Turn off Highway 64 East and follow the peaceful country road to Cross Creek Preserve, a community located between Cashiers and Highlands. If you think it is a pretty drive to this point, come along a little farther with me, through the gates of this beautiful area. Cross the covered bridge and follow the road into this wonderland on Yellow Mountain. Marvel at the meadows and creeks, keeping an eye out for a glimpse of wildlife. Then, as you round the bend in the road, catch your breath at the vista before you. Like me, you might find yourself taking your time getting to this house. The trip alone is worth the time.
Suddenly, there it is. I pull into the circular drive and stop at the steps to the inviting front porch. It is quiet here…no traffic noises to disturb my reverie. I am debating whether to go inside or wander the grounds first. I opt for inside; the house is splendid, but I am thinking of how nice it will be to walk outside or sit on the porch for a time. A quick tour of the house and I can do just that. Entering the front door, I realize that I am mistaken. This won’t be quick. I am taken aback immediately by the details in this wondrous room. Massive log columns, a stone floor to ceiling fireplace, wood floors, a wooden spiral staircase to the loft, and an astonishing view through a wall of glass at the rear of the room leave me static for a few moments. I really want to see the rest of this house!
For those of you who have followed my explorations, you have to know the next room on my list…of course, the kitchen. It is to my right, and it is only a minute (a very short minute) before the call of culinary creativity is resounding in my head. This is a wonderful, warm kitchen. There are granite counters, lots of cabinetry, great appliances, and a work island. Ummm…I close my eyes and smell my spice cabinet. Kitchen smells always bring my family close, although I’m not sure whether it is hunger or curiosity. It doesn’t matter; their smiling faces are there. Good times, good memories, a good place for both.
I find the master suite on this side of the house. It is a lovely suite that speaks of peace and relaxation. There is access to the deck, where I am sorely tempted to venture, but I need to stick to my objective and see the rest of this house. Back in the great room, I climb the spiral staircase. The loft looks out over the great room. There is also a guest room and full bath. Back down the stairs, I find a second master suite, almost a mirror image of the first, that also has direct access to the deck. Next comes another guest suite. Family and friends won’t feel cramped with all this room.
I can stand it no longer; I must see the deck. Once more, I am not disappointed. This large outdoor living space is divided into three sections, with the ends being open. The center is screened, with a cathedral ceiling and another stone wood burning fireplace. Then, as I look out over the yard, I see the timber lined trails leading through the property. I am going for a walk. Until we meet again, I remain…