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Highland Nest - Log Cabin - Stunning Mountain Views To National Forest

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Highland Nest

Log cabin retreat on thirty acres with spectacular and unobstructed views to the Shenandoah Mountains in the adjacent 30,000 acres of the George Washington National Forest.

Secluded and updated rustic retreat -- up in the clean and clear mountain air. Serene and private location allows a total respite from urban life.

You may cocoon yourself in the cabin or strike out to explore the hiking trails, barn quilt driving tour or maple festival. The scenery around every turn is breathtaking. Fly fishing in the local mountain streams can be arranged with a local guide

The cabin comes completely furnished for your stay.

The living room features comfortable furniture and a large flat screen TV. Cabin has satellite TV service, internet wi-fi and a dvd library of movies and children's favorites.

The kitchen is well equipped for cooking meals with pantry staples, kitchen towels, paper towels, dish soap and dishwasher soap provided.

The master bedroom's new queen bed will be made up with freshly laundered 500 thread count linens. The bathroom has towels, soap, shampoo and toilet paper.

There is a loft sleeping area with twin beds and a second bathroom on the main, living area level. The twin beds in the loft may be pushed together to accommodate a couple.

The cabin is equipped with landline telephone, air conditioning, internet WiFi, satellite TV and dvd player. Although the cabin is out of cell phone range, most cell phones can be enabled for calling and texts through the cabin's internet WiFi.

The cabin's private thirty acre parcel borders the George Washington National Forest which has hiking trails and spectacular scenery. The George Washington National Forest and the adjacent Jefferson National Forest combine to form one of the largest areas of public open land in the Eastern United States. Together, they cover 1.8 million acres in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.

Highland County Virginia is the southernmost area of the United States that produces maple syrup. The Maple Syrup Festival in nearby Monterey, Virginia is a popular yearly event. The Barn Quilt driving tour provides a guide to wonderful scenery in the area of Virgina known as "Little Switzerland."

Area attractions include the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia; Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia and Poplar Forest in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Highland County highlights:

Highland Maple Festival 2017 Dates March 11/12 & March 18/29

In March, enjoy the "opening" of the trees, as taps are placed into the local sugar maples.

Take a sugar camp tour and watch as maple sugar is processed into maple syrup.

Save room for pancakes so you can try out the freshly made syrup. The festival has been designated a "Local Legacy" by the Library of Congress.

Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge

In August, bring your bikes for breathtaking scenery and a choice of four routes with mileage varying from 27 miles to 100 miles. A route for every skill level.

Blue Grass Valley MusicFest

In August, join music lovers at the Puffenbarger Farm nestled among picturesque mountains in the heart of the Blue Grass Valley. Contact us for 2016 dates and info.

Highland County Fair

September brings this old-time country fair steeped in tradition. Celebrating 65 years the Highland County Fair opens with a hometown parade in historic Monterey on the Wednesday preceding Labor Day.

Hands and Harvest Festival

In October, celebrate the beauty of autumn at the annual Hands & Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. Held on the second weekend in October, come and observe the mountain forests transformed into a palette of russet, gold and scarlet. Local treats to sample include; apple dumplings, apple butter and Allegheny Mountain Trout, both fresh and smoked.

Explore the back roads and scenery on the Highland County Scenic Driving Tour or Barn Quilt Trail or try a horse drawn wagon ride.


Early December week-end offers an old fashioned, small town Christmas scene right out of your favorite Hallmark Channel movie. Browse in the nostalgic shops, sip on hot chocolate, watch the Tree Lighting and visit the "Cookie Walk" event. Wintertide Dinner at the Highland Inn has two seatings; reservations are required.

More Details

Marsha Carlton
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, un peau French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018


Head Waters Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We require arrival at the cabin before dark. Last mile to the cabin is a gravel road with a drop-off to a stream The driveway is steep and winding.
  • Please be aware, the cabin is out of cell phone service range. There is a land line at the cabin. Cell text messaging will work with cabin's WiFi.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Bathroom furnished w/ towels, soaps, shampoo & paper goods.
    Main Level Bathroom - toilet , shower , Conveniently located on the main level near living area.
  • Bathrooms have granite counter tops, porcelain sinks and tiled showers. They are fully stocked with bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo, toilet tissue and facial tissues.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Loft Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Open upstairs loft - beds may be pushed together for couples
  • Master Bedroom is located downstairs in the walk-out lower level. This room has baseboard heat and stays cool in the summer without the need for air conditioning. The loft bedroom has an open railing that overlooks the living area of the cabin. The living area, kitchen and loft are heated by a wood stove in the winter and cooled by a new super-quiet and efficient air conditioner in the summer.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
Nature lovers will delight in the seclusion and quiet of this mountain cabin.


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Highland Nest - Log Cabin - Stunning Mountain Views To National Forest
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews

Delightfully secluded and beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great place to hide away from the world for a while. Beautiful scenery, fun to greet morning with coffee on the porch, incredible stargazing opportunities, pleasant area to take walks. And if you just want to cozy up inside, there's movies to watch and games to play. Was exactly what we needed. Highly recommended. (Hardest part was having to leave).

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quaint and quiet cabin overlooking the mountains with just the right amount of space.

  • 5 of 5

We love this place. It's our second time this year staying for the weekend. It's so quiet and the view is spectacular. The cabin is fully stocked; we just bring groceries and wine. It's about 3 hours from Chantilly, but an enjoyable drive. Definitely a great place to forget about the craziness for a while by staring into a fire. Marsha always makes sure it's spotless and I noted they added an A/C unit recently. Easy to reserve, and a quick refund of the deposit afterward.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming place!

  • 5 of 5

We’ll be back next Fall!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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You will be glad you go here!

  • 5 of 5

I arrived very much needing to hit the reset button and received exactly that. I sat on the porch each morning wrapped in a blanket, drinking coffee, surprised by shooting stars, listening for the first bird- owl or whippoorwill- and watching the sky lighten. The cabin is easy and open and airy. The kitchen is thoughtful and complete.

There are miles of county roads to drive and hike, and if I did see another person they were always friendly. The country is still open and large and clearly cherished. There are surprises everywhere- wild asters and windflowers and goldenrod and red maples and old farmsteads way back on forest roads. This is country with visible history, family cemeteries with plain field rocks marking grave sites and 250 plus years of settlement and remnants of 2 wars. "Pick a road, any road" off the main highways- I spent hours walking 642 out from Blue Grass and 619 off of Cowpasture Rd. and Jack Mountain off of Doe Hill Rd. And then I got to come home to the cabin and hunker down for the evening.

The apple pie with caramel sauce at High restaurant in Monterey is REALLY GOOD. The old architecture in Staunton is remarkable. A 3 hour trail ride at North Mountain Outfitters outside Churchville was great.

I got connected back up with what matters most to me- or at least got a good start on it- and having the cabin as comfortable, quiet, secluded home base made all the difference. I look forward to returning.

Many thanks to the owner and Marsha Carlson for taking such generous care of me! I very much appreciate their help shifting my dates by a week because of possible tropical storms where I live. The storm bypassed our area but it was very helpful to be home in case there was damage to tend to.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yorktown, Virginia

I liked it, I liked it a lot

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for some quiet downtime and some star gazing this is the perfect place. Very clean and comfortable cabin with all the needed amenities.

FYI, it's much colder up in the mountains, don't forget to pack your winter clothing.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC; Clayton, NC

Beautiful, cozy cabin, just right size for 2-4. Everything furnished for wonderful vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Cabin is isolated on beautiful piece of property with scenic views. We greatly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linen & Housekeeping $75
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.3%

The cabin is in a remote mountain location, the last mile to the cabin is on a gravel road with a drop off to a creek. The driveway to the cabin is uphill and has two turns; therefore we require guests to arrive before dark to safely navigate your arrival at the cabin.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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