|Space||700 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
“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.
Just got back from our weekend getaway at the cottage. My family loved it. Its a small cozy house in the middle of the woods. We enjoyed fishing on the dock. Playing ball on the lawn. Grilling burgers and hot dogs and making smores on the fire pit. My five year old even got to swimming at the nearby park that had a swimming area.
Note.... You can swim right off the dock. But it doesn't have easy access to get back on. ( I have two little ones so I felt safer taking them to the nearby park. That had a playground, swimming area and boat ramp.)
The cottage is solar power so the a.c. can't be on for long period of time. (I did not have to turn it on at all. The weather was perfect so the cottage stayed cool)
There is no TV in the cottage and no internet service.I personally think it's the best setting for a GREAT family vacation.
My husband and I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend at the cottage. It lived up to everything it said it would be. Quiet, tranquil, relaxing and beautiful. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. Convenient to the Clarksville area for any last minute necessities. We enjoyed grilling outside next to the fire pit. We were able to carry our kayaks down to the lake and paddle around to see much of the area lake sites. Our only complaint is the weekend wasn't long enough :)
My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how isolated this property was. You will not find TV's and clocks in this cozy home. Its a place to get away from the cities, your stressors, electronic devices and society in general. I would label it as comfortable camping. We brought some food, linens, fishing rods, towels, books and a puzzle and had a great time.
The cottage was perfect. Just far enough to barely have cell service but close enough to amenities like food to not be completely off grid. Beautifully furnished and very clean, it was a wonderful haven in the woods! Star views were incredible.
Loved the cabin. It was very comfortable all around. Loved the privacy the best!
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!
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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.