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Cardinals Nest, Lost River, WV
4 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
4 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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Dog Friendly! Very remote. 2+ hrs from DC. Cardinals Nest is in George Washington National Forest, & my personal retreat... We welcome respectful, diverse folks.

You'll see some very old properties upon approach to my cabin, but Not once on my land.

The space

This fully furnished, fully stocked, approx. 600 sq ft cabin has a full (yet super simple) kitchen, full bath, and 3 semi-private separate sleeping areas. (One semiprivate bedroom, and 2 open sleeping lofts (best accessed by the agile and nimble/and comfy with treehouse like camping experience) that are built across from each other in the great room-- so not a 3 bedroom in the traditional sense. re: the lofts ---NOT good for small children. NOT safe for children. But for a creatively built tiny cabin, it's 3 separate sleeping areas with plenty of space to spread out...) The semiprivate bedroom features a full sized bed. The lofts are accessed by pull down attic ladders and feature recessed Edison lighting. Each loft has a window, foam mattress (approx 3" thick). The wood finishing details in this room are gorgeous.

There's also brand new a/c unit, hunter ceiling fan with light, large leather sofa and matching chair.

The huge 10x30 covered front porch has a large teak table and chairs. There's also 2 zero gravity chairs you can put out and use on the porch. Please put them back in the house before you leave. it'll keep them in better condition much longer.... The porch is where I find we spend a lot of our time when there... (There's also 2 smaller 4x8 covered porches...)

Guest access

You will have the place to yourselves. This area is very remote/rural. You may/will see wildlife both large and tiny, and your dogs may smell something great and run off... Please be very mindful and keep them under your control out here.

Interaction with guests

I'm based in Alexandria, VA, and will NOT be onsite, however I'll only be a phone call away. There is a hard line phone in the cabin, as cell service is a no go in the forest. My cell number is on the phone in the kitchen if you need to call me. If you use the phone for anything else, I ask you please keep it short, and use the brass honor box in the kitchen, leaving a bit of cash if used. Local and Long distance calls are both charged for out there.

Other things to note

Big House Rule -- **Leave no trace.** Bag up all kitchen and bathroom trash and take it with you upon your departure... There is no trash service out here. If that's not your style, you may want to book elsewhere. I sincerely thank you for understanding. Cannot emphasize this one enough. I'm super easy going, but this is the "main" rule.

I will provide bedding and basic towels.
****Please be VERY mindful of water conservation when using sinks and the shower. The ONLY water source here comes from rainfall collected into a small cistern.

Bring your own food and drinks, including the drinking water if you're unsure about drinking water that comes out the side of a mountain. I Do have some fresh spring water stored in the kitchen. It comes from a spring on rte 55 (it's tested annually for purity). I love it. Ive been using it for 12 years... It's totally up to you if you want to try it. (But seriously, don't drink the tap water)

- Please, help yourself to the books, arts and crafts, while you are here. Work on one of the vintage needlepoints, play a game, use a coloring book, etc.

- A note about the phone. Once you pick up the receiver, it'll take a few seconds before you get/hear the dial tone.


Extra people £11 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee £38
Security Deposit £227
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price £90 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

**House rules about cleaning.*** Please be in agreeance with - and happily willing to do --**Take all trash out/away with you and dispose of it at home or at a dump/trash site on way home*** Leave No Trace. Please wash and put away any dishes you use and wipe down anything that needs it. All necessary supplies are there. Please strip any bedding you use and put bedding into the hamper. Please hang any damp items over the shower rod. If any dog hair or accidents, a quick vacuuming and cleanup Please. (it'll only take you 10-15 minutes, I swear. The place is blissfully small!!!)

Yes, I know I charge a cleaning fee, but that covers only what I have to pay for somebody to drive out to the cabin, do an inspection/check it's condition for damage and report back to me, and take the laundry into town (1/2 hour away) and return it. So it's really and inspection and drive into town for doing laundry fee :)
- If we've agreed you can bring your dog, you Must crate your pooch when you leave for activities. I have provided the crate, so this should be an easy rule for everyone.
- No smoking in the house. If you Must smoke, do so outside, and put the butts in a can of water or the provided ashtray (on large table)that you will clean out later. Do not throw butts around the property. It can start a major fire, and harms the wildlife.
- No candles unless they are in a glass jar. NEVER leave unattended.
- Do not skin/dress your hunt/kill on the property.
- Please don't bring your shotgun and skeet shoot all over my property. So not cool. (Yes, it just happened... Took me three weekends to clean up all the casings and clay)
- If you are an LEO or military, we can discuss where to practice targets. Handguns& Rifles. No shotguns/birdshot/buckshot, etc. --If you're not in one of the fields mentioned above, please don't use my property as a shooting range. I had a recent guest almost destroy some pipes and septicfield running into house because he couldn't shoot, and he caused damage, so......
- This is not a party house. It's purpose is for hikers, nature lovers, or hunters who desire to completely disconnect and have some solitude.
- No fire pit fires on windy days, or otherwise harmful (dry) days. Keep gallons of water outside if you do use the pit. Fully extinguish each fire before going inside, leaving, etc...
-Please only use the grill in the driveway, not on the porch. Use the extension cord and pull It onto the driveway. It flares up sometimes.
-Housetrained dogs may be ok, let's discuss it. All certified Service dogs/working K-9s, therapy dogs, Welcome!!!
-Take your perishables out of the frig/freezer -- but feel free to leave non perishables there for the next guest to enjoy... It's kind of fun to discover new foods/beers/wines that way. Think honor and share system, hostel style, if you will...
-After your departure, email me and let me know if any supplies are running low, so I can get out there and replace them, please.
- Please also let me know if anything was broken, stained, etc. ahead of time, before I find out on my own. I will probably be much more forgiving if you are honest up front.
- And any ideas/suggestions welcome!

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

40 Reviews

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Joshua User Profile
September 2017
Awesome cabin out in the woods. Very nice nearby trails and parks, and the cabin is cozy and comfortable.

Seyla User Profile
September 2017
My wife and I brought our 2 dogs and stayed for 3 days at Heathers secluded location. We had lots of fun. Plenty of hiking trails at the state park which is close by. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a secluded private location. The neighbors are really friendly. Everyone we encountered drove pass and waved.

Alexandra User Profile
July 2017
Thank you again Heather! We had an amazing time and found something new this time around. The Trout pond recreation area is great for families and children and is so close! Until next time- Alex & Jay B.

Jonathan User Profile
May 2017
If you're looking to get secluded and melt in to the landscape - this is the place for you. The cabin is surrounded by trees and next to a stream. We barely saw the neighbors, but when we did they were nothing but friendly. Washington National Forest, Trout Pond, and Lost River State Park are conveniently located nearby, making this a perfect spot to get some hiking done. The quiet towns nearby are also a plus for anyone wanting to get away from the city. Heather was the best host I've ever had. She gave me details on what was happening and what was near. She answered all my questions with valuable information. She even provided treats and such for my wife's service dog. Heather had answers for frequently asked cabin questions before we even thought to ask. She really is an all-star host, and I highly recommend engaging her on the local community. I will definitely be looking forward to my next cabin stay here.

Connor User Profile
March 2017
Everything was as advertised Heather was great the place was great we had a great time

Alexandra User Profile
February 2017
What a gem! We fell in love with it before even seeing the cabin itself. Our dogs ran free and got to explore so much open land and Heather was kind enough to set up a kennel and even leave a few treats for them. She also acknowledged our anniversary by putting a little something together to enjoy during our visit. Cardinals nest has everything you need to have a great time in the woods yet feel in touch with nature. We can't wait to go back!!!! Thank you for sharing your special place with us!

Lisa User Profile
January 2017
What a FABULOUS place. Perfect for getting off the grid with an amazing amount of hospitality. Heather had everything I needed for a two day stay in BEAUTIFUL Lost River. I sat on her giant porch with my pooch and listened to the rain and enjoyed the silence of the forest. I will be back, and I highly recommend.

Alexandria, Virginia, United StatesJoined in May 2011
Heather User ProfileHeather is a superhost.

I live in a high rise in Alexandria, VA, but this little cabin in WVA is my heart.... For my career, I work in Global stuff, and I love to travel for fun.

Love (obsessed with) cabins, small homes, good coffee, wandering with NO real agenda, and my rescue dog, Fibi.

I'm somewhat of a free spirit and my eventual goal is to build a 100 percent off grid home with views and acreage, in the Appalachians.

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