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Riverfront Cottage on the Chestatee

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Firelight River Cottage is a 2 bedroom/1bunkroom cottage located at the convergence of the Chestatee River and Town Creek in historic Dahlonega, Georgia. River rapids, expansive, level lawn, colorful flower gardens, and campfire rings are at your doorstep.

The beautiful, pastoral setting is the perfect place to get away from it all. It is nestled in the heart of North Georgia’s wine country (5 wineries are within a 2-5 mile radius of the cottage).

The property is a fisherman’s dream. It offers many easy, level entry points into the river which is stocked with rainbow, brook, & brown trout. The natural beach is an inviting spot for sunning and swimming.

Three patios provide lovely areas for outdoor cooking and dining.

Golfers may enjoy playing a round at Achasta, a Jack Nicholas signature course.

Trail rides are available through nearby stables. Shops, museums and restaurants are just a 10 minute drive away in charming, historic Dahlonega.

The fully stocked kitchen, HD TV with sports package, and huge wood-burning fireplace make indoor living fun.

To avoid paying booking fees, please contact us directly at 770-561-2452 or 770-561-2451 or email us at

Keywords: riverfront river trout fishing mountain level lawn gardens campfire swimming tubing private peaceful

More Details

David and Carol Brinson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About David and Carol Brinson

David and Carol Brinson are retired teachers. They enjoy spending their free time hiking, gardening, and relaxing in the North Georgia Mountains.

To save booking fees, contact us directly at 770-534-4106, 770-561-2451 or

David and Carol Brinson purchased this cottage in 2009

Why David and Carol Brinson chose North Georgia Mountains

The charming and historic mountain town of Dahlonega, GA influenced our decision to invest here. Four wineries are located within 2 miles of the property. World class trout fishing is available on the property. Hiking and biking opportunities surround us. Cute shops and wonderful restaurants abound.

What makes this cottage unique

Lovely gardens grace the lush lawn that stretches from the cottage to the river. Fishermen enjoy numerous, level entry points into the Chestatee. . When guests are inside, a flat screen TV with sports package including all NFL games, huge wood burning fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen make indoor living fun. Special winter rates include free firewood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I just enjoyed 5 lazy days at the cottage. We started each day by feeding the trout that hang out in a cool, deep hole near our campfire ring. We spent our mornings gardening, traveling and hiking along the Russell Scenic Highway, shopping in Dahlonega, tubing the river (right in front of the cottage), and having lunch in town. Each afternoon, we sat in beach chairs with our feet in the cool river water while we read great books. We prepared gourmet meals and dined outside under the stars every evening.

We have worked for 2 years to perfect this lovely place. It is in pristine condition. The only thing better than sharing it with others, is spending quite time there with each other.
Jul 2011
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Dahlonega Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath with shower and tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Small bunkroom off master bedroom.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Outstanding trout fishing on the property, Lush lawn and lovely gardens, Campfire ring


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Riverfront Cottage on the Chestatee
average rating of 4.827586 based on 30 reviews
Houston, Tx

Wonderful property, pictures do not do it justice.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home in June of 2016. They even allow pets which was great since our two large fur children go with us everywhere.The property is truly amazing and the owners are great and very accommodating. The pictures do not do this property justice, secluded but close to everything. Must see!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend this amazing location, home and owners!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from an 8 night stay and hated to leave. Traveled with husband, two teens (15&17) and three small dogs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the location and the kids rediscovered playing Monopoly at night! House was fully stocked with everything you'd have at home including all cooking needs (even a crock pot, hand mixer and electric griddle), lots of towels, washer and dryer, tubes for the river, wi-fi, dish tv, comfy beds, fire pit on the river with four adirondack chairs, a charcoal grill and a huge lawn. no carpets so no worries with the dogs. House was very clean and well cared for. The house is right between Cleveland and Dahlonega, so as close as you can be to everything in the mountains (close is relative term in the mountains!) Carol and David were so sweet and wonderful to work with. no need for 4x4 in the summer. looking forward to a future visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property and location

  • 5 of 5

My family of five loved this house on the river. Every summer we spend a week in the Georgia Mountains and budget is important. We have never stayed in a place as nice as this one at this price level. Great A/C, dishwasher and even the ice maker worked great. Very cozy for a couple with room enough for 3 or 4 kids. TV worked fine, just for the news! And the WIFI covers the whole property, could post pics right from the riverside or fire. Just to make others jealous of course.

Plenty to do right there – fishing, tubing, panning, big yard for dog to run and campfires. I caught a 16” Rainbow Trout the first day. Released him, so he’s still there. Actually I spent a lot of time on the bank and the fish got used to me so he and a couple smaller 12” friends would be right there all day. Didn’t have the heart to catch him again so started filming them, sat in river with my GoPro and they would come within inches. Panned some, lots of black sand but no gold this time. Tubed down river to bridge, about 1 ½ hours, take out on Cavendar Creek Rd. - 5 min for the driver. Unfortunately the water level is down a bit, kids had fun, adults hit bottom a lot. (don’t go past that bridge as there is a large waterfall)

If you do need to leave the property everything is close by. Spent the 4th in Dahlonega, went to Helen. Zip lining about an hour away. Took the kids to the zoo, a little corny but still good for under 9 or 10. Tallulah Gorge was about an hour also. So much more but can’t do everything in a week and still relax.

If I have any complaints and it is hard to think of one, but nothing is perfect. House is below and a little close to the road and occasionally there would be some traffic noise. Bikers going by or an ambulance. Couldn’t see them, just heard them. Nights were very quiet though and I don’t want to give the wrong impression here. Just occasionally the outside world would intrude on your peacefulness.

Highly recommend this house if you are in the Dahlonega area.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an abosolutely wonderful time. The wife and I pulled out the drive checking our calendars for a time to come back. Our first day back home, we went on line and booked our next stay. We were looking for a pet friendly place to spend a fall weekend and everything in the area seemed to be booked (Gold Rush Days) until we found this neat little cottage. Boy did we luck out. The kitchen had everything we needed and we love cooking outdoors. The rest of the cabin is set in a way that just feels like home. The yard area was beautiful with river running along the edge. We had no idea what Gold Rush Days were and had planned to visit some wineries, go inot town, do some hiking and relax. We made it into town in the morning for part of the event/events and still went to two of the local wineries that afternoon. There wasn't enough time to see the area and enjoy the relaxed setting as much as we would have liked. We cooked out both nights and built a fire in the pit to enjoy the peaceful setting, sunset and local wine. Have booked a longer spring return trip on a non-festival weeked and plan to see more of the area, fish and relax. Thank you for sharing this wonderful cabin.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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8251SW 36St. Miami,Fl. 33155

Amazing river cottage

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the cottage with my husband, my daughter and our two dogs. I love swimming and I love rivers and this place had everything. We loved it so much that we spent most of the time we were there sitting on the grass looking at the view, swimming in and out of the river, hiking the trail, and tubing. We went to town only for a couple of times to have lunch and it was conveniently close by. The house itself felt like home. Everything about it was perfect. Thank you for sharing your heavenly home. I will be back with my three granddaughters hopefully next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming beyond belief

  • 5 of 5

The photos for this rental on VBRO do not do it justice. It is warmer and more cozy on the inside that we expected, with dozens of small touches to make it feel more inviting. We were there too early in spring to take full advantage of the river (brrrrr), but the location can not be beat. The kitchen is well stocked, the beds were comfortable, and the living room an inviting place to hang out. It was a great central base for our adventures in Georgia, and would make a great base for exploring the entire northeast corner of the state. We will look to stay here again next time we visit the area.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
4 Local Wineries and Zac Brown Distillery
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Achasta Golf Resort, Dahlonega
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Dahlonega''s Downtown Square
Nearest Point of Interest
Blackstock Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Frogtown Cellars
Nearest Point of Interest
Three Sisters Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Cavendar Creek Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Frog Hollow Fly Fishing
Nearest Point of Interest
Dahlonega Town Square
Nearest Point of Interest
Helen Ga
Nearest Point of Interest
Horseback Riding
Nearest Point of Interest
Pan for Gold and Tour the Largest Local Mine

So much to see and do! Call us for more details: and special offers at 770-534-4106 or 770-561-2451

On the property, enjoy fishing, tubing, walking, relaxing, grilling,mountain views, ...

Within 3 miles, visit 4 vineyards and Zac Brown's distillery. Within 7 miles, visit our lively downtown square for food, shopping and festivals. Within 11 miles, horseback riding and golf, mountain biking and hiking. Venture out into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit nearby Helen GA.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 17.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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