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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 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2017

Amenities

Clarksville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Solar powered lake cottage with dock on private 300 acre preserve
average rating of 4.75 based on 24 reviews
5

Breathtaking Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This property is a wonderful getaway spot! If you enjoy fishing and the outdoors, this is the spot for you. We thoroughly loved being off the grid and away from the pressures of life! Highly recommend this for 2-3 people!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful cozy cottage at the lake

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from our weekend getaway at the cottage. My family loved it. Its a small cozy house in the middle of the woods. We enjoyed fishing on the dock. Playing ball on the lawn. Grilling burgers and hot dogs and making smores on the fire pit. My five year old even got to swimming at the nearby park that had a swimming area.

Note.... You can swim right off the dock. But it doesn't have easy access to get back on. ( I have two little ones so I felt safer taking them to the nearby park. That had a playground, swimming area and boat ramp.)

The cottage is solar power so the a.c. can't be on for long period of time. (I did not have to turn it on at all. The weather was perfect so the cottage stayed cool)

There is no TV in the cottage and no internet service.I personally think it's the best setting for a GREAT family vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend at the cottage. It lived up to everything it said it would be. Quiet, tranquil, relaxing and beautiful. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. Convenient to the Clarksville area for any last minute necessities. We enjoyed grilling outside next to the fire pit. We were able to carry our kayaks down to the lake and paddle around to see much of the area lake sites. Our only complaint is the weekend wasn't long enough :)

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

A place to escape the stresses of life

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how isolated this property was. You will not find TV's and clocks in this cozy home. Its a place to get away from the cities, your stressors, electronic devices and society in general. I would label it as comfortable camping. We brought some food, linens, fishing rods, towels, books and a puzzle and had a great time.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect. Just far enough to barely have cell service but close enough to amenities like food to not be completely off grid. Beautifully furnished and very clean, it was a wonderful haven in the woods! Star views were incredible.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

So neat!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cabin. It was very comfortable all around. Loved the privacy the best!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Clarksville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$135
From
$145
Fri,Sat
$750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.3%

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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