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Surrounded by Nature in Rabun Gap with a Modern Twist

Mar 03, 2016 12:48PM ● By Steph Rodriguez
An outdoor getaway in Northern Georgia doesn't have to include a paper thin tent and cramped sleeping bag, instead seek out a weekend of outdoor luxury tucked away in a popular forest in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Tree House (pictured) is one of three independent structures that are a part of the Mountain House modern compound completely surrounded by National Forests and State Parks located in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

The one bedroom cozy retreat is perfect for the couple who requires a little rest and relaxation from the busy city. Tree House perks include a unique shower with a large swinging steel door that can be opened for open-air showering among the tall trees. Another bonus for Tree House guests is the screened porch studded with warm fireplace, built-in grill, and seating for dining or relaxing. At $250 per night, Tree House blurs the line between outdoor camping and indoor comfort.

The 21-acre property's access to nature paths, ponds, and creeks was the inspiration behind its second outdoor bungalow named Pond House. The private, one bedroom takes advantage of the scenic views with windows that wrap around one corner giving the illusion of enjoying outdoors, indoors. This multi-tiered residence hosts up to four guests and starts at $220 per night on Airbnb.

Both properties are adjacent to the owners' residence, Mountain House, and all three homes  incorporate a combination of steel, concrete and timber in their overall aesthetic.

The lush Chattahoochee National Forest is the backdrop for this destination two hours from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan region. Rabun Gap offers Georgia residents the quiet and peaceful comforts of the outdoors with hikes, scenic viewpoints and more.

Whether it's a quick getaway with a loved one at Tree House, or a chance to accommodate a few guests for the weekend at Pond House, these properties are definitely for the adult with a childlike spirit.

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