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This mountain lake retreat is where people come to relax, connect and get away from it all. Surrounded by nature and adventure...
Lost Horizon has been a honeymoon retreat, family celebration destination, girlfriend getaway and fishing/biking hideout for lovers of the outdoors. An original civil war trail winds through the woods behind the cabin; hikers, bikers and cross country skiers love the 57 mile New River Trail within walking distance of Lost Horizon. If you like watching birds, deer and a forest full of other animals... have a seat on one of the porches or decks at Lost Horizon – and don’t forget your camera.
Join them, or watch fishermen along the shoreline from your private hideaway above the lake.
Go down to the spacious deck for a day in the sun or cook-out on the lake, feed the ducks, or fish from the dock. You’ll have a fire pit right on the lake for roasting marshmallows. Play a game of horseshoes and swing on the rope swing. Two Canoes, oars & life jackets are provided for your exclusive use; bring floats or boats for more fun on the water.
Don’t miss sunrise & sunsets over the water... they are magnificent! Thunderstorms are even wonderful here! Listen to the rain pounding on the tin roof during a downpour from the covered porch, or cozy up in the cool autumn nights surrounded by the fall foliage; listen to the silence of a snowfall in the mountains. Build a fire or light the gas logs in either fireplace and relax into the warm surroundings.
Lost Horizon sleeps up to eight people.
The top floor includes a bedroom suite; comfortable full futon sofa; private back deck above the pond, woods & flower gardens; shelves full of books and a cozy sitting area overlooking the main floor.
The private master suite is charmingly intimate on the main floor where you find a fully-equipped kitchen, bar seating, small dining table, living room with a gas fireplace and bathroom with old fashioned claw-foot soaker tub.
Downstairs you have a large steam room/shower with benches (and 6 different shower heads), a bar, comfortable wrap around sofa & full futon. French doors lead out to the patio with a hanging swing overlooking the lake.
A few hidden treasures at Lost Horizon: Enjoy a library of DVDs & books (including “Lost Horizon”). There are family games and a guest book to share your experiences & read about the adventures of those before you.
Sunsets from the deck or down at the dock will take your breath away. Lean back in the deck chairs & look up; you are likely to see eagles flying high above the trees in the daytime, and stars are brilliant on clear nights at Lost Horizon.
We have a cabinet full of games, movies &toys for children of all ages. You’ll find bedtime story books in both bedrooms & downstairs by the entertainment center. Enjoy a day on the lake in the canoes, but please know that regulations require anyone under the age of 18 must wear a life jacket (we provide two small & 4 large jackets in the Flamingo Cantina Dock house, but you may want to bring your own)....moreless
Smoking is still allowed in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but please do not smoke inside the cabin at any time. Ashtrays are provided on the front, side & back decks, and on the dock on the lake. There is also a secluded area past the archway with butt buckets - for your closet smokers (please smoke outside, not in the closet)....moreless
Private dock and deck on the water with deck house that has double windows and bar, tables, chairs, grill, picnic table, rope swing, horseshoes, bonfire pit, & ladder at the end of the dock....moreless
Six chairs surround kitchen bar. Antique table by the window w/two chairs. Two 6’ folding tables &10 chairs available. Front deck tables are where memories are made overlooking the lake & mountains...moreless
WiFi is available, but please don't spend a lot of time playing games & downloading data. You're on vacation! Do something different: unplug, unwind, disconnect - and connect with nature. B where U R...moreless
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Peak Season Rates
May 1 - Oct 31, 2015
3 night min stay
Off Season Rates
Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2015
2 night min stay
Dec 1 - Mar 20, 2016
2 night min stay
Spring Off-Season Rates
Mar 21 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
Peak Season Rates
May 1 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
We love ours too, but pets are not allowed at Lost Horizon
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Lost Horizon is a favorite destination for parents of Virginia Tech & Radford University students. We provide a private dock on the lake with deck furniture, grill, open window bar, 2 canoes, paddles, life jackets, rope swing, horse shoes & bonfire pits.
Fish or launch a boat/canoe/kayak from the dock. Or, walk (or swim) to New River Trail State Park a few hundred yards from the Flamingo Cantina Deck at Lost Horizon for 57 miles of hiking, biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding & Geocaching - the trail leads through beautiful scenery along the Claytor Lake & New River to quaint Cafes, shopping, local music events, fresh produce, etc – right off the trail! Details will be in your Guest Book at LH.
Some of the great festivals in the area include:
Trail Days, Damascus, May 17-19, 2014
VA Highlands Festival, Abingdon, Aug 2-11, 2014
Old Fiddlers Convention, Galax, Aug 5-10, 2014
Radford Highlanders Festival, Oct 12, 2014
Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival, Oct 13, 2014
Nearby activities are abundant!
Live Entertainment, Horse Shows
Spelunking & Cave Tours, Tree Climbing
Paintball, Bowling, Laser Tag
VT & Radford University, Art & Culture.
Wineries & Wine Tasting, Shopping, Antiquing, Flea Markets, Wildlife & Bird Watching
Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Tournaments, Hunting, Water Skiing, Boating & Boat Rentals, Kayaking, Tubing, Sandy Swimming Beach
Dinner Theatre, Mountain Biking, Waterfalls, Fly Fishing, Fishing Guides, Artisans, Crafts, Shopping Malls, Blue Ridge Parkway, Fall Foliage, Marina Dining, Outdoor Restaurants on the Lake for romantic and family meals with live music on summer weekends
Fine Dining & Adventure all over the New River Valley near Lost Horizon – all within a 50 miles radius!
Just 1 ½ hours to Winterplace Snow Ski Resort.
We will provide you with maps, addresses, and contact numbers for these & many more things to do during your stay at Lost Horizon... or you may just want to enjoy your peaceful, comfortable accommodations and relax around the 15 acres you’ve claimed for your amazing vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Debbie, the owner, grew up in the New River Valley, and after living all over the world, came back to the most beautiful place she knew of, The New River Valley, to build the cabin as a family getaway from a hectic lifestyle in DC. It was hard to leave again once Lost Horizon was built, so she focused on landscaping around the cabin & on the lakefront, writing, organizing events, enjoying friends & family and producing air shows. Debbie is a published writer and photographer/videographer in newspapers, magazines and TV throughout the US. She flew around the country with Greg Poe Airshows promoting his sponsor and shooting air-to-air photography for a few years; now, as the owner of Always Eventful, LLC – events company is now back to doing what she does best… planning celebrations & watching guests have fun. The cabin is a full time vacation property because Debbie likes sharing the joy (and it helps pay the mortgage). With a flair for making events personal and unique, Debbie has earned the reputation from Hawaii to Europe to the Middle East as the person who can make good things happen in any environment, under any circumstances… In any Event - It will be Always Eventful! (Get it? Like Always Eventful, LLC).
Why the Owner Chose Claytor Lake:
The bottom line is written on a sign from her son that hangs above the downstairs fireplace “Family is everything.” Anyone who has been to the cabin has to agree that nothing is better than being at Lost Horizon with a cozy fire in that fireplace or eating on the deck surrounded by fall foliage reflecting on the water, maybe snowed in, or pushing your big brother off the dock then jumping into the canoe to paddle away... Lost Horizon is a place where family and friends gather, people come to celebrate or be alone, find romance or start a new chapter. Lost Horizon is where memories are made.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Lost Horizon’s name is inspired from a 1933 novel by English writer James Hilton. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet. President Franklin D. Roosevelt named the Presidential hideaway in Maryland after Shangri-La. (It has since been renamed Camp David.) The novel is said to be a loose basis for the film Star Trek: Insurrection. In the novel, and at Claytor Lake, Lost Horizon is where one finds inner peace, love, and a sense of purpose and whose inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity and a true sense of utopia. Utopia was a name coined by Sir Thomas More meaning 'no where' in Greek. But you will find that ideal places can and do exist. They may only be forgotten or lost lands which you have found. May you find your utopia at Lost Horizon.
Lost Horizon in Spring - overlooking the lake & surrounding mountains
Archway from Secret Garden
Upstairs living area
Downstairs by the Fireplace
Lost Horizon's Fall Foilage
Front Deck Seating Area
Downstairs Steam Room
Upstairs King Bedroom (well, half of it)
Old Fashioned Soaker Tub on main floor
Welcome to Lost Horizon
Fish Pond out back
Front Porch Rockers in the rain
Double Rainbow from Lost Horizon's front deck
Bottom Floor Patio w/swing
Family is Everything
Fishin' off Flamingo Cantina Dock
View of New River Trail from Lost Horizon's Dock at the Flamingo Cantina
Cozy Loft Seating overlooking main floor fireplace
Main Floor Conversation Area (we're talking about it now)
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