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Book 7 nights, 1 night free! Chic Authentic 1940's Mtn Cabin: View of Whiteside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 bath with Mountain Views, streams and falls on property

Roy Bunn came to the Carolinas from Iowa in the 1940’s, bought a mountaintop and built this cozy winterized home to live in while he developed sites for the rest of the neighborhood. He selected the best lot, with a view of Whiteside Mountain, and nestled his home right next to a stream that cascades over a small falls, runs along the side of the house down to a waterfall below. He built a bridge across the stream and through a tunnel of mountain laurel. Mr. Bunn could walk to a quiet meadow under an enormous hemlock tree, five acres in all.

When my family constructed the house a short hike past Mr. Bunn’s grapevine, the families grew to know each other and his house became affectionately known as The Bunn House. Mr. Bunn has passed on, as well as my grandparents. Now it’s our house, with all its mementos and curious eccentricities, like the copper envelope holder by the entrance, swinging Dutch door into the office and Mr. Bunn’s safari hat hanging on a piece of old laurel root outside that sometimes houses a bluebird nest. Three families were raised here and now we are ready to share it with you.

Designed by Mr. Bunn, and built by a well-known builder out of Highlands, the house is paneled predominantly with smooth cedar plank boards. The living room boasts exposed beveled beams, with wood covered bolts, a cherry floor and wormy chestnut paneled walls, a rarity after the blight of the chestnut trees. My mother added the chic, replacing all the drapes and reupholstering the wagon wheel rocker, chair and sofa years with an updated elegance, as well as updating all the appliances. Interior solid doors allow you to close off the living room and light a fire on cool summer nights making a very cozy atmosphere. In the morning you can heat up the kitchen with another fire there, or turn on the furnace for an hour or two until the day warms up, often to a perfect 72 in the summer. In a heat wave, fans are all that are needed to keep cool after opening the windows for cross ventilation.

Twilight is my favorite time on the deck, stretched out on cushy cypress wood chairs listening to the birds while light closes down on Whiteside Mountain. During the day, hummingbirds buzz the flowers and the trees move in the breeze. You might see a black bear pass through the yard if you are quiet enough. They are skittish and though big, you would not even hear them unless you happen to be looking their way. When it rains, Adirondack chairs on the front porch sit safely under shelter and allow you to read or just enjoy the sounds of the Appalachian rain forest. Wild flowers grow along the stream and the granite gravel drive, while laurel drop blooms on the trail and rhododendron grow like trees. It’s a magical fairyland, two miles from Cashiers, a growing town of good eats, folk art, antiques and an exclusive Italian dress shop. Highlands, only ten miles in the other direction is a relative metropolis with furniture shops, an antique auction house, summer stock theater, the Center for Cultural Enlightenment and the impressive Bascam Center for Visual Arts. But hiking is what a lot of people come to the mountains for, and we have a library of books to suit your interests in wandering, collecting and watching.

From humble beginnings, we try to maintain our humility and not overprice the simple life. You will have everything you need and none of the worries you left behind. Cable TV and WIFI, comfortable beds and amenable temperatures offer an atmosphere unparalleled.

More Details

Dorothy Palmer
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2018

About Dorothy Palmer

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where, in the hot summers, many of the retired residents flocked to the cool climates of the Carolina mountains. My grandparents bought their house from Mr Bunn back in 1960's and every summer the grandchildren had their week up there exploring the creek, hunting salamanders and crawdads.

Why Dorothy Palmer chose Highlands

When my father sold the house his parents lived in and moved in to Mr Bunn's house, everyone asked why? But I understood my father's preference for the cozy living room, beautiful stream outside the window and the efficiency of having a winterized home. He asked me which house I preferred, and I agreed with him. Mr Bunn had added so much personality to the place!

What makes this cabin unique

Its hard to describe the character of The Bunn House without seeing it. Every room has special nooks, hidden cabinets, beautifully worked wood warmed by age and use. I recently found a cabinet I'm not sure even my parents knew about! It had products from the forties, untouched and intact. The views, the breeze through the house, the sound of the stream and the warmth of the natural wood nestles around you to create a home away from home.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Highlands, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The master bedroom uses the hall bathroom. The guest room has its own, large bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Beautiful view of Whiteside! The bathroom is in the hallway,
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Private full bathroom, large closet, comfy antique bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) The master bedroom has a queen bed and a view of Whiteside Mountain. (2) The guest room has a double bed between two twin beds, creating a family style arrangement. A full bathroom is off this room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • porch/lanai ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • long term renters welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
A note on bears: Bears live in the mountains and are a protected species. In Stillmont as elsewhere, there have been some bear sightings and a few break-ins. We just close the windows to the deck and dining room when we leave or go to bed and that takes care of it. The rest of the windows are on the second floor and inaccessible.


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average rating of 4.756757 based on 37 reviews
Terrace Park, OH

Great May

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I returned for a second time( 3 weeks). Very enjoyable even if it did rain constantly! We got in a half day of fly fishing and half day of hiking between downpours. We are both wannabe artists and we worked at that and read. Thank you Dorothy for RUKU that saved our nights. Will return again for sure being rained in was fun. I am an amateur chef and unfortunately gained 5 lbs,, thank you Cashiers Farmers Market (blueberry pies) and Ingles. The state ABC store also contributed to our laid back stay.

  • Submitted: 4-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home And Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

We always look forward to coming to Bunn House (we've come for several vacations) - the incredibly beautiful view of Whiteside Mountain through the trees on one side, and the mountain stream flowing through the yard on the other are peaceful and relaxing.

This home is comfortable, usually quiet, and convenient as well, since it is only a few miles from both Cashiers and Highlands, where you can find good restaurants (Highlands) and groceries (Cashiers and Highlands).

There is plenty of room inside, comfortable beds, and the home is tastefully decorated, with wood planking and stone floors, as well as carpeting. There is a good view of the stream flowing through the property from the kitchen window where the breakfast table is located, and you can see the rabbits and birds outside while you're eating breakfast.

We would highly recommend Bunn House!

  • Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Miami, Florida

Heart-stopppingly Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We spent Thanksgiving in this beautiful home and I can't say enough good things about our experience. The host (Ms. Palmer) was an absolute joy to work with - from the first moment I contacted her with questions to a telephone call I made to her while on the property with another question, she was attentive and gracious. The home has a breathtaking view of White Mountain which you can see from the deck of the home and from all of the windows in the back of the home. My favorite part was a room off the kitchen that has a wood-burning fireplace where you can sit by the window and hear the water rushing from the creek. I can't explain the relaxation I felt. The home also has an amazing living area with another wood burning fireplace that has a stone backdrop which I could not stop looking at - beautiful! The kitchen had all we needed to prepare our meals, the bed was comfortable. The home is also in a great spot for visiting Highlands, Dry Falls, hiking and great restaurants in the area. The only negative I can express is that this house has too much heart to only spend a few days! I wish I could have stayed longer and would love to come back. Thank you Ms. Palmer for sharing your amazing home! Richard & Grace

  • Submitted: 7-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bunn House

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful grounds with creek running through along with great views! However, easy to hear the street/traffic noise below while sitting on the porch (or landscaping & leaf-blowing crew all Saturday morning). Lack of air conditioning wasn't great as the temps crept up well above 75 degrees and we had to blast multiple fans. Close proximity and convenient to Lake Glenville and downtown Cashiers area. Overall, enjoyed our stay and served it's purpose, but not much else.

  • Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful view from the deck and listening to the water rush by beside the house. There was plenty of firewood so we had a nice fire going every night.

  • Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week decompressing. Very relaxing and beautiful property. My wife and I will return. Thanks.

  • Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Hiking Whiteside Mountain is one of the most popular activities to see the entire valley. Scramble over the rocks to views all the way around the precipice, but feel safe with the carefully maintained fencing and trail. Also, Panthertown Valley Trail Map shows miles of trails and a multitude of waterfalls to explore. Both places are minutes from the cabin. Whitewater rapids are navigated along the Chatooga either guided at higher levels or in personal inner tubes at lower levels.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Highlands, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 18 2018 - Aug 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jun 17 2019 - Aug 18 2019
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 27 2019 - Nov 30 2019
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance C$78.29

Thanksgiving Package $850
Nov 22-25, 2017

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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