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Riverfront-Kayaks, Foosball, Air hockey, Fire Pit, Fun!

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Ellijay House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bdrm + bunk room , 2.5 Bath, 2 Lg Decks Overlooking Cartecay River

The Gingerbread River House is a tranquil 4 bedroom + retreat overlooking the Cartecay River in East Ellijay in the Northwest Georgia mountains.

Surrounded by apple orchards and wineries, this vacation home offers much more than just peaceful relaxation. For adventurers, there are kayaking outfitters, mountains to hike, lakes and rivers nearby to explore, or water holes to fish. For the non-adventurers, there are plenty of antique stores, trading posts and places off the beaten path to discover. Whether you want to pick apples or berries will probably be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make while vacationing here.

Downtown Ellijay is just a 10 minute drive if you want to find typical stores, restaurants, or a night out on the town.

The double entrance doors welcome you into the large foyer, next to the kitchen with stainless appliances, and a large granite island. Hardwood floors run throughout the entire main & upstairs levels.

The kitchen gives onto the family room area with a comfortable seating area, real wood burning stove, wall mounted flat screen TV with free Netflix & Cable, WIFI; along with plenty of games & puzzles for family fun.

The dining room has a large table that can be extended for large groups, with all lighting on dimmers throughout all the main living/dining/kitchen areas, so you can create your perfect relaxed setting inside.

The master on main is tastefully decorated to make you feel at home. 3 sets of French doors run across the back of the main level, opening to the back upper deck. One set opens from the master bedroom, one from the dining area, and one from the family room. Connected to the master is the master bathroom with slate tile and granite vanity.

Upstairs you will find a large kid's bedroom with 2 sets of twin bunk beds, with a TV, small seating area, and plenty of toys and books in this room. This room has a small balcony with French doors overlooking the family room below.

Also upstairs is another guest room with a queen bed and antique dresser. Directly across the hall from this room is a large full bathroom.

In the slate tiled basement, you will find a secondary master bedroom with a king bed, and an attached half bath. There is a laundry room across the hall from the bedroom.

Also in the basement there are 2 more bunk beds in a small bunk room (which is kept locked, and is unlocked for parties of more than 10 people), & a family room area with cable TV, another seating area, an air hockey table, a foosball table, sectional couch, play kitchen, and more room to enjoy!

Outside the basement door is the lower deck with hot tub, 4 top table and chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and plenty of bench seating built into the deck. Kayaks, tubes, and water toys are stored in this area under the upper deck.

Beyond the deck you will find a large fire pit rimmed with river rocks and adirondack chairs. On the left at the river's edge, there is a small set of stairs, leading down to a sandy beach area of the river, with a swimming hole just beyond the beach. Kayaks are provided for your enjoyment on the river. Please remember to bring your life jackets, as we have limited sizes. Life jackets are highly recommended for all children playing or swimming in the river, and are required by law for anyone kayaking or tubing, etc. down the river. Life vest must be worn or attached to your vessel.

You will find it easy to unwind, but hard to go home after your stay at The Gingerbread House.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Megan Atherton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, Se habla Espanol.
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Megan Atherton

Family of 5 from Alpharetta, but originally from Texas, who love getting away in the N. GA mountains!

Megan Atherton purchased this house in 2011

Why Megan Atherton chose North Georgia Mountains

We were looking for a peaceful escape from Atlanta, where we could come experience the beautiful nearby mountain areas, river activities, and good old fashioned family fun.

What makes this house unique

The beautiful Cartecay river is just shallow enough in front of our property, & normally fairly calm enough for our 3 kids, yet rugged enough to kayak/tube and provide water fun. With almost no neighbors, our property offers peace and tranquility for a quiet relaxing getaway.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks Megan,

Hopefully we will be able to plan next years trip at your cabin as well. Everyone absolutely loved the peaceful setting with the fire pit near the river, all claiming it was the best cabin we had stayed at yet. It was PERFECT! Thanks again!
Nov 2014
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Riverfront-Kayaks, Foosball, Air hockey, Fire Pit, Fun!
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 25 reviews

Mountain biking weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent weekend at the Gingerbread House. The property was perfect for 10 guys and a weekend of mountain biking. Everyone slept comfortably in their own bed. The cabin was clean and the kitchen had everything we needed for cooking our meals. Highly recommend and will likely book again for the mountain bike race next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for kids

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay with our family. We had great meals in with everyone. The river is gentle and safe, the games room provides hours of fun for the kids. The hot tub is perfect. I would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rick, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad you enjoyed our home! We hope to have you back again soon! Many thanks, Megan
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Great location and beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

The gingerbread house was awesome. The only negative was only having 2 showers.with 12 adults, but that was something we already knew going in. There were plenty of beds and the kitchen was well stocked . Close to grocery store and far enough away that you had lots of peace and quiet . Great vacation get away.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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The location of the property was good. The house itself was pretty, BUT

  • 2 of 5

We found a pair of bloody panties in the upstairs bunk room. We contacted owner after some words and her kinda of insinuating we put them there she finally sent house cleaning over. My husband laid down on the bed in master bedroom and was stuck twice by a large sewing needle that was in the blanket. We probably will not stay with this property again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Terri, Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed the great location of our home. As for the young girl's panties that you found upstairs in the kid's pull out couch, I apologized profusely immediately when you called, never once insinuated that anyone in your party had planted them, and told you my housekeeper was on her way over to see what was going on and to deal with it. I personally had been at the cabin the week prior to oversee a deep cleaning of the whole home, including blinds, woodwork, cleaning & organizing/wiping down kitchen cabinets, etc. It is unfortunate that our cleaning efforts were overshadowed by a pair of panties that it seems a young girl was trying to hide, by stuffing in the couch cushions upstairs, as well as by a random needle left on the bed comforter that has ruffles, where a needle can easily get stuck. I apologize again for these mishaps, and although we strive for perfect check ins, it is hard to achieve every time. I assure you that I do everything I can to fix any problems/complaints when they do occur, and take them very seriously. Thank you for staying at our home! Megan
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Fun summer weekend with a large group

  • 5 of 5

The property is charming and well maintained and set up perfectly for a weekend of fun. Our group of 12 was well accommodated and the great kitchen, open living area and grilling area made it great to enjoy large home cooked meals all weekend.

The hot tub, large porches, and firepit are great outdoor touches and the spot on the river is great for swimming and trying up tubes to float on. We also took the kayaks (only 2 are large enough for adults) and had fun exploring up and down the river and riding through the sets of small rapids.

We also visited nearby Cartecay Vineyards and had a great time sampling wine and listening to live music:

Megan did well at staying in contact and making sure we had what we needed for a smooth booking experience and vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ryan, Thank you so much! I am so glad your group enjoyed your time at our home on the river. We hope you will return again. Many thanks, Megan
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Great spring getaway at The Gingerbread House

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the gingerbread. The view of the river combined with the sound was so relaxing. The home was nicely decorated. There were plenty of linens and space enough for everyone. We are sure to return!!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, Thank you for your review of our cabin. We are happy that you enjoyed our home. We hope you will return for another visit in the future! Sincerely, Megan
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 52
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Various restaurants on the way to downtown Ellijay
Car: necessary

The Gingerbread House is located directly on the Cartecay River in East Ellijay, peacefully surrounded by nature, rhododendrons, wildlife, and the sounds of rushing river water. Just 5 miles down the road, you will find R & A Orchard's with all kinds of goodies for visitors, as well several more orchards down the same road that offer pick your own fruit and seasonal fun.

Several wineries that offer tours and wine tastings are also nearby. Across from the closest orchard is a kayaking outfitter that offers kayaking. Tubing and kayaking are offered at many places nearby. Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor activities can be found in Ellijay and the surrounding area. Carter's Lake and Lake Blue Ridge are not far if you are looking for boating and lake activities.


Rates & Availability

Ellijay House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Xmas-New Years
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
CleanFee up to 10 guests $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are for up to 10 people. Over 10 people, add nightly fee of $50+tax,pp over 10th person.
+ more than 10 people add $50 + tax to the clean fee.
+ add $75 + tax, per dog for each approved pet with signed pet agreement.
+ large groups may require additional refundable damage deposit.
+ add 7% tax to all fees, except deposit.
+ add 3% for Paypal transactions.
Rates subject to change w/o notice.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ellijay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , 36' new vanity with granite; new slate tile throughout.
    Basement Bathroom - toilet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Basement Master - 1 king , with adjoining half bath.
    Master on Main - 1 king , with adjoining full bath on main level.
    Queen Bedroom UP - 1 queen , Upstairs across from full bath in hall.
    Kid's Bedroom UP - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , Large bdrm with sitting area, balcony, TV, toys in closet.
    Basement Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , Small bunkrm;this rm locked unless more than 10 people rent
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There is a fenced dog run in the front of the house with a dog house, if you would like to bring your dog and want him to be able to be outside without worrying about your pet running off. Pets are also welcome inside, but ask that you keep them off the furniture. Pet fee $75 + tax, per pet.

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