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Privacy, hot tub, mountain views, waterfalls, Wifi/Netflix, Big Canoe amenities

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms+Loft • 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 5 • Big Canoe #495166

Be as busy as you want to be or break new ground in creative loafing, 'Cul-de-'Sack,' (with apologies to the French), lets you do both.

This cozy and updated cabin is ideal for couples seeking a quiet and private getaway or smaller families looking for a full menu of activities suitable for all ages. Maximum capacity is five, no more than four adults at one time. This is not a party cabin for large gatherings but for those who wish to enjoy mountain activities and Big Canoe amenities, it's an excellent choice.

A rushing stream provides the soothing backdrop to an elevated deck that features a hot tub, gas grill and outdoor dining table, all with an expansive view of the forest and mountains. Nestled amid Mountain Laurel and towering White Oaks, wild turkey and deer are frequently seen around the cabin.

Enjoy walking down a short slope to a level trail meandering through Big Canoe's nature preserve of old growth trees. The trail follows a rushing creek and winds up at the first of two lovely waterfalls just 15 minutes from the cabin. Bring your camera!

Although relatively small (1750 sq. ft.) this airy and bright cabin has been recently updated with a wall of windows and skylights, a remodeled granite/stainless kitchen and upgraded, tiled baths. Netflix and Wifi are available to keep guests entertained and connected.

The master bedroom features a king-sized bed with its own dramatic view of the sunrise over the mountains. It also has a wall mounted flat screen TV and DVD player. The master bathroom is tiled and the shower has two shower heads, one an overhead 'rain forest' style fixture.

The second bedroom has a queen bed and its own bathroom with a shower/tub. This bedroom and bath are "en suite" for added privacy. The loft has a high quality, very comfortable inflatable bed along with a fold out sofa and chaise. The inflatable is suitable for adults as well as children while the sofa and chaise are comfortable only for younger kids (under 50-lbs).

Big Canoe is an 8,000 acre private gated community with 30% of that area in green space. It has 15 miles of hiking trails and three lakes for fishing, boating (electric motors only) and swimming. Lake Petit is regularly stocked with trout.

On-site amenities include 27 holes of golf, ten tennis courts (2 indoors), a modern fitness center with indoor pool and two outdoor pools in season (Memorial Day - July 31, weekends through Labor Day). A full service marina offers pontoon boats, john-boats, kayaks and canoes for rent. Bait, tackle and other supplies are also available at the Lake Petit marina. Daily and weekly rates are available for those visiting Big Canoe who wish to use the amenities on an a la carte basis.

Off-site, the magnificent 300 acre Gibbs Gardens and spectacular Amicalola Falls State Park are 15 minutes away. Beyond that, the charming mountain towns of Dahlonega, Ellijay and Blue Ridge offer antiquing, quaint shops and inviting restaurants. The N. Georgia Premium Outlets with 140 stores is just 30 minutes away in Dawsonville. Plus, all the cultural and entertainment attractions of Atlanta are just 45 miles away.

The owners, Bob and Diane Smith, are Big Canoe residents who live five minutes away. This is their only rental property and they are very hands-on in making sure the cabin is scrupulously clean, well stocked and in good repair. Weather permitting, all linens are line dried and pillow cases ironed.

A digital Guest Guide, written by the Smiths specifically for their guests, a Big Canoe map and arrival instructions are sent prior to arrival. The guide is written and designed to help Cul de Sack guests plan their vacation and enjoy Big Canoe and surrounding mountain areas to the fullest.

As a courtesy, Bob and Diane Smith call prospective guests prior to booking to answer any questions they may have regarding all aspects of their Big Canoe vacation. Upon arrival, guests are met by the Smiths at the North Gate of Big Canoe and guided to the property for a very brief introduction to the cabin's systems (wi-fi, TVs, hot tub, grill, etc.) before being left alone to enjoy their vacation.

Cul-de-'Sack' allows visitors to set their own pace. Many choose to relax with long soaks in the hot tub, a good book by the fire or simply enjoying the view while taking a well-deserved rest. Others hurl themselves into Big Canoe's impressive list of things to do ... golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, etc. Most do a little bit of both. You can set your own pace at Cul-de-'Sack'.

More Details

Robert Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Robert Smith

Bob and Diane Smith are both veterans of the newspaper business after many years at the Naples Daily News (Naples, FL). Shortly after arriving at Big Canoe, Diane was named creative director of Smoke Signals, the official newspaper of Big Canoe. She does all the graphic design and page layout for the paper. Bob writes and does spot photography work. Their full-time Big Canoe home is about five minutes from Cul-de-'Sack.'

Robert Smith purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Robert Smith chose Northwest High Country

After living in the community of Big Canoe for several years, we were on the lookout for a rental property that met all our criteria for comfort, location and condition. 819 Wake Robin met all of these and more so we purchased the property in September of '13. Its beautiful view coupled with end-of-the-road privacy and over-all charm closed the deal.

What makes this cabin unique

This is the Smiths' only rental property and they treat it almost like a B&B, providing line dried linens and ironed pillow cases. They live five minutes away in Big Canoe and are very hands-on making sure the cabin is scrupulously clean and well maintained. Because they are nearby, they can respond quickly to any questions or situations that may arise. Guests are met at the North Gate of Big Canoe and led to the cabin for a very brief orientation on how to operate wi-fi, TVs, hot tub, grill, etc. One of, if not the most affordable rental in Big Canoe with a view and hot tub, 819 Wake Robin is a great value.


Big Canoe Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , two shower heads, one 'rainforest' style
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • bathroom #1 off master bedroom shower (2 heads) and toilet bathroom #2 off second bedroom shower, tub, toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom #1 king sized bed, wall mounted tv, master bath, view of sunrise over mountains. Bedroom #2 queen sized bed with its own en suite shower/tub bath. Loft - Very comfortable high quality queen-sized inflatable bed. Flatscreen TV for DVDs and Netflix. Game cube for checkers, chess, Chinese checkers and Backgammon.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Very private sunken hot tub built into deck with a great view of the forested conservation area. Outside, there is a dining table, gas grill and chairs on deck. Separate screened porch area. Satellite TV, free long distance. Available Big Canoe golf, tennis, lakes, fitness center, rental boats, fishing, hiking, rock slide and nearby sightseeing.


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average rating of 4.9875 based on 80 reviews

Peaceful, Scenic, Clean!!

  • 5 of 5

The home was perfect for two couples who wanted to relax and unwind. Plenty of room, kitchen very well equipped. The cleanliness was much appreciated as well as the maps and booklet of the area. The hot tub added fun. Sitting on the porch in the early morning with a cup of coffee had to be the very best feature. We were fortunate to see a bear on the way to the cabin one evening, 7 deer and some wild turkeys!!!.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Savannah GA

Comfortable and Inviting

  • 5 of 5

Bob and Diane made sure we felt at home in their cabin in the woods. Everything you need is provided from plenty of towels to a fully stocked kitchen. We loved the décor...comfy leather seating to the king size bed, beautiful wood floors, and 2 decks to take in the view. The Smith's provide written suggestions on sights to see, restaurants in the area and other points of interest. They couldn't have been more helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cul de Sack and the Big Canoe area. Dale and Sharon Savannah GA

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband, toddler and I stayed in this wonderful house for 4 nights. We enjoyed every aspect of it. The Smith's met us at the gate and showed us around the house to make sure we had everything we needed . They provided a wonderful guide and map to help navigate big canoe. The house was clean and very well stocked with linens and towels . We grilled out every night and my hubby is begging me to get that grill now! Really nothing negative to say about this house. We enjoyed our stay in big canoe even if we didn't catch any fish!! Thank you for a wonderful vacation

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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  • 5 of 5

What a gorgeous home. We had everything at our fingertips. The house is well stocked and we appreciated that. The view is breathtaking. The hot tub was the icing on the cake! We enjoyed the Marina and going out on the lake.. My husband caught 3 great sized Trout. We went into town to Dahlonega and it brought back so many memories! I would recommend this home to anyone!! The grill, the deck and the tranquility... who could ask for anything more! Thank you for opening your home to our family!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 had such a wonderful and relaxing time at the Cul de Sac cabin! Firstly, the Smiths were so friendly and informative and were always a phone call away for any questions, not to mention greeted us with the best homemade oatmeal cookies I believe we've ever tasted. Secondly, the cabin and its location was perfect for all the activities we wanted to do, such as hiking, mountain biking, exploring(nearby historic towns...must visit Elijay, Blue Ridge & Dalognega!) and relaxing. Loved that the hiking trail was easily accessible just behind the house and led to 2 gorgeous waterfalls(also made for an awesome mountain biking trail)! Thirdly, I love cooking and was very pleased that the kitchen was well equipped for all culinary necessities and etc. And, no worries about eating out...the nearby restaurants we visited such as "Home" and "Sourwood" were absolutely delicious! No complaints here at all. All together a very well appointed cabin with enchanting rustic charm and beautiful views to behold. I couldn't be more happier for choosing to rent this cabin for our family vacation. We hope to enjoy it again in the future! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Smith!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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  • 5 of 5

This property is everything the pictures show and more. The peace and tranquility felt sitting on the deck in the treetops is amazing. The hot tub is the best ever. The owners have thought of every comfort inside and out. Bob and Diane were truly dedicated to making our stay a good one. They were very easy to reach, and always willing to answer a question.

Although there were only 2 of us we kept saying what a great place this would be for an extended family---with the 2 bedrooms downstairs, then a roomy loft on the 2nd level. A great place for children to hang out. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
72 Miles
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Big Canoe Black Bear Pub
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Big Canoe
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Big Canoe Black Bear Pub
Car: necessary

If the hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes, golf, tennis, etc. within the gates of Big Canoe are not enough, there's plenty to do off-site. A complete visitors' guide will be in the home but, briefly, right outside the gates is Gibbs Gardens, 300 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and an estate house. Spectacular Amicalola Falls State Park is also nearby along with a number of vineyards and wineries. Dahlonega, Blue Ridge and Ellijay are charming mountain towns with quaint shops and cozy restaurants. If you have to, the 140-store Premium North Georgia Outlet Mall is 35-minutes away in Dawsonville. Talullah Gorge, Anna Ruby Falls and Brasstown Bald (highest spot in GA) are all within a half-day's drive and well worth a look.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

Refunds up to 30 days prior to check-in.
Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, 2-night stays are permitted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.