved,loved,loved our recent visit to Highlands,NC. The house was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house we rented. Two fireplaces, hot tub and the beds slept great. Loved all the antiques and the light fixtures were amazing. We plan on going next year with two other couples. Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Loved spending time in the outdoor space, We will be back! Very quite location and close to town!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Could not be more pleased with our stay in this home. Everything was just as we had read and super easy to deal with the owners. Great artwork around the house too! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice get away from Atlanta!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at Laughing Bear. My favorite time was enjoying the fire outside on the covered deck with a cup of coffee and hearing nothing but birds. No people. Just birds. Second best was at night with a fire burning after getting out of the hot tub and listening to the owl. Not kidding. Real critters! My kids loved being "in the woods" as it feels even though it is a very convenient drive to town in less than 5 minutes. The wood guy delivered wood as requested and on time. House was in very good condition and clean. It is a nice cabin and has the feel of a cabin. Double master bedroom setup was ideal for my older dad and his wife to use main floor while I had upstairs master and kids used third bedroom. Gave them full access to main floor and outside deck area A wonderful experience for us even with it being rainy some. Nothing like listening to the rain outside hitting the tin roof as we sat under that oversized covered deck. Very peaceful. Thank you David for being such a great host. You were very organized in your instructions packet and you made it easy to enjoy your place. Everything worked in the house and you had everything we needed from utensils to pots and pans and also the Keurig. God bless you! Ha ha. We appreciate you sharing your home with us. WPH.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Asheville, Nc
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145
Security Non-refundable $49
Tax Rate 9.75%

Holidays and special events are excluded from discounted rates. Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Check in 4 PM, Check out 10 AM
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years have a three day minimum and are $395 per night

(Unfortunately this is not a kid friendly house. There could be safety issues with children and the spa and fireplaces. We also have valuable art pieces that are subject to breakage)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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