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10,000SqFt, 9BR-6BA, Racqtball/Basketball, 14Acres-TroutStream,Billiards,Arcade

Sleeps40
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Huge Rustic Mtn Home, 9 Bedrooms +++ more beds, 6.5 Baths, Sleeps 10-40

Laughing Bear Lodge in North Georgia: 10,000 Sq Ft Lodge on 14 secluded Acres with waterfront Trout Stream elevated Golf-Driving Green and 4 cleared acres in the backyard is the perfect spot for your group; be it 10 or 40 guests! Inside has Full-size Racquetball Court with Basketball Goal, Arcade Games (all free play), Pool Table, Ping-Pong, TV Room with DVD, Xbox360Kinect, 9Bedrms/6.5 Baths, Huge Kitchen, Huge Great Room with Cathedral Ceiling, Skylights, Wood-burning Fireplace, Large Dining Rm with 16 ft long custom-made Farm Table which seats 16+. Master Bedroom has Private Balcony which overlooks Acreage & Trout Stream. So if the North Georgia weather is not conducive to be outdoors........you will still find plenty to do indoors and plenty of room as to not be on top of each other. River Tubes and life jackets (20) included in warm season / firewood included in cold season. This Lodge can easily sleep 30 in beds and 40-50 using sofa beds and futons. This property, with 3-4 Acres of North Georgia mountain open yard/pasture is great for large groups. Maid Service, Chef Service and/or Full Concierge Service is Available (fees applied). WOW! Laughing Bear Lodge is 10 min from Blue Ridge, GA, 15 min from the Ocoee Olympic Center, 1 hour from the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and 2 hours from Atlanta. Laughing Bear has 1,000 feet of Frontage on a Major, Stocked Trout Stream. Perfect for large groups, family reunions/vacations, corporate groups, or church groups. Fully equipped kitchen, all linens provided, all you need to bring is your clothes and food. There's something for every age at Laughing Bear Lodge from tubing and playing in the waterfront back yard to relaxing in one of the countless outside areas. The layout allows for an easy flow with many guests, to cozy quaint spots for just a few to sit and enjoy! So whether you are looking for a North Georgia Corporate Retreat, North Georgia Reunion site, North Georgia Church Retreat or just a place to get away from it all in the North Georgia area or Blue Ridge, GA area.......no other place can compare to Laughing Bear Lodge. Our reviews say it all so you can see what those say about it who have actually stayed with us!

Keywords: North Georgia, North Georgia Lodging, North Georgia Cabins, North Georgia Corporate Retreats, North Georgia Lodges, North Georgia Reunions, Georgia Mountains, Mountain Lodges, Riverfront Lodge, Blue Ridge Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Church Retreats,

More Details

Owner
Leslee Reuning
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Leslee Reuning

Laughing Bear Lodge was our home for 6 years and when we moved out in June of 2011, we left everything there except our clothes and family pictures. So you are visiting our home where we raised our children thru their teenage years, laughed, loved, cried and made many special family memories. We renovated most of Laughing Bear Lodge while living there full time and that was an adventure for the ages!!! Did you ever see the movie 'Money Pit'? :) It is now our blessing to share our former home with other families and our prayer is that you find it more than just a rental........it really is a home with a heart! We moved from the hustle and bustle of city life in Atlanta, to this serene home with our 2 children who were 12 and 14 at the time of the move. To leave the 'burbs' of Atlanta and plop down in the middle of the country with no family or friends, was beyond a culture shock to everyone! But the small town country folk were friendly and kind, and we feel that both of our children benefited greatly to live where everything did not revolve around the conveniences that a large metropolitan city offers. We all grew closer to The Lord, one another and well, we all just grew up; including me! The life lessons learned at Laughing Bear Lodge will influence the generations to come in our family and as the years pass by..........the stories will unfold with the tale of how Laughing Bear Lodge is where a piece of all our hearts will always be. We hope that you will find your visit with us memorable in the best of ways and that you will share what you find at Laughing Bear Lodge with others.....and maybe what you find..... is that special new place in YOUR heart. Laughing Bear Lodge.......a little piece of all our hearts!

Leslee Reuning purchased this lodge in 2005

Why Leslee Reuning chose Northwest High Country

14 private acres with more than 1,000 ft on highly sought after Trout Stream! 250 Yard driving green in the backyard and a 40 ft patio area lining the peaceful water with acres of cleared yard for lots of outdoor activities; volleyball area coming spring 2018. Level paved roads leading to LaughingBearLodge and lots of room for parking. Lake Blue Ridge 15 minutes away with jet ski and pontoon rentals, and beach area, Toccoa River, Trout Fishing, tubing, white water rafting, Gorgeous Mountain Views, Wildlife, 2 hours from Atlanta, 1 1/2 hours from NC ski resorts, 1 hour from Chattanooga, golf, antique shops, base of Appalachian Trail and Cohutta Mtns. And of course if the weather is not cooperating for outdoor activities......there;s the Rec Level at LaughingBearLodge for a game of racquetball, basketball or make up your own games in the gym makes for an unusual amenity. Play ping pong, pool, arcade games, watch movies, play cards or games at the game table or even little ones can enjoy LBL...........they can bring their riding toys and play until they're tuckered out on the gym......its a great place for small riding toys. The large deck area off the sun room is perfect for anytime of day or night...........from a warm cup of morning coffee to a night cap just before bed...........being outdoors with all this privacy and beautiful views be it day or night is quite unheard of in today's world but there for every guest at LBL.

What makes this lodge unique

We owned a vacation cabin rental company and I repeatedly had to keep turning away large groups/families/churches/corporate groups, due to the space required for groups that have more than 10-12 guests that wanted to stay under one roof. We knew from the moment we toured this house that it could be a 'place like no other' because where else can you house that many guests over night!?! However we knew the Lord would have to strongly intervene for A,B,C,D,E,F,G, and H to line up where we could afford a place like this. Well the old saying 'Be careful what you pray for because you just might get it' came to be our mantra! When we bought the house, it was all carpet and linoleum, there were no indoor beams and most of the walls had wood running on the diagonal! There was a small stoop that measured 8 x 10 off the front of the house; that now boasts a large rocking chair porch, surround deck and upper balcony with panoramic view. There was only 1 small narrow staircase inside that linked the upper level to the main level of the house and all the rooms were either over sized or under sized. So to say that we had our work cut out for us is an understatement. But we saw room to run, Room to Play, great place for Gatherings of Family & Friends, Fishing, Tubing, in-door racquetball court, game room, and what could potentially be a gorgeous piece of property once the fences and trees were removed to where you could not only see the beautiful mountain water, but actually be able to access the water! So we hope our guests enjoy the eclectic decor, the usable outdoor space, and since you know a bit of the background, will somewhat appreciate the blood, sweat and tears poured into what we now affectionately call Laughing Bear Lodge.

Amenities

Blue Ridge Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 40
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No kegs allowed on property. No Greek affiliated groups. All events and outside vendors must be preapproved by owner.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Rec Level - plus has one extra shower on this level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Level North Wing; off bedrooms #5 and #6
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upper Level; J n J between twin and south wing queen bdrm.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Level; adjacent hallway from BDRM 7 & 8
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Upper Level Beatufiul master suite bath!
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , Main Level; Powder room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Level; Off BDRM #2. Has seperate hall entrance as well
  • 6.5
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Main Level; full bath and powder room in adjacent hallway
    Bedroom 8 - 2 queen , Main Level; full bath and powder room in adjacent hallway
    Bedroom 9 - 3 bunk bed , Rec Level; full bath down hallway; extra shower as well.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Upper Level North Wing; this bedroom inside 3 queen bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 3 queen , Upper LevelNorth Wing; full bath attached
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Upper Level South Wing; full bath attached
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Upper level Mater Suite/Master bath + 2 Q sleeper sofas
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upper Level; shares JnJ bath with South wing bedrm #3
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Upper Level South wing; Shares J n J bath with twin bedroom
  • Totals: 2 Kings, 10 Queens, 1 set of twins beds, 3 sets of bunk beds. 3 queen sleeper sofas, 1 full sleeper sofa, 1 twin futon. 6 bedrooms on upper level, 2 bedrooms on main level, 1 bunk room on rec level/basement. Multiple beds in each bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
There really is no other place like LaughingBearLodge! Room for kids to be kids, adults to sit and chat or watch their favorite game or show on tv. There are 11 televisions throughout LaughingBearLodge. 1,000 ft of water front for the kids, fishing, or adults just sitting and relaxing. Picnic in the woods or shaded areas, relax on one of the balconies or porches, walk in the woods, or just find 'your spot' somewhere on the 14 private acres---there is not another place like LaughingBearLodge. If the weather does not permit outside activities, the rec level has plenty to keep everyone entertained; racquetball/basketball court, small work out room, x-box 360 kinect (bring your own games), ping pong, pool table, 100 arcade games on 3 free standing machines (all free play). And all of this away from the 2 other levels of the house. There is enough space for everyone to play, relax, eat and sleep and NOT be on top of one another.!!!!

Reviews

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10,000SqFt, 9BR-6BA, Racqtball/Basketball, 14Acres-TroutStream,Billiards,Arcade
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Gainesville, Fl
5

Well kept, beautiful home and grounds

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as advertised. The rooms were well furnished and beds were very comfortable. The kitchen is amazing with two sets of dishwasher, refrigerators and its own laundry room. The whole house is so spacious and accommodated my large family with ease. There is attention to comfort from the towels to the temperature. There is so much offered in the house especially with the downstairs game room so that there is really something to do from playing basketball, racquetball and other outside games. The grounds are beautiful, river is running and able to tube. This is an all around fantastically well kept, beautiful, well stocked and managed property. There is a caretaker that can be called if needed. I have never stayed in a home that had so much to offer everyone. The area itself is very easy to navigate when finding restaurants, shops, grocery stores. There is a notebook of all the area resources with directions on how to access them as well. We were able to eat together on a table that seated 16. We were able to use the outdoors for a home made obstacle course, kickball, volleyball. There are tubes for free to use to float down the river. Food for the fish and a very relaxing outdoor area right in front of the peaceful river (large creek). There is nothing that was lacking, nothing broke down, the home was so clean and the owner met us there to show us around which is really nice as well. There is wildlife from deer to groundhogs and trout in the stream. Area activities are easily accessed. This was the most perfect vacation for our family. Anyone who would want to experience peace, calm, fun and feel pampered with a lot to do or not do, have some coffee or meals on the patio overlooking the gorgeous grounds and hearing the stream run could not do any better. At night you can see the stars so clearly. There is also a way to pipe in music in the house, open up the sunroom while grilling so that you can sit inside or outside. ALL the bedrooms had either queen or king beds and were so well decorated. Can't say enough what a wonderful experience we all had and will have again in the future. Laughing Bear Lodge is the perfect vacation home.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful!! Perfect for a large family or group! Lovely owner as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic house for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

LBL was perfect for our family reunion of 19. We went white water rafting, played volleyball, went tubing, fished, played racqetball, made s'mores in the fire pit, and played lots of games. The basement was great for the kids. Thanks for providing the tubes!

Bedrooms were all comfortable, but would have liked shades in the master. Kitchen was great, with lots of room for all our food.

We loved our stay and would rebook if we decide on another mountain vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful! Lots of room to spread out. Great for little kids to get out and run and play.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time with family while staying at LBL. Our ages ranged from 7 months to 74 years. There was something for everyone to do. If we can get everyone to Georgia again I would love to stay here again. The owners were great to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

"Peaceful Atomsphere"

  • 5 of 5

The property was awesome, peaceful & spacious and clean. We did a "Women Retreat" from our church group & we had a wonderful time.

Thanks Mrs. Leslee Reuning for sharing you wonderful place with us.

Salena Williams

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Property, Excellent Location, and Excellent Owners!

  • 5 of 5

Not even Bill & Ted had a more excellent adventure. The property was excellent for our LARGE group of family and/or friends. Ours was a group of 12 adults and 10 children (ages 7 to 11). The property could not have been more perfect. Our main rule with the kids was no electronics (cell phones, xbox, DS, IPads) during our stay. Not one kid complained that they were bored. The basement (i.e. Rec. Room) was great. The kids would be down there for hours playing pool, ping pong, basketball, and dodge ball. Oh yes, we made an exception on the electronics and let them play the old school video games (Pac Man, Frogger, Galaga, etc) on the three arcade games in the basement.

The basement also has plenty of other games/toys to play with such as corn hole, golf clubs, hula hoops, footballs, so you do not have to bring much.

As you can see from the pictures, the backyard is HUGE!!! Plenty of room to play kickball, soccer, football, and any other outdoor sport the kids are into. Great outdoor seating areas for the adults to watch the kids. Lovely river/creek running behind the property. Includes countless floats so that you can take the stairs down to the river on one end of the property and float around the bend and get out on the other end of the property.

The main parts of the house are excellent too. HUGE kitchen with all kinds of appliances and cooking utensils. Great fireplace and seating areas. At least three outdoor balconies overlooking the back yard. The house is wired with speakers in numerous zones that you can control volume of the music that is connected to a receiver you bluetooth connect to your phone or other device and jam away.

I can go on and on, but i won't. The description used by the owner is spot on. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for large groups.

PS The location is great too. You are minutes away from Tennessee (Ocoee River) or North Carolina (Natanhala River) for some great outdoor adventure. You are also 20 minutes away from a Super Walmart and other stores for supplies!!!!

You can't go wrong. BOOK THIS PLACE!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Chattanooga, TN
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Downtown Blue Ridge
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Old Toccoa Farms Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Cider House
Car: necessary

Appalachian Trail ends about 15 miles south of LaughingBearLodge. 1996 Olympic Kayaking Park sits approx 20 miles from LaughingBearLodge on the Ocoee River. Try your water skills on the course or spend the afternoon just watching. Chattanooga TN is an hour and half WEST of LaughingBearLodge, Asheville, NC is 2 and half hours NORTH, and Atlanta is 2 hours South of LaughingBearLodge. Centrally located for city excursions in TN, NC and GA! Hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, and streams envelope this entire area. Fannin County is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia. Endless outdoor activities are available within minutes of LaughingBearLodge. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a great 3 and a half hour excursion with open air cars for a blast from the past ride on a steam locomotive! Quaint, one of a kind shops and restaurants line the streets of Blue Ridge, GA for a day of shopping and dining. Most of downtown Blue Ridge is locally owned and the friendly town-folk only make your day THAT much more special! Mercier Orchard is about 10 miles south of LaughingBear and you can pick your own apples, peaches, cherries, etc., depending on the time of year. Visit area wineries for tours and tastings and depending on the time of year you visit the North GA mountains---enjoy festivals, carnivals, rodeos, fairs, music, auto shows, always great shopping and always friendly mountain hospitality.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Additional Guest Fee $35 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

For ALL SUMMER stays: $4,500 Minimum base rate or what your price is based on your number of nights and guests, whichever is greater.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund