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Peace-in-the-Forest Retreat - Couples, Artists, Forest Lovers

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

Sweet Cabin, 1 Bedroom, Private Room w/ Convertible bed, 1.5 Bath (Sleeps 4)


PEACE-IN-THE-FOREST RETREAT offers singles, couples, families, artists, writers, cyclists, forest lovers and others a reprieve from the rat race by providing privacy and quiet in a very beautiful and comfortable, custom-built cabin, immersed in hardwood and pine forests of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located near the Blue Ridge Escarpment – that incredibly beautiful transition between the blue ridge mountains of the Appalachians and the SC foothills. The cabin is located on 100 acres of forested land with many hiking trails that we are fortunate to be stewards of. It is also located within 15-30 min from Table Rock, Keowee, Devils Fork, Ceasars Head, & Jones Gap St. Parks; 30-40 min from Hartwell, Lakes Keowee & Jocassee as well as DuPont STate Forest(NC); less than an hour from whitewater rivers (Chattooga, French Broad & more), & many trout streams & waterfalls. It is 30 min from Greenville, SC; 40 min from Brevard, NC; 40 min from Clemson ; 45 min from Hendersonville, NC & 1 hour & 15 min from Asheville, NC.

THE CABIN - [more images avail.upon request] We built the cabin in 2004 from pine trees that we cut and sawed here on the property; its surrounded by 100s of acres of privately owned forest land with scattered homes. This provides a rare kind of quiet, broken by the sounds of animals, the wind and rain. The dark night skies also allow for great star gazing. The exterior of the cabin is made of white pine board and batten while the interior consists of white pine paneling and sheet rock, yellow pine floors, and tall cathedral ceilings throughout. Original oil paintings, quilted wall hangings, stain glass and other art impart a pleasant aesthetic quality to the cabin.

LOCATION, LOCATION... - The list of “Activities” below – with the exception of hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing - are not actually onsite but within easy driving distance. For example, there are many fine golf courses, fishing and boating opportunities within 10 - 45 min. While nearby Pickens and Easley offer some restaurants and cultural/entertainment opportunities, Greenville clearly offers the widest and finest selection of these. The beautiful downtown district has many fine restaurants, the Peace Center (plays, ballet, music), museums, galleries and shopping. One of the recent additions is the restoration of the Reedy River Falls area in West End, the centerpiece of which is a curved suspension bridge (walking only), truly an architectural wonder, which overlooks the falls, downtown area and park. Other local cultural attractions include the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, located 10 min away in Pickens. The museum also operates the restored Hagood Mill site, one of the few active grist mills in the region. Most Saturdays there is music and more at the Hagood Mill, celebrating the early history of the area in terms of music, storytelling, blacksmithing, quilting and more. Its open for tours Wed-Sat.

DAVID'S FEATURE FAVORITE SWEET SPOT – I highly recommend kayaking, canoeing or swimming on Lake Joccasee - one of the most beautiful lakes in the Southeast. I will rent canoes and kayaks depending when available. This deep, clear lake is literally perched at the edge of the mountains – and is thus fed by clear mountain streams, whose waterfalls, in some cases, actually fall directly into the lake. The surrounding mountain landscape with rich forested slopes and coves, coupled with the wide, deep waters provide a uniquely beautiful scene. Only one small area of this large lake has been developed - a small amount of private land and a small amount that is part of Devils Fork State Park but the rest is undeveloped forest belonging to Duke Power, SC/NC, or US the Forest Service.

ECOLOGISTS DELIGHT - We are located in the Upper Foothills Physiographic Province where we have a blend of Piedmont and Mountain species. This area is the southern tip of the range for white pine, Eastern Hemlock, rosebay rhododendron and other woody and herbaceous species. Much of the land is classified as ranging from oak-hickory forest to various pine-hardwood mixes (white, Virginia and Shortleaf pines) to cove hardwood-hemlock forests. Historically, this was Cherokee land – points and other artifacts can still be found today. It was settled mostly in the late 1700s and 1800s by white settlers. Scattered homesites can still be found from this period. Cotton and corn was planted on much of the land in the area as late as the 1920s and 1930s but most was abandoned at that time. These cultivated and terraced lands, once abandoned, eventually reverted to forest and are now dominated by 70-80 year old Virginia pines and mixed hardwoods. Evidence of old terraces and erosion gullies are still evident in the forest. Other parts of our property were never plowed historically. Rather, these somewhat more steep lands were periodically harvested for timber and other wood products; heavily grazed by cattle (woodland grazing) and burned periodically. These disturbances were mild compared to cultivation impacts. The result is a much more productive and ecologically healthy forest. These forests are dominated by chestnut oak, white and red oaks, hickories, maples, interspersed with yellow poplar, shortleaf pine and large white pine. Deciduous magnolias, Silverbells, basswood, beech, sourwood, dogwoods and other species are also also prevalent. Common on some sites are ‘laurel slicks’ – thick patches of mountain laurel that appear as shiny, green, ‘slicks’ from a distance. In the spring, nothing is finer than the bountiful white blooms of Mt. Laurel. These forests support a wide array of birds, reptiles and mammals. Some of the common mammals include – deer, turkey, squirrels, fox, skunk, bear, raccoons, bobcat and, more recently, coyote

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David White
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About David White

Kerry and I love living in this beautiful part of SC and love sharing it with others. I grew up in nearby Easley, went to Wofford College, then to University of Georgia before moving to NC to work. I returned to my home county of Pickens in 1989 and built a home on family property and in 2004 built the rental cabin. I earn my living as a forest ecologist. I am also an old-time fiddler/banjo player. Kerry grew up in southern OH/northern WVA and moved south after 2000. She develops programs that promote movement and good food choices for children and is a yoga teacher and health coach. We both love folk dancing, gardening, hiking and paddling adventures, swimming, cycling, swimming, yoga and more. My 2 adult sons live in Asheville, NC.

Why David White chose Pickens

I built a house on this same property in 1990 but it wasn't until 2003-04 that we built the rental cabin (which is located on the opposite side of the ridge from where we live). It wasn't until later in 2006 that we decided to use the cabin as a vacation rental. I love the forest and land here and have invested time and energy to help others be able to enjoy it. The rental cabin is a way for others to see this piece of paradise at a very affordable price and have access to some of the most beautiful areas in North America.

What makes this cabin unique

Exceptional, custom built cabin. Quiet. Comfort. Privacy. Long walks on trails through beautiful forest. Great location in the center of paradise (I'm biased!). Close driving distance to many trout streams and other great recreation. Incredible rural roads for cyclists. Close to the very fine cities of Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC.


Pickens Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Don't leave outside chimenea and weber grill unattended. Likewise, don't leave inside woodstove unattended.
  • Pet Policy: Must be flea-free, house trained, & stay off furniture/linens/towels; reduce pet hair impact.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - 1/2 bath has washer/dryer - and is off of Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1) In master bedroom w/ additional 4 inch thick memory foam topper., Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) This 2-sleeper futon is located in what I call the 'office' or study - a 10 x 12 room with lots of glass(and window shades) - it has a separate door to the back deck and into the central main room - so privacy is easy. This room, with its comfortable couch/futon and mobile desk and chair make it a flexible space. It can even be set up as a small studio if desired but is certainly a great place to write, use your computer, or just relax etc.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Woodstove with firewood and kindling provided, Central heat/AC, No Smoking (smoking allowed outside - Don't be a litterbutt!). Information will be provided for starting fires and for using the woodstove safely.


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Peace-in-the-Forest Retreat - Couples, Artists, Forest Lovers
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 47 reviews
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Beautiful and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time doing any type of vacation home rental and we couldn't be happier. The cabin was well maintained and had plenty of dishes, blankets, firewood, ect. After spending most of the afternoons busy with family and sightseeing were so happy to have this quiet retreat to come back to just 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Greenville and everyday we stayed as late in the morning as possible because we really didn't want to leave.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love hearing that all went well for you during your stay! We think this cabin, property and location is special and love sharing it. We hope you will come back sometime! Davud and Kerry
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Heaven in the Forest

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our 3 night stay at Peace in the Forest! David and Kerry have done an excellent job of setting up a comfortable cabin with everything one could need. The bed is comfortable, the shower pressure good and warm, and the kitchen is well-appointed. They provided lots of information before our visit and were accessible for questions during our stay. The part we loved most was the trails - their property has great hiking! Plenty of variety of trails with lots of different types of trees, a very pretty creek, hills to climb, flatter portions to keep it from being too strenuous - we hiked all over and loved all of it! Kulla - their friendly yellow lab - joined us on our hikes and was so much fun to hike with - he got along great with our 2 hound dogs and it was fun to hike with him! David made sure that we didn't mind meeting Kulla before letting him out of their house - so if you do not want to meet Kulla that is not a problem. But really he is such a sweetheart that it would be a shame for anyone to miss getting to hike with him : ) If you bring dogs with you we highly recommend "Smoke on the Water" in Greenville for outdoor dining - they are very dog friendly and serve BBQ with a bit of an upscale twist - nice big menu (not all of it is BBQ) and reasonably priced with large portions. We also hiked at Table Rock State Park and really enjoyed the Carrick Creek Trail (follows along a flowing creek with waterfalls - such a pleasant sound to walk with) - up to the Pinnacle Mountain Trail. The Pinnacle Mountain Trail is an uphill hike with just a few periods of flats - we stopped for lunch on some boulders about 2/3 of the way and then headed back down - a nice day in the woods even though we didn't make it to the overlook with the big views. We very much enjoyed this part of South Carolina - lots of open land and trees but with the conveniences of life not too far away (Ingles and downtown Pickens is less than 15 minutes away and then the metropolis of Greenville just a bit further - 35 minutes). Hopefully we'll get to visit Peace in the Forest again in the future : )

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Away from it all-if you want.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the serenity and sense of solitude while being in excellent location for seeing sights.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a beautiful little retreat in the forest!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful gem nestled in the mountains of South Carolina is just what we needed. While enjoying the quiet nature & some of the area's highlights mentioned by the owners, we experienced the much needed peace & replenishment. We were welcomed, visited & rescued by (while on one of the many trails surrounding the cabin) their yellow lab, Kulla, who was a perfect gentle playmate for our Belle (despite the size difference). The surrounding towns were friendly & gorgeous in their late fall/early winter finery. We will definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay, quite, and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Great get away, quite and peaceful. Had a blast walking the trails and it's really nice to have as dog friendly a place as this. Enjoyed the deck over looking gulley. This is a can't miss for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very peaceful and relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

I would return. Great time.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
GSP (+local county airport) Greer,SC
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Appalachian Ale House & Burning Brick Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rolling Green, Pickens Co Country Club, The Rock
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Dacusville Pizza (lots in Pickens+Pumpkintown)
Nearest Beach
240 Miles
Charleston Area (+local freshwater beaches)

10 minutes from historic Hagood Mill!! Also, folk (contra) dancing to live music - To experience traditional dance/live music, travel 25 minutes to the historical and popular River Falls Lodge - an old dance hall located in the mountains along the middle fork of the Saluda River. Listen or dance to exhilerating live music that ranges from Appalachian old time to Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.

Don't miss it! For more info, see


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Special 3 day weekend rate (Thu-Sun/Fri-Mon): $250 before cleaning and taxes; For 4,5 & 6 day stays I provide quote since my price is better than website quote. On 12/14/17 I started using HomeAway's online payment system because it is now required. This means that Homeaway will charge YOU a booking fee 10% or more on top of my charge. I am committed to fair prices & excellent accommodations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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