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Magical Log Cabin Home On Wooded Creek with Waterfall! """

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath - Sleeps up to 10

Don't be deceived by lower nightly rates. Manager fees can add $100 per night to your final bill.

Treat yourself and your family to a 5 star Mountain Log Cabin Escape!

This authentic log cabin resides on 3 acres of Chickamauga creek front! Step back in time in this lovely log home, which offers an eclectic combination of tasteful antiques and modern conveniences. You will be welcomed by our wood carved bear and her cub on the front porch and of course a rocking chair. Flat screens, satellite TV, wireless internet,and free long distance phone calls offer a connection to the outside world while escaping to a place that stands still in time.

Beautiful wrap around porch offers views of the creek and local wild-life. Relax soaking in the hot tub under the stars. ( Our hot tub is drained, cleaned and treated before each and every guest arrival:) Screened porch has rocking chairs and a daybed for quiet naps. A fire pit on the creek with picnic tables allows you to enjoy the creek view even on chilly nights and neighbors a twinkle lighted gazebo and a double swing for cozy conversations. A pathway on the property leads you to a small island in the creek which offers a picnic table for intimate picnics. Large tubes are provided seasonally to fully enjoy the creek. Walk the creek past the island to the waterfall approx. 1/2 mile walk west and enjoy nature's beauty along the way. Access our private property across the street which also has picnic tables and offers a safe place to walk pets. (Please clean up after pets) Also creek front and visit our Hillbilly Bridge.

One King bedroom and one Queen bedroom and one full bath on the main floor offers easy access for those having difficulty with stairs. Main floor offers an open fully equipped kitchen for making family meals. Large master king bedroom suite on second floor offers an executive desk work area for those who are on a working vacation and plenty of room for a baby crib which we have on property! Loft area has a comfy futon that will sleep two. Finished basement offers a fold out sleeper for two and is home to a full size Pool table and Foos ball table.

Main floor is a large open living area, dining room and kitchen and is home to an old fashion stand up shuffleboard/bowling table which allows all ages to join in a family game that needs no exact skill. Also a game table on the main floor offers a place to put together puzzles, play cards, checkers and chess. This drop leaf table opens to allow additional seating for large family dinners or a buffet in addition to the dining room table which seats 8 and a bar area that seats 4. A high chair is also included in the dining area for the newest additions to your family. A large warm morning stove sits in the middle of the living area and allows you to enjoy a warm fire ambiance. Double glass doors offer access to the screen porch which also has table seating area for outdoor dining. Breath in the fresh mountain air, marvel at the many humming birds and butterflies in the summer. Chase lightning bugs in the back yard. Sip wine from one of our many local wineries and star gaze from the outdoor hot tub. Pan for gold in the creek. Play horseshoes in back yard.

This cabin is beautifully decorated for Christmas from Thanksgiving to Jan 10th. for making

magical memories for all to enjoy for years to come.

For smaller groups or additional accommodations for a large group please see our Wildwood Tree House Love Nest cabin which sleeps 4 adults 2 children located only 1 mile from this cabin at VRBO Listing #668346 or our Moonlight Kiss honeymoon cabin which sleeps 2 at VRBO Listing #718977

More Details

Debra and Jeff Carpenter
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 20, 2018

About Debra and Jeff Carpenter

Mrs. has worked for RAL Resort Property Management on Fort Myers Beach, FL for 30 years. Mr. is a Contractor 25 years. We are living our dream. We purchased this home in Sautee Nacoochee for our retirement but loved this area so much we relocated from Fort Myers, Florida early. No regrets!

Debra and Jeff Carpenter purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Debra and Jeff Carpenter chose Helen

Quiet location. Professionally cleaned and serviced pest control. Hot tub is drained and sanitized between every guest! Beautiful Furnishings, comfy beds with Chenille spreads, TVs in every room, creek front. Access to private waterfall.

Every day in the mountains is an adventurel. Never know what you will see when you wake up. Humming birds, deer, wild turkey, turtles and rabbits abound in this area. Waterfalls, lakes, little white chapels and farmlands make the drive into Helen a scenic one.

All who come to this cabin, both young and old, feel the magic. Impeccable furnishings, and a warm ambiance makes this cabin an amazing vacation experience. A unique combination of all modern conveniences and eclectic old Americana antiques decor offers an enchanting escape for families, lovers and friends who want to make magical memories for years to come. Allow the positive energy that radiates from this property embrace you and follow you home.

Transform the mountain experience to the excitement of a day at the lake. Travel just 10 miles to LaPrades Marina on Lake Burton. You will find 3 Levels of Lakeside Dining in the new 10,000 sq.ft. building. You will delight in the beautiful decor with indoor/outdoor stone fireplaces. You can rent Boats and Pontoons by the hour, and by the day to drift or ski your way around the 64 miles of shore line. It's great to get a suntan in the mountains. Check out the Party Pontoon Boat which seats 16, has a great stereo system and a slide for kids of all ages to enjoy when parked in the lake. You can take our tubes with you on the boat and float and daydream on this beautiful lake.

What makes this cabin unique

Authentic log cabin home with a large screened porch located on 3 acres of wooded creekfront leading to a private waterfall! Amazing creek views from wrap around porch. Antiques mixed with tasteful decor makes for a unique and relaxing hideaway. Screened porch offer seating area and a day bed for quiet naps overlooking forest and creek. Breath in the fresh mountain air and daydream... Hot tub under the stars. Walk to the nearby waterfall and experience nature in it's purest form of wildflowers, damsels, dragonflies, butterflies, hummingbirds, small trout and deer. You may encounter an otter or beaver along the way! Build a fire in the fire pit and roast weenies and marshmallows in the light of the moon and count the fireflies or have an oyster roast in the stone barb-que pit. Picnic on the creek. Share quiet conversation in the twinkle lighted gazebo or the double swing on the creek. Cabin is decorated for Christmas from Nov 24-Jan 5th. Walk the creek 1/2 mile to a private waterfall ! This luxury cabin has been described by our guests as a little slice of heaven. White County is home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the country.

Anna Ruby Falls offers access to three beautiful waterfalls. You can stroll through the mountain laurel and rhododendron to the cascading Anna Ruby Falls where two creeks meet. Two waterfalls plunge together to become Smith Creek.

If you and your honey are looking for a bit of adventure away from tourists, visit Dukes Creek Falls along the 0.8-mile Dukes Creek Trail. In addition to offering scenic beauty, this waterfall is known for giving visitors who pan for gold good luck.

As one of the area’s most unusual waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls along Chattooga Road has water that flows through a split in solid rock. On one side of the rock, the water drops 100 feet. On the other, the waterfalls 60 feet and rushes through the rock face before it drops another 20 feet into a deep pool.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are hoping to come back in the summer.
Nov 2014
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Helen Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets must be pre-approved prior to arrival. Pets must be crated when left alone in cabin. A crate is provided. Pets are not permitted on beds
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Master Bedroom has private full bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Basement has half bath - no shower or tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loft Area has a comfy Queen Futon
    Basement - 2 baby crib , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 single fold out cots
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Groceries or Breakfast Package and/or snack packages, firewood or flowers available upon arrival with advanced notice for a fee.


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Magical Log Cabin Home On Wooded Creek with Waterfall!
average rating of 4.970874 based on 106 reviews

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My Fiance and I went up there with two other couples to celebrate our friends birthday and we had a wonderful experience. the photos do not do this house any justice! It's absolutely beautiful and has so many things to offer! Don't miss out on this hidden gem! the 6 of us have already decided to make this trip a yearly thing and we will most defiantly be returning to this house! Thank you Jeff and Debra for making this a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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  • 5 of 5

The cabin is spacious and beautiful. There is clearly pride and great care taken in this home. The owners were tremendously helpful and even mailed our computer to us after we left it at the cabin. We could not have been more pleased! This cabin, its location, which is near to so many sites and its owners come with the highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Travis & Liz, We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Magical Log Cabin on the Creek. We hope you will come again soon! Debra & Jeff
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Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed are stay great cabin the owner was very nice close to helen awesome trip

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Great cabin..very cozy and clean!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place..there were a lot of fun things to do in the cabin and we loved the stream and fire pit in the back! Debra and Jeff were great too! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan for your 5 star review. So glad that you enjoyed your stay! Debra & Jeff
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

Best place to stay, nice ride out of town. Everything you need. Thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ken for your 5 star review. We strive to make sure guests have everything they need to enjoy this cabin on their vacation! Deb & Jeff
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Absolutely PERFECT!!!

  • 5 of 5

We took the children and grandchildren for our 2nd annual Christmas getaway to the mountains. We could not have asked for a more perfect place! The home is so warm and inviting the second you enter the front door. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas and there was even Christmas music playing for us when we walked in. It was also very thoughtful for the owner to call and check on us to make sure we had everything we needed. What a special personal touch! The family voted unanimously that they want to return here next year. Thanks for the wonderful Christmas memories!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gina, Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We are so happy that you and your family made some magical memories at our cabin! I had blocked Christmas this year for my family but it looks like they want to do Thanksgiving instead so I will be opening those dates today if you wish to move forward with a booking. Kind regards, Debra
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Greenville-Spartanburg or Atlanta Hartfield
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Unicoi Lodge
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Blue Ridge GA
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Unicoi Lodge, Bernies Resturant, Old Sautee Bakery
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Highlands, NC
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Unicoi State Park
Car: necessary

Six scenic miles from the Bavarian Village of Helen Ga where shopping,wineries and restaurants abound. Visit the 100 yr old working Nora Mill, Jumping Goat Coffee, Antique Village and Wineries galore. Miniature Golf, zip line, canoe, kayak, tube, dirt bike, hike waterfalls and horse back riding. Horse & buggy rides. Four miles from Anna Ruby falls and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Paddle boat the Lake, or mountain bike the area. It's all nearby!

Helen is just the beginning. The history of our area is as follows.

The Legend Of Sautee & Nacoochee

The Legend of Sautee and Nacoochee is well documented. The first White settlers, coming up the Unicoi Trail, now known as Georgia Highway 17, heard the story as they stopped to rest in the shade of the giant white oak, still standing adjacent the Old Sautee Store. (Hwy 17 & 255).

One among them, George Williams, a young lad at the time, retold this story in his memoirs. The Cherokees considered themselves to be a superior race, as indeed they were. Handsome, tall and intelligent, they even had an alphabet, the first in America. They were not nomads, they built log houses and tilled the soil. They had but one grievous fault. This superiority was allowed to show. Naturally, this did not endear them to the neighboring tribes. One of these, the Chickasaws, was constantly at war with the Cherokee.

However, there were moments of relative calm. During one such truce, a band of Chickasaws was allowed to cross over Cherokee land, provided they stay on the Unicoi Trail and rested only at designated spots. One such spot was where two trails crossed at the junction of two lovely valleys, the same place where - a century later, a young George Williams stopped. As the Chickasaw band rested, in the shade of the giant oak, around them gathered curious Cherokees, trying to get a closer look at the dispised Chickasaws. Soon they were trading insults and obscenities. The Cherokees were hoping to bait the Chicasaws into making an overt act. But, the Chickasaws were too cagey to be trapped by such obvious maneuvers.

One of the Chickasaws stands aloof from this bickering. It is Sautee: young, handsome and a chief's son. He dreams of the day when he will be chief. And has the authority to negotiate permanent peace with the Cherokees. Some of this greatness must have shown, for Nacoochee, the Cherokee chief's 16-year-old daughter, is so taken by this handsome stranger that she stares unashamedly. Then their eyes meet. The magic alchemy of love does the rest. Not one spoken word - and yet a tryst was made.

That night Nacoochee steals away from her father's log house to meet with Sautee, under the giant white oak, now known as the Sautee Oak. By this time, they are helplessly and hopelessly in love. The rest of Sautee's party, counsels against this madness. No good could come of this flagrant violation of their truce. If Wahoo, the girl's father, learned of this meeting, all would be doomed. But, then, as now, teenagers feel they must defy the establishment. "Run, if you must," Sautee tells his followers, "but, I remain here with Nacoochee. Together we will make Wahoo understand. This must be the first step to a lasting peace between our two nations.

The couple secretly spent time together in a secret cave within Yonah Mountain. Despite their private affair, both felt compelled to bring their love to the Chief for approval, never dreaming that they would not receive his blessing.

To the young couples surprise, the Chief was blinded by anger when his daughter presented Sautee as the man she loved, not only ordering him away, but ordering him to be thrown from the highest cliffs of the Yonah Mountains. Nacoochee was forced to look on to her lover's demise. Overcome with grief, and unable to see a life worth living without Sautee, she too threw herself from the high cliffs. They were united at the cliff's basin, joined forever in death. Wahoo, the Chief, found the fallen couple in an endearing embrace, realizing too late that his daughter's love was in fact her fate. Wahoo becomes overcome with remorse, something he will live with the rest of his life , choosing to leave the couple united in death at the mountain's basin.

Today, that burial mound still stands at the Junction of Georgia Highway 75 and Highway 17. The valleys were renamed, one for each of the fallen lovers. While you're up visiting at the cabins in Helen, GA stop and to pay respects.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 15.0%

Please contact me by phone to determine if a Paypal can be accepted for your payment. Full refund if cancelled 60 days or more in advance. Pets must be pre-approved and well behaved. Pets are not permitted on beds or furnishings. Pets must be crated when left alone in cabin. Pets must be leashed when outside. All pet debris must be removed prior to guest departure. Pet fee is $100 per pet. Failure to report pets or failure to obey house rules may result in loss of Security Deposit.

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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