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Mountain Top Lodge in Aska Adventure Area

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Raccoon Ridge Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 4.5 Baths,

Ridge Top Lodge is perched on the top of Raccoon Ridge at an elevation of 2400 feet. With spectacular views of picturesque, distant mountains, it is secluded on nearly 2 acres. It's perfect for a families or small groups wanting to relax in elegant surroundings.

An excellent opportunity for relaxation and viewing nature awaits you with over 1200 feet of wrap-around decks and a gas log third floor fireplace - one of three. The high-quality Maxx Elite 6-person jetted therapy hot tub, situated on its own outdoor pad, is a must to enhance your relaxation.

Three bedrooms are suites, each with its own bathroom, closet and doors opening onto the expansive decks ringing the house. Two suites have king beds, the third has two queens. The master on the Main also has a sitting room with fireplace. The two bedrooms on the Terrace Level share an adjoining bathroom (‘Jack & Jill” design). Both have bunk beds, one with queen bunks and the other with a single over full.

The Main Room has a well-appointed sitting area with a gas log fireplace and entertainment cabinet with a TV, DVD player and stereo w/indoor speakers. The dining table seats ten with room for an additional three at the kitchen bar. There is sufficient service for all.

The Entertainment Room on the Terrace Level features a big screen TV (50inch) and DVD blue ray player - a DVD library is available. Composite CD’s with music compilations are provided; Pool Table – regulation (88 x 44), three piece slate, professionally leveled; Game and Card Table; Pictionary and similar group games; and a variety of Board and Card games.

Keywords: Cabin, Aska, mountain view

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Kelly Romich
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2016
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About Kelly Romich

I fell in love with this cabin at the top of the mountain. Once my son started playing basketball and pursuing a college scholarship, there wasn't much time to relax in Blue Ridge and I started renting the cabin. Now others can enjoy it as much as I do!

Kelly Romich purchased this lodge in 2009

What makes this lodge unique

Raccoon Ridge is centrally, if not 'perfectly' located. The Toccoa River flows past the bottom of the Ridge. Sandy Bottom adventure center area (kayak, canoes and tubing) is a mile east on Aska Road. You can rent or put air in the tubes, load up the truck, drop folks off upsteam at the National Forest canoe launch and pick them up an hour and one-half later at Shallowford Bridge. For the really good fishing, drive east to the far end of the County to Cooper's Creek, also part of the National Forest. Two miles to the west are the Aska National Forest Hiking / Mountain Biking trails. There is a marked trail leading to this area through back country from Raccoon Ridge. Head east to the end of Aska road, turn right and you come to Noontoola Creek Farm which has one of the finest sport clay shooting facilites you'll find. Thirty minutes northeast you can enjoy whitewater rafting on the Ocoee river. Two hours north is Clingman's dome (the second highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains). There is a new local public golf course, Old Toccoa Farm, you can spend an afternoon in Blue Ridge or just 'chill' on the deck overlooking the valley.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(60 traveler reviews)

Mountain Top Lodge in Aska Adventure Area
average rating of 4.85 based on 60 reviews

Beautiful home with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

This home was really beautiful! We had a large party, 8 adults and 7 kids, and there was plenty of room for everyone. Both the bedrooms upstairs had private baths, as well as the master bedroom, so that was a huge plus. Kitchen completely stocked with every utensil and more to make cooking for a large group possible. The beds were incredible, and the king in the master was literally dream worthy. So comfortable, with beautiful french doors at the foot of the bed that we left open to feel the breeze. Incredibly peaceful. Lots of extra blankets and pillows throughout the house to accommodate a large party. The owner Kelly was quick to respond to any emails, and even took the time to email me just before we came to let me know that she had just found out there were a few broken chairs around the fire pit. I appreciated that because otherwise we would not have known to bring camping chairs! That was helpful!! (there are still several adirondack chairs on the property that are not broken, the nice wooden kind. I believe there were 4 of those. Plus 4 rocking chairs on the deck) The house is on the top of a hill, secluded and quiet. Hot tub and pool table were a big hit with the kids in our group.

A few things that didn't really affect our stay, but do be aware of.... Be careful on the stairs to the basement, they are beautiful but very steep and a few of them are quite short (see other reviews) Also, be aware that you will have to deal with your own trash as there is not a place outside to put it since it attracts the wild life. Overall a wonderful vacation for our big group!!! I definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Nice but not luxury

  • 3 of 5

The cabin is in a great location. Nice wooded and remote feeling lot with good parking. It's easily accessible and quick to reach from the interstate. Getting the key wasn't too bad but once inside it was disappointing to have a cabin of this size not cooled. It took most of the evening for the AC to get the temperature of the cabin to something mid 70s. The hot tub was took until nighttime to get hot enough and had a heavy chlorine smell. These aren't huge issues but don't align with 'Luxury'.

The cabin inside was very spacious. The living room was small/limited seating but the dining table was a nice plus, being oversized with lots of seating. The decor was nice. I appreciated the lack of usual cabin rental kitsch/clutter. This one had room for groceries, bags, phones, etc. The bedding was also nice and everyone appreciated having a proper bed to sleep in (no sleeper sofas)! The stairs are slices of trees with the 'bark' end of the tree. It makes for them to look nice but going down is a risk (We had a few falls, slides, & scraped heels). Descending the stairs sideways proved to be the best option but should be reviewed if your party has elderly or young guests. The cabin also had plenty of lights but the kitchen/dining lights put out a LOT of heat (which didn't help an already hot cabin). Even after the cabin was cooled the pot lights heated things up uncomfortably so we stuck mainly to lamps. Unfortunately, many of them had either burnt out bulbs, or broken/missing knobs to turn them on (again, not luxury).

The cabin tech was sub-par. Wi-Fi was weak/spotty (we had IT/techy folks in our group). We saw no outdoor speakers as advertised. Both surround systems were poor. Neither had Bluetooth connectivity or connections for newer than an iPhone 4. With the weak wi-fi they there fairly useless. Additional speakers in the cabin were all for older phone models. We resorted to portable speakers we brought. The kitchen equipment was well stocked but many items were in rough shape (ALL of the knives were as dull as spoons, drip-stop coffee maker didn't, etc). The pool table was nice but the sticks were all in pretty bad shape so we didn't play much for fear of damaging the felt. The game room TV was big (living room one was OLD) but without the surround working properly it was useless.

Overall, we had fun but things could have been better given the price. It's nice but not luxury. The owner said she is addressing things so maybe we'll try again!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I go to my cabin to get away from it all! The cabin is not that techy--there is one wi-fi provider for the area and the TVs upstairs are old (the 400 lb kind). The TVs in the basement and upstairs bedroom are smart TVs. The Welcome Letter that I send out informs renters that the hot tub takes 4 hours to heat to 100, as well as the fact that the stairs are uneven and steep. As for the chlorine smell--I would prefer that to dirty water! Light bulbs do burn out--but there are extra light bulbs in the laundry room and there is a knife sharpener in the kitchen drawer. Frankie told me that he didn't happen to look in those areas. I have changed out the light bulbs to LEDs--to be honest I hate it because the light-even though the box says "sunlight"-is still too unnatural for me. I don't think that my cabin is for Frankie--but it is perfect for those looking for a nice getaway on the top of a mountain in a nice gated community!
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Fantastic Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the cabin for our family reunion. There was room for everyone to sleep comfortably. The beds were dream worthy. We all loved the gorgeous decor. I spent some time on the upper deck reading, catching a few moments alone during a busy weekend - loved that there was space for people to do that. I also loved the large dining table that was long enough and deep enough to have the family meal. The kitchen was well stocked for meal making. The drive up the hill was a bit intimidating/thrilling the first time, but the view is totally worth it and none of us had any trouble with it, even in the rain. I'm already trying to figure out when we can go back! Thanks for sharing your lovely cabin with us Kelly!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house for family & friends

  • 5 of 5

Great house! I have rented at other houses in the area and I was not happy with the beds. These bedrooms were perfect and comfortable. The set up of all the rooms were perfect. Plenty of room for all of our family. The view was beautiful and more than enough outdoor space to enjoy. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils and pans. We had a great time and will be back to rent this great house. Beautifully furnished. The house is located in a great and safe neighborhood. We were at the very top of the mountain so we had great view. Thanks for sharing this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cabin is perfect! It was very clean, nice linens, well stocked kitchen, nice hot tub, beautifully decorated, lots of room for parking and tons of room for sleeping. The view is from the very top of the mountain and still convenient to rafting and downtown Blue Ridge. Our entire group raved about this cabin. This was our first time in Blue Ridge but we have rented many cabins in Gatlinburg with larger groups and this was by far the nicest we have seen. Kelly was very responsive and great to work with. We even saw two black bears in the front yard. Thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful home. We will definitely be back!

Thank you,

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Radiation Oncology

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wish I could give this house 5 stars

  • 1 of 5

My family rented this property for the week for our vacation. We all traveled very far to get here and we were looking forward to a nice and relaxing week! The house was beautiful and very comfortable but there was a lot of broken, non-functioning, poorly maintained aspects of the house that made the daily living with so many people extremely difficult. The one bed was broken and when the owner was alerted she sounded as if she knew about it and it was no big deal but didn't offer to send anyone out to fix it but is now trying to charge us for the bed that was broken when we got there. The oven never heated over 200 degrees, the satellite TV was out the entire week, the grill didn't work, the decks were infested with termites and carpenter bees and extremely dirty, the landscaping was a complete mess and obviously was never touched and had over grown weeds everywhere, breakers were off all throughout the house, the only bathroom on the main floor (not in a bedroom) didn't work and there was things like cords, tools, hoses, etc laying ALL over the outside property. The house is gorgeous and we had a great time but it's a shame that the maintenance was so poorly kept. We own multiple rental properties and would never have left a negative review if not for the poor communication and handling of the broken bed situation. It is a shame that such a great vacation left such a sour taste in our mouth. We love Blue Ridge and definitely will return but probably not at this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was only notified of all these issues after the renters checked and were notified that they would charged for the repair of the broken bed. It is never an easy conversation to inform a renter that they will be charged for damage. I was in France when the renters emailed me to tell me about the broken bed (which included a picture). I told them that I was very sorry, did not know the bed was broken and would see if I could have it fixed. He responded that "it was no big deal for us--we made it work". I did not hear from the renters again until their departure. There was no mention of a single problem about the cabin until I notified them that they would be charged for the broken bed. I sent the picture to the prior renters and my housekeeper and confirmed that the bed was not broken prior to their stay (the railing was broken and the mattress was lying on the floor). I then received a scathing email with a long list of issues (most of them noted in the review) and accusations. I called Dish and was able to obtain a credit for the TV not working and I provided the credit to the renters. As to the landscaping, the renters were correct. I found out while I was in France that my landscaper had moved and had not been to the property. Given the 4th of July holiday, I found someone to come and "weed whack", but the landscaping was not in good repair. The carpenter bees have been awful this year and my pest control company is currently treating the carpenter bee issue, but it is a 4 treatment process (I am on treatment 2). Arrow also checks for termites and I am sure that the decks are not infested with termites. As to the breakers and electricity--the cabin often loses electricity (no underground cables on the mountain). When strong storms go through the breakers can get tripped. This is very easy to remedy. As to the toilet, I had a plumber go out, but he could not find an issue with it. As to stuff lying all over the property, I can only imagine they are referring to an abandoned irrigation system and outdoor lighting wiring. I take pride in my cabin and work with renters to address any issues. I don't enjoy notifying renters of damage. I talk with people prior to renting and rarely have damage. I wish I had been informed of these issues-- it is hard to fix problems that you don't know about.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Atlanta Hartsfield Airport
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
White Path Gplf Course
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Downtown Blue Ridge
Car: necessary

White water rafting (nearby Ocoee River), Tubing on Toccoa River, Sporting clay shooting, Mercier Apple Orchards, Aska Adventure Trails and Benton McKaye Hiking Trails, Fish Hatchery; Coopers Creek for trout fishing


Rates & Availability

Raccoon Ridge Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 31 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are for 12 guests; $10 per person per night for parties over 12 guests
Cancellation within 30 days of rental without penalty; cancellations within 30 days of stay may re-book another stay.
No refunds for snow or icy conditions; may rebook another stay. Must be at least 30 years old to book.

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Raccoon Ridge Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    King Loft Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Queen Loft Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Terrace Jack-n-Jill Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Floor Powder Room - toilet , Located in the Front Foyer
  • All baths are spacious and have oil rubbed bronze fixtures.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master on the Main - 1 king , Also has a keeping room, fireplace and TV
    Queen Loft Suite - 2 queen
    King Loft Suite - 1 king , Opens onto the deck near the outdoor fireplace; TV
    Terrace Full/Twin Bunk Room - 1 bunk bed , Twin over Full bunk bed; jack-n-jill bath
    Terrace Queen Bunk Room - 1 bunk bed , Queen bunk beds with Jack-n-Jill bath
  • King size beds (2) Two bedroom suites with king beds, Queen size Beds (4) One bedroom suite with two queens and terrace level bunk room with queen over queen bunk bed. Twin or Single Beds (1) Full bed (1). Twin over full bunk bed in Terrace Level bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Outdoor fire pit.

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