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Come boat with us! End of June available and some in July! August specials!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

August guests please contact me for special rates!

Perfect for two families, builder's own retreat close to the best Rabun County has to offer! Our custom timber frame home is the perfect jumping off place for hiking, Lake Burton, Clayton's shops, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Heaven's Landing airfield, Helen, Highlands, Chattooga rafting, and the best fly fishing in the state.

Great antiques shopping!

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Listen to the waterfall below the wrap around deck, enjoy our two fireplaces PLUS an outdoor fire-pit.

There is ample room for two families, three couples, or several generations! We are a perfect meeting ground. While IN Georgia, NC, SC, and Tennessee are all just around the corner. We are exactly two hours from Atlanta, and the drive takes you through the farm valleys around Clayton, but not around any hair pin turns. The driveway is paved and easy to negotiate.

We are in the gorgeous Persimmon Valley and our home is bordered by National Forest. Enjoy seclusion AND access to great shops and restaurants! The Tallulah River and the Coleman Rivers flank us, the excellent Lake Burton grocery and Persimmon farm to table dining are down the road. This is no gated golf course community, but a private getaway. Rest in seclusion in the hammock, or hike to the creek down the hill. Then head over to the marina, or the golf course just minutes away. Swim in Lake Burton or in the emerald pools of Tallulah Gorge.

The Appalachian Trail and Moccasin Creek State park lie to the west, while Black Rock Mountain State Park, Clayton and Highlands lie in the other direction.

Our beautiful home is a great place to recharge. It is not an old rough cabin, but a new roomy fully equipped home. Spoil yourself with comfort; step outside for as much nature as you can handle!

You are not going to find the location and the luxury for this price anywhere else. Everything you need is here. Secluded and private but fifteen minutes away from the shops, restaurants and groceries of downtown Clayton.

Our home is a piece of handcrafted art, filled with beautiful personal touches. The great room features two story windows throughout with views of National Forest. 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 new pullout sofa in the great room. 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. Comfortably sleeps nine, but please be aware there is an additional $15 charge per night for guest eight and nine due to the additional cleaning time, and general wear and tear. Groups of seven people or less pay the regular nightly rate. The house is too small for more than eight adults or nine adults and children.

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 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 rustic 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, family getaways, book clubs, 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!

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 Chattooga 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

Melissa Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

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 Clayton

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. 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 recharge before setting forth for another adventure.

Details: Two hours will get you here from four states, not including Georgia. Atlanta is a 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 restaurants. Many nearby venues for hiking, dining and horseback riding.

Activities: Tree top adventures, whitewater rafting, horseback, gem stone mining, tubing, pontoon boating, creek wading, hiking on some of the nation's best trails, fly fishing, chilling, farm to table dining, golfing, world class kayaking, local history reenactments, Indian artifacts, antique stores, local beaches, wineries, all you can eat country food, local diner on lake, multiple marinas, tons of nearby camps. Stay here while kids enjoy Camp High Harbour! Backpacking, waterfalls, great vistas, local pottery. Head to nearby: Helen, Highlands, Dillard, Franklin. Hundreds of miles of forest service roads to pristine creeks and trails. Catch crawdads. Visit friends on the four lakes! Sunbath on deck! Canoe provided. Cook out on the deck. Stream movies. Sit on porch and do nothing but listen to waterfall. Pick blackberries and wildflowers. Go shopping on boutiques of Main Street. Great burgers and BBQ and outdoor music at two venues on Main Street. Got to the Drive-in Theatre!

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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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Clayton, Georgia

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Using the app is the best way to have smooth sailing during your stay! All info in here including check-in and checkout instructions and helpful tips!
  • Please report all broken items. Be gentle with the furnishings. Leave the house as you found it. Place dirty sheets and towels in the laundry room.
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
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Linen cupboard, Walk-in closet, fully tiled, three windows
    Powder Room - Main Floor - toilet , Sink, vanity, toilet.
  • 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
  • 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
  • paddle boating
  • 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 at Anchorage marine. 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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Would DEF stay again!

  • 5 of 5

I would DEFINITELY stay here again, we loved it so much! While finding the house was a little more challenging than we had envisioned, accessing the house was super easy. The house is beautiful and has so many touches that mean a lot: games for rainy days, books and movies, hiking trail information, etc. The location is super quiet and not very far from lots of good hiking - I would definitely recommend it to those looking for that kind of atmosphere.

  • Submitted: 4-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We loved the cabin, very roomy.

  • Submitted: 3-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kicking back for Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay! We met my brother and his girlfriend, coming from the opposite direction, in time to heat up our Christmas dinner and then retire in front of the fire. Over the next two days we hiked Tallulah Gorge, portions of the AT, and some of us did some ziplining. The house was cozy and the large windows afforded us great views while we stayed cozy inside! Thanks, Melissa, for all the little touches!

  • Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come again and stay longer!
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Amazing getaway for a family

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is clean, modern, cozy, and quaint. It’s perfect for a group looking to avoid the crowd and retreat into star filled sky at night. The cabin accommmdates everything you need and I cannot wait to come back some time in the future.

  • Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks Jeremy! It was great to have you as guests and we happily await your return! The Smith family
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Loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our girl's weekend. We loved the fireplace. There was plenty of room for all seven of us. Thank you!

  • Submitted: 2-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than we can ask for..

  • 5 of 5

Property was nicely kept.. decor truly cabin style but with more comfort than we were expecting. Fully stocked kitchen with all the comforts of home. We brought our own games and dvd's but there were plenty to choose from already there. Smart tv if you already have Netflix, etc you can just log into your account.. we just watch our DVDs. We traveled to Helen for wine tasting, antique shoping, and Octoberfest. Great location near horse riding, ziplining, tubing, Atv's...etc. we did not get the chance to use the fire place or fire pit so we gotta come back to try those.. Very nice cabin.. much more than we expected!

  • Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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 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. Appalachian 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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Clayton, Georgia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Fun!
May 25 2018 - Sep 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Sep 28 2018 - Dec 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$263.68
cleaning fee C$158.21

Your stay will be more enjoyable if you download the app so you have access to owner's notes on restaurants, swimming locations, a household guide, and a detailed guide to the property, grocery, boat docks, and recycling center. In the home, find books and maps to help you fnid the best hike! This is a stand alone property and owner is offsite. Please plan to leave the cabin the way you found it. Your courtesy in taking care of the property, and in leaving it so it may easily be cleaned is essential to the full return of your damage deposit. Private insurance not required !

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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