Secluded Artisan's Cabin in Blue Ridge Mountain Holler
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Nestled in a secluded dell, this log cabin boasts interior walls of polished cherry wood harvested from the nearby forest. A cathedral ceiling and meticulous craftsmanship welcome you to the interior of a jewel box. Sit in the spacious shade of a wrap-around porch and watch cloud shadows play across a facing mountain. Barbecue dinner on the rear brick patio. Listen to the songs of whippoorwills and katydids in the night, and see what the heavens look like miles away from light pollution.
This cabin affords privacy, but is only minutes away from the D-Day Memorial, a five-star restaurant, and cultural events sponsored by the Sedalia Center. In less than one hour, you can be kayaking or canoeing on the James River. Viewing Roanoke from the top of Mill Mountain. Strolling the campus of Liberty University.
This is a year-round facility. In winter, you can snuggle up in front of a wood fire and sneer at the wind fretting around the corners of this tight and well-insulated home. In spring, watch the dogwoods and redbuds bloom, and hike to the top of the nearby Peaks of Otter. Summer time, and the living is easy. Uninvited people and problems will have trouble finding you. In fall, the air is crisp, clear, cool. The leaves turn colors.
And a special someone will multiply your delight in the beauties of this setting.
~~~ Accidental Breakage Insurance. Please read carefully ! ~~~
1. We no longer require a damage deposit is $500.
2. Instead, we now charge guests a flat-rate $49.07 accidental breakage insurance fee. This shows up as a 'Shipping' fee on the bill.
3. To reserve your place, pay for it using our secure online credit card merchant account. We will e-mail you the link. If you cancel with less than 30 days notice, owner may keep the rental fee, but will refund the accidental breakage insurance fee. Please call if circumstances compel you to change your plans. Owner will reschedule if an alternate date is available.
5. CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellation must be received 30 days prior to arrival or rentals paid are forfeit.
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Considered:
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Wood Stove:
- Air Conditioning
- Wood Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Video Library
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain Biking
- Hot Air Ballooning
ReviewsWrite a review
I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days at the cabin, It was amazing! When we first pulled up the cabin is so beautiful. When we walked in the door I said I'm home. The view was breathtaking I loved sitting on the porch in the rocking chair relaxing.It was all so peaceful.The owner is the nicest man I think I ever met, If he would let me move in tomorrow I would pack my bags tonight. I hope to be coming back again and again and again.
- Guest TJ
- Date of stay 04/16/12
- Review Submitted 04/20/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your kind words, valued guest! People who "bring a spirit of adventure" also "harvest a crop of memories." Dad spent several decades in urban environments, but dreamed of providing a refuge for people who needed "to see two trees together." We cherish guests who share our love for this little corner of paradise.
Our stay was ruined by the fact that the well water contained nasty black sediment, making it impossible to even see through a glass of water, when we returned from visiting our daughter all day. The owner promptly responded to our 10 pm report with his excitable dogs and reported back to us that it was "not good". He chatted awhile & offerred to go back to get water for us and returned with a dozen 12 oz bottles of water. So much for a restful bedtime after a day with a newborn and an 18-mo old! Brushed our teeth with bottled water and finally asleep at midnight! Plumber worked on the system next day while we were gone. We returned around 9pm, lugging drinking water from our daughter's house and proceeded to get ready for bed, noting the chlorine smell to the water as I washed my face. My husband was busy using the shop vac to suck up literally hundreds of stink bugs. Tom & the dogs arrived shortly after with a note, saying we shouldn't use the water until it could be flushed of chlorine the next day. Too late, I had already noted my nasal mucous membranes had been irritated by the chlorine. We continued to haul drinking & cooking water from our daughter's all week. We had been anticipating evenings and morning of solitude at the cabin following busy days cooking for our daughter's family and helping care for the two babies. Instead we were consumed with chores of hauling water and vacuuming stink bugs! The cabin is beautiful, but the bathroom floors were filthy, as were the kitchen cupboards. We had to buy bath rugs to step onto out of the showers. The upstairs shower leaks into the master below and the moldy ceiling is caving in. The mice ate into the extra toilet tissue rolls and a very large mouse, or worse, ate through the foil-wrapped cereal bar I left on the kitchen counter. The only other time I have experienced this was in a third world country!! No working internet or cell phone signals, but we knew that was a possiblity. I am grieved that such a lovely structure is not cared for and furnished comparably. Next visit to Bedford, we'll go back to the darling downtown VRBO Loft.
- Guest Grandma
- Date of stay 03/26/12
- Review Submitted 04/09/12
Owner response: Dear Susan: Thank you for your review. We want to provide the best possible service for our guests, and appreciate your generous list of ways we can improve. Apparently, you encountered a "perfect storm," a confluence of uncharacteristic mishaps. When I average your rating with those given by other guests, we still have a four-star rating, so your experience was not the norm. Still, I deeply regret that we did not live up to your expectations. Dad has already given you a partial refund, by canceling the usual pet fee. This is the first time that anyone has reported problems with the water, and our plumber has told us how to prevent recurrences. The housekeeping issues are recent, but inexcusable. We are terminating our business with the current service provider. As for the internet -- well, our provider is Verizon. Need I say more? We usually -- but not always -- get the DSL service we pay for. I am forwarding your observations on to Dad, and trust that your concerns will be taken care of immediately. Congratulations on your new grandchild, Tom Smedley the Younger
perfect place to stay!
perfect place to stay!
We had a great experience staying at the "log cabin in the woods". It was all that we expected and more. We enjoyed the trails around the cabin, the peace and quiet sitting on the front porch, the comfortable accommodations and the care provided by the owner. The kitchen was set up well to prepare meals and the outside patio provided the perfect setting for evening gatherings. It was also close enough to Lynchburg to get into town to do things. We had a wonderful stay!
- Guest Tammy
- Date of stay 08/16/09
- Review Submitted 01/22/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you for your kind words, Tammy from Canada. So many great people who go to Liberty University have warm families who enjoy staying with us.
We had a wonderful stay at the cabin. Gorgeous views all around. Lots of trails on the property to wander around on. Peaks of Otter a short drive away with more trails of varying intensity. Also a fairly short drive back to town for anything you forgot or if you were just too tired to cook/clean from your hiking adventures and want something to eat. The cabin was clean, quiet, and secluded. I definitely recommend staying here and we hope to return in the future.
- Guest Sandi
- Date of stay 10/24/11
- Review Submitted 11/03/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Fall Foliage Reconnection
Fall Foliage Reconnection
We spent a wonderfully relaxing weekend at this beautifully secluded cabin with such a spendid view it was hard to leave. Coffee in the morning on the front porch, the sun coming up over the mountains and the crisp air are just hard to beat. We love coming to the Bedford area every fall and spring and our stay at Hawk Next is one we will remember. You will find all you need here to make your stay complete. Beds were comfortable and furnishings basic, nothing fancy but very fitting to the surroundings. The cabin was warm on a chilly night and the wood stove not necessary but we used it just for that extra cabin in the woods touch. Hiking is great and if you are there for a short weekend stay you needn't leave for the Parkway to seek out a trail, you will find plenty of hiking opportunities right here on the property. We would definitely stay here again.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/29/11
- Review Submitted 10/31/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Thank you for your kind words, Cindy from The Flatlands. Dad greatly enjoyed your visit as well. This vacation rental business has been a dream come true for him, and an opportunity to meet the nicest people from all around. Tom Smedley the Younger
Christmas at the Cabin
Christmas at the Cabin
We spent a week at the cabin over Christmas this year. There was more than enough room for our family of seven and it was wonderful to have a full kitchen for cooking! The views are stunning and it was hard to return to "real life" It was so comfortable and Mr. Smedly was such a gracious host! He made sure we had everything we needed and was so kind and helpful! My children will never forget when he came over with his Ranger and took them around on a sled ride around the property! His kindness meant so much to our family! We can't wait to visit again in the spring!
- Guest Stephanie
- Date of stay 12/20/10
- Review Submitted 02/03/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers.
$150/night .. $750/week Pet cleanup fee: $50/pet. Accidental Breakage Insurance: $49.07 Local and state taxes: 10% of rental fee. You can pay using your credit card on our secure online shopping cart.
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Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Tom Smedley, a veteran urban and regional planner, retired to Wheats Valley to raise apples, cattle, sheep, and children. A passionate outdoorsman, he enjoys welcoming people who share his appreciation for the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Why the Owner Chose Bedford:
What can be achieved with local materials? Can you build a cabin with all the modern amenities from poplar logs and cherry lumber harvested and milled on site? If you have ever longed to build your own cabin in the woods, come see what a fulfilled dream looks like. Of course, you'll need to find a talented framing carpenter who can also do finish carpentry, then cabinetry.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Yes, you can see for miles and miles while sitting on the porch. However, this house is invisible from the road. A quick climb out of the dell, and you can hike for miles, all the way up to the Jefferson National Forest -- and beyond.
- Primary: (540) 425-3750 Cell
- Secondary: (540) 586-2812 (Virginia, USA)
Front view, looking up the holler
Spacious front porch
Patio, barbecue, back deck
Cathedral ceiling, woodstove, decks
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