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Peaceful Mountain Retreat, Sleeps 8!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,230 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, Downstairs Den/Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms

Enjoy a mountain escape in our 3 bedroom, 3 bath mountain home with a Den/4th bedroom. The house sleeps 8 so bring the kids or leave them at home and just come with friends.

It's walking distance to town (less than 1 mile), so take a quick trip for lunch at one of the many fabulous restaurants or just 'shop til you drop' at the amazing shops on Main Street.

The large back deck with a gas grill overlooks trees, plants, birds, squirrels and chipmunks and awaits you for an outdoor feast.

Can't sit still, then nearby you'll find Hiking, Waterfalls, Horseback Riding, Whitewater Rafting, Mining, Fishing (trout and bass), Golf, weekly area auction at Scudder's Estate Auction House, and in winter you can go Skiing or Snowboarding. All the fun you can handle in one vacation.

Then, kick back and rest while watching a little Cable TV, Surfing the Internet or watching a good DVD. Call around using the Local Phone service provided to schedule that all important massage at Condé Nast’s Top Hotel Spa in North America, the Old Edwards Inn and Spa.

There are things to do and see in every season. For more information about the local area check out the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at

More Details

Gary Hester and The Hester Family
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Gary Hester and The Hester Family

We're the Hester Family and this is our mountain home, thanks to Mom and Dad and the Hall Family too, some of us have been coming to Highlands since the 1950's. Wow. Lots of changes since then. But loads of memories! We love it so much and now we'll sharing it with you if you like.

Gary Hester and The Hester Family purchased this house in 1988

Why Gary Hester and The Hester Family chose Mirror Lake

Back in the 1950's Curt Hester started bringing the family to Highlands. Their dear friends the Halls had come to Highlands and fallen in love with the area. After many summer trips to the area, Curt decided it was time to go ahead and buy some property. So in the 70's he bought a few lots in the area. Then in the 80's when it was getting close to retirement time, Curt decided to build his dream home in Highlands. By 1990 Curt and Hazel had moved to Highlands permanently. They enjoyed the beauty of the area and had many picnics by the lakes, streams and while sitting on top of sunset rock. They remained in Highlands until 2011 leaving a family legacy of beauty and love of the mountains.

What makes this house unique

Our 3 story home is a great place to bring people together but also a great place to get a little alone time. Just send the kids to the Den and you've got the upstairs all to yourself. Walk down through the back of the property and hang out on a bench in the woods and just soak up nature. Or lounge on the deck and listen to the wind in the trees.

Coffee on the deck in the early morning is amazing!!! Just a whoosh and a whistle of the wind to keep you company and occasionally a curious squirrel!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi, we are back in Miami sound and safe.

I want to thank you for sharing your house, we had a great time and loved the cabin, a lot of nice touches that make it very cozy.

We hope to return soon, as we loved the area too.

Happy 2015 and our best wishes.

Warm Regards,

Dec 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Mirror Lake, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2230 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , This bedroom is on the main floor. (2nd story)
    Front Guest Bedroom - 1 double , This bedroom is on the 3rd floor.
    Back Guest Bedroom - 1 double , This bedroom is on the 3rd floor.
    Den - 1 queen , 1st floor Den with Queen Sleeper Sofa.
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Peaceful Mountain Retreat, Sleeps 8!
average rating of 3.875 based on 9 reviews
Orlando, FL

Spacious, quiet, perfect week long getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Highlands many times in the past and this house was a great place to stay. It was quiet, clean, spacious, and it had everything we needed to get away from our busy lives back home. My wife and I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: 23-Aug-2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, peaceful mountain retreat.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time. Check in and out were easy. It was a great location. Nice fireplace. Unfortunately we only had firewood for one night of our stay. Also the upstairs toilet leaked on the floor and there is an unpleasant smell under the kitchen sink. Otherwise very nice. A great way to spend New Years.

  • Submitted: 3-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house is in a great location, very close to town. What I really liked was the fact that the house was very clean which is very important to me, in my other stays in the Highlands the

houses were not very clean, so for cleanliness I would give it a 5 star. This will be my favorite place to stay and I will call them every time Ralph and I decide to come for a visit! The house has a wonderful fire place of which we used every night, since it was very cold. It has a huge deck in the back that would be great in the summer with a wonderful grill. It did not have any paper towels or napkins, soap and more toilet paper so make sure you bring some with you, I'm sure they just forgot to stock those items. All in all we had a fabulous time there and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home for us to relax with our Golden Retriever

  • 4 of 5

House and furnishings are basic. We enjoyed the setting in the woods - driveway is on a big slope that my husband had no difficulty with - I parked on street :-)

  • Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a great time in our vacation home, in Highlands. We enjoy the woods setting immensely and yet it is still close enough to walk into town. You are welcome to stay again anytime. We park on the street during the winter (Ice/snow), but up/down the driveway the rest of the year. Plenty of room at the bottom of the driveway to turn around and go back up.
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Nicely maintained older property

  • 3 of 5

The property is a bit older and does not appear to have been updated in a while, but has been reasonably maintained and is certainly convenient to town. In a way it was fun and reminded us of the homes we grew up in during the 70s. The deck area is very nice, with about half covered, which is nice when there is an occasional rain. Considering its proximity to town, it is still quite private.

  • Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very dated and poorly equiped.

  • 2 of 5

Someone needs to give the property owner a checklist of recommended kitchen utensils and cooking utensils. Extra pillows were in the walk in closet, but no extra pillow cases. The cabin has a good layout, but just presents itself as very tired and in need of a good cleaning and "sprucing up." At the very least someone needs to be following up with the cleaning crew to assure that the cob webs are knocked down.

  • Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: VERY unfair rating. All others have been 4's or 5's. Kitchen and Cooking utensils were in various drawers and have been consolidated into two. Several utensils have been recently purchased, to replace any missing. New coffee maker was added. Pillow cases were in the bathroom closets, NOT in the walk in closet. Cob Webs were found on some decorative items, which are placed high up on the garden walls and have been addressed with the cleaning crew. The rest of the interior of the home was spotless, when I personally visited it on September 1st. The total exterior of the house has just been recently painted (week of 10/15/16). The interior painting has been touched up, where needed, as well. The cleaning crew does many vacation homes in Highlands and are highly recommended by both Owners and Rental Offices.
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several In Town
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
Golf at Old Edwards Club
Nearest Train
51.6 Miles
Great Smokey Mountain Trains-Scenic Tour
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
At least 10 choices from Pizza to Gourmet
Nearest Ski
13.8 Miles
Sapphire Valley Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Highlands has been a mountain respite for over a century allowing our visitors to unwind while being treated to the finest amenities.

We feature several spas for those requiring special attention. Our accommodations range from historic inns and quaint bed and breakfasts to hotels and cabins. Homes are available for rent by the week or month.

For your dining experience, you may sample various culinary cuisines from over twenty restaurants including five who have been awarded the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Nature is never far away with waterfalls, hiking trails, and varied outdoor adventures awaiting you. You can experience llama treks to all terrain vehicle tours through the forests. White water rafting is nearby. For those less adventurous, there is horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, tennis, and golf.

If you are looking for a cultural experience, we have professional summer stock theater at the Highlands Playhouse, the 25th anniversary of Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music concerts, the American Museum of Cut and Engraved Glass, and varied other productions. The Center for Life Enrichment offers several classes each week on varied topics. Enjoy the auction at Scudders or shows at various art galleries.

Several non profits have events throughout the year. Check our calendar for events by the Highlands Historical Society, Bascom Louise Gallery, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Carpe Diem Farms, the Art League of Highlands, the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, and Mountain Garden Club.

Shopping in our little village includes unique shops featuring art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, crafts, home furnishing, and a broad range of retail selections not found at your neighborhood mall.

Young people can enjoy programs at the Highlands Nature Center, Performing Arts Center, Highlands Playhouse, and the Highlands Recreation Center.

--Courtesy of Highlands Chamber of Commerce


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Mirror Lake, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$199.26
Pet Fee C$59.78
Damage Deposit C$664.2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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