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Shady River Retreat --The Best Vacation EVER!!!!

51 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Ellijay - Shady River Retreat

Sleeps 9; 3 queen beds, 1 futon, 1 twin

Reconnect as you enjoy a simpler pace of life at this secluded waterfront destination located within the Coosawattee River Resort!

Listen to the river's 'concert', gather around the cozy fireplace, sink into Adirondack chairs at the riverside fire ring, or relax in the hot tub. Experience nature's serenity while fly fishing, tubing, playing pool, or losing yourself in a book. This log cabin, with its charming mountain décor and comfortable furnishings, is the perfect escape from your daily routine. Feel worlds away from it all with Chattanooga and Atlanta only a short trip away. Yes, internet access is available for those who can't live without it.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jennifer Elwood
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About Jennifer Elwood

Our family consists of two Atlanta area professionals with three children who keep us very, very busy. We understand the value of precious vacation time and how necessary it is to get away from the hectic day to day.

Jennifer Elwood purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Jennifer Elwood chose North Georgia Mountains

We chose this cabin because we love to sit on the front porch or near the fire pit and listen to the river rapids. The North Georgia mountains offers our family an opportunity to escape the business of suburban living, but is close enough to take advantage of on a regular basis.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a short note to let you know we really enjoyed our vacation at the cabin. The Smores were a nice surprise especially since my granddaughter asked me on the way there if I remembered to bring marshmallows. The water was a very nice surprise. Your pictures do not show how beautiful it really is.

Guest Feedback Entered by Homeowner
Oct 2009
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based on 51 holidaymaker reviews

Shady River Retreat --The Best Vacation EVER!!!!
average rating of 4.882353 based on 70 reviews

Our Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Jennifer and Lonnie for opening up your cabin for our fabulous family vacation!! This was such a relaxing time where we could all reconnect with each other. Our two sons, their wives and our three little grandchildren - Noah 5 1/2 years, Brannon almost 5 years and Natalie almost 3 years old really enjoyed the river. Tubing was such an adventure and wading/playing in the cool water was refreshing. We enjoyed walking and exploring and took tons of pictures. We loved the camp fire and making s'mores. One day was spent riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway but otherwise we did not feel the need to go anywhere else. There were plenty of games at the cabin but would recommend bringing additional paper supplies and your own body wash/soap. Stocking up before you settle in is best because you won't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you all enjoyed your stay. I hope you guys left with many happy memories for years to come!
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing few days on the river. The roads in and out are quite narrow and the last part is on a gravel road. However, we had no trouble in a minivan. As it was only my wife and I we had ample space. In fact, we only used the main level and never used the upstairs or downstairs. Jennifer allowed us to bring our 4 Golden retrievers to the cabin. They had a great time. As Jennifer predicted, the dogs loved the screened in porch that over looked the river. In the mornings we went for long hikes with the dogs. Afterwords we would go to visit Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Dahlonega etc. with the dogs as the towns are all very dog friendly. Shops have water bowls outside and there are several restaurants with outside terraces which allow dogs. In the afternoons we returned to the cabin and took the dogs swimming in the water (we brought our own dog towels). Each evening we cooked at the cabin. It was nice to have the grill on the deck and it came with an extra propane tank. The equipment in the kitchen was basic but serviceable. A couple of things missing was a toaster and wine glasses (there was a single wine glass). We looked all over for the toaster but couldn't find one! Anyway, it was not a big deal as a quick trip to the store and we bought an inexpensive toaster and a dozen wine glasses that we left at the cabin. We enjoyed visits to the Blue Ridge Brewery and Grumpy Men brewery. One afternoon we went to Amicalola Falls. I walked to the top with 3/4 dogs which was good exercise for all. There are lots of deer around, a resident heron that fishes just outside the cabin and twice I watched from the porch as an osprey caught fish from the river. I am a photographer so I got several good photos.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time. Great to be so close to the river.

  • 5 of 5

We fished and caught 6 catfish. We used the tubes available at the property. There was a night of live music at the General Store. Loved the deer. They are so abundant and tame. Very relaxing to sit on the screened in porch or sit by the fire on the river. Thank you so much.

The jets on the hot tub were not working, even after the sauna people came to replace the cover and work on it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay!! BUT..

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cabin for a class reunion with old friends we loved everything about it. The river right in front was so peaceful the house was breathtaking inside and out. The hot tub out back was so refreshing. There is so much more space than what pictures on here show. Everything was perfect up in till the very last hour of our stay. There is a hand written sign on the fridge that has a number to let know if we had decided to leave early(before 10am). In the renters information I received. It stated check in at 4pm check out at 11am. So 10am on check out day arrived and we were "greeted" (more like forced) to leave because on the handwritten piece of paper it said 10am checkout. Her words. There was two individuals who came the man was very kind the women was very rude unprofessional and the stain on what was a perfect trip. What it seem liked is that she just wanted to get her day out of the way as fast as possible regardless of how much time we had left on our rent which we paid for. This didn't happen till the very last hour of our stay. Besides the vile women banging on our door it was perfect. This cabin is paradise I just hope the help is changed for the future renters to enjoy and leave comfortable unlike we where not able to.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I truly hate that your departure was rushed. That is absolutely not how we do things and we would love to make that up to you during your next stay at the Shady River Retreat. I will review all of our information in the Hospitality App to ensure there is no confusion with check in/check out times so this does not happen again. In between bookings, we often extend late check outs as a courtesy for guests as we know we, ourselves, wouldn't want to have to leave the comfort of the cabin in a hurry. You guys were fabulous guests and I hope to host you again in the future!
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The cabin was spacious and comfortable. Very clean and well kept.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed ourselves. Being on the water is the way to go. We had no problems with the cabin. It was perfect for our two sons and husband and I. Having a 20 & 16 year old they each had their own space which worked out great.

The only issue we had was it took us about 20 minutes to get from the main gate to the cabin. The roads go from paved to gravel and were very winding roads. Get all you need before you head in because it takes a while to pop in at the store.

This trip gave us some great quality time with our sons. Weather was perfect along with the river. We stayed in the river for hours each day. Deers were every where and beautiful to see. Overall rating 9 out of a 10.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review. It's always great for me to hear about families having that quality time together. Like you, we encourage guests to come in with what they need to avoid multiple trips out. Once we are there, we don't want to leave!
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Very telaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a family girls trip and we had a wonderful time. Plenty of room in the cabin for 8 people. We loved the fishing and rafting on the river. The hot tub was very nice and roomy! The cabin everything we needed to cook, games and lots of space on the front porch. We will definitely go back there again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review. So glad we were able to host your family at the Shady River Retreat. Hope to hear from you guys again. Until then!
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North Georgia Premium Outlets
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport/ Atlanta
Car: recommended

Ellijay, Georgia is a quaint town with several antique shops and restaurants. Outdoor activities abound--including hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, taking a ride on the scenic railway, fishing and tubing. Carter's Lake is just a few miles away for water skiing, wake boarding, and fishing. With so many activities in Coosawattee River Resort, you probably will not want to leave!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Ellijay, North Georgia Mountains

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Gate Access £21
cleaning £94 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £82
Property Damage Protection £48
Pet Fee £41 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check in 4 pm and check out of 10 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Ellijay in Georgia

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2085 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • river
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Jacuzzi
    Main Level - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Basement Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom in Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Futon--Loft Bedroom
    Bedroom off of deck - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Pack & Play
    Basement bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3 queen beds, 1 futon in loft area, 1 twin bed in basement
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Gated Community
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Decking
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Wireless internet

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Portable wifi hotspot

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