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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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,

More Details

Shelagh Whitney
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

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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Hiawassee Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
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
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Nestled in the Trees Above Lake Chatuge! Great Rates @ Fernleaf Cottage!
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 57 reviews

Charming quiet cottage close to most every thing. Would recommend staying if you have a small group

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time with the girls!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing us for your GNO getaway spot! We hope you relaxed on the porch in between your spa time at Body Sense, such a great store and treatment experience and, right around the corner! Please let us know what we can do to earn a 5 Star review from you and, if we can accomplish it, we will! Hope to see you back again next year or, why wait? All the best to you! Shelagh and Mike
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  • 5 of 5

After several months of uncertainty about my health, I was elated to get the opportunity to rejuvenate at Fernleaf Cottage. The cottage was exactly as described. It was warm, cozy, inviting, and for me, healing. The view from the quaint screened porch and deck was spectacular, even in the midst of the haze of the horrible forest fires. The cottage was spotless, well supplied, and everything was in excellent working order.

I appreciated that the cottage was well located. Everything, from the grocery store (I love Ingles) to the restaurants, shops and attractions was convenient. Even a trip the the Great Smoky Mountain National Park can easlly be accomplished in a day. Trips to Helen, GA were a breeze (check out the Deer Lodge for a great steak that overlaps the edges of a platter), as were Bell Mountain, Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Vogel State Park, numerous waterfalls, and the beautiful drive along Hwy 19.

My friend and I had a terrific time staying at relaxing Fernleaf Cottage. It will definitely be a part of any future trips I make to the Hiawassee area. I will whole-heartedly recommend it the my friends and family (the ones I trust to maintain and respect it).

One can certainly tell that Shelagh loves her property. She is readily available if you need anything and she respects your privacy while you're there. I really appreciate that!

Thank you, Shelagh, for the opportunity to stay in what I truly consider a home away from home.

Rod Dalton, Plant City, Florida

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Lakeside Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying here, but definitely will not be the last! The cottage was exactly what we were looking for. An adorable mountain cottage with gorgeous views. We have a Golden Retriever and his favorite place was relaxing on the deck, mine was hiking nearby and coming back to the cottage to relax by the fireplace. The kitchen was well equipt and was nice to have a grocery store close by. We ate out a few times and our favorite was The Copper Door in Hayesville, NC (only about 15 mins away). I didn't want our trip to end. This cottage felt like a home away from home. Thank you, Shelagh!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just Like Coming Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to this wonderful cottage. Clean, comfortable, well equipped, close to stores, golf courses, but far enough to be private. Shelagh, as always great and immediately available if (though not likely) you would need her. Rocking chairs in front of the fire with a book, glass of wine and great company - what more could you ask for. The screened porch for breakfast looking towards the lake, pretty great as well. Thanks again Shelagh for making this cottage available. We will see you next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hiawassee Charmer

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very charming and beautifully decorated. It had everything needed for our stay.

The porch was so peaceful but the view to the lake is obstructed by trees.

However you can see glimpses of it and hear the boats going by. The mountains in the distance add to the beauty.

We recommend this rental highly and the owners are wonderful to work with.

Fernleaf Cottage is delightful.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! I am glad you found everything you wanted and/or needed in the cottage and that you enjoyed the porch too! I'm afraid that we don't own all of the trees so we are thrilled when we hear from our guests about the sounds of the leaves rustling in the wind, the love of NO AC by our Florida visitors due to the summer shade or we catch the gorgeous colors of the 100+ year old oak ...hope you will think of us again, you were wonderful guests...barely knew you were there! Best, Shelagh and Mike
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Perfect for relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Fernleaf Cottage is absolutely perfect in every way. Shelagh has thought of everything thing that you might need for a wonderful relaxing stay. While at the cottage you felt like you were away from it all however you were just minutes from town if you needed anything. Great hiking and mountain biking trails are also just minutes away. Fernleaf was perfect for our family of four and we loved that we could bring our four-legged family member as well. My (and my lab's) favorite spot was relaxing on the screened in porch in the morning & evenings. The only thing that my boys wished for was a dvd player to watch a movie after we tired them out hiking and biking all day. Will definitely look at coming back to stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Fernleaf and for your sweet remarks! We would love to have you back and will figure out the DVD player for you too! Best, Shelagh
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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!


Rates & Availability

Hiawassee Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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