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Charming Railroad Cottage in Woods
Charming Railroad Cottage in Woods
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Our beautifully restored c. 1930s railroad cottage, nestled in a forest, is a lovely place to relax, or work in peace. It comes with two bedrooms, porches, living room and fully-equipped kitchen. Lively downtown Athens is only a few minutes away.

The space

Come stay with us if you want a cozy retreat from Athens. While we are only 10 minutes from downtown and campus, the 10-acre lot surrounded by 120 acres of easement land gives it the scenic beauty of a rural county.

Our place is a beautifully restored c. 1930s railroad cottage with original heart pine floors, idyllic scenery and two porches. It stands a couple of hundred feet (through the woods) from the 100-year-old main house where your hosts, Laura and Jeff, live. It is nestled into a pine forest but has a nice lawn and looks out onto an open pasture on the back side. The cottage and main house are both set back from the road so there's very little traffic noise.

The cottage has four rooms of equal size: bedroom, living room, kitchen and spare room (best used as an office or second bedroom). A small but full bathroom with walk-in shower extends off of the main bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, fridge, pots and pans, coffee maker, toaster and utensils. Coffee and tea are provided.

The historic cottage has a rustic feel to it (in a good way!) with tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling and hearth. The fireplace was closed up when the cottage was moved here; the original chimney is now a skylight over the added bathroom, so be sure to look up.

We've got a couple of rocking chairs on the back porch, which makes a good place to sit and watch the north pasture grow. The walls inside are filled with artwork and photographs from Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Athens, Ga.

Things to do: relax! The cottage is a lovely place to unwind, or work in peace if that's what you're here for. It does have wi-fi access but, in keeping with its period of construction, does not have a TV. Kick back and enjoy some of the books on the shelf and ask us if you need more.

You will probably want a car to get into Athens, since we're 6 miles (a 10-minute drive) from downtown. East Athens is a bit closer, about 3 miles from the house, and there you can find dozens of restaurants, bars, and grocery stores, but downtown Athens is definitely the big draw. Apart from that, if you want we'll give you a tour of the property, including the mule barn and oldest two-hole outhouse in the county!

Notes on sleeping: The bed in the main bedroom is a full size one. The bed in the office/second bedroom, if you want it, is a single size day bed with a single size trundle that rolls out. Linens, blankets and pillows are provided for all beds.

Note on shared bathroom placement: Any guest in the second bedroom has to walk through the first bedroom to reach the bathroom. Sorry! That, apparently, is the way they built railroad cottages.

Interaction with guests

We will be available as needed on the premises, and to help orient you to Athens and its many amenities (restaurants, bars, museums, coffeehouses, music venues, bookshops).

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Extra people $25 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 14%
Weekend Price $120 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

Guests are asked to please be careful with the hardwood floors (keeping them dry and free of grit, and avoiding scratches). Given their age, it is impossible to replace them to their original look.

Smoking is not allowed inside the cottage, but you are welcome to rock and smoke on the front or back porch.

Please park in the clearing under the trees, rather than in the grass or on the front walkway.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher
2 nights minimum stay

49 Reviews

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Heather User Profile
November 2017
It was a perfect get-away. Easy distance from Athens, clean, and peaceful. Great hosts

Samantha User Profile
November 2017
Such a cute cottage, and Jeff was very responsive and accommodating. They even had coffee and fruit for us. Would definitely stay again!

Lynn User Profile
October 2017
If you love Love natural beauty and quiet, this cottage will hit the spot! Also conveniently close by car to a hip city that offers good food and live music. Jeff and Laura were perfect hosts. Five stars all the way!

Lisa & Scott User Profile
October 2017
Great place for football weekend in Athens

Marcie User Profile
October 2017
This secluded cabin in the woods was just 4 miles east of Athens and a few hundred feet from the owners' main house. Surrounded by woods and a horse pasture, it was loaded with charm and ambiance, such as wall to ceiling shiplap and crickets singing me to sleep. An updated turn of the century railroad cottage, it was incredibly clean, with a state of the art central heating and air conditioner. Occupants can easily switch from screen doors to closed quarters and air. The kitchen is fully equipped; so, you can prepare your own meals or warm up left over Chinese. A cozy, four-room space, it had a double bed and two singles. No breakfast was offered, but fresh fruit and coffee were available. There was no TV, but Wi-Fi was readily accessible. Jeff, the host, communicated succinctly through AIRBNB email. He was easy to contact if questions arose, and he was available at check in and check out. Otherwise, there was little interaction with the host family. Preferring quiet and privacy over hotel noises and college parties, I LOVED this venue and will look forward to returning on my next overnight visit to Athens or Winterville.

Meagan User Profile
September 2017
The cabin is perfect! Ideal for a trip to Athens while still staying outside the city.

Chris User Profile
September 2017
Great place! We will be back!

Athens, Georgia, United StatesJoined in May 2015
Jeff User Profile

Hi. My wife and I met in Athens and lived here and in nearby Winterville through the late 90s and early 00s, after which we spent several years in Uganda and Indonesia. After starting a family, we returned to Athens. We still love to travel and, after a full day of work or sightseeing, enjoy returning to a comfortable place to stay. We hope our cottage will be that for you!

Languages: English, Español, Português
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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