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Enjoy a Mountain Getaway Only Minutes Away from Recreation and Shopping

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6

* Ellijay Cottage is an A-Frame home in a pastoral setting with a glass facade that looks out upon a wide mountain view. You'll enjoy the outdoors without having to leave the portal.

* The home consists of 3 levels:

* The main floor includes standard bed for 2 persons, kitchen, dining room and living room with High Definition Apple TV with Netflix and Broadcast Stations, DVD player and Wifi access. (Service does NOT include Premium Sports channels or Pay-Per View.

If you have an iPhone with apps for media, you may mirror them on the television monitor.)

* A loft with 2 twin beds and a futon sofa.

* A downstairs bedroom with queen sized bed, bath, and High Definition television, Blue Ray Player and Netflix service .

* The loft and lower bedroom are accessed by two spiral staircases. The spiral staircases are not recommended for persons who suffer from mobility issues. Due care should be used and appropriate footwear to assure safety while ascending and descending staircases. The main floor of the house is perfectly acceptable for use by persons with mobility impairment, excluding wheel-chair.

More Details

Robert Dodd
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Robert Dodd

I'm a native of Sarasota, Florida, and a graduate of University of South Florida in Tampa. My grandfather built a cottage in this same neighborhood back in 1953, to which my mother first brought me when I was 1 1/2 years old. My passion for this neighborhood and region is based upon a lifetime of exposure and good memories.

Robert Dodd purchased this house in 2006

Why Robert Dodd chose Franklin

Ellijay Cottage is a comfortable, modern, newly remodeled and upgraded home. It has a unique charm, great mountain view, and sense of privacy and seclusion. It is a great place for couples or larger families to enjoy solitude, or the beauties of nature only a few miles down the road.

What makes this house unique

As an A-Frame home, Ellijay Cottage has a unique retro feel. Its glass front has the effect of inviting the outdoors into the structure. You may see sunrise and moonrise from the living room, and all the seasonal changes without leaving the armchair. The home is paneled with spruce and oak, giving a woodsy, country feel. From the deck in springtime, you'll enjoy a well tended garden with fruit trees, rhododendrons, dogwood and mountain laurel. You may enjoy eating your meals inside, or on the picnic table on the side deck. Children enjoy the upstairs loft with a commanding view of downstairs and through the windows into the mountains in the distance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Your cabin honestly felt like a home away from home. It was the best place for us to come and relax after grueling midterms to get away from campus life.

The cabin is the perfect distance to Glen & Dry (Water) Falls. We enjoyed our stay very much! Thank You!
Oct 2017
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Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The house has a septic tank system. Please do not flush tampons or non-biodegradable products down the toilet.
  • Use of the Gas Furnace in the living room is restricted to Fall and Winter months. Please consult with your host before trying to use this utility.
  • The house has narrow spiral staircases. Please be aware that the surface of the steps may be slippery if you wear socks or inappropriate footwear.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
* Ths home is modern, comfortable and furnished with satellite dish television and Wifi for Internet. * The kitchen includes range, refrigerator, and dual sink. (No dishwasher) * Living area includes ample seating and television entertainment. * We provide local landline telephone service and Wifi for your convenience.


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average rating of 4.9 based on 58 reviews

Very nice area and comfortable place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

June 2018

The area was beautiful with a creek running along, down across the road from the cabin. The beds were comfortable and the living spaces were very inviting and perfect for relaxing in the evening. The spiral stair steps were a little tricky, but there was an alternative set of steps outside to take us downstairs, which was a help. When we needed some help with a can opener, Bob was over to help us in a few minutes. He seemed very interested in making sure we had what we needed to enjoy ourselves. He gave us a lot of information about the hiking and rivers around the area, which helped us plan our stay. It was an enjoyable way for us to get acquainted with the area while being very comfortable in the cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Far better than a hotel

  • 5 of 5

The cabin itself was great. I guess I was hoping it would be a bit more secluded, but in all, it was fine. The perpetual sound of the river was nice. Bob does a great job getting you settled and provides a good deal of info about the area. We cooked several dinners at the cabin and were not in any way left wanting. I know that I will be looking Bob up if I make another trip to Franklin.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Martinez, GA

More value than you pay for!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience staying at Mr. Dodd's place. So much room and many amenities in this rental. Having three levels gives plenty of space for the entire family. Our family of four with one teenage son over 6 feet couldn't sleep in the loft... but no problem the mid-level bedroom had plenty of room for him and Mom & Dad slept the bottom level. Fully stocked kitchen meets any culinary challenge. Very peaceful place with no traffic noises. Convenient to Franklin, Highlands and the surrounding area. So much to see on Hwy 64! Mr. Dodd was very valuable in giving you information on where to go and what to do.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was a delightful aframe near a gurgley stream.

  • 4 of 5

The air was cool and crisp. The mountains were stark with no leaves and the waterfalls were stupendous. We blew it by not cleaning up after the teens in the party but all and all it was great.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ellijay Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay with Bob and we really enjoyed it, as before. Bob goes out of his way to make sure his guests are comfortable. When we couldn't get the TV to work properly, he spent extra time making sure that he could get it to work for us while we were there. He will help with every detail that he possibly can. We certainly hope to stay at Ellijay again later this year!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A mountain gem

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful spacious cabin was located perfectly on a mountain side. With morning sunrises and evening sunsets it was by far one of the most scenic places we've stayed at. My family including a 2 year old spent the weekend here. It is located 5-10 minutes from anything you may need. I want to add how clean, cosy and conveniently stocked the house was (towels, sheets, cooking utensils, bathroom tissue). Kitchen was ideal to make breakfast in everyday.

Most importantly Bob was easy and quick to get a hold off. You can tell he takes pride in his property by how well kept and updated it is.

Thanks again, until next time!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
AVL, Asheville Regional Airport, Fletcher, NC
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
The Lazy Hiker Brewery, Franklin, NC
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Franklin Golf Course, Franklin, NC
Nearest Train
67 Miles
Amtrak, Cornelia, Georgia
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 441, US 23, Franklin, NC
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Chris and Charlie's Pizza, Franklin, NC
Nearest Ski
58 Miles
Cataloochee Ski Lodge (North of Waynesville, NC)
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Cliffside Lake Recreation Area, Highlands, NC
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Shopping.

* Restaurants.

* Scottish Tartan Museum.

* Antiquing.

* Gem Stores - Mineral Museums.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Picnic at Cliffside Lake, Near Highlands.

* Bowling Alley in Franklin.

* Picking on the Square (Saturday).

* Hiking.

* View Waterfalls of Cullasaja Gorge.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* The Fun Factory in Franklin.

* Gem Mining.

* Rafting, Tubing, Zipline.

* Explore National Forest Sites.

* Day trip to Smoky Mountains National Park.

* Access to the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail is available in Macon County.

* Camping, hiking and fishing are available in many Nantahala National Forest areas nearby. Cliffside Lake facility is nearby in Highlands, and Standing Indian Campground, on the west side of Franklin.

* Gem Mining is available within 2 miles of the house, and at numerous other locations within the county. Franklin is famous for its natural rubies and sapphires.

* Franklin has two outstanding Mineral and Gemstone Museums.

* Celebrate Scottish Heritage at the Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin.

* Enjoy World-Class dining and shopping in Franklin and Highlands. To view the selection check Urbanspoon online.

* Attend the Mountain Heritage Museum at Western Carolina University, along with seasonal events, music and theater on campus in Cullowhee.

* Golfing is available in Highlands and Franklin

* Cinema and Theatrical Performances are available both in Franklin and Highlands.

* You are within a short range drive to access Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee - Qualla Reservation, and Harrah's Casino, Gatlinburg on the north side of Smoky Mountains N. P., and Dollywood in Sevierville, TN.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $50

Nightly Rate: $100 - $150

Weekly: $600 - $750

Monthly: $1500 - $2000

* If you are interested in reserving the cottage, please submit $150.00 ($100 deposit + $50.00 cleaning fee). The cleaning fee is refundable or may be applied to payment of the total bill, providing the premises are clean upon departure. Owner pays taxes, so rates are firm.
* Absolutely NO pets allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.