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Feeling Good, With Your Crowd

The Toccoa Riverhome- A Perfect Travel Destination

“Your house is gorgeous!” called a kayaker as she floated down the wide heavenly slice of the Toccoa River one warm Sunday. “Thank you!” I replied from my Adirondack chair perched on the sun-dappled riverbank lawn of the 8,000-square-foot home, its expansive bank of windows reflecting the mellow holiday river scene. My husband smiled.

Mostly because it wasn’t my house at all and I was acting like the queen.

But also because he was so relaxed and happy, blissful in the lodge’s luxury (and in anticipation of binging his favorite Netflix series in the huge screening room).

After a few days at Toccoa River Home, a pretty two-hour drive from Chattanooga outside Blue Ridge, Georgia, we were all very comfortable in our new role as the lords and ladies of the estate.

Maybe it was the resort-like heated pool outside or the full-size sports bar and movie theater inside. Or, perhaps it was the deep leather sofas, soft easy chairs and plush beds we’d get lost in. Everything about the house, from its warm heart pine floors to the soaring 22-foot ceilings, contributed to our feeling of pampered well-being. With six fireplaces, nine bedrooms including a bunk room for 12, and 7 1/2 bathroom, and a kitchen boasting a chef’s 36-inch range and walk-in butler’s pantry (with an additional stove and dishwasher) our only regret was that we didn’t invite 30 of our favorite people to join us.

Kristy Petrillo is the force behind Toccoa River Home. She is a 15-year resident of her beloved Blue Ridge, a top producing real estate agent and HGTV celeb. She’s been featured as an agent/home remodeler for several shows on the network.

“I’ve been able to discover, purchase, and renovate a select number of luxurious rental cabins and lodges, using my expertise and insights to make each property supremely inviting and enjoyable,” says Kristy. “The Kristy Collection is the culmination of a career identifying what people love, and finding a way to connect them to it.”

At this luxurious riverfront estate, with more than 400 feet of frontage on the lively Toccoa River (beautiful in any season), families celebrate their good fortunes, colleagues plan their next moves and friends gather to cook and eat together, play outside and make new memories.

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