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Million $ Handcrafted Log Home on 9 Acres, Overlooking 20ft Wide Rushing Stream

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Experience the grandeur of a million dollar log home overlooking rushing stream

Dare to Relax Lodge is the culmination of a 4 year custom design and build of truly unique log home perched on a 8 acre estate overlooking a 20 foot wide rushing stream in the serene and picturesque mountains of North Georgia. Completed in 2016, the lodge is located just 75 miles north of Atlanta yet with a feeling of being lost in the wilderness.

Dare to Relax Lodge features a large vaulted great room with an exposed log structure and an open Kitchen and Dining Room creating a dramatic interior inspired by the Grand Tetons located near Yellowstone National Park. Hand peeled logs approaching 2 feet in diameter with Swedish coping and saddle notch accents throughout recreate the grandeur of National Park Lodges.

The great room features a 30-foot wide wall of glass that sours 24 feet tall offering a dramatic view of the stream below and features a large wood burning fireplace set in real stacked stone masonry. The connected dining room features a custom designed dining table that seats 13 guests. The kitchen which is open to the great room features dual cooktops and convection ovens along with an oversized island with copper farm sink. No expense was spared in the chef’s kitchen with custom walnut cabinets and granite countertops.

The Aspen Ski themed master bedroom features a custom king log bed along with a daybed set in a bay of windows. The master bath features dual copper basin sinks and oversized natural slate stone shower. Equipped with a 40” HDTV, the master is a sanctuary on its own.

A 2nd bedroom on the first floor has a queen bed and an adjacent full bath. Upstairs there is a 3rd bedroom with a queen bed. Also on the second floor is an oversized bedroom that sleeps 8 with a king bed and a set of custom log bunk beds (2 double beds and 2 twin beds).

In the basement there is a home theater room with a 120” screen and high definition projector. The two oversized sofas that are twin bed sized when the pillows are removed for extra sleeping spots. Adjacent to theater room is a game room with a full size pool table, ping pong, tournament foosball table, air hockey, pacman, galaga, pinball and tournament shuffleboard table

The large back porch off the main living area is a favorite spot for relaxing to the sounds of the stream with a bed swing (a favorite napping location), outdoor seating and dining table. Off the basement is nice sized lawn with corn hole games provided. There is also a patio with six log rocking chairs along with a 7-person hot tub. Just off the lawn area is a stone fire pit surrounded by large boulders.

Off the front of the house is an outdoor covered seating area surrounding a gas fire pit. Finally, there is an outside dining table and ceramic egg grill/smoker.

We offer free extended satellite TV service and free high speed wireless internet, and board games for family fun.

Dare to Relax lodge is easy to get to via paved roads.




Talking Rock Creek Resort

This home is located in Talking Rock Creek Resort, a premier mountain resort community in the north Georgia Mountains, one and a half hours from downtown Atlanta, GA and about 25 minutes southeast of Ellijay, GA. The resort community is a secure gated community nestled below Carters Lake and alongside Talking Rock Creek, a premier trout and fly-fishing stream. The resort encompasses over 5,000 acres of secluded mountain territory and is filled with creek front, forest and mountain view homes and sites. With a Rec Center, 2 pools, tennis and basketball courts a Trout Lodge with riverfront access and a large fishing pond, Talking Rock Creek has all the natural amenities within minutes of your property. Read more details about all the resort amenities here: Talking Rock Creek Resort info.

Resort and Local Inofrmation

• Community Fishing Pond

• Pool 2 and tennis courts

• Trout Lodge River access

• Recreation Center with additional Pool and tennis courts.

• Nearest Convenience Store, Ralston's Corner (Hwy 411 and Hwy 136): 7 miles

• Super Walmart in Ellijay = 20 miles (45 mins)

• Kroger/Ingles in Jasper = 20 Miles (40 mins)

• Ingles in Chatsworth = 22 miles (37 mins)

• Carters Lake Marina, Rec Center, fishing, Pontoon boat rental: 11 miles

• Fort Mountain State Park: 28 miles (45 mins)

• Amicalola Falls State Park: 38 miles (1 hr, 15 mins)

• Blue Ridge, GA: 43 miles (1 hour)

• Dahlonega, GA: 56 miles (1.5 hrs)

• Helen, GA: 83 miles (2 hrs, 15 mins)

• Downtown Atlanta (State Capital Building) = 76 miles (1 hr, 40 mins)

What is provided?

The cabin high quality, abundant standard kitchenware (pots and pans, dishware, cutlery, glassware, serving ware, utensils), bed and bath linens (sheets, pillows, bedding, blankets, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths) to support the full occupancy. We also supply septic safe toilet paper.

What should guests bring?

Guests should bring their preferred brands of consumables including:

• Additional dishwashing tabs and kitchen trash bags

• Additional paper towels

• Personal deodorants, soaps and shampoos

• Your clothing, food, beverages and condiments

• Also consider bringing additional hair dryers, bug repellant, sun screen, flashlights.

Pricing Notes:

***NIGHTLY RATE IS FOR UP to FOURTEEN (14) GUESTS (the maximum occupancy) and use of entire cabin, its contents and the property.***

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About The Owner

My bride of 27 years and I are natives of the Atlanta area. We have amazing twin daughters who are seniors in college along with an incredible church family.

The Owner purchased this lodge in 2016

Why The Owner chose Ranger

We built Dare to Relax to share with others. I was the architect, builder and designer of the log home. We built the home with two objectives in mind, first we wanted a place that would reflect the majesty of God. Second, we wanted a home that could accommodate large crowds with many spaces for conversation and community. We also wanted a home that while large in space and scale would also feel intimate for couples or smaller parties.

What makes this lodge unique

Dare to Relax Lodge is like no other log home you have ever seen. Some of the logs are almost 3 foot in diameter. Most everything in home is one-of-kind. Guests remark that after days of staying at the lodge they continue to discover features and details they hadn't previously noted. The beams used for the pot rack and kitchen hood came from a barn constructed in 1800. The 7-foot dining table is constructed from timbers from a previous south Carolina cotton mill. Every log in the home was hand peeled and sculptured to perfectly fit together in a true work of art. While rustic, the home is filled with luxury. There is an Alexa to play music at the command of your voice. There is HD movie theater room. Every bedroom has an independent sophisticated AC and heating system to allow each guest to set to the room temperature to their personal preference.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Ranger in Gordon County

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 1st Floor Guest - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Upstairs Guestroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upstairs Lodge Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub


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(12 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Dare to Relax was AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Dare to Relax was an amazing family experience! We spent the week with our young kids and our parents and everyone, regardless of age, found ways to enjoy the amenities of the home and the beautiful outdoor setting. Alan was a phenomenal host and specifically went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our time. (he even checked on our son who became ill during the trip) The communication leading up to the trip was clear and timely and arrival and checkout were super easy! If you are looking for a place to spend quality time with your family enjoying the outdoors, playing games and relaxing- Dare to Relax is a MUST! We can only hope to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Morning Coffee, birds singing and creek flowing !!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Cabin May 18th thru May 25th. We returned June 22nd thru June 29th with our 3 daughters, their husbands and our 6 grandbabies. Alan is the best host, meeting us at the cabin showing us around. Cabin was beautiful and spotless. Our family had the best time playing in the creek, (with Jazz) swimming and tubing in the creek near the lodge, smores and of coarse the game room. One of our son in laws was proud to get the second high score on the pinball. Some of the family visited Tellus Science Museum and really enjoyed it. We Celebrated one of our grandkids birthdays at the bowling alley in Canton. They bowled and played laser tag. It was very nice and everyone was very helpful. There were 13 of us and there was plenty of room. Nothing was better then sitting on the back porch drinking your morning coffee, listening to the creek flowing and the birds singing. Bring dog treats for the local mountain dog Jazz. She played with our little ones everyday, even brought her own tennis balls. She was great with all the kids and loved playing fetch. And loves the creek. A lot of the family went fishing in the large pond where you take your trash. Some caught fish, and they were released. The big dining table was great for eating , playing games (the grandkids favorite is bingo, cause Meme brings prices)and crafts. We did put together a scavenger hunt for the grandkids. There is so many cool things in the cabin. We have already recommended the cabin to many friends. Alan even checked on us during the week, making sure everything was good. We live in Florida and have been coming to the mountains over 20 years with are family staying in cabins. We have never had a owner be so nice and go the extra mile to make sure our visit was good. Thank you Alan. We hope God blesses you and your family. We will return !!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic family vacation at Dare To Relax. Our family of six adults and 6 teenagers were greeted at the cabin by Alan, the owner. He was very helpful in assisting with our reservation, even texting us while he was on a mission trip to Russia and with showing us the cabin. This place is so spacious and comfortable. This was the first time all 12 of us could eat at one table! Plenty of comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen with a large pantry for our food and enough supplied bathrooms for our crowd. The teenagers occupied their time in the awesome game room and theatre room. We also made use of the community pools and basketball courts. Played corn hole and enjoyed the mountain stream. Also made trips outside the resort to take in Carter Lake and Amicalola Falls. I would surely rate this a five star cabin. Don’t think we will ever be able to top this stay!! This cabin has it all. Thanks to Alan for sharing his home with us.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodstock, GA

Amazing warm, rustic and roomy/beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

This place has all of the ambiance of a rustic cabin in the woods combined with modern amenities. It has a cozy feel but is actually quite large and features lots of usable space. The setting on the creek at the base of the mountain gives it a Rocky Mountain feel right here in Georgia. I cannot imagine a nicer more functional house anywhere in north Georgia. Affordable, unique, charming with a well stocked game room. This place has it all.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect cabin!

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic winter retreat for our family and friends. There were multiple little areas that we enjoyed in the cabin and out back. We LOVED the porch swing, loved building bob fires out in the back, loved all the hiking with the kids and we truly loved the sound of the creek at nights. The kids room was perfect for all 7 kids and the game room brought the kids out of all of us. This was truly the best cabin! The owner I will say was also just excellent as well. Alan is extremely gracious and we loved hearing the stories behind the cabin. You won’t regret staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ackerman, MS

Beautiful and inspiring!

  • 5 of 5

Dare to Relax is an unbelievably beautiful home in a beautiful area! We were blessed to be able to spend time there with family during Christmas break. The weather was very cold but we were mostly content to stay in the cabin and enjoy its comfort and amenities. However some of the hardy souls hiked/ climbed the steep hills! The teens enjoyed the game room and everyone enjoyed the hot tub as well as the nightly group games around the awesome dining table. We loved the kitchen and that beautiful bar! The craftsmanship is unbelievable and the furnishings so comfortable. The Shuman's were a blessing to work with, addressing our every need. We will always remember the special place we visited to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and thank God for this opportunity!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Ranger, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
18 May 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 Dec 2018 - 13 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £153.66
Refundable Damage Deposit £384.15

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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