A lovely, rustic three-bedroom, two-bath real-log cabin in Old Timberline. Flat lot, surrounded by stunning tall pines. Walking distance to miles of conservancy trails and the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge. Easy access from within the neighborhood to the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Minutes to White Grass and Timberline. Or just explore the wooded wilderness behind the cabin!
The cabin is truly unique. Much of it is handcrafted from salvaged wood. It was built in the 1970's, but it has the distinctive look of a log cabin built a century before. The house is featured in Ruth Cooper Allman's book, "Roots in Tucker County." She called it a "work of art."
Too many old-world details to mention. But the place doesn't skimp on the modern amenities either--satellite TV, wifi, good cell access, DVD player and selection of DVDs, dishwasher, coffeemaker, stovetop espresso maker, microwave, etc. Also, plenty of closet space throughout.
The master bedroom is on the first floor, along with an eat-in kitchen, living room, and one bathroom with a tub. The living room features very high ceilings and a wood-burning pot-belly stove surrounded by a beautiful stone hearth. There are also plenty of board games, iPhone compatible speakers, and a record player (with my parents old records -- Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.). The sofa is fold-out, the day-bed comes apart to make two twin beds, and there's also a twin airbed in one of the closets.
Upstairs, there are two more bedrooms and a second bathroom with a shower.
There are porches off the front and back, and two BBQ pits and a fire pit in the back. There is also a storage shed with a basketball hoop, lawn games (bocce, corn hole), and a couple of pairs of snowshoes and bikes inside (one road bike, one mountain bike -- though the road bike has seen better days). There is often stocked firewood, which you can use in the living room pot-belly stove or the outdoor fire pit.
The place is relatively secluded, down a seldom traveled dirt road. But still just a couple of miles from skiing at Timberline Four Seasons Ski Resort. And about 10-15 minutes drive from White Grass Touring Center (cross country skiing and snowshoeing). A bit further up the road to Canaan Valley Resort. In the winter, Canaan Valley gets more snow than almost any eastern mountain region, outside New England. Timberline ski resort averages 180' of snow per winter!
During the summer, you'll have access to all that Tucker County has to offer: some of the best hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and rafting/canoeing/kayaking in all of West Virginia. Dolly Sods Wilderness is truly magical and can be entered from a parking lot within the Old Timberline community (a five-minute drive from the cabin).
Within walking distance of the cabin, there are miles of additional conservancy and nature trails. Or just explore the acres of forest right behind the cabin. Tromp around in snowshoes. Throw a frisbee. Try to balance on the slack line. Swing in the hammock. Have a blast.
Blackwater Falls State Park and much more are just up the road. Seneca Rocks is also only 45 minutes away -- some of the best rock climbing in the east (and a fantastic swimming hole, too). Best of all, during those hot summer stretches, Canaan Valley remains about 15 degrees cooler than nearby eastern cities.
Great restaurants, coffee shops, breakfast spots, and music venues (the Purple Fiddle!) all nearby in the delightful towns of Davis and Thomas.
My wife and I fell in love with Tucker County on our first visit, and we hope you will too.
Accès des voyageurs
The whole cabin and five acres are yours.
The kitchen is well-stocked. And you should help yourself to any basics that we may leave behind (sugar, coffee, etc.). There's also a little bar that is usually fairly well-stocked. Feel free to partake (but also feel free to contribute).
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I'm always available by cell phone. I live a couple of hours away in Virginia. But we've contracted with a local cleaning service and plow service, which will plow the driveway but not the walk to the front door. Two sets of keys will be left in convenient spots. And a local realtor has a third set of keys in case of emergencies.
The upstairs bedrooms are A-framed and in the kitchen the timbers are low (see photos), so tall folks should watch their heads. Also, families with very young children should be mindful of the gaps between the steps and between the rails on the steps and the second-floor landing.
The cabin is well soundproofed from the outdoors (and the only real sounds are nature anyway), but sounds do travel fairly well within the cabin. (So be careful when complaining about family members in other parts of the cabin).
As I mentioned, the plow service clears the driveway but not the walk. In the event of fresh snow, you may need to shovel the walk. (On the upside, you have fresh snow!) There are two shovels at the cabin.
There is a finite amount of water in the well. It is almost never a problem when it comes to typical water usage, but large groups should be mindful of using too much water--back-to-back. Please note that losing water is a rare problem, except when it comes to our (sadly inefficient) washing machine. So, you should really only use it at your own risk. But, even if you were to lose water, it would be very temporary. The water comes back quickly.
The address of the cabin maps up well. The last two miles are on a relatively level, dirt road. No big hills. But you'll need a 4WD in snow.
Finally, please note that I'm willing to entertain some long-term rental requests. But we do use the cabin ourselves -- particularly in summers and winters. So, I can't promise anything. Sorry.
Please treat the cabin as you would your own home. No parties and typically no pets -- sorry, my wife's allergic (not to parties, but to pets). If you have a small animal, please feel free to ask; we may be able to work something out.
Once you book, I will send you a "House Manual" with instructions on how to access the cabin, things to do upon arrival, and things to do upon departure. All fairly basic and clearcut.
I will try to be VERY flexible on arrival and departure times. Please let me know if you need to arrive early or leave late. I'll only say no if there's too much of a time crunch between guests.
Hi! I'm Josh. My family and I love to see the world and spend time outdoors -- hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. We use Airbnb to host guests at our cabin, which is located in beautiful Canaan Valley, West Virginia -- a truly magical part of the country. We've also rented often from others when traveling to new cities and sights.