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Riverfront-Kayaks, Foosball, Air hockey, Fire Pit, Fun!

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights

About the property

4 Bdrm + bunk room , 2.5 Bath, 2 Lg Decks Overlooking Cartecay River

The Gingerbread River House is a tranquil 4 bedroom + retreat overlooking the Cartecay River in East Ellijay in the Northwest Georgia mountains.

Surrounded by apple orchards and wineries, this vacation home offers much more than just peaceful relaxation. For adventurers, there are kayaking outfitters, mountains to hike, lakes and rivers nearby to explore, or water holes to fish. For the non-adventurers, there are plenty of antique stores, trading posts and places off the beaten path to discover. Whether you want to pick apples or berries will probably be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make while vacationing here.

Downtown Ellijay is just a 10 minute drive if you want to find typical stores, restaurants, or a night out on the town.

The double entrance doors welcome you into the large foyer, next to the kitchen with stainless appliances, and a large granite island. Hardwood floors run throughout the entire main & upstairs levels.

The kitchen gives onto the family room area with a comfortable seating area, real wood burning stove, wall mounted flat screen TV with free Netflix & Cable, WIFI; along with plenty of games & puzzles for family fun.

The dining room has a large table that can be extended for large groups, with all lighting on dimmers throughout all the main living/dining/kitchen areas, so you can create your perfect relaxed setting inside.

The master on main is tastefully decorated to make you feel at home. 3 sets of French doors run across the back of the main level, opening to the back upper deck. One set opens from the master bedroom, one from the dining area, and one from the family room. Connected to the master is the master bathroom with slate tile and granite vanity.

Upstairs you will find a large kid's bedroom with 2 sets of twin bunk beds, with a TV, small seating area, and plenty of toys and books in this room. This room has a small balcony with French doors overlooking the family room below.

Also upstairs is another guest room with a queen bed and antique dresser. Directly across the hall from this room is a large full bathroom.

In the slate tiled basement, you will find a secondary master bedroom with a king bed, and an attached half bath. There is a laundry room across the hall from the bedroom.

Also in the basement there are 2 more bunk beds in a small bunk room (which is kept locked, and is unlocked for parties of more than 10 people), & a family room area with cable TV, another seating area, an air hockey table, a foosball table, sectional couch, play kitchen, and more room to enjoy!

Outside the basement door is the lower deck with hot tub, 4 top table and chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and plenty of bench seating built into the deck. Kayaks, tubes, and water toys are stored in this area under the upper deck.

Beyond the deck you will find a large fire pit rimmed with river rocks and adirondack chairs. On the left at the river's edge, there is a small set of stairs, leading down to a sandy beach area of the river, with a swimming hole just beyond the beach. Kayaks are provided for your enjoyment on the river. Please remember to bring your life jackets, as we have limited sizes. Life jackets are highly recommended for all children playing or swimming in the river, and are required by law for anyone kayaking or tubing, etc. down the river. Life vest must be worn or attached to your vessel.

You will find it easy to unwind, but hard to go home after your stay at The Gingerbread House.

More Details

Property Manager
Megan Atherton
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish, Se habla Espanol.
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 January, 2017

About Megan Atherton

Family of 5 from Alpharetta, but originally from Texas, who love getting away in the N. GA mountains!

Megan Atherton purchased this house in 2011

Why Megan Atherton chose North Georgia Mountains

We were looking for a peaceful escape from Atlanta, where we could come experience the beautiful nearby mountain areas, river activities, and good old fashioned family fun.

What makes this house unique

The beautiful Cartecay river is just shallow enough in front of our property, & normally fairly calm enough for our 3 kids, yet rugged enough to kayak/tube and provide water fun. With almost no neighbors, our property offers peace and tranquility for a quiet relaxing getaway.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks Megan,

Hopefully we will be able to plan next years trip at your cabin as well. Everyone absolutely loved the peaceful setting with the fire pit near the river, all claiming it was the best cabin we had stayed at yet. It was PERFECT! Thanks again!
Nov 2014
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

Riverfront-Kayaks, Foosball, Air hockey, Fire Pit, Fun!
average rating of 4.740741 based on 29 reviews

Happy New Year Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed ringing in the new year in Ellijay. The house is well equipped with lots of room. The lot is private and offers lots of room outside. We really enjoyed the fire pit and river. My son and friend actually went kayaking despite the cold temperature. The owner was very responsive and easy to work with. I would recommend this rental to family and friends!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, Thank you for your review of our home! We are so glad you enjoyed your New Year's holiday there! Kudos to your son for braving the winter water. You'll have to come back in warmer weather so the rest of you can go kayaking! Many thanks, Megan
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a family of 8 with us, we absolutely loved it. The house was stunning inside and out. We homecooked our meals there both nights and it was truly perfect. We loved going down to the fire pit at night. The boys even went canoeing down the river. I would definately recommend this place to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristin, Thank you--I'm so glad you enjoyed it and got to use the river as well! We love the fire pit as well, with the water rushing in the background. We hope you will be able to return again soon! Sincerely, Megan
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Fantastic weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This house was PERFECT for our group of 10 people. The open concept kitchen, dining and living space on the main floor was great, not to mention the decks out back. We had amazing weather, so we not only got to take advantage of the kayaks during the day, but also built fires at night. The house felt secluded with plenty of privacy, and the owner was great with responding to questions that I had both before and during our stay. I will definitely be coming back to this house soon!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Matthew, Thank you for your review of our cabin. We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend there, and got to take advantage of having the river right out back during the nice weather. We hope you will return again soon! Many thanks, Megan
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Nice place for two families!

  • 4 of 5

The house was well equipped and accommodated two families for an awesome fall weekend! The river setting was very peaceful!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kimari, We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend at the cabin! We hope you will return! Many thanks, Megan
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Mountain biking weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent weekend at the Gingerbread House. The property was perfect for 10 guys and a weekend of mountain biking. Everyone slept comfortably in their own bed. The cabin was clean and the kitchen had everything we needed for cooking our meals. Highly recommend and will likely book again for the mountain bike race next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our cabin! We are so glad you guys enjoyed yourselves and the cabin worked well for you guys! We'd love to have you return again; just mention that you are a returning guest and you will have a significantly reduced damage deposit next time. Thank you and we hope to have you return soon! Sincerely, Megan
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Wonderful place for kids

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay with our family. We had great meals in with everyone. The river is gentle and safe, the games room provides hours of fun for the kids. The hot tub is perfect. I would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rick, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad you enjoyed our home! We hope to have you back again soon! Many thanks, Megan
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 52
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Various restaurants on the way to downtown Ellijay
Car: necessary

The Gingerbread House is located directly on the Cartecay River in East Ellijay, peacefully surrounded by nature, rhododendrons, wildlife, and the sounds of rushing river water. Just 5 miles down the road, you will find R & A Orchard's with all kinds of goodies for visitors, as well several more orchards down the same road that offer pick your own fruit and seasonal fun. There are also wineries, petting zoos, antique shops, restaurants and more all within 10-15 minutes of the cabin. Tubing and kayaking are offered at many places nearby. Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor activities can be found in Ellijay and the surrounding area. Carter's Lake and Lake Blue Ridge are not far if you are looking for boating and lake activities. Come explore Ellijay!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £243
CleanFee up to 10 guests £101 + Tax
Pet Fee £41 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are for up to 10 people. Over 10 people, add nightly fee of $50+tax,pp over 10th person.
+ more than 10 people add $50 + tax to the clean fee.
+ add $75 + tax, per dog for each approved pet with signed pet agreement.
+ large groups may require additional refundable damage deposit.
+ add 7% tax to all fees, except deposit.
+ add 3% for Paypal transactions.
Rates subject to change w/o notice.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ellijay in Georgia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 36' new vanity with granite; new slate tile throughout.
    Basement Bathroom - Toilet
    Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Basement Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with adjoining half bath.
    Master on Main - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with adjoining full bath on main level.
    Queen Bedroom UP - 1 Large Double Bed , Upstairs across from full bath in hall.
    Kid's Bedroom UP - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 2 Bunk Bed , Large bdrm with sitting area, balcony, TV, toys in closet.
    Basement Bedroom 5 - 2 Bunk Bed , Small bunkrm;this rm locked unless more than 10 people rent
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There is a fenced dog run in the front of the house with a dog house, if you would like to bring your dog and want him to be able to be outside without worrying about your pet running off. Pets are also welcome inside, but ask that you keep them off the furniture. Pet fee $75 + tax, per pet.

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