The Details

Located 1/2 way between Cashiers and Highlands, NC.

We specialize in large family reunions  – SLEEPS 18 !

logoOriginally designed and built for the Melby family’s summer get-away, this 4,000 SF home has turned into a popular spot for family reunions and corporate retreats. Charming and spacious, MelbyMonte Lodge has hosted many holidays, family reunions and birthdays for our family and we’ve now opened it to yours (when we’re not using it!). With 6 bedrooms (plus den and loft), and 4 bathrooms, we’re certain to accommodate your needs!
Exterior of Melbymonte Lodge
Melbymonte Lodge showing front door: upper left and side door lower right.

Located on the side of a quiet mountain, guests have privacy, beautiful views and the national forest as your backyard. The setting is “woods” with views either across the valley, or into adjacent tree tops. We are on a dead-end, low speed, gravel road. No houses beyond ours, so there are almost NO cars driving by. You can find hiking, fishing, white water rafting, skiing, and more within minutes! 

After a day of activities, sit back and relax on the screened back porch, grapevine covered arbor with picnic table out back,  or our front porch with deck and charcoal grill, and picnic table.

For shopping and dining out, we are a short 20 minute drive to both Cashiers and Highlands. Located off of Whiteside Cove Road, we are directly between both picturesque towns.

Yahoo Maps has found us: 140 Deep Woods Lane, Highlands, NC

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENT CHART                                                                 BR 1 – main level (no stairs) 2 single beds
BR 2 – lower level Queen size bed
BR 3 – lower level Queen size bed
BR 4 – lower level King size bed
BR 5 – lower level Queen size bed
BR 6 – lower level Queen size bed
Den – lower level Pull out trundle bed (2 beds)
Loft – top floor Bunk beds (sleeps 2), two pull-out trundles (sleeps 4)

*Five of the bedrooms are on the “below-level” and have direct access to shared bathrooms, and all BRs have full closets and dressers, etc. 

Photo tour - full table

DINING ROOM & KITCHEN                                                                                             Designed for entertaining, MelbyMonte Lodge offers an open floor plan with a large 12′ dining room table. Between the dining room, kitchen table and bar area, 20-25 guests sit comfortably.

The kitchen is completely stocked with pots/pans, utensils, etc.  The pantry and refrigerator probably have an assortment of food items. You are welcome to use anything there, and welcome to leave any non-perishable foods you do not use. The water here is the cleanest, freshest, purest, best water you’ve ever tasted. Straight from the ground out front, but 650’ down.


  • Central air & heat on the main floor and loft. Electric baseboard heat & portable air conditioners in each bedroom (don’t really need air conditioning downstairs because of cool climate, but we have them available just in case of an unusual heat wave.) All bedrooms have ceiling fans too.)
  • Double-sided gas fireplace faces living room and dining room
  • Large Gas Range & Oven, Microwave, Toaster & Toaster Oven
  • Large rotating cast-iron charcoal grill
  • Refrigerator with ice machine
  • Dishwasher with Garbage Disposal
  • Coffee Makers: Keurig, Mr. Coffee & Coffee Grinder
  • Blender
  • Washer & Dryer
  •  Linens & Towels
  • 42” TV with Blue Ray, DVD & Satellite
  • Stereo with iPOD/iPHONE docking station, radio, CD, cassette and record player
  • Treadmill in the den has a VCR/DVD player
  • Wifi & Long Distance Calling (within the USA)

FOR THE KIDS                                                                                                                    Out back, kids can play in a small fort and swings, shaded hammock, horse shoes and campfire ring for making smores and telling stories!

Campfire off the side of the house
Campfire off the side of the house

For rainy days, we have LOTS of books and videos, and a collection of various board games for the kids. We also have a large round table adjacent to the kitchen for playing cards and board games. We have a dart board on the screened porch – under adult supervision only.

Shhh.. we even have a secret “kids cave” underneath the stairs like Harry Potter that the kids love to play in. No adults allowed!

GO GREEN!                                                                                                                               OK, so this is a very large vacation rental, but it is also a highly efficient, passive solar building. All windows are double-pane, argon gas filled and low-E coated, so heat transfer in or out is kept to a minimum. The main wall with most of the windows faces directly south to capture the sun’s heat in winter. Overhangs keep them shaded in summer. Construction is cutting edge: hollow Styrofoam block, laced with rebar and filled with poured concrete making it the strongest and most highly insulated wall available.

Bordering the Nantahala National Forest – halfway between Highlands & Cashiers, NC