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Forest Edge Overlook - Borders Nat'l Forest - Last Cabin on Private Dead End Rd.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Nice 3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Cabin Overlooking Shenandoah Valley

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This is now our most popular cabin. The cabin has been updated inside and it is nice. We have posted some initial indoor photos, but we hope to have some better photos coming soon. Because it is always booked, we've not done much of anything to the outside of the cabin since we bought it. This is a good problem to have, but I want everything perfect on the outside and we aren't quite there yet... but be soon hopefully.

Forest Edge Overlook, sits at the end of a private dead end road that directly borders the George Washington National Forest. The cabin has 3 bedrooms, one bathroom and a loft (with low ceilings) with several 6 mattresses in it (two twin, 3 full and one queen). The bathroom has a garden size soaker tub/shower with real river rock walls hand picked from our land on the river below. The kitchen has all wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances and a real river rock back splash. The counter tops were custom made out of hickory and fit with the decor perfectly. The front door is even dutch style, which opens up from both the top and the bottom. This place has character!!! You will not find this with any new construction property! This being said, it is not new construction and is an old cabin and therefore it will have quirks and such, but isn't that why you wanted to come stay at a cabin in the first place? :)

The large 80+ year old stone fireplace is amazing and is the centerpiece of the living room and extends all the way up through the roof. There is currently a wood stove in the fireplace and there is a glass door so that you can see the fire. The ceiling in the loft is not very high, but most adults should be able to fit. The loft is not recommended for kids under 4 years of age simply because you have to climb a ladder to access it.

Outside there is a nice size deck from which you can see into the valley below when there are no leaves. During the Summer months the leaves hide the cabin from the rest of the world below. We are currently (in between guests) working on updating/remodeling the decks.

The cabin does have a wood stove and an outdoor fire pit. Firewood may be purchased upon arrival (please do not bring your own firewood whereas it can spread the Emerald Ash Borer).

Next to the cabin is an old cobbler shop which we hope to remodel someday (it currently has rather unattractive old asphalt red shingle siding) as a honeymoon suite or getaway of its own. We have not done any landscaping to the outside of the cabin and the grounds are rustic... the two garages also need to be cosmetically remodeled and we hope to get to that sooner than later. We are also planning on adding more parking and removing an old stone wall to make room for more vehicles... there is currently enough room for 4 vehicles.

We do allow for one night stays, but there is two night minimum for weekend stays (either Friday and Saturday night or Saturday & Sunday nights). Pets are welcome, but we do require a Pet Fee of $65 per pet. Forest Edge Overlook is a great place to see the stars. On clear nights, you can see thousands of stars overhead. It is a beautiful sight. Also during the spring and summer months, you can see humming birds everywhere.

Check in time is 4:00 pm until 10 pm and checkout is 11 am. Early checkins, before 4, or Late checkins, after 10 pm, and late checkouts, after 11 am, require a $20 per hour fee. Please ask in advance about late checkins. Late checkins without prior approval, before booking, are $30 an hour if allowed or may be cause for cancellation of the reservation without refund. There will be a charge of $30 an hour for guests arriving more than 30 minutes later than the arrival time that they give us on the day of arrival. Arrival times must be sent in the message thread upon booking.

No smoking in the cabin. No beer pong or Hookahs. Noise must kept to a minimum and quiet hours are 9 pm to 9 am.

Guests are required to sign a rental agreement before the day of arrival and a government photo license before the day of arrival. For this reason, the person who makes the reservation has to be the there at the time of check-in, unless the contract is signed and arrangements are made for someone else to check-in in advance.

The house can fit 16 people. However, at least some would need to be children. Remember, there is only 1 bathroom.

We believe service is what sets us apart in the vacation rental industry. Katie & I personally own every cabin that we manage. We check-in all of our guests personally. We really mean it when we say that we are always available. If something is wrong, we really want to know. We would be honored if you would allow us the opportunity to serve you.

Pets are welcome at all of our properties. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival.

Because this is a real cabin, there are things you should expect to find in an older real cabin such as spider webs (we clean them for every guest but they do reappear quickly), ladybugs, insects, tiny critters & stink bug(s) during certain times of the year.

All pet fee(s), early check-in or late check-out, firewood or extra person fees are not refundable once paid.

Failure to show up/check in or contact owner before 4 pm of day of arrival will result in cancellation. Host reserves the right to rebook property if guest does NOT contact owner.

Illegal drugs will not permitted on our properties under any circumstances. Smoking is not permitted inside any house or cabin or on any screen porch. There will be a $750 charge for any smoking in either of these areas. Illegal drugs being used anywhere on the property will result in a $750 charge. Kegs and hookahs are not permitted anywhere on property under any circumstances. There will be a $500 charge should either of these items (kegs or hookahs) be found on the property (this includes outside areas too). If smoking (inside or on screen porches), illegal drugs (meaning what is illegal in Virginia), keg(s), hookah(s) or fireworks (there is a $500 fine for having fireworks or for shooting firearms at a property) are found on the property the guest will be asked to leave and there will be no refund whatsoever for any portion of the stay (including any future days/nights). Guests failing to check-out by 11 am agree to pay $50 an hour for a late check-out beginning at 11:01 am. If the guest is still there at 12:00 noon then then the charge is another $50 and so on with each additional hour the guest overstays their reservation. Late check-outs require prior written permission and applicable late check-out fees to be paid.

Owners are not responsible to mail or hold on to left items.

No check-ins or checkouts on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Owners only have the right to cancel a reservation without refund for reservations made to check in or out on these days. If owners allow the booking, a charge of $100 will be charged to check-in.

More Details

Katie & Steven Robert Jones
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Katie & Steven Robert Jones

We have five daughters. One who is 8 another who is 5 and then the third daughter is 3 in . Our 4th daughter is 2. Baby girl number five was born in April of 2017 :) We moved here from Texas for me (Steven) to finish my college degree and Katie was a middle school teacher until 2013. We fell into the vacation rental business accidentally when we bought the cabin next to our house to keep it from falling into disarray and had to figure out how to make the mortgage payment on it. We started by renting out that first cabin in June of 2011, we now both do this full time while raising our girls. This is far harder than anything either of us has ever done and we are now at 53+ months without a single day off. Neither of us had ever heard the term, "the innkeeper never sleeps" and now we live it everyday. This is all we do every single day of the year. If you need something on Christmas or any other holiday we're always available to help.

With that in mind, please know though that we're not a big company and we have no outside investors... we are just a husband and wife (with 4 young kids) trying our best to create great vacation memories for our guests. We personally own every property that we rent out. Our cabins are not perfect, but they do have character, history & warmth. We believe that we are far more honest than any of the competition when it comes to our properties listings. You will find full descriptions of each property that list the good and the bad (our properties are not perfect, but that is only because we do not yet have the finances to make them perfect... they will all get there though as funds permit). Our properties are always improving though since we put every last dime back into the business to keep improving things.

If you are looking to stay someplace that is unique then you'll love it here. If you are looking for perfection, then this may not be a good fit. Our cabins, cottages and houses are real cabins, cottages and older houses

Katie & Steven Robert Jones purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Katie & Steven Robert Jones chose Hinton

This cabin bordered all of our other cabins, so buying it just made sense.

What makes this cabin unique

This cabin has direct access to several hiking trails that go back into the George Washington National Forest and is our most secluded cabin. This is our most secluded cabin and has the best views, especially in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees.


Hinton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Garden Size Tub with River Rock Walls
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom has a king size bed. Then the second and third bedrooms each have queen size beds. The loft has 1 queen, 3 full and 2 single mattresses in it. :) It is recommended for kids at least 4 years old and adults 30 or younger.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Forest Edge Overlook - Borders Nat'l Forest - Last Cabin on Private Dead End Rd.
average rating of 4.571429 based on 35 reviews

Cozy and Homey

  • 5 of 5

Would come back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Rustic cabin

  • 4 of 5

The inside was as expected per photos. A few things could be done to help us help keep things clean. A broom, a scrubber for dishes (I bought one and left it), hot water in the kitchen sink, I did let it run. There was very hot water in the bathroom so I filled a pot to wash dishes. The dishwasher did work but only one square of dishwashers soap. No extra garbage bags, only one in can. There are pots/pans but a little worse for wear. Lots of dishes and silverware and utensils.

Otherwise good fridge, TV, beds, and towels.

Bring your own propane or charcoal. The woodstove was nice but wood extra $.

The area is pretty but may need SUV to get up the drive.

But really nice deck to sit out on with a peak-a-boo view. The overall stay was very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little pricey for what you get

  • 3 of 5

We really enjoyed our weekend getaway, but it was a little bit pricey for what you get. The cabin was absolutely beautiful -- they really paid a lot of attention to the interior of the cabin and we loved the river rock in the kitchen and bathroom. However, the exterior was really lacking. I know they plan to do work on the outside and I'm sure if that is as well thought out as the interior it will be fantastic. As it was, because one member of our party had mobility issues, we weren't really able to use the fire pit and portions of the porch that you had to cross uneven ground or slippery rocks to get to. So, we were really glad we didn't pay for fire wood as that would have been an absolute waste. Also, the overall cost was more than we anticipated -- by the time HomeAway tacked on fees, fees for extra people (even though there were three bedrooms we still were charged extra people for only five guests), pet fee, etc we had a bit of sticker shock. We ended up paying more than we intended to for a quick weekend get away.

I think part of our disappointment was not having realistic expectations. And that's our fault. The road up to the cabin was much more difficult that I anticipated. Once I got up there, I didn't want to go back down for anything for fear I wouldn't be able to get back up. Our last day there it rained quite heavily and I was very concerned about getting back down. The road really isn't built for small city cars.

The owners were lovely, and there was nothing really wrong with the cabin, it just wasn't the right fit for our family. Give it a shot if you're considering it, just make sure you have realistic expectations.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin with tons of privacy!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the cabin and the surrounding property. Gives you a lot of privacy and close proximity to several hiking trails and streams. We really enjoyed staying here, though didn't appreciate the wood rental rate. You must pay for it upfront at the beginning and they charge you by length of stay, so we paid $60 for unlimited. However, it rained for two of the four days we were staying there and felt ripped off. I would recommend you don't purchase their wood and just buy some from another place for like $5. Phooey on them.

Other than that, great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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good weekend location

  • 4 of 5

Good place for the weekend. Neat location. AC for the whole place was a portable air conditioner, and it was marginal at best. The evenings were cool in Jul, and we just opened the windows for a great night's sleep even know there were no screens. The kitchen was well appointed and the beds comfortable. The loft is tight, so when they say it is really for kids, they mean it! Nice deck with a combo gas/charcoal grill too.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not worth the money it cost

  • 2 of 5

Greetings: because the owner did not get the text receipt of the pet deposit I felt I was treated like I was trying to get by with not doing right. Had to sign and initial at least five pages. Was told if I needed anything to contact owner. Contacted owner by text several times - never received a reply. There was no hot water at the kitchen sink, the water was a "rusty" color when bath was drawn, Bought bottled water because I was a little afraid of the color.

The view was very nice and it was very quiet. Good hiking. I have stayed at other cabins for half the price and received better conditions. I like the mountains but would not rent this cabin again.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Union Station Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Heritage Oaks Golf Course
Nearest Train
36 Miles
Amtrak Staunton, Virginia
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
U.S. 33
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Union Station Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Massanutten Resort
Nearest Beach
235 Miles
Virginia Beach, VA
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insuranc $59.99 + Tax
Pet Fee $60.99 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund