Dancing Bears Guest Cottage is located on a knoll near Jump Mountain in beautiful Rockbridge County, Virginia. Slow down and enjoy the ultimate relaxation in this secluded, picturesque area. The custom craftsmanship of the cottage is truly amazing. Downstairs you will find the main living area with an open living and dining area as well as the kitchen and bathroom with shower. Up the spiral stairs is a sitting area and work station with a futon which converts to a double bed. Just beyond the bookshelves is a sleeping area with a queen bed.
The cottage is adjacent to our main house via a large deck with hot tub and fire pit. Enjoy gazing at the stars at night without the glare of city lights. We are about 16 miles from Lexington with the Horse Center, VMI, and Washington and Lee University as well as about 20 miles from Staunton with Mary Baldwin College and The Blackfriars Playhouse.
Keywords: Timber frame cottage, cabin, get-away, chalet, nature, pond, mountain views, hiking trails, fishing, kayak, canoe, peaceful, quiet
Our family fell in love with the area right away and knew we were 'home!'
Kathy purchased this cottage in 2005
It is a medicinal place where the beauty of nature seems to restore your mind and body. It offers a unique opportunity to slow way down and appreciate the quiet serenity as well as witness the magical beauty of nature.
A visually stunning and peaceful place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and be rejuvenated.
We truly enjoyed ourselves at the cottage. Our 2 young boys loved the pond, and exploring the woods. It was very peaceful and the wildlife is remarkable! We will visit again!
Our experience at Dancing Bears Cottage was unbelievable. The cottage was spotless was fantastic.. Outdoor hiking trails, outdoor fire pit, hot tub, the pond...it was more than we expected. It is very private, peaceful...back to nature. We are going back in October!
Our stay at "The Dancing Bears Cottage" was an incredibly magical getaway for our family. The beautiful property spans across acres of breathtaking views, with a tranquil spring-fed pond graced with water lilies, stocked for fishing and canoeing. The restful hammock, nestled next to the soothing sound of a sweet waterfall was truly peaceful. This spot had all of the amenities for grilling while experiencing the water activities and endless fun!
The enchanted cottage welcomed us with modern amenities and all of the comforts of "home".
The customized architecture of the cottage windows invited in the breathtaking views of lush landscape, (as well as front row seats to the frolicking bunnies and humming birds)! The fire pit and jacuzzi provided endless fun late into the evening! The children roasted marshmallows, picked mulberries, fed bunnies, and watched the incredible array of wildlife from the deck!
We spent a few days visiting Lexington, where we enjoyed an incredible July fourth festival, fireworks display, and hot air balloon extravaganza! Staunton was a gem, with charming shops and one-of-a kind treasures. However, we couldn't wait to go back to our fairy tale cottage. This vacation brought tranquility for my husband and myself, and a great adventure for the entire family! We are booking ahead to secure this enchanted cottage again next year!! Thank you Kathy and Len for providing every detail of comfort! Blessings to your family!
Dancing Bears cottage is a truly magical place.
It has all the charms of a rustic cottage--beautiful views of the mountains and stars, efficient and charming wood burning stove, views of nature (we counted over 10 different types of birds at the bird feeder just outside the window next to the dinner table), combined with all of the modern amenities you could want--nice new appliances, beautiful hot tub, etc.
The care that has gone into making this place extra special shine through. There are excellent maps for planning your outdoor adventures--we enjoyed a delightful hike up Jump Mountain (which can be viewed in all its glory from the cottage itself), as well as an excursion to Natural Bridge. There are also numerous books on nature that will enrich your stay if you are interested in learning about the trees and wildlife in the area, much of which you are sure to encounter.
If I ever am so lucky to have my own cottage in the woods, I will model it after the Dancing Bears cottage.
This is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax in a quiet, tranquil, and very beautiful country setting. While it is remote, nestled amongst rolling hills and mountains, there is still plenty to do with cute shops and a diverse choice of restaurants in Lexington a short drive away.
A typical day for us was to wake up and sit on the back patio drinking coffee overlooking the gardens and mountains, while the owner's sweet pet bunnies who roam free would come up for a carrot or two, (after some coaxing). Then we would sit by the pond in the hammock reading our books and listen to the frogs. After that we accessed a hiking trail a stone's throw from the pond, went for a hike, then back to the cottage for lunch. During the afternoon, shopping and dinner in Lexington. Then back to the cottage for mint juleps on the back patio while a doe and her fawn made their nightly appearance.
We made dinner (the kitchen is a nice size, updated, and has everything that you could need for cooking) Then a dip in the hot tub with mountain views and time for bed!
The owners were gracious hosts, answering any questions we had about the area or needs we had at the cottage promptly. But they were also so quiet sometimes we wondered if they lived in the main house. We were initially concerned that we would have privacy, but this was not an issue in the least.
We will definitely be going back and are hesitant to write this glowing review because we want it to be our secret.....but the "magical cottage" is truly magical and should be experienced by all in need of a respite for body and soul. We HIGHLY recommend a visit there!
Our stay at the cottage was exactly what we hoped for our honeymoon getaway. Very relaxing and a romantic setting, with enough luxury so that we felt like we were spoiling ourselves. We were initially concerned with privacy given that the owners house was adjacent to the cottage, but we never even saw them. Having them nearby during the nighttime actually provided a sense of security. Contact with the host was prompt, helpful and cheerful. We highly recommend the rental.
Come back to nature in a simple yet gorgeous cottage on the edge of the woods with views of Jump Mountain. Our 100 acre property adjoins 22,000 acres of a Wildlife Management Area, so you are likely to see a variety of wildlife such as deer, turkeys and the occasional black bear. You will also find it offers excellent birding opportunites for a large variety of birds. Relax in the hammock, on the deck, or in the hot tub. Hike several well-marked trails through the woods or fish and kayak in the spring-fed pond. Children will love catching crayfish in the creeks and playing in the tree house. No need to leave the property for entertainment!