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Melissa Smith

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Fall special! Any Oct. or Nov. date stay two nights get third night free!

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Ideal getaway for relaxation and exploration! Secluded but close to all the fun!

Hike, fish, raft, ride! Shop in Clayton, Highlands and Helen. Relax in our gorgeous handcrafted home. Eat good home cooking down the street at the new Lake Burton grocery and diner!

Our porches look out over National Forest. Listen to the waterfall or sit in front of the fire. Lake Burton and golf courses are right next door as are the falls and trails of the Tallulah River. Great beautifully decorated place for couples, families, and friends to get away from it all! Everything you need is here. Secluded and private but fifteen minutes away from the shops, restaurants and groceries of downtown Clayton.

Come share our beautiful craftsman timber frame home. The soaring great room features a granite stone fireplace, stainless steel kitchen, Wifi and Bluray, a love seat by the fire, and recliners with bookcases. There are three bedrooms, a master on main, and two guest rooms upstairs, in addition to a pullout sofa in the great room. We have pillow-top mattress covers, and high quality linens. The waterfall is audible from the master suite, and the private gas fireplace is cozy in the winter.

There are two and a half baths. Outside find a wrap-a-round deck, a cozy hammock, a fire pit, a gas grill, and lots of seating. Then explore the creek and waterfall. Once at the creek, relax on the observation deck. Comfortably sleeps nine. Ideal for two families with kids or three couples.

The great room features two story windows throughout with views of National Forest. The master suite features a queen sized bed, gas fireplace, spacious closet and large custom tiled jetted bath. Upstairs find a spacious bunk room that sleeps three with room for more on air mattresses, a guest room with a queen sized bed, and a full bath. The BRAND NEW pullout sofa in the Great Room is perfect for teens. Outside grill out on the deck, or just nap in the hammock.

Specific amenities include central air and heat, ceiling fans throughout, stainless steel kitchen appliances, gas grill, outdoor seating, washer/dryer, good cellphone reception, wi-fi, a Bluray player, a large flat parking pad, and a second deck above the creek near the waterfall. Timbered steps lead down fern strewn slopes to the National Forest that adjoins the lot.

We have hosted wedding parties, book clubs, family getaways, book clubs, Little League teams, romantic getaways, even guests who have stayed a month or more!

Our guests horseback ride, whitewater raft, zipline, browse, work puzzles, cook amazing meals, boat and swim in Lake Burton, and explore the forests and waterfalls adjacent to the property. We provide a canoe, and lots of outdoor toys for little ones. They may even find crawdads in the creek! And don't forget the fly fishing next door. It is some of the best in the state.

We are popular for holiday rentals and relaxation. Our guests are escaping the heat of Florida and places closer by. We are an ideal meeting point for families split by the Georgia border. Within two hours you can reach our home from Tennessee, SC, NC, Alabama, and Atlanta.

Guests who stay a week enjoy rafting, boating, hiking, side-trips to Highlands, Helen, and Dillard, in addition to zip-lining, and horseback riding.

We are five minutes from:

Lake Burton

boat ramp

Waterfall Resort

Camp High Harbour



Fly Fishing



Lake Burton grocery

Farm to table Dining


Mountain views

Jet Skiing


Recycling Center

Community playground

Hiking trails


We are 15 minutes from:

Everything else

Local festivals in Clayton (lots! check the web!)

Appalachian and Bartram Hiking trails



Liquor Store

Art Galleries

Hardware store


Drive-in Theatre


Public Library


LaPrade's Marina

Moccasin Creek State Park

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Hemlock Falls trail

Within an hour you can be in:

Dillard (all you can eat country cooking)

Helen (the best of Georgia)

Franklin, NC

the Tallulah Gorge--don't miss the semi annual kayak events!

Highlands, NC (bring your wallet)

Halfway down the Chatooga River --some of the best whitewater rafting in the South!

Some of our guests never get in their cars to leave the property! They sunbath, grill, and snooze! They hike, bird-watch and find waterfalls. They watch Netflix and work puzzles, make popcorn and burn firewood. It is a cozy place.

We hope you will join us here!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Melissa Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Melissa Smith

The custom timber framed home was built by the Smith family in Tucker, Ga and it has been their pleasure to share the beauty of both its' craftsmanship and location. Their children plan to enjoy it for years to come, and we love sharing it with family and friends.

Melissa Smith purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Melissa Smith chose North Georgia Mountains

Private and secluded handcrafted custom timberframe home nestled in forest, yet with quick access to mountain adventures. Five acre lot, with no visible neighbors. Adjoins National Forest, yet easy to access via paved driveway off a private road. The Lake Burton area caters to the wealthy -- stay in our house with all the amentities for a fraction of the cost of lakefront properties. You can have your boat on the water in no time with the public ramp just five miles away on Plum Orchard Road. On our property enjoy trail heads to the Tallulah River and Wildlife Management Area.

We are not a cookie cutter development. Private waterfall and deck on creek. Fly fishing and lake fun five minutes away. Camp High Harbour is next door. Marina rentals, horseback, ziplining are all within easy reach. Dilliard House and stables, Highlands, NC and Helen, GA are all an hour or less away. Sautee River Pottery is close by as is the Tallulah River Gorge and it crystal blue pools. Great kitchen for special vacation meals and restaurants in Clayton for when you don't want to cook.

What makes this cabin unique

Jumping off point for many options to enjoy the northeast Georgia mountains. Small waterfall on property. Private high quality handcrafted home. Guests tell us the warmth and intimacy of the home is unique. It was built by a backpacking homebuilder with attention to craftmanship, whose wife is a biologist interested in enjoying and preserving wildlife. The timber and granite is all locally sourced. The decor is personal, not generic. It is a place to build memories, and then return and build more. It is intimate yet accessible. Guests tend to have adventures, then retreat to our wooded seclusion to reccharge before setting forth for another adventure.

Details: Two hours will get you here from four states, not including Georgia. Atlanta is a also two hours away. Five miles from front door to the Tallulah River boat access to Lake Burton. Right next door to best fly fishing in Georgia. Ten miles to Clayton Main Street folk art gallery, and a good private book store. Many nearby venues for hiking, dining and horseback riding.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your husband did such a beautiful job! I wanted to let you know my daughter joined us at the last minute, and she's happy she came up! Thanks for such a beautiful retreat from the rest of the world. You guys are blessed!
Mar 2016
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Fall special! Any Oct. or Nov. date stay two nights get third night free!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 37 reviews

A sweet stay in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We had an outstanding stay, the house was just a dream. Your directions and guest information were very helpful and easy to follow. I know it is a beautiful spot in the fall surrounded by the hardwoods. I would highly recommend someone staying in your house.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and come again!
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Beautiful Secluded Cabin

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year to vacation in this beautiful secluded cabin. The cabin is always clean, Melissa is very quick to answer questions, and the leaving checklist is easy to complete. We spent the majority of our time between the covered back deck and the nearby Tallulah River Road. We drove this winding beautiful road that follows the river all the way to North Carolina. Our kids played in the river picking up rocks, building dams, and floating on inter tubes. A great vacation away from cell phones and computers! My only complaint would be the condition of the sleeper sofa, where my daughter was supposed to sleep. The frame was broken and listing down on one end, so we ended up taking the mattress off and putting it on the floor. Overall, though, it's a great place to vacation and we enjoy returning year after year.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes sorry about the sofa. We had too many teens sprawled on it. Will be replacing it in October. Thanks for your review!
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Amazing Cabin! LOVED LOVED LOVED!!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is so amazing! It's very roomy and well stocked with towels and blankets, books, grill, jet bathtub, etc! We had a large party with us and Melissa was very , accommodating! There is a nice hammock on the wrap around porch and walkway that leads down to a neat little stream!! This house was so cute and comfy cozy! I would highly recommend this remote cabin! It has renewed my husbands and I's dream of one day owning a log cabin! Melissa is awesome! Very helpful and informative. Thanks Melissa!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come again!
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Beautiful custom cabin.

  • 5 of 5

So relaxing. Peaceful, quiet location. My blood pressure probably dropped to normal. In the time I stayed here I got to know several of my neighbors

who were all great people. Felt like I had been living here forever. The last day I stayed here, a large doe crossed in front of me just before going up the blacktop driveway. Did not want to leave even after a months stay here. Wow, what a way to start my retirement. I would highly recommend Melissa's Timber Frame home. Thanks for sharing Melissa.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice family get away home.

  • 5 of 5

We live in Florida but we love the mountains. This home is located in a beautiful area not far from town and close to lots of beautiful sightseeing. Tallulah River really is one block away and so pretty! Hemlock Falls is less then 15 minutes. But you also have your own creek right on the property!

The house had everything that we needed and was very spacious and comfortable. Melissa is very prompt in answering questions and very helpful.

You won't be disappointed with this home. We will definitely look to book this one again.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over Christmas. The owner was very easy to get in touch with and responded to all questions. The cabin was beautiful, it had more amenities for guests than some homes we have stayed in through VRBO. The clean up list was easy enough. Clayton is a beautiful area with lots to do but we didn't venture into town because we were there to celebrate Christmas and also because most places were closed anyway. The master bath is nice as is the main part of the home, we enjoyed having the covered deck because it rained our entire stay. The fireplace in the master is a nice touch too. My only recommendation is it would have been nice to have some instructions on how to use Netflix, we have had it in our own home before but if you aren't familiar with someone else's set up and multiple remotes it can be confusing. We never figured it out but there are some movies so we ended up watching a few of those. Other than the Netflix issue we had a great time and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you have a great time! On the Netflix issue, it is easiest to use the WiFi connection to google the series of commands you have to do with the Sony remote. I usually let the teens handle it! But I will try and work out written instructions in the future.
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Toccoa, Georgia
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Rumor Hazit, Main St. Clayton, GA
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Waterfall Resort
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Georgia Highway 76
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Lake Burton
Car: necessary

Five minutes from a public Lake Burton boat ramp. One mile from some of Georgia's best fly fishing along the Tallulah and Coleman Rivers. Hike into the Chattoochee National forest off the porch. Appalachain Trail is fifteen minutes to the West, and the Bartram Trail is fifteen minutes to the east. Shops of downtown Clayton feature a folk art gallery and an excellent bookstore and nearby wine shop. Find The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek less than five miles away. In town find Grapes and Bean, Fromage (fresh made cheeses and amazing sandwiches), Universal Joint (great burgers), Rumor Hazit (New Orleans) Mama G's (Italian), and good Mexican and southern style food. The king of Southern family dining, the Dillard House is just up the road. Horseback riding is offered here as well as near the Tallulah Gorge park. Scaly Mountain snow tubing is close by as is the town of Highlands, NC. State parks near you are Black Rock Mountain, Mocassin Creek (see the nearby fish hatchery), and the Tallulah River Gorge. Get a permit to hike down to the bottom of the gorge and swim in an isolated emerald pool. Many local artisans may be found along the Soque River and north into Mountain City. The Foxfire museum of Appalachian culture is on the road to Dillard. Want to boat? Use our canoe or rent a pontoon boat from the nearby marina. La Prade's also features dock side dining and upscale dining.


Rates & Availability

Clayton Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 23 2016 - Nov 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Week
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning fee $110
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 5.0%

The pet fee of $50 is a flat rate per stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom Upper Hall - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fully tiled, vanity, cupboard for storage
    Powder Room - Main Floor - toilet , Sink, vanity, toilet. Local artisan wrought iron mirror
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Linen cupboard, Walk-in closet, fully tiled, three windows
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Queen lower, twin top. Ceiling fan, full closet, nightstand
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Nightstands, ceiling fan, lamp, full closet, chair, mirror
    Master Bedroom - Main - 1 queen , Gas fireplace, nightstands, ceiling fan, arm chair, art
  • Master Bedroom on main level with private gas fireplace, pillow topped mattress cover and a large private tiled bath with walk in closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Recreation: pontoon rental and hangout at La Prade's marina and restaurant, Lake Burton beach access off nearby Charlie Mt. Road. State parks within 20 minutes include Moccasin Creek (hemlock falls trail, fish hatchery), Black Rock (excellent views and hikes), Tallulah Gorge (interpretive center, permits to base of gorge where you can swim in emerald cool water), horseback at Dillard house and other venues, fly fish next door on Coleman and Tallulah Rivers, snow tube on Scaly mountain, hike Rabun Mountain or multitude of AT feeder and other National Forest trails. Shop: folk art, artisans, Native American, bookstore, wineries, Wal-Mart, amazing hardware store, clothing boutiques Dine: Farmhouse at Persimmon new close-by upscale farm to table, in-town Universal Joint (craft burgers), Grapes and Bean, Fromage, Rumor Hazit (New Orleans), Mama G's (Italian), Mexican, Southern food at Dillard house, many others.

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