When the first of the football games started on Saturday during our stay at Cohutta King outside Blue Ridge, I didn’t cringe, dreading the hullabaloo of crashing helmets and babble of network announcers for rest of the weekend. Instead, I grabbed my Eno hammock, a book and a drink and walked down through the woods to the creek. I’d wander up every now and then where the guys were posted up in front of the 65” flat screen above the stone mantel on the giant screen porch.
After the first game, out came the snacks from the chef’s kitchen inside and since it was football season, someone built a fire in the wood fireplace. I drifted down the creek in an innertube watching the sky. Heaven for one and all.
Cohutta King was build with renters in mind. The cabin was build by local builder Keith Sumner who is well known for luxury custom cabins near the Blue Ridge area. The bedroom furniture, kitchen table, cabinets and floors are build with the wood that is harvested off the land.
Jodie and Dennis Jones put complete faith in their builder and long-time friend Keith Sumner. “Believe it or not we did not pick out a THING!” says Jodie. “Keith works very hard to choose properties that are surrounded by great views or water. These locations are very difficult to come across due to the popularity now.
The stairs, floors, cabinets, and even all the wood furniture and made by employees of Keith. Wood is harvested off the land to make these beautiful pieces. Inspiration of the modern rustic feel comes from a trip we took with the builder several years ago to Colorado. The mix of wood, metal, rock, tin add to the character of the location. We were striving for a modern rustic feel.
The grand covered porch swings around to a front porch that overlooks Fightingtown Creek, snaking its way through the woods to the Ocoee River just above McCaysville.
Inside, an open floorplan unites the family room, chunky dining table for 10 and well-supplied kitchen. There are two masters each with king beds. The master on the ground floor has a unique rainshower, with water tumbling over a rocky ledge right onto your tired shoulders. Luxury!
Most of the pictures are from a website ART.com and by one of my favorite artists Ryan Fowler.
Downstairs, there’s a third king suite adjoining a large game room featuring activities were chosen with the Jones family in mind: foosball, air hockey and a poker table well stocked. A door from the walk-out game room leads to an 8-person hot tub overlooking the creek.
At the end of the day, bedding and linens are very high thread count, for a seriously good night’s sleep in the quiet woods. “One of my favorite places to stay when we travel is the Ritz Carlton,” says Jodie. “Even 15 years ago when we honeymooned I noticed they really focused on keeping the bedding comfortable with the right mattresses and bedding. So I wanted guests to like the cabin but I really wanted them to have a good night’s sleep and actually feel refreshed during their trip.”
Blue Ridge and McCaysville are close by, with hiking, horseback riding and river sports ready the year around. Though I don’t know why you’d want to leave Cohutta King once you’ve posted up with friends, family and fireplaces.