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Peaceful Summer Getaway? check! We've got it!

Ellijay, GA, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Big Buck Retreat!

Summer n The North Georgia Mountains is fun for everyone!

As owners of this peaceful getaway, we believe in making our home an affordable family getaway. Our rate of $120 a night (less if a week or more) plus a $85 cleaning fee makes our home a wise choice for families.

Escape to the gorgeous North Georgia Mountains to a relaxed, very private environment, situated 15-20 minutes from shopping and recreation in the quaint little town of Ellijay, Georgia. Just an hour and a half drive from metro Atlanta, Chattanooga and the Tennessee-North Carolina border is our elegant mountain top retreat, professionally decorated, furnished with top of the line furniture and linens and enhanced with all the amenities of home.

The 180 degree view from the back porch and patio is simply breathtaking. Overlooking the Chattahoochee National Forest and Carters Lake, this tranquil environment is the perfect spot to relax and recharge. Our 3 bedroom home (Master on Main, Queen and 2 Bunk Beds on lower level) is up on top of Big Buck mountain with lots of privacy and even a flat backyard for horse shoes and bocce, not to mention evenings spent around the stacked stone firepit. It is a home to relax, unplug and unwind. At the bottom of the mountain there is a stocked fishing pond too. It is a home to make some family memories. Check out our REVIEWS!!

There is so much fun to be had in Ellijay or "LJ" as we call it! We love apple picking (Red Apple Barn is our fav), going to the pumpkin farm and checking out all the Fall festivals. Carters Lake is nearby as are many areas for hiking, apple picking, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, gem mining, antiquing and more!

NOTE: The drive up the mountain is about 2 miles (7-8 minutes) with ups and downs on a gravel road. We are used to the drive and think nothing of it, but for first timers, it can be a bit daunting. FWD is recommended, however, my infiniti qx60 makes it up just fine. Please see the video section for a look at the road up the mountain.

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Member Since 2006
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018
About Heather

We are pleased to be able to rent our family getaway to you. My husband and I and our two girls love this home and we are told you can feel that when you walk in the door. It is a well appointed, stocked and decorated home that we have tried our best to make it a nice place for other families to relax. Lots of games, art supplies and kids videos are also available for your use.

Heather purchased this House in 2006

Why Heather chose Ellijay

'so hows it going? answer 9 out of 10 times when someone asks you this question is 'busy'. Yes, life is busy and moves at an ever increasing frenetic pace. Except for life on Big Buck. Turn your inbox off and recharge for a stay at our retreat. The only 'beeps' you will here is the sound of your coffee machine alerting you to grab a cup of coffee and sit on the deck for awhile. We chose this home as it offered us a sense of peacefulness and relaxation that cant be beat. We arrive at the house on top of Big Buck, take a breath in and let the craziness and pace of the world take a back seat for a bit. The views are 180 degrees and endless. The amenities and decor of the home are top notch and we have tried to think of everything that would make your stay a special one.

What makes this House unique

When we first came up to the house, I was unsure about it. It was up a gravel road, past 'country' homes and made me question why we were even looking at it. That is, until we stepped onto the back porch and took one look at the view. I have traveled around the world and stayed at many beautiful properties with great views. This peaceful view of the mountains and carters lake remains one of my favorite. As a professed 'mountain' girl (I like the ocean too but 'all that sand' is not my thing) the view of our home is truly soul soothing. We hope you will love it too!


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master on Main
        1 king
      • Lower Level Guest
        1 queen
      • Lower Level Bunk
        1 baby crib, 2 bunk bed, portable baby crib and side rails avail
      • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (2)


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • 2

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            180 View, no homes, just National Forest
          • Water View
            Overlooking Carters Lake and the Chatahoochee National Forest


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fireplace
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Parking
                        2 driveways, ample parking
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Microwave
                          • Catering Available
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Fully Stocked
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Spices, Flour, Sugar, Salt and Pepper
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining Table in Kitchen-4 Dining Table in Main Room-10 (leaves for table in Master Closet)
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large, Flat backyard
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • cinemas
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • fishing
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • rafting
                                                      • water skiing


                                                          • ipod docking station, stacked stone outdoor fire pit, tire swing, 1 bedroom cabin on property for extra space and playroom.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            37 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Nice property with an amazing view!

                                                            Scott C.

                                                            Nice house with plenty of room! We enjoyed the deck with the beautiful view and the fire pit for making Smores - very peaceful! The owners are very responsive, had a slight issue upon check in that they resolved as soon as possible. Thank you Davis Family!

                                                            Great Stay Just Before Thanksgiving

                                                            Royal B.Winter Haven, FL

                                                            This is our 2nd week long stay at Big Buck Mountain Retreat (first one in April & this one in Nov.) on Brushy Top Mtn and we thoroughly enjoyed it again. The colorful Fall leaves made the astounding 7-8 layer mountain and Carter Lake views even more spectacular. The home itself is very welcoming, spacious, and comfortable.

                                                            We recommend this property to anyone wishing to relax, enjoy the seemingly ever changing views including magnificent star views on cloudless nights. We enjoyed breathing in the fresh, crisp mountain air, walking the mountain roads and getting away from the hustle and stresses of daily life. We explored the alternate driving route up to the property taking Morton Rd to intersection of Brushy Top Mountain Rd (not far from property) and found it to be a little shorter and a bit steeper but not quite as curvy but either way is OK.

                                                            Among the many outdoors adventures available includes the Carter Lake parks w hiking trails and boat launches - one is only a couple of miles from Big Buck Mountain entrance heading east on right side of Hwy 76 back toward E. Ellijay. It features a beautiful 1 mile trail to a footbridge across Tails Creek Falls. Negotiating this trail is not difficult and the scenery is well worth it.

                                                            The cabin is also well stocked with pretty much every need including kitchen items, paper goods, etc. It is so easy to just relax and enjoy the unbelievable view and the surrounding area. It is absolutely the best getaway we have experienced.

                                                            Again, our visit was outstanding and we will definitely go back again !

                                                            Royal Brown and Glynnda White - "The Tans"

                                                            Great View - Perfect Family Retreat!

                                                            Beth M.

                                                            This is a lovely house with all the comforts of home! The view is fabulous and it is close to downtown Ellijay and all the activities we wanted to do. We didn't even miss WiFi, even with 4 teenagers and 1 pre-teen in the house. As others have mentioned, the road to the house is an "off-the-beaten-path" drive, but completely doable in my FWD vehicle. I would highly recommend getting there during the daylight hours if you are not accustomed to driving on narrow, windy mountain roads - we arrived after dark and it was quite the adventure getting up the road! - It was much easier in the daylight. We would definitely book again if we ever find ourselves heading back to Ellijay.

                                                            The view is the thing here, but the house is well appointed and very clean. Very relaxing.

                                                            Rachel J.

                                                            My husband and I were shocked that this house wasn't already taken the first week of fall. The weather is perfect, and the views are fantastic from the porch because some of the leaves are already changing. It was perfect fire building weather, and the apple houses were getting their season going in Ellijay.

                                                            The house itself is very nice and very comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking supplies which you will need because it's best to settle in and cook your own meals due to the ride up and down the mountain. We brought everything we needed with us to minimize the trips up and down. You will also need to bring firewood if you plan on using the fire pit or fireplace.

                                                            In regards to the trip, just make sure that you have a car with decent tires, plenty of gas, and make the trip during the day. We have a Ford Escape, not FWD, and we went slow and had no issues.

                                                            I'm from this area and love all of the outdoor things available here, regardless of the season. This house is perfectly located between Ellijay and Chatsworth with close access to trails, short and long, water, and just even great drives through the mountains.

                                                            We will return to this property in the future.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you for your thorough review! You are welcome back anytime to our escape on the mountain!

                                                            Amazing last minute getaway trip!

                                                            Tammy J.

                                                            We appreciate Heather working with us at the last minute to book this wonderful home with the most amazing vista. The house was nicely decorated and fully stocked with anything you might need. We ate 100% of our meals here and the kitchen was well stocked and the gas grill worked nicely. We spent most of our time on the back deck soaking in the views and watching the humming birds buzz around and the play of the sun and clouds on the view below. We needed a respite from everyday responsibilities and this home and the views was the perfect medicine. We only spend 2 1/2 days here but went home well rested and refreshed. We highly recommend this home!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you for your kind review...we hope the home is a place of rest and relaxation for all! Come again and prepare to be blown away by the cool temps of fall and the gorgeous colors!

                                                            Great family home

                                                            Amelia M.Madison. Florida

                                                            This place is a bit remote, but perfect for me. Once you arrive everything you could possible need is there. Beautiful.


                                                            Ellijay, GA, USA

                                                            Fall Arts in the Park, Blue Ridge Ellijay Apple Festival Apple Picking (Red Barn, Penfolds, Aaron Mack, etc) Corn mazes (Hillcrest Orchard, Uncle Shucks) Pumpkin Farm (Burts) Ridgeway Recreation (hikes, mountain biking, Carters Lake) Fort Mountain (hiking, biking, horseback riding)


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Please contact us if you have any questions about rates. We offer last minute booking discounts. Firewood: From Oct-Mar we charge a $25 firewood fee. Firewood is expensive and we keep the home stocked for your use at the firepit and the fireplace.

                                                            37 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.8/5
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