About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
4 Bdrm + bunk room , 2.5 Bath, 2 Lg Decks Overlooking Cartecay River
The Gingerbread River House is a tranquil 4 bedroom + retreat overlooking the Cartecay River in East Ellijay in the Northwest Georgia mountains.
Surrounded by apple orchards and wineries, this vacation home offers much more than just peaceful relaxation. For adventurers, there are kayaking outfitters, mountains to hike, lakes and rivers nearby to explore, or water holes to fish. For the non-adventurers, there are plenty of antique stores, trading posts and places off the beaten path to discover. Whether you want to pick apples or berries will probably be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make while vacationing here.
Downtown Ellijay is just a 10 minute drive if you want to find typical stores, restaurants, or a night out on the town.
The double entrance doors welcome you into the large foyer, next to the kitchen with stainless appliances, and a large granite island. Hardwood floors run throughout the entire main & upstairs levels.
The kitchen gives onto the family room area with a comfortable seating area, real wood burning stove, wall mounted flat screen TV with free Netflix & Cable, WIFI; along with plenty of games & puzzles for family fun.
The dining room has a large table that can be extended for large groups, with all lighting on dimmers throughout all the main living/dining/kitchen areas, so you can create your perfect relaxed setting inside.
The master on main is tastefully decorated to make you feel at home. 3 sets of French doors run across the back of the main level, opening to the back upper deck. One set opens from the master bedroom, one from the dining area, and one from the family room. Connected to the master is the master bathroom with slate tile and granite vanity.
Upstairs you will find a large kid's bedroom with 2 sets of twin bunk beds, with a TV, small seating area, and plenty of toys and books in this room. This room has a small balcony with French doors overlooking the family room below.
Also upstairs is another guest room with a queen bed and antique dresser. Directly across the hall from this room is a large full bathroom.
In the slate tiled basement, you will find a secondary master bedroom with a king bed, and an attached half bath. There is a laundry room across the hall from the bedroom.
Also in the basement there are 2 more bunk beds in a small bunk room (which is kept locked, and is unlocked for parties of more than 10 people), & a family room area with cable TV, another seating area, an air hockey table, a foosball table, sectional couch, play kitchen, and more room to enjoy!
Outside the basement door is the lower deck with hot tub, 4 top table and chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and plenty of bench seating built into the deck. Kayaks, tubes, and water toys are stored in this area under the upper deck.
Beyond the deck you will find a large fire pit rimmed with river rocks and adirondack chairs. On the left at the river's edge, there is a small set of stairs, leading down to a sandy beach area of the river, with a swimming hole just beyond the beach. Kayaks are provided for your enjoyment on the river. Please remember to bring your life jackets, as we have limited sizes. Life jackets are highly recommended for all children playing or swimming in the river, and are required by law for anyone kayaking or tubing, etc. down the river. Life vest must be worn or attached to your vessel.
You will find it easy to unwind, but hard to go home after your stay at The Gingerbread House.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, spanish, Se habla Espanol.
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Megan Atherton
Megan is the current property manager for Gingerbread.
Megan Atherton purchased this House in 2011
Why Megan Atherton chose Ellijay
The Gingerbread River House offers a peaceful escape from city life, where you can experience the beautiful nearby mountain areas, river activities, and good old fashioned family fun.
What makes this House unique
The beautiful Cartecay river is just shallow enough in front of our property, & normally fairly calm enough for kids, yet rugged enough to kayak/tube and provide water fun. With almost no neighbors, this cabin offers peace and tranquility for a quiet relaxing getaway.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We loved everything about the gingerbread house! So spacious, so comfortable, and so accommodating. The river and backyard are perfect!
Cozy, relaxing, tranquil
My husband and I, along with our daughter and her family, enjoyed a few days of relaxing family time in this cozy (but roomy) cabin. The covered porch overlooking the river was great, and roasting marshmallows around the fire pit was a favorite. My husband used the hot tub almost every night - one night it was raining, but he was faithfully in the tub with an umbrella over his head!! It was also great for our dog who loved jumping in the water and exploring without his leash. We had a couple of issues, but Megan was quick to get them resolved. We will remember our time at the Gingerbread House with fond memories.
Great Place to Check In & Just Hang Out
Beautiful setting! Lots of room & so peaceful! We loved the creek in the backyard. Would love to go back and stay a week and never leave!
Thank you for your lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to the cabin and we hope to have you back another time!
Thank you, Megan
Great, and just as described.
The property was just as described. The main floor was great--wonderful master bedroom, huge living room space, and wide open kitchen. There are three bathrooms but two of them have to be accessed through the bedroom, so will a big group of people is slightly annoying. Property is right on the river. WiFi was great, and necessary as there is no cellular service in the area.
We enjoyed our stay at this property!
Our family enjoyed having river access. They fished, tubed and played in the water. The location was convenient to shopping, restaurants and other activities.
Thank you for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and all of the nearby conveniences. I hope we can accommodate you again in the near future!
Our sincerest thank you, Megan & Ed
Ginger Bread House
My family recently stayed in the Ginger Bread house and we had a very pleasant and relaxing stay. The property was secluded, quiet and very peaceful. We really enjoyed the river with the tubes and kayaks. The house was very accommodating with only a couple of small issues that were dealt with quickly by the property owner. The kids loved the game room downstairs and also had a great mini vacation. Would highly recommend the place to others.
Thank you Mark! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! I'd love to have you back again for another visit anytime! Sincerely, Megan
The Gingerbread House is located directly on the Cartecay River in East Ellijay, peacefully surrounded by nature, rhododendrons, wildlife, and the sounds of rushing river water. Just 5 miles down the road, you will find R & A Orchard's with all kinds of goodies for visitors, as well several more orchards down the same road that offer pick your own fruit and seasonal fun. There are also wineries, petting zoos, antique shops, restaurants and more all within 10-15 minutes of the cabin. Tubing and kayaking are offered at many places nearby. Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor activities can be found in Ellijay and the surrounding area. Carter's Lake and Lake Blue Ridge are not far if you are looking for boating and lake activities. Come explore Ellijay!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are for up to 10 people. Over 10 people, add nightly fee of $50+tax,pp over 10th person. + more than 10 people add $50 + tax to the clean fee. + add $75 + tax, per dog for each approved pet with signed pet agreement. + large groups may require additional refundable damage deposit. + add 7% tax to all fees, except deposit. + add 3% for Paypal transactions. Rates subject to change w/o notice.