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There's a hint of fall in the air...campfire days are here!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Creekside 27 Acre Retreat 2 Br Plus Loft, 2 Full And 2 Half Baths. Sleeps 6

Escape to the wild, lush Tusquittee Valley.

Rest nestled along 400 feet of soothing water along Compass Creek. Our sun-infused retreat was built in 2008 with large cathedral windows, 2 Bedrooms with Queen beds and full baths, Loft with half-bath, two fireplaces, full kitchen, dining room and enclosed sun porch overlooking the creek from many directions. We have just finished a special hide out in the attic for the little ones and additional decks and lounging spaces for lazy moments. Decorated with eclectic art, handmade quilts and antiques to surround you with wonder.

Explore 27 pristine Appalachian Mountain acres on the property with rhododendron tunnels leading to horse logging trails and Forest Service Lands. Trout fishing twenty steps from the back door. Endless hours of creek dipping and fairy house building for the little ones in our enchanted woods. A large fire circle with log seats is laid next to the creek for late night storytelling.

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Dawn Grinenko
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2017

About Dawn Grinenko

We fell in love with the quiet beauty of Hayesville, Julie Mountain and the Tusquittee Valley after purchasing a vacation home nearby. We purchased this property as part of our lifetime dream of developing a place for rest, discernment and restoration for others after difficult journeys in life. Our ultimate plan is to develop this property into a place of retreat for families who have a child or parent with a serious illness. We are both retiring from the health care field and hope to continue to serve in a healing capacity to all who visit The Still Place on Compass Creek

Dawn Grinenko purchased this house in 2013

Why Dawn Grinenko chose Lake Chatuge

Grace and patience brought us to this property. We had planned to actualize our dream at a farm in Florida. But after Dawn was diagnosed with Melanoma cattle ranching and farming in the hot Florida sun was no longer an option. After being unable to afford farm land in the Hayesville area this beautiful serene setting came on the market and as they say the rest shall be history as it unfolds. We hope you will be a part of layering this place with the love of your family and friends as we develop the property in the next several years.

What makes this house unique

Compass Creek is the true gem of this property for all ages. The soothing sound of the water is like a lullaby. The wild rainbow trout are more beautiful than any gem we might find in the ruby, sapphire and garnet laden hills surrounding us. Glimpsing the sparkle of the creek water from each of the rooms is sometimes breath-taking as the water dances around the rocks. The property is situated in a quiet, friendly community with access to trails on our 27 acre property and surrounding National Forest.


Hayesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Powder room in foyer
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Loft
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 Loft - 2 twin/ single , Loft and Hideout
  • Additional inflated mattresses and kids hideout could accommodate 2-4 additional children with ease.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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(28 traveler reviews)

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There's a hint of fall in the air...campfire days are here!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

A true breath of fresh air!

  • 5 of 5

This home is a HOME away. The setting is idyllic with a rustling stream, hobbit house, tree house, and large dining/sunroom for family dinners. So many amazing touches. I feel very blessed that we were given time away in a home with such love. Perfect location. 😁�

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you kindness, Lisa! Thank you even more for joining The Still Place mission by playing-it-forward! Hope the tree fort camping adventure was a success!
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Duluth GA

Great place for family.

  • 5 of 5

Have a few kids to keep busy? This place is great! Play/Sleep in the Yurt? The knome home? Let tehm play in the creek all day, while you relax. It's close to anything you want to do. Easy to get to. Very nice and roomy home.

You will love it's "give back" roots!

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Erica! We hope to meet you next time you come. Seriously due to your family's choice to stay at The Still Place last weekend, just TODAY we were able to offer a family with a child on a ventilator a place of sanctuary from the storm headed toward Florida. Your family makes it possible for another to have a little less worry about their sweet little one. Thank you so much!!!
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Marietta, GA, USA

We Won the Eclipse Vacay Gamble... so perfect

  • 5 of 5

What a LOVELY experience! The site is amazing, with a very large creek, lots of trees, gathering places with fire pits (two of them!) and privacy. The home (and it felt very much like a home, rather than an impersonal 'rental') is pretty and comfortable, and, as everyone has pointed out, well-stocked. The owners, who live further up the mountain, are precious: helpful and friendly. We came for the solar eclipse, so didn't really leave the property except for the one day, but we did some scouting for a good eclipse site (even though the property has a nice hole in the tree cover over the driveway, which we used for star viewing and WOW this region has one of the top scores for 'Dark Sky' and I don't think I've ever seen that much of the Milky Way, just: WOW!) and nearby Chatuge Dam would be a great spot to trek to for next time, what a gorgeous view. We'll definitely be back. :D

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the beauty of the night sky! We never take the Milky Way for granted but the eclipse was spectacular. Come for a longer visit next time!
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Much better than expected

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been more pleased with this house. It was evident that there was a lot of thought and planning to make this a wonderful place to stay. When it was stated that it was a fully stocked kitchen, I thought that it just meant that there was an oven, stove, utensils, and small appliances. We did not realize that there would be food, dry goods and everything that you need. This made it easier to spend a lot of time with family instead of running out and shopping for things. I was unable to bring my guitar due to the amount of people in my vehicle. Imagine my surprise when there was already one there. I would definitely go back if the opportunity arose.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thankful!! Because of you The Still Place was able to host its 8th retreat this year to a family with a seriously ill child! You guys had a "pay-it-forward" vacation! THANKS!
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  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay! Loved exploring the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed was there, including towels, sheets, blankets, stocked kitchen and washing machine/dryer. There is a beautiful creek flowing behind the house and it makes for a great place for evening fires.

The location is an ideal jumping off spot for visits to falls, hiking and the Appalachian Trail. Though, the area around the cabin offers so much to do, you could spend a week there exploring and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys for your continued participation in The Still Place Pay-it-Forward vacation. Because of your generous support we are able to provide adventures and memories for families affected by serious illness throughout the year completely free of charge! This is the definitely the Year of The Campfire! Love that beaming look of success on the fire starter's face when I drove up and found everyone outside on a chilly morning around the fire pit. Maybe I'm just jealous? Can't wait to see you all again! And Thanks!!
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Nearest Airport
300 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Tusquittee Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Ridges
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 64
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
The Copper Door
Nearest Ski
83 Miles
Cataloochee Ski
Car: necessary

We are located 15-20 minutes from both Hiawassee and Hayesville, 30 minutes from Blairsville and Murphy, 45 minutes from Franklin. We are also about 2 hours from Atlanta and 11/2 hours from Chatanooga.

Natural attractions and activities include: Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River or Ocoee, Watersports and Fishing at Lake Chatuge, Hiking on countless trails and access to the Appalacian Trail and Mountain Biking at Jack Rabbit and Tsali a bit further away. Fireses Creek Recreation area provides picnicking, fishing, hiking, horse trails and back-packing opportunities.

Antiquing, 'picking' and shopping opportunities are limitless with excellent local shopping and entertainment on the square in Hayesville including two weekly farmer's markets in season. John C Campbell Folk School, The Georgia Mountain Fair and a bounty of festivals throughout the year. Spa and yoga opportunities are within a 20 minute drive.

Golf at The Ridges Resort 5 minutes away.

Free live entertainment abounds on the squares and frequently at local venues throughout the summer. The Peacock Playhouse and Licklog Players in Hayesville assures year-round live theatre in addition to Young Harris College and the Smoky Mountain Center in Franklin. Cinema is in Young Harris 25 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $29 per person per night
Pet Fee $200
Damage Deposit $200

Optional Concierge Services Available upon request fees to be determined.
Grocery shopping services
Special Occasion/Celebration Meals

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.