Idlehour Estate is carefully laid out across several special venues. As you enter the 1,000-foot-long driveway, you notice the sloping park-like land to your left. It is open to you to explore with your family and dogs and accessible via three dedicated gates. As you travel down the driveway, Idlehour House will appear on the left. Welcome home!
As you pull up the circular driveway, you will notice a generous carport on the right of the house.
The 4,100 sqf house was built in 2006 and is a resurrection of an 1850 Pennsylvania and a 1900 Tennessee chink and log home. This style of house could be found in the 1800’s across the Appalachian Mountains. As there were no sawmills able to cut straight, self-sealing logs for walls, a clay (chink) and roughhewn log was used to build these special homes.
Idlehour House features all the most modern amenities while you are transported into a historic home, and tranquil spirit of the Appalachian Mountains.
The owners have had custom furniture commissioned throughout their home alongside modern and antique designs. The walls contain no art, so as to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of the chink and log construction.
The house stretches across three floors. You enter into the main room of a 1900 Tennessee home, rebuilt beam by beam on this site. A large stone chimney with a wood burning cast iron stove bookends one side of the room while a modern, commercial, open floor plan kitchen bookends the other. The ceiling throughout the main floor is reclaimed from a 1900 Georgia schoolhouse, kept with its original paint.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a mud room with its own entrance, perfectly situated for returns from a hike or to let the dog in.
Through the kitchen, along a corridor with a guest bathroom, you enter the 1850 Pennsylvania cabin. It houses one of the three king size bedrooms and an ensuite bath with a claw-foot tub. The bedroom opens onto the L-shape balcony that wraps the south facing part of the house, overlooking the vineyard and the mountains in the distance.
The upper level of Idlehour House is a refuge on its own. A large master bedroom with stunning views, a two-person claw-foot tub and exposed reclaimed wood beams. The bedroom connects to a master bath, a butler pantry with a refrigerator and a Keurig coffee machine. For those wishing to treat the getaway as a workation, a dedicated office, with intimate sloped roof line and its own balcony is part of this self-contained floor.
The historic houses were erected in 2006 on a terrace level opening onto a vast, levelled lawn, ideal for various outdoor games which are all provided. This levels centerpiece is a stunning family room, with a 50-inch TV with the massive former fireplace as a backdrop, shuffleboard table, a Peloton bike and a dedicated, two-zone wine fridge as part of a wet bar.
The third king bedroom, featuring a canopy bed, is part of an integrated family suite connecting to a large bathroom and a purpose built “secret room” featuring a double bunk bed. A family has plenty of space, while they can enjoy games and the expansive views.
Stepping onto the vast lawn, a gazebo, erected of reclaimed timber beams, is perched above the vineyard. A perfect spot to enjoy sunset hours and outdoor gatherings.
We invite you to explore the entire 21 acres. Wander the vineyard, explore the fields and follow a path through the property on a stroll, or walk with man’s best friend.
When you are ready to explore the area, you can reach dozens of walking trails, the Blue Ridge Lake, or the town of Blue Ridge in minutes. Additionally, the luxury of a dedicated helicopter landing site on the Estate and a partnership with Blue Ridge Tours, allows you to view this beautiful part of the country from the air.
We hope you enjoy the preservation of history along with modern amenities and technology, while you choose how you want to spend your time at Idlehour Estate.
- Located in Mineral Bluff, Georgia on an 20+ Acre Working Vineyard, 10-minute drive to downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville.
- Open Farm Kitchen with professional 6 burner range Stainless Steel Appliances and Subzero refrigerator
- Seating for 4 at Breakfast Bar
- Large Dining Room with seating for 8
- Living Area with Tennessee Field Stone woodburning Fireplace, deep Italian leather sofa and custom Sherpa lounge chairs. A place to read, relax or gather with friends & family.
- King Bedroom in 1850’s Cabin with Direct Access to wrap around porch overlooking vineyard
- Attached Full Bathroom with Claw Foot Tub and Shower Above, 36" doors for handicap accessibility
- Half bathroom next to Kitchen
- Mudroom with Sink and Storage directly from the carport entering into the kitchen
- Master Suite with Electric Fireplace and vaulted ceiling with reclaimed barnwood beams
- Master Suite is equipped with a “Gym in a box” containing yoga mats, weights and resistance bands for guest use.
- Free standing claw foot tub with views over vineyard.
- Fully tiled slate Walk-in Shower
- Three hand hammered cooper sinks
- Butler pantry with Keurig Coffee Maker and refrigerator within the suite
- Bright Office with large sofa, leather reading chair, printer, large Worktable, and private Balcony Overlooking the Vineyard
- Game Room with 70" Smart TV, natural slate floors, lounge seating for 8+
- 36” handicap accessible doors
- Overlooking covered L-shape terrace and huge flat lawns
- Peloton Stationary Bike
- Electric Guitar and Amplifier for Guest Use
- 9-foot Shuffleboard Table
- Wet Bar with dual-zone Beverage Fridge
- Laundry Room
- Large King Bedroom with covered terrace Access
- Attached Full Bathroom, double vanity with Tub/ Shower Combo
- Attached Kids Room Featuring 2 Twin Bunks
- Tennessee Field Stone Fireplace with Adirondack Seating
- Outdoor Sink and Gas Grill
- Multitude of Decks, Terraces, Gazebos for dining, escaping and hanging with Family and Friends overlooking the property and vineyard
- Covered Outdoor Dining for 8
- 16' x 20' “Winemakers” Gazebo with lighting and Seating for 6
- 24' x 24' car carport, fits two cars
- 20+ Acres of Working and Vineyard and Park-like private property to Enjoy
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- 1850 Tennessee and Pennsylvania hand hewn, log home with 14’ tall original walls.
- Antique wide pine floors up to 16” wide and 14’ long
- Reclaimed Barnwood used throughout the building
- Sonos Audio throughout House and terrace for guest use
- 150 mbs Wifi
- The large, fenced off fields on the property is home to four horses. Please make sure the gate is closed at all times and if you bring a dog, be aware at all times as to assure not to startle the horses.
- This is a working Vineyard so from time-to-time people may be working on the property. Please feel free to say hello, they may offer to join in the pruning, harvest or just wander the vineyard.
- Clean linens - Two towels (body, hand, washcloth) per person will be left out for use.
- Start-up supply of paper products, trash bags, soaps, and basic cleaners.
- A fully-equipped kitchen for preparing and serving meals.
- We suggest Guest(s) bring personal grooming items, grocery items, specialty items and any unique or important items vital to your vacation.
No Smoking/No Open Fires/Candles:
Idlehour House is an irreplaceable historic home. Therefore, we have a strict non-smoking policy as well as no open fires except the designated fireplaces as well as no candles. No smoking allowed in cabin or outside on the porches, in the garden and vineyard. No lit candles are allowed in the cabin or outside on the porches, in the garden and vineyard.Quiet Time:
Please keep your noise to a minimum inside and outside the home from 10PM to 8AM. Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, games and hot tubs included. Sound can travel a long way in mountains and may disturb unseen neighbors.
Trash and Litter:
Trash must be placed in outside trash cans before departure. Guest is responsible for disposing of trash that does not fit in provided cans. Failure to comply will result in an additional charge of $10 per bag. Do not leave any trash outside the house except for in the designated Bear-proof garbage can in the Carport. If the trash cans are full upon arrival please contact the Manager's Office. If there is excess trash you are responsible for taking it off to one of the below facilities.
- Advanced Disposal: 10169 Lakewood Hwy, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559
- Advanced Disposal: 44-51, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Blue Ridge and Fannin County have made some changes to the tax rates.
- Effective November 1, 2020: City of Blue Ridge Excise Tax increases from 5% to 8%
- Effective January 1, 2021: Fannin County Lodging Tax increases from 5% to 6%
- Guest Rental Agreement must be signed prior to occupancy.
- See the FAQ Page for additional information.
Highest Standard Cleaning PolicyHere are some of the steps we take between each visit to ensure your home will be sanitized, clean and disinfected:
- All of our in-house cleaning staff wears gloves and face covers while in our properties
- All hard surfaces and high touched areas are cleaned with household disinfectant including doorknobs, handles, toilets and faucet knobs, light switches, handrails, remote controls, lock boxes, electronics, thermostats, game areas, furniture, kitchen cabinets and refrigerators, etc.
- Hot tubs are ALWAYS completely drained, filled and sanitized with bromine.
- All bed and bathroom linens professionally laundered and installed with care
- Our cabins include hand soap, dish soap and other approved household disinfectants for your use
- Self Check-ins and Check-out so there is no need to come to our office during your stay
- As you consider best practices for social distancing and guidelines for groups, please limit your group size to total occupancy of the property.
- As some supplies are still limited, we ask that you come prepared with all supplies, paper products, face masks, medicine, food/drinks needed for the length of your stay
- As you plan your stay, we ask that if you have been sick or have been in contact with someone that has been sick that you postpone your stay. We have a flexible rescheduling policy to make booking your next stay easy.
- As you plan your time here in Blue Ridge, we suggest limiting the number of people shopping at one time to avoid overcrowding.