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Tranquil Treehouse on 2.5 Acres; Affordable, Luxurious, Large Porches, WiFi

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 BA Cabin, Secluded, 3 Miles to Downtown, Returning Guest Discount

Your own tranquil Treehouse is secluded on 2.5 acres of white birch, mountain laurel and hardwoods, only 3 miles from downtown Highlands. The charm here is magical for a perfect romantic getaway or to just get away from it all. Authors have written books here. It is a unique place from which to hike nearby Whiteside Mountain or enjoy the waterfalls, trout streams, restaurants, shopping and seasonal festivals, concerts and theatre of the Highlands region.

When you first arrive, you may enter the Treehouse from the front porch, which has easy access for the mobility impaired and has stacks of firewood during cooler months. You may also enter from the long, high back porch with its swing, recliners and rockers overlooking wooded grandeur as the land falls away beneath you. Both porches run the width of the house.

You will enter the Great Room with its 22 feet high cathedral ceiling that gives a wonderful feeling of spaciousness and windows that let in an abundance of natural light and the forest outside. You will view the beautiful dining and living room areas, the rock fireplace, and a very comfortable sleeper sofa in front of a unique coffee table filled with information on things to see and do. Just beyond, high on the back wall, you will see a 50" Smart TV with Direct TV, Roku, Netflix and more. You will be standing on thick hardwood floors that run throughout the house.

As you look around, you will notice the dark granite counters and wood cabinets in the full kitchen. Through the window by the fireplace, at the driveway level you can see two grills.

Walk toward the back door and you can turn into the master bedroom with its comfy, king size bed and full bath. All linens and towels are provided and the beds will be made when you arrive. Go back to the Great Room and you can go up the stairs to the high, open loft bedroom with its queen size, sleigh bed, writing desk, full bath with shower, double closets and dark wood furniture and desk. On the way up or once there, you may notice the window at the apex of the cathedral ceiling that lets in natural light, making the loft bedroom light and airy.

The Treehouse is fully furnished. Wireless WiFi and free long distance calling in the United States on a land line is provided. Mobile reception in the mountains can be spotty.

Day or evening, you may want to swing or rock on the back porch. Enjoy a beverage and the ultimate peace and tranquility of deliciously cool days and crisp nights of summer and early fall. In the late fall and winter months, a warm and cozy fire in the rock fireplace will beckon.

Highlands and Cashiers have incredible restaurants, unique shops, golf, hiking, waterfalls, and trout streams, all nearby. The hiking trails and the many waterfalls have beautiful views. In the winter, skiing in Sapphire Valley is 20-25 minutes away.

For me, being in the Treehouse and Highlands is a transcendent experience. All the problems and worries of everyday life seem to fall away to the lower elevations from which I came. I hope you can share that Treehouse experience with me.

More Details

Larry Young, Highlands Treehouse, LLC
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Larry Young, Highlands Treehouse, LLC

The Treehouse is now owned by Highlands Treehouse, LLC. My wife and I are the sole owners of the LLC. I am a retired professional in Houston, TX who grew up and attended college in Georgia. I miss the mountains and woodlands of the east coast. I bought the Treehouse both as a place to get away and as an investment. My wife is a yoga teacher. I am a former Marine officer, was a partner in a professional firm and do some film acting. I have wonderful housekeepers who have immaculately maintained the Treehouse for number of years and people in Highlands who look after the building and the grounds.

Why Larry Young, Highlands Treehouse, LLC chose North Carolina Mountains

I was on vacation in Sapphire Valley and fell in love with both Highlands and the Treehouse. Something about the topography, the waterfalls and the town, as well as the Treehouse itself, is unique. The feeling in the Treehouse with its high back porch that runs the width of the house and overlooks white birch, hardwoods and mountain laurel as the ground falls away beneath is indescribable.

I have learned that Highlands attracts a very high quality group of people both as renters and owners and is brimming with fine restaurants, shopping and live theater and concerts in the summer, both in town and nearby. The fall provides many great events and festivals in the area. Situated on 2.53 acres of mountain laurel, white birch and hardwoods, the Treehouse is secluded but is only about 3 miles and five minutes from downtown Highlands. This combination was very appealing. It is also within walking distance of Whiteside Mountain with its beautiful hiking trails and views, including the Shadow Bear. There is easy access to many wonders of nature, Cashiers and Sapphire Valley.

The Treehouse was built around 2001 and is of high quality construction with wonderful amenities: central air and heat, a beautiful fireplace, thick hardwood floors and granite counters in the kitchen. There are two large porches on the front and back of the house that run the width of the house. In warm and cool weather, one could spend most of one's time on the swings or rockers on the back porch where the ground falls away into the forest, giving a great view and a feeling of peace.

What makes this cabin unique

What made me fall in love with the Treehouse was the utter tranquility of the place. From the 22-24 feet high cathedral ceiling in the Great Room to being surrounded by mountain laurel and hardwood forests, to sitting on the high back porch in one of the rockers, lounges or the swing viewing the land and forest falling away beneath you , there is a feeling that whatever you are looking for, you have found it. It is very attractive that it is so close to the activities and restaurants in Highlands and Cashiers -5-8 minutes in one direction and 15 in the other. The 20-25 minute drive to skiing in Sapphire Valley is also attractive. Photographs cannot truly capture the charm of the place and upon going back to close the sale two months after making an offer, it was even more charming than I remembered. It did not hurt that I drove from a stifling July summer in Durham to the delicious coolness of Highlands in the course of a day. The Treehouse seemed extremely well-built and solid in its construction with its 6' walls. It still does.


Highlands Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , in great room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , sleigh bed in loft bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , in master bedroom on main floor
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Great hiking and gorgeous water falls are nearby. The fine shops and excellent restaurants of Highlands can be reached in five to eight minutes. Whiteside Mountain with its beautiful hiking trails is three to five minutes away. Cashiers and Sapphire Valley can be reached in 15-25 minutes.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Tranquil Treehouse on 2.5 Acres; Affordable, Luxurious, Large Porches, WiFi
average rating of 4.946429 based on 56 reviews

A very cozy home in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very responsive and provided excellent details about the property. We had a very nice time and plan to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

All you need to bring are your clothes. This place has everything else. Town is just a few minutes away. Plenty of nature all around. We plan on going back :)

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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50th Anniversary Celebration

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Larry, for the perfect place for a celebration or a getaway for any reason!! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Wonderful, clean and comfortable accomodations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went to the treehouse to enjoy some R & R after the hectic holidays and to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The tree house was clean and comfortable. We experienced days of warmth in the area and were able to hike in the area. We enjoyed the falls and the widespread beauty of the Highlands area. We also had very cold weather and were comfortable hanging out at the tree house with the warmth of the fireplace, the comfy furniture and the well equipped kitchen. Our experience was great and I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a quiet, comfortable place with access to awesome shopping, outdoors adventures and great restaurants. We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect. Charming, well located, immaculate and just what the doctor ordered, peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Great location for activities in and around Highlands. The amenities were like home but away from the hustle and bustle. We will return.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nearest Airport
53.9 Miles
Asheville (Greenville SC =80 mi., Atlanta =143 mi)
Nearest Golf
5.7 Miles
Highlands CC, also Cashiers, Sapphire Valley
Nearest Ski
9.2 Miles
Wyndham Ski Resort at Sapphire Valley, NC
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Highlands Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 31 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer/Early Fall
May 26 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.75%

Check in time: 4:00 PM.

Check out time: 10:00 AM.

Rates subject to change. Guests agree that repair and replacement costs for damage or extra cleaning required for any reason will be charged to guests' credit cards as an alternative to a damage deposit.

No smoking inside or on porches. Dogs allowed in owners discretion (no cats please). Please include phone # in inquiries. Owner likes to talk briefly with guests and address needs before rental.

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.
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