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Beautiful Mountain Views, Spectacular Sunsets, Horses and Fireflies!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A Couple's Retreat on a working farm

Beautiful mountain views, gorgeous sunsets with horses in the pasture, surrounded by fireflies at evening. Add a hot tub and a beautiful deck for viewing, maybe a glass of wine...what could be more relaxing that our exclusive Couple's Retreat?

Mountain Ranch Retreat is a just that - a beautiful ranch in the mountains where you can kick back and relax to multiple mountain vistas! Whether that be from the large deck while you eat breakfast, the hot tub, your private fire pit or vistas viewed from inside the barn house, you will find yourself embraced by the beauty of our farm, back dropped by the North Georgia mountains. Renovated in late 2017, our retreat is actually the second floor of our state of the art horse barn.

Upon pulling up the drive, you are greeted by our Mountain Ranch Retreat sign, with a full sized horse head welcoming you to the property. Just inside the main door, the entrance to our retreat is the first door on your right. When you enter, the warm rustic staircase beckons you to see what's at the top!

Our great room features high ceilings with rustic wood beam veneers and beautiful mountain vistas at eye level. Professionally decorated, the living room area features two couches adorned with horse blankets, big plush pillows and comfy throws, a set of tables made from upcycled shutters and scrap iron, placed on a cowhide rug. Our antique armoire hides a complete entertainment system with a flat screen TV with cable, including the sports channels, VCR and DVD players. The adjacent kitchen features a granite countertop, oak cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher and Keurig coffee maker.

The sliding glass door between the kitchen and living room area leads to the deck featuring an outdoor dining area, grill and hot tub with multiple mountain vistas.

Back inside, the very large master suite features a luxurious oversized bed, with a pillow top mattress, pillows of all sizes and a cream duvet cover wrapped around a down duvet for the perfect night's sleep. Matching nightstands and dresser complete the set, with toy leather horses and cowboy pictures rounding out the equestrian decor package. An oak electric fireplace sits in the corner for those cold winter nights. Our game table doubles as a great place to sit and just enjoy the beautiful view. Our wildlife will amaze you and who knows what will be in the pasture or barnyard during your stay!

Our large master bathroom is well appointed with a large shower, rustic cream barn board, a double vanity with a granite countertop, lone star copper sinks and faucets. A one of a kind large rustic mirror and accent lighting sits across the entire vanity. The laundry room is located just off the master bath.

Outside features a cauldron fire pit, supplied with firewood, just perfect for roasting marshmallows or curling up for a romantic evening. Nearby, the tree frogs croak, thrilled with their small landscaped pond and water pump. There is also an outside dining area, as an alternative to the deck.

If you have a horse, they can come too! We have 1 extra stall with padded floors*, with easy turnstile feeders, a covered dry lot, and almost 5 acres of fenced in pasture with numerous trees for shade. The circular drive provides an easy turn around for horse trailers and we have one large parking spot just for trailers. Electric Hookup for camper trailers is adjacent to the barn, for an extra fee. (*Stall is not always available. Updated vet and shot records required.)

Area activities include fishing, tubing, kayaking, trail rides, Harrah’s Valley River Casino, hiking, bird watching, fall leaf viewing, fine dining, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and zip lining. All within approximately 30 minutes or less.

Wednesdays are always $50.00 OFF with a mid-week, 3 night or longer booking! (Monday - Thursday, excludes Holidays.) Contact cabin owner for details. You must mention this promotion prior to booking in order to receive this discount!

While we try at all costs to give our guests complete privacy, this is a working farm with horses and chickens, so we do go over to the property (lower barn only) to service the animals, typically twice a day, for horse care and training. Guests are on the upper level, so we may not even see each other, but want to make sure our animal servicing and training is fully disclosed.

Lastly, we are a NO PETS property!! No exceptions!! We pride ourselves on delivering a very clean home to all of our guests and we would like our beautiful pine floors to stay beautiful!

Please see our other properties at VRBO #746521 and VRBO#1160139.

More Details

Ellen and Dan Smith
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Ellen and Dan Smith

We live in the N. Georgia mountains and have two more vacation rentals. One on the Toccoa River - VRBO #746521 and one on Fightingtown Creek - VRBO #1160139. Creekside Veranda on Fightingtown Creek is a 5-star 3/2, Keith Sumner home. We strive to give our guests a 5-star experience at all of our vacation homes!!

Ellen and Dan Smith purchased this cabin in 2016

Why Ellen and Dan Smith chose McCaysville

We purchased this farm in 2016. There was a bonus house above our state of the art horse barn. Since we have other cabin rentals and we know that beautiful views, and well appointed cabins are what visitors want, we decided to remodel our barn house, making it a cozy, professionally decorated space we can share with guests, and their horses, should they want to bring them on vacation too!

What makes this cabin unique

Beautiful mountain vistas are the backdrop to our farm. We have facilities under the barn house (main level, house is on 2nd level) where we can hold special events, such as weddings, but also a fully fenced in pasture, dry lot, state of the art horse stalls for those on the go with their horses.


McCaysville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • DO NOT FEED, tease, or pet the horses! The horses do not belong to the owners of the ranch and have VERY STRICT feeding rules.
  • Under no circumstances are guests allowed in the lower barn, pasture or chicken yard. You can watch our animals, but please do not touch!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bathroom, Copper Sinks, Granite Vanity
  • The Master Bathroom is very LARGE! It features a double granite vanity with western copper sinks. The shower is oversized as well.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom
  • Our Master Bedroom has an oversized King Bed with a Pillow-top Mattress, luxurious cream bedding with a down duvet in the wintertime. An electric fireplace sits in the corner for those romantic nights as it gets cooler out. A game table with seats rounds out this equestrian decorated room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We do charge a separate cleaning fee and insist that the hot tub be drained and cleaned in between each guest. Guests must be able to climb a flight of stairs, as house is on the 2nd floor of our barn.


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Beautiful Mountain Views, Spectacular Sunsets, Horses and Fireflies!
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
Largo, FL

Beautiful, clean, perfect for couples!

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this property are some of the nicest people you will ever meet! The property is very charming and spacious. If you are looking for the perfect mountain getaway, this is your place! It also has amazing mountain top views from inside and outside! Definitely recommend and will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for some quiet down time and that is exact what we got. Everything was beautiful, clean and comfortable. We stayed here for our 36 anniversary and Dan and Ellen treated us to a wonderful retreat. Thank you for your thoughtful gift and for sharing you exquisite barn apt. We loved watching the animals and watching the stars. Highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cozy and clean

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay as a getaway, will definatly recommend it to anyone and stay there another time.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time staying here. Was just as amazing as the 1st. Met Ellen upon arrival and was super nice. Place was perfect and enjoyed seeing the horses all weekend. Will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, peaceful Place

  • 4 of 5

Everything was as described. Nice and clean and tidy. Bed was great, linens quality.

Hot tub was excellent. Enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, GA


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the most relaxing and enjoyable time. The Mountain Ranch Retreat was everything we expected and more. The furnishings were nice, the kitchen well stocked and everything was very clean!!! Ellen and Dan are wonderful hosts and we so enjoyed meeting them and getting to see the baby chicks! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Nearest Airport
115 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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