Let's start with the good. My wife and I stayed here for the weekend. It was nice to be away in the woods (not 100% secluded but you never really noticed the other cabins) but close enough to town to get whatever supplies we needed. There are plenty of antique and mom and pop stores in the historic downtown section. The location is also within 30 minutes of various hiking/mountain bike trails. Having the fenced yard for the dogs was great as we could let them out and just sit on the porch or in the hot tub and still keep an eye on them. Despite the fact we were kept inside most of the weekend due to bad weather, there is local Comcast cable TV (not Sat as stated) on an old CRT (no HDMI if you're thinking about bringing a Blu-Ray and/or gaming system), WI-FI, and some board games. There is a Sega Dreamcast in the loft but it was not working. As it was still pretty cold when we went a big surprise was how well the heat worked in the place.
My complaints are that this place isn't as it appears in the pictures, which apparently were taken some time ago, and it really needs some maintenance. There is more furniture in the kitchen area than originally thought, the hammock was torn to shreds and moldy, the gas fireplace starter switch is busted and has been for some time as noted by other reviews and most of the outside automatic lights were out which made it a pain to do anything after dark. Additionally, there are several light switches in the cabin which don't appear to be wired to anything. Having the working ones labeled would be nice.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would like to be back to the area, just maybe not this particular unit but another cabin with the same company.
Loved this cabin! A 2 min drive to Blue Ridge & the amazing restaurants Joe's BBQ & The Village. Our two wheaten terriers may have loved it more than us!!! Large fenced in area for them to play. They were sooo tired at night! The fire pit inside the fence & we had fires both evenings. Buy your wood prior & make sure it's dry. The wood we bought at Ingles nearby wouldn't catch Bc it was damp. Did the hot tub one night. Very clean! Tips: don't take extra long showers as hot water ran out on me once but I learned for the next time! The gas fireplace wouldn't work. They came by to fix it but was unable. They are going to give us a monetary discount though. Bedrooms were nice & a had tv's. Wifi worked great throughout property. We snuggled on the lower bunk in the loft though & our pups enjoyed the futon. Already booked again for Feb!
The best part about this cabin is the pet-friendly aspect, with the doggie door and huge fenced in yard. It is such a rare treat to be able to travel with our doggies and it was especially nice to have a safe space for them to run and play. My second favorite part of this trip was the babbling creek on the front of the property. We enjoyed it from the backyard fire pit, the screened-in front porch and the HOT TUB!!!
A few things that future-renters might want to know: There are several neighbor cabins in the vicinity. The neighbors were rarely heard and were never a nuisance during our stay. It is just that the cabin is not as secluded as it might appear in the photos. Also, all of the televisions are CRT sets that were not compatible with our Xbox 360, which we were hoping to use to watch Hulu and Netflix via wi-fi. Also, the cable/satellite connection is not that great. So if someone is looking for a lot of TV-entertainment, this might not be the cabin for you. Also, the fireplace was not operational during our visit because it was not yet "fireplace season." And lastly, they advertise a dart board but the only one we saw was a children's toy laying on a shelf in the loft bedroom, it was broken with no darts to be found.
The above paragraph is just meant to manage expectations for future-renters. With all that said, this cabin is WONDERFUL! What a delight to find so many relaxing amenities in one place!
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