Between Highlands and Cashiers, in the quiet subdivision known as Silver Slip, is a lovely cottage for sale replete with country charm. This home is on more than an acre of nearly level land, quite unusual for this part of the world. I stepped from the front porch into a welcoming foyer. To my left was the living room. A wall of windows brings nature inside. Opposite is a stone fireplace, and I am imagining a good book and warm drink in the winter. The cathedral ceiling here features exposed beams, which along with the wood floors, serve to add to the ambiance.
The generous kitchen begs one to employ culinary skills, just as the dining room with its wood ceiling and exposed beams implores you to sit and enjoy the results. Oh, yes, I am already in love with this home.
Three lovely bedrooms, including a luscious master suite, also grace this home, as does a generous laundry room. The loft has endless possibilities from extra sleeping space to a reading room to a hobby space. As I have wandered throughout this house, I could not help noticing there are multiple points of egress…many more than usual. I wonder about that as I make use of one so I can see the fenced back yard. I open the door, and there lies my answer. There are so many doors because of what lies on the other side…
There is a large wrap around deck here, partially covered. A hot tub on one end could be a lovely way to end a day of enjoying some of the hiking trails in this wonderful area we call home. But the yard beyond…it is something to behold. It is almost divided into areas as one would place individual seating arrangements in a large room.
My feelings as I wander remind me of the children’s book The Secret Garden, and the memories reading that book to my children and grandchildren created come flooding back to me. This place has that magical feel to it. There is a wonderful water feature. Shall I relax be that or walk the path that leads to a stream that has a deck over the water. Tea, anyone? Or perhaps a game of hide-and-seek? A picnic lunch?
Yet another surprise awaits me. There is a beautiful mother-in-law suite with its own private entrance. This would work equally well for guests without foregoing anyone’s privacy.
This place will take you unawares. Make an appointment to see it. You won’t regret it. Its magical feel may convince you that you are home here.
Until next time, I remain…