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Our Story

We met at Ft. Sam Houston in our mid-20s in San Antonio, during advanced Army medic training. Dave was living in Florida, although he grew up in Michigan, and I was from western Maryland at the time. It was love at first sight with getting engaged after six weeks (!!!) and marriage the following year...I knew I had him hooked . ❤ We honeymooned in Colorado and settled in the Tampa Bay area, starting a family and two very different careers, Dave has had a 25+ career with professional fire departments and I enjoyed a long career in non-profit management & fundraising prior to becoming a full-time Realtor in 2011. 


We started vacationing in Murphy in 2007 after we won a bid for a family cabin rental during a live auction at our church. Our kids were little and we said, “why not?” We also said, “where is Murphy?” LOL 😉 Well, we had a WONDERFUL week that first summer in 2007!! Horseback riding, caving, train rides, tubing, gem mining, zip lining, fire pits, you name it! And during many subsequent summer and fall trips, we came back to that cabin and others in the area, not only with our girls, but also with extended family, friends, and alone as a couple. We don't have mountains in Florida obviously, and the entire area is just so different from busy Tampa Bay! 


We came to ❤ the Appalachian town of Murphy. Not only is it the county seat of Cherokee County, Murphy is known for its lovely flower-lined downtown, nature Riverwalk and lots of cute shops, eateries, art gallery, casino...even a Porsche driving experience. We know it's value because of it's central location to spring board to tri-state activities within a 90-minute radius. Plus...two rivers run through the town, the Nottley River and the Hiawassee River, pretty cool. We basically fell in love with Murphy and made it our goal to eventually own a home here. In June 2020 during the COVID-19 nationwide shutdown we purchased this property to renovate and use as a family getaway. But after a major career opportunity brought vacation time adjustments for Dave, rather than have the cabin sit empty for most of the year, we decided to share with others like yourselves to build your own memories.


We hope that you will feel right at home. We strive to go above and beyond what's expected to give you the 5-star service you deserve with a fully stocked kitchen, comfortable furnishings and professional cleaning. You can enjoy day adventures or trek to various downtowns, then come back in the evenings to toast marshmallows in the fire pit. In the mornings, you get to enjoy your coffee on the front porch, take a stroll around the pond, watch the birds and wildlife, or finally get to that book you've meant to read. 

This is life done well.

It is our desire to have you return for many years to come. You may come as a guest, but you will be cared for as family.


  Maria & Dave Kadau

For more information or reservations call 727-687-8941

or email at [email protected]

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