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A Real Working Homestead, At the Foot of the Blue Ridge

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property


The Abbott Cottage is a perfect home away from home. Located beside the farmhouse, in the midst of the action on our working farm, there's always something to do or see - unless you'd just like to camp out on the front porch swing for the day! OR, if you are looking for seclusion, check out our tiny house listings (Azalea Creek Tiny House and Fern Creek Tiny House).

As for the cottage, it has 3 bedrooms that sleep 8 MAX. Please do not ask us to allow extra guests. The first bedroom has a double bed and full bath. The second has a double bed and full bath, with an antique footed tub and shower. The third is set up for kids (or adults), with two sets of twin bunk beds. There's a living/dining room and a full kitchen, with extra eating space on the back porch. A washer, dryer and ironing board are out there too. The cottage has a few toys (mostly for younger kids), plus books, games and vintage movies. Located in beautiful Oconee Co, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are trails and waterfalls galore. World class trout fishing, wild river rafting and fabulous mountain music are less than 30 minutes away. Come see for yourself, you'll love it here!

Bill & Mary McGinn
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, American Sign Language
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Bill & Mary McGinn

We are Bill & Mary McGinn. We're retirees who have taken up farming for a living. Our property was originally bought by Bill's great-great grandfather, just after the Civil War. Then it was sold sometime in the early 1900s. Its a rare privilege to have the farm back in the family and to call this special place home.

Bill & Mary McGinn purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Bill & Mary McGinn chose Westminster

We not only wanted to won family property, but also to find a viable farm. We are dedicated to providing a safe, sustainable environment for our grown children and their children. Yes, it's lots of hard work, but it's so worth it!

What makes this cottage unique

The benefits for us are numerous, such as physically being in the best shape we've been in for years. No more sedentary lifestyle here! Benefits for our guests are many as well; a chance to experience a real working farm, a place to remove yourself from the rat race, a central location for so many of our areas attractions, etc!


Westminster Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Pedestal sink. Handicap accessible.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Pedestal sink. Claw foot tub with shower.
  • Both bathrooms were completely redone in 2013. We just added a vintage footed tub with shower to the back bathroom. Very romantic for weekend getaways or honeymoons! We are sticklers for cleanliness, so they will be spotless. All 'green' cleaning supplies too.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Full attached bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , 2 sets of twin bunks; 4 beds total
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Full bath attached.
  • All bedrooms have vintage furniture and accessories. Linens are provided, with extra blankets and pillows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have had honeymooners here and they considered it very romantic, but it isn't fancy. Plus we have things that only a farm can provide; rides in the wagon behind the tractor and goats to help milk; as well as fresh veggies, fruit and eggs in season.


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A Real Working Homestead, At the Foot of the Blue Ridge
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews
Grantown on Spey, Highlands, Scotland

Comfortable character cottage on a friendly farm

  • 5 of 5

This is a very cosy cottage, well equipped with everything we needed for our trip to the USA. Local countryside is lovely, with the mountains not far away. Nearest grocery shops are 10 minutes drive with an amazing array of shops in Seneca a little further away in Seneca. Atlanta, Greenville SC, Anderson SC are easy day trips with plenty of history to explore.

Friendly people run this farm, we were given eggs on arrival for example, and "Ponder" the dog was always pleased to greet us!

UK visitors note that there is no public transport nearby.

Unlimited wifi is available for free, mobile phone coverage is OK.

Level access available from the parking area, the entire cottage is on one floor.

There is no dishwasher.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay in Beautiful Surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from four nights at this cottage. The purpose of our trip was to hike with our dogs and the cottage location was accessible to many amazing waterfall hikes. There was no way to conquer them all but we gave it a good try.

Bill greeted us upon arrival and every time that we returned for the day. He made sure we had everything we needed and we did.

The cottage is on a working farm but we were not aware of excess noise unless you consider a howling coyote or cow in the distance to be excess noise. It was very peaceful and we capped off each night by sitting in the rocking chairs on the front porch snuggled up in a blanket.

Ponder, the local "furball" mayor of the homestead made sure to uphold his reputation and hung out with us every evening on the porch. He is a such a sweet dog and we will miss him greatly!

Overall, we found the cottage to be cozy and clean and we had no issues. We would definitely come back again and would have no hesitation recommending this to other travelers.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina

Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! The kids loved milking the goats! Our only problem was that we had to leave... we will have to stay longer next time!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

What a great weekend! My husband and I brought our mothers with us for a beautiful weekend. Bill and Mary are very accommodating. The space inside and out is wonderful coupled with a lovely front porch swing. We enjoyed this place and will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely spot with kind hosts

  • 5 of 5

Bill and Mary could not have been nicer and more accommodating. Ponder was a highlight too. The cottage was clean and had everything you needed. One complaint was the lack of Internet and tv channels, but who needs that when you are trying to get away? The only other problem was that the kids had to go through our bedroom to use the bathroom. We had a great time and would be happy to return. We had no issue with the proximity to the farm house, in fact we liked it. Thank you Bill and Mary for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to have y'all travel from Connecticut and stay at the farm. Your family was fun to interact with and we hope you will visit again.
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Excellent place to be in Clemson/Greenville area and avoid crowds with a pleasant "farm" stay.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was pleasant and the people and environment were wonderful. A great change from a hotel and a nice break from the everyday business of life. If you enjoy a simpler perspective then I strongly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Oconee County Course
Nearest Motorway
4.6 Miles
Scenic Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Yousef's Kitchen
Car: necessary

As we've mentioned, this is a great area to visit. The farm is located in a rural setting, between Westminster and Walhalla, SC. There's not only beautiful scenery, but plenty of local flavor to enjoy. The people are friendly to a fault and the pace is definitely slower. We have learned, though, not to stereotype folks around here. That redneck hillbilly on his old tractor, just might be a world famous writer or a professor with degrees an arm long. So come with your mind set to relax and savor. You won't be disappointed.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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