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For a real back-in-time experience, stay at Olde Surber Station, a 19th-century restored mountain farmhouse on scenic Craig Creek. Located on 90 acres in the midst of the Jefferson National Forest in Botetourt County, Virginia, Olde Surber Station offers remoteness, lots of wildlife, a pristine mountain river great for swimming, tubing, canoeing and fishing, miles of hiking trails just for you, and an abandoned rail bed for biking.
In the early 20th century a steam train traveled through the area, hauling iron ore, passengers, mail, and other goods. Surber was a whistle stop station on the old rail line, hence the name Olde Surber Station.
Furnishings are mostly from the early 1900s, including a working 1930s wood cookstove in the large, eat-in kitchen.
Four spacious bedrooms provide sleeping space for 10 people. The downstairs master bedroom, with a comfy antique iron double bed, is the lower floor of the original 1860s log cabin and is decorated in primitive country style. It contains a gas log fireplace.
The upstairs bedroom of the original log house features an alcove queen bed complete with bed curtains. A second upstairs bedroom, completely paneled from floor to ceiling in original wood planking, has two double beds.
The third upstairs bedroom has a double bed. The upstairs full bath has a stand-up shower, and the downstairs full bath has a old-time slipper tub, great for a relaxing soak. There is also a cute half-bath under the stairway.
The house also has a comfortable parlor (living room) with a second gas-log fireplace and a DVD/VCR and CD player. The dining room/library seats 8 comfortably. Outside is a spacious back yard for cornhole games or horseshoes. (The original functioning outhouse is also available, for those who REALLY want the 'back in time' experience!)
Fire pits provide a place for stargazing and marshmallow roasting, and singing silly songs.
The owners are nearby and available if anything is needed. Other neighbors are a half-mile away. (The owners live down the old rail bed about a quarter mile.) Craig Creek access is about 150 yards from the house.
The owners have intended for Olde Surber Station to provide a rustic, remote place for folks to get back to nature. This is not a place for those looking for lots of modern conveniences, like dishwashers and satellite TV! But if you're looking for wilderness, wildlife, clean air and water, beautiful mountain views, and LOTS of peace and quiet, this might be your place. (Note that window air-conditioning units are installed in the summer for your comfort.)
Kids and well-behaved pets are welcome. Even though the house is filled with antiques, this is a house to be lived in, not a place where you’re afraid to put your feet up!
Keywords: Farmhouse, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, creeking
My husband Jack and I are retired engineers. I worked in book publishing for many years, with engineering and technical books (still do some freelance book editing). In retirement, we became EMTs and started a little rescue squad in our area, since help was a long ways out. We got interested in medicine and ended up both going to nursing school together and becoming RNs. I serve the community as the 'church nurse' and Jack also became a paramedic and heads up the rescue group here.
Carol S. Lewis purchased this farmhouse in 1907
Portions of this property have been in my family since the War between the States era. My grandfather bought the adjoining farm, which is now Olde Surber Station, in 1907. When my brothers and I were kids, this was our favorite place to come, to visit our uncle and aunt who stayed on the homeplace. When they passed on, I was lucky enough to acquire the property.
Peace and quiet, nature, wildlife, and beautiful Craig's Creek--it's a real 'back in time' experience!
We did a lot more exploring this time, driving twice into New Castle and getting a personalized tour of historic cabins and the Old Brick Hotel. Highlights were the gingerbread house building competition, then destroying them with BB guns and cans of well-shaken Busch.
My family was looking for a place to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time together. We absolutely found it at Olde Surber. We were amazed at how clean and all the extras Olde Surber provided. The well stocked and labeled cabinets made cooking a breeze. Each night we sat in the parlor playing cards and listening to the radio. In the morning my husband and I enjoyed various hikes from the property, two of which are the swinging bridge and the trestle bridge, while the 3 teens slept in. Once everyone was up and fed tubing commenced. We especially loved launching from the fishing spot right across from the driveway and tubing for almost 2 hours and getting out at the swinging bridge. The walk back to the cabin on the creek was only 20 minutes. Our family was amazed at the amount of stars we could see in the evening as we roasted our marshmallows. You couldn't ask for anymore amenities then Olde Surber provides. Hiking, fishing, tubing, cornhole, 2 firepits, lots of wildlife, and a warm comfy home. Thank you for sharing your property with us.
We absolutely LOVED Olde Surber Station and can't wait to go back! Here's what we were looking for on our vacation (all of which we found!):
-- introducing our 22 month old son to the outdoors - woods, creeks and fishing
-- close to fishing waters (several nearby private access points to Craig's Creek, which is extremely clean, shallow and warm. . .lots of fish, too; about 20 minutes from trout waters where we caught a few brook trout)
-- a quiet, peaceful place for my husband and I to enjoy with my brother and his girlfriend
Our son had so much fun - we brought a little bucket with us, a very temporary home for all the creatures we caught in the creek! Crayfish, creek bugs, minnows and small bream. We found frogs, too! The water was shallow and warm enough that he spent hours playing with his bucket and picking up creek rocks. The cabin also had a kayak that we used to float him up and down the creek. The adults caught many fish in Craig's Creek on both fly rods and a kid's fishing rod that we brought for my son.
Olde Surber Station is on a gorgeous piece of property. The house is very cozy. Beds were comfortable, linens were clean, and the kitchen was well stocked with all the pots, dishes and utensils we needed. In four days, we never went out to eat once and enjoyed making and sharing meals that we don't have time to make at home! When we did need more groceries, it was a pretty 20 minute drive to New Castle to a well-stocked IGA grocery store.
In the evenings, we enjoyed movies from their large selection, played card games and dominoes.
We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting Bernie and Jeanie, the caretakers of the property that live next door - they are absolute sweethearts!
We can't wait to go back. We didn't even get to check out the many nearby walking trails this time!
THIS WAS A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX, AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS. IT WAS VERY PEACEFUL WITH VERY LITTLE VEHICLE TRAVEL, VERY QUIET. LOTS OF TRAILS TO HIKE AND BOOKS TO READ. THIS IS A MUST EVERY YEAR. THE CARETAKERS -BERRNIE & JEANIE ARE THE BEST FOLKS EVER--MADE YOU FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. LOTS OF WILDLIFE TO SEE. I GIVE IT A 10 FOR SURE.
We have visited Old Surber Station twice this year and have enjoyed it immensely. I dream of living in this area and fishing Craig Creek often!! We love the home as well!! The serenity and beauty is incredible. Thank you Jack, Carol, Jeannie and Bernie!! We hope to return soon.
We had a wonderful week at Surber. This is definitely the place to get away from it all and experience a nice break from the world. We fished,swam,canoed,hiked,biked and read books from the library.The area was beautiful and we loved the creek.We hope to return again soon.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$50 advance deposit to hold reservation. Check or Paypal (contact owner for Paypal info).
Remainder due upon arrival.
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