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'Almost Heaven' - Big Canoe Laurel Ridge - Walk to Amenities - Swim Passes

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Vacation in the Mountains of Big Canoe, Georgia. Lake house with mountain and golf course views.

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Spend your vacation this year in our four bedroom, four and a half bath, Luxury Home. The house also includes two family rooms, a loft that can be used as a 5th bedroom, patio with a large hot tub overlooking the lake, screened porch, and large deck where you can enjoy a view of the lake, pool, golf course, and mountains.

Everything you need to enjoy your time at Big Canoe is available to you in our home located on Lake Disharoon. You can wake up to the sound of the Canadian Geese flying overhead and go to sleep listening to the songs of the frogs. Our home has central heat and air as well as ceiling fans in all rooms, but sometimes you don't even need them!

Set in the foothills of the scenic North Georgia Mountains with elevations exceeding 3000 feet lays the enchanted land known as Big Canoe. Be prepared to brake for deer or wild turkey at any given turn in the road.

You can walk out the back door of our house and down the hill to the lake (beach), pool, waterside, and fitness center with an indoor pool. No need to get in the car if you don't want to.

Keywords: Mountain House

More Details

Tom O'Connor
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Tom O'Connor

Tom, Judi and Stephanie - We were the first home owners in the Laurel Ridge section of Big Canoe 15 years ago. We live in metro Atlanta in the town of Smyrna Georgia, 65 miles from Big Canoe. Judi is a retired elementary school teacher and I was a Sr. Project manager working projects in 27 countries and retired March 2016. Stephanie is our lovely special needs daughter and along with working is very active in a number of sports in Special Olympics.

Tom O'Connor purchased this house in 2003

Why Tom O'Connor chose Big Canoe

This house will be like taking your own home on vacation with you. This house is not a small mountain cabin, It has room for the entire family to have their own space or bond together in the living room. From the lower level of the house it is only a 50 yard walk down the hill to the swim club and the start of the hiking trails through the woods. After a swim, hike or run in the woods you can relax in our 8 person hot tub.

What makes this house unique

You can sit in the living room and have a view of the mountains, beach and the golf course. In the morning. In the evening you can see wild life outside the windows. Unlike many homes in the area our parking pad will accommodate 4 cars.


Big Canoe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • CHECK-OUT LIST 1. Empty dishwasher 2. Clean and unplug coffee maker 3. Trash must be taken to recycling area at north gate 4. Lock windows & doors
  • 5. Strip sheets and pillow cases from beds (not blankets or mattress pads) and place in laundry room with all used towels 6. No trash on screen porch
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby bed (1). Baby bed is a Pack N Play.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Large 8 Person Hot Tub, Wireless High Speed Internet (DSL), Foosball table, Ice Cream maker, Garbage Disposal, Hair dryer, Iron, Fabric/Clothes Steamer, large jacuzzi tub in master bath, Ceiling Fans & in addition the property is a Pet & Smoke FREE Environment


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'Almost Heaven' - Big Canoe Laurel Ridge - Walk to Amenities - Swim Passes
average rating of 4.965517 based on 116 reviews

Beautiful and peaceful accommodations!!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Big Canoe. Almost heaven was the perfect home for us. Immaculate and clean. Upscale and located on the water . Minutes away from the health club. The fully stocked kitchen was perfect! We look for are to returning in he future!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Big Canoe is great

  • 5 of 5

Once we arrived, we never left until it was over. Great resort for relaxing and recreation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Coral


  • 5 of 5

Wanted a little Getaway before school started back Monday couldn't have picked a Better place than this Beautiful home!! We made lots of memories and took great pictures!! The Big Plus was we had Snow!! Got to watch my grandkids enjoy there first experience in the snow!!! The home was just Beautiful had everything we needed!! We all had our own bedrooms with some to spare!! They loved walking down to the beach and sliding down there to!! Tom was great in keeping us updated about everything especially the weather!! We will definetlty be Back!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Our youngest son and his fiancé (now wife) chose Big Canoe for their 'destination' wedding. Everything was beautiful including 'Almost Heaven', the house we stayed in for the few days we were there. It felt just like home to my husband, myself and our family. Many thanks to the owners who were extremely helpful with my many questions.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Accommodating

  • 5 of 5

We decided at the last minute to take a trip, and we were a little nervous to book so late. We had been to Big Canoe several times before; however, we had never booked through VRBO. Tom (Owner) responded very quickly and was extremely detailed with the entire transaction. His communication and guidance through the process helped to eliminate our stress.

Very nice property, and very close to fitness center/beach/hiking trails (walking distance). Property has a nice hot tub which is an added bonus over any property we have stayed at Big Canoe.

Property sleeps 10, but a nice feature is that 8 of the 10 are in actual beds in bedrooms. The other two are a more than adequate trundle bed in the loft space play room. We have stayed in properties before where several of the sleeping areas are on fold-out couches. The kids do not mind sleeping out in the living room; however, it can be a little awkward for adults sometimes. This property has very nice bedroom spaces.

All in all, this was a wonderful trip to Big Canoe.

Thank you again Tom, and we hope to return to your property in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal Condo Two Years In A Row

  • 5 of 5

I live in Big Canoe and serve on a program committee that organizes an annual concert for our residents. For the past two years I've been in charge of finding appropriate accommodations for the entertainers for the September concerts. I've chosen this lovely condo both years because it is a beautifully decorated and maintained 4BR 4.5BA home ideally located near the center and all of the amenities in Big Canoe. The separate bedrooms/baths on three levels offer privacy for all guests, as well as lovely gathering space for all in the open great room, screen room and deck overlooking a pretty golf course. All the guests have been so impressed with "Almost Heaven" that they are hoping to return with their family and friends for a future vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Running/Walking Trails, Waterslide, Horseback riding (overnight boarding facilities for your horse 10 minutes from main gate at a state of the art equestrian Center), ___________________________________________________________________, The swim club offers a brand new free form pool, which provides an infant section with gradual entry - great for parents with infants, Plenty of lounge chairs, large umbrellas, and sunshine, Qualified lifeguards are in attendance during the swim season, Lake swimming is available on a sandy beach, The club also has picnic tables, and snack bar, Don't miss the rock water slides, where cool mountain stream water rushes over a smooth rock surface for 153 feet of fun, For a slower pace, canoes and paddleboats are available, included in the admission price


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $135
Refundable damage deposit $400

There will be a 3% surcharge due to be paid directly to owner when paying online via credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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