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Esther or Carl

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Choestoe Sanctuary-Enjoy what others have written about!

124 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms providing the most awesome views!

Esther and I wanted to make it affordable and after reading our many reviews, you will understand why are guests were surprised by what we offer. This beautiful, recently renovated cabin sits on 1+ acre of wooded land on the side of a hill overlooking the Trackrock Valley. Off in the distance, the tallest point in Georgia (4,784 ft) can be seen - Brasstown Bald Mountain and directly beneath the first and second deck, one can see a winding country road that passes a white-steepled church. You can hear cows calling out to each other and many other peaceful sounds as you drink that first morning cup of coffee on the lower deck or a cup of hot chocolate around the new fire pit. A new Amish glider was placed on the deck off the master bedroom allowing you to sit and enjoy the view.

It's hard to believe that only two hours northeast of the hustling and bustling noise of Atlanta, you can find such a tranquil setting and the opportunity to escape. Town is not that far as the picturesque town of Blairsville is only eight (8) miles away. You will pass over some of the most beautiful country you will ever see as you make your way over the winding road that leads to Blairsville.

Update- we just installed a dishwasher on July 7th, 2015 for our guests, of almost 100 reviews only one had mentioned not having this but....

Surrounding area: There is much to see and/or do. This is a photographer's dream ... so many beautiful pictures to capture! We have seen the Dogwood season begin to open on the mountain, a red-headed woodpecker hammering out a meal, graceful deer leap across our path and the neighbors tell us that we will see our share of black bears.

You are only minutes from Vogel State Park, Brasstown Bald, Helton Creek Falls, and the Appalachian Trail. Hiking trails are close by, horseback riding at the Trackrock Stables, tubing at Pappy's and in Helen, digging for gold in Dahlonega, boating and fishing at Notelly Lake, shopping at the Premium Outlet Mall (woo hoo!), swimming at Vogel State Park, jogging in Meeks Park, and in the Fall... the changing of the leaves and the local festivals.

'Our grandson made this tour for us'

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Esther or Carl (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Esther or Carl

Esther and I have been married over 25 years and we love people as each person is unique. Have you ever sat in the Atlanta airport and watch people as they walk by, observe their manners, and gestures.

We have met the nicest people who have become our guests and many have provided insight into how we can better accommodate future guests which is what this is about. Many are just wanting to 'pay the mortgage', this is not an issue with us as we really desire to please our guests.

Esther or Carl purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Esther or Carl chose North Georgia Mountains

It was a foreclosure and when we walked through the door on Valentines Day 2011 and pulled back the drapes and saw the view, it was 'love at first sight'.

We then started to mold the cabin to our liking as Esther started to pick out the color of paint and obtain furniture from the local shops.

What makes this cabin unique

Choestoe Sanctuary is close to all the natural points of interest and provides a peaceful haven to rest and reflect. I am sure tthe reviews highlight this fact. Everything was added as though we were going to live here all the time as many places provide cheap items, we have not. Each time we vacation there, we add sometime new.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a GREAT cabin! We were here for a week, the cabin was clean, comfortable, and full of amenities. The owners go the extra mile to be sure your stay is as enjoyable as it can be providing maps, brochures,and personal tips.The location is idea for any of the activities in the area: hiking, waterfalls, state parks, shopping, fishing, and driving around viewing the scenery.
Apr 2016
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based on 124 traveler reviews

Choestoe Sanctuary-Enjoy what others have written about!
average rating of 4.927419 based on 141 reviews

Our summer vacation was just what we needed, all we needed and more than we expected.

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away on the side of the mountain, my husband and I found the quiet time we needed to rest and get away from the noise and activity of our life. It was the highlight of our trip and just perfect. It was neat and nothing was left undone. TV, wifi, books and games were provided. Didn't need the tv because there were so many lovely things to watch and do. Evening and morning walks were time to talk and time to be pensive. The screened in porch for a cup of tea and a swing to sit and watch the cows, clouds and mountain scenery. Brasstown Bald was beautiful and the clear sky gave us a view for miles around. Vogel State Park was a disappointment but the drive there was lovely and we took a few side drives just to enjoy the neighboring hills. Helen,Ga was noisy and not worth the drive. Going Richard Russell Scenic drive was slow and we enjoyed the route back to the cabin on 180. The town will not be on our to do again list as it is just crowded shops with typical made in China stickers. Next trip will include Mark of the Maker Pottery in Clarksville. We read through books, and fixed some meals in the kitchen as everything needed to cook was there. Jim's BarBQ was excellent. People in this area are the best! There are lots of trails for those that are physically able to hike. We hope to return. The cabin was more than we could have expected. The owners took care of our questions with just a phone call and it was done quickly.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind in-depth response. All guests reviews are important as different attractions appeal to each person differently. I have some guests that love spending time in Blairsville and others will hardly venture away from the peace and quiet that the area provides around the cabin. Most important you found the cabin and all it contained and it provided for your needs. Esther and I look forward having you back as our guests again. Carl and Esther
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Just the ticket!

  • 5 of 5

This is a marvelous getaway and was just the ticket for our little family. Besides everything being clean, well supplied and uncomplicated (I could hardly believe how easy it was to get things in order for our leavetaking when the time came), it is a beautifully and ever-so-comfortably furnished cabin that has a lovely, wholesome ambiance. Very tasteful decor, but not cluttered or terrifyingly valuable (we have a toddler, and after picking up just a few breakables for storage over the weekend, I was able to breath pretty easy on the "damage-fear" front!)

We half lived out on the deck, drinking in its spectacular view. It's quiet up there -- very, very, deliciously quiet; it quiets the mind.

And what sets this cabin apart from so many other cabins is that it's up high on a wooded hill/mountain, as they so often are........but overlooks lush valley farmland, rimmed behind by the blue ridge of the mountains. This is what did it for me, who's not much one for being stuck in the middle of woods or up high for the sake of being up high. We didn't get to see any black bears, but I thoroughly enjoyed the herd of cows pasturing below us.

Also, the owner is WONDERFUL to work with -- goes above and beyond to make your getaway a success and is a quick & accommodating communicator.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grace, thank you for your kind review and the words you chose seem to go with your first name. An owner can always attempt to provide a great place but there also has the be great guests in making everything work. Esther and I are glad you chose our cabin and look forward having your family back. The benefits you described above is what brought us to this cabin in the beginning as it was more of a "diamond in the ruff" but has turned out in being a gem and enjoyed by many. Carl and Esther
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Really enjoyed our stay; very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

When my son entered the cabin he said, " Dad, this is definitely a step up from where we have stayed before" and we have stayed at some nice cabins. Carl and Ester have made their cabin very comfortable. The location is perfect for trout fishing and the restaurants are close and the food is excellent.

We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad in having you back again and this time your son Justin. When we receive praise through comments made by your son then it lets us know that we are still "hitting the mark". Esther and I set out to not just rent out a cabin to others but to "open up our home" and we continue to try. We are honored having great guests like you and now a repeat guests using our cabin as your escape. Carl and Esther
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Beautiful Place for a Beautiful Price

  • 5 of 5

This was a girls getaway week...the best place ever! When you first walk into this immaculate place, you can't help but be awestruck by the views out the back deck. A walk down to the swing under the trees is so peaceful. This place has everything needed to make your vacation stress free and relaxing. The cabin is truly comfortable and inviting--you won't want to leave! It is central to many locations and activities. I have stayed at several places over the years, and this is the best. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Diane, Esther and I are so glad you and your sister enjoyed our cabin and the resources the area has to offer. We have always stocked our cabin as though we might walk through the door at any minute. We also are glad our guests continue in seeing the same benefits from one guest to the next as that reflects that we are constant in what we provide. I know how you feel about the view as you walk through the door as that is what we felt the first time we walked through in Feb. of 2011! We look forward having you both back again as we have guests that are back in October for their 6th visit and we have been renting for only 5 years. Carl and Esther
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Beautiful setting...

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your home away from home. We really enjoyed the setting and how "cozy" the interior was decorated. Very nice cabin with nice amenities and we plan to come back. The view of the mountains and the serene countryside reminded us every day that we were on vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim, Thank you for the view and we look forward having you back as our guests. Carl and Esther
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Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay. Great location, in the woods but close to town. We loved the views. The views from the swing were amazing. We had a very peaceful long weekend... Beds were very comfortable. Very nice cabin. We plan on staying again.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob Esther and I are glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at our "Sanctuary" and found all the great places this area has to offer. As you came in shortly after us we had just placed 4 inch memory foam pads on all three beds "though we never had any complaints" we are always wanting our guests in having the best. We look forward having you back again. Carl and Esther
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Cooks Country Kitchen
"Great for breakfast, lunch and home style dinners!"
Brasstown Bald
"Many guests have written in our local guests book what a great time they had on this mountai..."
Ingles Market
Vogel State Park
"We have had such a great time at this park and it is only 6 miles from our cabin. There is a..."
Monte Alban Restaurante
The Aviator Cafe
"Thinking about this cafe makes my mouth water. We stop there everytime we are at the cabin a..."
Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Blairsville-Butternut Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 180
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Jim's Smokin Que 'Awesome Ribs' and Pappy's
Car: necessary

Our cabin is located in the desirable area known as Choestoe Hills overlooking the Trackrock Valley. We are not a cheap cabin, just affordable!

There are approximately ten (10) cabins in this area and only two are available to the public for renting.

Blairsville is 8 miles away with its many thrift stores, consignment and antique shops. For the serious shopper, the Premium Outlet Mall is about an hour away and Atlanta and Asheville, NC are two hours away. Helen, GA is about an hour away with its many Christmas stores for shopping.

Blairsville was recently selected as one of the Applachian Trail towns with the Applachian Trail close by.

Pappy's, just down the road, has water tubing ... you can actually see the tubers go by as you sit and have your meal.

You will fall in love with this area and its people ... Southern hospitality is a reality in Blairsville!

Other Activities: White water rafting, many waterfalls, hiking trails, the beautiful Vogel State Park with its many trails, lake and water falls and the Appalachian Trail are all very close.

Golf: There are two golf courses within 10 miles... Butternut Creek Golf Course is a favorite and you will find a brochure inside the cabin.

Ski: Sky Valley, NC

This is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away.

Fishing- this would be Southern Highroads Outfitters in Blairsville I had a guest who hired a guide for an awesome 4 hours fly fishing lesson and loved it. They are great people and my guest's wife texted me about all the fish he caught.


Rates & Availability

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Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Clean Fee $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

We do offer specials for last minute getaways when the cabin is not booked. Please we do not allows pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1115 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink
  • The half bath downstairs has a toilet and sink and also has a full sized washer and dryer. We provide body wash upstairs and homemade laundry soap for your clothes "we also have name brand laundry soap" but most of our guests like the homemade!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Great room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps two-Broyhill
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Two twin beds
  • Each bedroom is a good size with the master having a computer desk and a wireless printer. A huge walk-in closet provides lots of space. Hangars are provided. The deck off the master has an Amish glider with a beautiful quiet view. From here you can look out over the Trackrock Valley toward the mountains. All beds as of May 2016 have a 4 inch memory foam topper and sleep even better.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Smoking is permitted outside the cabin only; smoking inside may incur a special cleaning charge of $250.00. We upgraded the family area with a 40 in Samsung with 250 channels of cable TV. We also upgraded the master bedroom to a 32 in TV. There also is a ROKU XS. With this unit you will find Angry Birds, besides the other free stations that are supported. This unit also has an USB port, you can either bring your own movies on an external drive, or your audio files on a jump drive and enjoy the music of your choice. For additional details concerning this unit, go to There also is a compact stereo with an iPod dock. A new fire pit was added in Aug. of 2011 for you to enjoy during cooler evenings. Iron and ironing board are provided. One thing I always hated was renting and not knowing what coffee filters to bring. We have a nice coffee maker and provide the cone filters. We also added a new coffee grinder in Dec. 2011.

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