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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

easy access to river, lg. trout, 4 kayaks 6 tubes, slide into river, rope swing

Easy Access to River ::: be careful, some homes have very steep banks down to river which require you to use 5-8 flights of stairs..

Our home comes with:

4 kayak

, 6 tubes

2 lounging raft

private slide into the river

some firewood for fire pit

horseshoe pit,

All in your back yard.

Rope swing (which is only for our guests,is at bottom of small tube run or a short walk, few homes down the road . There also a beach across from rope swing.

GREAT FISHING very private. We have 5-10 lb trout

Also includes all cleaning supplies, dish soap,paper towels,electric dish soap, etc etc etc

Just bring your clothes and food

The Garden Cottage rental on the River is a farmhouse style cottage is on 16 acres and is quiet w/ lots of wildlife.

Fireplace in Living room and Master Bedroom

Decorated in an old farmhouse style inside with boarded walls & high ceilings. French doors in every room open up to the huge porches with river views.

There is a large flat rock to sit on in middle of river right in front of this cottage, perfect for lounging in the river.

Summer months in North Ga. Mountains are filled with family fun! So much to do at the cabin you may never leave. Snuggle in the hammock on the huge porches overlooking the river!

It has a large hot tub on screened in porch

We have tubes available from May to end of September, unless weather or water temp permits it sooner or later.

Kayaks are out from mid March till end of October, unless weather and water temp do not permit.

To See a VIRTUAL TOUR of this home click on the web-link at the bottom of the page.

Wildlife comes daily and you can watch the deer and wild turkey in your backyard (not to mention Marshmallow the bear, who makes an appearance now and then). The cottage's land is length-ways on the river so you have over 1000' on the river

We live on same street as rental and are HERE to help you in anyway we can.

We are not a management company like most rentals on this site, who just don't care about you or the property. We check our cottages often to keep them well maintained and our goal is for you to have a relaxing time during your stay. We are here to help you or a phone call away.

More Details

Nancy Loomis
Member since: 2003
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Nancy Loomis

We came from south Florida for a vacation here and never left.

We love it here.

Both of us are in Hospitality, so you know you are getting good service.

Nancy Loomis purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Nancy Loomis chose Helen

WE loved the river.

We go in it everyday in the summer and sit by it when water is too cold.

What makes this cabin unique

We are in a quiet area of the river, do not have people going down it all day yelling like in Helen.

So you can enjoy the sounds and wildlife.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Property Testimonials

Rating: 1 5 : 5 being best

By: Cindy & Marc Trestman

Loved the accommdations! Very Clean and very nicely decorated in a very cozy fashion. The screened in porch made it very comfortable to relax every day and night. reading and taking a jacuzzi! Our children also enjoyed it especially the smores we had at the fire pit over looking the very scenic river!

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Jo Ann Morris

We had a great time at Nana''s River Cottage. The deer came through the yard everyday and the river is so peaceful. North Ga. Mts. are very beautiful. The owners made our stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Leni & Tom Weber

All we can say is WOW! We love it here! Very Clean! Lots of fun! We will be back!

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Julia & Luis Valenzuela

Peaceful, tranquil and beautiful. This is the place you can take a long nap on the porch and enjoy the sounds of nature. Or, if you want to go tubing, canoeing or fishing, it''s all there! The cottage is absolutely beautiful! This is the kind of place you dream about. We are looking forward to going back, and staying longer next time!( even saw a bear during there stay!, which is now named Marshmellow)

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Cheryl Knight

I have to say we absolutely loved this cabin, it was way beyond our expectations as the pictures just dont do it justice! (and we are VERY picky) The porches were awesome and huge with lots of comfortable sitting areas where we spent literally hours and hours hanging out in the fresh air and talking. My husband loved the fishing and we made a fire in the fire pit and made smores in the evenings after dinner! The beds are amazingly comfortable (which is rare for us to find) and we slept like babies after all that fresh mountain air! Helen was a hop-skip and a jump away, so we were surpised how peaceful and secluded the property was. Truly a pleasure and we can''t wait to go back for another trip! Thank you Nancy for your wonderful hospitatlity and your truly amazing cabin! -Cheryl, Scott, Stephanie and Kevin! Cheryl had written to me (Nancy) in an e-mail the following: We absolutely loved the was way beyond my expectations and it was immaculate! The porches were amazing and I loved all your decorator touches and the details
Dec 2004
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Helen Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Floorboards
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Split-System Heating
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , Sink
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • Bathrooms are done in a farm house style.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Feather padded queen bed
    Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleeper sofa
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Free long distance phone calls in con.US only and wifi Large flat screen TV in living area Upgraded feather padded beds/linens, 2 fireplaces, DVD library, Showtime/Stars, ice maker, gas grill, tubes, w/tube run, great swimming area, Great fishing on property, 5-7 lb. trout, bass and brim.


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average rating of 4.864865 based on 75 reviews

Beautiful home right on the river

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about our stay! The area was beautiful, the house was perfect, it had more than what we needed. I came out looking for a peaceful weekend in the mountains where I could explore the sights and national parks the area had to offer. We were gone most of the day and had the perfect set up to relax after a long day on the trails. I would love to come back in the warmer months to really take advantage of the river access.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time. The best time to come is in the summer for tubing and kayaking. The river behind the home is very quiet without all the tubers and noise in Helen. You can tube or kayak and not see another person sometimes. Hope to have you stay again Nancy
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  • 5 of 5

Nice set up. Very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Franklin, TN

Would definitely stay here again

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was true to all things advertised...clean, nicely decorated, well appointed and well positioned on the river. Was VERY peaceful to sit on the lovely porches, in the hot tub, on the river-front deck. The bed were comfortable and there were ample pillow choices. Looking forward to another visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time staying at the Garden cottage.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a wonderful place to

stay near Helen! Finding a cabin that has both a gas grill and gas fireplace with a hot tub is hard to find! There is a wonderful fire circle in the back yard with a creek that runs back there also.It’s a perfect place to bring your children of all ages. This is our second year here . We love to come to see the fall colors! Nancy and Robert are wonderful hosts and the cabin is beautifully decorated.I highly recommend the Garden cottage!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Decatur AL

Good relaxing vacation

  • 4 of 5

Very nice property. Clean with everything we needed for a long weekend. Surprisingly very few insects for such a wooded area. We spent a lot of time on the screened in porch, relaxing. The first day I tried to catch trout (which were everywhere) in the river in front the cabin. They didn't like my flies. It rained two inches that night which dirtied up the river and put my fishing on hold for the rest of the trip. I got some advice at a local fishing shop. I hope to try them again some day.

The layout of the cabin is great. Comfortable beds, nice kitchen, plenty of supplies, just a good family long weekend together. I would and some day hope to, stay at this property again.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Evacuated from hurricane to mountain paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were very fortunate to find this private cabin along the Chattahoochee River for our evacuation from hurricane Irma. Nana's cabin has all the amenities of any resort (hot tub, kayaks, fire pit, inner tubs for the river, etc.) but is private so there is more family time. We enjoyed listening to the river and song birds from the back porch and playing board games with the kids (We made them turn off their phones). It is close to Helen, Ga for touristy entertainment and Unicoi State park for hiking and zip-line rides. We really enjoyed our stay and strongly recommend Nana's Cabin to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Car: necessary

Tribute to Elvis, The Appalachian Trail, Alpine Helen, Unicoi State Park, Cabbage Patch-Baby Land General, waterfalls, gold museum, Historic Dahlonega.

great vineyards in our area

Hiking, rock climbing, biking, golf, tennis, fitness center, gym, miniature golf, amusement parks, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, live theater, cinemas, museums, sightseeing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, sightseeing, boating, so much to see in our area.

Other Activities: white water rafting, Kayaking and canoeing, tubing..




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $650
cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 18.0%

Pet fee is $50-$150 depending type of pet and size
Cleaning fee is $100-$150 depending on how many are staying
We limit the rental to 7 persons max.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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