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Serene Secluded Riverfront Cottage

Mineral Bluff, GA, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

River frontage with dock and private wooded 3 acres on the Toccoa River.

Merry Rose Cottage, on the banks of the Toccoa River, is accessible by a gravel country road, and surrounded by lush vegetation and the sounds of nature. This simple country cottage, with its lovely decor and relaxed atmosphere, has a whimsical feel; even the smallest details have been attended to. There is a picnic area and a dock overlooking the River with a romantic seating area that would be perfect for an intimate dinner for two. Guests will feel as though they have simply borrowed the weekend country house of an old friend instead of renting just another mountain vacation home. Whether you decide to spend time relaxing in the hot tub located in the area off the master bedroom, or snuggled up on the sofa beside the wood burning fireplace, you are sure to find your perfect spot in this charming cottage on the River. The Cottage has two private master bedrooms with their own bathroom and river view. The King Master suite has a totally renovated master bath and everything is NEW! In the bedroom there is a king bed w/skylights and it opens on to large deck with a recessed hot tub. Kitchen is nicely stocked with dishwasher and microwave, and there is a Stainless Steel gas grill on the deck for outdoor grilling. Amenities include WiFi, Dish Network (over 150 channels to choose from) with 43" Samsung HD Smart TV with DVR in the living room, and 32" RCA flat screen television also with DVR in King Master bedroom and the Queen Master Suite has new 32" Flat screen TV also. If you appreciate a good book there is your choice of great books for riverside reading! Nearby attractions include hiking the beautiful trails of North Georgia, biking, antique shopping, white water rafting, horseback riding, scenic railroad in Blue Ridge and the famous Swan Drive-In.

Of course we include fine linens and large fluffy towels and robes. An initial supply of guest soaps, toilet paper, dishwasher detergent, paper towels and trash bags will also be provided. For colder seasons firewood is provided for fire pit and wood burning fireplace in the living area..


Ann Merry

Member Since 2015
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Ann Merry

I was born in Atlanta as was most of my family and enjoyed the 'big city' for many years but North Georgia and its rivers and mountains were always an important part of my childhood and youth as my family loved rivers, canoeing and kayaking. We spent much time in the mountains and the rivers. I guess that's why I have finally moved here to North Georgia to live and have enjoyed this area for many years. That's me and Eva in the picture at the River! I think she's going to be a natural paddler and she already loves the water!

Ann Merry purchased this Cottage in 1998

Why Ann Merry chose Mineral Bluff

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in 1980 my husband and I decided to take a drive to the North Georgia mountains and ended up having a lovely picnic on the banks of the Toccoa River. We fell in love with the area and the next week went back and bought the land where we had our lovely picnic that afternoon. We camped on the property for many years and my family has had, and continue to have, many wonderful memories in this amazing place. In 1997 Merry Rose Cottage was built. I named her Merry Rose after my dear mother Mary Rose.

What makes this Cottage unique

Merry Rose Cottage is a magical place that will always be part of me and my family and we are pleased that others are enjoying it now as well. There are so many things to do all around the cottage; of course the River is the best part to me but there are so many activities close by even though you feel totally away from everything when you're at the cottage. We are also located within an easy drive to many wonderful wineries and wine tasting venues that you will love. There's hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, zip lining, lake activities on Lake Blue Ridge, golf, tennis; just about everything! Of course the cottage is just wonderful to enjoy staying in and experiencing the the peace and quiet! ( Along cooking some delicious and cozy dinners on the river!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1 King Master
        1 king, Skylights, french doors to hot tub on deck river view & TV
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Queen Master w/ river view & private bath, new 32" HDTV
      • Both Private Master Suites have close river views and private baths. King Suite is larger with cathedral ceilings with three skylights with french doors going to outside deck with recessed 5-person hot tub. Also, king master suite has newly renovated bathroom completed in October 2016 that has skylight and beautiful glassed in shower. Also recently added Satellite 32" Flat Screen TV with DVR. The smaller Queen master suite has a new 32" TV and private bath and has laundry room adjacent to this master bathroom. And, as mentioned earlier both master suites have fantastic close river views!


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Renovated 2016 Vanity/glass shower/porcelain barnwood floor
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Close river view, updated 2017, laundry room attached.

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            Downtown Blue Ridge is only about 20 minutes from Merry Rose Cottage. Great shopping and wonderful new and established restaurants in town that will not disappoint! Also try the Blue Ridge Food Tour
          • Mountain View
          • Resort
            Brasstown Valley Resort is beautiful and only a lovely short trip past Blairsville and you are there! Lots to do including golf,spa, and horseback riding. Lodge has panoramic views of the mountains.
          • Rural
          • Water View
            There is a river view from every room in the cottage. Both Master suites and open floor plan kitchen and Living room have amazing river views!
          • Waterfront
            Cottage is steps away from the Toccoa River! Trout stream one of the best in US. Many browns & rainbows caught here. Water cold & clear. A float downriver via kayak, canoe, or tube is wonderful!


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central Air & Heat with ceiling fans in bedrooms and kitchen.
                      • Fireplace
                        Wood burning fireplace. Wood provided.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Electric Heat Pump
                      • Internet
                        AT&T Wireless High-Speed Internet WIFI with Samsung Smart 43" TV in Family Room
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        New Whirlpool dryer bought in 2016
                      • Linens Provided
                        Soft fluffy towels and high count cotton sheets supplied. Robes also provided.
                      • Living Room
                        Open floorplan with freshly painted kitchen & livingroom with french doors out to deck with hot tub overlooking river. New 43" Samsung Smart TV in family room purchased 2017.
                      • Parking
                        Private parking for several cars if necessary.
                      • Telephone
                        Local telephone service only. Cell phone friendly!
                      • Towels Provided
                        Plenty of high quality large cotton bath sheets and towels.
                      • Washing Machine
                        New Whirlpool washer


                          • Coffee Maker
                            10 cup coffee maker + New Keurig Coffee System, usually have K-Cups available with Keurig adapter if you bring your own coffee as well as ground coffee for both coffeemakers.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Well stocked kitchen with plenty of dishes and utensils & cookware
                          • Dishwasher
                            Great Whirlpool dishwasher!!
                          • Kitchen
                            Comfortable well stocked kitchen. Gourmet cookware. Open floor plan with family room and kitchen freshly painted March 2018. Cottage Plantation shutters in both kitchen, family room & dining area,
                          • Microwave
                            Nice little microwave!
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            I try to keep interesting 'goodies' for our guests to use if they need; i.e. sometimes special coffees or herbal teas. Also some basic cooking necessities will be available.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Double door refrigerator with icemaker and cold water faucet
                          • Stove
                            Electric stove & oven
                          • Toaster
                            Bagels & Toast friendly


                              • Dining
                                Inside table inside seats 4-6; outdoor table on deck seats 10 (in gazebo on back deck overlooking River.)
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    A nice variety of bestsellers and other 'classics' are found in every room for you readers!
                                  • DVD Player
                                    RCA DVD Nice DVD movie collection; a work in progress! All TV's are new Flat Screen TV''s in both Master Suites! TV in Queen Master came with DVD.
                                  • Games
                                    We have puzzles, Trivial Pursuit (old but always fun!) several levels from Junior up. Also TV movie games. You just have to go through them and see if there's anything that sounds like fun to you!
                                  • Music Library
                                    CD's available in entertainment center in Family Room Sirius music channel on TV;s
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Dish Network - 150+ channels
                                  • Television
                                    Family Room has 43" Smart Samsung TV with DVR and DVD player Also Sirius Music Channels for variety of music. King Master Suite has 32" Flat Screen SatelliteTV with DVR/ DVD Queen BR has 32" TV +DVD
                                  • Toys
                                    A few..... We have two kayaks; one sit-on top & one regular older kayak complete with spray skirt and helmet. In the summer have tubes for floating down to Horseshoe Bend Park
                                  • Video Library
                                    Lots of movies! Also both TV's connected to DVR. Growing selection of DVD movies


                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        (2) kayaks for paddling plus tubes for floating down to Horseshoe Bend Park or McCaysville. You can float right from the cottage or put in at Curtis Switch up river for a longer float or paddle!
                                      • Balcony
                                      • Boat
                                        Kayaks & Tubes and Blue Ridge Marina in Blue Ridge has boat rentals if you want to rent a pontoon boat one day or go have lunch or a cold drink at the Marina new bar & grill! Lots of fun !
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Riverside has large deck with hot tub and arbor overlooking river & fishing dock. Recently painted covered front porch with comfortable seating that has lovely view of private wooded front yard.
                                      • Golf
                                        Old Toccoa Farm - Blue Ridge's only Golf & Resort Community! Book your Tee Time today! Other nice courses located in Blairsville & surrounding areas
                                      • Bicycles
                                        You may bring your bikes as there are nice mountain bike trails around the cottage and in the surrounding areas in Blue Ridge and Ellijay. Several locations!!!
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Arbor with table seating for 10 on the back deck with beautiful close view of the river where most of the outside entertaining is done. Stainless Steel Gas Grill for outside cooking....
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Seasonal flowers and landscaping. Window boxes on outside windows with seasonal flowers and plants. Cottage is privately nestled into the lovely wooded front yard. Can't be seen by the road at all.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Stainless Steel 4-Burner gas grill purchased in March 2017. Nice size with side burner. Electric igniter even works!!!
                                      • Tennis
                                        There are nice courts available in Blue Ridge and surrounding areas.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Life jackets for paddling two or three boats. Rolling Thunder River Rafting Company located a short trip away (by land or sea!) They also rent kayaks and tubes! Great people . Rafting shuttles!


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            There are steps going up onto deck in the back and steps into the front door as well.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Very private Round 5-person hot tub that is recessed into the deck. Built for 5 but that sounds like too many people to me! A beautiful view of the river & nightly light show in the sky!

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage


                                                      • museums
                                                      • churches
                                                      • festivals
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • live theater
                                                      • marina
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • playground
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • water parks
                                                      • winery tours
                                                      • zoo

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • outlet shopping
                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • boating
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • gambling casinos
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • miniature golf
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • photography
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • Babysitter
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • laundromat
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • mountain climbing
                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • equestrian events
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hot air ballooning
                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • rock climbing
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • skiing
                                                                  • spelunking
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • water skiing
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • whitewater rafting
                                                                  • wind-surfing


                                                                      • Very secluded and private. Definitely a relaxing romantic getaway but, if you want more...there's hiking,whitewater rafting (Ocoee & Nantahala Rivers), horseback riding, zip lines, community theater, special events..etc.etc...you name it we have it and not too far away! And when you get back to the Cottage you can just relax and enjoy a great meal and/or go jump in the river or the hot tub....or both!! There is so much to do in this area. Blue Ridge has become the little town everyone wants to visit. Beautiful shops, restaurants, arts,community theater; just about anything you want to do is available. Check my reviews for details of other events or activities my guests have found to be fun!

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        78 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Absolutely PERFECT!

                                                                        Carissa S.

                                                                        Let me say from the moment we stepped inside we felt at home. This was one of the coziest places I'd ever been. Beautifully decorated on the inside with everything you could possibly need. The big chair in the living room was so comfortable, along with the master bed! It was hard getting up in the morning. And the linens smelled of maybe lavender that was so pleasant. I can't forget the heated fan in the beautiful bathroom, along with the double shower head! We enjoyed the hot tub on the chilly nights. We looked forward to returning from the adventures of the day to relax by the water with cocktail in the evening. We had the opportunity to wade out in the river and catch some trout too!! If you want to fish with a guide, I highly recommend Bob with Reel Angling Adventures. He was awesome!! No need to look any further for a place to stay. I promise you will be glad you chose Merry Rose Cottage. We can't wait to return!

                                                                        A great getaway

                                                                        James G.Alpharetta, GA

                                                                        I rented the cabin for my girlfriend's birthday, as we really needed to get away, and she wanted a place that she could just be next to running water all day. She got that. First thing, the drive in from Atlanta was beautiful, the mountains and trees just made it a great drive up. Getting there was easy. Once we arrived we found a wonderful cabin, with a great river right next to it. My girlfriend definitely got what she was wanting. At anytime we could open the door and listen to the water flow over the rocks and let that sound just relax us. Sadly the weather wasn't as cooperative, it was cold and rainy for the majority of the time but we still had plenty to do, and the hot tub was even more enjoyable in the colder weather.

                                                                        We had an amazing time just relaxing next to the river all weekend, were sad to leave, but definitely can't wait to come back, hopefully with more cooperative weather.

                                                                        A TRUE BASTION OF REST & RELAXATION !!

                                                                        Zane H.

                                                                        I decided for our 1st Wedding Anniversary, I would surprise my wife with a quiet retreat up to the Blueridge area for some R&R and fun with our fur-babies away from all the hustle and bustle of Atlanta — and to put it lightly: Merry Rose Cottage fulfilled everything we were looking for and more!

                                                                        Located about 2.5 hours north of Atlanta, using the directions that Ann gave for the GPS, the drive was simple and straight forward to get the cottage. One note of some “bouncy” pot-holes once you get on some of the dirt roads leading to the cottage - but it’s all part of the journey.

                                                                        The cottage itself is as quaint and lovely as it is warm and accommodating! Ann has done an outstanding job of decorating and filling the space with functional and inviting amenities — it felt like we had lived there, and it was hard to let it go. We were spoiled to have the 2-bedroom house to ourselves, but because the cottage would work perfectly for 4 people as well, we are already planning on a couples retreat soon.

                                                                        As if the home itself isn’t enough, a slight glance out of the large windows and french doors to the backyard reveals the “real show” — THE RIVER!! Wow, though the photos do some justice, to be able to walk out off of the back porch onto the dock overlooking the flowing waters and experience the sights, sounds and surroundings of the river rising and falling throughout the day is the experience that made the entire trip into an unforgettable memory! This is one of those scenes that makes you want to sit and sip coffee (or beer) and casually contemplate prose to the likes of Walden — a true escape!

                                                                        We brought along our 2 pups (lab mixes), so that they could enjoy the big open spaces and play on the banks of the river to their hearts’ content. Our one dog that is a relentless swimmer was a little weary of the moving current, but when the water level was lower, she had no fear of splashing and wading in the stream.

                                                                        Ann was very accommodating, helpful, and accessible for anything that we needed, and she really made us feel welcome and right at home throughout our stay. VRBO needs more proprietors like Ann!

                                                                        All-in-all, this was one of the best trips that my wife and I have had together — we needed a get away from the “real world” for a minute, and Merry Rose Cottage certainly delivered!

                                                                        Thank you, Ann, for the exceptional hospitality and for letting us experience your charming, rejuvenating slice of paradise!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Hello Zane,

                                                                        First, I must thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful and thoughtful review! It is so appreciated and I was delighted to receive it. I would also tell you that working with you two was a pleasure as well and would look forward to your return to Merry Rose. There are projects planned for her that I know you both will enjoy. My challenge is finding the time to complete them all but I will!

                                                                        Thank you again for this lovely review and I do look forward to your next visit.




                                                                        nancy f.Woodstock, GA USA

                                                                        what a cute place!! my husband and son went fly fishing several days( watch out for the rising water) and i sat on the deck and chilled. Beautiful river. The house was equipped with everything you could need - even puppy towels. Ann was so helpful with everything. Road is a little tough the last half a mile - a small car would have trouble, but we had a truck and no problems. Had planned to go into Blue Ridge shopping but I was totally happy just sitting watching the river. Cant wait to go back!!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Hello Nancy,

                                                                        It is great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit with Merry Rose Cottage! Thank you for the kind words! So glad you were able to do some fishing! You, however, didn't have any fish stories?!?! I must suspect that you perhaps didn't catch any? Well, the fishing seems to be improving with every day so I hope when you return you will have better luck!

                                                                        Again, thank you for taking the time to wrote this very considerate and thoughtful review. Music to my ears! Look forward to your next visit!


                                                                        Lovely cottage. Ideal for our weekend getaway.

                                                                        Ines C.Atlanta, GA

                                                                        This was an ideal place to escape for a few days. We enjoyed hiking and sitting by the lake. Our puppy really enjoyed the space and being free to run around and explore.

                                                                        Ann Merry was an excellent hostess, making sure we had everything we needed.

                                                                        We definitely recommend this place and will try to come back soon.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Ines. You were a pleasure to have and I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Merry Rose. I will look forward to your next visit. As you know, Merry Rose is a work in progress and there will be new surprises when you return!

                                                                        Thanks again for your thoughtful review!


                                                                        Great Weekend Getaway

                                                                        SHERIDAN T.ATLANTA

                                                                        My husband, my Dogs and I had the best weekend away. The house was lovely, the river was beautiful, the hot tub was great and the central location in between Blue Ridge and McCaysville/Copperhill was couldn't be beat. We would definitely love to come back.

                                                                        Thanks so much.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Sheridan for you nice review. I certainly enjoyed working with you and would love to have you visit again. Spring and Summer is right around the corner and should be beautiful after all this rain in February! I look forward to your visit!!



                                                                        Mineral Bluff, GA, USA

                                                                        The cottage is located on the banks of The Toccoa River, which, for you fishermen, the trout fishing is the greatest! Lots of beautiful Rainbows and Browns have been caught right there in our backyard! And, for you paddlers, we have whitewater for everyone! Class II to Class IV Rivers all abound! Of course the Toccoa is gentle enough (Class II) for a tranquil paddle or float down to Horseshoe Bend Park or if you want something a tad more challenging you can put in at Curtis Switch a few miles upstream and paddle or tube down to the Cottage and have lunch or dinner before you go into town or just settle down for a lovely evening cooking and enjoying a pleasant relaxing evening together on the River. However, if you are in the mood to go out, we have fantastic new and established restaurants a short 20 minutes away in Blue Ridge. Also, new to Blue Ridge, there is the new Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours that will give you a taste of some of the best places to eat found in Blue Ridge. If you love eating, exploring & having fun, these culinary tours offer you the flavorful experience you may be looking for! Guests staying at Merry Rose Cottage may use promo code: "merryrose" for a healthy discount!


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