Lodge, 7 Bedrooms + Den, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-22)
Pool / Spa
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 22
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Any Swimming or Boating, in the Pond or Hot Tub, is 'At Your Own Risk', you therefore, will not Hold The Cranberry Mountain Lodge Liable.
The perfect place during normal times or during a pandemic
We are already strategizing about how and when to return. John is a terrific host and it is clear that the Cranberry Lodge -- built by him, his wife and father -- is a labor of love. How very fortunate we all felt (12 of us) to get to stay there and enjoy the beautiful mountains, the serene atmosphere, the cool nights and the isolation. Wow!! We could not recommend it more highly. The only challenge is that wifi and cell servife is spotty, but that leaves more time to enjoy the beauty.
The views are breath taking and make the 15 minute driveway worth the drive! The lodge is beautiful, the pond is perfect, great bonfires, and views for days. Guests be warned though the WiFi is not what we were anticipating. We were told 2-3 streaming devices would work on the internet, sadly one device could barely open a page. We were downloading at 1.7 mbps. He informed us ahead of time that ATT has coverage at the lodge. We got some reception and were told there was a repeater to strengthen the signal. What we weren’t told is that the phone needs to sit directly below the repeater in order to work to make a hot spot. Overall we made it work, but I do not advise going if you intend on working remotely. The hottub also did not work. He was very clear up front that it was not a traditional hottub which we were ok with. The problem is there was a valve missing and the hottub couldn’t hold water. We mentioned it on day is one and sent pics but it was never fixed. On the last few days the septic tank also backed up flooding the basement with the backup. He was unable to get anyone up there to fix anything while we were there.... but the views!
More Amazing than the listing says!
I did not realize the National Park was really in the backyard. We can hop on a trail right behind the backyard. It is also a trail maintained for mountain bikers, and we got to meet the folks maintaining the trail. Use MTB project app for that! We spent almost everyday swimming in the little pond. The kids loved finding newts in the pond. The view is phenomenal. We were there for 4th of July, and while super small and quiet, we could see about 5 different places doing fireworks that night, because your view is so expansive. The owner was just so amazing and attentive to details too! I also really enjoyed seeing all the off-grid stuff, and loved learning about it while I was there. The house is amazing, and so much room, skylights, lots of windows, just beautiful. There is also so much to do, we worried about that with our kids for a whole week, but the only times we left were when we were hiking on the trail in the backyard, which leads right to the nature museum/info center with live snakes, and lots of fun learning for the kids. Some of the things we brought to do weren't even opened, because we just didn't need it. The property was beautiful, well maintained, and just lovely. And the icing on the cake is having an owner who is so lovely and helpful, but we also didn't need the help, but we knew he was there. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture - amazing place!!!
Fantastic home, great space for a large group, well equipped, beautiful views for miles.
A Get-Away-From-It-All kinda place!
Awesome place for our Thanksgiving family gathering!
sledding,equestrian events,freshwater fishing,hunting big game,whitewater rafting,hunting small game,paddle boating,paddle boating,bird watching,churches,pond,forest,waterfalls,caves,
About John Grindley
I am a 4th generation West Virginian that wanted to build a remote Lodge near the National Forest.
Why John Grindley chose Hillsboro
We love the 'cool' temperatures of the mountains. We wanted property with no neighbors. We found it. Nearest neighbor 2 miles away. We began building in 1990, 4 years later we opened. Over the years we have made several improvements; more solar panels, hydro electric , trout pond, etc.. Love the WV mountains and you will too.
What makes this Lodge unique
Entirely Off the Grid; Solar, Hydro and Wind Power the Lodge. Adjacent to a vast National Forest & Trail System. Amazing stars at night. No bugs. Really. Sit on the deck without getting 'eaten alive' as visitors to other vacation destinations will tell you. Very unique lodging experience.