Natural Bridge Cabin Rental Photos and Description
1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, accommodates a small family
My C&O Caboose is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia near Natural Bridge and Lexington. It is a restored 'woody' caboose which was retired from the C&O railroad in the late 1970's after more than 60 years of service as the quarters for train crews in the coal fields of West Virginia. It has undergone extensive renovation and now is a unique vacation rental near the beautiful Natural Bridge and the historic valley town of Lexington. I have the exterior restored to what the car probably looked like in the 1930's. The interior has been extensively renovated to include a bedroom with double sized captains bed with memory foam mattress and drawers built into it's base. This bed was custom made for the caboose by an Amish furniture maker in Ohio. The bath has a shower and pedestal sink and is located under the original cupola which is still accessible via rungs on the wall of the hall. Smaller children might like to go up here or even sleep up in the cupola. 'All Aboard!!! Tom
Memories are made in this beautiful area!!: Your visit to this beautiful area of Virginia and the Caboose will be one you will remember and cherish. There are many activities in the Rockbridge County area and many day trips should be planned as well. Cave Mountain Lake in the National Forest is always a pleasure in the Summer. Fishing in the National Forest, on the James River or at Lake Robertson Is a popular activity. Virginia Safari Park is 2 miles. Natural Bridge and the Natural Bridge Caverns are 2 miles. Day trips to Montecello in Charlottesville, or Appomattox and of course Lexington are popular. Hiking on our many trails including the Appalachain Trail appeals to many of our guests. Others enjoy the Blue Ridge parkway or the WWII memorial in Bedford 30 minutes away. The O. Winston Link Museum contains many wonderful photographs and items from the era of steam on the Norfolk and Western Railroad and is only 40 minutes away in Roanoke. The Museum of Transportation in Roanoke has wonderful steam locomotives to view.
Historic Lexington is 10 minutes: Lexington has great restaurants, historic sites, carriage rides, tours, Civil war sites are nearby. Robert E. Lee Chapel and Museum, Stonewall Jackson House, George C. Marshall museum, VMI Cadet parades at 4 pm on Fridays, cadet museum etc. Cyrus McCormick Farm and workshop at Steeles Tavern. Wades Mill nearby here is popular.
C&O Railroad Historical Society: Clifton Forge -about 40 minutes has the C&O Historical Society headquarters and museum. Roanoke-35 miles has the O.Winston Link museum of steam train era memorabilia. Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke has much to see with it's extensive collection of steam era. engines and equipment.
- non smoking only
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets considered
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you so much for restoring this wonderful little caboose and for sharing it with us! We absolutely loved every minute of being here. Your attention to detail was wonderful and the TV, Firepit, Bose Radio etc. were such a treat. After driving for eight hours pullinng into your welcoming lighted driveway and discovering this little treat was an experience we'll never forget! I'm so glad I found your website on the Virginia Travel site and even more glad we decided to think outside the hotel box! The kids loved the loft. The shower was clean and awsome and you even had coffee! We'll tell everyone we know! Thanks, Lisa and Mark
I have had vacation rental properties for more than 20 years. I graduated from VMI and served in the Army. I returned to Lexington in 1971 after graduating from photography school. My wife and I ran a studio and frame shop for 30 years and now manage our rental properties. I grew up in Blackstone Virginia and we live near the caboose in Natural Bridge. My wife is a native of Rockbridge County and is active in the vacation rentals.
About ten years ago I was watching a PBS program which featured lighthouses and during that program there was an interview with a lady who was active in restoring a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. When asked why she wanted to restore a lighthouse she answered 'everybody loves a lighthouse and a caboose!' That gave me the idea to get a caboose and restore it for use as a unique vacation rental. Taking the 'Tiny House' idea and adapting it to the restoration of a rail car appealed to me. This project proves that a small space of under 200 square feet can be made livable and enjoyable.
I grew up in the era of steam engines on the railroad and the idea of having a caboose from the era of steam is exciting to me. Adapting an old rail car to modern living is an experiment that has proven successful. I approached the project asuming that I would use the best possible materials, fixtures and equipment. Many features had to be specialy ordered. The bed was custom made by Amishmen in Ohio. The memory foam mattress was made by Danny Troyer in Holmes County Ohio. The Galley was custom made in New York to fit through the narrow doorway. The heating and cooling system is a Mr. Slim by Mitsubishi. The demand water heater is by Precision Temp and made for upper end motor coaches. The patio lanterns were ordered as oil fixtures and electrified for the project. The roofing material is acrylic impregnated fabric by Resource Conservation Technologies. The steel entry stairs were fabricated locally by Merrick welding. The railroad crossing sign and lights were a major project. The sign on the sides of the car were painted using a stencil made to exact specifications from engineering drawings obtained from the C&O historical society. The marker lamps on the car are reproduction marker lamps which I electrified. The pictures of cabooses in action came from the C&O Historical Society.