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#494 - Authentic Railroad Cabooses And Depot Just Off The Blue Ridge Parkway

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 250 sq. ft.
Property type cabin

Overview

About the property

Railroad cabooses & cabin (depot) with high mountain meadow views for miles

Come spend some time in a real, completely refurbished railroad caboose (with all the modern amenities) just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Orchard Gap, approximate mile 193.5. Probably the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grassy Creek Cabooses are cabooses renovated into cabins for lodging/rental in the Blue Ridge mountains near Fancy Gap Virginia with private bath, kitchenette, 2 person Jacuzzi's, 32” flat screen satellite TV (w/over 145 channels), heat and air in each unit. We are convenient to I-77 near the NC/VA state line or highways 52 & 58. We're family owned and operated (we live on site) open since 2001. Please tell your friends, family and coworkers about us.

Relive a bygone era when train travel was fun and elegant. Come relax in a real caboose built by Nickel Plate Road or Norfolk Western and reminisce about the simpler times when everything wasn't so hectic and fast paced. Travel back in time and remember how you enjoyed waving to the brakeman in the caboose window when you were sitting at the tracks waiting for the end of the train to pass.

Perhaps you'd prefer to stretch out in our large mountain cabin, we call it the Depot. It's similar in appearance to some of the old depots that once dotted the landscape at small railroad stops across the country. The 2 person jacuzzi is in the bedroom with a queen size bed and an additional queen size sleeper sofa is in the living area. The depot is very spacious with over 500 sq/ft (16'x32') and features 3 decks 2 of them covered as well as all the other amenities of the cabooses. There is also a 34' flat screen TV in the living area. You will not find a cabin this size with all the extras we provide for less.

We have a few of the remaining mining cars from the old Austinville lead mines. There is only limestone left now but the mines used to produce the lead for musket balls, cannon balls and other things during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The lead was taken to the Shot Tower on the New River & molten lead was dropped down the tower into the river where it immediately cooled to form a round ball. The mines were opened in 1756 and were discovered by Colonel John Chiswell. The center car was an actual dynamite car but I had to rebuild it after it was out in the weather for around half a century.

We are members of Virginia Green. They promote recycling, conservation, energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly projects. There are bins on the decks for recycling. We do conserve electricity so we need advance notification to make sure everything is turned on for your stay. Reservations are suggested but drop ins are also welcome, just have to cut things on. Recycling requires more work but we believe it is a good cause. We're also installing LED lighting outdoors to reduce power demands.

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life as you relax on one of the decks in an oversize rocker while taking in the high meadow, rolling countryside at an elevation around 3000 ft. There are a couple of oversize swings on the hill to relax and unwind while the world hurries by. Since we're just off the Blue Ridge Parkway you will find this to be a peaceful and serene setting.

Grassy Creek Cabooses is a great place for your anniversary, honeymoon or a romantic getaway. You will find our accommodations to be secluded & private. We are biker friendly.

On a clear night you can sit outside to see thousands of stars in the higher altitude without a bunch of those bright vapor lights. During the day you can walk around the 33+ acres and hike down the hill to Grassy Creek. There you can relax all by your lonesome among the pine & laurel thickets. On occasion you may see a doe & fawn run across or maybe even some turkeys or a buck. We have added some horseshoe pits for fun and relaxation.

Whether you're just stopping over while traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway or as a home base for the many local activities you will find Grassy Creek Cabooses to be a most enjoyable and memorable place to spend some time. Mabry Mill the most photographed spot on the parkway is north about 18 miles.

Address: 278 Caboose Lane Fancy Gap, VA 24328

GPS Position: 80°35'12"W, 36°40'21"N

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.

I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.

More Details

Owner
Donnie
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
23 November, 2017

About Donnie

We bought the land around 1997 and built the entire business from the rails/ground up on our own. We started with 2 Nickel Plate Road bay window cabooses then a few years later we added the N&W cupola caboose for our third. We stripped down the interiors of the cabooses & refurbished them ourselves. Then we added the Depot a couple of years later to accommodate more guests.

We're hoping to build something for the future for our children & granddaughter. She is already working on the business at 3 years old, if she is visiting she wants to help check folks in and insists on helping clean if we need to clean while she's here.

Donnie purchased this cabin in 1997

Why Donnie chose Fancy Gap

Probably the best sunsets around. Love the rural high meadow setting with virtually no traffic.

What makes this cabin unique

Quite possibly the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fancy Gap in Piper Gap

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Notes:
Biker friendly, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Near several antique shops, Hillsville Flea Market, Floydfest, Galax, Mount Airy. We do not charge extra cleaning fees like some folks.

Reviews

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#494 - Authentic Railroad Cabooses And Depot Just Off The Blue Ridge Parkway
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews
5

Awesome place to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with 2 kids and a dog and it had plenty of room. The pictures do not do the caboose justice. There was more room than i was expecting and the kids LOVED it!! I would highly recommend this place if you love the mountains and want to stay in a cool place.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Glad you all enjoyed your stay with us.
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5

Cozy and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Charming, cozy place to crash for the night. The heater keeps it warm. The bed is comfy. Kitchen is well-stocked enough to prepare a simple meal for two. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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5

AMAZING VIEWS!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I work in a high stress jobs. We needed to get away to quiet and peace for a few days. The caboose was a perfect choice. The owner is super nice and helpful with information as we needed. The caboose was clean and well organized. Just like what was shown on the web site. The property was post card perfect. My husband and I enjoyed exploring the woods and finding the creek as well as sitting on the rockers outside watching the sunset. We enjoyed knowing that near by were fun places to see and visit. N. Carolina is very close. This is a place we hope to revisit soon.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara, Thank you for such a nice review, we're glad you all enjoyed your stay with us.
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Lucas, Ohio
4

You get to sleep in a caboose!

  • 4 of 5

Yes you get to sleep in a caboose. Think of it as though you are camping in a camper. It's small, but it's a caboose! Jacuzzi tub was nice, looks like they have some hard water issues though. We sat outside in the evening and enjoyed the sunset and the moon rise!

Considering you are staying in a converted caboose, I give it 4 stars. Normally my rating would be lower, but you need to think about camping. It was like that. But to say you stayed in a caboose..It's worth 4 stars.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do not have any water issues, our family drinks the water daily & guests often comment on the good taste of the water. Folks can check out our nearly 100 5 star reviews on Airbnb.
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5

If you love the QUIET...

  • 5 of 5

We stayed only 1 night but next time a few more. The Caboose had everything we needed as far as amenities. Our favorite " thing" provided was the peace and quiet. We sat outside, wrapped in a blanket, eating mountain apples, sipping a beverage, and just enjoyed the serenity of the night sky and the cool air around us. The night was perfect and the Caboose was all we needed. Thanks for having such a great place. We will definately recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I love to ride the blue ridge parkway,but after riding all day,we never look forward to the long ride home.This trip we decided to stay over night and just enjoy our day. Fancy Gap was the area we wanted to spend the day in. Our plan was to just stay in a motel over night.Not having that many to choose from in the area, I found that taking our little dog with us would cut our choices down even more. I found most all of them a little pricey, for what you get. Then I ran across these little Cabooses,with a wonderful view, in a very peaceful setting for a great price. Then my only worry was that we would not be able to bring our tiny dog.I sent a message and held my breath. A return message came right away that our dog would be welcome.YEAH!!! The evening sunset was amazing and then a full moon and a sky full of stars. The bed was wonderful and so was the jacuzzi tub. A great place to relax after riding all day,just enough room for two,with everything you need but your food and favorite beverage. The owner lives up the road behind the cabooses,he was very friendly,handed us the key and told us to enjoy.......WE DID!! AND WILL BE BACK AGAIN, Thanks again!!! Kandy Jacks

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kandy, Thanks for such a nice review. We enjoyed having you all stay with us.
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Location

Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Rap's (seasonal)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Old Mill & Skyland lakes
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 77
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Lakeview
Car: necessary

A listing of some things within 30 minutes of us. -

Dining:

Lakeview Restaurant ($),

Rap’s Bar & Grill ($),

Hillsville Diner ($),

Hungry Farmer ($),

Chateau Morrisette ($$$),

Olde Mill (Maples Restaurant) ($$$),

Galax Smokehouse ($$),

Numerous other restaurants in Hillsville

and Mount Airy -

Orchards:

Levering’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples),

Ayer’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples) -

Wineries/Breweries:

Chateau Morrisette,

Blacksnake Meadery,

Foggy Ridge Cider,

Old North State Winery & Brewery,

Shelton Vineyards,

Stanburn Winery,

Villa Appalaccia Winery -

Other:

Floydfest – Large music festival,

Hillsville Flea Market & Gun Show,

Maybry Mill – most photographed on parkway,

Rocky Knob – hiking,

Blue Ridge Music Center,

Rex Theater in Galax,

Shot tower state park,

New River Trail State Park,

Mayberry

Driving directions:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.

I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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