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HOT TUB on porch.NO Cleaning fee.PRIVATE

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + 1 Bath, Sleeps 2 adults

Search 206623 VRBO to see our Creekside cabin.

Lovely old growth hardwoods surround this cabin. Hot tub overlooks woods, pond and creek view in winter. Fireplace adds to its coziness.

You will see lots of wildlife here...bear, deer, great blue heron, mallards, and hear lake loons,circadias and frogs on the 6 surrounding acres.

Our house is 70 yards away but there is a cain break between us.

Keywords: Cabin 560 sq.ft. overlooks woods and pond. Romantic swing on porch. Well-equipped kitchen. 2 scenic state parks nearby. Carters Lake is about 20 minutes.

Blue Ridge steam engine ride only 20 minutes away. Tubing and wine tasting nearby.... 5 minutes. Nearby Aska Adventure area includes tubing, fishing, canoeing, and mountain biking. Benton McKay Walking Trail nearby. Terminus of Appalachain Trail at Gilmer County's Springer Mountain only a few miles away.

Several beautiful wineries very nearby. Meichtry vineyard, Cartecay Vineyard,and the Englehiem vineyard. Sit outside at these wineries and listen to live music on the weekends. In cooler months sit enjoy the outdoorsfirplaces. Winetasting offered at each. Be sure to visit the farm store only about 3 miles from the cabin. It has homemade goats milk ice cream and unusual organic meats. The Farm Store is surrounded by acres of dairy cows, goats and other farm animals.

Jim built this cabin and another small cabin on our property in 1995. He did all the work himself. He is a carpenter.

More Details

Sally or Jim Smelcer
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Sally or Jim Smelcer

We are a retired couple enjoying living on the 6 acres with the cabins. Our granddaughter , Shayla, lives with us. I am a retired school teacher and Jim owned a cabinet company and a glass company. Jim built all the cabins on the property and we keep them in good condition and very clean. Ellijay is surrounded by mountains and hiking and tubing and all the outdoor activities of a small mountain and river town.

Sally or Jim Smelcer purchased this cabin in 1995

Why Sally or Jim Smelcer chose North Georgia Mountains

We are Georgia natives who grew up in Smyrna and came with our families when we were children to Ellijay to get apples and view the leaves in the fall. As adults we continued to visit and in 1994 we decided to find our own get away in beautiful Ellijay. Then in 1995 Jim built this Pondside cabin for added income. It was so popular he built the Creekside cabin soon after. We are sure you will enjoy Gilmer county as much as we do. We live on the 6 acres so are available to answer any local questions you may have. We are here in case the gas for the grills give out or any other problem you may have.

What makes this cabin unique

We are only a 10 minute drive from Wal Mart and stores surrounding it but still have the seclusion of being on the 6 acres with no other cabins except ours in sight. About 15 miles away is the town of Blue Ridge which has an old locomotive train excursion to another nearby town and back. Ellijay and Blue Ridge are filled with quaint shops and restaurants. You may tube down our creek using our tubes any time. No cost. Be sure to visit Amacalola Falls only 20 minutes away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have totally enjoyed our stay with you in the lovely Pondside cabin. We liked it so much we booked it for Christmas!!! We loved the Apple Festival. It was very relaxing and peaceful, Just what we needed.

Thank you very much!
Oct 2013
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Ellijay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Toilet, sink and shower and tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

HOT TUB on porch.NO Cleaning fee.PRIVATE
average rating of 4.642857 based on 34 reviews

Wonderful weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

The description of the little house was exactly as described and our hosts were great. We had a wonderful weekend and would return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty good cabin

  • 4 of 5

Bed needed better mattress then it would have been a five star!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your letting us know that the bed needs replacing. We will most certainly get a nice new queen bed for Pondside this week!
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Nice property

  • 4 of 5

Great little cabin! Had everything we were looking for. We enjoyed being able to relax and unwind and it was a plus that we could bring our pet along!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adored it!!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I absolutely adored our stay here! The cabin is so charming and the perfect size for two people. Sally greeted us as we arrived and was so sweet and welcoming! It's a great place to get away to, but you're still so close to Blue Ridge and other activities. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Owner booked the wrong week. Agreed to refund all charges. Please return money to credit card.

  • 1 of 5

Arrived on time to unclean room and messy. After contacting owner, she realized she had booked the wrong week. She was able to refer us to another property, not with HomeAway. After calling other properties, we finally found a cabin two hours later. Please refund all charges.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry and embarrassed that this happened. We understand how disappointed you must have been! We pride ourselves on our clean and charming cabins. In the 22 years we have hosted guests, this has never happened. I can only say that it will never happen again. We gladly offer you 2 free days at the cabin at any time in the future. An email to that effect was sent to you as soon as we realized our mistake. The money was refunded and we sincerely hope you will come use your free days. Future guests , please read all our other positive reviews.
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This cabin could only described as cozy and welcoming. Jim and Sally also are amazing, sweet people!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a cozy, clean cabin nestled in the woods. The stay was amazing and so were the owners, Jim and Sally. We fell in love with the cabin and area by the end of our first day. We hope to be back very soon!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Atlanta, Ga.
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Whitepath Golf
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Long Horn
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Cataloochee N.C.
Nearest Point of Interest
151 Azalea Dr.
Car: necessary

We live on the property in case you have questions or problems. Our home is about 70 ft. from this cabin and there is a cane break between the cabins.


Rates & Availability

Ellijay Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

We have a 3 night minimum in October and all holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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