Kind Words From Our Guests...
We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet each of our guests when they arrive and since we live right down the lane, we often get to know them personally. Many of our guests return year after year, bringing the kids and the grand-kids to enjoy this special place. Hosting folks from all over the country and introducing them to life on the creek gives us so much enjoyment and satisfaction. We hope these reviews give you a glimpse into what others have fallen in love with here in our little corner of the mountains.
Peace. Nature. Tranquility. We found our serenity. Now let us help you find yours…
Setting is to Die For
The setting is to die for! The house is furnished well and the setting is to die for. If you are looking for a hidden gem – well this is it. This is our 2nd Thanksgiving here and we are just as happy with our second visit as we were with the first. The house itself is well maintained and the creek flowing beside can relax any one in any mood. A little slice of heaven!! Thanks Linda & George!!
Quiet and picturesque!
Quiet and picturesque! The creek provides a comforting background sound and the leaves were at their peak!
Clean and welcoming
Clean and welcoming. The property was amazing, the creek and pond area to take walks around was lovely and the house itself was clean and welcoming. We will definitely be staying here again.
More Than 5 Stars
More than 5 stars! If it was possible to give it more than 5 stars, I would. What a beautiful, relaxing property! Linda (property owner) makes the reservation process easy and has provided for every need in the home itself. Her dedication to creating a carefree stay for her tenants is evident. The creek is beautiful, the mountain views from the valley are awesome and the walking trails provide a great way to enjoy the property. If it was possible to give more than 5 stars, I would. We will certainly be returning in the future!
Want to Return
We want to return! The most beautiful place ever, right on the creek.
Playhouse Simply Adorable
Playhouse was simply adorable. This exceeded our expectations! The cabin is such a quaint, comfortable, well-equipped home on the most gorgeous property. Honestly, the pictures are beautiful but don’t do it’s justice. The owners make you feel welcome and even left treats and goodies for our two daughters! Dog treats were left for our pups and we felt they were welcomed in the cabin. We told her which type of dogs we had and she had old towels and linens for us to use to cover their furniture which was so nice to not have to travel with and even had gates to keep our pups downstairs. The property is stunning. The creek was so fun for our girls and dogs. We walked the whole path which they keep mowed AND we saw small planes take off and land on the grass strip just beyond the water. It was truly a dream. We ate out in town but also ate in twice. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed and grill worked great. I was amazed at how well the home and property was maintained. We weren’t running into spider webs or having to brush off furniture outside. It was all ready for us. The girls also loved the playhouse. Simply adorable. We really hope to be back. We rafted the Nantahala with our girls (9,11) and the drive was nice. Super cute towns all around. You won’t regret your stay here. We promise!!
Caught ten fish!
Caught ten fish ! My husband and I had an awesome experience staying at Linda’s cottage. From the moment she gave us the keys and showed us around we felt right at home. We were really impressed with the special touches which included fresh flowers, dog bones and homemade birthday cake bites for my husbands 40th birthday! This is what vrbo is supposed to be before every property became so impersonal and managed by rental companies. Additionally, the property is beautiful. We loved sitting in the creek, walking the beautiful, well maintained trails with our dog and fishing in the pond… my husband caught 10 fish and was super happy! Also, the cottage is so dog friendly… so much that she provides sheets for the furniture so if they do get on, it’s no big deal. And last, our dog had an absolute blast, especially swimming in the creek. Do not hesitate to stay here. We wish we would have stayed the whole week!
Bright spacious cottage
Bright spacious cottage ! Our 11 days here were a wonderful blessing! This bright, spacious cottage was meticulously clean; beautifully furnished, with an oh-so-comfy bed and linens; tastefully decorated; wonderfully equipped and perfectly organized. The grounds – secluded, serene and quiet except for the sounds of sweet birds visiting the feeders and the creek’s never-ending symphony; lovely natural landscaping with a lush moss carpet and wild flowers; and incredible, private walking paths through the surrounding meadow acres, around the ponds, and along the tree-shaded creek. Our cottage-time – we were lazy in the screened porch and sunroom, and next to the water and fire-pit. We puzzled; read; prayed together; played games; prepared yummy meals in the cooks-kitchen and on the grill. We explored country roads framed by mountains – overlooking farmlands, creeks, and rivers. Our National Forest ride to Lake Nantahala – amazing! We hiked and hiked, including an Appalachian Trail segment! Our senior Labrador enjoyed the less-strenuous paths at Clay County Park, the Lake Chatuge Recreation Area, and the Little Tennessee River Greenway. We took-in the Brasstown Bald views; and enjoyed the John Campbell Folk School, Craft Shop, gardens and walking-paths. We thank our incredible hosts, Linda and Jorge for their passionate guest service commitment which we experienced from our 1st inquiry; as we were personally welcomed upon our arrival; and throughout our entire stay. We can’t wait to return.
Listening to the creek
Listening to the creek! My wife and I recently stayed at Blackwell Branch Cabin for a quick getaway before the school year started. It was just what the doctor ordered! Linda has done a great job of making the place homey and it is well stocked with everything you may need to settle right in. The grocery store is close by and we loved sitting on the back porch with our coffee and listening to the creek gurgle by. I have to give Linda five stars as well because she always available and yet totally unobtrusive. The area itself is beautiful and you should take a walk around the pond and look for the turtle! There’s also a small airfield there and while you think it may be a distraction to the calm and peacefulness we didn’t see or hear one small plane until the last hour before we left. In fact I began watching and hoping I would actually see one land! If your thinking about booking this property I’d say just do it. You won’t be disappointed! Thanks for a great stay Linda!
Amazing stream in the back yard. Beautiful cabin & property. Owner was nice and cabin had everything needed for a 4 day stay. Highlight was the nature trail and the DEER!
Definitely the cleanest vacation home
Definitely the cleanest vacation home I have stayed in. Gill’s Cove Cottage was everything the description said it would be and so much more. Mrs. Linda met us upon arrival and showed us around the home and went over where everything was located. We arrived a little later than planned but she was so accommodating. I was so impressed with how clean the property was from the get go and it was definitely the cleanest vacation home I have stayed in. We enjoyed the creek and the trails attached to the property so much. We have 3 wild boys and there was plenty of things to keep them busy!
Perfect Piece of Paradise
Perfect piece of paradise! This place was a perfect piece of paradise for our family of 3 and our dog! We were looking to get away from the business of life living near Myrtle Beach and we couldn’t have asked for better! This place had everything we needed and then some! We were surprised with hospitality gifts for all including a treat bag for our dog! I loved the vases of wild flowers from the property placed on the counter and in the bathrooms! The creek provided peace and fun for all from floating on a tube (which was perfect for my 5 year old), soaking in the cold water, wading around, fishing, or just letting the sights and sounds of nature lift all the stress away! The property also has lovely walking trails alongside the creek, around the large pond, and to another hidden pond in the woods. Lots of animals to see and the Mountain View’s from the pond are breathtaking! We hated to leave and will definitely be returning!
Watching the Wildlife!
Loved watching the wildlife! Thank you Linda and Jorge for creating such a beautiful and well-equipped place for us to stay! Very cool and relaxing during the summer heat! Enjoyed our time in the creek and fishing in the pond and watching/naming the wildlife. We had never stayed in SW NC mountains and enjoyed getting to know Hayesville and N GA was only minutes away. But I can’t say enough about our hosts – they were available for any question and so generous with time and great recommendations. Hope we can come back again sometime and will recommend to others wholeheartedly.
Trail Along The Creek
Trail along the creek was my favorite! We enjoyed our time here, and we would definitely stay here again. The cabin was very well stocked with everything that you could need, and it was very clean and secure. The creek is beautiful and as their description mentioned you could hear it clearly from the house. Very relaxing and tranquil. The kids absolutely loved meandering down to the creek to throw rocks in and walk (carefully) through the water. My husband caught several fish in the pond near the house. The trail along the creek was my favorite. The surrounding area is so peaceful to drive through. The only thing I’d like to mention to other travelers not from the area is to be prepared to have little to no cell service if you do not have Verizon. Make sure before you leave the house to have your destination ready to go in your phone, because you surely won’t have service in a lot of areas. Despite this we always made it back to the house with little to no trouble.
Birds Chirping and Families of Geese
Birds chirping and families of geese with deer roaming in the fields. It was something I was truly in awe of. While driving up into the property, Ms. Linda was waiting on us to give us the key and show us around. As soon as you hit the driveway, you feel at peace. The home and property are immaculate, very light and airy. Such beautiful natural light all throughout the house. Furniture nice and comfy. A few mornings I would go walking before everyone else in the house would wake – it was magnificent, seeing and hearing all the wonderful sounds. In the evening, my son and I would love to go to the pond and fish. After fishing we would go through the trails into the woods and walk about the creek and look for rocks and things. He enjoyed himself! Our family is already planning on coming back.
Fresh strawberries waiting for us! The location is the perfect place to step away from the grind. The creek out the back provides a relaxing back drop. The temperature is so nice under the trees. We enjoyed the firepit by the creek. The kitchen is stocked with most any cooking items you need. Linda’s hospitality is top notch. She provided a special treat with fresh strawberries, sparkling cider, crackers, and even fresh flowers. Our family highly recommends!!
Cleanliness Top Notch
Cleanliness was top notch! Kitchen was very well stocked with good quality pots and accessories. Host went above and beyond and had a special surprise for all 4 of our kids and us! The house has everything you can think of. We have zero issues with this property. We went to fish and the fishing wasn’t the greatest at the time but we still enjoyed ourselves. Very easy to get to and had beautiful landscaping and view of the creek. Perfect place to get away and escape. Host was very friendly and met us there to give us the keys and a tour. 100% recommend this house for a Hayesville stay!! Thanks again for letting us stay there.
We Loved The House
We loved the house, the creek, the swing, the pond, and everything else. We had a relaxing and enjoyable time!
Walking Paths Through The Woods
Walking paths through the woods! Sitting right next to the rushing creek, with a view of the mountains in the changing light, this is a beautiful setting. The cottage is exceptionally clean and equipped with everything we need. It is very comfortable with many windows looking over the creek. There are walking paths through the woods along the creek and around the two ponds nearby. The owners make a real effort to insure their guests enjoy their stay. We hope to be back.
Forest rescue! My car was blocked by a tree, the owners were nice enough to come with a chainsaw at night and help saw me out.
Owner comments – Our guest was hunting in the nearby national forest, his iwfe and four young children ticked safely in bed back at Gili’s Cove Cottage. He provided us with his GPS coordinates, and we grabbed chainsaw, worklights, water and snacks and headed out to find him. Within two hours he was safely back at the cottage, and we were all breathing a happy sigh of relief.
A Tranquil Place
Truly a tranquil place! Gili’s Cove Cottage is truly a tranquil place. The stream, ponds and walking trails make Gili’s Cottage a perfect spot for kids and adults alike. The cabin is extremely clean and everything we could possibly need, was provided for our stay. The hospitality of Linda and Jorge was by far, superb. My family and I will definitely make this one of our vacation spots in the future!!
Treats For The Kids And Dogs
Treats for the kids and dogs! We had a wonderful time at the cabin. The owners were very attentive and even brought treats for the kids and the dogs. The cabin was one of the cleanest we’ve ever rented and we appreciated the privacy and quiet the location provided. Would definitely return!
Nicest And Most Well Furnished
Nicest and most well furnished rental property we have ever stayed at!! The only thing we needed was our clothes and food!! Everything -and I’m mean everything else was provided!! We look forward to staying with Linda &Jorge again!!
Trout In The Creek
Trout in the creek! This was the nicest and most well stocked rental that we have ever stayed at. The owner met with us when we arrived and shared all the information that you could ever need about the property . When we arrived, there were fresh flowers and snacks for us and our pups. The house was well equipped with everything we needed and then some . The creek is steps away from the house and is so peaceful. The property is beautiful with a walking path goes along the creek and around the pond. We saw deer every day in the field across the creek and also in the lot by the cabin . I caught some pretty nice trout in the creek also Would definitely stay here again.
Wildlife galore! Excellent rental for family relaxation. All inclusive for an outdoor family. There is hiking and fishing on the property. To go along with campfire pits with wildlife galore.
Everything As Advertised And More
Everything as advertised and more! Gili’s Cove Cottage is the first VRBO property that I experienced everything as advertised (and more). I don’t need to say anything more. Read the VRBO description and believe.
Right On The Water
Right on the water! Cabin was awesome and it was right on the water. Enjoyed the quiet property. Lots of places to walk and observe the wildlife. Will be going back soon with more family to share the experience.
Already Planning Next Visit
Already planning next visit! The pictures do not do this place justice, it’s beautiful! All the reviews are 100% accurate. Linda and Jorge are excellent hosts. This is the cleanest most well stocked rental we have ever stayed in. All you need is your clothes and groceries. We didn’t want to leave the property during our stay. I was already trying to plan our next visit before we left! Can’t wait to go back!
Can’t Wait to Get Back
We can’t wait to get back! We had a wonderful time at the cabin. Everything was thought of by Linda and we can’t wait to get back!
Screen Porch Is Huge
Screen porch is huge ! Linda and Jorge were wonderful and helpful hosts and have the house supplied with everything you need, other than your food and clothes! It’s a lovely home, with lots of light and all windows on the back overlooking the rushing stream. The screen porch is huge and a great place to read, relax, have a meal, or work on a hobby at the huge picnic table and listen to the stream. We stayed 2 weeks and didn’t want to leave, so we extended our stay a couple more days, before the next guests arrived. If you are a rockhound or gem hunter, don’t miss the Gem and Mineral museum in Franklin (who can help you with where to go) and if you want the fun without the hard work, we did “enhanced buckets” at both Mason Mountain Mine (and Cowee Gift Shop) and Rose Creek Mine, both just a bit north of Franklin. We loved both, but esp. Mason Mountain mine, as they add their gems, crystals, etc. to dirt from the mine so we got a lot of extra garnets and rubies (that they are known for). You can also dig your own dirt at both, which a lot of younger folks were doing.
Walking Trails By The Pond And Creek
Walking trails by the pond and creek. The property was absolutely amazing! The views and scenery were perfect for relaxing. We enjoyed the walking trails by the pond and the creek. Seeing and feeding the bull, cows and the donkey was great! So cute. The Cabin was beautiful and very clean and organized and had plenty of everyday items you would need. We will definitely be back. Linda and Jorge were amazing hosts and very informative.
Long Peaceful Walks
Long peaceful walks … This property is just beautiful!! We had a wonderful time. Linda, the owner, personally greets you. The cabin was exceptionally clean and had everything we needed and more. She provided little thoughtful “extras” to our experience such as, fresh fruit, fresh flowers, sparkling cider, crackers, a dessert in the frig, and even dog treats for our pup. You can fish in the creek or pond, take long peaceful walks by the creek and/or enjoy s’mores at the fire pit. We highly recommend staying at this cabin.
Sweet Personal Touches
Sweet personal touches .. Best vacation ever! Home was wonderful. Had everything we needed to make it feel like our own personal home. Host added very sweet personal touches to make our stay even more enjoyable. We will definitely be back.
Attention To Detail
Attention to detail! thank you for your attention to detail and for anticipating any possible needs your guests might have. You have a beautiful home. We hope to return one day! We had a wonderful, peaceful stay. Now, it’s back to the rat race where the rats appear to be winning!
Loved Sitting Next To The Stream
Loved sitting next to the stream. We have rented from VRBO many times. Without a doubt, this is the cleanest, most well stocked rental we have ever walked into! Furnished with tasteful, high quality bedding, towels and every kitchen gadget you might ever need. Late getting in, we didn’t meet Linda for a couple of days. She asked was there anything we needed or was out of. I replied, “are you kidding? The only thing I hadn’t seen was bathroom scales (but then I wasn’t looking)! I was joking but the next morning, we found a pair of scales on the front porch! Talking about porches…that back porch…you’ll just have to experience that for yourself!!! Loved sitting next to the stream just feet away from the back door and our son caught 30+ fish in the pond on the property. Animals are always a draw for me so we enjoyed the group of deer that walked by several mornings and there were cows and a very friendly donkey on adjoining property we got to pet.
Sunrise On The Deck
Sunrise on the deck listening. We had a great time from sunrise on the deck listening to the creek to sunset with everyone around a nice big dinner table. And there are definitely fish in the creek!
Extra Personal Touches
We loved all the extra personal touches. We really enjoyed it. You have the cleanest house we have ever stayed in. We loved all the extra personal touches you added with the flowers, fruit and cider!
Cleanest And Most Organized
Cleanest and most organized ! This was the cleanest and most organized VRBO I have ever stayed in. Linda, the owner, communicated with us immediately and sent tons of information on the house, nearby activities, places to eat, etc. When we arrived, there were fresh flowers and snacks for us and our pups. She even had dog bowls out for dogs. The house was well equipped with everything we needed. The creek is steps away from the house and is so peaceful. The property is beautiful with a walking path goes along the creek and around the pond. Would definitely stay here again.
Mountains Are My Happy Place
The Mountains are my happy place! Hard to believe this is our 7th year at Gili’s Cove. As return guests and being a native of Hayesville myself, I am happiest when I am here in the mountains. Linda and Jorge are excellent hosts and provide all that guests could possibly need for a relaxing stay in the mountains. The kitchen is well equipped, so all you need is the food. We love everything about Gili’s Cove, but some of the favorite things are the creek, peaceful surroundings, and that new trail along the creek. We were excited to see that the trail had been extended and an additional trail added around a hidden pond. We love it! We missed “Harry the Herron” at the creek but hope to meet him next year. I did spot a Broad Winged Hawk, which was pretty awesome! So, if you’re looking for a great place to get away and relax, look no farther! We love Linda and Jorge and thank them for sharing this little piece of heaven, tucked away in the mountains.
Tubing In The Creek
Tubing in the creek! We could not have asked for anything better. Absolutely wonderful property. Peace and serenity from the moment we arrived. Especially loved the sound of the rushing creek and large wrap around porch. Enjoyed fishing, tubing in the creek, walking/biking the trails on the property. Wildflower bouquet, fresh cherries! Everything was so thoughtful, for us and the pups. Wonderful time.
Fields of Wildflowers
Fields of wildflowers! I’ve rented properties multiple times through VRBO and must say my experiences have all been positive. This rental however, is on some higher level. You are lucky if the description and photos of a property match the reality once you get there, though most are fairly accurate. The pictures and descriptions don’t give this place justice. First the house….exceptionally clean and stocked with anything you could possibly need. The owner actually shows you around and lives nearby….I’ve never had this happen at a VRBO property before…usually just a lock box or digital key pad and code to enter in. The description online is accurate and there are numerous personal touches not mentioned but present nonetheless. Three of us stayed 4 nights and ate all meals in and never had to wash dishes in order to have clean ones for a meal– that well-stocked. The owner e-mailed about thirty pages of info prior to our arrival listing everything someone might have a need for in the local town and directions on how to get there. From all the restaurants, stores, pharmacies, auto repair, veterinarians…you name it…it was on the list. Plus all local attractions, hiking trails etc. The property the house sits on is spectacular! Secluded and tucked in the woods along a rushing trout stream. Across the stream there are fields of wildflowers with a small lake in the center. Hiking paths all through the property and along the stream and around the lakes. I did a little catch and release fishing in the stream and caught and released three small native rainbows. Only fished a bit in the catch and release lake, but did not catch any fish. Live bait would probably be the ticket there. Anyway, if I had to dream up an ideal property I’d love to live on….this would be it. And it was also hosted by some super nice folks!!!
Tons Of Privacy
Tons of privacy. Bigger than expected. We loved our stay here. The place was extremely clean, way bigger than the pics make it look. It was perfect for our family. Tons of privacy, but not necessarily secluded. Beautiful scenery and lovely hosts. You won’t regret the decision to stay here.
Dog Friendly Property
Dog friendly property. We loved our stay here. The cabin was comfortable, ell-equipped, quiet and a great place to relax. The house was in excellent condition and shows how much work the is put into it to maintain it. The hosts, Linda and Jorge, were extremely helpful and were only a short distance away. Clearly a dog friendly property. We appreciated being able to bring our two dogs. We heartily recommend it and it certainly earned 5 stars!
Puppy ‘s First Vacation
Puppy ‘s first vacation! This was a wonderful property for our family! The ponds and creek were great for fishing and tubing. This was our puppy’s first vacation and she loved every part of the house and property! We will certainly look to return to this home again in the future
Secluded Creekside Getaway
Secluded creekside getaway. Enjoyed the nice little touches by the host: fresh flowers and strawberries along with small trinkets and candy for the kids. The cabin had everything we needed. We had no cel phone reception but that was awesome. We really enjoyed this beautiful cabin and property. Took long walks in the evenings in the woods and property.
Watching Herons Fish For Breakfast
Watching herons fish for breakfast! We enjoyed an amazing stay at Linda and Jorge’s property! It is by far the cleanest and well stocked property we have ever stayed in, it had everything we needed and more. The screened in porch may have been our favorite part of the house, we spent our meal times there as well as quiet reading while listening to the creek, watching herons fish for their breakfast. The mountain view is incredible and my husband and son enjoyed fishing in the evenings in the pond. And we were only 15 minutes or so from Lake Chatuge! Highly recommend!!!
Hours Playing In The Water
Hours playing in the water! We had SUCH a great time here. The house was equipped with everything we needed to cook. There was so many lovely touches: wildflowers in each room, everything clearly labeled, coffee/tea, books and games, helpful maps, etc. The attention to detail was impressive. And the view/location was divine. It makes right up to the creek, which was fast flowing but not deep. My kids (ages 6 and 8) spent hours playing in the water. It was fast enough to make it feel like an adventure for them, and shallow enough (no more than 18 inches max) that I was never worried about their safety. Linda and Jorge were excellent, attentive, and kind hosts, especially when we had some illness related travel changes. The trails were great too. We spent lots of time hiking around. It was the first trip I took with my young children that was actually a vacation for me too, and the setting was a big part of it. I am still dreaming of cooler temps and tall trees! Many thanks to Linda and Jorge!
Rushing River, Trails And Woods
Rushing river, the trails and woods. My husband and I had a wonderful 5-day vacation at Linda’s rental home at serenity Lane. The place truly lives up to its reputation: serenity! We love everything about this place: The super clean home, the very spacious screen porch, all the comfortable chairs inside & outside, the rushing river, the Serenity Pond, the trails and the woods. Linda is such a responsive and thoughtful host, and we like her very much. And we certainly will come back again and again in the future.