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Secluded Artisan's Cabin in Blue Ridge Mountain Holler

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Bedford Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-6)

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.

Keywords: Cabin

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Tom (the Younger) Smedley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, turkish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 30, 2016
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About Tom (the Younger) Smedley

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

Why Tom (the Younger) Smedley chose Central Virginia

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Secluded Artisan's Cabin in Blue Ridge Mountain Holler
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, peaceful getaway! Perfect place to escape your worries. Has everything you need! We loved it and so did our dogs!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, fun, peaceful log cabin!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. Fifty years ago, when Dad was an urban planner in northern Virginia, he dreamed of providing a place of refuge and refreshment for harried urbanites. His dream permeates this cabin -- and the guests we love tune in to that ambiance. Dad is living his dream, as am I (online college professor and greeter of interesting people). Please come again! And thanks for brightening Friday's day! (that's the horse)
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Great cabin. Quiet surroundings and beautiful. we saw a few deer over the weekend.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, we may not be offering a hotel, but we do enjoy providing a clean, well-lit and hospitable place to relax at the end of a long drive. Thank you so much for your kind words. Maybe next time, you'll see a bear, or a martin.
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  • 4 of 5

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

replace TV

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. One of the benefits of living on the farm is -- getting to meet som really wonderful people. You can tell pretty quickly who's predisposed to enjoy themselves. I'll be passing this information on to Dad, the property owner. The TV is an easy fix. BTW -- we do provide an HDMI cable, for folks who like to use online entertainment, such as Netflix. I really hope your party will become regular guests in years to come. You left things in good condition, and had a really thoughtful "12 days of Hawk's Nest" poem in the guest book.
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Great Southern Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a best-case scenario for two families that were able to meet halfway between their respective hometowns. We were delighted to host them, and hope to see them again. I usually leave my green porch light on when we're expecting several installments of guests, to make sure no one gets lost.
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  • 4 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our new friends, two families from the Northeast, , discovered how nice it is to wind up a scenic drive with clean beds already made, and local tame life. They came expecting a memorable experience, predisposed to enjoying their stay. Our kind of people! We will be delighted to see them again.
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Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Mill Stone Tea Room -- FIVE STAR !!!
Nearest Point of Interest
Hawk's Nest
Nearest Point of Interest
Wheat Valley Lodge

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


Rates & Availability

Bedford Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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Pet Fee $50

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bedford Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 (downstairs). Has own attached bathroom and a queen-size bed. Bedroom 2 (upstairs). Has standard double-bed. Bedroom 3 (upstairs). Has standard double and single beds. The upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom between them.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
What most impresses most guests? The PEACEFUL atmosphere.

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