Julie Barnett
Harry Norman, Realtors® is licensed in Georgia and North Carolina
Julie Barnett
Harry Norman Realtors® Luxury Lake and Mountain
Cell: 404-697-3860
Office: 706.212.0228
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Bison View Lodge


Tray Mountain

3051 Rice Cabin Overlook Rd.
Helen, GA 30545
For Sale

Price: $3,395,000
Property Type: Land / Farm
Bedrooms: 15.0
Bathrooms: 13.5
Lot Size: 14.86
Fireplace: 7

Bison View Lodge on Tray Mountain

Off the grid yet only 15 min. from downtown Helen, this bison ranch turned family compound is as well designed as it is unique. Perched on top of Tray Mountain and bordering U.S. National Forest, the fully fenced 14.86 ac. property enjoys a helipad for easy access and manicured grounds showcasing spectacular distant mountain views centered on Mount Yonah. Designed to host large groups with 15 bedrooms and 13.5 baths between 3 separate structures, the property affords endless space for entertaining both indoors and out. Though currently used as a private residence, this property accommodates large crowds without sacrificing the privacy of individual guests and would make a fabulous corporate retreat center or wedding venue.


The luxury 6BD, 6.5ba lodge-style main residence boasts incredible mountain views and will make you wonder if you’re on a ranch out west. The open great room features distressed wood flooring, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, masonry stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen with custom hand-distressed cabinetry and sliding glass doors that lead to a sprawling deck and party pavilion with hot tub and fire pit overlooking the barn and distant mountains. A sunken dining room with tile flooring, board and baton rough sawn walls and a reclaimed rusted tin ceiling seats 8+ and accesses a covered dining porch. A laundry room, pantry and half bath are located off the great room and custom Mountain Laurel railings lead upstairs to a lofted bunk room (sleeps 6) with a full bath. A main floor guest bedroom with a private bath and porch is situated below the bunk room.
The main floor hosts a very private, oversized owner’s suite with a wide open view of Mount Yonah and distant mountains. Curl up before bed with a good book and a glass of wine in front of the masonry stone fireplace or take a tub bath in the generous master bath with double vanities, jetted tub and tiled shower with seamless glass, dual heads and multi-spray nozzles. The master closet offers plenty of space to house both traditional and western inspired wardrobes, so bring it all! A spiral staircase leads to a lofted office overlooking the property.
The main lodge provides 2 separate lower level wings, one of which offers a private guest suite with a full bar, lounge area, spacious bedroom with stone fireplace (gas logs), full bath and access to a private patio and side yard. Wide plank wood walls and a reclaimed tin ceiling create a cozy, intimate atmosphere with a rustic vibe. The full bar includes a kegerator, ice maker, SMEG drink fridge, dishwasher and stainless sink.
The 2nd lower level wing offers a home theater, wet bar and seating area with card table. Two guest bedrooms each feature French doors leading outside, one with a large ensuite bath with twin vanities, a claw foot tub and tiled shower; the other with a seamless glass shower and double vanity.
Outside, a drive-thru carport offers a basketball goal and covered parking for 4 cars.


Up the hill, a beautiful 6BD, 4ba log cabin with dovetail construction and tree trunk posts features rocking chair porches across the front and back plus a covered side porch with outdoor fireplace overlooking mountain views. Inside, the warm all-wood interior features a great room with a high vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stacked stone fireplace, wide-plank pine flooring, dining for 8 and a kitchen with stainless whirlpool appliances, maple cabinetry and island with raw edge wood slab countertop. The main floor includes 2 bedrooms with flush-mount beams and a shared full bath with tiled shower. Two more guest bedrooms are located upstairs, each with a private bath. The lower level family room continues the rustic feel with shiplap walls, reclaimed tin ceiling and a stone fireplace with gas logs. Two additional guest bedrooms share a full bath, one with French doors leading outside.


The 3BD/3ba party barn that once housed stables for Bison has been thoughtfully converted into the ultimate entertainer’s facility that will feel like your own private honkytonk. The open main floor features stained concrete flooring throughout, a chef’s kitchen, full bar, lounge with fireplace and dining for 20+.
The kitchen is fully equipped for catering large parties with a 4-burner range plus double ovens, dishwasher, ice maker, freezer/fridge, stainless double sink, commercial electric smoker, large island and plenty of counter space for prep work. Guests won’t want to leave the margaritaville-style full bar housing 10 barstools, a wine cooler, SMEG drink fridge, kegerator, stainless sink and neon signs galore! The center of the space provides seated dining for 20+, not including occasional hi-top seating throughout. A cozy lounge area includes a stone fireplace and flat screen for game days. A guest bedroom on the main floor is rich with character featuring exposed beams, a reclaimed tin ceiling, pine flooring, rough sawn painted walls and a full bath. Upstairs, 2 spacious guest suites known as “Porkchop” and “Brisket” each feature painted rough-sawn wood walls and ceilings, pine flooring, private full baths and wood burning stoves. Each suite has a private stairwell from the main floor but can be combined by opening a common door in the center. One suite has a private balcony. Additional features include a laundry room, wrap-around covered porch and spacious back deck with picnic tables for outdoor dining.

Additional outbuildings on the property include 3 carports offering covered parking for up to 7 cars and a large storage barn/garage/workshop.

Information herein deemed reliable, but subject to change.

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