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

Hiawassee, GA, USA
  • Cottage1050 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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,


Shelagh Whitney

Member Since 2007
Premier Partner
This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
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 Hiawassee

'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!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Lake View
            Lake views overlooking gorgeous Lake Chatuge ringed by the the North Georgia and North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains...INCREDIBLE!
          • Mountain View
          • Water View
            Overlooking beautiful Lake Chatuge!


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Linens Provided
                    High thread count in the bedrooms, thick bath sheets by the tub and lots of throws...
                  • Air Conditioning
                    There if you need it but the breezes are AMAZING!
                  • Gas Fireplace
                    Cozy up and rock away with a good book or TV show/movie!
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Clothes Dryer
                    In the home.
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    Once you are through the entry there is a wide parking area with lots of turnabout for jet ski trailers or small fishing boats.
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                    In the home.
                  • Wireless Internet


                      • Kitchen
                      • Catering Available
                        Let us know your catering needs and we will arrange for you to meet with the best in the mountains!
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Microwave
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 6 people


                              • Books
                              • CD Player
                              • Games
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Stereo
                              • Television
                                Enjoy viewing in the living room, fireside in the rockers or in the master bedroom!


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    Enjoy the screened porch or sit out on the open sun deck...your biggest decision? Chaise or rocker?
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • limited accessibility
                                        No steps for entry into the home with one 4" step between the living room and dining area.


                                          • 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

                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • rafting
                                                      • rock climbing
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • spelunking
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • water skiing

                                                        45 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Beautiful location amazing view!

                                                        Wendy C.

                                                        I love this location as compared to where I was last year as I have the best of both worlds with the mountain and lake view. The rooms are exactly as described and shown as in pictures. The owner Shelagh was very responsive to questions and hospitable. Definite will be my choices of getaway locations again!

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        We are so glad that you chose Fernleaf Cottage and even happier that you plan to return! We have a number of guests who try different spots and have been fortunate to 'keep' them on their return visits! All the best until next time!

                                                        Shelagh and Mike

                                                        Bigger than it looks

                                                        Bruce H.

                                                        This cabin is near perfect. From outside, it looks small, but inside, the living room, dining room and kitchen are spacious enough for adults, children and a pet to move around easily. Access from the main highway is steep but should be no problem for any passenger vehicle. The two bedrooms and bath and a half are of adequate size. There are no closets, but there are furniture pieces that supply ample storage for clothes, shoes, etc. The kitchen is well-equipped with a dishwasher, range, refrigerator and utensils for every cooking need. Thee is an automatic drip coffeemaker provided also. We stayed in late December, and the heat pump performed admirably in mid-twenty degree weather. We did not need the air conditioner. Three TVs with satellite service provided local channels, movies etc.

                                                        Although the cabin is located between Hiawassee and Young Harris, Georgia, and is five minutes from groceries, gas and restaurants, once you are inside the property the feeling is that you are in a remote, rural forest, far away from life's stresses. The view from the back screened porch is awesome, especially at dawn. There is no landline phone, but cellular service and wi-fi are both more than adequate.

                                                        If you are looking for a quiet, serene place to spend a few days or more, you won't find a better value than Fernleaf.

                                                        Wonderful little spot to spend a long weekend at!

                                                        Kristal T.

                                                        I am that user who never leaves reviews but I just loved this property. I took my mom for a long weekend and we both loved the house. The owner's were amazing and I was incredibly thankful they worked with me on adjusting our visit. I traveled to DC last week for work and my trip was due to end on Wednesday but I had to stay until Thursday night which is when we were due at the cabin. A quick email was all it took for us to advance my reservation by a day so we could still enjoy our getaway.

                                                        Mom and I both found the home to be very comfortable and although the weather turned rather cold I enjoyed snuggling with my dog Elvis on the screened porch each morning while watching the activity on the lake.

                                                        The home was clean and we had everything we needed. Since I was traveling with my mother I didn't want to be too remote and it was nice that this spot felt really private yet was close to the major highway and town. A couple of houses are above and below this house but that took nothing away from the views or the peacefulness. The living room furniture and beds were also very comfortable.

                                                        I hope we can return in the future and if you are looking at Fernleaf Cottage I highly recommend it.

                                                        Kristal, Elvis and his Nana

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Sweet! Always happy to accommodate when possible and so glad you were able to enjoy your getaway! There really is something special about this little place, I always tell Mike we need to book it for ourselves!!!

                                                        Totally get the security of knowing you are close to town but miles away in spirit!

                                                        We would love to have you and Elvis and 'his Nana' anytime!

                                                        Come back!

                                                        All the best,


                                                        Great mountain get-away!

                                                        Donna S.

                                                        A most relaxing vacation. We had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The house was great, very comfortable, clean, and was very well supplied and pet friendly. The internet connectivity was amazingly good from every place in the house, including the screened porch. Loved the privacy and the location, yet very close to everything. Thank you for a wonderful week.

                                                        5 Years of coming here says it all!!!!!

                                                        Linda T.Tampa Florida

                                                        Perfect place for some time to reflect on the year with my husband. Easy to find, close to everything, clean, pictures are totally accurate. Shelagh is only a phone call away. Would love to make it home, but sadly its not for sale. Thank you again for letting us share this piece of paradise. See you next year.😄

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        And we love it when we see your number pop up on the phone! As the world continues to unravel there is always a safe place on the hill for you both! Thanks for always taking such amazing care of the cottage and we'll look forward to seeing you around this time next year! All the best between then and now!



                                                        Robin H.

                                                        Beautiful and lots of space.


                                                        Hiawassee, GA, USA

                                                        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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