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Peace-in-the-Forest Retreat - Couples, Artists, Forest Lovers

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

PEACE-IN-THE-FOREST RETREAT offers singles, couples, artists, writers, forest lovers and others a reprieve from the rat race by providing privacy and quiet in a very beautiful and comfortable, custom-built cabin, immersed in hardwood and pine forests of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located near the Blue Ridge Escarpment – that incredibly beautiful transition between the blue ridge mountains of the Appalachians and the SC foothills. The cabin is located on 100 acres of forested land with many hiking trails that we are fortunate to be stewards of. It is also located within 15-30 min from Table Rock, Keowee, Devils Fork, Ceasars Head, & Jones Gap St. Parks; 30-40 min from Hartwell, Lakes Keowee & Jocassee as well as DuPont STate Forest(NC); less than an hour from whitewater rivers (Chattooga, French Broad & more), & many trout streams & waterfalls. It is 30 min from Greenville, SC; 40 min from Brevard, NC; 40 min from Clemson ; 45 min from Hendersonville, NC & 1 hour & 15 min from Asheville, NC.

THE CABIN - [more images avail.upon request] We built the cabin in 2004 from pine trees that we cut and sawed here on the property; its surrounded by 100s of acres of privately owned forest land with scattered homes. This provides a rare kind of quiet, broken by the sounds of animals, the wind and rain. The dark night skies also allow for great star gazing. The exterior of the cabin is made of white pine board and batten while the interior consists of white pine paneling and sheet rock, yellow pine floors, and tall cathedral ceilings throughout. Original oil paintings, quilted wall hangings, stain glass and other art impart a pleasant aesthetic quality to the cabin.

LOCATION, LOCATION... - The list of “Activities” below – with the exception of hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing - are not actually onsite but within easy driving distance. For example, there are many fine golf courses, fishing and boating opportunities within 10 - 45 min. While nearby Pickens and Easley offer some restaurants and cultural/entertainment opportunities, Greenville clearly offers the widest and finest selection of these. The beautiful downtown district has many fine restaurants, the Peace Center (plays, ballet, music), museums, galleries and shopping. One of the recent additions is the restoration of the Reedy River Falls area in West End, the centerpiece of which is a curved suspension bridge (walking only), truly an architectural wonder, which overlooks the falls, downtown area and park. Other local cultural attractions include the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, located 10 min away in Pickens. The museum also operates the restored Hagood Mill site, one of the few active grist mills in the region. Most Saturdays there is music and more at the Hagood Mill, celebrating the early history of the area in terms of music, storytelling, blacksmithing, quilting and more. Its open for tours Wed-Sat.

DAVID'S FEATURE FAVORITE SWEET SPOT – I highly recommend kayaking, canoeing or swimming on Lake Joccasee - one of the most beautiful lakes in the Southeast. I will rent canoes and kayaks depending when available. This deep, clear lake is literally perched at the edge of the mountains – and is thus fed by clear mountain streams, whose waterfalls, in some cases, actually fall directly into the lake. The surrounding mountain landscape with rich forested slopes and coves, coupled with the wide, deep waters provide a uniquely beautiful scene. Only one small area of this large lake has been developed - a small amount of private land and a small amount that is part of Devils Fork State Park but the rest is undeveloped forest belonging to Duke Power, SC/NC, or US the Forest Service.

ECOLOGISTS DELIGHT - We are located in the Upper Foothills Physiographic Province where we have a blend of Piedmont and Mountain species. This area is the southern tip of the range for white pine, Eastern Hemlock, rosebay rhododendron and other woody and herbaceous species. Much of the land is classified as ranging from oak-hickory forest to various pine-hardwood mixes (white, Virginia and Shortleaf pines) to cove hardwood-hemlock forests. Historically, this was Cherokee land – points and other artifacts can still be found today. It was settled mostly in the late 1700s and 1800s by white settlers. Scattered homesites can still be found from this period. Cotton and corn was planted on much of the land in the area as late as the 1920s and 1930s but most was abandoned at that time. These cultivated and terraced lands, once abandoned, eventually reverted to forest and are now dominated by 70-80 year old Virginia pines and mixed hardwoods. Evidence of old terraces and erosion gullies are still evident in the forest. Other parts of our property were never plowed historically. Rather, these somewhat more steep lands were periodically harvested for timber and other wood products; heavily grazed by cattle (woodland grazing) and burned periodically. These disturbances were mild compared to cultivation impacts. The result is a much more productive and ecologically healthy forest. These forests are dominated by chestnut oak, white and red oaks, hickories, maples, interspersed with yellow poplar, shortleaf pine and large white pine. Deciduous magnolias, Silverbells, basswood, beech, sourwood, dogwoods and other species are also also prevalent. Common on some sites are ‘laurel slicks’ – thick patches of mountain laurel that appear as shiny, green, ‘slicks’ from a distance. In the spring, nothing is finer than the bountiful white blooms of Mt. Laurel. These forests support a wide array of birds, reptiles and mammals. Some of the common mammals include – deer, turkey, squirrels, fox, skunk, bear, raccoons, bobcat and, more recently, coyote

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David White
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2017

About David White

I am a Forest Ecologist, Old-time musician (fiddle/banjo/guitar), folk dancer, gardener, shiitake mushroom grower, father and more.

David White purchased this cabin in 2004

Why David White chose Table Rock

I built a house on this same property in 1990 but it wasn't until 2003-04 that we built the rental cabin (which is located on the opposite side of the ridge from where we live). It wasn't until later in 2006 that we decided to use the cabin as a vacation rental. I love the forest and land here and have invested time and energy to help others be able to enjoy it. The rental cabin is a way for others to see this piece of paradise at a very affordable price.

What makes this cabin unique

Exceptional, custom built cabin. Quiet. Comfort. Privacy. Long walks on trails through beautiful forest. Great location in the center of paradise (I'm biased!). Close driving distance to many trout streams and other great recreation. Incredible rural roads for cyclists. Close to the very fine cities of Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC.


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
GSP (+local county airport) Greer,SC
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Appalachian Ale House & Burning Brick Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rolling Green (+Pickens Co CC&Bear Valley)
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Dacusville Pizza (lots in Pickens+Pumpkintown)
Nearest Beach
240 Miles
Charleston Area (+local freshwater beaches)

Folk (contra) dancing and more - To experience traditional dance and live music, travel 25 minutes to the historical and popular River Falls Lodge - an old dance hall located in the mountains along the middle fork of the Saluda River. Listen or dance to exhilerating live music that ranges from Appalachian old time to Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.

Don't miss it! For more info, see harvestmoonfolk.org


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Pickens in Pickens County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - 1/2 bath has washer/dryer - and is off of Master Bedroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1) In master bedroom w/ additional 4 inch thick memory foam topper., Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) This 2-sleeper futon is located in what I call the 'office' or study - a 10 x 12 room with lots of glass(and window shades) - it has a separate door to the back deck and into the central main room - so privacy is easy. This room, with its comfortable couch/futon and mobile desk and chair make it a flexible space. It can even be set up as a small studio if desired but is certainly a great place to write, use your computer, or just relax etc.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Woodstove with firewood and kindling provided, Central heat/AC, No Smoking (smoking allowed outside - Don't be a litterbutt!). Information will be provided for starting fires and for using the woodstove safely.


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Peace-in-the-Forest Retreat - Couples, Artists, Forest Lovers
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

Just what we were looking for!!

  • 5 of 5

The Peace-in-the -Forest Retreat was everything we were hoping it would be. The pictures accurately represent the cabin - no unwanted surprises. The setting provides the perfect quiet environment to relax and unwind and the comfortable cabin was furnished with everything we needed. We enjoyed walking the property and our dog, Allie did too (and playing with Kulla). David and Kerry have put a lot of time, energy and love into making their cabin a place people will enjoy and remember long after they leave. Thank you both!

Barb and Mike

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, south carolina

Just right!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Trails were lots of fun. Host was very helpful and loved the area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cabin was everything that we wanted and needed for a weekend getaway. We had a fire on the porch, grilled steaks and had a nice beverage while enjoying the peace of the forest woods. Kulla is the owners dog and he joined us on our hike! The trails are so nice and cleared out for a great relaxing hike. Truly this cabin is one of a kind and we can't wait to come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gainesville FL

100% satisfied

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was absolutely lovely. No complaints whatsoever. Very clean (and I'm picky). Owner supplied clear, helpful information and instructions; everything was taken care of. Cabin was quiet, comfy, relaxing. A bit remote so don't expect to zip right over into town.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks - glad you liked it! Yes, it is a bit remote, and very private, which is part of its charm AND its only 10 minutes from Pickens!
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Central Florida

Peaceful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to getaway from the busyness of life, this is the place! During the day, you can hike on the never ending lush property & at night, you can enjoy stargazing as you snuggle up by the outdoor chiminea. We traveled with our children and dog; they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well! This is a place of relaxation and renewal. However, if you are looking to explore the area, there is much to see. Of course, there is the wonderful city of Greenville nearby, in addition to State Parks, gorgeous lakes, Campbell's wooden bridge, more hiking and the list goes on & on! David was extremely helpful with providing us with information about the surrounding areas & things to do. In addition, we had an eye issue with our dog while visiting and he was so quick to help us find a Vet. The quaint cabin was a "real" cabin and full of charm. Upon arriving at the cabin, you will be greeted by "Kulla", one of their dogs. She is absolutely precious and so welcoming! Our children can't wait to see her again! We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If you love the county this is the perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

A great place filled with beauty and quiet with many hiking trails. A perfect get away from the fast pace of life. David and Kerri were great hosts, friendly, eager to help whether responding to emails or questions in person. David has made many trails through the woods so we could hike right out the cabin door. We brought our 3 dogs and they loved it as much as we did and we all welcomed Kulla's (yellow lab) daily visits. The cabin was clean and had everything needed, including a washer/dryer and wood stove for heat (also furnace) and a deck with a scenic view. The location was great to explore the area; state parks, Greenville, and Asheville and Pickins had a great selection of groceries including organic products. We spent a week at the cabin and hope to get back in the near future. One of the best VRBO's we have ever stayed at and is truly a place of peace in the woods.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Pickens, Western South Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

cleaning £53.07 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Special 3 day weekend rate (Thu-Sun/Fri-Mon): $250; For 4,5 & 6 day stays I provide quote since my price is better than website quote. I chose not to accept Home Away's online payment system because they charge YOU up to 9% on top of my charge. That's why I provide paypal or check option. I am committed to fair price & excellent accomodations.

Paying in full preferred BUT multiple payments allowed; PAY securely through PAYPAL or personal CHECK; Once contacted, I will provide cost, paypal link and other reservation info.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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