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Bedrooms 8
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Luxury 7 suite mountain retreat with breathtaking views

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.

This lovely Highlands mountain home is perched high above a valley between Whiteside and Blackrock mountains with sweeping easterly views of the Smokies.

Bowery Lodge has 8 spacious bedrooms (5 kings, 3 queens) and 8 bathrooms, all well-appointed with high-quality linens, plenty of towels, and bath amenities. Most bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom, view, sitting area, and fireplace. The grand king suite also has a separate sitting area with a crib.

The three interior levels offer many options for gathering together, and plenty of cozy spaces to retreat to. Watch the sunrise or the fog roll in from two levels of decks and balconies, or while enjoying the outdoor fireplace and a soak in the hot tub.

The naturally landscaped lot is situated on a private road with off-street parking for 8 cars (no street parking). There's a short walking trail with rope swing, and a darling playhouse for the kids.

You probably won't want to leave the property...but if you must, Highlands is just 3 miles away down an easy residential road. Stroll along quaint Main Street for some shopping and dining. Or visit our friends at the Highland Hiker for outdoor gear and great local advice on what to do in the area, such as hiking, fishing, golf, swimming holes.


Bowery Lodge is a gathering place for friends and families, and is not available for parties, events, or work retreats.

2016 rates are based on up to 16 guests, are subject to change without notice, and do not include tax.

We accept a maximum of 16 overnight guests (depending on group dynamic), with no more than 18 people in the house at any time. No additional guests (day or overnight) are allowed without prior written approval, and additional charges may apply.

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.

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 a reference from another vacation rental owner.

TO MAKE AN INQUIRY, please provide the following:

- specific dates and alternate dates if there's flexibility

- phone number with a good time to call you

- 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

- While we do offer discounts to returning guests who've treated our home well, we don't respond to inquiries asking for discounts.

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

- Mead

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

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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Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , with main floor king
    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
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with main floor queen; is also powder room for main floor
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • 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 SW Queen Suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor, full bath; sleeper ottoman
    Upper East King Suite - 1 king , 2nd floor, view, 3/4 bath
  • 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
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Far exceeding our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

Family get-away week with eight adults and four small children. Everything was perfect. Hopefully we'll be able to visit many more times.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We know it's a bit of a hassle to write a review, so we don't send out review requests. It means a lot when someone takes the time to do so, and it's greatly appreciated. These were excellent first-time guests. We, too, hope they make our family's special place their family's special place for years to come! All the best, - Mead
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A Mountain Top Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the most wonderful time together in your lovely mountain home during our 5-night stay. The spacious interior is beautiful beyond words with nothing lacking in furnishings and design. The totally equipped kitchen was a real dream and the breath-taking view from the veranda is heavenly, making the total experience a perfect one. I would definitely recommend your lodge.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and look forward to welcoming your family back next summer.
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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
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orange park

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
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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
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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
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Highlands House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 4 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Aug 17 2017 - Aug 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

Holiday visits are subject to up to a 20% surcharge depending on the holiday.

Shorter visits are considered 3 months prior to arrival with the following surcharges added to seasonal rates:
4 nights: add 15%
3 nights: add 30%
2 nights: add 50% for midweek, add 75% for weekend

Rates are based on 16 guests including children of any age. Larger groups considered for a charge of $40/person/night.
Additional day/night guests allowed only with prior approval with maximum occupancy of 18 maximum including day visitors.
Our home is not available for parties or events.

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 hold 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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