The Rustic Moose is a historical cabin nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is located at 1197 Braley Pond Rd. West Augusta, VA 24485
The Rustic Moose, formerly known as the Rockfish Cabin, is much more than a little three-bedroom stone house in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley. In around 1960 two brothers, one a worker on the Southern Railway, the other a carpenter and builder by trade, decided to build a family hunting cabin. Being employed by the Southern Railway the brothers were able to purchase the decommissioned train station at Rockfish in Nelson County Virginia. The Lohr brothers dismantled the train station and transported the depot over the Blue Ridge Mountain to their land in West Augusta Virginia. There with the help of their sons the Lohr's completed the cabin around 1963.
It has been said that almost the entire cabin, with the exception of the stone came from the old train station. The stone was gathered by the cousins from the local streams and rivers.
The cabin features very comfortable living space with a great room with a wood burning stove, 1 master bedroom with king size log bed & wood burning stove, 1 bedroom with 2 twin log beds, 1 bedroom with a twin over full bunk bed, a completely renovated kitchen (with dishwasher) & bathroom & utility room with washer and dryer. The bathroom features a tub/shower combination with a truly unique pebble stone wall.
The Rustic Moose does not have central air conditioning, but with many cool nights in the summer and the stone exterior, the inside stays comfortably cool. We have a window unit AC in both upstairs bedrooms along with fans. In the master bedroom there is a separate heating and cooling unit that does provide air conditioning.
The water system in the cabin was updated in 2014 giving guests clean, safe, filtered well water. No need to bring bottled water. Bottle straight from the tap for delicious tasting cold water.
Enjoy all the outdoor has to offer with the George Washington National Forest at your back door. Stay close and sit around the firepit or venture off to hike many of the nearby trails. Don't forget your fishing pools as Braley Pond is just down the street.
Rustic Moose is located at 1197 Braley Pond Rd. West Augusta, VA 24485
Refundable damage/cleaning fee is $250. This fee is not something we intended on feeling the need to charge until we had our first disrespectful guest who completely made a mess in the cabin, left trash outside for the animals to get into, and stole some our belongings. Due to that experience we are now charging an upfront fee of $250 that we very much want to give back to every guest who takes care of cleaning up after themselves, removes trash, does not damage the property, and does not steal. The amount to be refunded is at the sole discretion of the property owners.