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Mountain Cottage-River access, close to Helen, Cleveland, Clarksville, wineries

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4 comfortably - 2 bedrooms - 1 1/2 baths

Sorry, no pets.

This property is the guest house to the main house. It is a wonderful romantic getaway or wonderful for a small family. The Owl's Nest is well located close to Helen, Clarksville, Cleveland, and Dahlonega. You are just a short drive away from everything in this area.

This cottage is newly renovated from top to bottom. Although this property is not on the river, the main house is and we share. River access is located in front of the main house about 100 yards away. Winding earth steps lead down the mountain to 300 private feet of the Chattahoochee River. Be advised, a certain amount of physical fitness is required to go up and down the earth steps. (Not recommended for the very young or the very old). We are 67 years old and go up and down them regularly; however, we are in good shape! There are 100 earth steps. Should you be energetic enough to make the journey, there are 4 Adirondack chairs waiting on you at the river’s edge. You can rest and enjoy this stunning part of the river before the journey back up! 😂😂😂 This part of the river is rich with shoals.

There is no view of the river from the cottage in the summer months because of the rich canopy; however, in the fall and winter you can see dappled views from the fire pit area and deck. You can always hear the water running over the shoals year round. WE DO NOT CHARGE EXTRA FOR RIVER ACCESS. We share. 😎

The cottage has all the basics. Our children made sure it would have everything they needed when they visited, so it does have all essentials plus some: television, Direct TV, landline telephone, DVD player, movies, games and Wifi. There is also a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, crock pot, toaster and a washer/dryer(he). The kitchen contains cookware and utensils, and even some extras. Salt and pepper, coffee filters for a drip pot and a Keurig and all dishes, glasses and cookware are provided. One roll of paper towel to get you started, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, dish towels, trash bags, tissue, hand soap, bath soap, towels and sheets are all there. All you need to do is walk in, unpack, put up your groceries and enjoy!

The master bedroom has a queen size bed, and so does the upstairs bedroom.

The house features a covered deck with a charcoal grill in the fire pit area with Adirondack seating and picnic table.

There is ample parking space, so you may want to bring your kayaks or trailer. Wildwood Outfitters, 5 minutes away, also rents kayaks and has tours. We suggest putting in at Wildwood and taking out at Mossy Creek. Wildwood is set up to help you do this.

There are wineries, antiques, gold and gem mines, mountain restaurants, pony rides, zip lines, cabbage patch babies, kayaking, tubing, go carts, water falls, rivers... There is always something to do.

Sorry, no pets.

Presently firewood is provided for your convenience; however, we ask for a reasonable donation based on the amount you use. If no donation is left but firewood is used, we may deduct a reasonable amount from your deposit. Firewood is expensive up here, too!

If you prefer a larger cabin right on the river, check out our other property which is located right on the Chattahoochee River: 957022

More Details

Mark and Saralyn Davis
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Mark and Saralyn Davis

Mark and Saralyn are both retired and thought it would be great fun to buy the cottage next to their home and renovate it for visits from their ever growing family: a guest house. It had wonderful potential and just needed a lot of love. Mark is originally from Covington, Ga. and was in the insurance business for over 40 years. He also played in a band called the Statesboro Blues Band for 26 years. He enjoys repairing, restoring, and building tube amplifiers. He still rocks!

Saralyn is a retired school teacher. She taught gifted language arts. She also sang back-up and harmony for her husband's band. She is originally from Sandersville, Ga.

The Davis Family has two children who are both married and 3 grandchildren.

Mark and Saralyn Davis purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mark and Saralyn Davis chose Cornelia

We purchased this property because we have a growing family and we knew this would make a perfect guest house. Our children and their families love the North Georgia Mountains. They helped design the cottage to meet their needs, so we know it will meet yours. We always loved vacationing in this area because of the cooler summers and breathtaking views. This cottage provided us an opportunity to share our love of the Northeast Georgia Mountains with our family and many others. Many renters have suggested we raise our price, but we like making it affordable.

What makes this cottage unique

The secluded setting allows people to unwind from the daily rat race and enjoy nature and the activities it affords. The river is heard all over the mountain.

October: The fall is stunning in the foothills and mountains. The leaves are magnificent. Depending on the weather, the leaves peak about the 3rd or 4th week in October and have actually peaked the first week of November. Helen, the Bavarian Village, celebrates October-fest the entire month with an array of activities.

The Chattahoochee River is gorgeous. It is called the Living River because it sings. Kayakers, swimmers, and fisherman love it.

There are many wineries in the area that are stunning.

Antiquing: This is the area for magnificent finds. There are a plethora of antique shops filled with unique and interesting items.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We slept till 10:00 every morning. That bed was so comfortable and the area was so peaceful. The cabin was immaculate and the kitchen met all our needs and exceeded them! The owners, Mark and Saralyn, had placed a big flat of farm fresh organic eggs in the refrigerator, and they were delicious. When I called them for directions to a place we wanted to visit, they answered immediately and gave us the shortest route. I loved the Wifi, television, movies and DVD player, and peaceful surroundings. We are definitely going back. This Owl's Nest deserves 10 STARS!!!
Sep 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Cornelia, Georgia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • 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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This bath has a large tile shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Nice size bathroom with toilet and sink located upstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • 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
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Mountain Cottage-River access, close to Helen, Cleveland, Clarksville, wineries
average rating of 4.8956523 based on 116 reviews

A perfect vintage charmer!!

  • 5 of 5

Just had to take a minute to share what a LOVELY stay my family had at the The Owl's Nest. I was looking for a quick getaway to squeeze in some QT with my husband and 2 teenagers before the school fall madness begins. This property totally fit the bill. Our family was immediately delighted at how well appointed the decor was. A true mountain vintage charmer with all the modern and new conveniences all vacationers hope for when traveling. The place was incredibly clean, clean, clean...spotless!!!! Both bedrooms were very comfortable and had lots of extra pillows and blankets!. The upstairs bedroom is entered through a delightful arched doorway which was much appreciated my 13yr daughter. It reminded her of a fairy house! :) EVERYTHING we needed was available; all linens, fully stocked kitchen, great selection of books, dvd's. board games and even firewood. It rained most of our stay but we were able to enjoy some hammock time, dinners and s'mores by the cozy fire pit area. Marshmallows sticks were even provided....thank you! :) I highly recommend this sweet little house for your next getaway! The house met all of our expectations but more importantly so did the owners. 5 star service!! Their communication with us was wonderful! Every email was answered within minutes....that's what I call service!!!! Thanks for everything!!!!

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad your family enjoyed your stay at the Owl's Nest, and thank you for taking such great care of our sweet cottage. Come again.
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Comfortable relaxing clean

  • 5 of 5

I wanted a quiet relaxing stay for my birthday and The Owl Nest was the place. My family and I enjoyed and went fishing😀?😀?😀?we be back😁?

  • Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alamo, TN.


  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very clean and decorated so perfect! When you walked in, you felt right at home. We were in town for my nieces graduation so we were in and out! Very convenient to clarkesville and Cornelia! Thanks to the wonderful host!

  • Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cabin is very nice! Great place for relaxing! Loved the outside area and my girls loved “hanging out” in the hammock. The river is a difficult trek for sure to get too! Beautiful view though!

  • Submitted: 7-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Come see us again!
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Alpharetta, GA

Super clean and well provisioned

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a more relaxing setting to unwind from the busy holidays. So clean..and lots of both have thought of everything.! Games movies and awesome outside fireplace. Bring your wood from home to really enjoy many nights. Thank you for a restful stay!

  • Submitted: 4-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was everything we hoped for!! The owners had it very well equipped for us to come into town , gongrocery shopping and just enjoy the rest! We will definitely be going again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: 4-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 985, Highway 365, and 441

You can hear the Chattahoochee River from the deck of this lovely cottage. ,This section of Chattahoochee is called the living river because of the shoals and falls. Guests love fishing, swimming, and kayaking in the 'Hooch'.

The cottage is located within minutes of Helen- the Alpine Mountain Village-, Tallulah Falls and Tallulah Gorge - where hiking trails are great fun-, and Dahlonega - where GOLD was discovered in Georgia. You can pan for gold and gem stones at several locations. While in Helen, don't miss Unicoi State Park. Cleveland, only minutes away, is where you can find Baby Land General - The Cabbage Patch Babies!

There are many wineries located in this area and wine tastings held daily. You can also visit Clayton and Dillard where the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are stunning. Be sure to eat at the Dillard House! There is NO food like it on the planet.

The Upper Chattahoochee and the Soque Rivers are world renowned for their trout.

There are also many festivals held in the area: gold, apple, mountain laurel, arts and crafts, wine, and on and on. There is always something going on.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Cornelia, Georgia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July 4
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2018 - Dec 26 2018
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 28 2018 - Jan 2 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$132.69
Refundable Damage Deposit C$132.69

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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