THE GINGERBREAD RIVER HOUSE: ON CARTECAY RIVER, KAYAKS, PETS OK, FIRE PIT!

Megan Atherton

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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Megan Atherton

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Speaks english, spanish, Se habla Espanol.
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THE GINGERBREAD RIVER HOUSE: ON CARTECAY RIVER, KAYAKS, PETS OK, FIRE PIT!

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Ellijay House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bdrm + bunk room , 2.5 Bath, 2 Lg Decks Overlooking Cartecay River

The Gingerbread River House is a tranquil 4 bedroom + retreat overlooking the Cartecay River in East Ellijay in the Northwest Georgia mountains.

Surrounded by apple orchards and wineries, this vacation home offers much more than just peaceful relaxation. For adventurers, there are kayaking outfitters, mountains to hike, lakes and rivers nearby to explore, or water holes to fish. For the non-adventurers, there are plenty of antique stores, trading posts and places off the beaten path to discover. Whether you want to pick apples or berries will probably be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make while vacationing here.

Downtown Ellijay is just a 10 minute drive if you want to find typical stores, restaurants, or a night out on the town.

The double entrance doors welcome you into the large foyer, next to the kitchen with stainless appliances, and a large granite island. Hardwood floors run throughout the entire main & upstairs levels.

The kitchen gives onto the family room area with a comfortable seating area, real wood burning stove, wall mounted flat screen TV with free Netflix & Cable, WIFI; along with plenty of games & puzzles for family fun.

The dining room has a large table that can be extended for large groups, with all lighting on dimmers throughout all the main living/dining/kitchen areas, so you can create your perfect relaxed setting inside.

The master on main is tastefully decorated to make you feel at home. 3 sets of French doors run across the back of the main level, opening to the back upper deck. One set opens from the master bedroom, one from the dining area, and one from the family room. Connected to the master is the master bathroom with slate tile and granite vanity.

Upstairs you will find a large kid's bedroom with 2 sets of twin bunk beds, with a TV, small seating area, and plenty of toys and books in this room. This room has a small balcony with French doors overlooking the family room below.

Also upstairs is another guest room with a queen bed and antique dresser. Directly across the hall from this room is a large full bathroom.

In the slate tiled basement, you will find a secondary master bedroom with a king bed, and an attached half bath. There is a laundry room across the hall from the bedroom.

Also in the basement there are 2 more bunk beds in a small bunk room (which is kept locked, and is unlocked for parties of more than 10 people), & a family room area with cable TV, another seating area, a foosball table and more room to enjoy!

Outside the basement door is the lower deck with hot tub.

Beyond the deck you will find a large fire pit rimmed with river rocks and adirondack chairs. On the left at the river's edge, there is a small set of stairs, leading down to a sandy beach area of the river, with a swimming hole just beyond the beach. Kayaks are provided for your enjoyment on the river. Please remember to bring your life jackets, as we have limited sizes. Life jackets are highly recommended for all children playing or swimming in the river.

You will find it easy to unwind, but hard to go home after your stay at The Gingerbread House.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Megan Atherton (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Megan Atherton

Family of 5 from Alpharetta, but originally from Texas, with 2 additional four legged family members who love the cabin as much as the rest of us!

Megan Atherton purchased this house in 2011

Why Megan Atherton chose Ellijay

We were looking for a peaceful escape from Atlanta, where we could come experience the beautiful nearby mountain areas, river activities, and good old fashioned family fun.

What makes this house unique

The beautiful Cartecay river is just shallow enough in front of our property, & normally fairly calm enough for our 3 kids, yet rugged enough to kayak/tube and provide water fun. With almost no neighbors, our property offers peace and tranquility for a quiet relaxing getaway.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Megan,

I hope everything looked ok. Thanks for a great weekend! We had a blast!
Jun 2014
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Why HomeAway

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 5 traveler reviews

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The Gingerbread River House: On Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets ok, Fire pit!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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The Gingerbread River House: On Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets ok, Fire pit!
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Ellijay North Georgia Mountains
Prospect, TN USA
5

The Gingerbread House was awesome!

  • 5 of 5
We had 7 adults and 4 children at the Gingerbread House this past summer. The home was beautifully decorated and very spacious and surpassed what we expected. We relaxed and enjoyed the Cartecay River from the large porch
and fire pit area. The younger ones (ages 7- 38) tubed, kayaked, and fished to their hearts' content. One grandson caught 6-7 trout, with at least three weighing close to two pounds. He said it was the most fun he'd ever had fishing. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Gingerbread River House: On Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets ok, Fire pit!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439723vb
+1 -(678) 481-1388
Ellijay North Georgia Mountains
5

Great Labor Day Get Away

  • 5 of 5
My family and some freinds (9 in all) went up to stay at The Gingerbread House over Labor Day weekend and had a fantastic time. The cabin is on a river and somewhat secluded, but not too far from Ellijay. It is well appointed (outdoor decks, spa, kayaks, TV/VCR, grill, etc.), nicely decorated and very comfortable. Everuything was as described and communication with the owner was quick and easy. I highly reccomend this place.

Everything was great.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Grindles,
We are happy to hear that you had a nice time at our cabin! We hope you will return for another visit again in the future. We welcome you back at any time!
Our sincerest thank you,
Megan & Ed
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The Gingerbread River House: On Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets ok, Fire pit!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439723vb
+1 -(678) 481-1388
Ellijay North Georgia Mountains
5

Great Family Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5
This house was a perfect place for a quiet family vacation!! The kids loved the kayaks!!! We loved sitting around the fire pit, we tried to roast marshmellows but the fire wouldn't light because of the wet wood from the rain, even still, we did have a GREAT time.

Thank you for letting us rent your beautiful house, it was perfect for our family.
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at the Cartecay River! We would love to have you return another time so you can enjoy a nice fire by the water. Thank you again for choosing our home for your family vacation!
Best wishes,
Megan & Edward
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The Gingerbread River House: On Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets ok, Fire pit!
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+1 -(678) 481-1388
Ellijay North Georgia Mountains
Alpharetta, GA
5

Unexpected gorgeous house in quiet beautiful area!

  • 5 of 5
Ideal relaxing getaway. The interior has been completely updated and has beautiful features. It looks as if it is professionally decorated with great taste and in keeping with the rustic style of the area. There are also great outside areas - an awesome upper deck off the family room and lower deck with hot tub, and a great fire pit near the river.

We went with another family and were all very comfortable. Our boys (12 and 14) brought their bikes and explored the area, we hung out in the river, and had a great fire that night. This was a spontaneous get away and we were shocked at how much this rental has to offer for the price. We will definitely go back.
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Leslie and Family,
We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to our home in Ellijay! Thank you for your lovely review and we hope you will return soon for another relaxing vacation in the North GA mountains.
Megan
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The Gingerbread River House: On Cartecay River, Kayaks, Pets ok, Fire pit!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439723vb
+1 -(678) 481-1388
Ellijay North Georgia Mountains
Atlanta, GA
5

Amazing Cabin with a Beautiful River Behind It - Truly Peaceful with a Touch of Outdoors Adventure

  • 5 of 5
When selecting the Gingerbread House for our vacation, I wasn't sure if the cabin would be exactly what we were looking for, but the photos looked nice so we went for it. When we arrived, we were completely blown away with how cozy, yet large, the house is. And it was absolutely PERFECT. From the hot tub on the back deck (which was amazing at night because the stars can be seen so clearly from it) to the beautiful river and fire pit that overlooks it, this house was an amazing retreat from the hubbub of city life. It's down a dirt/gravel road, so it feels very secluded, peaceful and still (which was great, because who wants to be in a big neighborhood when you're trying to vacate?).

The other great features were the adult and child kayaks, the fishing poles and tackle box, the fire pit outside with 4 chairs so that you can sit and watch nature and the river at its best. The TV inside is a flat screen, and the Netflix subscription gave us plenty of options for entertainment while cuddled up on the plush sofa. The kitchen has everything you could want to entertain and cook - corkscrews (we definitely brought wine), cutlery, serving dishes and utensils - the works. Last, the town is just super friendly. We met a sheriff at the Dollar General store who invited us to his home to spend time with he and his wife.

We (meaning, "he") cycled up and down the road for 20 miles (while I went joyriding in our jeep), and we also drove to the waterfalls, which were 19 miles away, to hike and see some majestic views. Overall, this was the best vacation I've had in a long time, and I travel the world pretty extensively (Asia, Europe, Latin America, etc.).

The beauty of the Gingerbread house is that it felt like a home away from home - from the kids room upstairs with the cutest little desk, toys, and kids-sized plush chairs to the guest room and master bedroom with tons of pillows, candles, and cozy blankets to the dog run in front (although, we didn't bring a dog) - the Gingerbread house will be my new home away from home when I need a retreat.
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Lori, I am so glad that you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend at our home! Since you were our first guest, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as we do. We welcome you back anytime and would love for you to consider this your home away from home!
--The Athertons
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Map

Map

Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 52
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Various restaurants on the way to downtown Ellijay
Car: necessary

The Gingerbread House is located directly on the Cartecay River in East Ellijay, peacefully surrounded by nature, rhododendrons, wildlife, and the sounds of rushing river water. Just 5 miles down the road, you will find R & A Orchard's with all kinds of goodies for visitors, as well several more orchards down the same road that offer pick your own fruit and seasonal fun.

Several wineries that offer tours and wine tastings are also nearby. Across from the closest orchard is a kayaking outfitter that offers kayaking. Tubing and kayaking are offered at many places nearby. Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor activities can be found in Ellijay and the surrounding area. Carter's Lake and Lake Blue Ridge are not far if you are looking for boating and lake activities.

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Availability & Rates

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Ellijay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Apple Festival
Oct 11 2014 - Oct 21 2014
3 night minimum stay
$300
 
 
Thanksgiving 2014
Nov 21 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$275
 
 
Holiday 2014
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$275
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$225
$1,500
$3,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

CleanFee up to 10 guests $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Rates are for up to 10 people. Over 10 people, add one time fee of $100 per person over 10th person.
+ add $125 cleaning fee; more than 10 people add $150 cleaning fee.
+ add $50 per dog for approved pet with signed pet agreement.
+ add ($400 up to 14 guests) ($800 for 15+ guests) refundable damage deposit.
+ add 12% tax.
+ add 3% for Paypal transactions.
Rates subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

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

Amenities

Ellijay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , 36' new vanity with granite; new slate tile throughout.
    Basement Bathroom - toilet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Basement Master - 1 king , with adjoining half bath.
    Master on Main - 1 king , with adjoining full bath on main level.
    Queen Bedroom UP - 1 queen , Upstairs across from full bath in hall.
    Kid's Bedroom UP - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , Large bdrm with sitting area, balcony, TV, toys in closet.
    Basement Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , Small bunkroom;this rm locked unless 10 people rent.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
There is a fenced dog run in the front of the house with a dog house, if you would like to bring your dog and want him to be able to be outside without worrying about your pet running off. Pets are also welcome inside, but ask that you keep them off the furniture.
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