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1926 C&O CABOOSE 90853

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.

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Suitability:
  • 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
Jan 2007
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Tom Bradshaw

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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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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1926 C&O Caboose 90853
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Natural Bridge Shenandoah Valley
Virginia
5

The Caboose

  • 5 of 5
The Caboose was amazing! Tom’s attention to detail is incredible; train DVDs, books, photos, etc. It is located very close to all of the major attractions in Natural Bridge. My husband loved the fire pit on the patio. My 3-year old son cried when we left, and has asked to go back every day since we left. We will hopefully be going back soon.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Natural Bridge Shenandoah Valley
Winston-Salem NC
5

Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time at the caboose. Everything was very nice and clean. We especially enjoyed the patio. Our 7 yr old grandson loved it. He said, MaMa give it 5 stars. It says it sleeps 4, but not for 4 adults. Kids will love it and so will couples. Very convenient to Natural Bridge and Caverns and Safari Park.
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I tried to say in my description that it is for two adults and children. If I say it is for two then guests will assume it is not big enough for families. I have had three adults stay. I have had two adults and three children stay. Thanks for giving me a chance to explain--
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Natural Bridge Shenandoah Valley
5

Loved, Loved, Loved the Caboose!!

  • 5 of 5
We called at 1:00 on a Sat. for Sat arrival and Tom was able to get the Caboose ready for us! What a fun experience!! From sleeping in a caboose, to smores in the fire pit, and the vist from Jingles, everything was great! Perfect location for trips to Natural Bridge, the zoo, and safari park.
  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The caboose is a special work of love and is well located near the arttractions and only 15 minutes from Lexington!
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Natural Bridge Shenandoah Valley
5

Delightful weekend for TWO

  • 5 of 5
Had a restful time and enjoyed it all. Espically the evenings on the patio with the fire going. Exploring Lexington was fun. Lots of shops and just past town are two antique malls that are enjoyable to check out! We had a super time and will be back . I almost hate to tell our friends how neat the weekend but I will !
  • Submitted: May 14, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The caboose has a nice paved patio with a cast iron stew pot for wood fires and a gas hobo fire pit. The wood is under the large poplar tree behind the railroad crossing sign. There is a gas grill on the patio for cookouts!
Historic Lexington is just 15 minutes up Lee Highway and has many historic sites to see. Natural Bridge is 2 miles and the Safari park is two miles.
I am glad Carol liked my unique vacation rental this past weekend.
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Natural Bridge Shenandoah Valley
North Carolina
5

Livetime Memories!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at the Caboose was awesome. A truly relaxing experience for my husband and I and a dream come truly for our four year-old son. The Caboose is very accomodating (inside and out) and the surround area is tranquil and serene.
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Natural Bridge Shenandoah Valley
Stevens, PA
5

Caboose Review

  • 5 of 5
My husband is an avid train & trolley hobbyist and as a surprise I booked the caboose for his 65th birthday weekend. The moment we arrived the RR signal lights started blinking! Walk up to the patio and you will see RR lanterns, luggage cart, even caboose birdhouses! Inside was very cozy, very clean, and so cute but historical too! Everything was there that you would need, even a coffee pot, coffee and filters! A nice little stove, micro and small refrig was there if you wanted to cook but we chose to go to several nice restaurants in Lexington, a beautiful town. Tom also had train CDs to play on the Boise, train DVDs, a satellite flat screen TV, and lots of train books too. Everything top notch here! You will love it!
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Roanoke
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 81 interchange
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Pink Cadillac Diner
Car: necessary

Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a scenic wonder. Nearby is the Virginia Safari Park and the Natural Bridge Zoo. The Washington-Jefferson National Forest is in the area. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are close by, as well. Historic Lexington is where Gen. Lee and Stonewall Jackson lived, The Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University are here. Day trips to Monticello, Appomattox, Poplar Forest, Skiing at Wintergreen or Massanuttin or visit the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke. Many of Virginia's Wineries are in range for day trips. Canoeing or tubing are popular local activities. The canoe livery is in Buchanan-about 10 miles. Goshen pass is a natural wonder.

Other Activities: Railroad Museums in Roanoke (O. Winston Link Museum)Transportation Museum)

Golf: Vista Links in Buena Vista is a new and popular public golf facility only about 15 minutes. The world famous Homestead courses are only an hour away.

Ski: Skiiing at Massanutten, Bryce, Wintergreen and The Homestead about an hour away.

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Availability & Rates

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.3%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Natural Bridge Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Firewood
  • Telephone
  • Parking
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 2 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The small bathroom has a shower and pedestal sink. Wrought iron fixtures add to the theme of a caboose. Even though the bathroom is only 10 square feet (5x5) it serves well and is efficient. The demand water heater assures plenty of hot water.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Small daybed in front room
  • The captain's bed is double size and has a memory foam mattress, There are drawers built under the bed to conserve space. The front room has a narrow day bed. Drawer unit under it has kitchen items stored here. The galley is also here and has a two burner gas stove top, fridge, and convection microwave. There is a Bose wave radio and flat screen tv with satellite dish (Dish Network). This remodel of a 1926 caboose is a work of love and is a special place. Many guests comment on the detail work that has gone into making a small 200 square foot space comfortable. I have tried to use the space as efficiently as possible and to make the space seem uncrowded. Most of the pictures, books, cd's, and dvd's are railroad related. I hope you will want to stay in unique surroundings. Thanks, Tom Bradshaw
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Balcony
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • museums
  • forests
  • botanical garden
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • water tubing
  • tennis
  • equestrian events
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes:
The caboose is small, only about 200 square feet. I have made every effort to use all the space effectively and to make it comfortable. The brick patio has a gas grill, a gas hobo fire, and railroad depot type benches. There are railroad type lanterns to light the patio in the evening. Children may be able to sleep up in the cupola- it is only 5 feet by five feet and 2 feet high. The daybed can be used by one person but it is only 2 feet wide. Small children should plan on bringing their sleeping bags. If you have questions, call me. I am available until 8PM!

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