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The River Cabin At Grove River Ranch

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleep 4

This two bedroom (queen beds), two bath 750 sq. ft. cabin is nestled in a private wooded area on scenic grove river ranch, a 140 acre equestrian center and retreat in Banks County near Gainesville and Commerce (northeast Georgia mountain area). The outside of the cabin features three decks, hot tub, fishing pond, river shoals, bonfire area, access to hiking and horse trails. The inside is fully stocked with linens, cookware, small appliances, washer/dryer, central heat/air, gas fireplace, satellite TV with DVD and VHS players. Large variety of area attractions. Weekly rates available. Stabling and riding instruction available. Contact CJ to receive a rate sheet.

CJ Farmer, Owner/Manager
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About CJ Farmer, Owner/Manager

A resident of Georgia since 1980, we built this facility in 2005 to expand my horse business and develop a nature preserve. The cabin was originally put on the master plan and constructed to house equestrian guests visiting the ranch to attend a clinic or a riding vacation. For a better return on the investment, I opened the cabin to non-equestrian visitors.

CJ Farmer, Owner/Manager purchased this cabin in 2006

Why CJ Farmer, Owner/Manager chose Gillsville

I performed volunteer work on a trail system partially located in Banks County for the US Forest Service and could not help but notice how scenic the area was. The rural atmosphere, coupled with a very low crime rate, no traffic issues, yet close to shopping and other necessities made it an appealing choice for personal and business reasons.

What makes this cabin unique

The many noisy shoals and scenic beauty of the river/creek was one of the most appealing features of the property. Once the center of the property was cleared for pasture and construction of the equestrian center, it revealed a beautiful 180 degree ridge view with stunning sunsets. Being able to enjoy the mountainous terrain, the appearance of being in the middle of nowhere, and yet only 10 minutes away 'modern civilization' via three four-lane highways is a huge plus.


Gillsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms are very roomy, oversized towels, and beach towels for the hot tub. The bathroom for the Southwestern bedroom has a private entrance from the bedroom. The second bathroom next to the Pinecone Lodge bedroom can be accessed from the hallway without disturbing the occupants of the bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Each bedroom has a queen bed, it's own bathroom, and a back door leading to the deck over the river shoals.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Private bon fire pit near the side deck and grill. Stocked fishing pond with two docks in front of the cabin Hiking and horseback trails easily accessed from cabin Group picnic shelter and firepit on the river Horseback riding lessons available if booked at least a day or two in advance. Wide variety of area attractions.


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The River Cabin At Grove River Ranch
average rating of 4.810811 based on 37 reviews

Great weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Perfect last minute getaway retreat for my husband and I to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Cabin was clean, and had all the amenities needed. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, hot tub was very relaxing, and the horse/hiking trails were beautiful along the river. Such a neat little piece of paradise not too far from home. Will definitely stay here again in the future. CJ was great to work with!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Melanie! You don't have to drive too far from the city to find privacy, peace and quiet. With three kids at home, it's good to be in close range just in case of an emergency! I will look forward to your return visit.
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A lovely getaway from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed here for two days over New Years and had a great time. The cabin is well appointed and had all the comforts of home. We enjoyed the hot tub especially, given how cold it was. CJ was very responsive and when we couldn’t find a lighter for the fireplace she brought us a new one very quickly.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is nothing like a steaming hot tub and a cozy fireplace to ring in the New Year! I didn't order the big falling snowflakes on New Year's morning, but it certainly did add even more beauty to the already scenic setting. So glad this young couple was able to get out of the city to enjoy a little private quiet time in the country, hope they will return in 2018!
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Christmas in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

The 2 bedroom 2 bath cabin is back in the woods off a graved road. It was very quiet and the only cabin there. The owner was personable and easy to reach. Horses were on the property with a pond and running creek. We really enjoyed our Christmas in the little mountain cabin.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always so nice to hear that someone has enjoyed such a special holiday in my little cabin. I'm inspired to add a few Christmas decorations next year!
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Beautiful, clean, quiet, peaceful

  • 5 of 5

CJ your place is so pretty and it was just what we needed. I have no idea how you arranged that snow for our weekend but it was perfect! Snow falling and sitting in on the hot tub was not disappointing! We loved it. We will be back and will tell folks about your hide away. Thanks for having everything we needed for a perfect weekend. The Sandifer's

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was hoping you were enjoying the unexpected snowfall from the hot tub, a rare thing in December! Glad the roads cleared off so quickly so you could get to the wedding without incident. Thank you for your kind words, I look forward to the opportunity to host your return visit! CJ
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Amazing and relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful location nestled within an equestrian estate. Cabin was wonderfully comfortable and it's accommodations perfect for our family of 4. We took advantage of the pond for fishing, and the hot tub in the cold evenings. Amazing views from the property, horses abound, and nature everywhere! One of the best experiences our family has had in years! CJ is extremely accommodating, and allowed us a great venue to unwind and relax. Absolutely going to stay here again next time we are planning a Georgia vacation!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It makes my day to read how much a family has enjoyed my facilities! The cabin's surroundings make it truly a unique experience. I thank God every day for the beauty and serenity He has provided for me here, and it is a pleasure to share it with others. I will look forward to the Curnow family's return visit any time they get back to the South!
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Fabulous weekend family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We took our 6 year old child for a weekend getaway and had a wonderful time. The grounds are just beautiful and well maintained. We enjoyed seeing the horses in the stables and during times they were out with their riders. We built a fire pit and made s'mores in the evening and took advantage of the fishing pond. We only wished we had another night because our daughter didn't want to leave! We enjoyed the local pottery places and took a little piece of GA home with us...perfect little getaway

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The biggest compliment of all is when guests don't want to leave! I hope they will plan another visit, and the 6 year old will probably be big enough for a riding lesson. The compliments about the facilities are greatly appreciated.
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Car: necessary

To receive additional information about Banks County and various festivals and events held during the year, contact

the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Banks Co. Chamber of Commerce CVB

877-389-2896 or 706-677-2108

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Gresham Motorsports Park

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Commerce Crossing Mall Stores

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Nova Cinemas

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Movie Hotline 706-423-9659


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Please read and be familiar with the Cabin Rental Agreement that includes rules and guidelines. The adult(s) responsible for agreeing to the terms of the rental agreement must be at least 21 years old. The damage deposit will also serve as an excessive cleaning deposit. Disbursement of the refundable deposit will be handled within 48 hours of checkout. Note: WiFi is available on the premises, but not inside the cabin! Guests should bring their own hot spot device.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations, rescheduling, or changes must be submitted by
email, web site, or mail and confirmed received by CJ Farmer. There is no rescheduling fee. A reservations
cancellation fee of $50.00 is charged if notice is received two weeks prior to check-in date, $100 if
cancelled with less than two weeks’ notice.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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