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Garden, has tubes, kayaks, slide, rope other home like it!!!

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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Helen Cabin Rental Photos and Description

easy access to river, lg. trout, 4 kayak, 6 tube, slide into river, rope swing

Our home comes with:

4 kayaks, 6 tubes, 2 lounging rafts, private slide into the river,swing by river,some firewood for fire pit, horseshoe pit, All in your back yard. Rope swing (which is only for our guests,is at bottom of small tube run or a short walk down and beach is across from rope swing.

We have tubes available from May to end of September, unless weather or water temp permits it sooner or later.

Kayaks are out from March till end of October, unless weather and water temp permit.

Also includes all cleaning supplies, dish soap,paper towels,electric dish soap, etc etc etc.

Just bring your clothes and food

Our homes are spotless read the reviews

Easy Access to River ::: be careful, some homes have very steep banks to river.

GREAT FISHING very private

4 WELL KEPT KAYAKS: some have kayaks and canoes but do not guarantee their condition.

We live on same street as rental and are HERE to help you in anyway we can. We pride ourselves on our homes being clean and well maintained. We are not a management company like most rentals on this site, who just don't care about you or the property.(been told this by my renters!) We check our cottages often to keep them well maintained and our goal is for you to have a relaxing time during your stay. We are here to help you or a phone call away.

Come to the North Georgia mountains near Helen like it use to be. No crowds, very quiet.

Lots of wildlife, deer, turkey, beavers, and all kinds of birds and bunnies!!

VERY CLEAN Rental cabin

Large flat screen TV in living area.

The Garden Cottage rental on the River is a farmhouse style cottage is on 16 acres and is quiet w/ lots of wildlife.

Summer months in North Ga. Mountains are filled with family fun! So much to do at the cabin you may never leave. Spoil yourself with ultra-thick feather padded beds. Snuggle in the hammock on the huge porches overlooking the river! It has a large hot tub on screened in porch. Kayaks and private tube run, rope swings etc..

FREE::: 4 Kayaks, 6 Tubes, slide behind home, Rope Swing at end of small tube run in our backyard, for our guests only

To See a VIRTUAL TOUR of this home click on the web-link at the bottom of the page.


This home has its own slide into the river behind the home

You will not find a cleaner home rental in this area!!

We supply all those things you normally have to buy with other rentals, laundry soap, toilet paper, elect dish soap, etc..We want our guests to relax not have to worry about the little things.

Fireplace in Living room and Master Bedroom

The Garden Cottage is more upscale then most homes for rent in this area & is decorated in an old farmhouse style inside with boarded walls & high ceilings. French doors in every room open up to the huge porches with river views. 6 tubes are supplied in the warmer months. We even have a tube run, rope swing ,slide & ..great swimming area.

There is a large flat rock to sit on in middle of river right in front of this cottage, perfect for lounging in the river. Wildlife comes daily and you can watch the deer and wild turkey in your backyard (not to mention Marshmallow the bear, who makes an appearance now and then). The cottage's land is length-ways on the river so you have over 1000' on the river

More Details
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Nancy Loomis
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About Nancy Loomis

We came from south Florida for a vacation here and never left.

We love it here.

Both of us are in Hospitality, so you know you are getting good service.

Nancy Loomis purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Nancy Loomis chose North Georgia Mountains

WE loved the river.

We go in it everyday in the summer and sit by it when water is too cold.

What makes this cabin unique

We are in a quiet area of the river, do not have people going down it all day yelling like in Helen.

So you can enjoy the sounds and wildlife.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Property Testimonials

Rating: 1 5 : 5 being best

By: Cindy & Marc Trestman

Loved the accommdations! Very Clean and very nicely decorated in a very cozy fashion. The screened in porch made it very comfortable to relax every day and night. reading and taking a jacuzzi! Our children also enjoyed it especially the smores we had at the fire pit over looking the very scenic river!

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Jo Ann Morris

We had a great time at Nana''s River Cottage. The deer came through the yard everyday and the river is so peaceful. North Ga. Mts. are very beautiful. The owners made our stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Leni & Tom Weber

All we can say is WOW! We love it here! Very Clean! Lots of fun! We will be back!

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Julia & Luis Valenzuela

Peaceful, tranquil and beautiful. This is the place you can take a long nap on the porch and enjoy the sounds of nature. Or, if you want to go tubing, canoeing or fishing, it''s all there! The cottage is absolutely beautiful! This is the kind of place you dream about. We are looking forward to going back, and staying longer next time!( even saw a bear during there stay!, which is now named Marshmellow)

Service: 5 Value: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Overall: 5

By: Cheryl Knight

I have to say we absolutely loved this cabin, it was way beyond our expectations as the pictures just dont do it justice! (and we are VERY picky) The porches were awesome and huge with lots of comfortable sitting areas where we spent literally hours and hours hanging out in the fresh air and talking. My husband loved the fishing and we made a fire in the fire pit and made smores in the evenings after dinner! The beds are amazingly comfortable (which is rare for us to find) and we slept like babies after all that fresh mountain air! Helen was a hop-skip and a jump away, so we were surpised how peaceful and secluded the property was. Truly a pleasure and we can''t wait to go back for another trip! Thank you Nancy for your wonderful hospitatlity and your truly amazing cabin! -Cheryl, Scott, Stephanie and Kevin! Cheryl had written to me (Nancy) in an e-mail the following: We absolutely loved the was way beyond my expectations and it was immaculate! The porches were amazing and I loved all your decorator touches and the details
Dec 2004
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based on 59 traveler reviews

Garden, has tubes, kayaks, slide, rope other home like it!!!
average rating of 4.8644066 based on 60 reviews
Helen, Ga. USA

Nana's cottage

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed in the cottage over the July 4th weekend. We had a great time, it is in a perfect location. We were able to tube right out of our back door. The guys fished with the kids as well. It was not crowded, we were able to tube with the smaller kids without any problems. She has everything you need there, just bring food. We Were planning on going into Helen for fireworks, but were enjoying ourselves so much, we opted not too.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful escape!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful detail throughout this elegant home yet complete with Wifi and great TV. Loved watching the geese swimming by. The huge porches, especially the screened in porch make it so enjoyable to sit outside for morning coffee or dinner and anytime and listen to the night sounds. The entrances to the porches are gated and safe for pets to be off leash. Plenty of places to walk and fish. Saw people kayaking down th river too. Close to everything. Very nice thanks you have thought of everything!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review our home and we hope to see you again sometime soon Nancy
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We loved our stay there. The owners were really nice and willing to help us any way they could.

  • 5 of 5

The house and property was beautiful. We enjoyed the tubing and had the river all to ourselves. The owners made sure we had everything we needed and went above and beyond to make our trip exactly what we were looking for. We definetly hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we truly care about our guests and try to do our best to make their stay a great one. Thank you for taking the time to write a review in your busy life, we truly appreciate it.
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Love it!!!

  • 5 of 5

We visited last year, and the kids chose the river again over the beach. We absolutely love this house and the owner. It's so clean and has everything you need. Such a peaceful vacation and also has lots for the kids to do.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights in The Garden Cottage during the second week of April and we were very pleased with the accommodations and amenities. Our party consisted of 5 adults, me, my husband, daughter, son-in-law and son, plus our two dogs. The cottage is adorable, decorated in a light cheerful style. It was clean and I loved the fact that it is pet friendly yet you would never know dogs had been there. It has 2 large porches (a great place to start your day with a cup of coffee) and the screened porch has a nice hot tub to relax in.

The backyard was great. It is large, flat, very private and close to the river. The guys enjoyed the fire pit right behind the cottage and my son and son-in-law took advantage of the kayaks provided(also right behind the cottage). There is a nice porch swing and a platform with a slide and steps on the river.

Our only disappointment was that the river was too fast and too deep right behind the cottage for us to fly fish in our waders so we couldn't take full advantage of being on the water. We did however go fishing at Blackhawk fly fishing, which was only about 30 minutes away. All in all, we would definitely recommend Nana's Cottage's Garden Cottage. Nancy and Robert were very friendly and accommodating and we hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. As a note these guests were the ones right after that recent bad review which was unfounded... Sorry you couldn't wade. The river has been about a 1' to 1'-1/2 deeper than normal, and faster because of rain. And yes it is always a little deeper behind this cottage. But not sure if you knew that you could also fish all along our property up stream which would have been good for waders even during your stay. Normally people can wade from one end of our property to our home. So sorry this wasn't available during your stay. We truly hope you come back and stay with us again and maybe the river gods will corporate with the water levels.. lol Nancy
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Peachtree City, GA

Cute and country

  • 2 of 5

The house is clean and has very nice decor; a cute French country feel to it. Probably good for about 4 people. More than that and it would be a bit cramped. Something that wasn't clear to me when I booked was that the amenities are actually located three doors down from the house in the landlord's backyard. I prefer less interaction, so I found it a bit uncomfortable. Also they have lots of information about the kayaks, rules, replacement fees, etc. I think there were three separate papers regarding it. Problem is, it's not clear that the kayaks you aren't allowed to use are in their backyard. Since you're in their yard for most of the trip, there's a fuzzy line about what you can do and what just feels like trespassing. I lost one of their paddles, for which I expected a fee. I left my personal paddle at the site to replace it anyway, figuring since mine were fairly new it was fair. It was hard for me because I was really attached to that paddle. They ended up charging me more than double the stated fee because they said the paddle was more expensive than the paddles they expected me to use. Considering the kayaks and paddles were in the vacationing area, and they were not roped off, nor was there a sign or any information that we were not to use those specific kayaks but instead some other specific kayaks, I find that it's unfair for them to charge me more than the paper I signed... plus I'm out a paddle for no reason.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is untrue, please do not base your opinion on this one & read the many other reviews I feel this review was based on the fact that they did not read the info on our cottage & had to pay for the lost paddle & were not happy about it. 1)The home is 1600 sq. ft, sleeps 7 it is a normal sized 2 bedroom home with 2 huge porches, & easily holds 6 persons. 2) Amenities are NOT 3 doors down, only the rope swing. So not sure why they were in my yard all time? The info is written on the site. Everything else is in the backyard of the cottage, 4 kayaks, grill, swing by river, fire pit, picnic table, hot tub, horseshoe pit, and slide, (which was off to protect children from hypothermia as water was too cold during visit) The ONLY REASON they were in our backyard, was as a favor, I told them they could fish there. 3) What he says about the paddle he left is untrue. The paddle they left is not a kayak paddle, but a cheap blow up raft paddle. I told them I'd be glad to meet them 23 minutes from their home, (a 2+ hour drive for me), so they can have it back, they said "never mind not worth it"? So I guess he didn't have a hard time parting with it after all, as stated in his review! My opinion it wasn't worth the gas or time to pick it up. 4) The charge for replacing my kayak paddle was $55 it was a $95 paddle and the charge listed on renters release for a lost paddle is $65 for a lost paddle, (although we usually don't charge that much as we can find them cheaper) so it was LESS than what they should have paid. TO SUM IT UP:: Every once in a while you get people that don't use common sense; unfortunately these renters were one of them. My neighbor had to rescue them as they took one of our personal white water kayaks out with out a skirt, (a big no no), & didn't use the 4 regular kayaks we provided them, that are easy to use, in their backyard. They sunk the white water kayak in a bad current & they lost one of my good paddles. My friend, who is 78, had to go in the river to rescue the kayak & get it out for them as they didn't have a clue what they were doing. This time of the year the water is about 48-50 degrees & I told them that I didn't recommend them using kayaks & if they did to go upstream & then float back to cottage. Instead they went to my home used our kayaks as they thought the beach would be a good place to fish & somehow went downstream, (the current is not bad to go across there, so not sure what happened) and sunk a kayak!
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Car: necessary

Tribute to Elvis, The Appalachian Trail, Alpine Helen, Unicoi State Park, Cabbage Patch-Baby Land General, waterfalls, gold museum, Historic Dahlonega.

Hiking, rock climbing, biking, golf, tennis, fitness center, gym, miniature golf, amusement parks, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, live theater, cinemas, museums, sightseeing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, sightseeing, boating, so much to see in our area.

Other Activities: white water rafting, Kayaking and canoeing, tubing..


Rates & Availability

Helen Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 30 2016 - Nov 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
early winter
Nov 6 2016 - Nov 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
pre winter
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and new years
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $650
cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 18.0%

Pet fee is $50-$150 depending type of pet and size
Cleaning fee is $100-$150 depending on how many are staying
We limit the rental to 7 persons max.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Helen Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • River ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Floorboards
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Split-System Heating
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , Sink
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • Bathrooms are done in a farm house style.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Feather padded queen bed
    Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleeper sofa
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Free long distance phone calls in con.US only and wifi Large flat screen TV in living area Upgraded feather padded beds/linens, 2 fireplaces, DVD library, Showtime/Stars, ice maker, gas grill, tubes, w/tube run, great swimming area, Great fishing on property, 5-7 lb. trout, bass and brim.

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