5 on October 26, 2014
Pros: Very convenient to town, clean and comfortable accommodations, beautiful vistas of gardens and forest from all rooms, dog friendly, fireplace in suite, HBO in room, amazing cocktail hour and breakfast, very friendly and intelligent hosts with many years’ experience in hosting B&Bs. Cons: Wi-Fi not accessible in Fireplace Suite, coffee could be stronger. Okay it was my bad for waiting until the last minute to plan a quick getaway for our anniversary. All the hotels in the area were booked. I have not been to a B&B for many years and luckily found availability at this establishment due to their having a last minute cancellation. Colin and Raleigh have been in the B&B business for many years and it shows from the moment you're greeted and get the home tour. They run a very clean, well decorated, dog friendly establishment. All the comments about the beautiful decor and various sitting areas both inside and out are true. When you step outside you feel like your deep in the forest with many quaint sitting areas with gardens, ponds, and flowing streams. The Fireplace Suite is a very large, beautifully decorated room with comfortable seating in front of the large fireplace. This room has a large bath with sunken Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. We enjoyed cocktail hour at 6:00 PM sharp. Our beverages were served in beautiful Waterford crystal and believe me when I tell you nothing but generous premium selections of wine or alcohol served icy cold, followed by refills along with appetizers will make it difficult to return to the Highlands and stay anyplace else. I will say cocktail hour may be bested by the delicious gourmet breakfast served during a flexible morning schedule on beautiful china with silver tableware. First Class all the way and we will be returning.
5 on September 01, 2014
Colin and Raleigh have many years experience in running B&B's and it shows! Their home is beautifully appointed and the gardens/grounds are filled with comfortable seating vignettes allowing private relaxation... enjoy flowers, koi ponds, woods, shade, sun. Whatever your pleasure, they have it on their grounds. Our dog thoroughly enjoyed scouting around... especially the ponds and wooded areas. Two of us had brought our dogs, but you would never know three dogs were in the house (Colin and Raleigh have Tallula, a sweet dachshund)... all well-behaved and friendly, their presence added that much more to the overall experience. Our room was positively lovely with soft linens, fluffy towels, a fireplace and jetted tub (perfect for unwinding after hiking Glen Falls which are a mere mile down the road!). The breakfasts are true sit-down, freshly prepared meals with variety over the course of your stay... no store bought pastries or mystery casseroles here! Cocktails in the evening allow you to get to know Colin and Raleigh better and I suggest you do! They are a charming and genuine pair... we feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to enjoy their company! Highlands was very dog friendly; we had no trouble finding restaurants and stores that allowed us to bring our pup. She was not only allowed, but a welcomed visitor everywhere we went. If you go on a busy weekend, take Colin's advice on making reservations... he will not steer your wrong! I would highly recommend this B&B to couples who like to travel with their dog, hiking/waterfalls during the day and fine dining in the evenings. We are already discussing when we will be going back!
5 on November 13, 2013
This review comes in terribly late, and to the hosts, I offer my sincere apologies. Everything was clean, neat, comfortable, etc, all the check boxes on great. What I want to highlight is the great hosts, and a truly comfortable time. Raleigh and Colin offer a wonderful evening drink before supper [abroad] that I miss the most: great conversations and hospitality. The unique blend of architecture and items inside were skillfully and tasteful selected, which made for a few great discussions. They offered as much or little privacy as you desired. Their spot on the hill was quiet and quite pretty. All the rooms (I think) opened up to the rear courtyard overlooking the gazebos and garden and water features. At least our 2 bedroom suite did. Breakfast was always special, a real treat. We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite downstairs, that was the size of a small apartment. It is the one where every bedroom has its own bathroom. It's the one I'll be staying in again when we return. Between 2 of the rooms lies a connecting foyer that opens up onto the rear courtyard, furnished with games, books, and very comfortable chairs and a sofa. It's all glassed in and servers for a nice warm place to read, or nap (in my case), depending on how long you happen to sit there. I could probably go on and on, but really, these folks offer a warm, inviting stay that you will miss very quickly after you leave. Quick area tip: I won't speak about any unfavorable local restaurant issues that we had. I will say that the Mexican restaurant, only a mile or so closer to town from the B&B was great (AND AFFORDABLE). Everything had the taste and feel of homemade. ALSO I haven't been to Dillard House Restaurant since I was a child, but remember it fondly. If this is your first trip to Highlands, you have to go to Dillard House at least once. The road to Franklin is do-able during the day, but not for the faint of heart at night.
5 on September 29, 2012
Colin and Raleigh offer their lucky guests the most and their best. The most warm hospitality, the most delicious food, the most refreshing cocktails and the most luxurious decor resulting in the epitome of bed and breakfast experiences. Do go. You will be glad you did.
5 on May 21, 2011
We have traveled the world and, quite frankly, this is the place to stay. Luxury, class, fine dining, great service, and excellent accommodations. The staff is beyond excellent and my wife and I wish we could stay forever!
5 on October 11, 2010
My wife and I have been coming to Highlands on average twice annually for years. We have stayed in at least a half dozen places and this year discovered Highlands B&B. Make no mistake, this is absolutely the best value in Highlands, both quality wise and price wise. Clean, luxurious accomodations, a delicious breakfast, and gracious and fun hosts (who actually own and reside in the property) who appreciate your business and know how to make you feel welcome.
5 on December 09, 2009
We were able to book a great room with fireplaqce and jaccuzi on a busy weekend. Entire house is beautifully maintained and decorated. Ask to see a unique collection. Gracious hosts, graet experience and great value!
5 on June 30, 2009
Every corner of this house, inside and outside, is beautiful and inviting; the rooms are perfect. But, most importantly, Raleigh and Colin made us feel both very welcome and completely comfortable in their home. They shared their friends and neighbors with us for 6pm cocktail hour and we felt like family. I hope we have occasion to stay with them again.