Hewn Log Cabin in Storybook Setting

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Cave Hill Winkle Cabin


Last updated: 10/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 872 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets welcomed....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 2 twin/ single


  • King size bed and two twins in a loft.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Modern shower, commode and sink.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$140 $165
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Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $40
  • Tax Rate 3%


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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Last updated: 10/02/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose West Union, OH, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Cave Hill Winkle Cabin

    Cave Hill Winkle Cabin

  • Dinner!


  • Relax on the porch

    Relax on the porch

  • bath w/ shower

    bath w/ shower

  • fully equipped kitchen

    fully equipped kitchen

  • Authentic stone fireplace

    Authentic stone fireplace

  • Sleeping loft under timber frame beams

    Sleeping loft under timber frame beams

  • Outdoor dining on the porch

    Outdoor dining on the porch

  • bath in lean-to

    bath in lean-to

  • kitchen


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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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