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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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 25, 2017

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.


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

Lake Lanier Striper Charters

Gainesville, GA

Jeff Blair 678-542-4176

Zip Line Canopy Tour Adventures

Lula, GA


Southeastern Expeditions - Whitewater Rafting

Clayton, GA 30524


Jaemor Farms

5340 Cornelia Hwy/Hwy 365, mile marker 35

Alto, GA


Funopolis Family Fun Center

Banks Crossing/Commerce, GA


Hammers Glen Golf & Country Club

Homer, GA


Atlanta Dragway

Commerce, GA


Gresham Motorsports Park

Jefferson, GA


Commerce Crossing Mall Stores

Banks Crossing/Commerce, GA


Nova Cinemas

Banks Crossing/Commerce, GA


Movie Hotline 706-423-9659


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
  • 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 4.78125 based on 32 reviews

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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Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a bit of a guys trip up tot he property, including the cabin and two campsites, and had an amazing time. The hikes were lovely, as was the scenery. CJ was incredibly helpful and it was nice to have the owner on the property to help with anything we needed. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's so nice to have hikers on our trails to appreciate how pretty they are. Because we are an equestrian center, I think the cabin and campground are often overlooked by the hikers, thinking our trails are for horses only. Hopefully the fellas will plan a return trip!
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Our home away from home. We couldn't find a better place to stay than here.

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying here at the cabin. We stayed here 2 years ago. And we loved the place. Our son and his family lives just down the road, about 3 miles away. Very convenient for both of us. Last time we stayed only 5 nights. This time we extended our stay to 12 nights. When it was time to go, it was really hard to leave this place. Our 2 granddaughters, 6 & 4, spent some time with us at the cabin. We took several walks. They loved to go see the horses. We love the horses. The horses were friendly, and came to the fences to let the girls pet them. This time around, we had lovely weather. Except for a couple days of rain. And we loved the hot tub. That got a lot of use. The prices are very reasonable. There is no motel/hotel that can even compare to this cabin. We enjoyed meeting C.J., and visiting with her. Very wonderful & friendly person. We will definitely come here again for a 3rd visit. Many wonderful memories we have here. God really blessed us with this cabin. And very much looking forward to the next time.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gastonia, NC

We had a very nice day at this lovely cabin set back in the woods - very private and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The hot tub was so relaxing - very nice touch. Plenty of nice soft towels to dry off with. We grilled steaks on the charcoal grill on the back deck for dinner on Friday night and the kitchen had everything we needed to fix up some sides to go with the steaks. Our only guests were the night sounds you hear in a forest. The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed our breakfast out on the deck on Saturday morning. If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing place to unwind - here it is.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always makes me smile to see that travelers are so appreciative of the private, scenic, relaxing retreat atmosphere at the ranch.
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Summer vacation with kids

  • 5 of 5

We stayed one adult and two kids in CJs cabin for almost a month, and it was very nice, we really enjoyed staying there, the cabin surroundings are perfect for active kids, they could safely play outdoors, go see the horses anytime we wanted, fish in the lake, hike the trails in the forrest, and at the same time it was like staying at home. All the shops you need is less than 20 minutes away. I can only recommend a stay with in The River cabin, CJ is a good host. Enjoy

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is wonderful to host families with such well-behaved kids. I got the privilege of giving them a horseback riding lesson while they were here and probably enjoyed it as much as they did, they were delightful! It was refreshing to see kids having such a good time in the great outdoors as opposed to being glued to their phones and video games. Good job Nick!
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Awesome cabin! Perfect place - thoroughly enjoyed!

  • 5 of 5

Has everything you need! Peaceful & refreshing!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the "sisters reunion" went well and a good time was had by all!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $200
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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