PEACE-IN-THE-FOREST RETREAT offers singles, couples, artists, writers, forest lovers and others a reprieve from the rat race by providing privacy and quiet in a very beautiful and comfortable, custom-built cabin, immersed in hardwood and pine forests of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located near the Blue Ridge Escarpment – that incredibly beautiful transition between the blue ridge mountains of the Appalachians and the SC foothills. The cabin is located on 100 acres of forested land with many hiking trails that we are fortunate to be stewards of. It is also located within 15-30 min from Table Rock, Keowee, Devils Fork, Ceasars Head, & Jones Gap St. Parks; 30-40 min from Hartwell, Lakes Keowee & Jocassee as well as DuPont STate Forest(NC); less than an hour from whitewater rivers (Chattooga, French Broad & more), & many trout streams & waterfalls. It is 30 min from Greenville, SC; 40 min from Brevard, NC; 40 min from Clemson ; 45 min from Hendersonville, NC & 1 hour & 15 min from Asheville, NC.
THE CABIN - [more images avail.upon request] We built the cabin in 2004 from pine trees that we cut and sawed here on the property; its surrounded by 100s of acres of privately owned forest land with scattered homes. This provides a rare kind of quiet, broken by the sounds of animals, the wind and rain. The dark night skies also allow for great star gazing. The exterior of the cabin is made of white pine board and batten while the interior consists of white pine paneling and sheet rock, yellow pine floors, and tall cathedral ceilings throughout. Original oil paintings, quilted wall hangings, stain glass and other art impart a pleasant aesthetic quality to the cabin.
LOCATION, LOCATION... - The list of “Activities” below – with the exception of hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing - are not actually onsite but within easy driving distance. For example, there are many fine golf courses, fishing and boating opportunities within 10 - 45 min. While nearby Pickens and Easley offer some restaurants and cultural/entertainment opportunities, Greenville clearly offers the widest and finest selection of these. The beautiful downtown district has many fine restaurants, the Peace Center (plays, ballet, music), museums, galleries and shopping. One of the recent additions is the restoration of the Reedy River Falls area in West End, the centerpiece of which is a curved suspension bridge (walking only), truly an architectural wonder, which overlooks the falls, downtown area and park. Other local cultural attractions include the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, located 10 min away in Pickens. The museum also operates the restored Hagood Mill site, one of the few active grist mills in the region. Most Saturdays there is music and more at the Hagood Mill, celebrating the early history of the area in terms of music, storytelling, blacksmithing, quilting and more. Its open for tours Wed-Sat.
DAVID'S FEATURE FAVORITE SWEET SPOT – I highly recommend kayaking, canoeing or swimming on Lake Joccasee - one of the most beautiful lakes in the Southeast. I will rent canoes and kayaks depending when available. This deep, clear lake is literally perched at the edge of the mountains – and is thus fed by clear mountain streams, whose waterfalls, in some cases, actually fall directly into the lake. The surrounding mountain landscape with rich forested slopes and coves, coupled with the wide, deep waters provide a uniquely beautiful scene. Only one small area of this large lake has been developed - a small amount of private land and a small amount that is part of Devils Fork State Park but the rest is undeveloped forest belonging to Duke Power, SC/NC, or US the Forest Service.
ECOLOGISTS DELIGHT - We are located in the Upper Foothills Physiographic Province where we have a blend of Piedmont and Mountain species. This area is the southern tip of the range for white pine, Eastern Hemlock, rosebay rhododendron and other woody and herbaceous species. Much of the land is classified as ranging from oak-hickory forest to various pine-hardwood mixes (white, Virginia and Shortleaf pines) to cove hardwood-hemlock forests. Historically, this was Cherokee land – points and other artifacts can still be found today. It was settled mostly in the late 1700s and 1800s by white settlers. Scattered homesites can still be found from this period. Cotton and corn was planted on much of the land in the area as late as the 1920s and 1930s but most was abandoned at that time. These cultivated and terraced lands, once abandoned, eventually reverted to forest and are now dominated by 70-80 year old Virginia pines and mixed hardwoods. Evidence of old terraces and erosion gullies are still evident in the forest. Other parts of our property were never plowed historically. Rather, these somewhat more steep lands were periodically harvested for timber and other wood products; heavily grazed by cattle (woodland grazing) and burned periodically. These disturbances were mild compared to cultivation impacts. The result is a much more productive and ecologically healthy forest. These forests are dominated by chestnut oak, white and red oaks, hickories, maples, interspersed with yellow poplar, shortleaf pine and large white pine. Deciduous magnolias, Silverbells, basswood, beech, sourwood, dogwoods and other species are also also prevalent. Common on some sites are ‘laurel slicks’ – thick patches of mountain laurel that appear as shiny, green, ‘slicks’ from a distance. In the spring, nothing is finer than the bountiful white blooms of Mt. Laurel. These forests support a wide array of birds, reptiles and mammals. Some of the common mammals include – deer, turkey, squirrels, fox, skunk, bear, raccoons, bobcat and, more recently, coyote
I am a Forest Ecologist, Old-time musician (fiddle/banjo/guitar), folk dancer, gardener, shiitake mushroom grower, father and more.
David White purchased this cabin in 2004
I built a house on this same property in 1990 but it wasn't until 2003-04 that we built the rental cabin (which is located on the opposite side of the ridge from where we live). It wasn't until later in 2006 that we decided to use the cabin as a vacation rental. I love the forest and land here and have invested time and energy to help others be able to enjoy it. The rental cabin is a way for others to see this piece of paradise at a very affordable price.
Exceptional, custom built cabin. Quiet. Comfort. Privacy. Long walks on trails through beautiful forest. Great location in the center of paradise (I'm biased!). Close driving distance to many trout streams and other great recreation. Incredible rural roads for cyclists. Close to the very fine cities of Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC.
It has take me almost a year to write this review. Sorry! This cabin is something my husband and I talk about on a weekly basis. No joke! We loved staying here. It rained quite a bit when we went, but the metal roof and the rain were a great combination to sleep to. The fireplace was our favorite part. We just bought our first home in Venice, FL and it has a fireplace which became a must have after staying in the cabin. We did not get to meet David, but he has out done himself on making this a perfect vacation rental. If you are looking to stay somewhere this is it! No doubt! We hope to come back soon! Thanks :)
Husband and I enjoyed our stay at Peace In The Forest Retreat. It definitely is a retreat. . .one of peace and quiet, just as the title says. You are not far from many natural wonders. We took in Lake Jocassee, Twin Falls, and just done lots of hiking, up mountains, trails, and the lovely trails around the cabin as well. If your looking for seclusion this is THE SPOT! We stayed for 7 days, and enjoyed every moment of being away from the rat race of life! It was a much needed time away for us both! THANKS David and Kerry for sharing your retreat in the woods!
For those reading the reviews, let me start by saying...LOOK NO FURTHER! This is a great cabin to rent. We had a wonderful time. The location was fantastic. We were within 30 minutes of everything we wanted to do and see. The cabin had everything we needed to have a peaceful, fun, and relaxing week.
We had a wonderful stay. kulla courted our dog Sophie. He brought her presents-2 days in a row he brought her marrow bones and let her chew on them. The next day he brought a rawhide chew. It was very restful and quiet and very dark. If you are a dog lover you will love Kulla. He is a very cool dog. Thank you David and Kerrie.
This is truly the best place you could stay in Pickens, County SC if you love the woods! First off the location is perfect! Ten minutes from Pickens, Fifteen minutes from Easley, and thirty minutes from Greenville! The cabin was clean, stocked with everything we needed, and was the perfect size for a couple or two! If you love hiking you need not leave the property! I hiked for days all arounf the property, and it is beautiful! Kulla their lab is very friendly and listens very well. It was great having him around. Pickens flea market on wed. is the best I have been to, we spent all our cash before we got half way through! Dacusville pizza is five minutes away and great! David thanks for providing such a great place to stay! We loved it and cant wait to come back!
We stayed February 14 - February 17, 2014 for my husband’s 50th birthday. Upon our arrival Kulla met us and led the way to the cabin. He is a very sweet and fun four legged friend. We truly enjoyed the peaceful beauty of the environment surrounding us. Loved the cozy cabin, the trail walks in the woods and the back deck to cook, talk and just relax. We very much hated to leave and return to the real world. We will be back for another extended weekend. Thanks David, Kerry and Kulla for a wonderful time. Al and Barbara
Folk (contra) dancing and more - To experience traditional dance and live music, travel 25 minutes to the historical and popular River Falls Lodge - an old dance hall located in the mountains along the middle fork of the Saluda River. Listen or dance to exhilerating live music that ranges from Appalachian old time to Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.
Don't miss it! For more info, see harvestmoonfolk.org