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…
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.
Heaven. Our first visit to North Carolina and we found Jorge and Linda and their little piece of heaven.
The property was amazing and very beautiful.
The house was very clean and had all that you will need on your stay.
The scenic drive into town and you have Dining, Gas , and a really nice grocery store with everything you could ask for. An hour drive to Great smoky mountain national park and the Cherokee reservation. And just a short drive south is lake Chatuge in Georgia.
A private community.
If you want peace and quiet, Woods and water, Mountains and scenery this is it.
We loved our visit and look forward to staying again.
Highly recommend. thank you Jorge and Linda.
Just what our family needed
Just what our family needed. We live nearby and hosted a Birthday celebration for my father-in-law. We rented Blackwell Branch Cabin to house some of the visiting relatives and it was perfect. They loved it….especially having coffee and conversations on the deck overlooking the creek.
Fireflies Were Magical
Fireflies near the pond were magical! WE had a wonderful time at the cabin. The rooms were spacious, the creek was lovely and the pond was full of bass!! While there we saw deer, geese, red wing blackbirds, turtles, and a whole host of wildlife. There were thousands putting on a show all the way up to the tops of the trees! I would absolutely recommend a stay here.
Hosts Thought Of Everything
Hosts thought of everything! Even made sure we had all the things we might need for our pup, everything was there for us to use. Will definitely come back!
Smores By The Campfire
Smores by the campfire! We had a really great and relaxing stay. The house was very clean, comfortable and exactly as listed. We fished, made S’mores over a campfire, took walks and enjoyed the beautiful location. Linda was a great host.
Owners Are Wonderful Hosts
Owners are wonderful hosts. Our family had a wonderful time. The house was very clean, the location is very secluded and peaceful. We will definitely be back!
Overall A Great Trip
Overall a great trip! I stayed here with my husband and our 2 dogs. The house was very clean, well stocked and right on the stream. There were well defined walking trails around the property for the dogs.
Paradise For Nature Lovers
Paradise for nature lovers! EVERYTHING that we needed was conveniently available at the house. The owner’s appear to have put everything into place that they think anyone would want, including great information on the surrounding area. This location is paradise for nature lovers. It is far enough from ‘civilization’ to allow you to feel like you’ve gotten away from it all but close enough to nearby towns for shopping, dining, and festivals, should you choose to visit. You leave the back porch and step out onto the river bank. Just beyond the river is a pond frequented by geese and a great flock of Red-winged Blackbirds. Get up early enough in the morning and watch the deer as they creep along the river side to their crossing spot. You truly have to see it to believe it. We hope to return again and again.
So Many Personal Touches
So many personal touches! We loved our stay at this beautiful, well equipped cabin. The owners were kind, helpful, and had so many personal touches such as fresh flowers that made it a wonderful trip. The family was happy to stay at the cabin for the entire time. There’s so much to do in the quiet, small community. We fished (catch and release in the pond), played in the creek, enjoyed an outdoor fire, fed cattle, and just sat on the back porch. We went into town and enjoyed the shopping and restaurants. We liked Black Dog restaurant and Nocturnal Brewing Company. WiFi and streaming worked great for the teens. A fun surprise was seeing the private planes taking off and landing nearby. The dogs were happy with the beautiful yard, but I think we’ll leave them at home on the next trip as it was like having a child in an unfamiliar environment. We will return and the property is definitely a 5 star property. Thank you!
Beautifully Maintained Quiet Getaway
Beautifully maintained for a private getaway. Gili’s Cottage is a beautifully maintained, cozy space by the creek with walking trails along the far shore of the creek, and paths to two ponds. The cottage was the perfect place for a quiet getaway, and we spent most of our time in the sun room out back, enjoying the breeze and sound of the creek rushing by. Linda provided everything we could’ve needed during our stay, including dog bowls and baby gates for our dog. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would definitely go back for another stay beside the creek.
Awesome Place For Hiking
Awesome place for hiking! Awesome place to stage for hiking and sightseeing around the mountains. When you’re done with that, come back to this place that sets you at ease and provides the ultimate in relaxation with all of the amenities. Very peaceful and serene!
Pond With Lots Of Fish
Pond with lots of fish! My husband and I brought 3 15 year old boys here because they wanted to fish. The property was beautiful! The house had everything we needed. It was stocked and cleaned. Linda met us and showed us around. She and her husband are so nice and helpful. They have thought of everything. There is a stream in the backyard that is fresh and filled with trout. And a pond just past that with lots of fish. The boys spent hours fishing from both. We enjoyed the peaceful area sitting on the back deck. We definitely will be back to the same place.
Clean, Spacious and Well-stocked
Clean, spacious and well-stocked. Linda and Jorge’s place in the mountains is a perfect getaway. The cabin is clean, spacious, and well-stocked. The hosts are generous, very easy to communicate with, and even went out of their way to return an item we left behind. We enjoyed the cozy ness of the place with the wood burning stove and listening to the creek at night. The location was close to amenities though it simultaneously felt out of the way. There was great hiking and fishing that we took advantage of. We loved the place and would return in a heartbeat.
Gorgeous Setting & Super Clean
Couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting to relax and unwind. Everything we go to the mountains for was just a few steps from the doorsteps. Large flowing creek, beautiful pond, and breathtaking mountain views. Add to it that it was the cleanest cabin we’ve ever stayed at, made for an amazing trip. Even our 2 teenagers loved it and they aren’t easy to please. We loved seeing them grab the chess board, tic-tac-toe, and puzzles instead of their phones. They also loved grabbing the chocolate and cider Linda provided! We could hear the creek from inside the house and the fire pit is in the perfect location to enjoy some smores while listening to the flowing creek. Just a very short walk and we were able to get to the very accessible pond. Both kids caught fish on fly rods and we even got to see a few planes take off and land. The drive was super easy to get there & the only thing that was a little challenging was fitting my husband’s big truck in the driveway. Town was very close when we wanted to grab a bite to eat. The flat lot, one level living, and easy flat walking paths make it great for people of all ages. Definitely want to plan a return trip!
Very Clean And Everything We Needed
Very clean and everything we needed was there. Perfect! We are already looking for another week we can stay again!! Very clean and had everything we needed. Hosts were very responsive!!
Cabin Was Spectacular
Cabin was spectacular in terms of being a completely stocked cabin. Everything needed was there and very clean. The location was beautiful along the creek in a very secluded area. Walking our dogs right from the cabin is what we like instead of walking on trails. This is a gem of a cabin and perfect hosts. This cabin checked off all of our boxes. Thanks for letting us stay at your cabin!
Truly enchanting! Surrounded by the changing Autumn colors of the forest, listening to the sound of the rushing water of the creek, on the wrap-around porch in the back of our cabin was so and relaxing. Exactly, what we needed for a few days! Upon arrival, our cabin was spotlessly clean, warm and cozy. There were fresh flowers on the table, fresh fruit in a bowl on the counter and even treats for our big puppy dog! We also, enjoyed some local shopping, restaurants and a nice winery. Linda and Jorge are amazing hosts! Yes, we were sad to leave and wished for more time. So, we will definitely be back to this wonderful place again! We highly recommend Blackwell Branch Cabin to anyone wanting to escape the hustle & bustle of daily living.
Beautiful Mountain Stream
Beautiful mountain stream and immaculate cabin. Accurate directions, easy check in and quick responses to questions and requests. The cabin was comfortable and well stocked. Highly recommend with plans to return. Thank you Linda and Jorge.
Just As Advertised If Not Better
Just as advertised if not better. My only complaint is that we were so busy doing day trip activities that I didn’t have a day to just stay at the cabin and enjoy. The property was just as advertised, if not better. We’ll for sure be coming back in the summertime!
Better Than We Ever Expected
Better than we ever expected! I booked this home for our family’s Thanksgiving get away and it was better than we ever expected. The home was extremely clean and well stocked. The hostesses made sure our every need was taken care of prior to our arrival. We will be back!