House, 6 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 18)
About Craig Melby
Originally from Florida, we grew up we spending time every summer at my parents summer home nearby. Wonderful, lifelong memories were created on each trip, so as I got older I decided to build a place of my own, and big enough for family reunions. I did not originally intend to make this lodge available as a Vacation Rental, but I bumped into a rental owner who convinced me it was a good idea. I tried it, and based on the glowing reports I get from my appreciative renters I am sure I am doing the right thing. This is not your usual Vacation Rental. It is first and foremost my 'mountain house', and is fully stocked with games, DVDs, books, etc. There is almost always unopened food in the pantry and refrigerator that guests are welcome to use at their discretion - no replacement necessary - but I usually find more food than I left!
Craig Melby purchased this House in 2003
Why Craig Melby chose Highlands
We chose this location because it is so close to the gourmet mountain towns of Cashiers and Highlands with their great shopping, dining, golfing, outdoor activities and people. (We see more of our friends up here in the summer than we do at home!) The elevation is cool, the woods are deep and lush, the air is clean and fresh, and the water is the best you will ever drink!
What makes this House unique
Our backyard borders the national forest - we wouldn't have it any other way! Peace and quiet, and nature's beauty are right outside the door. On site we also have a fire pit for campfires and smores, hammock, swings and kids play area, and lots of adventure for the kids. We also rent to lots of wedding parties from weddings in Cashiers and Highlands . . . we're a quality, fun, inexpensive alternative to lots of individual hotel rooms!
Check-in: 5:00 pm
Check-out: 9:00 am
We allow well trained, well behaved pets.
Perfecct for kids, inside & outside things to do.
Minimum age of primary renter:22
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great XC Team Retreat.
The house was in a perfect location for experiencing the Cashiers/Highlands area. The layout is well-conceived and the house is beautifully appointed in the true mountain decor. We had 13 kids one week and 10 the next, and were extremely comfortable. The house could hold more, with the huge loft. The Melby's have equipped the house for large groups, but made it to feel homey and welcoming. We had everything we needed. We hiked down the back of the house to the river the first day. The screened porch faces the east with an unobstructed view of the sunrise each morning. Great house and great location!!
This was the perfect stay for our family Reunion! I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Great place for a gathering!
This was a lovely home to share Christmas with my family. 12 family members were very comfortable. We could have easily slept 10 more. It is difficult to find the first time but otherwise fantastic that it is so private. The kids loved to climb the mountain and play on the swings. Everything was well stocked and supplied. I could have used some better fry pans for cooking.
Perfect Property for Large Family
This property is amazing. We stayed here during Thanksgiving week and I'm certain it will be an unforgettable vacation for all 16 of us. The home has stunning views. The accommodations were perfect and gave everyone privacy. The kitchen was well-equipped for cooking our Thanksgiving feast and the dining room allowed us to gather in one place. The surrounding area has many things to experience, especially the beautiful waterfalls. Thank you Craig Melby for sharing your home with us.
Nice, comfortable, well equipped home. Accommodated 16-17 Family members. Owner very easy to work wi
Several family members were very impressed with the home! The only problem I have is with access road!
Really enjoyed our stay!
Many thanks to Mr. Melby!
Thanks, Martha! We apologize for the road and are getting it refreshed right away. Come back anytime!
Great to have so much family together in one house. Well equipped for entertaining.
A path from our property leads to the 'wild and scenic' certified portion of the Nantahala national forest, and the Chattooga River and Trail. Canoeing, flyfishing and white water rafting are nearby, along with countless trails and waterfall hikes.
There is MUCH to see and do, and I provide guests with a long list . . . too much to type here!