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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Welcome to Soudan Cottage. This modern, off-grid retreat combines private and secluded lake access featuring a state-of-the-art dock, two coves and a 300+ acre forest teeming with natural visual beauty and wildlife. Ten minutes from the charming, lakeside town of Clarksville, VA, and an hour's drive from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, the cottage is ideal for a short sabbatical, a romantic weekend, or an outdoorsman's getaway. Best suited for one or two people, the cottage is able to sleep up to four comfortably. If you'd like more time to read, talk, think and relax; if you cherish a brisk walk in the woods or a cool dip in a placid lake; if you seek a night sky full of stars and the sound of crickets, then you've found the right place. Soudan Cottage might be best understood by what it isn't. It isn't a place stocked with television sets, video games, telephones, stereos and computers. You can bring those things if you need them, but otherwise you'll have just the basics here, and maybe a little lower blood pressure.
The eco-friendly cottage, constructed in 2013 by contractor Steve Storm, mixes contemporary design and amenities with antique furnishings and Americana charm. Every inch of the 700 square feet is efficiently utilized with nothing wasted. Soudan Cottage was sited and designed with sustainability and a simpler, more relaxed existence in mind. Solar panels cover the southern roof line and store energy in hand made battery lockers. Ceramic tile floors throughout the downstairs kitchen, bath, and sitting area provide natural cooling in warm weather. Pine flooring in the upstairs bedroom/study offers comfort year round. In winter months, two wall mounted propane heaters -one in the bathroom- warm the entire cabin efficiently. Although there is no functioning AC, the cottage is still enjoyable in all but the hottest summer weather. It was situated to take advantage of prevailing summer breezes aided minimally by small fans. Cool night air can be circulated through the cottage's 13 windows via the upstairs ceiling fan.
The kitchen minimizes waste with an energy efficient refrigerator, and a propane powered oven and range. There is no microwave, toaster, blender or electric can opener.
Kitchen and bathroom water flows through a natural gravity system featuring a 100-gallon tank filled by a solar powered pump in the nearby pump house. An easy-to-read energy monitor in the kitchen displays how much solar power is stored, and how much is being transferred, so that usage can be managed smartly according to the time of day and the current weather conditions. The cottage utilizes a modern septic system and deep well.
The property, which includes 300+ acres of pine and mixed forest and more than 1000 feet of secluded shoreline access on Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Lake), is one of the largest lake forest tracts in the mid-atlantic region of the United States. Located five miles from the Lake Country regional airport in Mecklenburg County, VA, you can be casting a line into the renowned tournament fishing waters of Kerr Lake within minutes of landing. Hunters will find deer, turkey, rabbit, and other game abundant in the private forest and the adjoining Corp of Engineers easement land. And nature lovers in need of a respite from the city will enjoy seemingly endless natural trails ideal for hiking, cycling, or bird watching.
Come to the woods, 21st century style.
1st Year Wedding anniversary weekend for us... we wanted to get away, and chose the Solar Cabin on the spur of the moment. That weekend the weather was stormy (Hurricane Matthew had hit the east coast) all day Saturday, but cleared Sunday. The cabin was great to be locked away in. It's very clean and well maintained. We read books and did a jigsaw puzzle. On Sunday we put our canoe in the creek and enjoyed a full day of fishing on the water. The dock is an amazing piece of engineering. Sturdy and built to last, much like the house. The fire pit is huge and offered us a great place to cook our dinner and s'mores over a fire. My wife and I spent a long time under the stars. It was a magical time. I've shown friends the pictures and recommended they plan a stay out at the cabin as well.
The solar panels are great providing what we needed at night. There's natural gas for the hot water heater. There's a backup natural gas generator if the batteries fall below a set point. The refrigerator and everything we used worked well on the electrical system (I had no worries, but some people may not be used to being mindful of their electricity usage). There's an easy digital read out on what's being used and how much electricity is being harvested by Solar during the day.
It was a pleasure being in the cabin for two days. We'll be back. The owner was easy to work with. The owner was quick to return our confirmation email. Cheers!
Spent a weekend here with 3 other friends. Our first impressions of the cottage and it's surroundings were off the chart. By the time we were packing up to leave, we were already planning a return visit.
The cottage is a little tight for 4 guys, but we mannaged, and aside from sleeping and a little indoor cooking, we were hardly indoors. The fire pit area and the dock are where most time is spent.
Just a note: don't let the solar power discourage you from renting this place. There is a whole house generator backup that supplies more than enough juice than you'll need, even during the hottest of days.
We had a wonderful time at this lake house. You are truly secluded even though their are neighbors a couple hundred yards to the side of you. Just a heads up for future guests. Be careful when walking around the floating dock. Most likely an old renter threw a beer bottle in the lake that was shattered. I stepped on the bottom half of the bottle while in the water and had to stich up my foot. I searched the bottom for a couple minutes and got rid of anything I could find to make sure nobody else steps on another piece though.
Thank you for such a fantastic weekend.
We spent 3 days out in this cabin and we were so sad to leave. This is our absolute dream home. It is far enough up the road that you feel secluded, but little trips in to town are easy. It does get incredibly hot during a portion of the day, but we easily solved that problem by heading outside. There was plenty to do and we were only indoors during the morning and evening.
We used virtually no electric during the day, besides the fridge, and we were able to run the fan on the second floor all night. Honestly, we probably could have used more electric because it never got below half full during our stay. Don't let the solar power deter you. It is easy to understand and since you won't have TVs or computers sucking power all day, preserving power is simple.
The lake is a dream. Calm as could be the whole time we were there. The dock is the best place to sit during the hottest part of the day as the dense woods around the cabin don't let much of a breeze through. The only thing lacking on the dock is a swim ladder of some sort. You can easily get one to bring at a West Marine or outdoor store though.
We also went to the state park twice during our stay. There are several trails for hiking, lake access, picnic tables, and a lot of historical information on the area. Our dogs absolutely loved all the outdoor time, walks, and playing in the cool lake water. 3$ a day for parking during the week, 4$ on the weekend and it is well worth it. We also saw several signs for boat rentals through out the town, which we weren't able to use this time , but looked great.
The town has several great looking restaurants. We did pick up lunch one afternoon at the West Side Deli. Lunch was great and inexpensive.
We did come a bit over prepared since some reviews said the kitchen didn't have much. Glad we brought a few things (cookie sheet, foil, skillet, etc) but if you forget anything there are several small markets in town.
Don't forget to bring your own sheets and towels. Lots of bug spray is a must! Fishing gear is also recommended for fishing off the dock.
All in all, we can't wait to come back! Will definitely be renting again!
This cottage is exactly as listed. Small but cozy. It was fun and interesting to figure out the solar power system. Reading other reviews was very helpful because I brought all my own - towels, bedding, 1 pot , a pan, etc. The dock /lake was awesome and we went swimming everyday - my recommendation to the owner is to supply a ladder for the dock to get out .... Walking to the shoreline even in water shoes - I didn't think was a great idea. Overall it was a nice getaway and the owner was easy to work with and very nice.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Please bring your own bed linens and towels. Bed sizes = one queen bed, one standard single futon, and one single cot. Use of the spare linens and/or towels in the cottage will require special laundering and an extra fee.