A simple, yet comfortable small shaker cabin placed in the middle of the Massanutten Mountain with views to die for of the Shenandoah River and National Park. Wake up to the sight of the magnificent "Blue Ridge Mountains" and the town of Luray, VA from 1,500 feet.
We debated long and hard whether to list this place on airbnb. After all, this is our hideaway, with a view that regretfully only a few will ever get to enjoy. But because we love it so much, and in the spirit of the sharing economy, we felt compelled to open its doors to others and allow you to experience the wonderful warmth that this small and rustic cabin will bring to your soul, your heart and your sight. While here, every sense is lifted, every smell improved, every sound a symphony.
If you're looking for modern comfort and the latest gadgets, this is not your place. Instead, if you want to warm yourself up, you'll need to place wood in the stove. If you want to check the latest stock prices, you'll need to call your broker because Internet is NOT available. If you want to watch TV in your room, please look elsewhere.
However, if you prefer to wake up to the most extraordinary sunrise in your life, simply sleep on the futon couch and open up your eyes in the early morning. If you find delight while hearing the buzz of a hummingbird, just place a few seeds in the balcony. If you want to reconnect with your inner self, seat in one of the shaker rocking chairs, pull up your legs and open that book you always wanted to complete. If you're lucky, you may even see a black bear or two roaming around (no worries, they are not dangerous).
The Cabin is located at about 1,500 feet overlooking the Shenandoah River, the town of Luray, and the "Blue Ridge Mountains." The view is a feast to the eyesight. But don't stop there. Visit the Luray Caverns, 6 minutes at the bottom of the hills. Hike to your heart's content on the Massanutten (Stephen) Trail a mile above or in one of the dozens other nearby paths. Bring a road bike and challenge yourself to the top of the mountain. Go horse back riding. Explore the Virginia wine country. Or just...relax.
Welcome to a place where time has finally slowed down!
Our guests will have complete access to the Cabin. You're welcome to use the newly renovated, small but complete kitchen. Help yourself to all silverware, plates and cooking utensils. Sleep in one of the two bedrooms or the futons in the living room, where you can see the view. Appreciate the also newly renovated small bathroom using reclaimed wood and creative rustic design. In short, this is your place, please treat it with comparable love and care.
Interaction with guests
I will make every effort to be physically present upon your arrival. I will attempt to answer any question you may have, and will try to provide you with instructions and advise if requested. After that, I will be available via text or phone in case you need anything, but you will have complete privacy during your stay. I live in Bethesda, MD, exactly 100 miles door to door.
Other things to note
Q & A:
Q: Why do you rent this place?
A: We use it one month per year at most. Why keep this jewel to ourselves? Please enjoy it as if it's your place as well.
Q: Why is there no Internet?
A: I work in the high-tech sector. I am connected 24/7. I wanted a place where time stands still, be close to nature, and could truly get away from it all. We want to share not only the place, but the experience as well.
Q: What if I need something from you?
A: Just send me a text message or give me a ring. You'll get my number after your booking is confirmed.
Q: The fridge is very small, will we starve to death?
A: Hey, no drama here. Yes, the fridge is small, but there is also an ice cooler you may use. Simply bring your own ice and please drain it before leaving. That should keep you alive for a bit longer :-)
Q: Should I bring sheets and towels?
A: No worries. We will provide bedding and towels, blankets, soap, shampoo and toilet paper. If you need anything else, please let me know and I will do anything in my power to have it ready before your arrival.
Q: I love this place, can I extend my stay?
A: If available, sure, knock yourself out. Simply get to an internet cafe or use your smart phone and book again. But please contact me beforehand out of courtesy.
Q: Great decoration, what style is it?
A: Shaker style. From wikipedia, "Shaker furniture is a distinctive style of furniture developed by the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, a religious sect that had guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty. Their beliefs were reflected in the well-made furniture of minimalist designs." We are not shakers, but we are guided by the same principles.
Q. What's the sleeping situation?
A. Well, you're welcome to sleep any way you'd like :-) But to be more specific, there are two bedrooms, both with full-size beds. One bedroom has a platform bed with a memory foam mattress, and the other one a Murphy bed with a memory foam topper. There is a third full-size futon located next to the stove in the living room. If you're not into futons, there is also a comfy inflatable full-size bed found in the closet where the Murphy bed is. Please take your pick.
Q. There are no bathroom faucets!
A. Mmm, that wasn't a question, but yes they're there. These faucets and vanity were a DIY project of my own design using copper piping and shut-off valves and reclaimed wood. Just turn the valves one quarter of the way counterclockwise to open the water supply. Pretty cool, hugh?
Q. Is the Cabin self-sustainable?
A. Not yet, but I'm working on it. With your booking contribution, I created a system to capture rain water to the cistern below (the mountain is dry and water is a precious commodity here), and eventually I will install solar panels on the roof. Currently, all waste water goes into a septic tank, so as soon as I implement the above steps, the Cabin will technically be able to be off-grid.
Q. What other environmental measures have you implemented?
A. In addition to capturing water from rain and eventually energy from the sun, I have renovated the bathroom and kitchen using reclaimed wood, some of it from a nearby old farm. The dish and body soaps and most house-cleaning products are environmentally-friendly to help natural decomposition of waste water in the septic system. The floor is made up of natural cork and wood, and the entire place was recently re-insulated to improve energy efficiency. If you'd like to know more about our eco-efforts, please contact me.
Q. Why are there so many water jugs in the kitchen?
A. Drinking water in colorful jugs, as well as the 5-gal dispenser just outside the kitchen, comes from a nearby natural water spring (best tasting water I ever had). I leave plenty of it for you because TAP water is NOT potable. In fact, I ask my guests to be mindful of tap water usage because there is no well or city-piped water source. Instead, water is collected to a cistern below from rain or trucked in (by me) if need be. It is therefore a precious commodity. Simply shut off faucets when not in use, be careful not to leave the toilet running, and take shorter showers if possible. That's it! :-)
Q. How is the house heated?
A. The main source of heat is the wood stove. You'll be surprise how efficient this rustic appliance is. Depending on the temp, it may take a couple of hours to bring the thermometer up to your standard, so exercise a little patience. There is a heat-infused fan and a tea pot on top of the stove. The fan will propagate the heat efficiently and the tea pot (with water) will act as a natural humidifier, making you more comfortable. In addition, there is a wall heater in the kitchen (dial) and another one in the bathroom (switch) that you can control. Finally, a baseboard heater in the entrance hallway will keep the bedrooms (and water pipes) warm. In short, you'll be cozy!
Q. OK, so I will be warm in winter. What about the height of the summer heat?
A. Oh, you'll will be warm in summer alright :-) But seriously, there is an old and fairly inefficient AC wall unit in the dining room. There is also a ceiling fan in the living room and another one in one of the bedrooms. I've found that opening the windows creates a nice airflow that cools the place down. But if you're looking for a in-house refrigerator, this small cabin may not be for you.
Q. What's the deal with you being a Superhost?
A. Well then, since you ask...I'm a Superhost because we're relaxed about our guests despite us having full-time jobs of our own. However, I've come to be rather fond of that "title," and I don't appreciate when a guest leaves a review saying that the place was too isolated, or that the place was not what they expected (there's only about 40 pictures). If a guest does not read the detailed description where I specify the exact distance to places, or the meticulous portrayal of the house, or whatever, then their reviews should be kinder. I truly enjoy 5-star reviews. If there's something you do not like while here, I beg you to let me know and I promise to do what I can to revert your perspective. Remember, communication is king.
By and large, we're pretty easy going, but because this is our small hideaway, we'd like to preserve it for many years to come, and would like other fortunate guests to enjoy it as much as we do. Hence, we must list a few rules:
1. Absolutely no smoking in the cabin. Further, we strongly discourage you from smoking outside. The forest can be a tinder box, specially during the dry season. Never, ever throw away cigarette butts outside.
2. Treat the place as if it is yours. This is not a hotel, it is a place we love and could have kept it to ourselves. Instead, we choose to share it with others like yourself. Please respect that.
3. Dogs are allowed, but make sure you clean after them, whereas inside or outside. We love dogs dearly, and we understand that they must go, but please bring bags and dispose of them appropriately.
4. Respect the neighbors by keeping your noise level down. Sound seems to travel farther out in the mountain.
5. Check-in and check-out times are flexible. Remember, this is not a hotel, you're dealing with regular folks, not a business. If you want to leave later, that's alright, just let me know. If you want to arrive very early, that's OK with us, but I just apologize beforehand if I cannot greet you at the door.
6. IMPORTANT! When departing, garbage bags must be enclosed and disposed of in town to prevent animals (such as bears) to be tempted to come in. If you are unable to dispose of them in town, please let me know and I will take care of them soon after you leave.
7. You will see a House Manual printed in a red binder on top of the fridge for your reference. Please read it. In addition, a few days before your arrival, I will text you a link to a detailed Cabin Guide will all the information you will need. If anything is unclear, just call/text me.