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Killian House Retreat, 4br 2ba Relaxing Get Away Private Home

Warm Springs, GA, USA
  • House1900 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights

Killian House Retreat, 4br 2ba Relaxing Get Away Private Home

This quaint home was built in 1953 and we have designed it as a quiet getaway spot for our family and guests. The Killian family has ties to the local history and FDR in Warm Springs. Now we are opening it up for others to enjoy.

We want to thank our guests for making a breakout year at the Killian House. We had a visit from Sam Killian III the son of the builders of the house. We had a writing group with published authors, three wedding parties, families of graduates, history buffs, and just great people.

The house is 1900 sq/ft and sits on a secluded 1.5 acre wooded lot on top of a hill above Warm Springs GA. We have seen deer, fox, and the always entertaining squirrels on the property. The tree surrounded lot is perfect for star gazing.

Common Areas

Cozy new furniture fills the rooms for long conversations or napping. The dining room seats 8 for candlelit dinners. The Den table is ready for snacks, games, and puzzles. Sit on the front porch with your morning coffee and watch the sun come up. The outdoor grill can prepare a large meal or just use the fire pit to roast marshmallows. Grab a snack and head to the back porch to talk and laugh as the sun sets. Killian House Retreat is the perfect quiet place to finish that research paper, spend time with family, work projects, girl's weekend, or wedding parties. There is room for private small retreats for work, school, or church.


The 50's style kitchen is newly updated but reminds your of Grandmother in her favorite spot. Bake your own cookies or have wine from the local winery with cheese to relax in comfort.


We have chosen not to have a TV in the Killian House Retreat. We use the house as a place to unplug, rejuvenate, and renew communications with each other. However, there is killer wifi with easy access all over the house. We created a blank wall and provided an easy to use video projector and speakers to experience that special movie, game, or cat video together.

Surrounding Activities

We are 15/20 minutes from Calloway Gardens. Many adventures await such as: Christmas Fantasy in Lights, golf, hiking, Gardens, Water ski events, Lakefront beach, Butterfly Gardens, and Treetop challenge course, biking, canoeing, and live raptor shows.

FDR's Little White House is 1 minute away just down the hill. The historic pools that helped FDR refocus his life and body before his political career are at the bottom of the hill below his house.

Take a tour of the Warm Springs Winery. The featured local wines are made from Scuppernong and Muscadine grapes. Taste the unique pepper infused "Hotlanta" wine.

The Roosevelt State park borders the property. There are over 40 miles of trails in the park. Many trails lead to waterfalls along the hike. Beginners to advanced hikers will enjoy the trails. The Liberty Bell Pool is a great place for a day of swimming after hitting the trails. Antique shopping is abundant in Warm Springs and the many surrounding small towns. Being further from a large city the "finds" are plentiful.

Restaurants abound in the local area. While we lost our historic Bullock House building, the owners have reopened in an historic downtown building. The food is just as good and the genuine welcoming nature of Warm Springs is still alive. Mac's Bar B Que is perfect southern fare. The Gardens Restaurant at Calloway makes for a beautiful night out. Only 30 minutes away is the riverfront in Columbus GA which offers 5 great restaurants along the beautifully restored walking park.


Elizabeth Trimble

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Elizabeth Trimble

I have taught special education in Cobb County GA for 15 years. I have taught 4 & 5 year old students in Sunday School for 19 years. Owning this house is a joy. Every time I go there I feel like I discover a new hidden treasure. Meeting my guests and finding out what appeals to them in the area is so much fun. I can see myself building this home and others into my second career.

Elizabeth Trimble purchased this House in 2015

Why Elizabeth Trimble chose Warm Springs

I fell in love with this area after a girl's weekend to Calloway Gardens. No cabin in the mountains of north Georgia or condo at the beach would do. I had to have my cottage in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I spent two years searching for the perfect combination of charm, comfort, modern convenience, and place of renewal. I have found it. I love being here to enjoy a glass of local wine, peruse the antique stores, hike, read, and spend time with the people I love.

What makes this House unique

This home is a history buff's dream. We found that the dining room lamp is a Tesla patented lamp design. It was has an electrical kit to convert oil lamp parts. We estimate that it was originally sold in 1893. The front porch furniture is "Old Hickory" furniture from the 1920's originally built for the Meriwether Inn. The Inn was the first location of the Warm Springs Institute and later purchased by Roosevelt. There is an historic photo of Sam Killian Sr., the Mayor of Warm Springs and FDR during the early days of FDR's rehabilitation from polio. The home was built by his son Sam Killian Jr in 1953. The property adjoining the site is owned by the Alcorn family. FDR was to attend a BarBQ hosted by the Alcorn's the day he died. Located on the adjacent site are the charred remains of the Alcorn family home which was built with wood taken from the Meriweather Inn when it was dismantled.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Children's Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, 135 sq/ft Day Bed/Trundle Bed, New High Quality Matresses
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, 225 sq/ft, Pillowtop Firm Support Mattress, Closet
      • Linen Room
        1 queen, 200 sq/ft, Pillowtop Medium Support Mattress, Closet
      • Bird Watcher Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, 130 sq/ft Front Bedroom, Pillowtop Mattresses


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Guest Bath
          toilet, combination tub/shower, 75 sq/ft, Glass shower doors, new tile in tub and floor
        • Master Bath
          toilet, combination tub/shower, 90 sq/ft, Glass shower doors, new tile in tub and floor
        • Since the Warm Springs area is attractive to people of all ages I want to make sure that my Senior guest are also safe and comfortable. I have a tub hand rail that can be utilized for anyone with concerns about stepping into and out of the tub. Please just let me know if anyone in your party would benefit from this type of assist devise and I will make sure to have it available for your visit.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Rural
            Tree lined hill top property
          • Village


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central Air
                      • Fireplace
                        Yes Not Functional
                      • Garage
                        Storage of grill and firebowl
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Central Heat
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Full size Electric
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Egyptian Cotton 800 thread count sheet sets with comforter sets. Decorative and Sleeping Pillows
                      • Living Room
                        250 sq/ft Comfortable overstuffed seating for 8 More chairs available from dining room.
                      • Parking
                        Parking for 6 cars
                      • Towels Provided
                        Full size towel, Hand towel, and wash cloth for each guest. Kitchen Towels
                      • Washing Machine
                        Full size


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Keurig Traditional Kraft style pot
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Everyday full settings for 8 Formal dinnerware for 8 Flatware Serving Pieces Cooking Utensils Knife set
                          • Dishwasher
                            Full Size
                          • Kitchen
                            Refrigerator, Stove/Oven, Sink with Disposal, Dishwasher, Keurig Coffee Maker, Toaster, Microwave, Blender, Crockpot, Pots & Pans, Knife set, Hand towels, Pot Holders, Dish Towels
                          • Microwave
                            Medium size with turntable
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Salt, Pepper, Cinnamon, Spray cooking oil, Olive Oil, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Dry Coffee Creamer, Paper Towels, Napkins
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size Refrigerator/Freezer
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining room seats 8 Informal Den table for games and meals seats 6 Child's Booster Seat Dining on porch with small table and 8 chairs
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    Local history on FDR & Warm Springs GA
                                  • Games
                                    Board Games Puzzles Chess
                                  • Toys
                                    Dolls Doll play house Student desk and old phone water pistols


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Uncovered railed back porch. 4 new swivel outdoor chairs. 4 new padded outdoor dining chairs Front porch
                                      • Golf
                                        3 courses available at Calloway Gardens 15 minutes away
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        1.5 acres Private tree covered front and back yard
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        New 4 burner gas grill with side cooking area Grilling tools Fire Pit


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • botanical garden
                                              • festivals
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • water parks
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • swimming

                                                            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.

                                                            43 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Private and cozy

                                                            Kim R.

                                                            In town for a busy weekend but thoroughly enjoyed coming back to this comfortable and cozy home to rest and unwind. Completely equipped and Elizabeth is great to work with. Kim 4/2018

                                                            Killian House

                                                            Norman S.

                                                            The house was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank You for your business and your kind words.

                                                            Sweet home away from home

                                                            Susan D.

                                                            Remembrances of my family home growing up. A nice change from the openness of homes today. Love, love, love porches and so enjoyed eating on the back porch watching my grandson run around. Everything was so inviting and comfortable, but way too short a visit. My family enjoyed us being together and being able to cook our meals rather than going out. Overall, a most enjoyable stay. I appreciated Elizabeth Trimble calling beforehand to see if I had any questions and letting us know about any issues. Thank you so much for the weekend respite away from the trials of every day life!

                                                            So relaxing

                                                            Cindy J.

                                                            Beautiful secluded property, awesome views, super comfortable. We will be back when we have time to see the area.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            I am always so excited to have return guests! I will work to make sure your return visit is worth it. Warm Springs and the surrounding areas seem to be opening up many new businesses. If I can help you plan your stay please let me know.

                                                            Cozy place to enjoy the beautiful area around Warm Springs.

                                                            Ashlie P.

                                                            The house was adorable and offered a relaxing place to enjoy after house hunting in the area each day

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank You Ashlie! I am excited to welcome a new resident to the area. It makes me happy to know the area is revitalized with new young families.

                                                            An excellent weekend getaway!

                                                            Araina R.

                                                            We had a perfect weekend at the Killian House! Elizabeth was so easy to work with. She answered every question that we had, and she was so quick to respond when we had needs while in the house. The house looks JUST like the pictures. No surprises at all. It was so beautiful. Tons of room! When we arrived, we found an informational book with tips on where to eat, what to see, etc. The book contained the history of the house, and we had the best time reading through the history and feeling like we were part of it. At the end of the weekend, we didn't want to leave! We will definitely be back.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank You for the kind review! I am happy to know that the information left in the house was useful! I will have to update it, since I have learned about two new restaurants that you might want to try on your return visit!

                                                            The Cellar - Wine and Craft Beer in downtown Warm Springs

                                                            The Carriage and Horses in Pine Mountain


                                                            Warm Springs, GA, USA

                                                            My top picks in each category 1. Tour FDR's Little White House which is a five minute drive from the Killian house. 2. Tour the Hills and Dales estate in Lagrange, GA. built by the Calloway family. Outdoor Adventures: 1. Take a trip to Calloway Gardens for swimming, golfing, hiking and biking. 2. Take a hike in the Roosevelt State Park. Family: 1. Visit the Wild Animal Safari

                                                            Rates & Availability

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                                                            Pet Fee
                                                            Additional Guest Fee
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                                                            For a one or two night stay a $45.00 cleaning fee will be added. For three or more nights no cleaning fee is charged.

                                                            43 Reviews
                                                            Exceptional 5/5
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