It's all about the creek…and the mountains

It’s OK, you’re in the mountains now… Breathe.

Believe me, you’ll never leave the porch – unless you decide to move over to the hammock.
Gili’s Cove Cottage offers you a way to escape the traffic, noise and stress of urban living. 

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Gili’s Cove Cottage

Just imagine waking up to the sounds of the birds and the creek, having your morning coffee out on the back porch while gazing at the mountains.  Maybe the early-birds are already up, watching the sunrise over the hills while fishing in the creek or the pond.  Plan a waterfall adventure or a hike in the national forests that surround us.  Or simply imagine yourself lazily swinging in the hammock as the sun sets over the creek and pond.  Gili’s Cove is the perfect home base for any mountain getaway.

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Gili’s Cove Cottage Details

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Right On The Creek

Tusquittee Creek, a rushing stream with headwaters in the Nantahala mountains, is sure to wash away the stresses of everyday life.

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Bright & Light Open Floor Plan

A wall of windows in the family room and a large open plan means you can gaze at the creek and the mountains from almost every window. 

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More Details About Your Stay

The cottage sits on a level lot surrounded by an acre of flowering trees and shrubs with a pull-through drive and a carport.  Serenity Lane is a dead-end road with only four homes. The first is Gili’s Cove Cottage, next is an acre of woods, then Blackwell Branch Cabin (our sister property), another wooded lot and then our own home.  Beyond our home at the dead-end is our one and only neighbor.  We own the property between the cottage and the cabin next door, so children (and grown-ups) can feel free to wander among the trees and wildflowers. This special location, tucked away on the south side of the creek, ensures peace and quiet, complete privacy.

The Property

Interior:  2 bedrooms & 2 full baths (1500sf)

The home is a two-bedroom/two-bath cottage with a split plan for privacy, sleeps six.  Living room + family room allows plenty of room for you and all your gear.

The living room has a gas fireplace heater with two comfy recliners.  The family room has a wall of windows overlooking the creek, with an oversized counter and wet bar. 

The all-season porch is screened in summer, but when the weather gets cool, the 360-degree windows allow you to still enjoy the porch  and the gas fireplace and comfy chaise lounge provide a perfect spot for curling up with a good book.

The kitchen is large, open and bright, and is fully equipped to handle meals for family gatherings. Off the kitchen is the laundry room with a wash-up sink, folding table and plenty of hanging space. Hi-speed internet with Wi-Fi means you’ll never be out of touch. Also provided is a landline phone with free domestic long distance.  The cottage has central heat & A/C.

Bedroom 1 has a beautiful oak sleigh bed with brand new queen mattress & boxspring and luxurious hotel-quality linens. Brand-new wall-to-wall carpeting. Open the windows and fall asleep to the sounds of the creek. On cool nights, enjoy the warmth of the Amish fireplace heater. Large closet along one wall with plenty of hangers and storage for your clothing and gear.  Private en-suite bathroom allows complete privacy from bedroom 2, which is on opposite side of cottage. 

Bedroom 2 has two single beds, large closet on opposite wall with plenty of hanging space and storage. New mattresses & bedding and new wall-to-wall carpeting in both bedrooms. Luggage racks provided. Each bathroom in this split plan offers complete privacy– perfect for couples– and are impeccably clean, with brand-new toilets, large vanities, and plenty of fluffy towels.  Futon in family room sleeps 2.

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No need to worry about dirt roads or steep inclines.  The roads into the cottage are level and paved for easy access– no crazy ups and downs or stomach-churning turns.  The pull-through driveway with carport keeps your vehicle clean and dry.  No ramp, but cottage is on a level lot with easy access, three steps up into the house from the front porch.  Backyard: A large firepit is right beside the creek, as well as the yard swing and hammock.  Gas BBQ is provided for grilling your just-caught dinner. 

Internet, TV and telephone:
Keeping in mind that cellular service here in the mountains can be somewhat erratic, we’ve provided a landline telephone (unlimited long distance in the continental US) and hi-speed internet (Wi-Fi) to help you keep in touch.  TV is provided by DirectTV and a Roku streaming device lets you use your Netflix, Hulu and other accounts.

Equipment & Supplies:
Bedrooms & baths:  All sheets and towels are provided, with extra pillows, sheets, blankets & towels in the linen closet.  Bathrooms are supplied with bar soap, liquid hand soap, extra toilet paper and Kleenex, and hairdryer.  Kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, coffeemaker, crockpot, toaster, blender, hand-mixer, all pots & pans, dishwasher soap and liquid dish soap, hand soap, paper towels, foils and wraps.  Reading library, games & puzzles: You’ll find a large collection of books of all types in the bookcase and nightstands.  A supply of jigsaw puzzles and games is also provided to help keep the kids entertained.  Firepit: We provide a starter supply of wood for the big fire-pit out by the creek.  You’ll also find plenty of dead-fall wood on the property.

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Gili’s Cove Cottage Amenities



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Standard rate184.00VariableContact Owner
Holidays196.00VariableContact Owner
Fall Color Season
Oct.19 to Nov.08
190.00VariableContact Owner
Cleaning Fee$ 90.00
Pet Fee-up to two dogs with approval from Owner140.00
Pet Fee for additional dog, with prior approval50.00
Local Tax10%
Memorial Day 2023May 26 to May 31
4th of July 2023June 30 to July 05
Labor Day 2022Sept 01 to Sept 05
Thanksgiving 2022Nov 23 to Nov 28
Christmas & New YearsDec 23 to Jan 02 2023


Forest Rescue

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.

John B. & family

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!!

Heather Smith & family

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!!

Thomas & karen C.

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.

Ben & Carol S.

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!

Anna & Jared B.

Screen Porch Is Huge

Serenity Lane

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.

Becky R. & Jim H.

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