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Dog-friendly, riverfront retreat, only three miles to Helen.

Helen, GA, USA
  • House2400 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

River Bend Retreat is a dog-friendly, non-smoking, 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with a loft. This newly remodeled, 2,400 sq ft house is located on 5 acres of Sal Mountain with 270 feet of Chattahoochee riverfront access and beautiful, seasonal mountain views. Bring your well-behaved 4-legged family members (dogs only) to enjoy over 1 acre of wooded fenced-in yard, a dog door and easy river access. Enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking and tubing in the Chattahoochee River steps from your front door. Amenities include a 6 person Hot Tub with river and sunset mountain views, a gas grill, a shuffle board table, an endless hot water heater, a large dining room table for gatherings, a large screen smart TV with cable, Wifi, a gas fireplace, ample parking and a full laundry and mud room. The house is a great place for a relaxing vacation and is located only a short distance from the hustle of Helen and numerous outdoor actives in the surrounding mountains. Enjoy fine dining and several local vineyards nearby. The kids will enjoy activities including zip lining, tubing, putt putt and hiking. The Cabbage Patch Hospital is only a short distance away in Cleveland, GA. If you like antiquing, this is the place for you. Drive a short distance in any direction and you will find a variety of antique and specialty shops. Sleeping accommodations include one king bed, one queen bed, two twin beds and a convertible full sofa in the loft. This house has 4 full bathrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with a shower and the community bathroom has a full-sized bathtub. The kitchen if fully equipped with a coffee maker, blender, dishwasher, disposal and everything you need to prepare the meal of your choosing. SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY! We hope you will enjoy our mountain retreat.


Christina Parkhurst, Betsy Washburn

Member Since 2017
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Christina Parkhurst, Betsy Washburn

We enjoyed vacationing in the North Georgia mountains and bringing our dogs along for the mountain streams and outdoor fun. We found that finding a house that allowed big dogs was difficult. We frequented one cabin without water access, but after awhile decided to stop spending our money on someone else's vacation home!

Christina Parkhurst, Betsy Washburn purchased this House in 2015

Why Christina Parkhurst, Betsy Washburn chose Helen

We fell in love with this river front property. The house required a lot of TLC, but after almost 2 years of hard work and perseverance we are finally ready to share our mountain retreat with fellow dog-lovers.

What makes this House unique

Dog-friendly, waterfront and close to everything you need for a relaxing North Georgia Mountain getaway.


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 1
        2 queen
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single


        • 4 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
            • Waterfront
              Chattahoochie Riverfront


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                      Gas Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  Shuffle Board
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak, Canoe, Tubing put in directly in front of house (Bring your own tubes/kayaks)
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      1 + acre fenced yard with doggie door on 5 acre property
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub


                                                • festivals
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • shuffleboard

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • swimming


                                                                • Just added! New large outdoor fire pit!

                                                                  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.

                                                                  12 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Amazing house and Amazing views!

                                                                  Kate W.Cape May

                                                                  The nicest VRBO property I have ever stayed at. The pictures do not do it justice. The owners have so many upgrades and have so many thoughtful touches!!! This is a not to be missed home if you are visiting the area. Anna Ruby Falls and Tallulah Gorge were our two favorite hikes and ATV'ing at Sunbrust Farms!

                                                                  Incredible House

                                                                  Brennan P.

                                                                  If it is possible, the listing actually under-sells the property -- the river access coupled with the renovated house make for a memorable stay. We'll certainly book again if we find ourselves in Helen.

                                                                  This house is immaculate!

                                                                  Jennifer S.Beautiful Sarasota, Florida

                                                                  We loved staying here. We have used VRBO several times and this was by far the best. This house felt like home and they think of every detail. Our 4lb chihuahuas loves it too. It’s great for families and plus fur babies. We will definitely be back. Can’t wait. Thank you for a great vacation.

                                                                  Perfect family retreat for exploring the Helen, GA area.

                                                                  Robert M.

                                                                  We spent a long weekend at the cabin with our son, his wife and their 3 children. It's minutes away from the charming Helen, Georgia area as well as many hiking trails and outdoor activities. But, we would have been happy to spend the entire weekend on the property. The view is wonderful. We loved watching the stars in the hot tub while soaking after a day of hiking and exploring the area. The accommodations in the cabin are first rate. Top-notch furnishings, appliances and decoration. There was plenty for the kids to do (they loved making s'mores in the fire pit) and ample accommodations for the 7 of us. This property will be our first choice when we make a return visit to the area.

                                                                  A slice of heaven!!

                                                                  Melissa H.Madison, GA

                                                                  This is a wonderful property!! We had a glorious long weekend. There is a great fenced in area for dogs, a perfect spot for trout fishing or just sitting and enjoying the sunshine. Don’t let me forget about the perfectly appointed interior! Well stocked kitchen, great family area to enjoy television, comfy secondary bedrooms and 4 full baths! The decor is fresh and updated, from the paint color to the great fixtures this home is stunning! We have already scheduled our return!

                                                                  Awesome! Clean! Dog perfect.

                                                                  Amy H.

                                                                  Family perfect!!


                                                                  Helen, GA, USA

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