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Solar powered lake cottage with dock on private 300 acre preserve

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Eco-friendly 700 sq. ft. cottage. 1 bedroom w/ queen bed. Fan cooled / no AC.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Welcome to Soudan Cottage. This modern, off-grid retreat combines private and secluded lake access featuring a state-of-the-art dock, two coves and a 300+ acre forest teeming with natural visual beauty and wildlife. Ten minutes from the charming, lakeside town of Clarksville, VA, and an hour's drive from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, the cottage is ideal for a short sabbatical, a romantic weekend, or an outdoorsman's getaway. Best suited for one or two people, the cottage is able to sleep up to four with use of a cot and futon. If you'd like more time to read, talk, think and relax; if you cherish a brisk walk in the woods or a cool dip in a placid lake; if you seek a night sky full of stars and the sound of crickets, then you've found the right place. Soudan Cottage might be best understood by what it isn't. It isn't a place stocked with television sets, video games, telephones, stereos and computers. You can bring those things if you need them, but otherwise you'll have just the basics here, and maybe a little lower blood pressure.

The eco-friendly cottage, constructed in 2013 by contractor Steve Storm, mixes contemporary design and amenities with antique furnishings and Americana charm. Every inch of the 700 square feet is efficiently utilized with nothing wasted. Soudan Cottage was sited and designed with sustainability and a simpler, more relaxed existence in mind. Solar panels cover the southern roof line and store energy in hand made battery lockers. Ceramic tile floors throughout the downstairs kitchen, bath, and sitting area provide natural cooling in warm weather. Pine flooring in the upstairs bedroom/study offers comfort year round. In winter months, two wall mounted propane heaters -one in the bathroom- warm the entire cabin efficiently. Although AC is limited to short bursts using a generator, the cottage is still enjoyable in all but the hottest summer weather. It was situated to take advantage of prevailing summer breezes aided minimally by small fans. Cool night air can be circulated through the cottage's 13 windows via the upstairs ceiling fan.

The kitchen minimizes waste with an energy efficient refrigerator, and a propane powered oven and range. There is no microwave, toaster, blender or electric can opener.

Kitchen and bathroom water flows through a natural gravity system featuring a 100-gallon tank filled by a solar powered pump in the nearby pump house. An easy-to-read energy monitor in the kitchen displays how much solar power is stored, and how much is being transferred, so that usage can be managed smartly according to the time of day and the current weather conditions. The cottage utilizes a modern septic system and deep well.

The property, which includes 300+ acres of pine and mixed forest and more than 1000 feet of secluded shoreline access on Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Lake), is one of the largest lake forest tracts in the mid-atlantic region of the United States. Located five miles from the Lake Country regional airport in Mecklenburg County, VA, you can be casting a line into the renowned tournament fishing waters of Kerr Lake within minutes of landing. Hunters will find deer, turkey, rabbit, and other game abundant in the private forest and the adjoining Corp of Engineers easement land. And nature lovers in need of a respite from the city will enjoy seemingly endless natural trails ideal for hiking, cycling, or bird watching.

Come to the woods, 21st century style.

More Details

Owner
Sam Tarry, Member - IHIP, LLC
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

Map

Car: necessary

Amenities

Clarksville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • water skiing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Solar powered lake cottage with dock on private 300 acre preserve
average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews
5

Been 3 times now to this wonderful place...and I don't plan on stopping

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was (again) the perfect getaway for my girlfriend and I for a 2-night stay.

We came in January for my birthday and enjoyed a nice cozy cabin.

With temps in the upper 90s this trip the cabin was hot, but we spent 99% of our time outside so it wasn't really a factor.

The window A/C would do the trick if needed, but we got a decent breeze with all the windows down.

The dock, fire pit and grill were put to good use.

Sam has been great to interact with in the past, but I didn't need to bother him with anything this time and he returned the favor.

Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing house and amazing location!!!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, a real getaway, great dock, very very quiet, just a great vacation! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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A Great Get-Away

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I love the lake and the woods. In that regard, this place was great for us. The private dock was fantastic as we swam and enjoyed catching fish there. Be ready to climb a rope ladder or pull yourself back up. This is not ideal for those not prepared for some physical workout or ready to swim to the bank. The lake itself is remote compared to most, and that was pretty amazing. The house truly is solar powered as advertised, which means we had to be somewhat mindful for taking showers and running the lights, but we never ran out or came close. We did need to start the propane-fuled generator outside (simply opening a lid and pushing a start button) to revamp the battery level. Unfortunately, the AC did not work for us on this trip but we were fine with battery operated fans and we are used to backpacking and camping. We found out later the AC issue was simply a small fuse, and it should be resolved now. The sleeping arrangements were great with a queen sized bed upstairs and even a cot. There was plenty of room for another queen sized air mattress upstairs as well if needed. This spot is a great get-away and I am sure we will try to get back out there soon and try a different season. The hosts are awesome as well and very responsive. I recommend this place as a wooded escape from the normal hustle and bustle of life.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had out baby moon here.

  • 5 of 5

We came here, pooch included, as our last get away before our first baby arrives. Relaxation before life with a newborn is all we were seeking and goal was achieved. We took it easy most days and went into town one day and rented a pontoon boat for the day which was amazing. I high recommend doing that! Great stay overall. Cottage is exactly how described.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Great!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! The property was beautiful and we had no problem with the house being solar powered. Our dogs loved swimming in the lake and running around. Our ONLY issue was that we were contantly picking ticks off our dogs. Other than that we loved it & had a great time - would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Little Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great as usual.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please bring your own bed linens and towels. Bed sizes = one queen bed, one standard single futon, and one single cot. Use of the spare linens and/or towels in the cottage will require special laundering and an extra fee.

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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