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Solar powered lake cottage with dock on private 300 acre preserve

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Eco-friendly 700 sq. ft. cottage. 1 bedroom w/ queen bed. Fan cooled / no AC.

“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 with use of a cot and futon. 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 AC is limited to short bursts using a generator, 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.

More Details

Owner
Sam Tarry, Member - IHIP, LLC
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Clarksville in Mecklenburg County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 09:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • water skiing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

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Solar powered lake cottage with dock on private 300 acre preserve
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 35 reviews
5

BEST Spur of the Moment Mini Vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5

This solar cabin was amazing, sweet, charming and exactly what us "city folks" needed. No WIFI, TV, microwave or sounds of cars whizzing by. The lake is so calming and just beautiful, so much nature (deer, turkey, lizards - so cute, fish, butterflies, so many birds and I could go on and on). The FIRE PIT was so relaxing. We enjoyed hiking and laughing and the locals. The local food is so good - MUST check out: Cooper's Landing Inn & Travelers Tavern - we ate there twice! Dinner and Sunday Brunch. AND - ironically, we were there just in time for the annual Wine Festival on the Bridge. Good Times & CANT wait to go again.

Host was most gracious and answered all of my million questions and shared a wonderful book that I hadn't ready in over 30 years -- most memorable in so many ways. Plus our two little white fluffy dogs got to enjoy the trip also (all 10 pounds of them -- Running with the Pack) !!! ha ha

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful property.

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was so in step with lake living. Wish we had a longer stay scheduled. Will absolutely be returning. So wonderful to enjoy the quiet.

Would like to touch base with owner about a repair he might need to make.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Had a great time

  • 4 of 5

Had some problems with water and electric but still want to go back

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Our best retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this cottage for anyone who wants to experience living off the grid. We really enjoyed our stay because it was peaceful and quiet. We felt so disconnected from society and it was amazing! The cottage is perfect for two people and their dogs, any more people and it would have felt cramped. There is a beautiful fire pit out back, and the lake is a very short walk. We spent most of our trip outside enjoying the beautiful weather reading books on the dock or walking along the lake. Thank you for letting us stay at your amazing cottage, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very lovely quiet setting!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The accommodations were great.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Been 3 times now to this wonderful place...and I don't plan on stopping

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was (again) the perfect getaway for my girlfriend and I for a 2-night stay.

We came in January for my birthday and enjoyed a nice cozy cabin.

With temps in the upper 90s this trip the cabin was hot, but we spent 99% of our time outside so it wasn't really a factor.

The window A/C would do the trick if needed, but we got a decent breeze with all the windows down.

The dock, fire pit and grill were put to good use.

Sam has been great to interact with in the past, but I didn't need to bother him with anything this time and he returned the favor.

Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

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.

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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