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. 

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.

Gili's Cove Cottage Details

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.

Ready To Book? Give us a holler!

Use the calendar below to check availability then send the form to book or inquire about your dates.  Have questions?  We can help with that too! 

Gili's Cove Cottage Amenities




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


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!

Chelsea & Christian M.

Bright spacious cottage

Lake Chatuge

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.

Bobette & Gregg G.

Definitely the cleanest vacation home

Tusquittee Creek

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!

Annie & Scott K.

Perfect Piece of Paradise

Lake Chatuge

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!

Angie Dennis

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.

Melinda B. & family

Cleanliness Top Notch

Lake Chatuge

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.

Heather & Chase G.