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Our residencies are for everyone!!! We encourage reinventing yourself whether as an artist or a corporate executive everyone needs some ‘time out’ now and then!  We support the creation of new work and the exploration of new ideas.

The Martyn House with their artistically crafted and unique living spaces offer the perfect extended-stay getaway to reflect, create, and explore. Our residencies are anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. We encourage a month. Our homestead provides the perfect escape…organic vegetable gardens, chickens, flower beds galore, pups and cats, a step back in time and a step into creative energy through natures bounty.



Now with two artistic and community-centered businesses, Rick and JoAnn felt it was time to bring their vision full-circle. They wanted to enable creative exploration, concentrated work, and artistic exchange in an inspiring and supportive environment. The Martyn House and the Coffeehouse with their artistically crafted and unique living spaces offer the perfect extended-stay getaway to reflect, create and explore.

The Martyn House Farm is a working homestead, which has chickens, a greenhouse, organic gardens and all the chores that come with homesteading. We encourage anyone interested in homesteading to pitch in with the daily rituals and truly experience all that life on the Farm has to offer.

Your time spent at the Farm can be as quiet and uninterrupted as you like allowing for that much needed solitude to reinvent. However, we also encourage residents to connect with the rich local community, and a trip to the Coffeehouse provides an excellent excuse to explore historic downtown Ellijay and meet the locals.

We are working toward being a sustainable homestead by integrating permaculture and these funds help support or efforts.

Permaculture has many branches that include, but are not limited to, ecological design, ecological engineering, regenerative design, environmental design, and construction. Permaculture also includes integrated water resources management, that develops sustainable architecture and regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.


All applicants must apply by filling out the online application form to completion.

*Once you have been accepted into the Residency Program you will be assigned a lodging and a 50% deposit will be required with the balance due 30 days before your residency. Reservation For Residency

Frequently Asked Questions:


What are the studios like? Each studio is unique in its own way. They each have kitchenettes, and private bathrooms. The spaces are just under 500 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room for your work and sleeping. Each space has Internet and complete privacy.

What are the fees and length of residency?  2 weeks $750/ 3 weeks $950/ 1 month $1250

What is the weather like? During the summer, the day temperatures vary from the 70s to the 90s and at night from the 50s to the 70s. In the winter, day temperatures range from the 20s to the 50s and at night from the mid-teens to the 30s. It rains regularly and can snow in the winter months.

Are meals served? Each space has its own small fridge and stove top with fully equipped kitchenettes to prepare your own meals. The Martyn House hosts a gathering meal on the first evening of residents’ arrival so everyone gets a chance to meet their fellow artists in residence. There is also the occasion when a resident treats everyone to a lovely meal held at the farmhouse.

What is the smoking and alcohol policy? Smoking is absolutely NOT permitted in any of our buildings or spaces common to other residents. Recreational drugs are NOT permitted. Drinking alcoholic beverages is a matter of personal choice, but we ask that you exercise moderation and be considerate of others.

Is there internet access? Internet access is available in the individual artist studios.. A printer is available in the Farmhouse and in town in the gallery at the Coffeehouse. Is there a computer I can use to check e-mail? There is a computer in town at the coffeehouse.

What kind of equipment does TMH provide? We do not supply any supplies for your residency – You may ship your supplies directly to The Martyn House. *Shipping address: 912 Flat Branch Road ~ Ellijay ~Georgia~ 30540~USA

May I bring my pet? We’re sorry, but residents may not bring pets during a residency.

Is there somewhere I can do my laundry? Yes the Cottage has a laundry room downstairs

Are there nearby emergency facilities? If you have a chronic health condition that might precipitate a medical emergency considered life threatening, please note the following considerations. TMH is located in a rural area without major health facilities, the nearest of those being about 20 minutes away in Jasper, GA. There are ambulances and a 24 hr emergency care center in Ellijay. If these factors pose a major problem given your medical condition, please contact TMH staff as soon as possible to discuss the situation. We look forward to your stay with us, but you must be responsible for your well being considering the medical support available in our community. Please give us instructions on the actions to be taken should a medical crisis occur. All costs incurred will be the responsibility of the resident. Basic first aid supplies are kept in the Farmhouse. If a fire should occur in your studio/dwelling, get out immediately, phone 911 and then call someone from the staff. Staff emergency numbers are posted in each studio.

How do I get to Ellijay? Nearest airports are Atlanta, GA (87 miles/ 1 hour 51 min.) and Chattanooga, TN (67 Miles or 108 Km / 1 hour 23 min)

We provide shuttle for $250

Once You’re Here Without a Car Residents who are here without a car are usually able to coordinate with other residents with cars for trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc. Under certain circumstances someone on the staff can provide transportation to and from necessary destinations, but it is suggested that you try to coordinate with other residents first.


Our aim is to generate a creative environment, one intrinsically planted within the unique community of a rural town in the North Georgia Mountains. The Martyn House sits harmoniously in the pastoral landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 1 hour north of Atlanta.. Our county is home to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail located at Springer Mountain, stretching from Georgia to Maine. The A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, making it one of the longest, footpaths in the world. The county has a deeply rooted relationship with the Cherokee & Crete Indians who were the first inhabitants of this incredibly beautiful area of the United States. We are the Apple Capital of Georgia producing over 600,000 bushels of apples each year in 22 varieties. There are seven main orchards surrounding the city of Ellijay. We are the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia with over 100 miles of single-track mountain biking trails. Our county has numerous wineries and is known for its agri~tourism and spirit of adventure. We invite our residents to explore the many trails either on foot or bike! Two rivers merge in our historic downtown Ellijay forming a third river, which flows into Carter Lake the deepest lake east of the Mississippi. It is here that the adventurous enjoy kayaking, canoeing, tubing and stand up paddling.