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Bobolink Cabin in Canaan Valley-down on the farm

SuperhostCanaan Valley, West Virginia, United States
Entire house hosted by L
5 guests1 bedroom3 beds1 bathroom
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NOTE FROM OWNER: We hope you will be our guests. WV has one the the lowest coronavirus rates in the nation. We follow AIRBNB/CDC guidance for cleaning and maintenance (see: airbnb website for these specifications). Also, our cabin is more than two football-fields away from closest other residence.
Bobolink Cabin sits on the family farm, surrounded by hayfields and whispering pine, state park, wildlife refuge.

The space
The unassuming cedar-sided rustic cabin sits atop Bobolink Hill on the Cooper farm in the southern Canaan Valley. It is surrounded by hayfields and whispering pine; then, Canaan Valley State Park and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. On the eastern horizon is the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Within easy driving distance are Seneca Rocks, Otter Creek Wilderness, Blackwater Falls State Park, fly fishing streams, and other Potomac Highlands venues.

The cabin is rented to one party at a time--from 1-5 people in size. Guests share upstairs sleeping area. Two long comfy sofas are also available for sleeping in the living room. A daybed on the front porch is also appealing to some visitors.

The inside of the cabin is wood paneled. The furnishings are eclectic and very comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped.

This is not a luxury cabin but rather a functional one that has been lived in by various family members over its 60+ year history. The house’s design is open, with interest “areas,” rather than just walled rooms. Wood, diverse in form and character, is the house’s main feature.

Internet
Wireless internet is available throughout. This is very adequate for email/data. Movie downloading is available but with limits.

PETS
We love guests to bring their well-trained, clean, and obedient pets. We do not however like cleaning after them. So, if you ask, be prepared to bring your own covers for sofas and beds or a good supply of lint removers to clean fur from all spaces above the floor before you leave. Also, pet litter must be deposited in garbage or thrown far into the surrounding fields. Do not deposit/or leave on lawn.

Sleep area
The sleep area is the open, golden-wood paneled second story of the cabin. It has windows facing all four directions:

o In the central space is a full-size antique Eastlake bed with its two marble top dressers. Colorful stained glass art graces the windows to it sides.

o The double bed to the east behind the screening is especially suited for early risers. (There are also heavy curtains to pull if the rising sun is not your thing.)

o To the west (left) is a single bed that, with curtains drawn, can be kept particularly dark for late sleepers.

o Other less conspicuous sleeping places are:

- the top and middle of the hand-built bed set on the west side (often
a middle-age child’s favorite).

- the day bed on the front porch (the owner’s summer favorite) is made
private by closing one door to the house. Here, the sounds of nature
and avian life are most vivid.

- the two long sofas in the living room, especially good for naps and
falling to sleep on before you drag yourself up and actually go to
bed. (A proclivity of many family members.)

o An antique bed on the main floor is NOT available for use.

Kitchen—cooking ready
First and foremost, all summer cooking is accompanied by cool breezes and singing birds from the pine forest just outside the back door. The sink area is the original from the house’s 1949 construction (full running hot & cold water and all). It works well and will perhaps be modernized next year, or the next. (This is a rustic-style cabin. Slow down and relax.)

In the kitchen are a refrigerator, microwave, gas range, Keurig coffee maker system, (drip coffee maker as backup is in pantry), and coffee grinder & filters, toaster, Robot Coupe food processor, blender, electric mixer. Dishes and cooking utensils are provided: serving dishes, pots, pans, and lids of various description; iron skillets, iron griddle; flatware, glasses, tumblers; baking sheets, utensils, measuring cups and spoons; cutting boards and steak knives; tea balls, strainers, salad bowls, pitchers; spices ; dish and hand towels, aluminum foil, plastic bags, plastic wrap, containers for leftovers.

The large Kentucky-built walnut rocker is available in the kitchen for the equivalent of back-seat cooks or just kitchen visiting. Grandma’s old kitchen cupboard, also an original furnishing, is just the right height for the vertically challenged among us.

There are containers for recycling cleanish paper items, cardboard, aluminum, and tin. Please take your glass containers home with you to recycle (not available locally). Innkeeper will take care of bagged household garbage. A lidded trash can is available in the basement for overflow.

Kitchen rule: Bring what you want to cook and/or eat and take the leftovers with you when you depart.

Dining area
The big round oak table with assorted wood chairs is a great assembly place and game center as well as dining table. The large hard wood cabinet in the corner of the dining room holds specialty items and antique pieces. Thanks for handling with care.

Picnicking and socializing on the decks is recommended. Please take due care in use of the outdoor fire pit with special attention to wind direction and strength. Never leave a fire unattended. A charcoal grill is also available for use, well away from the house/wood siding.

Living room
Arranged in a broad circle, the two overstuffed sofas and love seat in the living room encourage socializing or claiming a corner and getting away from all the rest. “Yikes” the faux stuffed brown bear, not unlike those that quite routinely traverse the farm, will quietly listen or keep you company.

No pets on furniture and beds. Bring your own covers for all.

Due to insurance liability considerations, the wood-burning stove here is NOT available for use.

The house has a significant vinyl collection—bluegrass, folk, classical--& a Crowley turntable/ radio/CD player. Thanks for handling all with care. Always, always return records to sleeves and store vertical.

Bath
The RAIN SHOWER is best applied upon desire for steam and heat. For best results, allow two hour water heater recovery following: 1 good long or 2-3 quickies showers. A variety of towels and hand clothes are available, all absorbent and worn in. Fan switch is near mirror.

Outside the house
There is just SO much that could be said here. The best descriptions of the character of the Canaan Valley are available at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Canaan Valley State Park websites. This house is nestled between the Refuge and the State Park. The Valley’s wildlife, plant life, and geology are unique and support an incredible variety of features and life forms. It is, without qualification, a natural treasure house. It took countless hours and fervent effort to accomplish its ultimate protection. While you visit, help us protect the treasure that it is.

Bobolinks, after which the cabin is named, are uncommon in WV. They love the open hayfields and sprawling hawthorns of this farm. They return on May 1 and nest in the fields and catch insects in the hawthorn. Their skunk-like coloration (cream-colored cap and black body with white strips) and bubbling songs are easily witnessed on the east side of the house all day long.

In season, the red raspberry vines, also to the east of the house, produce delicious berries. Help yourself but be warned that you must get to them before the brown threshers, and other resident birds do.
No pet litter in yard. Dispose of it properly (see above).

PLEASE BE AWARE:
The Cooper farm is a working farm with Angus cattle in the pasture and farmers tending the cattle and hayfields on a regular basis. The Bobolink Cabin sits on a two acre lot inside the family farm. Visitors and guests to the cabin need to remain within this two acre area (see plot map in Cabin). Walking on the driveway right-of-way is permitted. Pets must be on leash and under control at all times.

Brief History
On the east side of the Cabin property sits the chimney remains of the first residence built in Canaan Valley.

The cabin itself was built in 1949 by Joe Cooper and Cecil Parsons just across Route 32 from Spring House Road. Upon its completion, the farm/family matriarch, Ida Viola Roby Cooper, moved from the old home place on the farm with her son, Joe (that home no longer stands), to this one. There, she surrounded it with lovely flower and vegetable gardens and hosted family and friends on her sunny front porch into the mid-1960s. At that time the house along with other family tracts on the east side of Route 32 was purchased to become part of the State Park.

Nearly a decade later, the house was purchased from the State and moved (laboriously and quite dramatically over the wetland fields) to its current site. Carved from Bobolink Hill, the new site saved the structure and enabled the addition of a full basement and, later, dormers and decks. The cabin was a second home for David and Linda Cooper Elkinton who were among those spending countless hours and fervently working for the Valley’s protection, alternative to the Davis Power Project.

In a further historic note: Frederick Cooper, son of one of the Valley’s original settlers and husband to Ida for some 30 years, served as sheriff of Tucker County during the depression. He was forced to leave the county upon discovery that he had conspired to help land-poor farmers avoid property forfeiture due to their inability to pay property taxes. It was a rough and tumble time!

The cabin’s function as an AIRBNB site thus becomes the third phase of its 66 year life. As noted above, it is not a luxury cabin, rather, a very lived-in one on the edge of a very extensive wilderness domain. Here, occasional dust in the corner is as likely to be found as the droppings of the resident phoebe on the deck outside the kitchen door.

We hope your visit is pleasant and that is will in some small way aide in your own continued discovery of a gentle place in nature and in this broad and eloquent universe.

Guest access
The cabin is accessible on private drive along WV Route 32 in Canaan Valley.

Bobolink Cabin and its two acres sit in the middle of the family farm traversed by Spring House Road. To get to the Cabin, you drive past two other residences, barns, miscellaneous farm buildings and the farm’s metal bone-yard. The Cabin is behind the pine grove straight ahead.

Entry is through the door on the West deck. The code for the electronic lock and directions for opening are sent to guests in advance of arrival.

Other things to note
The drive to Canaan Valley from any direction is rural and most scenic. Start your visit when you leave your home rather than when you arrive at your destination and just enjoy the trip.

White-tailed deer are prolific in Canaan Valley and often cross the highway. Be aware and slow down.

If an emergency develops, call 911. They are good.

Temperatures in Canaan are typically 10 degrees cooler than any temperature projection you will find. Throw in an extra jacket, sweat pants, and a pair of socks for comfort.

The Cabin is sun heated and backed up with gas furnace heat set at 60 degrees. If it gets really cold, call the owner and she will adjust thermostat (not adjustable in cabin). Light breezes are almost constant. Fans are available if needed. A wood stove in the living room is NOT available for use.

The Cabin's well water is processed through a ultraviolet filter and is very good quality. Still, some prefer to bring their own bottled drinking water.

Pets: on leash when outside the Cabin. Dispose of litter in garbage or over the fence into the fields beyond. Remove all pet hair from seating and beds before you leave.

For your electric cars, a Level One outlet for recharging is available. Ask us about it.

Bobolink Cabin and its two acres sit in the middle of the family farm. Guests need to remain on the two acres and driveway right of way (see map at cabin).

Chopped wood is available for outdoor fires in the fire ring.

Groceries—Shop & Save and Dollar General in Davis have essentials and will welcome your patronage. Canaan Valley Stores/Subway has booze and even more basic essentials. S&S and CVS are pricy. Consider bringing things from your home or community. There are Super Walmarts in all four directions of the cabin (Moorefield, Oakland, Elkins, and Kingwood) but all are 30-40 miles in distance. Gasoline stations are available in Canaan and Thomas.

In addition to all the natural features of the area, Davis and Thomas have some cute shops and interesting history. Don’t neglect to check them out.

Gourmet coffee shops are available both in Davis and Thomas (ask anyone if you have trouble finding them). Microbrewies abound in Davis and Thomas, as well as fantastic live music at the Purple Fiddle. Best eating out is at Sirinari’s (Davis and Canaan) but there are other good options as well.

We will take care of recycling paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastic bottles with screw tops. Glass is not recycled locally. Please plan to take glass back with you.
NOTE FROM OWNER: We hope you will be our guests. WV has one the the lowest coronavirus rates in the nation. We follow AIRBNB/CDC guidance for cleaning and maintenance (see: airbnb website for these specifications). Also, our cabin is more than two football-fields away from closest other residence.
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 double beds, 1 single bed

Amenities

Washing machine
Private entrance
Wifi
Iron
First aid kit
Kitchen
Free on-street parking
Fire extinguisher
Bath
Dedicated workspace

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This cabin is on a two-acre lot carved out of a working family farm. There are hayfields all around, and cows in a nearby pasture. The cabin has great views of wilderness and rolling farmland.
From three sides, no other structures are visible. It's a beautiful setting in a high mountain valley, close to amenities, nestled between Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Canaan Valley State Park.
This cabin is on a two-acre lot carved out of a working family farm. There are hayfields all around, and cows in a nearby pasture. The cabin has great views of wilderness and rolling farmland.
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I am a semi-retired professional person (mostly non-profits) who loves to read, write, sew, fuss with flowers, keep in touch with friends and family, watch birds and, most especially, play with my two granddaughters. Otherwise, I love the outdoors and am there as much as possible. I also love music, movies, and good food. My all time favorite movie is: The Gods Must Be Crazy. Favorite composer: Chopin.
I am a semi-retired professional person (mostly non-profits) who loves to read, write, sew, fuss with flowers, keep in touch with friends and family, watch birds and, most especial…
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