The Perfect Idyllic Retreat

518 Cotswolds WayHighlandsNC28741
MLS# 85697
Lot Size
2.36 acres


About the Property

This private sanctuary of comfort and charm has the perfect northwesterly aspect to enjoy the best of every season by taking advantage of the winter sun, while limiting exposure to the summer sun. Located in The Cotswolds Neighborhood in the Webbmont area, the home is positioned to capture the prevailing breezes while ensuring maximum light. Each room is positioned to take advantage of the view.

Sitting on 2.36 acres at an elevation of approximately 4200 feet, surrounded by the most enchanting scenery, and set way back from the private road only the sounds of nature pervade the silence and privacy. The home was built by Claire Knapp and will appeal to those who demand the best in quality design, materials and craftsmanship. The main room is built from 100+ year old hand hewn treated heart pine logs that were reclaimed from tobacco barns near Burlington North Carolina. The extra thick poplar bark siding was kiln dried to ensure no warping or shrinkage. The roof is DeVinci engineered slate with a 50 year warranty.

Beautiful landscaping and boulder steps lead to the wood and glass mahogany front door. Inside the foyer is constructed of cross sections of black locust timbers cut on the lot and set into concrete. The living room boasts a high, vaulted, wood ceiling which enhances its spacious look. The focal point is a massive floor to ceiling river rock fireplace with a hand cut wormy chestnut mantle and built-in cherry television and display shelves. Rich hickory flooring contributes to the character and charm of the home. Energy efficient Marvin windows on two sides of the living room ,8 foot mahogany French doors, and an antique leaded glass high window bring the outdoors in. The spacious wrap around deck affords a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, a view that stretches 40 miles—all the way to Great Smoky Mtn Natl Park. Each side of the house presents a different scenic picture, of the mountains, the rock outcroppings or the gardens. The deck is also the ideal spot for casual alfresco dining or a cozy evening in front of the outdoor fireplace.

The kitchen is truly the heart of this home and flows seamlessly from the living room. The large kitchen island with a zinc top is a great place for family and friends to congregate or help with the food preparation and the combined kitchen/dining room is low maintenance and ideal for casual entertaining. The appliances are top of line from Wolf, Bosch and Dacor plus custom cherry cabinetry with open shelving, granite countertops and a copper farm style sink. The dining area has windows on three sides and a custom antique cabinet offers additional storage for your favorite table accessories and because the back is a picture window it allows in light and views of the beautiful grounds which were designed by Tate’s Landscaping.

Large windows in the master bedroom capture the mountain views, while a gas fireplace and a cozy seating area make the perfect spot for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning. The master suite has his and her closets, a tiled spa shower, heated towel racks and dual vanities that were constructed from a dining table and feature Porcher bowls and custom bark medicine cabinets.

The upper level is accessed by hand made stair treads and black wrought iron is used to good effect on the stair rails. In addition to two spacious guest suites, there is a charming reading nook and an office with built in cabinetry.

There were no short cuts here. Every component of the home from the mahogany doors to the lighting fixtures were hand-picked by the owners. It took two and a half years to complete the home and the quality is evidenced at every turn.

Lot Size
2.36 acres
2 car
  • Interior Details

    • Cathedral Ceilings
    • Central Air
    • Central Heat
    • Dishwasher
    • Disposal
    • Dryer
    • Fireplace
    • Gas Oven/Range
    • Granite Countertops
    • Pantry
    • Reading Nook/Office
    • Refrigerator
    • Vaulted Ceiling
    • Walk-in Closet
    • Washer
  • Exterior Details

    • Covered Deck
    • Garden Space
    • Long Mountain View
    • Paved Access
    • Slate Roof
    • Wrap Around Deck

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Highlands NC

A mere two hour drive from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Greenville, South Carolina is the idyllic mountain town known as Highlands, North Carolina. At a pristine elevation of over 4,000 feet, this quiet rustic mountain community is located at the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by national Forest. It straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and still seems to the first time visitor like just a few steps from Heaven’s door.

This picture perfect mountain oasis, so reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, had its humble beginning back in 1875, when as legend has it, two Kansas developers drew intersecting lines on a map from New York to New Orleans and from Chicago to Savannah. They theorized that the point where these lines met would one day be a great trade center and the hub of commerce. Fortunately, they missed their calculations by approximately 120 miles (Atlanta Georgia) and this rich and fertile mountain village was able to develop as a health and summer resort town on the highest plateau of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina. The year round population of the Highlands area is about 4,500, but the summertime temperatures draw visitors from around the southeast who come to enjoy the cool days and brisk mountain evenings.

Unlike most resort towns, the majority of our summer visitors are also homeowners and the town has created a community of concerned citizens and cultural organizations with many diverse activities. This community atmosphere makes for an ideal relocation to Highlands. Within the four blocks of Main Street and adjacent streets that make up the center of town, Highlands is a delightful blend of country and city cultures. Rarely is it possible for such a small town to offer the array of services found in Highlands. Medical needs are met with a full-service hospital and a staff of general practitioners and specialists.

The cultural amenities include professional theatre, chamber music concerts, cabarets, art exhibits, galleries, a fine art center and other special events. A variety of educational classes and informative seminars are also available. Highlands gives you a range of choices and somehow manages to nurture your spirit at the same time.

For those who possess a more adventuresome spirit, nature is always calling and beckons you to spend time away from the harried cares of your world. Take a long walk or an invigorating hike to a nearby waterfall; go mountain biking or stroll the sidewalks of Main Street. There is championship golf, tennis, swimming, fly-fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and even whitewater rafting in the rivers nearby. Spring, summer, fall and winter each of the seasons offers its own unique set of outdoor adventures that attract residents and visitors alike to revel in the magnificent splendors of the mountains.

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Judy Michaud
Thirty one years ago, Judy Michaud began her career in real estate in the sleepy hamlet of Highlands, North Carolina. She spent countless weeks, months and years honing her craft as one of the two top broker/agents in this bustling arena, working tir... Read more

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