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Stunning Views, Beautifully Appointed Home close to Wineries, Primland & Parkway

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,861 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming 4 bedroom 2 bath well appointed mountain top home.

Tsuga on the Ridge offers the classic vacation escape… Beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and valley below are enjoyed from this well-appointed mountain top vacation home on seven wooded acres. The home borders National Forest land providing plenty of privacy and has a large open yard area, perfect for kids and dogs to run and play. Tsuga on the Ridge was the summer home of Burke Davis – an award-winning southern journalist, novelist, and nonfiction writer. He was best known for his popular war histories and biographies. He and his lovely wife Juliet Burnett Davis “re-claimed” two 1800s vintage log cabins, using them as bedroom wings of the modern central home. The kitchen, living and dining areas, one guest bedroom and bathrooms are located in the new construction which joins the two cabins.

As you step inside your eyes are immediately drawn to the wall of sliding glass doors. Sweeping mountain views take your breath away. The stars at night are incredible. The wide plank heart pine flooring and vaulted ceiling create an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy watching TV with surround sound or playing board games late into the night. There is a well-equipped galley kitchen, and numerous cookbooks to read.

The Master bedroom in the Master cabin overlooks the Blue Ridge Parkway. The room is furnished with family antiques and a king sized bed covered in lovely linens. The hand hewn logs of the cabin add to the ambiance.

A guest bedroom with a queen size bed is located off the hallway which joins the guest cabin to the central living area. The guest cabin has a downstairs bedroom with twin beds. A hidden stair case leads to the fourth bedroom, perfect for kids and located on the second floor of the guest cabin. This bedroom is appointed with twin beds, antiques and art from a renowned regional artist.

The beauty of the Blue Ridge may be appreciated from anywhere on this mountain top escape. Guests may also enjoy picking blueberries, hiking the QD Conner trail, hiking to the top of the High Hill (at 3400 feet the highest point in Patrick County) or fishing at nearby Three Ponds. (All are owned by the Tsuga on the Ridge owners.) A lower deck provides a spectacular setting for an al fresco dinner overlooking Rock Castle Gorge.

Offsite activities include breakfast at Mabry Mill, hiking the numerous trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Rocky Knob, dining at Chateau Morsette, sipping wine at Villa Appalaccia Winery, gazing at Lover’s Leap or indulging at Nancy’s Candy Factory. Golfers may enjoy playing at Olde Mill Resort, Primland Highland Course, or Great Oaks. Come relax, and unwind and enjoy all this wonderful Blue Ridge property has to offer! If you want to see a live webcam photo of the view from Tsuga on the Ridge copy this link into your browser:

More Details

Clara Miles
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, mandarin, Mandarin Chinese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Clara Miles

Tsuga on the Ridge is owned by Brian and Clara Miles of Niceville, Florida. The mountain property has been in Brian’s family since 1956 when Brian’s Grandfather, the late Oscar W. Burnett of Greensboro, North Carolina bought the land to build a cabin for weekend retreats with his family. His criteria for the summer retreat was that the property be above 3000 feet elevation, with natural creek or springs to support the construction of one or more ponds and within a two hour drive from his Greensboro home. Oscar Burnett died in 1970 and Judy remarried Burke Davis, an award winning author of over 40 books, in 1982. Burke’s love of the outdoors led to an almost immediate desire to live part of the year with Judy in the mountains. Noting that the cozy 540 square foot weekend cabin at Three Ponds wasn’t big enough for extended living, Burke and Judy set about designing and building a new mountain top home. Burke wanted the design to reflect the marriage of old and new, and the home reflects that. After significant searching, Burke found and purchased three 1800’s vintage log cabins in North Carolina, had them disassembled, parts numbered and carefully reassembled and re-chinked on the mountain top as bedroom wings of the central modern living space of Tsuga on the Ridge. While in college, Brian and Clara visited Three Ponds and Tsuga on the Ridge numerous times. Judy and Burke lived at Tsuga most summers where Burke wrote several books. After Burke’s death in 2006 Judy continued to enjoy Tsuga on the Ridge with family and friends. After Judy’s death in 2011 at age 97, her son Tim cared for the property until Brian and Clara bought it in December 2013. We are committed to preserving this beautiful home and its grounds for our families and are very pleased to share it with others. We hope that you have a wonderful experience at Tsuga on the Ridge and come to love it as we do!

Clara Miles purchased this house in 2013

Why Clara Miles chose Meadows of Dan

Tsuga on the Ridge is special for many reasons. The property has been in our family since the 1950s, and it backs up to land owned by the United States Forest Service. The main living and dining areas of the home look due North towards Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway – simply stunning views. Burke’s and Judy’s vision to take two vintage log cabins and use them as the “anchors” for the house combine the best of two worlds – authentic cabin feel with modern amenities. Set on 7 acres you feel like the world is a million miles away, yet just a short drive away to shopping and dining.

What makes this house unique

Mixes authentic log cabins with new construction conveniences and killer views!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's an incredibly beautiful place, and seemed even more special to us because of the history of your husband's extraordinary grandmother and step-grandfather. What a fascinating couple they must have been, and what a beautiful home and gardens they created on their mountaintop. (And what a great cook Judy must have been, judging from various herbs still surviving in her herb garden and the unusual selection of baking and cooking utensils in her kitchen drawers!) I just ordered a couple of Burke's books, and I'm looking forward to reading them.

Thanks again for making your cabin so lovely, inviting and comfortable. It was wonderful to gather with our family in such a special place!
May 2014
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Meadows of Dan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1861 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The washer and dryer are located in this bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall/guest bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This room has a 39 inch flat screen HDTV.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This room has a 32 inch flatscreen HDTV.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This large bedroom is located in the 2nd log cabin.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , This room is accessed thru the 3rd bedroom. It is upstairs.
  • Bedroom 1 with the king bed is located in one of the authentic cabins with a private attached bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting


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Stunning Views, Beautifully Appointed Home close to Wineries, Primland & Parkway
average rating of 5.0 based on 48 reviews

Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place with gorgeous views. Home is clean, very well stocked, relaxing and cozy! Owners have put a lot of thought in making this a wonderful retreat. Clara is kind and accommodating. Highly recommend walking to the three ponds, cooking out on the deck and star gazing, visiting nearby Primland for dinner and observatory, hiking buffalo mountain and experiencing various wineries when you go!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Getaway to Remember

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I often visit the Meadows of Dan, Floyd, and Virginia Tech for a getaway from the city. This is a truly special place for us both. We were unable to plan ahead for this trip as we were in need of an immediate escape. We found this rental based on our experience of staying in another rental very close in proximity.

We were very fortunate that the home was available for our getaway. The pictures on VRBO simply do not capture the magic of this place. Yes, it has very stunning views, but the inside of the home is beyond words. The decor is nothing short of being truly at home. We had a snow day while staying there, and it was simply the best. We built a fire, turned the chairs towards the sliding doors, and watched as the snow fell. It was truly a scene and a story straight out of a book. My wife and I have found a new hidden gem and will be staying at this home again during the summer. After being there for several days, we can’t imagine staying anywhere else ever again.

I also have to say how wonderful the owners are. It is rare to meet genuinely good people that are concerned with your well-being and happiness - the owners exemplify attentiveness.

-The Reed Family

Stayed in March of 2018

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation/getaway property

  • 5 of 5

The home is beautiful, the site is quiet and secluded. The owners went far beyond our expectations to help us enjoy our stay. One can't ask for a better experience. Five stars and many thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

We had eight friends and a dog gather for an early Christmas celebration. It snowed on our way in and for the whole first day and it resulted in a beautiful scene! When the snow clouds lifted, the view out the back of the living room was awesome! For us, the property was a winter wonderland. The house was great and when we had a question, Clara called within minutes to help us find a snow shovel. All of us would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better than hoped for

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, charming home. Our party was delighted with every detail and amenity. Living room table is stunning. Beds were comfortable. View is gorgeous. Really loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A nice romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures are right on to what the property looks like, and the place is really lovely. The day views and night sky are just amazing! You have everything you could want already on the property.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Roanoke and Greensboro are both about 1.5 hrs away
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Primland Resort
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
US Highway 58 goes through Meadows of Dan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until quoted. No refunds for early departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.