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Lake Cottage Couples/Family Retreat-Open Slip DROUGHT PROOF Dock in Quiet Cove

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage w/Lake Views & Open Slip Dock/Perfect for Family-Couples-Friends RETREAT

Our cottage at the lake is a great location for a family or couples getaway, girls only/guys only weekend, and only 45 minutes from Atlanta. It has 3 bedrooms—two with a queen, and one with a twin-over-double bunk bed. The sleeper sofa in the keeping room is a full size, comfortably sleeping 1 adult or 2 children. The master bath has a tub and the smaller, hall bath has a shower. Watch TV or your favorite movies on our Smart TV or DVD in the Family Room viewed from the most comfortable recliner ever designed. The keeping room and kitchen are flooded with sunlight in the morning and are the gathering place for family and guests while breakfast is prepared. Light the wood burning stove for additional atmosphere.

The woods surrounding the house provides privacy and shades the deck in the morning and again in late afternoon while the home’s high location above the large sloping lawn allows a year round lake view from the large windows in the kitchen and family room, as well as from the deck. The view of the sunset over the water begs dining al fresco. Located on a half-acre, mostly wooded lot (lots of hiding places for Capture the Flag) the lawn is great for tossing a football. We love that our house sits so far from the street. It's quiet here. Turn slowly into the drive when you return from a late dinner and you will most likely see deer in the woods. When you sit on the deck with your early morning coffee, look down the trails. You may see them looking back. On a pre-dawn winter morning, they may be in the front yard, nibbling acorns fallen from the giant oaks. It’s peaceful here. The only neighbor you will hear is the pileated woodpecker.

Follow the leaf strewn trail down to the dock and rest quietly. You will see fish under the dock and maybe witness the flight of a great blue heron. Because our dock is deep in the cove, the water is calm without wakes or sounds from boats passing on the lake. It is a safe place to swim, play, and float. We have a covered, single slip dock that is open, and boat and jet ski rentals (Port Royal),as well as a public boat ramp (Mountain View Park), are just minutes from the property by land or by water. Our dock is drought proof! Even when the lake level drops, we always have 15-20 feet under our dock, and where many properties are located in shallow tributaries, our cove provides full lake access from the Olympic Rowing venue, all the way to Buford Dam.

Passing the dock, you can continue your walk through the woods around the point and along the lake shore trail for a celebration of fall color. If you look out the windows during a heavy snow, you will have the impression you are on a mountain top above the clouds. In the spring, the profusion of gardenia blooms scent the air, and the woods are full of birdsong and speckled with the white blooms of indigenous rhododendron. The slam of the screen door during family picnics will sound just like your childhood.

This is not just a house at the lake. It is a true lake house.

If you wish to venture out, we are minutes from downtown Gainesville (check out and don’t miss the free concerts on the square), Starbucks (a must for my husband), shopping malls, grocery stores, Multi-Movie Theaters, live theater, parks with walking trails, hiking, waterfalls, and every type of dining experience from candle lit, white linen to fast food. We are, of course, close to Lake Lanier Islands and all the activities there. We are also not far from Chicopee Woods Golf Course, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Georgia wineries, Gibbs Gardens, all the fun in Dahlonega including a tour of the gold mines and free shows at the planetarium (check out, and you might even catch a rodeo at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Audrey

My husband and I are transplanted Yankees, although we've been in Atlanta for over 30 years. We're looking forward to retirement and a permanent move to Gainesville on Lake Lanier!

Audrey purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Audrey chose Lake Lanier

We bought our lake house as a weekend getaway, but find that we spend more and more time here, away from the traffic and noise of the city. We love that our house is a true lake house. We love the views, the quiet, and the DEER! We see them 3 or 4 times a week. We love settling in with a good book while flames dance in the wood burning stove. We love that our house has history. It faces what was once a county road, now under water with the development of the lake. It was built by a man who worked construction and it originally had a human dumbwaiter instead of basement steps. Rooms have been added over the years. We bought the house from a couple who were high school sweethearts & who were married only after being reunited at their 20 year reunion. The wood bookcases & the stained glass window that is over the door to the master bedroom came from a 1920’s house in her Nebraska hometown. She loved gardening, & the greenhouse was a Valentine’s Day surprise from her husband.

What makes this cottage unique

Private. Quiet. Beautiful views. Tranquil cove for sunbathing & water play. Our dock is drought proof! We still had 15' under our dock and access to all of the lake from the Olympic Rowing Venue all the way to Buford Dam when the lake level dropped 21' in 2007! We have an open, covered dock for your watercraft and we are close to boat and jet ski rentals. In addition to all the water play on the lake, we are close to downtown Gainesville--groceries, shopping, antiques, theater, movies, restaurants, public parks w/trails, playground, picnic areas for larger gatherings, historic sites, museums, art galleries, fabulous spa. And for a longer stay, we are the perfect location for day trips to Gibbs Gardens, Georgia Wineries, festivals and offerings of other North Georgia towns. We have compiled an extensive directory of activities in the area including Sports & Adventure, Leisure Activites (including theater & the arts), Food & Dining, Shopping (including Antiques), and a current calendar of events for your stay. Contact us before you arrive and tell us your interests. We can help you plan your vacation before you arrive!


Gainesville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • master bath has tub, shared hall bath has shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Bunk is twin-over-double futon--sleeps 3
    Sleeper Sofa in Keeping Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper comfortable for 1 adult or two children
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Master-Queen, BR2-Queen, BR3-Twin-Over-Double Bunk Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Lake Cottage Couples/Family Retreat-Open Slip DROUGHT PROOF Dock in Quiet Cove
average rating of 4.725 based on 40 reviews

We had a great time!!!

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice & clean. The 3 bedrooms were a great size. The kitchen was small but worked for us. The only complaint we had at all was the very steep, very long walk down to the dock. It was great for getting lots of exercise on your trip (if you wanted any) but if any of your guests have any physical problems, it would be very difficult. And don't carry lots of things down there either. We got lots of rain on our trip so the trail leading down to dock was also very muddy and slippery. Other than that, the house was very nice! We enjoyed our trip very much!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was perfect, long walk to lake.

  • 4 of 5

Nice little house for the price, and convienent location to marina, stores, and restaurants. The lake however is a HIKE. We are 29, 30 year olds in decent shape and the walk was tough, especially if you have coolers etc. Luckily though the dock is in deep water and not dry even when the lake is low.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

From the first moment of booking the cottage to the final turning of the key as my family and I left, the whole experience was pleasant. The cottage was clean, comfortable, tastefully decorated, and the owner (Audrey) was a great help. I highly recommend this cottage for a pleasant and relaxing family or couples retreat.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house is fantastic. The location is great.

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed was available and set up for our convenience. Everything is in working order. The house is in a great location and the dock was very useful as we rented a boat. Overall we had a great time.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place to unwind and relax

  • 5 of 5

my family, friends and I enjoyed our stay very much! great house, location and lake by a short walk.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying in this house on the Lake. It was everything that we had hoped it would be & more!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson+closer county airports
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Texas Road House
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Chicopee Woods Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
I 985
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Waffle House
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
River Forks Park
Car: necessary

We have accumulated extensive information on activities available in the area. If you have any particular interests, please let us know and we can provide information prior to your arrival to assist you in planning your vacation. A calendar of local events is also available for the time of your visit


Rates & Availability

Gainesville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nov 26 2017 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
cleaning $90
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

It is possible to save on service fee based on your method of payment. Please contact me to discuss. 770-823-0062.
Rates are subject to change until payment is received.
Preferred turnover day for week long rental is Friday. This may be flexible depending upon the dates of your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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