"We have stayed in many cabins in the mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and in the Pacific Northwest. Although this was one of the smallest cabins we have rented, it was one of the most memorable. There are three cabins on the 135-acre property, and two are identical in size. The two smaller cabins are placed far enough apart so that guests can feel privacy and solitude. The larger, 2 bedroom cabin is across the creek adjacent to VA Highway 58, but road traffic is very light and the creek delightfully noisy.
The property itself is a joy to hike. There are miles of trails and plenty of cross-country exploring opportunities such as an off-trail hike up to some waterfalls high up on the property, which abuts National Forest Land and Whitetop Mountain, the second highest peak in Virginia. The owners have marked the trails well, and the trails themselves were once logging roads. We crossed four streams in one day and saw a large bard owl silently flying through the trees. Deer are abundant. I tried fly fishing the tiny pond on the property, which holds rainbow trout, then realized spin casting gear was far more suitable.
As for our cabin, it was spotless and had everything we needed with the exception of spoons. I think there were only 3 or 4 (Brad, please note). The cabin professes to sleep 6, but since there is only one bathroom, I would recommend no more than four people stay at one time or they will be fighting over it. The cabin is also tiny--400 square feet. It would seem much smaller than that with six people. I can imagine some of those guests needing to frequent the woods when the bathroom is unavailable:). The loft has two twin beds, and it would be great for kids under 13. The living room futon is queen-size.
One thing that surprised us is that the fireplace, once started, periodically turns itself on and off. At first we were worried but then figured out that it must be temperature sensitive. There is a space heater near the refrigerator and each room has its own electric heater built into a wall. Since the nights were warm for January (in the high 40s), we didn't even need the heat on at night since the cabin is well-insulated. Another note: one of the upper bedroom windows is cracked and needs replacing. I suspect a branch hit it. The bed itself has a foam mattress and is super-comfortable.
Overall, this is a great place to stay for active, outdoors-oriented people."
Guest: Tom L.
Date of Stay: January 2017
Review Submitted: January 17, 2017