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Mountain Cottage-River access, close to Helen, Cleveland, Clarksville, wineries

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 111 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6 comfortably - 2 bedrooms - 1 1/2 baths - queen size sofa bed .

This property is our family guest house to the main house. We enjoy sharing it with good people when our grown children and their families are not visiting. The Owl's Nest, named so for the late nights our family worked on it, is well located close to Helen, Clarksville, Cleveland, and Dahlonega. You are just a short drive away from everything in this area.

This cottage is newly renovated from top to bottom. River access is located in front of the main house about 100 yards away. Earth steps lead down the mountain to 300 private feet of the Chattahoochee River. Be advised, a certain amount of physical fitness is required to go up and down the earth steps. (Not recommended for the very young or the very old). We are 66 years old and go up and down them regularly; however, this is the mountains! It's not the beach.

There is no view of the river from the cottage in the summer months because of the rich canopy; however, in the fall and winter you can see dappled views from the fire pit area and deck. You can always hear the water running over the shoals year round.

The cottage has all the basics. Our children made sure it would have everything they needed when they visited, so it does have all essentials plus some: television, Direct TV, landline telephone, DVD player, movies, games and Wifi. There is also a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, crock pot, toaster and a washer/dryer(he). The kitchen contains cookware and utensils, and even some extras. Coffee, salt and pepper, coffee filters and all dishes, glasses and cookware are provided. One roll of paper towel to get you started, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, dish towels, trash bags, tissue, hand soap, bath soap, towels and sheets are all there. All you need to do is walk in, unpack, put up your groceries and enjoy!

The master bedroom has a queen size bed, the upstairs bedroom also has a queen size bed, and the sofa-bed (which is very nice, Sterns and Foster) is also a queen.

The house features a covered deck with a charcoal grill in the fire pit area with Adirondack seating and picnic table.

There is ample parking space, so you may want to bring your kayaks or trailer. Wildwood Outfitters, 5 minutes away, also rents kayaks and has tours. We suggest putting in at Wildwood and taking out at Mossy Creek. Wildwood is set up to help you do this.

There are wineries, antiques, gold and gem mines, mountain restaurants, pony rides, zip lines, cabbage patch babies, kayaking, tubing, water falls, rivers... There is always something to do in north Georgia.

If you prefer a larger cabin right on the river, check out our other property which is located right on the Chattahoochee River: 957022

More Details

Mark and Saralyn Davis
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 August, 2017

About Mark and Saralyn Davis

Mark and Saralyn are both retired and thought it would be great fun to buy the cottage next to their home and renovate it for visits from their ever growing family: a guest house. It had wonderful potential and just needed a lot of love. Mark is originally from Covington, Ga. and was in the insurance business for over 40 years. He also played in a band called the Statesboro Blues Band for 26 years. He enjoys repairing, restoring, and building tube amplifiers. He still rocks!

Saralyn is a retired school teacher. She taught gifted language arts. She also sang back-up and harmony for her husband's band. She is originally from Sandersville, Ga.

The Davis Family has two children who are both married and 2 grandchildren.

Mark and Saralyn Davis purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mark and Saralyn Davis chose North Georgia Mountains

We purchased this property because we have a growing family and we knew this would make a perfect guest house. Our children and their families love the North Georgia Mountains. They helped design the cottage to meet their needs, so we know it will meet yours. We always loved vacationing in this area because of the cooler summers and breathtaking views. This cottage provided us an opportunity to share our love of the Northeast Georgia Mountains with our family and many others. Many renters have suggested we raise our price, but we like making it affordable.

What makes this cottage unique

The secluded setting allows people to unwind from the daily rat race and enjoy nature and the activities it affords. The river is heard all over the mountain.

October: The fall is stunning in the foothills and mountains. The leaves are magnificent. Depending on the weather, the leaves peak about the 3rd or 4th week in October and have actually peaked the first week of November. Helen, the Bavarian Village, celebrates October-fest the entire month with an array of activities.

The Chattahoochee River is gorgeous. It is called the Living River because it sings. Kayakers, swimmers, and fisherman love it.

There are many wineries in the area that are stunning.

Antiquing: This is the area for magnificent finds. There are a plethora of antique shops filled with unique and interesting items.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We slept till 10:00 every morning. That bed was so comfortable and the area was so peaceful. The cabin was immaculate and the kitchen met all our needs and exceeded them! The owners, Mark and Saralyn, had placed a big flat of farm fresh organic eggs in the refrigerator, and they were delicious. When I called them for directions to a place we wanted to visit, they answered immediately and gave us the shortest route. I loved the Wifi, television, movies and DVD player, and peaceful surroundings. We are definitely going back. This Owl's Nest deserves 10 STARS!!!
Sep 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Cornelia, Georgia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , This bath has a large tile shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Nice size bathroom with toilet and sink located upstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Comfortable sofa bed: Queen Size in den
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Comfortable queen size sofa bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Mountain Cottage-River access, close to Helen, Cleveland, Clarksville, wineries
average rating of 4.8958335 based on 97 reviews

A perfect vintage charmer!!

  • 5 of 5

Just had to take a minute to share what a LOVELY stay my family had at the The Owl's Nest. I was looking for a quick getaway to squeeze in some QT with my husband and 2 teenagers before the school fall madness begins. This property totally fit the bill. Our family was immediately delighted at how well appointed the decor was. A true mountain vintage charmer with all the modern and new conveniences all vacationers hope for when traveling. The place was incredibly clean, clean, clean...spotless!!!! Both bedrooms were very comfortable and had lots of extra pillows and blankets!. The upstairs bedroom is entered through a delightful arched doorway which was much appreciated my 13yr daughter. It reminded her of a fairy house! :) EVERYTHING we needed was available; all linens, fully stocked kitchen, great selection of books, dvd's. board games and even firewood. It rained most of our stay but we were able to enjoy some hammock time, dinners and s'mores by the cozy fire pit area. Marshmallows sticks were even provided....thank you! :) I highly recommend this sweet little house for your next getaway! The house met all of our expectations but more importantly so did the owners. 5 star service!! Their communication with us was wonderful! Every email was answered within minutes....that's what I call service!!!! Thanks for everything!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad your family enjoyed your stay at the Owl's Nest, and thank you for taking such great care of our sweet cottage. Come again.
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Wonderful and Peaceful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous girls getaway. When we arrived the A/C had died so they made sure that we were well taken care of despite the hiccup. The cabin they provided us as a back up was on the river and had such a lovely view. We were able to get some tubes and float along the river and have a good time. We would definitely come back for another visit. Thank again for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were great sports. So glad you had a wonderful time. The air was fixed the next morning, but we knew you would enjoy the upgrade! Come see us again. We love happy people!!!
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The guys really enjoyed their stay.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for their interests. The river proximity was a huge success.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cozy place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had another great stay at the Owl's Nest! This was our second time staying there with the 4 of us, 2 Adults and 2 children. Mark and Saralynn are very nice and have a very cozy, nice place to stay in the Helen area overlooking the Chattahoochee River. We went fishing at the river and caught 6 fish! Our daughter caught the most! We roasted marshmallows at the fire pit and just had a great time sitting outside on the porch at night watching all the fireflies light up the night. All of us had a great time and we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you again. We love good people. Glad the fishing was good.
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Beautiful cabin and beautiful scenery!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was spotless and had everything someone would need. It was very quiet there and a pretty wooded area with a nice spot on the river with chairs. We visited Anna Ruby Falls and Helen, Georgia while we were there.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves. Come see us again. We live good people!
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Quaint little place we'll be back for sure.

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Only suggestion would be a ceiling or portable fan on the porch for hot evenings.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 985, Highway 365, and 441

You can hear the Chattahoochee River from the deck of this lovely cottage. ,This section of Chattahoochee is called the living river because of the shoals and falls. Guests love fishing, swimming, and kayaking in the 'Hooch'.

The cottage is located within minutes of Helen- the Alpine Mountain Village-, Tallulah Falls and Tallulah Gorge - where hiking trails are great fun-, and Dahlonega - where GOLD was discovered in Georgia. You can pan for gold and gem stones at several locations. While in Helen, don't miss Unicoi State Park. Cleveland, only minutes away, is where you can find Baby Land General - The Cabbage Patch Babies!

There are many wineries located in this area and wine tastings held daily. You can also visit Clayton and Dillard where the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are stunning. Be sure to eat at the Dillard House! There is NO food like it on the planet.

The Upper Chattahoochee and the Soque Rivers are world renowned for their trout.

There are also many festivals held in the area: gold, apple, mountain laurel, arts and crafts, wine, and on and on. There is always something going on.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Cornelia, Georgia

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2 night minimum stay

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Cleaning Fee A$75.59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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