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Nestled in a secluded dell, this log cabin boasts interior walls of polished cherry wood harvested from the nearby forest. A cathedral ceiling and meticulous craftsmanship welcome you to the interior of a jewel box. Sit in the spacious shade of a wrap-around porch and watch cloud shadows play across a facing mountain. Barbecue dinner on the rear brick patio. Listen to the songs of whippoorwills and katydids in the night, and see what the heavens look like miles away from light pollution.
This cabin affords privacy, but is only minutes away from the D-Day Memorial, a five-star restaurant, and cultural events sponsored by the Sedalia Center. In less than one hour, you can be kayaking or canoeing on the James River. Viewing Roanoke from the top of Mill Mountain. Strolling the campus of Liberty University.
This is a year-round facility. In winter, you can snuggle up in front of a wood fire and sneer at the wind fretting around the corners of this tight and well-insulated home. In spring, watch the dogwoods and redbuds bloom, and hike to the top of the nearby Peaks of Otter. Summer time, and the living is easy. Uninvited people and problems will have trouble finding you. In fall, the air is crisp, clear, cool. The leaves turn colors.
And a special someone will multiply your delight in the beauties of this setting.
Tom Smedley, the Elder, veteran urban planner, retired to Wheats Valley to raise apples, cattle, sheep, and children. A passionate outdoorsman, he enjoys welcoming people who share his appreciation for the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Tom Smedley, the Younger, is living his dreams as well. After a career in technical writing, he landed his PhD in Communication Studies and now teaches online classes from his home office with a view of Overstreet Creek.
Tom (the Younger) Smedley purchased this cabin in 2005
What can be achieved with local materials? Can you build a cabin with all the modern amenities from poplar logs and cherry lumber harvested and milled on site? If you have ever longed to build your own cabin in the woods, come see what a fulfilled dream looks like. Of course, you'll need to find a talented framing carpenter who can also do finish carpentry, then cabinetry.
Yes, you can see for miles and miles while sitting on the porch. However, this house is invisible from the road. A quick climb out of the dell, and you can hike for miles, all the way up to the Jefferson National Forest -- and beyond.
Quiet, peaceful getaway! Perfect place to escape your worries. Has everything you need! We loved it and so did our dogs!
We had a wonderful weekend with family here! The owners were very friendly and provided us with everything we needed. Great trails to walk (even a very friendly carrot-loving horse). Huge porch to hang out on on our rainy Saturday. Highly recommend!
We got there late on Friday evening. It was dark and scary driving to the top of the mountain, but the owner had turned on the lights and the cabin was beautiful when we made it to the top.
the overall visit was FANTASTIC
the TV was not operational for DVDs - but it gave us some real family time to play board games which was much more entertaining .
trails were fantastic. everyone LOVED the stay and the area.
couple small suggestions :
upgrade the water heater (larger) we had 6 and taking showers was shift assigned
internet was unstable (had to reset it every hour or so if we wanted to use it which we did not often (kids did- lol)
but like I said all in all a very relaxing and Amazing adventure. would recommend the Hawks Nest to anyone interested in a simple getaway with comfort.
Tom is just about the nicest person you will ever meet. We had a situation where we had to arrive in the middle of the night and there were two families sharing the cabin, and he was extremely accomodating. The home is very large and peaceful and we had the pleasure of seeing numerous deer. One of the fawns apparently had been adoped by another deer who had a fawn of her own. It was a wonderful experience. Tom provides lots of added little amenities. He gave us a welcome bag filled with treats, maps, and information about the area. It was very peaceful.
As we made our way to the cabin, the street its off of, we were greated by 2 horses walking down the street! I passed the place & met Tom. We were on the roaf for quite sometime & i asked were the liquor store was & realized it was to late to go; he offered us a bottle to hold us over! What a sweet man! He drove us to the house & its just like its pictured. It is beautiful inside &out!! I didnt like that there was no TV but i guess thats the whole idea & it was nice to disconnect. The one thing that i really disliked was the size of the bugs @ night!!! Obviously it had nothing to do w the rental but definitely worth a mention! Ive never seen moths that size!!! Also, there were a few spiders, big ones too, that managed to get in... i also thought the guest book was a great touch! We will definetly be coming back!!! Thanks again for the awesome hospitality!!!
PS- the driveway is steep!!
35-minute drive to Liberty University, 45-minute drive to Natural Bridge and its zoo, 20 minute drive to D-Day Memorial, 15-minute drive to Peaks of Otter, 30-minute hike to Jefferson National Forest, 30-minute drive to Thomas Jefferson's octagon house Bedford Forest
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2 night minimum stay