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Hewn Log Cabin in Storybook Setting

Bedrooms 1
Space 872 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

An authentic hewn log cabin built before the Civil War

Cave Hill Log Cabin is a hewn log cabin built before the Civil War, painstakingly restored by local Adams County craftsmen. The solid rock fireplace was crafted by hand using locally quarried stone. The massive rafters exposed in the loft were sawn from poplar logs in a local Amish sawmill. The interior paneling is 14 to 16 inch wide white pine boards supplied by Patty’s family lumberyard. The roof is hard slate salvaged from the house in Cincinnati where George grew up.

We re-built the cabin at the edge of a little field behind our historic log barn, tucked away in a clearing by itself like a pioneer cabin would be. Surrounded by woods on 3 sides and the old barn on the 4th, it’s in its own world. Your first view of the cabin, coming around the old log barn, will transport you to another place and time.

Attached to the antique log home is a new lean-to with a modern kitchen and bath. Hidden behind the ancient logs are electricity, heating and air conditioning. The cabin smells of fresh cut pine boards.

One of our first guests said: "We absolutely fell in love with your cabin and the feeling and experience it gave us. Along with the woods surrounding it. You all have done an incredible job capturing the look and feel of an original cabin, yet keeping all the necessities and amenities we are accustomed to. I just can't say enough good things about this lovely place. We just loved it!! A few added touches that I loved were the sconces, the little lamp in the bathroom, all the little candles and candle holders throughout the first floor. They all brought an added romantic side to the cabin."

Sleeps 4 guests (in a king bed and two twins in the open loft)

Pet friendly. Your dog will enjoy romping in the woods and fields surrounding the cabin.

One bathroom with shower.

Amenities. We offer amenities comparable to a boutique hotel – crisp hand ironed sheets and pillow cases, handsome comforters on the beds, fluffy towels and natural soap. We do our own laundry, without the harsh chemicals and industrial finishing of a commercial laundry.

Cozy living room with fireplace. Relax in the living room before a sparkling fire, surrounded by antique log walls. We supply local seasoned hand split hardwood, kindling, newspaper and fire lighter.

Fully equipped kitchen. Prepare your family meals in our well stocked kitchen. We include flatware and china, wine glasses, coffee maker and filters.

Dining room seats 6 guests. Enjoy your meals gathered around the oak dining room table . . . or make it a game table or jigsaw puzzling table for great family memories.

Free WiFi for email or light browsing; not for streaming movies or the like.

Entertainment. We have a flat screen TV with satellite service and a DVD player. Bring your own movies.

Porch. Out on the porch overlooking the field and woods is a gas grill and table and chairs for dining and lounging. Have your meals on the sun-dappled porch (weather permitting). We do not have a hot tub.

Outdoor fire ring. In the evening, start a fire in the fire pit by the barn and roast marshmallows. Star gaze from the field next to the cabin, where the Milky Way shines across the sky.

Immerse yourself in nature. Your children will be intrigued to stay in an authentic log cabin surrounded by woods, and to sleep in the loft. Stroll over to the log barn where you enjoy a spectacular view of the Appalachian foothills in the distance. Walk up our woodland path to the cave. Bring a flashlight to explore the cave.

About Adams County:

Adams County is one of the most beautifully scenic counties in Ohio. The Great Serpent Mound is the largest effigy mound in the country. The Amish community offers shops and tidy well kept farms. The southern boundary is the Ohio River, with gorgeous views, fishing and boating. Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve and numerous state natural areas showcase the county’s unique features.

Suggested activities:

Visit the Great Serpent Mound and its visitor center. Check out the Wheat Ridge Amish community shops and well kept farms. Travel the Quilt Barn Trail and see the rural countryside by car. Follow the ride of Confederate John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders through Adams County in 1863.

In neighboring Brown County, visit the boyhood home of US Grant in Georgetown; see where Liza reportedly crossed the Ohio River on the ice in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Visit the Rankin House above the Ripley bluff, where lanterns hung to guide slaves escaping across the river from Kentucky.

Hike in one of the many nature preserves and natural areas in Adams County. Our favorites include Chaparral Prairie (a remnant prairie a mile away). Buzzardsroost Trail (a moderately strenuous hike in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve) and Davis Memorial Nature Preserve (features a pristine stream, high rock cliffs and a geologic fault in the cliff face).

Enjoy birding on our farm or in the nature preserves.

Fish our pond (catch and release only), the ponds in Tranquility Natural Area, Adams Lake State Park, Ohio Brush Creek or the Ohio River.

Have dinner at Murphin Ridge Inn or Moyer Winery. Murphin Ridge is an excellent restaurant in an old farm house near the Amish community. Moyer offers fine food in a dining room overlooking the Ohio River.

More Details

George Carr
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 13, 2017

About George Carr

I am a retired lawyer turned carpenter and innkeeper. I grew up in Cincinnati and have lived there all my life. As a young man I lived in the country outside of town, surrounded by woods and fields. After 30 years in an office, I have returned to my roots. Patty recently retired as a paralegal and is enjoying her new profession as an innkeeper.

George Carr purchased this cabin in 2014

Why George Carr chose Ohio

We bought 25 acres of vacant land in Adams County in 1991. It included an old log barn and behind the barn a small field that had been used to grow tobacco. In 1994 we acquired the timbers from a log cabin that stood on neighboring property. We stored them in the barn, promising every year to rebuild the cabin. In the fall of 2013 we hired a local log home restorer to put it back up in the little field behind the barn. He rebuilt it using many of the original timbers and some new ones. He built a stone fireplace and chimney out of local rock. We named it after Charlie and Ida Winkle, who lived in it until the late 1960's.

What makes this cabin unique

Pioneer living experience with all the comforts of home. Imagine how a pioneer family would have lived in this cabin, while enjoying modern conveniences like central air conditioning and heat, and modern kitchen and bath.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"What a beautiful restoration! We love the stillness and peace of the setting, tucked away in its own little sanctuary. We spent many hours enjoying the wood-burning fireplace; and we loved having coffee on the porch and watching the birds.

Thanks for all you have done to provide such a wonderful place to rejuvenate."

-- from the guestbook
Oct 2014
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West Union Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 872 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Modern shower, commode and sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • King size bed and two twins in a loft.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • spelunking


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Hewn Log Cabin in Storybook Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Great place to relax and unwind.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful mix of old historic cabin and modern amenities. Property location is breathtaking. We did not want to leave the front porch, it was such a calming view. Cleanest pet friendly cabin we have ever rented. Trails and fields are perfect for dogs to enjoy! Can't wait to return to see the fall colors.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Val, so happy you found out our secret, the porch! I'm happy to say the fall trees do live up to expectations! The Carrs
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Hewn Log Cabin was EPIC!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Log Cabin at Cave Hill and had a wonderful experience. Firstly, the cabin was very clean. If you're looking for a secluded cabin, this is the place! The grounds surrounding the cabin are beautiful and private. This Civil War era cabin has been expertly refined to include all the modern conveniences without taking away from the history and charm of the original logs and beams. We can't wait to come back and visit again!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect. A great get away!!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plainfield, IL

Book this place right now! Wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is absolutely a dream. We loved every minute. George and Patty have thought of everything. Try to arrive during the day as the drive back is beautiful but pretty remote. The cabin is the perfect mix of old and new. We loved cooking all our meals and relaxing in front of the fire. We stayed a few nights and could have easily stayed an entire week. Hope to return some day!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plainfield, IL

Simply Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Book this place right now. This log cabin is beautifully appointed and the perfect mix of old a new. Make sure you arrive in the daylight as you have to drive on a few dirt roads to get back there. Make sure to book breakfast with Margaret down the road. Her and her husband were very welcoming and absolutely delicious. Hope to be able to go back again. Wonderful retreat.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just experienced the best vacation we have ever had when we stayed at George and Patty's beautiful log cabin. They really have thought of everything to make your stay very comfortable. We really enjoyed walking around, discovering the cave, and our yellow lab even had an invigorating swim in the lake. Thank you again for sharing your log home! We've already recommended your home to our friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much. We particularly enjoyed your sending us the photo of your stocking feet in front of the fire. But where was the dog?
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Car: necessary

A thriving community of Amish is just around the corner. Enjoy great bakery goods, visit the saddle shop and purchase a new belt or bag, watch out for horse-drawn buggies and wave to everyone, it's friendly territory here.


Rates & Availability

West Union Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
In Season
Jun 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas day
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30
Pet Fee $40
Tax Rate 3.0%

Damage protection waiver covers up to $1,000 of accidental damage by you or your pet during your stay. Damage or loss must be reported before you leave. We will be happy to replace or repair any reported damage. Guests are responsible for intentional damage or damage in excess of $1,000.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. WiFi is for 1 gigabyte; we reserve the right to charge for additional gigabytes used at $15 each. A typical movie is about 4 or 5 gigabyles.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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