Secluded Mountain Cabin & Art Studio, 102 Ac. Private Refuge
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- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Frametown house description
Welcome to Whispering Springs Haven, our Appalachian mountain retreat & private wildlife refuge.
At Whispering Springs Haven guests enjoy total privacy & seclusion. Perfect for romantic getaways, small family retreats, artists & nature lovers seeking simplicity & casual elegance void of distractions - yet minutes from the Elk River, Sutton Lake, historic Sutton's art district and downtown Gassaway along the Elk River.
Nestled within a beautiful valley below Coon Knob, at the head of a hollow, at the head of 4 rushing creeks, guests experience peaceful days & starry nights within immense natural beauty. Explore our wildlife pond & waterfalls. Hike our mountain trails to our mountaintop vistas. Wildlife habitats surround the smoke-free 'Hummingbird House', filled with natural light & cool mountain breezes. Every room has a view. Read a book from our library or write one. Draw, paint, sculpt, weave, sew or bead in our studio. View wildlife from our wraparound decks and screened living room porch. Kids love our children's library and activity corner! Relax in our 2 person spa tub with mountainside views and sounds of silence, beautiful during a full moon rising. Sit above the habitats and watch the sunset while white-tail deer graze below. Take our canoe to nearby lakes and rivers. Enjoy an optional therapeutic massage, facial, yoga, art, crafts or music lessons within the comfort and privacy of our haven. Or simply be together alone with nature.
Thoughtfully appointed amenities…
We provide a healthy smoke free environment.
Our great room features a comfortable queen size platform bed with storage, surrounded by romantic privacy curtains, love seat dining area, a library. children's activity corner, studio art equipment, and large patio doors opening to the outside wrap around decks, pond, creeks and wildlife habitats.
Our living room / bedroom offers a daybed with two twin mattresses and pop-up trundle that converts to a king, a studio sofa bed, and wrap around picture windows. Handcrafted double doors open to the screened porch living room with additional dining and seating.
Bright, fully equipped kitchen with all conveniences, laundry room with pantry and a ceramic tile full bath with a 2 person Jacuzzi spa tub. Our soaps, candles and pottery dishes are handmade by us. Shampoo, first aide products/kits and hair dryer are provided.
To enhance your vacation experience…
We offer optional professional services within the comfort of our haven to include therapeutic massage and facials by licensed/certified practitioners, yoga and meditation sessions and individual instruction by masters in the arts, wellness and nature studies. Management is on site during professional service sessions or throughout your stay by request. In accordance with our respect for all life, hunting & fishing within the property boundaries is prohibited. Our canoe is available for trips to the Elk River or Sutton Lake.
About our remote location…
Off I-79, Exit 51, our haven is accessible via a 6 miles rural road that lead to a mountain gravel road into the valley. Our private road is gated for guaranteed peace and privacy. Though standard vehicles can traverse the road with caution, vehicles slightly higher off the ground, 4x4 or all wheel drive vehicles are recommended. For your convenience, transportation service is provided by management upon request. Enterprise rental agency is located in Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores.
Country roads lead to small town charm, lakes and rivers…
Our haven is situated between Frametown, Sutton, and Gassaway along the scenic Elk River. The Little Birch River is also nearby.
Just 4 miles from Whispering Springs Haven is the Elk River access launching area for kayaks, canoes and small fishing boats, Frametown antiquing and scenic back road touring.
Historic Sutton is the county seat and features:
- WV Made Fine Arts and Crafts Arts District
- Landmark Studio of the Arts, live plays and musical performances
- Cafes, gourmet restaurants, and a movie theater
- Annual West Virginia Film Festival (September Event)
- Artz Market – Bi-Annual Juried Arts and Music Festival
- Braxton County Festival
- Downtown Shopping and Medical Services, Hospital
- Deli, Country Diner, Gourmet Restaurant and WV Made Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery
- Braxton Jamboree – Bluegrass concerts and events
- Gassaway Days – 3- Day July 4th Festival with arts, music, food and sidewalk sales
- Braxton County Festival
- Flatwoods Outlet Stores and Fast Food Restaurants
- Mountain Lakes Amphitheater
- Antique Mall Cooperative
- Braxton County Festival
Mountains, Lakes and Wild Adventures…
Five of West Virginia's major lakes are located within the region. Sutton Lake is the nearest, followed by Summersville, Burnsville, Stonewall Jackson, and Stonecoal offering protected swimming, fishing, boat rentals and scenic tours. Full day trips to extreme outdoor recreation activities include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, New River Gorge & Gauley River whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, rock climbing and hot air ballooning.
Keywords: Retreat, house, art studio, cabin, hideaway, getaway, private, peaceful, pond, secluded,
- Vacation Rental
Requires prior approval. $10 per night per pet and proof of flea and tick treatment and vaccinations. In consideration of future guests, an additional cleaning fee for removal of potential allergens applies....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Our remote location and retreat amenities are perfect for those seeking to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect to creative source, to self, to each other. We offer retreat activities to include a very large reading library featuring novels, the arts, wellness & nature studies, a music & movie library, board games, creative art studio equipment & supplies for fine arts painting, drawing, clay & crafts, such as sewing, weaving & beading. Children's library & activity corner with puzzles, clay, coloring books, crayons, art supplies, stuff toys, blocks, microscopes, & musical instruments. Yoga mats & exercise balls. Wildlife sightings & fun times free. Arts, wellness & nature lessons, habitat plantings, guided walks, canoe tours & therapeutic massage by request. Smoke-free house/decks, outdoor designated smoking areas provided. Private security gates. Cleanliness guaranteed. Management onsite during professional services or by request. 4x4 required in winter months or by request...moreless
- Music Library:
- Video Library
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Cross Country Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
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Beautiful Creative Retreat
Beautiful Creative Retreat
My husband and I were looking for a relaxing escape to focus on our creative projects and we found just that at Whispering Springs. It was a perfect oasis, far enough removed from the outside world to allow you to forget the hectic pace and constant buzz of information of life. After a 10-15 minute drive in on the gravel road, we came onto the beautiful property. The large great room where we spent most of our time was just perfect. Windows onto the field surrounded it and there were many art tables where I could set up multiple projects at once. My husband worked in another corner on songwriting. The kitchen was really well-stocked with utensils and appliances. We packed all of our food from home and left the property only once the entire week we were there. We really enjoyed visiting Gassaway, a very small town where we learned about the area from some of the shopkeepers, like John at John's Department Store. Everyone was unbelievably friendly. We had lunch at the Red Rooster in Gassaway that was very tasty and our waiter, Jason, was unbelievably nice. We drove to see Sutton Lake, but didn't end up canoeing or swimming. Since it was so hot during our visit, we only took a couple of short hikes on the property, but I'd recommend getting more directions from Karen, the owner, if long hikes on the property are what you're looking for. The water was running in the creeks and there were small waterfalls. We enjoyed watching the animals through the windows while we worked inside. The deer and otters (we think) were always walking around just outside the door. There were also wasps that came out around the deck in the late afternoon. We were there in the heat of the summer so we used the window air conditioner regularly with fans and we were very comfortable. Overall, this was a dream vacation and the space and property made possible our goals of getting away, clearing our mind and being creative. Karen's art supplies around the cabin saved me a few times when I needed something I'd forgotten to pack and the great collection of art and nature books on the shelves provided inspiration for both my husband and I. Everything was kept in pristine condition and was completely comfortable. Karen was very helpful and provided all information you could need. She clearly takes great care in providing a wonderful experience for her guests and it shows in all the details around the property. We would highly recommend Whispering Springs!
- Guest Megan L.
- Date of stay 07/29/12
- Review Submitted 08/19/12
Lovely, private, nestled in nature
Lovely, private, nestled in nature
My husband and I just spent a week at this cabin with our dogToby. It is a beautiful spot, very private and quiet. The cabin is perfect for two. The great room has lots of glass doors and windows for light and views. The bed is in the great room, along with the dining table and chairs and a couch. There is another small sitting room off the great room. There is a window air conditioner in that room and then fans throughout the cabin. The days were very hot while we were there, so we did need to run the ac in the afternoons and use the fans to spread the cool around. The mornings and evenings, though, were delightful and we spent them on the outside porches/decks. We slept with the windows open with the fans, which was very nice. The large, green meadows were wonderful and our dog had great fun chasing balls and frisbees. We had some nice walks around the property. If you do bring a dog, be alert that there are many deer around the woods and meadows in the early mornings and evenings, so if you have a dog that might chase, you'll want to secure him/her. The only disappointing part of our trip was that there was no water in the creeks anywhere on the property...completely dry...no waterfalls or streams. The pond is low, and is off limits because of the habitat, so there was no water for us or our dog to enjoy. That was something we didn't realize could happen, so just be aware of that seasonal aspect if the water is something important to your stay. We did venture out to find a nearby canoe put-in where Toby enjoyed the water. And we also drove up to Sutton Lake, which is really beautiful. No pets allowed there in the park area, but there is a swimming area and small marina. The cabin has a nice kitchen and is stocked with everything you might need. We enjoyed our stay at the cabin exploring that entire area of WV.
- Guest liza c.
- Date of stay 06/16/12
- Review Submitted 07/06/12
Owner response: It was so unfortunate that your stay coincided with the hottest, driest week we have had in many years. Normally because of our mountain breezes and proximity of the creeks to our house, our summer guests have much success with the continued use of our ceiling fans and the occasional use of a small window unit. With the broadcast reports of excessive heat warnings and health risks the morning of your arrival, I was very happy we were able to secure a new larger air conditioner unit and install it the same day just in time to insure your safety and comfort. For those guests who prefer sleeping with an air conditioner in the same room, the living room is equipped with a very comfortable high quality queen size luxury futon mattress. Water flow is determined by seasonal conditions. Yet we have never seen it as dry as you witnessed. What you experienced was truly a rare event. The water flow does slow down in the summer, leaving lower levels of water in the creeks yet never less then 3 or 4ft within our natural pool. March through early June has the greatest flow, though a good steady rain in any season will provide greater intensity. After your departure the rains came and the creeks were quite active. Though you did not get to enjoy the cooling flow of our waters, I am so glad you enjoyed our canoe at nearby Elk River and Sutton Lake and found pleasure in what our haven and private wildlife refuge has to offer. Thank you for your stay! I will mention seasonal changes in our property listing and include it in our guest information book.
Away From it All
Away From it All
My family and I enjoyed staying at Whispering Springs. Our three boys enjoyed the kids corner in the great room. They had a great time drawing, doing crafts, and reading books. There was plenty to do on the rainy day that we stayed at the cabin. The screened in porch was a great place to eat breakfast. We watched wild turkeys and deer graze on the grassy hillside. At night the frogs in the pond where a peaceful sound that put you to sleep after a long day. We enjoyed watching the moon rise over the mountain while laying in bed. Also, the jacuzzi was relaxing to be in after a long day of walking and visiting surrounding sites. Having a 4 x 4 vehicle is also important. There are some steep hills, and slightly bumpy roads getting there to the cabin. This cabin is secluded, so plan on a little longer trip to the grocery store, etc. However, it is an enjoyable ride into town. It was nice to visit a town where the people of WV live. This is not a tourist town, but there are many things to do within an hours drive of the cabin. If you want to be in the heart of WV, this is the cabin to stay. Great for families that enjoy art and education.
- Guest Paul W.
- Date of stay 05/29/12
- Review Submitted 06/17/12
I spent this past weekend at the wonderful Whispering Springs Haven Retreat. It was amazing. I am an artist at heart but have not had much time to focus on my artwork and crafts due to a hectic schedule. I scheduled time at the retreat to try and catch up on some of my art projects. I experienced and accomplished so much more. The views were breathtaking and the rental property had everything I needed. The layout inspired creativity and ignited my artistic passion again. With the renewed energy and focus I began working on my small business once more. Something I had neglected for quite some time. Karen was so helpful and nice. I am telling all of my friends and we plan to return soon.
- Guest Cathy S.
- Date of stay 06/07/12
- Review Submitted 06/11/12
Heaven On Earth!!!
Heaven On Earth!!!
My husband and I just returned from a weekend at this beautiful Mountain Retreat and have nothing but great things to say about our stay. The only downfall to our trip was that we couldn't stay longer!! First of all Karen's directions were spot on. Our Subaru definitely enjoyed being put to the test of navigating up a beautiful mountainside which was an adventure in itself!! When we arrived at the retreat we immediately knew we had picked the right place to stay. Karen was extremely helpful in showing us where eveything was located and also how everything worked. She was extremely informative during our entire stay yet never intrusive. The inside of the retreat was larger than it looked from the outside. There were books covering every subject you could think of and a great selection of CD's. The bed was very comfortable and the bedding was crisp. The kitchen was stocked with every gadget you could possibly need. Karen shared fresh farm eggs with us that a neighbor had shared with her. She was very thoughtful during our stay.. The tub was amazing and the view from every window was spectacular. We saw deer several times during our stay. The retreat was well stocked with so many things to keep you busy. Beading supplies, art supplies, sewing machines and sewing supplies were plentiful. This is definitely a creative persons dream retreat! Kids are definitely not forgotten here. There were so many craft supplies, books, puppets and games for the kids they would definitely have no problem keeping busy for hours. My husband tried on the safari hat and I played the flutophone!! There were walking sticks to use for walks in the woods and for those who prefer a sedentary vacation there were great rocking chairs to relax in while enjoying the views. We took a long walk in the woods that we thoroughly enjoyed. I have never picked a place to stay in the past that didn't have television. I was nervous about not having a television to watch but found myself sitting and staring out the windows for hours on end just enjoying nature. Days seemed so much longer and more meaningful since there wasn't a television to distract us. Karen will make you feel like part of her family if that's what you want but also will give you complete privacy if that's what you are looking for. We are planning a return visit in the summer when we can do some water activities. Don't hesitate to reserve a stay at this Mountain Retreat. You definitely won't be sorry
- Guest Mary Beth (Stockdale, PA)
- Date of stay 10/21/11
- Review Submitted 10/23/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
This is a wonderful property for an extremely relaxing retreat. It is a wonderful escape for artists, but it is not necessary to be an artist to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. The home is very comfortable and inviting. The many windows in this property really allow you to experience the beauty of nature and wildlife. The kitchen is well stocked, the tub is unbelievable, and the attention to detail is noticed everywhere. Karen is very helpful, and be sure to listen when she says you need a truck or 4 wheel drive type of vehicle. The location is remote, but well worth it! We loved it!
- Guest brsyam (wv)
- Date of stay 09/23/11
- Review Submitted 09/25/11
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Away from everything
Away from everything
This place is so incredibly beautiful words cannot describe it. Everyday I was able to go hiking and not see the same thing twice. Karen is one of the nicest people I have ever met and I look forward to being able to go soak in that tub again, I want one! It is completely away from people, so when you have to deal with people everyday, this is the perfect escape. It was so great coming home I literally got sick, I just wanted to go back! I can only hope I can live somewhere this beautiful one day! It made me want to sell my TV by the end of the week!
- Guest bchynadoll (Pennsauken, NJ)
- Date of stay 04/10/11
- Review Submitted 05/28/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Sleeps 4: Prefer 1 couple or 2 adults/2 kids under 16, Extra pers: $15ea/ea nt 5/29-12/15: $990/wk (Weekly includes 1 Night FREE),$370/weekend, $168/week night 2/night Min., extra Nt/$142, Holiday: $1050/wk, $185/NT, Wknd $600, 3/NT Min. Cleaning fee: $85-$125. Pets Considered: $10ea/ea nt, + addtl $50 cleaning fee. $200 Refundable Damage Deposit • $100 Rental Deposit to secure reservation OPTION: 1x Fee Rental Damage Insurance, $49/$3000 coverage, $59/$5000 coverage Option: art, pottery, photography, massage, Reiki, yoga, nature lessons Remote location. Suggest all-wheel dr or 4x4. Rents support our wildlife habitats
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The Hummingbird House and pond within our 102 acre private wildlife refuge.
Two person jacuzzi with habitat views. Massage therapy, spa services available.
Large great room, art studio, doors to decks, pond, habitats. Lessons available.
Children's library and activity corner for hours of creative fun and learning
Migration species and songbird habitats surround the Hummingbird House and pond.
Hike our private wildlife trails to our mountaintop vista.
We offer optional lessons for all ages in the arts, wellness and nature studies.
Take our canoe to Sutton Lake, 12 miles away, or the Elk River, 4 miles away.
4 rushing creeks for exploration, meditation, inspiration, & relaxation…
Our great room queen size murphy bed is surrounded by privacy curtains.
Full kitchen with all appliances, conveniences. Living room w/ daybed adjacent.
Our natural spring water 5ft deep sitting pool with waterfall near the house.
A winter romantic getaway, creative hideaway, sled or cross country adventures.
One of many nurtured friends. Bring your camera!
Relax. Therapeutic massage & facials are offered in the privacy of our haven.
Shop for WV Fine Arts & Crafts in Sutton, Gassaway & works by us sold at house.
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