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

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT For FEB 10-12 or 10-13!! PEACE-IN-THE-FOREST RETREAT offers singles, couples, artists, writers, 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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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    I don't care if you smoke but please don't do it inside the cabin. Outside the cabin, smoke but don't be a litterbutt - that is, don't throw butts on the ground....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are allowed on the property on a case-by-case basis. Please contact me about your pet(s). ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    See description under "Handicapped Accessible"...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen size Beds (1) In master bedroom w/ additional 4 inch thick memory foam topper., Sleep Sofa or Futons (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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Woodstove with firewood and kindling provided, Central heat/AC, No Smoking (smoking and pets allowed outside). Information will be provided for starting fires and for using the woodstove safely....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV - 120+ channels (the "select package"); Connection box in the office/extra bedroom TV + DVD present: an LED flat screen TV in the office w/ futon....moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    From the cabin, there is no mountain view. Rather, there is a different kind of view - a view into and through the forest, as the cabin sits just above a cove or forested ravine. There are places where you can hike on the 100 acre tract where you can view the Blue Ridge Mountains. Also, 2-3 miles away is Glassy Mountain, A SC Heritage Trust Preserve - this granitic dome or monadnock is special to view but if you go there to hike, you have quite a view of the mountains as well. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance:

    I allow up to 5 hours of long distance usage (at 5 cents a minute, thats a $15 dollar value). You are responsible for any amount over that....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Beds are ready with clean linens when you arrive. Clean towels will hanging in bathrooms....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    No sewer hookups but space available. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    This land line is available for limited free long distance (see below), for local calls, and for linking to the web. I suggest that you find a local access number for your internet provider (Greenville, Pickens, Easley, SC) to avoid excessive long distance use (see below). At this isolated location, DSL or cable is not offered by anyone [I could charge more for the isolation but...] Cell phone reception here is fair but sometimes you have to walk on the front or back deck to get better reception....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    No Cable or DSL is available in my area, but I do have a Verizon 4G Wireless "MiFi" set up in the bedroom which allows use throughout the house by up to 5 computers. Not as fast as DSL but still pretty good....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    This little woodstove can heat up the entire cabin if needed. Firewood and kindling is provided. There is also a central heat system....moreless


  • Cooking Utensils:

    wine glasses, plates, cups, bowls, graters, utensils, sharp knives etc....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    This is a small kitchen but since we love to cook, we have lots of nice amenities. It has a gas range, waffle maker, toaster oven, microwave, french press, automatic coffeemaker, pressure cooker, 3 sizes of cast iron frying pans, good knives and more....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio:

    Our back deck is charming as it is elevated on a forested slope - you feel as if you are literally in the trees but at the same time can see the sky, feel the sun, and breathe the fresh air of this place. It also has an outside fire place (Chimenea) to gather around on cool days or nights....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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1 night min stay
$80 $98
Fri, Sat
$465 $1,460
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Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $70 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%


Special 3 day weekend rate (Thu-Sun/Fri-Mon): $250; For 4,5 & 6 day stays I provide quote since my price is better than website quote. I chose not to accept Home Away's online payment system because they charge YOU up to 9% on top of my charge. That's why I provide paypal or check option. I am committed to fair price & excellent accomodations.

Paying in full preferred BUT multiple payments allowed; PAY securely through PAYPAL or personal CHECK; Once contacted, I will provide cost, paypal link and other reservation info.

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50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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Folk (contra) dancing and more - To experience traditional dance and 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.

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: I am a Forest Ecologist, Old-time musician (fiddle/banjo/guitar), folk dancer, gardener, shiitake mushroom grower, father and more.

Why the Owner Chose Pickens, SC, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • Great/Main room w/ woodstove & kitchen; front deck w/ the late/great Gracie

    Great/Main room w/ woodstove & kitchen; front deck w/ the late/great Gracie

  • Compact but fully-stocked kitchen except for dishwasher...

    Compact but fully-stocked kitchen except for dishwasher...

  • Bathroom w/ shower off of Great room

    Bathroom w/ shower off of Great room

  • Bedroom w/ Stained glass and original oil painting

    Bedroom w/ Stained glass and original oil painting

  • 1/2 bath w/ Washer/Dryer off of bedroom

    1/2 bath w/ Washer/Dryer off of bedroom

  • office/TV room with Futon

    office/TV room with Futon

  • Smiling moon

    Smiling moon

  • Large window in Office/TV room

    Large window in Office/TV room

  • Looking up from Deck

    Looking up from Deck

  • Blooming Mountain laurel next to the deck - usually blooms early to mid May

    Blooming Mountain laurel next to the deck - usually blooms early to mid May

  • Aerial view of property with marked trails

    Aerial view of property with marked trails

  • Great room  w/ love seat, kitchen etc.

    Great room w/ love seat, kitchen etc.

  • Great room w/ kitchen/bar counter and view into bedroom and bathroom with shower

    Great room w/ kitchen/bar counter and view into bedroom and bathroom with shower

  • Bedroom


  •  Bedroom w/ queen bed

    Bedroom w/ queen bed

  • Washer/dryer in bathroom off of bedroom

    Washer/dryer in bathroom off of bedroom

  • Office/TV room w/ futon

    Office/TV room w/ futon

  • Original oil painting in office/TV room w/ futon

    Original oil painting in office/TV room w/ futon

  • View of back deck from the Great room

    View of back deck from the Great room

  • Large Chestnut-Oak tree near deck

    Large Chestnut-Oak tree near deck

  • Large back deck w/ Chiminea (outside fireplace).

    Large back deck w/ Chiminea (outside fireplace).

  • Mt Laurel flowers w/ stamens cocked & ready to hurl pollen onto visiting insects

    Mt Laurel flowers w/ stamens cocked & ready to hurl pollen onto visiting insects

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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