|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
Please Read the ENTIRE Description AND Look At ALL Of Photos Too Before Booking. We challenge you to find a more honest listing than this one. And all of this info has been on here since day one. Some guests just neglect to read it until after they book or after they arrive (which is out of our control). Again, please read the entire description below (if you are not okay with camping then please do not book this cabin)
The water is now off for the fall/winter 2016 season and will remain off until sometime in the spring 2017 most likely (depending on freezing weather). There are times when the river may be high & knock out the water.
This is one of the most rustic cabins you will find on the this site, maybe the most rustic. We (my wife & I and our 3 daughters) actually lived in this cabin until November 2014. :) To say that this cabin is not perfect is an understatement. It is really only open for rent to those who are super easy going and who understand that there cabin is NO-frills cabin. Which means please don't rent it unless you're going to read this entire listing (it will only take you a few minutes to read it). The cabin is super rustic, super old (over 100 years old) and has not been updated or modernized at all since the 1960's. Even when cleaned, it will not feel clean. The wood is old, the walls are old and there is some sheet rock that was put up in the 1960's and isn't in the best shape.
The cabin has 4 bedrooms, but only one of them has a door currently (and a very thin door at that). We will be adding curtains to the other 3 bedrooms at some point. All 4 bedrooms are upstairs and the walls are very very thin (Wayne's Coating) so noise travels very easily between the rooms. The bedrooms are all very small too. There are 3 bedrooms with full size beds and then one with an older twin bed. The steps are very narrow and very steep to get to the upstairs. The cabin does have water for the bathroom in late spring, summer, and early fall (and it is actually city water and it is even safe for drinking and cooking purposes, as well as washing) and there is a full bathroom too (except in the late fall, winter and early spring). There are There is a large size hot water heater and an old stand up shower in the bathroom. The bathroom roof is old and if it rains during your stay it will drip from the roof. The ceiling is open (you can see the metal roof) in bathroom and the walls are very basic throughout the whole cabin. The water line to this cabin is above ground, so sometime in late November or early December we'll have the cabin winterized (depending on when the first freeze is). Winterize means that there is NO water during these months. No water means no bathroom. Guests will still be welcome to stay, but there will be no water, no hot water, no sink or shower at that point (until sometime in the spring). The water will be turned on again in the spring (late March most likely. Key words most likely. Which means not guaranteed). Of course you'll be welcome to walk across to the two rivers and draw water for washing dishes, hands, etc if you need it, but there will be no hot water at that point and no cold water either. Thus there will be no bathroom either. Water cannot be poured into the toilet or down the drains either during these months whereas this will cause hundreds of dollars damage (and guests will be charged for this if they pour water into the sink, shower or toilet).
If we have a vacant cabin during your stay (we have lots of nice cabins with full heat (many with central heat), some with A/C, Flat Screen TV's, and even some with heated floors and walk-in showers in the master bedroom... then there is a possibility that you could use the bathroom or shower at one of those properties (this is not a guarantee though), but we cannot promise this and it depends completely upon availability at our 20+ other cabins, cottages and houses on the mountain. We hope to have a wood stove added at some point, but the fireplace is currently not able to be used. There is no insulation in this cabin since it was built as a summer use only cabin, but once the wood stove is in, it should do relatively well in cold weather. Firewood must be purchased upon arrival and must be purchased on site to use in the fire pit (operational now) and wood stove (once it is added). We can help you get the fire going in most cases upon arrival. :) There are also one small heater to take the chill off in the winter months. Please note again that there is no insulation in this cabin and it will only get "so" warm with the two little heaters. The wood stove will definitely help once it gets put in though. :) Sleeping bags would be a good idea in the cold winter months, but we do provide linens, pillows and blankets... but you may want to bring several blankets as well just to be safe. There is NO kitchen in the cabin (there is a room that use to be a kitchen but we've blocked off that room and the room is completely empty now and not accessible. There is a new large stainless steel fridge which is hooked up and does work (and yes, we know that a brand new stainless steel fridge is out of place in this cabin). :) The cabin also has a microwave, a toaster & a toaster oven, a grill (propane not provided) and a coffee maker. Since there is no kitchen, there are no kitchen cabinets, so we have a large, full size upright freezer that we used as a cabinet for food storage (when we lived there). :) We do provide linens and towels at this cabin, but you will need to bring paper cups, plastic silverware and plates, etc. Since there is not a kitchen, washing those items is just not going to work, so disposable (or bring your own real plates, etc) will work best.
The downstairs consists of an open living room (with the newer fridge in it) and then the bathroom is right off the living room. There is a large front porch, but it is not in great shape at all. All of the screen on the screen porch portion needs to be replaced and it will need new railings too (so the screen porch portion of the porch is not usable). There is a fireplace, but it is not allowed to be used (it would be dangerous to use it, this is not an option at this time) until we add a new chimney liner and wood stove.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. We've stayed here numerous times (and lived here for 7 months) and loved it. We believe that it is a step up from camping, but that is it. It is nice to sit on the front porch and listen to the two rivers that are just across the road. There is parking for up to 4 cars in the driveway. Some of the photos make the cabin look nicer than it really is too. That is why we've written such a detailed description here.
There is free WiFi though. :) If you have any other questions at all please do not hesitate to ask. Pets are welcome at all of our properties, but there is a pet fee(s) of $39 (plus tax) at this cabin. We do allow for more than one pet, but other pet fee charges apply. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival (in fact, this cabin would not be ideal for someone with allergies). This cabin will have spider webs, even though we do clean them before every guest. The cabin is also very very dusty. Remember this is a super old cabin with no updates at all in the past 50 years. Guests are required to sign a rental agreement upon arrival. For this reason, the person who makes the reservation has to be the there at the time of check-in, unless the contract is signed and arrangements are made for someone else to check-in in advance.
This is a real cabin in the mountains built long ago. Therefore, it will not feel like new construction (since it isn't new construction), but then again, that is what gives the cabin its charm because it is unique and older (meaning OLD). The cabin is in the mountains and borders the George Washington National Forest. The national forest contains all sorts of wildlife and deer can even be seen at times walking through the yard. Because this is a real cabin, there are things you should expect to find in an older real cabin such as spider webs (we clean them for every guest but they do reappear quickly), ladybugs, insects, tiny critters & stink bug(s) during certain times of the year. This cabin borders the national forest where such things as bear, deer, possum, foxes, skunks, ticks and other wildlife live. Yes, we're stating the obvious, but this is the woods and you may see them while staying.
There. So now you know what to expect (if you read this before you booked), and there is NO reason to not leave a 5 star positive review for this cabin since EVERYTHING is listed in this description (and if you are reading this for the first time after you've booked or after your stay, then that is NOT our fault). Again, if you are only just now reading this after you booked, during or after you stayed, then none of that is our fault (can you tell we're frustrated with some of the past reviews which are not our fault at all, since those guests didn't take the time to read the listing, but rather only booked based on the price). :) We lived here. We really lived here with our family, with our kids, so when we hear some guests complain that they can't spend the night here we're not very prone to be sympathetic (they didn't read this far or read any of it). If you want something nicer, we (and lots of other folks too) have other options and other places you can stay. Those other places just cost more. :) This is not meant to be harsh and not saying all this to be mean. Quite the opposite. We want ALL guests to have a great stay, and we truly care, but we're at a loss as to what else we can do to get our guests to read the descriptions BEFORE they book.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
We believe service is what sets us apart in the vacation rental industry. Katie & I personally own every cabin that we manage. We check-in all of our guests personally (sometimes even as late as 2 or 3 in the morning, with prior approval). When you arrive, the lights will be on and you will be welcomed and shown around the cabin, unlike most other rentals where you access a lock box and walk into a dark cold house. This is all we do 24/7 and we want all of our guests to have an amazing stay. We would be honored if you would allow us the opportunity to serve you.
We came to Virginia from Texas so I (Steven) could finish my college degree, but got into the vacation rental business by accident. :) We have three daughters under the age of 5. We have 6 rescue dogs, 4 rescue cats, 3 ponies, 10 goats & about 50 chickens.
Katie & Steven Robert Jones purchased this cabin in 2013
This cabin sits just across the road from the intersection of two rivers. We own land along both of these rivers and you will be able to access the river to fish. Dry River and Gum Run are two of the best Trout streams on the east coast.
My husband and I were looking for a rustic cabin to rent while we got away from home to do some hiking and exploring in the mountains. This was a great find! We were so happy we found it.
This cabin was just what my family and i were looking for, it was camping but with a roof and beds we loved sitting by the fire roasting hot dogs and making smores, hikes through the woods and lots of fishing . we had an amazing time and look forward to go back! We would like this to be our family getaway spot
The owner's description of this cabin is accurate. This is a step above camping. You have running water, toilet, shower, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven and 4 bedrooms. The wireless internet also worked quite well. A fine porch for some good sittin' as well as an outdoor fire pit for your campfires.
Located directly across from the flowing river. Always a pleasure to stay at one of Kate & Steve's cabins.
It is exactly what the description says, but it is close to lovely trails and is a roof over your head.
I loved this cabin! It is indeed very rustic and old. For two people on a budget, it was perfect. I've stayed in lush cabins before, and while the fancy ones are nice, they're nice in the same way a good hotel room is - all sort of the same levels of comfort but not much true character. We weren't looking for amenities, just four walls to protect us from the elements (for the most part).
This cabin was huge, although we didn't utilize all of it (and some of it is blocked off anyway, so it could potentially be even better in the future). It was pretty cold at night, but with about 3 layers of clothes and several layers of amazingly heavy blankets from a couple of the rooms, we slept fine. The owners also provided two small space heaters, so if we were going to be in one room for a while we would put both there, or split them up while we were gone to ensure a fairly warm return (it wouldn't hurt to bring a couple of your own with you though). We were told the fire place in the cabin is their next project, and I'm REALLY looking forward to going back with that in place!
It did rain so the bathroom leaked, but it wasn't a big deal. I actually expected it to be much worse. The fact that we even had an indoor bathroom was still a plus.
We saw a couple of spiders, but in the mountains when it's cold and wet outside that is to be expected - none were in beds or on couches so again, not a big deal.
The only thing I would nit-pick is not receiving a warning about the front steps Before I busted my a**. If it rains, the wood has close to zero traction. Both feet went from under me and I fell pretty hard. After that I was informed that there are traction strips on the left hand side of the stairs, but even with those and hiking boots (and walking slowly after the first incident) I still ended up falling again the next morning and not being able to move my shoulder for much of that day. I'm sure the hand rails help, just not when your hands are full. They may want to consider adding those strips across the whole step.
Katie was very friendly was welcoming, and the location is just outside of Harrisonburg so there are plenty of restaurants and such to choose from if that's your thing. We went to an Italian place called Vito's that was very good and had surprisingly reasonable prices. I really look forward to returning in the future and spending more time there.
Arrived approx 7p Aug 18 2015
Departed approx 1p Aug 21 2015
Friendly owner/property manager - Katie, greeted us when we arrived.
-Rustic cabin - yes
-Linen and towels - yes - never dried out due to the dampness in the cabin
-Tidy - yes
-Fridge /freezer - awesome leftovers from previous people (awesome!!, but do check expiry dates)
-Deliver wood daily - no; Never heard from Katie or anyone after checkin
-Ability to relax and unwind - yes
-Sit and enjoy fire-lit conversations - only after we bought charcoal and firelighter fuel (wood was water logged)
-Frequent electric power drops (microwave, wifi, fridge, fans stopped working routinely)
We felt a bit misled -
-Photos seem to be a mixture of the cabin and other locations;
-We had to ask for the microwave and coffeemaker;
-$30 unlimited wood for 3 nights translated to approx 3hr semi dry wood delivered by Katie (after check-in) when we asked where the wood supply was that we had requested (make sure you have cash on hand to pay for it);
-No-one stopped by/phoned/txt'd when it was time to check-out/leave; we decided to leave the key on the table and left a voice message for her.
-Wood was soaking wet; cost us additional $20 to purchase charcoal and firelighter to create a fire to cook our meals. VERY glad we had the microwave, coffeemaker & toaster oven.
-Katie indicated that someone would bring lightbulbs to add light in the cabin - REALLY glad we brought our flashlights like we normally do when tenting/camping; (no lightbulbs were delivered)
-The Little Grille, Harrisonburg - friendly staff, very busy, wonderful breakfasts
- The Palms, Lexington Va - great tasting dinner with live band, good value for money, lively atmosphere
-Trout in the stream near the cabin (fun to catch release)
-Switzer lake- 20min drive; recommend AWD vehicle; remote; very scenic; sadly we didn't catch anything;
-Bear cub crossing Rawley Pike/Route 33 in National forest
-Natural Bridge caverns & outdoor walk to natural bridge - 1.5hr drive; worth the drive;
NOTE: Families with young children - the road next to the cabin is extremely busy; - fast moving cars, trucks and dump trucks that won't be able to stop as they come down the hill and around the corner.
|Property Damage Insuranc||£16 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||£24 + Tax|