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Country/mountain Living With Easy Access To Town.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Fully Furnished Three Bedroom Retreat Home.

Cozy three bedroom house with spectacular views. Master bed room features a queen size memory foam bed for wonderful sleeping. Second private bed room with full size bed; third bed room is dormitory style with two full and two twin size beds. .

Cable TV and WiFi. A feature that is hard to beat especially this close to town is a wonderful view of mountain ranges either from the picture window in the living room or from the airy side porch. The side yard is shaded by a huge pin oak tree. Great for VA Tech events, family visits , or study leave.

Curtis Absher
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Curtis Absher

I grew up in Blacksburg and got a B. S. at VA Tech. That stimulated me to get graduate degrees from Oklahoma State and The University of Tennessee. I retired from the University Of Kentucky. After my late wife died, Kaye and I blended our families making for one with 7 children and 17 grand children. We value family and like to provide places for families to celebrate significant life events. As a 10 year old boy , I helped my father build the Harding Place. ( I doubt I helped as much as I thought I did but the house is well built anyway.)

Curtis Absher purchased this house in 2013

Why Curtis Absher chose Blue Ridge Highlands

Comfortably furnished, secluded but so close to everything, especially to Blacksburg and VA Tech Campus. Short drives can put you on hiking trails. A little longer drive can take you to the country village of Floyd, VA or the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What makes this house unique

The side porch and yard provide space to relax and watch birds and deer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Omgosh it was great.. love Harding Place!!! we were outside on porch or lawn almost the whole time!! When it would have a spring shower the tree protected us! thank you so much for working around us. It was much appreciated.

---again we loved having your house.. Started our time in Blacksburg with cozy cottage and ended with Harding place.. oh the memories!"
May 2015
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Blacksburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Multiple grab rails. comfort height commode.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , With Memory foam topper
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , With memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , Can supply pack-n-play upon request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
Only .25 mile to bus stop.


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average rating of 4.857143 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Was a great place to stay for our daughter's graduation. Convenient place to stay. Close to VTech. Clean, country environment. Able to relax and enjoy ourselves. Able to host a small graduation party for about 18 family members. Everything we needed for our stay was included (kitchen and bathroom items). Did not have to buy anything except food and drinks. Although it only has 1 1/2 baths, we were able to work out the shower schedule for the folks that stayed at the house (6 adults/2 children). Convenient location to hotels where other family members were staying. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at the Harding Place Cozy Cottage. We recognize the limitations of only a bath and a half but we think the location and views compensate for any inconvenience there. You have helped us meet our goal of having a place where families can celebrate! I'm glad it was a good experience-I didn't tell you I could control the rain. And congratulations to your daughter.
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Stay was comfortable, convenient location with gorgeous views!!

  • 5 of 5

Overall this home was clean, comfortable, and owners were very attentive, accommodating and easy to work with

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Easy to work with" goes both ways. I try to communicate with guests at a level with which they are comfortable. I don't want to be invasive but helpful since any house has it's unique quirks. I'm sure you will want to be back to see that grand child grow and we will look forward to having you.
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Perfect VT Alumni Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Curtis was more than helpful and accommodating for my VT Alumni weekend reunion. The house was well-maintained, cozy and comfortable for my friends and I. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and it is a great location from downtown Blacksburg. We were easily able to grab an Uber - and some people even walked! Coffee on the porch with the beautiful view was exactly what we needed to start our mornings.

Looking forward to staying again!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it worked out for you and your friends. The porch is my favorite place for three seasons! Planning your next reunion yet?
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Cozy and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was great, warm and inviting. Curtis was wonderful to work with. The proximity to VT campus was a plus for us. We especially enjoyed the deer that came to visit the apple tree every evening.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olney, MD

Love it here

  • 4 of 5

This is the second year we've stayed at Cozy Cottage and it was just as great at the first time. Curtis provides excellent customer service helping me with the reservation process and my parents to get into the cottage.

The cottage itself is immaculate, it always feels cleaner than a hotel. All of the rooms are quite comfortable and my daughter (5yo) especially loves the attic and counting the beds ;-)

Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want each stay to be a reason that guests want to come back. That is our challenge and we take it seriously. We look forward to having you back for the third time!
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Quaint and Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This is a well-maintained older property with everything you need for an extended stay. The owner was extremely responsive by email and text about questions and issues. Groundhogs and deer wander through at night, drawn by the crabapple tree on the property. Great views and breezes at night! Super close to Virginia Tech--just a seven minute drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that it worked out for you to stay at the HP Cozy Cottage. It is an older home that my Dad built for himself in 1950. He didn't have money for extras but he knew the principles of "Built to Last." Hope your experience at VA Tech summer institute was a good one. Come Back!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Blacksburg, General Aviation; Roanoke, commercial.
Car: necessary

Great place for families and friends that like out door activities such as hiking and sporting events. This is NOT a party house but is a comfortable place for family gatherings.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $400

Rates are for 6 people. $50 must be paid for each additional guest up to a maximum of 10.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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