"My family has used VRBO extensively for the past couple of years to book our family vacations. This year’s vacation had special meaning as we were celebrating our son’s return from a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. Jim and Lori’s beautiful lake front house fit the bill perfectly! Our group had 14 people, ranging in age from 9 to 78, and a Golden Retriever. The house accommodated everyone nicely, and the layout allowed everyone to have their own space. The house was clean and very well stocked with necessities. All the ladies in our family remarked about how well the kitchen was laid out, and had every cooking utensil you could think of. This saved us a bunch of money, because it allowed us to prepare almost every meal at the house. Having use of the boat and golf cart was icing on the cake.
The entire rental process was handled in a professional manner. Once we inquired about the property, Lori responded to our request in a matter of hours. Lori also handled the payment process in a timely manner, emails to remind us of payment dues, deposit returned in less than a week. When we arrived we had the opportunity to meet Jim (the owner) and Mike (the caretaker). During our stay we encountered two minor issues, but Jim and Mike went above and beyond in making sure they were resolved in a timely manner and that everyone was happy.
My wife and I have stayed all over the Blue Ridge area (Helen, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Clayton, Hiawassee) and we both felt this was by far the best location. All of the attractions are pretty central to the home’s location. When we weren’t out checking out the local attractions the property offered plenty to keep everyone happy. How many vacation rentals offer you a boat? Not many, and a boat rental will set you back $300 a day, plus gas. Lake Nottely is a beautiful mountain lake with very little boat traffic. The water is very clear and surprisingly warm. The screened in porch was perfect for enjoying the cool mountain air while having a cup of coffee. You can’t go to the mountains and not have a camp fire. The fire pit area was perfect for a smores fix. I was very surprised at how much the ping pong table got used. Something about the game that brings out the competitive nature in people. For the players that couldn’t hang playing ping pong there was a trunk of family games.
I would highly recommend this vacation rental to any family/group looking for a memorable vacation in the Georgia Mountain."
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 29, 2016