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Spectacular view! Pet friendly! Convenient location!

Nantahala Bay, Hiawassee, GA, USA
  • House2580 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

The ultimate in North Georgia scenic mountain living with convenient location.

*** Managed, Cleaned and Maintained by the Owners ***

$$$ Last minute special: $99 per night Apr. 15 - 20 and 22 - 30 $$$

*** 100 Mbps complimentary wi-fi Internet ***

Three bedroom, three bath 2580 sq. ft. mountainside home 400 feet above Lake Chatuge on Whiskey Mountain, sleeps 6 in beds and has 2 folding cots available. Pet friendly, no restrictions, $90 total pet fee, leash walking only. Please check the “Pets” box when booking. This open-plan cabin has two queen suites on the main floor, both with en-suite bath and spacious walk-in closets, and a king suite with en-suite bath in the basement apartment. The basement apartment, with its own entrance and kitchen can be separated from the rest of the house for added privacy by simply closing an interior door. A narrow, oak spiral staircase that connects the upstairs living room with a spacious downstairs home theater and party room adds a bit of character to the mountain charm. There is a gas log stone fireplace in the main floor living room, jetted tub in one main floor bathroom, HD televisions with satellite in the main floor living room, home theater, billiards room and all three bedrooms. In addition to HD programming from DISH, the home theater also has a DVD/Blu-Ray player (with apps and subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu), a small movie library, an Xbox 360, and a Chromecast receiver to display streaming video from guests’ own mobile devices. The complimentary wi-fi Internet has recently been upgraded to 100 Mbps. Guests can also enjoy the full size slate pool table in the adjoining billiards room. The main floor kitchen boasts a five burner gas range with two electric ovens (one of them with convection), microwave oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerator with drawer freezer, filtered drinking water tap and attached laundry room with washer and dryer. There is a wrap-around deck on the main floor, with gas grill, propane fire table, tables and chairs and an outdoor bar. Large windows, french doors and sliding glass doors afford spectacular views of Lake Chatuge, Brasstown Bald and the North Georgia Mountains, easily the best view in NE Georgia! A solar/electric hot water heater and 24 grid-tied solar electric panels ensure that your stay will help keep the mountains and our planet healthy through the use of renewable energy. Though situated on a spacious half acre lot at the top of Bel Aire Estates, this home is within walking distance of everything in the Hiawassee city limits (if you're fairly athletic and don't mind the steep road). It's only a mile from North Georgia Fairgrounds, home of Georgia Mountain Fair and Fall Festivals, weekly Towns County Farmers Market (summer) and lakeside park and beach. Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy, NC is only 30 minutes away by car, as is Helen, GA and its Alpine Village.


Chris Swett

Member Since 2016
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within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Chris Swett

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Swett is a retired U.S. Navy Oceanographer and former Director of the Warfighting Support Center at the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office. He is originally from Juno, Florida, moved to Hiawassee upon his retirement in 2002, and in 2011 married Amanda Swett of nearby Young Harris, GA. Amanda is a former Manager of Hiawassee Apartments and Young Harris Apartments, and is currently the Owner of Mandy’s Cleaning Service. The Swetts now live at Wildflower Hollow Farm, a 32 acre estate 8 miles east of Hiawassee.

Chris Swett purchased this House in 1998

Why Chris Swett chose Hiawassee

The North Georgia Mountains host some of the most beautiful, yet affordable, places to live in the United States. Bel Aire Overlook takes advantage of a sunny southern exposure and 400 foot elevation (above the valley) to host a spectacular view of the lake and mountains, with the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald, center stage. The wonderful view is combined with the convenience of being within the Hiawassee city limits without feeling like you're in town.

What makes this House unique

Hiawassee hosts Georgia Mountain Fair and Anderson Music Hall, which provide year-round entertainment with frequent concerts, special events and the annual North Georgia Fair and Fall Festivals. Lake Chatuge offers boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming and other recreation activities. The location is also convenient to tourist destinations such as Helen, Blue Ridge, and Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy, NC. It is a convenient drive from the Atlanta Metro area and a great summer escape from the heat of south and central Florida.


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king
      • Two queen suites with en-suite baths and large walk-in closets on main floor, king suite with small walk-in closet and en-suite bath in basement apartment. Two fold-up cots are stored in the upstairs closets for guest use.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, jetted tub
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Lake View
            Panoramic view of Lake Chatuge from 400 ft above the lake.
          • Mountain View
            Situated on a mountain side 400 feet above the lake with a spectacular mountain and lake view.
          • Rural
            In the northeast Georgia mountains, near the North Carolina border.


              • Away From It All


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central single-zone electric air conditioning with thermostat in the main floor living room. There are ceiling fans throughout the house as well.
                      • Fireplace
                        There is a vented gas log fireplace in the main floor living room with pilot light and remote control.
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        Towns County runs a free fitness center in the County Recreation Center a short drive away. Ask owner for directions.
                      • Heating
                        Dual fuel single-zone electric/propane central heating with thermostat in the main floor living room. Main living room fireplace has an electric blower.
                      • Internet
                        Complimentary wi-fi is provided at the highest speed available.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        A standard residential electric clothes dryer is provided on the main floor.
                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens are provided on the beds with a spare set for each bed in the linen closet. For guests staying more than one week, fresh linens will be provided every 7 days.
                      • Living Room
                        There is a main floor living room with large sectional sofa.. A billiards table is located in the downstairs living/dining room.
                      • Parking
                        Parking with turnabout space is provided. Will easily accommodate 4 cars.
                      • Telephone
                        Wireline phone is provided, limited to local, toll-free and incoming calls.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Towels are provided, along with spare towels in the linen closet. For guests staying more than one week fresh towels will be provided every 7 days.
                      • Washing Machine
                        An HE top-loading washing machine is provided on the main floor. Washer soap, bleach, etc are provided.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            A Keurig coffee maker and complimentary coffees and condiments provided in the main kitchen.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Service for 8 is provided in each kitchen, along with cooking utensils, mixing bowls, pots, pans, etc.
                          • Dishwasher
                            A full size dishwasher in the main kitchen.
                          • Kitchen
                            There are two kitchens, one on each floor. The main kitchen is connected to the main floor living room in an open plan with a bistro height counter.
                          • Microwave
                            Full size microwave with rotation in the main kitchen.
                          • Oven
                            The main kitchen range has two electric ovens, a small upper and full size lower with convection. The downstairs kitchen has a small electric oven range.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Some standard condiments, dish soap and laundry consumables provided.
                          • Refrigerator
                            One 30 inch wide refrigerator/freezer in each kitchen.
                          • Stove
                            The stove in the main kitchen is a full size five burner gas range (propane). The downstairs kitchen has a small 4-burner electric range.
                          • Toaster
                            A standard toaster oven is provided in the main kitchen.


                              • Dining
                                There are living/dining/kitchen areas upstairs and downstairs in an open plan arrangement. The dining table seats 4 with 4 additional seats at the counter.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    A small selection of local and general interest books is provided.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    A blu-ray/DVD player is available in the home theater.
                                  • Games
                                    A variety of games are provided in the home theater.
                                  • Pool Table
                                    A billiards room with full-size slate pool table and all accessories is provided.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Dish Network satellite service is provided, two of the five receivers can record.
                                  • Television
                                    There are six HD tv's: In the upstairs bedrooms, the main floor living room, billiards room, downstairs bedroom and the home theater.
                                  • Video Games
                                    An Xbox 360 is provided, along with a small selection of games.
                                  • Video Library
                                    There is a small video library in the home theater entertainment center and a Red Box at the Ingles grocery store.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There is a wrap-around deck, part of it covered for inclement weather.
                                      • Golf
                                        Golf is available at Brasstown Resort Golf Course, about 8 miles away. Public golf courses are also available.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        An outdoor gas grill is provided on one end of the wrap-around deck.


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            The spiral staircase and narrow bathroom doors make wheelchair access difficult at best.


                                              • Pre-stocking of some favorite food and beverages can be arranged with the owner at cost. Bottled water, coffee and some condiments are provided.

                                                House Rules

                                                Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                Check-out: 10:00 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.

                                                32 Reviews


                                                Latest reviews

                                                The best host in the world!!

                                                Danette H.

                                                Chris went out of his way to help us with a situation we had after we arrived and took time to talk with a local business on his own time to do so. Our German Shepherd thoroughly enjoyed all the space both floors provided and we enjoyed the time to just relax and take in the tremendous views(especially at night) and the town of Hiawassee itself. Everyone we came across was very friendly. Just a warning though that the road up to the cabin is steep so make sure your vehicle is in good shape and the brakes are good. It takes a little getting used to but after going up and down a few times it was a piece of cake. But that was the only downside. The cabin was everything it promised to be and again Chris is an excellent host and really takes care of the place and any folks staying there.

                                                We took a ride out to Helen during our stay and it is an awesome road(HWY 75/17) for any of you bikers out there. HWY 76 also provides some great twisty's going toward Clayton.

                                                People friendly! Every detail cared for and covered for our stay!

                                                Kim J.Duluth, GA

                                                We were pleasantly surprised to find a true mountain rental home with everything we could ever need and so much more! From the three comfortable beds, in completely suited bedrooms, to the wrap-around deck with plenty of seating choices (and tables!) to bird-watch, sip your morning beverage, share a meal, and simply relax and take in the beautiful fresh air and lovely views, we were in awe of this find. We cooked a meal on the gas grill, played many games of pool, watched a few movies, made breakfast on the Jenn Aire gas range, and baked potatoes in the "upper" oven. The decor is up-to-date and so comfy and well thought out. The downstairs was a complete sanctuary for our teenage son, with his own full bath and mini kitchen! What a dream of a stay! Thank you to Chris and Mandy for sharing your home and all of its amenities with us--the only things we needed, except for food and beverages, of course, were our personal items and some foil and zipper bags to wrap up any leftovers. We are also thankful for the amazing communication from start to finish--we felt appreciated and welcome! This is a place we could come to regularly, in the on or off season--and we only live two hours away! Thank you for everything!

                                                We loved this cabin!! So roomy and comfortable! Beautiful breathtaking view!! We will be back!!

                                                Janice R.

                                                This cabin was so beautiful and comfortable!! The view was spectacular!! We enjoyed staying here so much!! Thank you for sharing your home with us! We will definitely be back!!

                                                Owner's Response:

                                                Thank you so much for the great review! You all were perfect guests and are most certainly welcome back any time!

                                                Beautiful views

                                                Peggy B.Cumming, GA

                                                Lovely place; everything needed for a wonderful weekend get away; would definitely rent again!!

                                                Owner's Response:

                                                Thank you so much, Peggy! We’d love hosting you again!

                                                Beyond our expectations!

                                                A girls week end led us to rent Bel Aire Overlook. It was clean, well appointed, well stocked, well maintained and beyond our expectations. It was convenient to town but offered a fabulous view. The Swett's were kind and wonderful to work with. Our week end turned out better than we had hoped and we will go again. Thank you to Swett's for allowing us the privilege of renting and enjoying your home.

                                                Owner's Response:

                                                Thank you so much for the great review! We love sharing our mountain home and you all were perfect guests! Please come back and stay with us again soon!

                                                Short But Great Get Away With Another Couple

                                                I have read through several of the reviews on Chris and the rental property. All they say is true. The property is comfortable, clean, well stocked with many unexpected extras, and the view was great. We happened to rent at the right time and received a great last minute rate, too. We are referring this to several of our friends, and definitely plan to stay again at some point in the future.

                                                One minor thing I might mention, which was not a problem for us, but might be if everyone in your party are older seniors. The small circular staircase between the first and second floor might be of concern. Also the steep road up to the property, while normally not a problem, could be in snow or icy weather.

                                                All in all, a really nice place to stay.

                                                Thanks Chris, From Bill, Betty, Pete and Evlyn

                                                Owner's Response:

                                                Thanks for that great review, Bill! Your concerns are very relevant. We have discussed the narrow, spiral staircase with a number of guests, not only with respect to seniors and those with limited mobility, but also families with small children and toddlers. No one has yet had a problem negotiating the stairs, but it’s definitely a consideration. I’ll have to add some additional pictures so folks can see it so they can voice any concerns before booking. With respect to snow and ice on the roads, in the approximately one year we’ve been renting the house it’s been inaccessible for one day, Dec. 7, 2017, and we had no guests scheduled. Fortunately, Bel Aire Drive is a southern exposure road and snow melts quickly, usually only after a few hours in full sun. Weather inaccessibility is a full, immediate refund situation though, no questions asked.


                                                Nantahala Bay, Hiawassee, GA, USA


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