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The Hangout Where the River meets the Rails and Trails!

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 15 with 3 separate sitting areas great for families to gather and still

+ Pool, hot tub, hiking, fishing, rafting and kayaking. Great get away for family or friends to gather! Come and Hang out around our private 20ft x 40ft in ground pool! ! Secluded 6 acres bordering the Cherokee National Forest. Raft the Ocoee River for an exciting White Water adventure or float the Scenic Hiwassee River. Ride the Ocoee Zip line Or hitch a ride on glider plane. Ride the Scenic Hiwassee Train. Hike the trails or take scenic drives and rides! Float the Scenic Hiwassee River, or take a white water trip on the Ocoee! Short walk to many hiking trails in the Cherokee National Forest, including Gee Creek Falls! A mile hike along the gorge takes you to the falls where you can reward yourself with a plunge in the swimming hole at the base of the falls! Fish the Hiwassee, or take a ride on the Hiwassee Scenic Gorge Rails! Enjoy a drive on the Ocoee Scenic hwy, or the Overhill Skyway, follow the Dragon's Tail Bike road. Return to the 'Hangout' and relax in the hot tub! Build a campfire at night and enjoy the stars! Our large, 2 bedroom, fully equipped house, along with adj. pool house and bunk house provides plenty of space to spread out! Sat. TV. 2 story fireplace, beds for four, futon in alcove off master bdrm.(sleeps 6) Separate bunkhouse available with beds for 4,sat TV, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker. Pool side room with half kitchen, half bath, 2 Futons and day bed. (sleeps 5) There is also an air hockey game and Foosball table for the kid in all of us!

Fully equipped house: 'The Hangout' was named thus by various friends who came to visit and enjoyed the relaxing easy atmosphere of the place so much, they just kept 'hanging out'! the main house has a large airy living room with two story windows and fireplace. Fully equipped kitchen with extras! Baking pans, serving platters, all you need to bring is the food! two private bedrooms The master bdrm. has private bath and alcove with futon, for extra guest or a cozy reading area. two skylights are great for indoor star gazing! Separate entrance to back deck with hot tub.

Bunkhouse: This is actually an studio apt above the garage. Large room with two queen beds, seating area with couch and chair.. Bathroom with shower stall. Sat TV, microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker. nice view of the woods, pasture. Great place for teens, over flow of friends or couples!

New for 2012

Pool side room! Large room offers additional seating area for one to escape the sun but still enjoy poolside fun, Read a book, listen to the birds, and enjoy the view! Equipped with a half Kitchen, bar sink, half bath and a Foosball table for the kids in all of us! Sleeps (3)

Out side the door: 'The Hangout ' is on six secluded acres bordering the Cherokee National Forest. The large fenced yard is convenient for keeping track of pets and small children! Our pool is crossed fenced for safety and has seating for twelve, large patio table for outdoor dining or late nite card playing under the stars. two fire pits and hot tub on the back deck.. 2 acre pasture with shelter for horses. 1/4 mile walk to hiking trails. Serious hikers can take the Starr MT trails or for a shorter hike take the Gee Creek trail to the falls and swimming hole! 1/2 mile hike to the Hiwassee/Ocoee State park to enjoy an easy hike along the river, or fishing. Playground for the kids! Boat ramp for easy take out spot for rafters!15 min.ride to Hiwassee outfitters for a float down the river. 25 minutes from Ocoee outfitters for white water rafting. Pet friendly

More Details

Sandi Panella
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

Why Sandi Panella chose Austral

Great place for large groups or just a romantic couple to gather and relax around private pool! take one of the many trails accessible from the property to enjoy the woods.

Float the rivers or take a ride on the scenic train.

So many choices! So easy to get to!

What makes this house unique

in ground private pool, hot tub. short walk to 4 trailheads

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have been a lot of places in my years of traveling and it's the

bomb for stress free relaxation.
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Austral in Polk County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Poolside room, refridgerator, half bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Large Double Bed , sitting area bath T.V. small fridge microwave coffee maker
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , large upstairs bath, alcove with futon
  • Beds for 13 people ample room for air mattresses in bunk house, couch sleeping in living room. Extra room in Poolside house
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

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The Hangout Where the River meets the Rails and Trails!
average rating of 4.903226 based on 33 reviews

Super charming and fun spot!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this for a group of friends that were in town for a white water rafting trip and I couldn't have been more pleased. Honestly, I wish we could've just relaxed by the pool all day instead of having to leave for the rapids! There's so much to do at this property and Sandi is a lovely host - definitely will be returning soon!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad the place worked out for you! Come back and float the Hiwassee and Hang out!
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Jackson, TN

Property was just what we needed for our group. Spacious and great kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

The property was as advertised. Clean and good check in and check out instructions.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice place for a relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you. Looking forward to your return! Sandi
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Wonderful, fun and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Out family found The Hangout to be a wonderful get away. It was great having the space to spread out a bit and yet enjoy tons of fun family time. The owners provide everything you need for a relaxing visit, and the house is clean and comfortable. The pool and Xbox were a hit with everyone, and mom and dad especially enjoyed the hot tub in the evenings surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest. Huge plus that there was no wifi available and the teens were engaged all weekend. We all want to raft down the river again. Truly beautiful. We will definitely plan a return visit!

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. It's been my goal to create a place for friends and family to enjoy. So gratifying to hear that we have done just that! Come on back! Sandi
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Douglasville, Georgia

Remote Getaway

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed this stay. The owner was very responsive. What you see is what you get! No wifi, cellphones don't work well in the house. Didn't get the opportunity to use the pool of hot tub but they looked inviting =) Leftovers in fridge/freezer was kind of strange but we just pushed it to the back.

Highly recommend checking out Pedego Electric Bikes and renting Trikkes to explore the Greenway in Cleveland, TN.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the tip on Cleveland bike trail. Hope you walked the Hiwasse River trail. Full of spring flowers! Sandi
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Great, Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

We came in November, for the Thanksgiving week, to visit relatives that had moved to Benton earlier this year. Coming from Florida, and my wife being a native Tampa girl, had never seen the changing of the seasons. She says that no words can describe the beauty. The hangout is GREAT. Secluded enough to give a city person, the feeling of the country. The place is more than adaquately equipped with linens, towels, pots and pans and spices. We had used some of these items and just replaced what we used. We did not get use of the pool, but it is big. I figure if you want to come with a large group, the bunk house can comfortably sleep six up stairs and four down stairs. The big house will comfortably sleep five, especially if you don't need all that room. The bunk house has a ping-pong table, foose ball table, air hockey table and all sorts of board games, for kids or adults. The place is backed up to National Reserve, so the beauty around you is unbelievable. We will definitely come back in summer months and have our family come enjoy the pool and Bar-B-Ques. There is a real good section, of the house, with chain link fence for kids or dogs. The place was very clean and we had no problems with anything. Sandy was great, she provided so much information, about the house and surroundings. There are two wineries close by to visit, the mountains are all around you, so there is a lot to do, if you want to hit the trails. Would definitely suggest Rock City and Ruby Falls, if you want to make a little trip. Check them out on the internet, before you get there. There is no WiFi, and limited cell service, you are in the mountains. She does have DirecTV for the TV's. Would recommend this site to any one wanting to get away from the city.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful, descriptive review! I would also recommend a visit to the aquarium on your next visit they have two buildings. One for fresh water and one for salt water. When I take quest there,we usually tour one section then catch lunch at one of the many restaurants within walking distance, then tour the other. Never get tired of it! You were great guest. The place was left very nice . Thanks for starting the towels for me! Looking forward to hosting you again this summer! Sandi
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
us 411 and gee creek
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Several in Etowah
Car: necessary

Where the River meets the rails and the trails! Board the Scenic Hiwassee Train just across the road from property! Bring the horse 5 min ride to the Starr Mt trail head.Float and fish the Hiwassee, Raft the Ocoee Or just relax at the Hangout! Family and horse friendly. Borders the Cherokee National Forest and Gee Creek Wilderness Area. Minutes’ walk to The Hiwassee Scenic River State Park for fishing, floating and gentle trails. Short walk down forest rd to Gee Creek Falls for a scenic hike or refreshing dip in the swiiming hole! and Starr Mt, trail heads. Across the road from The Hiwassee Scenic Train boarding. Cross the road To Lost Corral Camp Ground and Starr Mt. horse trails! 20 minutes from Ocoee rafting. Take a ride on a glider along the river gorge!. Go antiquing or to a Drive-in Movie, Or just Hang-out!

Other Activities: white water rafting, tubing, glider rides


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Austral, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £18.61
cleaning above 4 guest £93.04

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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