Mountain Cottage Close to Helen, Cleveland, & Clarksville(with River Access)

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The Owl's Nest - you can hear the river singing to you.


Last updated: 09/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This property is our family guest house. We enjoy sharing it with good people when our grown children and their families are not visiting. The Owl's Nest, named so for the late nights our family worked on it, is well located close to Helen, Clarksville, Cleveland, and Dahlonega. You are just a short drive away from everything in this area, plus, you have access to 300 private feet of the natural banks of the Chattahoochee River located in front of the main house.
This cottage is newly renovated from top to bottom. If you are relaxing on the deck or enjoying the fire pit area, you hear the river talking to you as this is called a living part of the river with shoals. There is no view of the river from the cottage in the summer months because of the rich canopy; however, in the fall and winter you can see dappled views from the fire pit area and deck.
The cottage has all the basics. Our children made sure it would have everything they needed when they visited, so it does have all essentials plus some: television, Direct TV, landline telephone, DVD player, movies, games and Wifi. There is also a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, crock pot, toaster and a washer/dryer(he). The kitchen contains cookware and utensils, and even some extras. Coffee, salt and pepper, coffee filters and all dishes, glasses and cookware are provided. One roll of paper towel, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, dish towels, trash bags, tissue, hand soap, bath soap, towels and sheets are all there. All you need to do is walk in, unpack, put up your groceries and enjoy!

The master bedroom has a queen size bed, the upstairs bedroom has a full size bed, and the sofa-bed (which is very nice, Sterns and Foster) is a queen.
The house features a covered deck with a gas grill and a fire pit area with Adirondack seating and picnic table.
There is ample parking space, so you may want to bring your boat, kayaks or trailer. Wildwood Outfitters, 5 minutes away, also rents kayaks and has tours. Putting in kayaks and taking out on this property would be challenging because of the winding steps, so we suggest putting in at Wildwood and taking out at Mossy Creek. Wildwood is set up to help you do that if that is your interest.

A short walk from the Cottage, approximately 100 yards, are shared earth steps (in front of the main house) that lead down to the river. The steps wind down the mountain giving wonderful views along the way. We see plenty of deer in the area. The steps are lit for those who like to stay at the river into the evening. The view is stunning in the summer, but will floor you in the fall and winter after the leaves fall as you can see far upriver. Along the river's edge you can follow the path and discover the GIANT ROCK. There are several wonderful places to stop and fish or sit in the Adirondacks and watch the wild life: turtles, otters, beaver, deer, etc. Or perhaps you simply want to watch the kayakers pass. It is beautiful and natural.
(The "river experience" of this listing is not recommended for babies and very small children or those who are physically limited by health or age.) A certain amount of physical fitness is required, although at 65 years old, we go up and down these steps regularly. We share the river with our renters, but you will notice we do not charge for it. We only charge for the Owl's Nest cottage itself because we understand that not everyone is interested in a river experience and others may be unable to enjoy it.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Comfortable sofa bed: Queen Size in den...moreless

  • Comfortable queen size sofa bed

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    This bath has a large tile shower....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Nice size bathroom with toilet and sink located upstairs....moreless


  • Books:

    There is a small library available....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There are also several movies available both for children and parents....moreless

  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys:

    There is a wonderful toy chest upstairs....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    There are two dining areas: one in the house that seats six and one by the fire pit that also seats six. There are also 2 stools at the kitchen counter....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    The cottage has central heat and air....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    The cottage has central heat and air....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi fi available ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens supplied....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    We have a Vermont Gas Stove incase of power loss....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Blender Crock Pot Toaster Coffee pot dishwasher ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden


Write a review 4.9
from 67 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$115 $125
Fri, Sat, Sun
$795 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $60
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 09/18/2016
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5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I 985, Highway 365, and 441

You can hear the Chattahoochee River from the deck of this lovely cottage. River access is only steps away, and this section of Chattahoochee is called the living river because of the shoals and falls. Guests love fishing, swimming, and kayaking in the 'Hooch'.

The cottage is located within minutes of Helen- the Alpine Mountain Village-, Tallulah Falls and Tallulah Gorge - where hiking trails are great fun-, and Dahlonega - where GOLD was discovered in Georgia. You can pan for gold and gem stones at several locations. While in Helen, don't miss Unicoi State Park. Cleveland, only minutes away, is where you can find Baby Land General - The Cabbage Patch Babies!

There are many wineries located in this area and wine tastings held daily. You can also visit Clayton and Dillard where the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are stunning. Be sure to eat at the Dillard House! There is NO food like it on the planet.

The Upper Chattahoochee and the Soque Rivers are world renowned for their trout.

There are also many festivals held in the area: gold, apple, mountain laurel, arts and crafts, wine, and on and on. There is always something going on.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Mark and Saralyn are both retired and thought it would be great fun to buy the cottage next to their home and renovate it for visits from their ever growing family: a guest house. It had wonderful potential and just needed a lot of love. Mark is originally from Covington, Ga. and was in the insurance business for over 40 years. He also played in a band called the Statesboro Blues Band for 26 years. He enjoys repairing, restoring, and building tube amplifiers. He still rocks! Saralyn is a retired school teacher. She taught gifted language arts. She also sang back-up and harmony for her husband's band. She is originally from Sandersville, Ga. The Davis Family has two children who are both married and 2 grandchildren.

Why the Owner Chose Cornelia, GA, USA:
We purchased this property because we have a growing family and we knew this would make a perfect guest house. Our children and their families love the North Georgia Mountains. They helped design the cottage to meet their needs, so we know it will meet yours. We always loved vacationing in this area because of the cooler summers and breathtaking views. This cottage provided us an opportunity to share our love of the Northeast Georgia Mountains with our family and many others. Many renters have suggested we raise our price, but we like making it affordable.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The secluded setting allows people to unwind from the daily rat race and enjoy nature and the activities it affords. The river is heard all over the mountain. October: The fall is stunning in the foothills and mountains. The leaves are magnificent. Depending on the weather, the leaves peak about the 3rd or 4th week in October and have actually peaked the first week of November. Helen, the Bavarian Village, celebrates October-fest the entire month with an array of activities. The Chattahoochee River is gorgeous. It is called the Living River because it sings. Kayakers, swimmers, and fisherman love it. There are many wineries in the area that are stunning. Antiquing: This is the area for magnificent finds. There are a plethora of antique shops filled with unique and interesting items.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Owl's Nest - you can hear the river singing to you.

    The Owl's Nest - you can hear the river singing to you.

  • Tubing in the river - FUN!

    Tubing in the river - FUN!

  • Another view of the upstairs bedroom.

    Another view of the upstairs bedroom.

  • The kitchen is clean and well stocked.

    The kitchen is clean and well stocked.

  • The master bedroom.

    The master bedroom.

  • Dining area view from upstairs landing.

    Dining area view from upstairs landing.

  • Kayaking is FUN!

    Kayaking is FUN!

  • Fire pit view from the deck.

    Fire pit view from the deck.

  • Relax and watch the sun go down.

    Relax and watch the sun go down.

  • Door upstairs to the King Arthur bedroom.

    Door upstairs to the King Arthur bedroom.

  • Steps down to the river. They twist and turn and are easy to traverse.

    Steps down to the river. They twist and turn and are easy to traverse.

  • Snowy winter's day...

    Snowy winter's day...

  • French doors out to the deck.

    French doors out to the deck.

  • Upstairs bedroom - charming.

    Upstairs bedroom - charming.

  • The den

    The den

  • In the distance you can see the master bedroom.

    In the distance you can see the master bedroom.

  • More of the master bedroom.

    More of the master bedroom.

  • Main bathroom with big shower.

    Main bathroom with big shower.

  • Upstairs half bath.

    Upstairs half bath.

  • Cook up some good meals on this gas grill.

    Cook up some good meals on this gas grill.

  • Great fishing! This is a shoal bass. This is 1 of only 4 places to catch them!

    Great fishing! This is a shoal bass. This is 1 of only 4 places to catch them!

  • Fire pit

    Fire pit

  • Relaxing at the river

    Relaxing at the river

  • Queen sized sofa bed.  Comfy!

    Queen sized sofa bed. Comfy!

VRBO #596328

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, September 26, 2016

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Mountain Cottage close to Helen, Cleveland, & Clarksville(with river access)

Cornelia, GA, USA #596328

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