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Serene Secluded Riverfront Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 111 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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 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 (effective in December 2016), and 32" RCA flat screen television also with DVR in King Master bedroom. 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 Merry Rose.

More Details

Ann Merry
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2017

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 North Georgia Mountains

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!


Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Chester's Bar & Grill In Blue Ridge (NEW!)
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad across the River
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Black Sheep, Chester's,Harvest on Main, The Vine
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Lake Blue Ridge Marina for Water Skiing!
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Lake Blue Ridge
Car: necessary

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Mineral Bluff, Georgia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If guests must smoke there are areas outside for smoking but there is absolutely NO SMOKING in the house please.
  • IMPORTANT! NO PARKING in the front yard. There is adequate parking in the driveway parking area.
  • Have a wonderful time while respecting my home.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Has separate laundry room adjacent to this bathroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Reno 2016 Vanity/glass shower/porcelain barnwood floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 2nd private Queen Master with river view and private bath
    Bedroom 1 King Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , Skylights, french doors to hot tub on deck w/river view & TV
  • Both Master Suites have close river views and private baths. King Suite is larger with cathedral ceilings with two 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. Also recently added Satellite 32" Flat Screen TV with DVR. The smaller master suite has a private bath. Also has laundry room adjacent to this master bathroom. And, as mentioned earlier both master suites have fantastic close river views!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • 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 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!!


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average rating of 4.709677 based on 62 reviews

Just what we needed!!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to go at the last minute on this trip. We were so excited to be on the river. We have gone to Blue Ridge a lot but have always stayed in the mountains. This was a new experience and very relaxing. We spent all of our time in the jacuzzi or on the porch just enjoying the scenery. We did cook every night. The kitchen had everything you could need. Thank you Ann for sharing your river cottage with us. Traci and Bruce.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Traci and Bruce! You were a pleasure to work with and hope to have you visit again! You were wonderful guests. Ann
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Great Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great trip. The cottage is very comfortable and the location can’t be beat. You get all the privacy you need. I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed. The road in is a little rough but I think it adds to the location and fit of the cottage. We’ll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, Comfy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful fall getaway at Ann's cottage on the Toccoa River! Took two teenage boys and our dog. Fished, went kayaking, splashed in the river, soaked in the hot tub, and played board games at night. The kitchen had everything we needed to fix our own meals. The cottage is tucked back off a rambling country dirt road for lots of seclusion and quiet. Picked bunches of lovely mountain wildflowers on our dog walks. Waking up to a view of the river every morning was a great way to start the day! If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, I highly recommend Merry Rose Cottage!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We decided on a last minute getaway and found the Merry Rose Cottage. We spent three days there and it was wonderful! It was so cozy feeling. It felt more like visiting a friend than a rental. We didn't cook since it was such a short trip, but all kinds of cooking utensils, pots, pans, and condiments were available. My son fished a majority of the time and caught many! Most were caught in the mornings while the river was down. He and my husband waded out in the middle of the river and that is where they had their best luck. I was thrilled just to sit on the dock by the river and listen to the water and watch the ducks. So relaxing!! We will definitely be returning and will plan on a much longer trip next time!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mistee for your very nice review. So happy to hear you guys enjoyed your stay; especially nice to hear your son caught lots of fish!!!!! I am glad you decided at the last minute to take your getaway and hope that you will be visiting again. You were a pleasure to work with. Perhaps a winter getaway!!?? Thanks again for your wonderful review. It was appreciated. Hope your journey home was fun too!
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Private, relaxing, beautiful time in nature.

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend Ann's riverside cottage! We truly felt we found the perfect place to get away, yet be within driving distance of anything you would like to see and do. Ann was always easy to reach and helpful. Having 2 master suites was perfect, the house had everything you needed and wow, the river! The large deck facing the river is where we spent all our time when we were home. It's the perfect place to have your morning coffee and then unwind in the afternoon with a glass of wine while you watch and listen to the gorgeous flowing river! It was everything we hoped for!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lynn!! I know how much you were looking forward to your visit here and it makes me very happy that everything seemed to go so well for you. It's always such a pleasure to have my guests enjoy Merry Rose and have fun and relax. I'm also glad that you were able to visit Blue Ridge and were able to have the time to enjoy some of the other sites around the area! Any time you want to have another getaway please come again. I will have the cottage all ready for you!
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Great place to get away!

  • 4 of 5

Merry Rose felt like staying at a friend's home. It was very comfortable and we could relax easily. Kitchen was very well stocked, tons of plates, spices, etc. Loved the skylights in the bedroom! Spent much time out by the river, and watching the geese. Tried fishing, but no luck. Unfortunately, the hot tub had a broken heating element our last couple of days, but that was not anyone's fault--things break down sometimes. Ann did everything she could to make our stay a great one. Two things I would recommend to the owner: 1. A step-stool for short people like myself to reach things in the kitchen cabinets. 2. Non-metal large bowls that are microwave-safe. (I did food prep in regular cereal bowls). We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennifer for your lovely and constructive review. It was informative and I appreciated it. Actually I was over there today and brought a beautiful and colorful set of new Mixing Bowls which are both microwave safe and dishwasher safe so not to worry; when you come back you will have plenty of mixing bowls. Your next issue; the stool. I do have a stool in the smaller master suite closet; however, I have reorganized some of the cabinets a little better so that the items you use the most will be a little more convenient to get to . Sometimes a guest will come and will reorganize the way they think things should be and that's not always the best way for everyone. Anyway, thanks again for your nice review!! Would be a pleasure to have you visit again!
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Mineral Bluff, Georgia

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Month of October
8 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
21 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
20 Dec 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Standard Lower Season
9 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
24 May 2018 - 29 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Summer Holidays
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
1 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
Month of October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$127.93
Pet Fee A$51.17
Cleaning Fee A$102.34
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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