Story by Janice Brewster | Photography courtesy of Modern Rustic Homes
Each November, Jack and Patty Cartwright host a hayride, bonfire and campout at their log home in the mountains of north Georgia. On average, 250 to 300 friends and clients join the fun.
Guests bunk up in the Cartwrights’ five-bedroom home, camp on their land or rent other cabins in the area. “Last year it snowed,” Jack remembers, making everyone glad for the bonfire and outdoor fireplaces.
Whether it’s a weekend filled with visitors and activity or quieter days, the Cartwrights’ lodge-style home is the perfect setting, but it took some doing to get there.
Smitten with the Ellijay, Georgia, area, the couple began their search for land in the 1990s.
“We looked for five years,” Jack recalls. “One weekend we went up, and the broker said ‘he found it.’”
Unfortunately, that property wasn’t on the market yet. The Cartwrights scouted it out and told the owner if he was willing to sell, they would buy it that day.
The owner agreed and Patty and Jack had their dream lot.
“We wanted some water: It has a trout stream,” Jack explains. “We also wanted level land to grow trees for our business and mountain views.”