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Only a few fall weekends available!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Welcome to Big Buck Retreat!

Fall in 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 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
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 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?...the 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

From guest book..."we are back! Just a little over two years after our first visit to your big butt cabin, the beat family came back for our third stay this time with my husband's parents and are almost 9-month-old baby boy! God is so good! Our son Miles slept great in our pack and play and he thoroughly enjoyed crawling, standing and taking steps all over the house. We went to Mercy a orchards, one of our honeymoon spot three years ago and just soaked and the cool mountain air. We sure did miss shadow and Joe, the Husky and great Dane dog friends who visit us daily on our last two trips. We didn't see them at all this time. The time of their parents was priceless as well. Thank you for opening your wonderful home! We are moving to Virginia Beach Virginia into weeks to live closer to my family, but we sure hope to make it back at least by annually to make more memories with our boy as he grows.
Sep 2015
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Ellijay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 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)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 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.


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Only a few fall weekends available!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 44 reviews

Amazing last minute getaway trip!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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!
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Winter Haven, FL

Great Stay Just Before Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

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"

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great View - Perfect Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The view is the thing here, but the house is well appointed and very clean. Very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thorough review! You are welcome back anytime to our escape on the mountain!
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Madison. Florida

Great family home

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view on the mountain!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house! It was beautiful and had everything we needed. The beds were comfortable and the view was magnificent. We enjoyed the fire pit. The kids loves the corn hole game and the media room. The view was so beautiful from the porch. We drive was definitely an adventure up the mountain. Follow the directions closely and don't go off the trail or you might get stuck. We definitely had to park in the lower driveway but it was so close to the house that it didn't matter. We definitely tried to be home before dark. We would not of wanted to drive up the mountain in the dark. Once you are at the house, it is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We had a great time .The view was so relaxing.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cantaberry Restaurant
"great tomato basil soup! and the desserts are amazing! "
Red Apple Barn
"our fav mom and pop apple orchard with fun trailer ride to the top of the orchards and then ..."
R & A Orchards
"apple slushies!"

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)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning and Taxes $85
Refundable damage deposit $100

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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