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The Gingerbread River House: on Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets Ok, Fire Pit!

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Gingerbread River House is a tranquil 4 bedroom + retreat overlooking the Cartecay River in East Ellijay in the Northwest Georgia mountains.

Surrounded by apple orchards and wineries, this vacation home offers much more than just peaceful relaxation. For adventurers, there are kayaking outfitters, mountains to hike, lakes and rivers nearby to explore, or water holes to fish. For the non-adventurers, there are plenty of antique stores, trading posts and places off the beaten path to discover. Whether you want to pick apples or berries will probably be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make while vacationing here.

Downtown Ellijay is just a 10 minute drive if you want to find typical stores, restaurants, or a night out on the town.

The double entrance doors welcome you into the large foyer, next to the kitchen with stainless appliances, and a large granite island. Hardwood floors run throughout the entire main & upstairs levels.

The kitchen gives onto the family room area with a comfortable seating area, real wood burning stove, wall mounted flat screen TV with free Netflix & Cable, WIFI; along with plenty of games & puzzles for family fun.

The dining room has a large table that can be extended for large groups, with all lighting on dimmers throughout all the main living/dining/kitchen areas, so you can create your perfect relaxed setting inside.

The master on main is tastefully decorated to make you feel at home. 3 sets of French doors run across the back of the main level, opening to the back upper deck. One set opens from the master bedroom, one from the dining area, and one from the family room. Connected to the master is the master bathroom with slate tile and granite vanity.

Upstairs you will find a large kid's bedroom with 2 sets of twin bunk beds, with a TV, small seating area, and plenty of toys and books in this room. This room has a small balcony with French doors overlooking the family room below.

Also upstairs is another guest room with a queen bed and antique dresser. Directly across the hall from this room is a large full bathroom.

In the slate tiled basement, you will find a secondary master bedroom with a king bed, and an attached half bath. There is a laundry room across the hall from the bedroom.

Also in the basement there are 2 more bunk beds in a small bunk room (which is kept locked, and is unlocked for parties of more than 10 people), & a family room area with cable TV, another seating area, a foosball table and more room to enjoy!

Outside the basement door is the lower deck with hot tub.

Beyond the deck you will find a large fire pit rimmed with river rocks and adirondack chairs. On the left at the river's edge, there is a small set of stairs, leading down to a sandy beach area of the river, with a swimming hole just beyond the beach. Kayaks are provided for your enjoyment on the river. Please remember to bring your life jackets, as we have limited sizes. Life jackets are highly recommended for all children playing or swimming in the river.

You will find it easy to unwind, but hard to go home after your stay at The Gingerbread House.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years of age, copy of driver's license required to rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Toys, books, puzzles, games, foosball, shallow river areas, kid kayaks, Netflix for kids, all included to help your kids have fun so mom & dad can relax!...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Front porch has ramp, with master on main, but master bath door not quite wide enough for all wheel chairs. Fairly wheelchair friendly, but not perfect....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outside and on outdoor porches only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Most dogs are welcome with $50 + tax, per pet fee, approval, and signed pet agreement....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 15-16

  • Basement Master: 1 king

    with adjoining half bath....moreless

  • Master on Main: 1 king

    with adjoining full bath on main level....moreless

  • Queen Bedroom UP: 1 queen

    Upstairs across from full bath in hall....moreless

  • Kid's Bedroom UP: 1 sleep sofa /futon, 2 bunk bed

    Large bdrm with sitting area, balcony, TV, toys in closet....moreless

  • Basement Bedroom 5: 2 bunk bed

    Small bunkrm;this rm locked unless more than 10 people rent...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

    36' new vanity with granite; new slate tile throughout....moreless

  • Basement Bathroom : toilet

    ...moreless

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a fenced dog run in the front of the house with a dog house, if you would like to bring your dog and want him to be able to be outside without worrying about your pet running off. Pets are also welcome inside, but ask that you keep them off the furniture....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Basement rec/TV area....moreless

  • Games:

    Monopoly, Taboo, Rummikub, puzzles, Simon, & much more....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (3) 3 TV's with Ellijay Tel Co. Cable + main TV has free Netflix....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    (3)...moreless

  • Toys:

    Kid's toy kitchen with dishes, Basket full of Little People sets incl. farm & castle. Kid's books, stamps, drawing sets. ...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    All lighting on dimmer for pleasant dining....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central heat & air throughout all of home....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size front loader....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat and air throughout all of home....moreless

  • Internet:

    Ellijay Telephone Co. WIFI...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, bedding, towels provided...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Ample parking with long driveway, and all along dirt road....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    There is a landline telephone on the modem in the main family room. There is very limited cell phone service at the house. AT&T, Cingular, Cricket do have some reception. Verizon has no reception....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and beach towels available....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full size front loader....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Ellijay Telephone Co. WIFI...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Real wood burning stove for your winter heating, along with central heat....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of pots & pans, baking dishes, salad bowls, serving ware, pizza pan, silverware. Dishes for 16 people, + plastic set. Wine glasses for 8-10, glass & plastic pitchers. Spatulas, serv spoons....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, Tabasco, Some basic seasonings. Various condiments in fridge....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Side by Side Stainless...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas Stove...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Small balcony overlooking family room from kids bunk bed room....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Front porch, back upper deck, lower deck with seating, bench, & hot tub....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    1 adult sized kayak, 2 kids sized kayaks all with paddles....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill, propane provided....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    2 kid's kayaks with paddles, 1 adult kayak with paddle. PLEASE BRING LIFEJACKETS. We have a couple of kid's life jackets + one infant jacket, but cannot guarantee that it would be there....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot tub for 4-5 on back lower deck....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mother's Day
May 8 - May 10, 2015
2 night min stay
$250

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Memorial Day weekend
May 21 - May 25, 2015
3 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Summer rate
May 26 - Jun 17, 2015
2 night min stay
$275
Father's Day weekend
Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2015
2 night min stay
$250

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Summer rate
Jun 22 - Jul 1, 2015
2 night min stay
$275
4th of July
Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2015
3 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Summer
Jul 6 - Sep 3, 2015
2 night min stay
$275
Labor Day weekend
Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015
3 night min stay
$250

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2015
3 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Xmas-New Years
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
3 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$225
$1,500 $3,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • CleanFee up to 10 guests $125 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

Rates are for up to 10 people. Over 10 people, add nightly fee of $50+tax,pp over 10th person.

+ more than 10 people add $25 + tax to the clean fee.

+ add $50 + tax, per dog for each approved pet with signed pet agreement.

+ large groups may require additional refundable damage deposit.

+ add 7% tax to all fees, except deposit.

+ add 3% for Paypal transactions.

Rates subject to change w/o notice.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 04/29/2015
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Location

5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 52
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Various restaurants on the way to downtown Ellijay

Car: Necessary

The Gingerbread House is located directly on the Cartecay River in East Ellijay, peacefully surrounded by nature, rhododendrons, wildlife, and the sounds of rushing river water. Just 5 miles down the road, you will find R & A Orchard's with all kinds of goodies for visitors, as well several more orchards down the same road that offer pick your own fruit and seasonal fun.

Several wineries that offer tours and wine tastings are also nearby. Across from the closest orchard is a kayaking outfitter that offers kayaking. Tubing and kayaking are offered at many places nearby. Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor activities can be found in Ellijay and the surrounding area. Carter's Lake and Lake Blue Ridge are not far if you are looking for boating and lake activities.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2011

About: Family of 5 from Alpharetta, but originally from Texas, with 2 additional four legged family members who love the cabin as much as the rest of us!

Why Ellijay:
We were looking for a peaceful escape from Atlanta, where we could come experience the beautiful nearby mountain areas, river activities, and good old fashioned family fun.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The beautiful Cartecay river is just shallow enough in front of our property, & normally fairly calm enough for our 3 kids, yet rugged enough to kayak/tube and provide water fun. With almost no neighbors, our property offers peace and tranquility for a quiet relaxing getaway.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, Se habla Espanol.

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Photos

  • The Gingerbread River House--Welcome!

    The Gingerbread River House--Welcome!

  • From family room to kitchen view

    From family room to kitchen view

  • Master bed main level, bathroom is not shown to left of bed

    Master bed main level, bathroom is not shown to left of bed

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  • Back upper deck facing river, with gas grill, 4 top table, rockers &life jackets

    Back upper deck facing river, with gas grill, 4 top table, rockers &life jackets

  • Upstairs bunk bed room with 2 bunks and seating area w/twin sleeper loveseat.

    Upstairs bunk bed room with 2 bunks and seating area w/twin sleeper loveseat.

  • Upstairs bathroom in hall between both bedrooms upstairs.

    Upstairs bathroom in hall between both bedrooms upstairs.

  • Basement bunk room, 2 bunk beds & no room for more!

    Basement bunk room, 2 bunk beds & no room for more!

  • Foosball table in basement; to the left is door to hot tub.

    Foosball table in basement; to the left is door to hot tub.

  • Fire pit by river's edge.

    Fire pit by river's edge.

  • Stairs down to our sandy beach area and swimming hole on The Cartecay River

    Stairs down to our sandy beach area and swimming hole on The Cartecay River

  • Dining Room Table expands w/3 leaves in table. Outside is a 4 top glass table.

    Dining Room Table expands w/3 leaves in table. Outside is a 4 top glass table.

  • View from dining room to kitchen

    View from dining room to kitchen

  • Master Bedroom Main Level

    Master Bedroom Main Level

  • Back covered porch w/2 loveseats, 4 top glass table, 2 rockers, & gas grill.

    Back covered porch w/2 loveseats, 4 top glass table, 2 rockers, & gas grill.

  • Upstairs bunk bed room with toys in closet & balcony overlooking great room.

    Upstairs bunk bed room with toys in closet & balcony overlooking great room.

  • Basement master with king bed & adjoining half bath.

    Basement master with king bed & adjoining half bath.

  • Basement TV area. Down the hall is a laundry room w/2 full sz front loaders.

    Basement TV area. Down the hall is a laundry room w/2 full sz front loaders.

  • Older photo-bk of the hm from bottom of stairs.  Now has new paint & lower deck.

    Older photo-bk of the hm from bottom of stairs. Now has new paint & lower deck.

  • Lower deck with hot tub from basement door view.

    Lower deck with hot tub from basement door view.

  • The Cartecay River in front of our property, looking to the right

    The Cartecay River in front of our property, looking to the right

  • 2 Adult Kayaks and 2 Kid Kayaks + paddles & life jackets available for use

    2 Adult Kayaks and 2 Kid Kayaks + paddles & life jackets available for use

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, Se habla Espanol.
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  • Calendar last updated 04/29/2015
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