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Mountain Cottage-River access, close to Helen, Cleveland, Clarksville, wineries

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6 comfortably - 2 bedrooms - 1 1/2 baths - queen size sofa bed .

This property is our family guest house to the main 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.

This cottage is newly renovated from top to bottom. River access is located in front of the main house about 100 yards away. Earth steps lead down the mountain to 300 private feet of the Chattahoochee River. Be advised, a certain amount of physical fitness is required to go up and down the earth steps. (Not recommended for the very young or the very old). We are 66 years old and go up and down them regularly; however, this is the mountains! It's not the beach.

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. You can always hear the water running over the shoals year round.

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 also has a queen size bed, and the sofa-bed (which is very nice, Sterns and Foster) is also a queen.

The house features a covered deck with a charcoal grill in the fire pit area with Adirondack seating and picnic table.

There is ample parking space, so you may want to bring your kayaks or trailer. Wildwood Outfitters, 5 minutes away, also rents kayaks and has tours. We suggest putting in at Wildwood and taking out at Mossy Creek. Wildwood is set up to help you do this.

There are wineries, antiques, gold and gem mines, mountain restaurants, pony rides, zip lines, cabbage patch babies, kayaking, tubing, water falls, rivers... There is always something to do in north Georgia.

Check out our other property which is located right on the Chattahoochee River: 957022

More Details

Mark and Saralyn Davis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Mark and Saralyn Davis

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.

Mark and Saralyn Davis purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mark and Saralyn Davis chose Northeast Mountains

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We slept till 10:00 every morning. That bed was so comfortable and the area was so peaceful. The cabin was immaculate and the kitchen met all our needs and exceeded them! The owners, Mark and Saralyn, had placed a big flat of farm fresh organic eggs in the refrigerator, and they were delicious. When I called them for directions to a place we wanted to visit, they answered immediately and gave us the shortest route. I loved the Wifi, television, movies and DVD player, and peaceful surroundings. We are definitely going back. This Owl's Nest deserves 10 STARS!!!
Sep 2015
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Cornelia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This bath has a large tile shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Nice size bathroom with toilet and sink located upstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable sofa bed: Queen Size in den
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Comfortable queen size sofa bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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Mountain Cottage-River access, close to Helen, Cleveland, Clarksville, wineries
average rating of 4.898876 based on 90 reviews

Just right~~

  • 5 of 5

The reviews all tell the same story about how great this cabin is --- and it is! Everything you need for a week or weekend getaway. Tasteful décor and all the amenities you need including wifi and satellite. Our Saturday gathering guests all marveled at the place and 'how did you ever find this gem' . It's true. A place close to nature to recharge your batteries --you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love meeting nice people. Come again soon.
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Wonderful place and people!

  • 5 of 5

My husband myself and our three boys went up for the week of July 4th. Everyone had a blast. It was relaxing and the boys enjoyed exploring. I will definitely recommend this cabin and we will book the next time we visit. Thank again Mark and Saralyn for letting us stay at your wonderful Cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice to meet your wonderful family. Thank you for taking such great care of our sweet cottage. Come again soon.
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Lovely Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Your home was clean and perfect for our stay in Cornelia. Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to have you visit. Thank you for taking such great care of our sweet cottage. Come again.
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Owl's Nest

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The property was well maintaned and the suroundings made it feel private and peaceful.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

What a nice cabin with special little extras to make it like home away from home! The owners are super awesome and showed us the best hospitality! You can't go wrong staying at the Owl's Nest!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your visit was nice. Come again soon.
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Beautiful location and Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed here last weekend and I couldn't say enough positive things about it. The location is just what you'd want for a weekend getaway--nestled in the woods above the river, private, peaceful and quiet, but not too remote. The cottage is absolutely charming, beautifully decorated, clean as a whistle, very comfortable and had all the conveniences we needed. We loved the covered porch and made use every night of the fire pit/seating area. The kitchen was modern and well-equipped with everything you could possibly need. The owners really have thought of everything--including leaving us some delicious eggs to enjoy from their hens. Regrettably, we never got an opportunity to meet them (the owners or the hens) but there was a book left for us filled with instructions and helpful information we needed to enjoy our stay, including recommendations on places to visit w/directions. We especially enjoyed reading all about the hens. Access down to the river is just a short walk away (very steep steps--be prepared!). As for wildlife, we saw a few hawks, some deer and lots of birds during our stay. Although we never turned it on, there's a TV and plenty of DVDs, in the cottage, plus games and books. If you're looking for a quiet weekend away from Atlanta, or just want to stay somewhere nice while you tour the Blue Ridge area, I recommend this place 100%--you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you two had a wonderful time. Please come again.
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 985, Highway 365, and 441

You can hear the Chattahoochee River from the deck of this lovely cottage. ,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.


Rates & Availability

Cornelia Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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