Mills Mountain Lookout - Lake Lure

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Guests 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Allows Pets Yes


The Mountains Are Calling You

Mills Mountain Lookout, with its outstanding mountain and lake views, beckons you to come and relax in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Complete with lovely stone work and a gray exterior with white trim; this home is reminiscent of a country cottage but with a contemporary flair. The interior is a bit retro and the owners love the 70s feel and hope you will as well.

With 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and additional sleeping in the lower level family/game room, there is room to comfortably accommodate 6 guests plus four-legged family members (1-2 dogs welcome).  With a garage, partially paved drive, and paved roads in the area, it is also perfect for those riding motorcycles. This home is 5.7 miles to the Beach at Lake Lure, 7.1 miles to Chimney Rock State Park, and 17.4 miles to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).

Gathering Spaces and Privacy

This vacation rental offers a great balance between comfortable gathering spaces and adequate privacy. The main level has large open spaces, 2 bedrooms (one with a large bow window and incredible long-range views), 2 bathrooms, and a wood-burning fireplace. In the lower level there is a wood-burning stove, game area (complete with pool table), 1 bathroom, a washer/dryer, and combined sitting/sleeping area (2 twin beds). There are also card tables (including a poker table) and quite a few DVDs for those times you just want to relax with a good movie and some popcorn.

Enjoy Nature Indoors and Outdoors

There are fantastic views from nearly every room in the house. In addition, there are covered porches at the front and rear of the home. A screened porch allows you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and sounds of nature. With the scent of wood in the fireplace, this is mountain cottage perfection!

If you would prefer being outdoors, outside is a gas grill and fire pit. Just imagine grilling and dining in the fresh mountain air; or roasting marshmallows under the stars.

Perfect for Every Season

At Mills Mountain Lookout you will find a worthy destination for every season. Spring brings fresh blooms of rhododendron, mountain laurel, and red bud trees. Savor the summer when the weather is splendid, with sweet breezes and breathtaking sunsets from the porch overlook. The autumn colors in this area are legendary. Enjoy a cool night curled up in front of a warm fire. With few leaves on the trees, the winter weather provides all new views.

Be Our Guest

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, or the family vacation of a lifetime, you will build lasting memories in this spectacular setting. Plus, the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock area and surrounding communities offer something for everyone. See the Amenities and Notes for just a sampling of what is available.

If you visit once, we are confident you will return to Mills Mountain Lookout for the beauty, comfort, hospitality, and fun. We look forward to welcoming you, your family/friends, and your four-legged companions as our guests!

Smoking is prohibited in all our of our vacation rental homes.
Dogs (up to 2) are welcome in this home. Guests are required to clean up after their pets to avoid additional charges.

Parking for 2-3 vehicles. Motorcycles may be parked in the garage.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. local time (or later) at Carolina Properties Lake Lure office.
Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. local time (or earlier) at Carolina Properties Lake Lure office.

In addition to the rent, the following charges apply:
$45.00 Accidental Damage Protection which covers up to $1500.00 in accidental damages (non-refundable.)  Any damage that exceeds $1500.00 will be the responsibility of the leaseholder/guest.
$150.00 Cleaning Fee
6% Rutherford County Occupancy Tax 
6.75% NC State Sales Tax 
$50.00 minimum fee will be assessed for failure to properly remove/dispose of garbage from home (to avoid this fee, simply follow the Arrival/Departure Instruction sheet provided upon check-in and posted at the home)

Cancellation / Transfer Policy: If a confirmed reservation is canceled or transferred at least 30 days prior to arrival, a processing fee of $50.00 plus applicable North Carolina State Sales Tax will be charged against the Advance Deposit. If the cancellation occurs less than 30 days prior to arrival, all funds received will be forfeited, unless the property can be re-rented for the canceled period for the full amount.


Dogs (1-2) welcome with non-refundable fee. We do offer a number of other pet-friendly accommodations as well.



Nearby Activities/Entertainment:

Mountain Views

Coffee Maker

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC)

Views of Lake Lure


Lake Lure Beach/Boat Tours & Rentals


Electric Range

Chimney Rock State Park/Village


Toaster Oven

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Electric Baseboard Heat


Unique Stores/Shops

Central Air



Ceiling Fans

Dining Table Seats 6


Wood-Burning Fireplace (main level)

Kitchen Bar Seats 2

Ski/Tube/Wake Board and More

Wood-Burning Stove (lower level)

Small Table Seats 2 (near kitchen)




Gem and Gold Mining

Maximum Occupancy: 6


Hiking Trails/Fishing Spots

Sleeping in Beds for 6:



Queen Bed 1 (main level)


Tennis/Basketball Courts

Queen Bed 1 (main level)


Golf/Mini Golf

Twin Beds 2 (lower level family room)


Museums/KidSenses Activity Center


Bed, Bath, and Kitchen Linens

River Tubing/Rafting




Television 2 (1 lower level, 1 upper level no cable or satellite)

Iron/Ironing Board

Area Conveniences:

DVD Player

Vacuum Cleaner

Grocery/Dollar Store

Some Movies/Bring Own


Urgent Care

Internet (no streaming/downloads) 



Pool Table

Garage (great for those riding

United States Post Office

Card Table


Gas Stations


Strong Cell Signal*

ABC Liquor Store


Blow Dryer

Fruit/Vegetable Stands

Covered Porch


Recycling/Trash Drop-Off Centers**

Screened Porch



Porch Furniture


Area Houses of Worship:

Gas Grill


Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist,

Fire Pit


Presbyterian, Non-Denominational Churches



Synagogue in Hendersonville, NC

**The nearest recycling/waste drop-off centers are:
Rutherford County Bills Creek Center, 2130 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC
Mon.-Fri. 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sun. closed
Polk County Transfer Station, 322 Landfill Rd, Mill Spring, NC
Mon.-Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sun. closed



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* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options or fees.
Vacation Rental Standard Pricing Night     Min Nights
Winter | Low Season $100     2
Spring | Mid Season $110     2
Summer/Fall | Peak Season $120     2
Holiday Season $135     2
Season Start End Night Min Nights
Christmas/New Year Holiday12/21/20181/1/2019$1353
Low Season11/26/201812/20/2018$1002
Thanksgiving Holiday11/18/201811/25/2018$1353
Low Season11/13/201811/17/2018$1002
Fall Color Display10/12/201811/12/2018$1202
Mid Season10/1/201810/11/2018$1102
World Equestrian Games9/24/20189/30/2018$2702
World Equestrian Games - Week 2 events9/17/20189/23/2018$1,890 Per Week7 (Mon-Mon)
World Equestrian Games - Week 1 events9/10/20189/16/2018$1,890 Per Week7 (Mon-Mon)
World Equestrian Games9/5/20189/9/2018$2702
Labor Day Holiday8/31/20189/4/2018$1353
Peak7/7/20188/17/2018$840 Per Week7 (Sat-Sat)
July 4th Holiday6/30/20187/6/2018$1,000 Per Week7 (Sat-Sat)
Peak6/2/20186/29/2018$840 Per Week7 (Sat-Sat)
Mid Season5/29/20186/1/2018$1102
Memorial Holiday5/25/20185/28/2018$1353
Mid Season3/17/20185/24/2018$1102
Low Season1/2/20183/16/2018$1002


Write a Review
Reviewed: Feb 6, 2018
Property Manager
My only interaction Was through email as I did an online booking. Email communication was great. We loved the house! The property was as described, and even though we never met anyone at Carolina Properties, check-in and check-out were hassle free.
We stayed at Mills Mountain Lookout for my birthday weekend, and it was perfect for us. My kids loved it, we got to bring our Yorkie with us, and even though there was no cable/satellite, there were lots of books, movies, and games to keep us busy. The house has a great view of the lake and dam, and was easy to get to. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan to stay again! We will be back.
Oxford , US
Reviewed: Dec 28, 2017
Property Manager
The staff was great! Helpful and pleasant always. Great online site; easy to search and find what you need. Very pleasant, helpful staff as well. I made several phone calls and they were always pleasant and helpful. Additionally the property was exactly as described. It was spotless when we arrived. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a Christmas tree there.
We would definitely consider staying at this property again. We loved it. We will be highly recommending this property as well as Carolina Properties to others. We loved this property! Yes, it could use some updates, but it served perfectly for our family. We loved the view, the fireplace, the pool table, the DVDs, etc. It was very clean when we arrived and exactly as described. There was also plenty of seating for our family as well.
Reviewed: Nov 27, 2017
Property Manager
Helpful and courteous. No hassle. Easy instructions.
Great location. Absolutely stunning views of the mountains and Lake. Though the house is out dated it was very spacious clean we loved the fireplace and of course the pool table. There is no TV or Internet so be prepared. It was nice actually to disconnect for a few days.
Huntersville, US
Reviewed: Oct 9, 2017
Property Manager
Great staff! Even when they called me because Inwas a little late checking out, she was very sweet and kind. The one I spoke to upon arrival was also wonderful! Great experience. An agent answered the phone as sooon as I called. Easy pick up and drop off location.
Peaceful with a beautiful view! A lot of room! The view was amazing! Needs a few updates, but overall, the location made the place perfect!
Reviewed: Jul 26, 2017
Property Manager
Very responsive and a pleasure to work with!
Had a great time!! Lovvvve the view!
Miami, US
Reviewed: Jan 3, 2017
Property Manager
Didn't wanna leave.


Conveniently Located

Mills Mountain Lookout is about 10 minutes from the Lake Lure beach and Chimney Rock State Park and Village. Lake Lure was ranked by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top scenic lakes in the world. There are water sport rental options (kayaks, wake boards, boats, etc.) and pontoon tours of the lake.

The iconic Chimney Rock, for which the State Park was named, was featured on Arthur Frommer's Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Budget Travel magazine. The park received the platinum award for Favorite State Park in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 Best of the Mountains travel poll, with voting every five years and covering seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. There are also several excellent golf courses nearby, including Apple Valley Golf Course, Bald Mountain Golf Course, and Etowah Valley Country Club and Golf Resort, which Golf Digest rated as one of the top 50 golf destinations in the US.

If you enjoy scenic drives, head out of Lake Lure on Alt-US 74 (curvy and scenic Memorial Highway) through Chimney Rock Village, Bat Cave, Gerton, Fairview, toward Asheville to pick up what many consider the most beautiful length of road in this country, the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you have not traveled this stretch of road, it is something to add to your bucket list. Actor Norman Reedus of The Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead fame, featured the parkway on a 2016 episode of his AMC TV series Ride with Norman (Appalachia: Blue Ridge Parkway, Season 1 Episode 3). Just 1.25 hours from the home and five miles off the parkway is Maggie Valley, home to the Wheels Through Time transportation museum that features rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and a distinct array of unique one-off American automobiles.

This home is centrally located just 15 minutes from Bat Cave; 35 minutes from Hendersonville; 50 minutes from Asheville; and about 2 hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. Also nearby are Pisgah National Forest (less an 1 hour from Lake Lure), which has over 500,000 acres of protected forest, and DuPont State Recreational Forest (1.25 hours from Lake Lure) with over 10,000 acres. These forests feature hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, exquisite waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views. If you and/or your children are fans of The Hunger Games book and movie, a scene with Katniss and Gale was shot at the Pisgah National Forest. A few small but significant scenes were also filmed at the DuPont State Recreational Forest.

The Lake Lure/Chimney Rock is conveniently situated for outdoor adventure including horseback riding, tubing, water sports, and hiking; museums and theater; the Biltmore Estate and Village; shopping and restaurants; and so much more. For additional information and activities, just click our Local Area Guide.

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