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Shelagh Whitney

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Nestled in the Trees Above Lake Chatuge! Great Rates @ Fernleaf Cottage!

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hiawassee Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Perched up on a peninsula above beautiful Lake Chatuge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, FERNLEAF COTTAGE is CONVENIENT and PRIVATE! Only a few minutes to the marinas, resorts, movies, shopping and golf... the home offers great living space with loads of lounging, reading and napping space, both inside and out!

Comfy seating and TV viewing in the large livingroom or enjoy the combination dining/den/kitchen area with fireplace that opens onto a wonderful screened porch and open deck with a 200+ degree view of peace & tranquility...Like only the lake and mountains can offer! The full function kitchen is neat, clean and includes a washer/dryer and every gadget imaginable! The first bedroom offers a KING sized bed, the second a set of TWINS and all of the linens are of the highest quality and fiber count! Sweet dreams!

Keywords: Cottage, lake view, lakeview, clean, convenient, cabin, private, view, mountain,

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Shelagh Whitney (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Shelagh Whitney

In 1990 we built our 'dream cabin' in Hayesville, NC and drove north from Atlanta almost every weekend until our full time move the summer of 2001. Leaving the craziness of the city, but staying within easy driving range of its energy, turned out to be the perfect move for us. With so many friends visiting and wanting a 'piece of quiet' themselves, it was on to real estate in 2002 where I spend most of my time today... Except when Mike and I are at home, still loving our 'dream cabin.'

Shelagh Whitney purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Shelagh Whitney chose North Georgia Mountains

'Fernleaf Cottage' was actually bought as our future retirement spot. Although we do love our cabin Mike and I both grew up around the Great Lakes and couldn't see ourselves without a water view when we truly do retire to the porch! Being a Realtor I always have my eye out for properties that are a great value, with a great location and view! There was just something about this property that grabbed me the second I walked in and I knew that we had to have it in our future.

What makes this cottage unique

While you are, literally, only 2 or 3 minutes to the marina, restaurants, the movies, shopping and town when you are on that back porch you feel like light years from civilization! That's what so many of our guests have said that one of them wants to relax, read and hang out while the other wants to go, go, go... NOW! Everything is so close they can do both but get back together on a moments notice, AND, when you are so relaxed that you forgot the hamburger buns, you're out and back in no time at all! Plus, the cottage is very cozy as it was decorated for kick back enjoyment but NOT from yard sales!

Guestbook comments from the owner

You certainly do have one of the best rental cottages that we've rented! Very comfortable. Didn't need any A/C and the heat at night was a blessing. So many good restaurants, shops and artists. The people are so friendly and eager to share their knowledge. Thank you Shelagh for always being just a phone call away and for sharing all the wonderful treasures on your shelves. Great library!
Apr 2010
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based on 28 traveler reviews

Nestled in the Trees Above Lake Chatuge! Great Rates @ Fernleaf Cottage!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 51 reviews
Campobello, South Carolina

Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Fernleaf Cottage at the end of July 2016. The cottage was very nice and clean, had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. We were doing an event at the fairgrounds the cottage was within 2 miles which worked out great. Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a awesome work vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Naples, FL

Quiet and peaceful cottage

  • 4 of 5

We arrived after an 11 hour drive to find, thankfully, that the cottage is represented fairly by the website photos. We had planned to spend lots of time on the screened porch but the weather was unseasonably HOT, so only breakfast was enjoyed outside (not the owner's fault). The house is nicely furnished and the linens were great but there was a hint of musty odor upon arrival. Perhaps because it was so hot, the house was closed up tight and not allowed to air out. The area in and around Hiawassee was absolutely gorgeous. Coming from flat Florida my husband and I kept saying "this is sooo beautiful" every time we turned another winding road and there are many. While the restaurants are nothing to write home about, there is one in Hayesville NC (15 minutes away) that served a fantastic dinner - don't miss the Copper Door. Reasonable (for what you get) prices and great service. Sorry we didn't go until our last night. Ingles grocery is great. Don't miss Brasstown Bald. We also loved our Friday night at Hightower Creek Vineyard with the acoustics and tapas from 6 - 8 but make a reservation and Crane Creek Vineyard on Saturday afternoon with live entertainment. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding at Boundary Waters in Hiawassee was a highlight. And make sure you take a walk down around the neighborhood to see all the million dollar homes facing the water that are a stone's throw from the cottage. Owner was very easy to work with. You get what you are promised. Price was fair. Would have liked to have had a full size ironing board and a DVD player but we lived without them. All in all, a very nice experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for posting a review... we have had ALOT of rain this year and the cottage was closed up for several days before your arrival so we are now leaving the AC set on 72 versus 75 and any musty smell seems to be long gone! Or so say the last several guests that I have checked with! So glad you loved the area and especially The Copper Door... such a GIFT to us here and, if you were here this week, you could enjoy my husband Mike Whitney on the patio with his guitar! Next time!
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cute and warm cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very nicely decorated. The rental price was great. Great location. My family really enjoyed our stay here. The owner is a very nice lady who really tries to make it nice for her guests. Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very pleasant property but trees grow!

  • 4 of 5

The owners were excellent, responsive and pleasant transaction. The property internally as pretty much as advertised although the furniture in the sitting room and in the covered patio could have been more comfortable. The consequence of allowing pets is a slight pet smell which seemed mostly to be in the sitting room. As non pet owners maybe we are more sensitive than those who are. Not a big deal as the property was very clean. Our main issue stopping us giving this 5 stars was the disappointing Lake view, there isnt one! Obviously the trees have grown since the last pictures were taken (this also caused issues with the wifi which were resolved very quickly by the owners). I would suggest more realistic expectations be set on that.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and we agree, trees do, and did grow! Although many of the trees are on our property I just can't bring myself to cutting the biggest culprits, those 100+ year old oaks and so, in keeping with your thought we have changed the title of our property to "Nestled in the Trees above Lake Chatuge"! With that being said, please come back between October and May for the full glory of that view! As far as the pet smell, none of us were able to detect anything but regardless I had Bulldog Carpet Cleaning come in and clean all of the area rugs... If there is EVER an issue please let us know as you will find we are VERY RESPONSIVE to our guests!
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Peaceful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay at Feenleaf. We went hiking each morning with our dogs at High Shoals Trails and then Brasstown Bald. Afternoons were spent browsing the local shops and roadside produce stands in Hiawassee, then the lake one day. Drank wine and grilled out each evening. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Cottage was clean and well maintained. Loved the screened in porch! Owner was easy to communicate with and responsive.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And you were the perfect guests! So glad you took advantage of all there is to do AND advantage of the porch where there is NOTHING to do! Yes, please come back, 'in a heartbeat'!
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Great Home, Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 2 little dogs had the most wonderful time at Fernleaf Cottage. We found the home exceptionally clean and most comfortable. The screened porch was our favorite place to relax and take in the views, listen to the birds and take naps. We loved taking our dogs on walks around the property and through the woods on wide trails. We found the King sized bed to be very comfortable and we slept great every night. I would definitely choose the cute cottage again!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love living vicariously thru our guest's vacations and we try to keep it up the way we would like if we were visiting... please keep us in mind for your return trips, we would love to have 'all 4 of you' stay with us again as guests like yourselves are why we do it! Best, Shelagh and Mike
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Just a couple of minutes outside of downtown Hiawassee, GA and about 10 minutes by the lake over the border to Hayesville, NC with it's Historic Downtown Square, multiple artists studios and large earthen dam. Head south fewer than 30 minutes to the Appalachian Trail or the unique alpine themed town of Helen, GA. Visit the Planetarium at Young Harris College, take a class in anything from blacksmithing to watercolor and everything in between at The John C. Campbell Folk School, enjoy live music, local vineyards, The Georgia Mountain Fair, and all of the outdoor activities you can imagine!


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Hiawassee Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 12.0%

Security Deposit of $150 Due with Agreement. Payment in full due 30 days prior to arrival including $100 REFUNDABLE pet deposit. Checks only, no credit cards.

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Hiawassee Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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