Paradise! Home on Waterfall 35 Acre Estate Near Atlanta,Athens
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Monroe chateau / country house description
Relax to the sound of the waterfall in this gorgeous custom home built on the rock foundations of an 1860's Gristmill located in the heart of a very private 35 acre historic paradise called Ho Hum Hollow near Monroe in lovely Walton County GA. Our location is between and convenient to Atlanta and Athens; 40 minutes to the Atlanta airport. Chosen as a site for the 2009 Hollywood film 'Get Low' starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, and for the filming of a a TLC TV documentary this July. The main house, built on the original rock foundations of the gristmill, is nestled directly beside a stream and natural waterfall. Enjoy the whisper of the water and fantastic views of the stream over granite outcroppings, surrounding terraced gardens, and forest from the entire home. Exquisite architecturally and renovated by the owners and a well known Atlanta architect, the house features a 20' by 30' cathedral ceilinged great room, a huge Georgia pink marble fireplace, custom windows and doors and open floor plan of uncluttered beauty. Relax on the back screened skylighted porch and 50' deck over the stream with coffee, or chill in the hammock beside the stream with your favorite book or manuscript. Private and serene, this natural wonderland has been called 'Ho Hum Hollow' for generations, also known in the state of Georgia as the 1860's Briscoe Homestead and Gristmill. Experience true harmony with nature, be inspired to write a novel, create photos and paintings or just renew your spirit listening to the sounds of falling water, music of birds, and your own uncluttered mind. Perfect for a break with city life, or for a romantic getaway, or family time - this is a place completely like no other - you will not want to leave! Explore our timeless historic grounds of the 'Old Briscoe Homestead and Gristmill' listed on the Georgia Historic Places and nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. Dwell among the terraced gardens just outside the home, discover the property's abundant undisturbed native plants and habitat of the Piedmont. Enjoy nature walks along the stream and in the forest to the pristine Alcovy River where the native Muskcogee Indians dwelt centuries ago. Guests and visitors have experienced the peace and intrinsic beauty of Ho Hum Hollow as 'life-changing'.
For outings enjoy the antebellum history and charm of this area's local towns of Monroe, Social Circle, Athens and Madison. Two excellent state parks of Hard Labor Creek and Fort Yargo offer award winning golf courses, miles of horse and bike trails. Stone mountain just 25 miles west is a great park with easy mountain climbing or shuttles and special events. Atlanta is very accessible as well. Also the beautiful North Georgia Mountains are 2 hours north of us-take a day trip to tourist heaven Helen GA to go tubing down the Chatahoochee River and visit the quaint village shops.
Ho Hum Hollow is a rare complete-in-itself jewel of the Piedmont area - the panorama of nature's beauty unspoiled, with its history preserved through the ages and the love of its owners. The richness of the landscape and forest is just magical. We'd love to share it with you.
Special event packages such as retreats, intimate weddings and occasions for small groups can be arranged through our staff with extra costs.
Keywords: Nature Lovers, Relaxing Family vacations, Historic Gristmill Estate, 35 acre forest, Beautiful Home on Waterfall, River, Gardens, Walking Trails, Romantic getaway, Retreat, Artist's Retreat, Meditation and Yoga Retreat, Serenity, Privacy, Fishing, Bird watching, Kayaking, Canoeing, Golf, State Parks, Serenity
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Air Conditioning
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Fishing, bird watching, outdoor brick fire oven with previous permission from Caretaker and scheduled times, nature walks beside stream and through forest to river, private gardens, native plants and trees, abundant wildlife; hammock by stream, screened in porch and attached deck over stream for outside dining and leisure. Outdoor night accent lighting for decks and surrounding areas- spectacular! Light controls in home....moreless
- CD Player
- Video Library
- DVD Player
Home phone with answering machine: 770 207-5978 *Cell phone voice call reception for some carriers inside home is not good as we are in a 'hollow'- texts come through well. Just walk up front steps to base of stone path to make cell calls....moreless
- Free Long Distance
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
Home is located directly beside a beautiful stream flowing over fabulous granite outcroppings and beside a natural waterfall. A 50' deck extends from the home over the stream and waterfall, offering stunning views of gardens, landscape features and a beautiful forest of native plants and trees....moreless
Beautiful views of stream and woods uphill and cascading down over huge natural granite rocks to the home and beyond. Tall custom windows and glass doors, screened porch and open decks off all side of the home create a n awesome experience of being in the heart of nature....moreless
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Botanical Garden
- Recreation Center
- Live Theater
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Theme Parks
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Property contains direct private access to cascading stream over granite outcroppings and Alcovy River, nature walks, bird watching, and fishing. In Monroe: skydiving and sail plaining at Monroe Airport. Golf, horseback riding and bike trails at and Labor Creek State Park and Fort Yargo State Park. For great live music try The Wayfarer Music Hall in Monroe, clubs and concerts in Athens, and other local music venues. Check out City of Monroe, GA website and Walton County GA for all upcoming local events and area attractions. Convenient to Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta museums and Fernbank and the Aquarium; in Athens the UGA Botanical Gardens and all things Athens- great shopping, downtown area and UGA Campus....moreless
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Mother /Daughter Getaway
Mother /Daughter Getaway
My 8 year old daughter and I stayed here for Spring Break. It is absolutely what we were looking for! All she wanted was something by a creek, but this oasis surpassed everything we expected! It's peaceful setting gave way for us to play in the creek, listen to the water rushing from anywhere in the home while we read a book, or take a leisurely stroll through the woods on a marked path. We loved sitting on either balcony or the bridge over the waterfall just taking in all the beautiful nature around us! This place is the perfect place to go and forget about all of your worries! All of this, and we could get to Wal-Mart and local restaurants in just a few minutes!
- Guest mother/daughter get away (Florida)
- Date of stay 03/18/12
- Review Submitted 06/14/12
Owner response: To our dear guests, Thank You so much- all our efforts to keep this wonderful place as lovely and peaceful as it is and share it with others is so rewarding when visitors love it the way we do! We are so glad you felt at home and could find renewal at our "oasis". Please come again! The Owners of Ho Hum Hollow
This "writer's escape" was just what I needed and provided everything the Owner offered. I never would have thought such a beautiful setting could be found in the middle of Georgia but the sound of that river out the bedroom window was all I needed. It is quiet, isolated, beautifully un-landscaped and superbly natural. The furnishings and finishes are very tasteful. The morning birds out the kitchen and dining windows and the katydids at night are all the company you will have if you so choose. Sit on the bridge over the waterfall and soak up the setting sun then watch the moon and stars rise in an indigo blue sky with no "town" lights to dull their sparkle. There is even a telescope for the serious watchers of heaven. And there is sufficient land for a leisurely stroll to break through the "writer's block" and find inspiration...in your writing and your life. Don't miss the chance to experience this place. It is way, way wonderful.
- Guest Writergirl (Atlanta)
- Date of stay 03/05/12
- Review Submitted 03/10/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway.
$225 per night/2-4 guests; 6 guest maximum at $325 per night *Weekend Specials:$600/3 Nights-2-4 guests(Fri-Mon);$900 6 guests Longer rentals for 2 weeks or more - at additional discounted rates $100 cleaning fee and taxes are additional to rental amount. Insurance avail @vrbo *except long holiday weekends
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- Nearest Airport: Monroe Airport, Atlanta and Athens Airport at 8 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: US Highway 78 (I-20 and I-85 each about 15 miles) at 1.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Wayfarer Music Hall, Monroe GA at 3 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Monroe Golf Club, The Creek/Hard Labor Creek Park at 8 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Amici Italian Cafe & others at 5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1985
About the owner: We are a family of landscape designers, painters and ceramic sculptors. We love the serenity and beauty of Ho Hum Hollow, and have preserved its pristine natural and historic habitat during the past 25 years. The history of the area and this uniquely timeless place is fascinating - dating back from the times of Muskcogee Indians to the pre-Civil War period. Tending the landscape and gardens of Ho Hum Hollow has given us great pleasure over the years. Our friends loved to come for May Day parties, winter oyster roasts, and extended visits.
Why the Owner Chose Monroe:
We fell in love with this property 30 years ago and its location in beautiful Walton County GA. Rural but close to Atlanta, Athens and the Atlanta airport, the area still retains its traditional southern charm of small towns, farms, historic antebellum history and great horse country. As an artist couple- a landscape architect and painter, we wanted to escape from the urban sprawl. The beauty of this property was so overwhelming we bought it the next day after seeing it! We have 2 local state parks, Hard labor Creek and Fort Yargo, with award winning golf, horse and bike trails. The charming town of Monroe just 5 minutes away offers an old fashioned downtown with resturants, art and music guild, many churches and a hospital. The Wayfarer Music Hall has some great contemporary live music.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Living in the heart of a forest beside a stream and waterfall is just heavenly. Its a short walk out the back door over the deck bridging the stream to one of the most beautiful untamed rivers of Georgia. We were constantly inspired by the beauty and serenity of Ho Hum Hollow, the rich animal and plant life of this area of Georgia-similar to the north GA mountains but so convenient to Atlanta and our favorite town Athens. We terraced the gardens and were married on the property in the spring of 1990. Over the years we have hosted great parties, reunions, springtime and year round celebrations with friends and family. After driving into the property and arriving at the heart- the waterfall house and wonderful surrounding gardens and woods you will feel like you are really somewhere special-a place loved by its owners. Each season here is lovely - the stunning unveiling of the spring March into summer, the changing of the leaves, the crisp winter walks in the woods with an occasional snowfall.
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Fantastic view from Main House porch and deck over rushing stream and waterfall
Entry to Main House with exterior of original stone fireplace
20'by30' Great Room opens onto Custom Kitchen and Skylighted Porch
Guest Bedroom views of stream and gardens. Full bath in hall next to bedroom.
50' Deck off porch over Stream with fantastic views of the water,gardens&woods
Walk through woods to the beautiful Alcovy River,northern boundary of property
Top level of terraced gardens above main house with farmhouse on right
Natural driveways&paths for walks through the wooded hills to the Alcovy River
Renovated Main House/Lodge built on 1860 Gristmill Foundation beside stream
Lovely 20'by30' great rm of MainHouse views of stream,woods&gardens,waterfall
Master Bedroom with private full bath and its own deck over stream,great views!
Relax on the porch w/ deck over the stream&listen to the music of the waterfall
Side view from terraced gardens of Deck off Main House over stream and waterfall
Explore original 1860's farmhouse grounds uphill from Home site of movie Get LoW
Outdoor brick oven next to main house-beside stream-great for oyster roasts&BBQ!
Fall at Ho Hum Hollow~view from Home and deck of stream over graniteoutcroppings
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