Restored Historic Cabin Lodge Near 60 Acre Private Lake
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Located about an hour from Louisville in northeastern Shelby County is a completely restored, non-smoking, two-story, Poplar timber cabin/lodge. Originally built in the 1830’s, it's total restoration was completed in 1996 and is now sitting just 150 yards from a 60 acre stocked shared - private lake, (no jet skis or skiing allowed) in the middle of our private 500 acre forest and farm, with miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking. There is a new 4 horse barn newly constructed just behind the cabin.
The kitchen has a stove, microwave and refrigerator, but no oven. Beds include one king, one full, and two twins, and bedding with pillows and comforters. Rentals for longer than a week include weekly cleaning, if requested. The cabin is situated on the eastern shore of the lake with easy ramp access and a private dock. Minimum Rental is either a weekend or midweek. No daily rentals.
There is a gigantic fireplace on the main floor, and 2 window type air conditioning units on the 2nd (sleeping) floor, plus one large portable heater unit. Normal flush toilet and hot water for sink and shower. Linens are provided.
Now you can pay with PayPal! Refundable Security Deposits are $400, and we hold the dates selected upon receipt. 100% refunds on deposits 30 days prior to first day of rental, 50% 14 days prior. Any deposit forfeited can be credited to another date. Full rental payment is due 14 days prior to your arrival. Please send deposit to 418 Knightsbridge Rd, #2, Louisville, KY 40206. We look forward to having you!
Keywords: Cabin Lodge
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Bedroom 1
- King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Microwave has Convection Oven.
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain Biking
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Oh my! Where do you start with this piece of heaven on earth? I'm finding it hard to describe the sense of peace and tranquility that comes over you when you unlock the gate and start the drive up to the cabin. Passing by the lake, you have to stop and just take in the beauty and solitude. All we could say was WOW!! The pictures are great, but to see everything in person is truly amazing. To stop and think about how this place came to be, who built it, and what it was like back then were things we contemplated alot. I wish I knew the history! That would definitely be a good fireside read! If you are looking for a place to escape from the rest of the world, this is it! My family and I never wanted to leave!!! Thank you Mr. Dunbar for sharing this special place with us!!!!
- Guest Kim S.
- Date of stay 09/09/12
- Review Submitted 09/19/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you for your nice note about your visit! The cabin was originally built in the late 1800's and was believed to have been a church and later used as a barn. The floor is made of 1/2 tree rounds and is uneven due to the cattle walking on it. The cabin was located 4 miles away and as you can imagine, it was a challenge to get it moved to the current site. I chose on obscure spot near the lake. I would have liked to put it closer to the lake but was worried about the terrain and didn't want it to overwhelm the view from the lake. The stonework, including the fireplace, was done by a local craftsman using limestone from our area. Of all the unique features of the cabin, I personally like the enormous fireplace the best. I am glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and hope you will be able to visit again!
Great Quick Getaway!
Great Quick Getaway!
We had a fantastic weekend with a little hiking and adventuring around the property. It's very peaceful and quiet a great place to unwind and listen to the sounds of the forest. Hawk, Blue Heron, and Whippoorwills filled the air with song and purpose. We will return and I highly recommend the Dunbar cabin as a place to relax, listen, and meditate. We had a great time :-) Cabin Plus : Great amenities for the cook Basic supplies on hand Comfortable beds Good DVD collection Everything was in working condition Very Private :-)
- Guest Susan's Favorite Spots
- Date of stay 07/20/12
- Review Submitted 07/23/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
We actually stayed at Mr. Dunbars cabin a couple of years ago. I was checking to see what other people have said about their stay. This was the most peaceful and awesome vacation ever. I've taken Alaskan cruises and exotic vacations...but the one spent here will hold my favorite memories. My 3 grandchhildren came for an overnight stay from Gatlinburg and still talk about Grandmas cabin vacation. If I could, this is where I would retire! Mr. Dunbar is a very special person to share this with so many strangers. I learned alot about him from a google search. Please leave this comment, Mr. Dunbar. Everyone should know the caring person you are. My thoughts and prayers are of you very often...I'm really not sure of the date we were there, so I'm guessing at the date.
- Guest Patti
- Date of stay 08/27/06
- Review Submitted 10/30/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: Thanks Patti - This is one of the nicest notes I've ever gotten.
We stayed at Mr. Dunbar's cabin during the last week of September, 2010. The location is outstanding -- set in the woods near the top of a small hill near the bucolic, tranquil town of Bagdad. The cabin itself is spacious, clean and comfortable -- the large fireplace is a great feature for the cooler evenings. The woods are marvelous and full of wildlife (we saw mostly deer and turkeys) and great for walking. The lake is serene and we enjoyed fishing from the canoe that Mr. Dunbar was kind enough to let us use. We probably did not bring quite enough fishing skill to allow the pleasure of having fresh fish for dinner, but the comments in log in the cabin led us to believe that, for those adequately equipped, the lake will yield nice fish. We very much enjoyed our time at the cabin. Mr. Dunbar was more than helpful and seemed genuinely interested in ensuring we enjoyed our stay. If you need to get away for a relaxing week or two where you won't be disturbed, consider renting this cabin. It would be simply fantastic for Thanksgiving -- bring your smoker for the turkey! Highly recommended!!
- Guest Dalllas Dad
- Date of stay 09/26/10
- Review Submitted 10/27/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: I'm truly humbled by this wonderful review. I'm glad you had such a great time, and I hope you can come again.
Exactly what my editor ordered....
Exactly what my editor ordered....
I am amidst drafting a book and needed a very quiet, secluded getaway to get my thoughts together and, hopefully, on paper. I found the Bagdad property and contacted the owner, Tom, by phone to get more details. He was very informative and most helpful....I decided to make a "test run" weekend before committing to a full week. The property is precisely as described on vrbo.com: rustic wilderness off the beaten path yet still with most of today's lifestyle comforts. I fished the 60 acre lake and hiked and hiked and hiked the 500 acre working farm. Tom even told me about the "secret" fishing hole deep into the farm woods. I don't own horses but the barn would have been a fine temporary home for any horses I would have brought with me to exercise on the property. I found the canoe, the pontoon boat and even the sauna that sits right on the lake! Oh, the quiet and solitude? Indescribable. I sat out on the deck in the rocking chairs or out by the firepit (stocked with dry wood and kindling) for hours and hours (no mosquitos, surprisingly!) and just absorbed the stillness. So, yes, I was staying in the property I had envisioned from the website and my conversation with the owner. And, with that, I signed up for a full 10-day stay in order to tackle my work. I was even so enthusiastic about this "find" that my college-age son drove 8-hours from school to visit me-we so enjoyed time alone fishing, hiking, cooking, sitting on the deck, sitting by the fire....just time to connect. To be fair to vrbo.com readers (and I depend on reviews myself), the rustic wilderness part of the cabin does include some bugs. 99.5% are outside the cabin but I did have to manage the occassional fly or ant that snuck in. There were no mosquitos outside (not sure why since it sits on a lake) and we did not use bug repellant. There were no bed bugs nor cockroaches as the previous reviewer noted....and I did see where Tom as an entire arsenal of bug management tools-active and passive-that he is using to keep the wilderness from encroaching on the cabin. But, hey, this is a cabin set back about a mile into 500 acres- the wilderness wants to win! No, there is no oven and the kitchen is pretty basic. Everyone will share 1 bathroom and brush their teeth in the kitchen sink. There is A/C upstairs in the sleeping areas but not downstairs-it can get hot especially in the kitchen. Tom and Ann were helpful!!! I lost power for a few hours; they actively helped out. Would I recommend it/them? YES!
- Guest bill
- Date of stay 07/23/10
- Review Submitted 08/10/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thanks for writing this Bill! I'm really glad you and you family had a great time, and that you have honestly described what others can expect. I want to sing the praises of the wonderful property, but having others know what they can truly expect is the most important thing.
PLEASE DO NOT STAY HERE
PLEASE DO NOT STAY HERE
Okay, so the first issue we had with this property were the COCKROACHES. They were everywhere, especially upstairs in the loft. Not a great sight to see when you first wake up. The second was that THE OWNER CAME IN TO CABIN WHILE WE WERE STAYING WITHOUT TELLING US. I should have been concerned when we weren't given a set of keys. This wouldn't have been nearly as problematic (although still concerning as we had valuable possessions like our computer there) if our dog hadn't been inside and escaped when he was surprised by the intruder. OUR DOG WAS MISSING FOR 30 HOURS. Terrible way to start a vacation. After fleeing the seen, Tom Dunbar did come back the next day to help look for our puppy. He offered to fully refund us whether or not we found the dog. Of course, when we found the dog, instead of a refund we got a letter referring us to his lawyer. Now, mind you, I'm a lawyer and could have sued him, but the point for us wasn't money, it was integrity, of which this guy clearly has none. I just realized too, that what I thought were spider bites I had received there were probably BED BUGS. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DON'T STAY HERE.
- Guest Disappointed Traveler
- Date of stay 04/25/10
- Review Submitted 07/28/10
Owner response: This urban couple was polite in setting up the rental, but either wasn't honest, or mis understand our description of our cabin. It is an isolated cabin set in 500 acres of forest. There are some bugs, specifically wood beetles which will occasionally emerge from hiding in these 4 ft thick beams, originally hewed in the late 1800's. We spray regularly, and usually shortly afterward, they will crawl out of the walls prior to expiring. We try to time the spraying to miss the rentals. We don't have cockroaches, nor are there bedbugs, and in the case of the latter, we have asthma covers on every mattress, so there is no possibility. As for dogs, WE ONLY ACCEPT WELL BEHAVED DOGS, KEPT IN A KENNEL any time the dog's owners aren't actively watching them. We don't allow them on the furniture or bedding. And THE CABIN IS A CENTRAL PART OF THE FARM'S OPERATIONS. We keep the paddle inside so that renters can use the canoe anytime they want. But the paddle was necessary to load the pontoon onto the trailer. Hearing the barking, despite KNOWING THE DOG SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A KENNEL, since the renters had gone to the grocery, I closed the porch gates above the stairs, designed to hold pets. Carefully opening the door, with foot extended, the dog immediately ran over my foot, and being so small, and already apparently knowing it would fit between the bars, sped down the stairs and was gone. It would not come when called. This location is not the right one to train these basic skills, since there is no way to contain it outdoors. The refund was offered on the 2nd day of a week long rental, after a full 24 hours of searching hundreds of acres, dealing with owner hysterics and lawyerly threats, and when it was assumed by all that the dog was lost. The offer also included the purchase of a new dog. When, thankfully, the dog emerged from the forest on the 25th hour, the renters STILL STAYED THE ENTIRE WEEK! We considered the refund of a single day most generous, since the owner himself spent that entire day either looking or considering strategies for the dog, disrought, after the renters didn't follow the rules. Perhaps the renter's bites were due to walking for hours in the deep forest and high grass meadows in running shoes and running shorts rather than pants and boots. The letter referencing my lawyer was in response to bullying demands for full refund. We love dogs, but here's some perspective: http://norton.cachefly.net/JFK_CHF/support_chf.html
Beautiful cabin - even prettier landscape
Beautiful cabin - even prettier landscape
My husband and I arrived on a hot May night into the Kentucky wilderness with hope hanging on our sleeves. We wanted nothing more than to escape the harsh lights of the city and all the business that accompanies our lives there. We brought our 3 boys, aged 13, 8 and 20 months. They were not very excited about going without television for an entire week, but we couldn't wait. We climbed the steep hill and saw the towering poplar cabin sprouting out of the hill like it had been planted there as a sapling and tended by a nurturing hand. The cabin at Backbone Creek exceeded our expectations in many ways. The beds were among the most comfortable we have ever slept in and swimming in the lake was one of our great delights. We explored the property to the extent that the 90 degree plus heat would allow us, taking great pleasure in the chorus of the frogs and toads that errupted from the various ponds. My children were especially enchanted by the box turtles that crawled around the property. Evenings around the campfire were spent in wonder over the Whippoorwill songs that rang out from the trees. As it so happened, I was the only one who didn't catch a fish, but that was okay too, as I found time to splash through the creek with our two big dogs. Tom warned us that there would be bugs, but they really weren't that bad as long as you kept the cabin doors closed. I can't state enough how fabulous the cabin was. I was really longing to know the history. I'd love to see pictures of the restoration. The only thing that bothered me, in fact, was the small shower, but that was such a small sideline in the grand scheme of things. We will be back, but even now I wonder if the place could live up to the hype I've created in my mind of the best vacation we ever took.
- Guest St. Louis Margaret
- Date of stay 05/29/10
- Review Submitted 06/11/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you for all your kind remarks! The only thing I haven't figured out yet is where to put a hot tub! I saw an article in Mother Earth News this month, and it's got me back on solving that problem! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and many thanks for writing a review so others can see. Best Regards, Tom Dunbar
Mr. Dunbar, All we can say is, "Wow!" We had a woderful time in your beautiful cabin. We found the cabin to be a perfect blend of "old world tradtion" with "new world technlogy." The oringinl cabin part is filled with integrity and beauty. The upstairs addition makes you feel as if you are sleeping in the trees. We just loved our time in the cabin. We also enjoyed spending time in your pontoon boat and fishing on Trailwood Lake. Our nine year old daughter, Maddie, caught an 8+ pound large mouth bass on her first cast! It was a fish of a lifetime. We continued to catch fish throughout the weekend--although none as big as her first--but, the fishing was fun and the surroundings were pristine. Thank you for sharing your wonderful hide-away with us. We will definately return! Sincerely, John, Stephanie and Madelyn Hill
- Guest John & Stephanie Hill
- Date of stay 09/07/08
- Review Submitted 09/07/08
Owner response: Thanks for all, especially the story about Maddie's fish, and the wonderful pictures of the fish that John caught. He is a gifted fisherman. Nobody brings up the big one's like he does.
Peaceful Seclusion! We stayed the week of July 13th-20th.The cabin is beautiful and the pontoon is a major plus!Also being Pet Friendly & able to take our little "boy" Tanner made it even nicer!We hope to make this a yearly vacation!Thanks for sharing this piece of Heaven you have! Kristen,Gary & Tanner Kendall
- Guest Kristen,Gary & Tanner Kendall
- Date of stay 07/24/08
- Review Submitted 07/24/08
June 30 - July 7 2007 We spent a week in this beautiful cabin and enjoyed it thoroughly. The cabin is very roomy, very cozy - just the perfect getaway. It has all you need even for a longer stay - everything is in very good condition and very well maintained. We loved the peace and quiet and the lake as well. Go out on the lake at dusk and you can observe wildlife like deer or different kinds of birds. This vacation was wonderful relaxing.
- Guest Andreas & Katrin Ruben
- Date of stay 07/09/07
- Review Submitted 07/09/07
Owner response: Thanks for everything, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay!
Dates Weekend/MidWK Week Month Additional Nights 03/01-11/30 ..... $500 ..... $800 ..... $2000 ..... $150 MidWK - Mon - Fri (4 nights)Weekend - Fri - Sun (2 nights) Four-Stall Horse Barn Available - $30 per day, per horse NOTE: No Daily Rentals. Not available during Modern Gun Season. Refundable Security Deposit - $400 required to hold reservation
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Year Purchased: 1994
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
70 minutes to Churchill Downs (53.44 miles) 50 minutes to the Kentucky Horse Park (38.24 miles on beautiful, relaxing country roads)
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Front of cabin in the summer
Side view of cabin
View from the deck towards the woods
Top floor/sleeping room - view towards lake
Floating dock in summer
Good Fisherman! Big Fish!
Firepit behind the cabin
View of Cabin from the Rear
Dining room table and chairs
Only 150 yards to the dock
View of the Lake in late Fall (Lake is 150 yards from Cabin)
View of stables behind the cabin
Front of the cabin in the winter
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