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Best Views in North Georgia, near Helen and Nacoochee!

Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

5 bedroom huge mountain top cabin with Hot tub, Decks and Spectacular Views

The Southern Comfort Lodge accommodates the guests of the Southern Comfort in Helen, who spent 15 years detailing the best vacation rental features, built into this custom North Georgia Lodge. They requested proximity to Helen and Sautee Nacoochee attractions, vineyards and restaurants combined with huge spaces, exclusive views and privacy. The Chalet sits on top of Eagle Talon Mountain, with views from cathedral windows and three huge decks over four states. Modeled after a Montana Dude Ranch, the property provides Hot tub, fire pit, wood fire and upscale kitchen, great room and bar facilities.

Upstairs, two private loft king sized bedrooms with double picture windows have an external landing over the great room outside their private bedroom doors. Both rooms look over North Georgia and the North Carolina Mountains. Connecting upper loft deck and landing look out the rear cathedral windows into South Georgia and Carolina and the floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace below.

Main floor facilities include open area kitchen, dining area and great room opening to back decks and floor to ceiling windows. Dining area accommodates Holiday guest diners with huge table and island on the same countertop level, with high top seats and surrounding windows! The Master bedroom and bath sit on the main floor with views over Helen valley and into Tennessee. Master Bedroom views sunrises and sunsets with 180 degree views from the comfortable room.

Downstairs decks link to the Hottub, fire pit and private sunning grotto. Accommodates large families and friends with double full bunk beds and the 5th, private fireplace, bedroom. No need to hit the couches and floors at the Southern Comfort Lodge, there is room for everyone!

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Keith Buck
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Keith Buck

We built the original 'Southern Comfort' in Helen in 2001, modeling it after our Rocky Mountain Ranch. With our 15 years of wonderful guests and 5 star ratings, we incorporated recommendations into the original Cabin overlooking the Helen Valley. This year, we finished the Southern Comfort Lodge, incorporating all our guest custom lodge recommendations built into a brand new property. We offer the 3 bedroom Southern Comfort Chalet and 5 bedroom Southern Comfort Lodge to accommodate the unique space requirements of our guests.

Keith Buck purchased this lodge in 2015

Why Keith Buck chose North Georgia Mountains

When we chose the original Southern Comfort location, we hiked the mountains around Helen to find the best site. For the new Southern Comfort Lodge, we reviewed all sites within a 5 mile radius of Helen to locate the most spectacular view in the North Georgia Mountains. We found a site with mountaintop views in all directions, no longer allowed for new construction and only possessed by a handful in North Georgia.

With a unique 360 degree site line, there is no room without an inspiring view of the Uniquoi forest and surrounding mountains. During construction, we 'discovered' Sautee Nacochee vineyards, shops, local food stores and attractions within a couple miles of the cabin and have grown to love this area.

Our goal was to bring man closer to God through the appreciation of his majesty. We combined the inspiring external views with built in craftsmanship, to demonstrate combined beauty of creation in wood, tile and stone.

What makes this lodge unique

Each room has a spectacular view and built in features that provide the opportunity for rest and contemplation of God's creation. Our goal is to leave each guest relaxed and pleased with the world around them.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

Best Views in North Georgia, near Helen and Nacoochee!
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 44 reviews

Amazing Mountain retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We were group of 10 people celebrating the New Year in the cabin.

The location is awesome. Great mountains view! Only 15 min from Helen.

The cabin is cozy yet has plenty of room and equipped well. Very clean.

The owner is very responsive and accommodating!

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the thoughtful and informative review. We look forward to your return!
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Wonderful view & layout-

  • 3 of 5

The layout of the home is very complementary to family sharing a vacation with bedrooms downstairs, on the main floor, and upstairs. The views are beautiful from both the front and back of the home with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. However, the house had several things that were unpleasant. The icemaker was not working properly, the door knob in the kitchen had fallen off prior to our arrival, all of the window cranks to open and close the windows were missing except one, and when opening the windows on the top floor to enjoy the breeze bugs fell out of the openings on every window so we had to keep them closed during our stay. The furniture was somewhat comfortable-but nothing special. The cabin is in a great location and has a lot of potential-just not quite there yet. The hot tub was a nice feature :)

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed the views, location and hot tub! Disappointed to hear your difficulties. The icemaker was full, but you removed the ice bucket. The icemaker stopped production, to avoid filling the entire freezer with ice! Once replaced, it resumed. When you arrived five hours early, both of us used the door handle repeatedly as we prepared the unit. Our guest insurance policy protects you from reported damage, so no need to worry about when it happened, but clearly not before your arrival and our joint use. I do apologize for the inconvenience. Lastly, I closed each window after your departure, left open in late December with the heat cranked on. Our property is not a good fit for guests cranking heat into the outside air.
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Great family trip

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect house for our large family of 16 to gather for Chistmas. The house was very clean and well maintained. The view is breathtaking. You are just a few minutes from Helen where we did shopping. It rained most of the time but with the great play area downstairs the children had plenty to do. The owner Keith was so easy to work with. He was so helpful and kind to answer all my questions and to make sure we would have the perfect vacation with our family. He knew this was our Christmas time with our family and he had the house decorated for Christmas. I would definitely use this house again

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marvelous family. We enjoyed reading your guest book writeup and look forward to your return! Keith
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  • 5 of 5

Everything. Was great we all had a great time. We did every thing we wanted to do. The gravel road could been better. The drouth. The view marvelous

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful place to visit with all the accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

We were a few families renting two cabins together on the mountain to attend a family wedding and we were very

happy with our accommodations for the extended weekend! This house had all the amenities we could ask for and even

allowed our daughter's 2 little miniature dachshunds to be kenneled and stay with us! The home is equipped with everything you

will need and has unbelievable views!! We have wonderful memories and beautiful pictures of our weekend together! We are so

happy we found this rental and appreciate the clean, large accommodation!! We hope to return in the future!

Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent VIEWS of sunrise and sunset

  • 5 of 5

We had a 4 generation family celebration with ages from 2 to 80. Plenty of room for all, multi-levels made it easy to find a private spot. We spent hours cooking, eating, talking, napping, walking and celebrating having each other in our lives.

The kitchen is the hub of the house. Kitchen open to dining, living and deck making it easy for everyone to socialize.

We were up every morning on the deck with coffee waiting on the sunrise. We drank lots of coffee ;-)

Walking on the gravel road was great fun for everyone. We did not see a bear but we really wanted to. We found bear poop; yes we took a photo and researched it. That was our only bear siting. But we did hear creatures rustling in the bushes; sounded larger than a raccoon.

Plenty of parking. We had 4 cars and there was room for more. Very quiet on top of the mountain. NO traffic. Bring a flashlight if you are going out to walk the dog.

Easy access if you back up to the front door. Pretty level walking and only 3-4 steps into the house on the main level. Main level has master bed, master bath, 2nd bath, living, kitchen and large deck. Someone who finds stairs difficult can easily stay on the main level and not miss out on anything.

Lower lever is great for kids in bunk room and master bedroom for adult supervision. Deck on this level with hot tub and fire pit. Level walk onto driveway. No bath on the lower level but the kids did not mind. Easy to unload directly into the garage on lower level.

Upper level is great escape for adults with two HUGE bedrooms and bath. Upstairs deck on the West side is a great place to watch the sunset.

Plenty of linens, pillows and washer/dryer.

Wifi was slow but it gave me a reason to NOT work.

It felt like you were MILE away but really you can be off the mountain in 10 minutes. Helen was really close, only 20 minutes.

The best find was the waterfall on Bean Creek. When leaving the house take a left on Bean Creek and the waterfall right next to the road on the right. Only 5 minutes away.

Southern Comfort was great place for our family. We are already talking about our next vacation.

Thank you for the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cool River Tubing Company
"Great location and wild rides in this year's rainy season!"
Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center Gift Shop
Alpine Helen Mini Golf
"Beautiful garden kept manicured in this finest display of Helen's Putt Putt courses."
Cafe International
Hofer's of Helen
"Awesome breakfast spot in downtown Helen"
Betty's Country Store
Habersham Winery
"Excellent wine tastings. Our favorite is the 'blue bottle' reserve white. "
starburst stables sautee helen ga
"zip lines and horseback !"
The Lavender Cottage & Garden
Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and GI Germany Pub
Bernie's Restaurant at Nacoochee Valley Guest House
Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards Tasting Room
Hofer's of Helen
"Awesome breakfast spot in downtown Helen"
North Georgia Barbeque
"The only downside is the line at the most popular barbque on the Chattahoochee. We recommen..."
Mully's Nacoochee Grill
"The grill and next door pizzeria serve takeout that guests bring back to the deck almost wee..."
Old Bavaria Inn
La Cabana Mexican Restaurant
"In case you can't make the half mile wallk downtown without a break, Margarita's and reliabl..."
Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia
Helen Amusement Park
Old Sautee Store
"Try the Framer's Cheese!"
Cowboys & Angels Restaurant and Bar
"Awesome crabcakes!"
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sautee Vineyards Wine Tasting
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary

The Helen area offers a wealth of attractions and our location atop the mountain above the valley provides relaxation in the North Georgia Mountains.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $75
$1000 damage insurance $49

Any damages reported by the guest are covered by $100 deposit, then damage insurance, up to $1000 in damages. This reporting allows us to fix any issues prior to our next guest's arrival. Guests are responsible for any non-reported damages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Helen Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Upper Floor Full Bath - toilet , shower , Full Bathroom for two upper floor bedrooms. Walk-in shower
    Main Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Bedroom - 2 queen
    Northern Loft King Bedroom - 2 king
    Southern Loft King - 2 king
    Fireplace Bedroom - 2 king , King Bed and sitting area with fireplace
    Crews Quarters - 8 double , Two bunk beds, with two full beds. TV, bar and game room
  • 2 King bedrooms, one queen bedroom, one bedroom with two full-size bunk beds and Fireplace King bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
2 miles from Sautee Craft shops, vineyards and restaurants, 3 miles from Sunburst stables, ATV and zip lines. Also convenient to Hiking, White Water rafting and Helen, GA shops and restaurants.

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