About the property
- Cabin800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum StayNone
Sweet Cabin, 1 Bedroom, Private Room w/ Convertible bed, 1.5 Bath (Sleeps 4)
** FOR STAYS LESS THAN 7 NIGHTS, RATES ARE LESS THAN MOST QUOTED PRICES EXCEPT FOR WEEKENDS- CONTACT OWNER FOR DETAILS.
PEACE-IN-THE-FOREST RETREAT offers singles, couples, families, artists, writers, cyclists, 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
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About David White
Kerry and I love living in this beautiful part of SC and love sharing it with others. I grew up in nearby Easley, went to Wofford College, then to University of Georgia before moving to NC to work. I returned to my home county of Pickens in 1989 and built a home on family property and in 2004 built the rental cabin. I earn my living as a forest ecologist. I am also an old-time fiddler/banjo player. Kerry grew up in southern OH/northern WVA and moved south after 2000. She develops programs that promote movement and good food choices for children and is a yoga teacher and health coach. We both love folk dancing, gardening, hiking and paddling adventures, swimming, cycling, swimming, yoga and more. My 2 adult sons live in Asheville, NC.
Why David White chose Easley
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 and have access to some of the most beautiful areas in North America.
What makes this Cabin unique
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
One of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen
Couldn’t ask for better in every respect. David was prompt and responsive on-line and in person. The cabin and the property were exactly as described. If you enjoy hiking your own prive retreat, this is the location. Conveniently located to Pickens, Greenville, Clemson etc. I couldn’t be happier with our hosts or our stay. Book with confidence. You won’t be disappointed.
I was fortunate to share a hike on our trails with these great guests! We love it when others appreciate and enjoy our little piece of the natural world as well as our special Cabin.
We had a very nice time and our dogs hated that we left. Our home is near the beach so the forest was a new experience for them. The wood stove in the cabin was fun to burn and plenty of firewood and kindling was supplied. The owner was very nice and helpful. Hope to return again sometime.
A Great Week at Peace in the Forest Retreat
This was the 5th time staying at Peace in the Forest Retreat. My wife and I have very much enjoyed ours stays each time. The cabin is very clean and comfortable, and the property is very beautiful and full of trails and paths that allows one to enjoy the whole of the property.
The owners have a couple of dogs that like to hang around the cabin at times. One is a yellow lab named Kulla, which seems to like to hang around more than the healer, but he is a very good dog and we enjoy his company as much as anything else.
The owners, David and Kerry, are just super people and are very accommodating and just want their guests to enjoy their stay. I recommend this cabin to anyone, but it is especially great for couples who like to get away and have a few peaceful and relaxing days away from their regular world.
Great place. We hope to return next year as well.
Had a very nice stay there. Would highly recommend it.
Peace-in-the-forest retreat is just that. I hope to rent again just to see the rhododendron surrounding the cabin in bloom. Our stay was short but provided the peace and nature we needed to recharge. The cabin was secluded but close to everything we needed...a hike a Table Rock State Park and a nice dinner in Traveler's Rest.
Heaven in the Forest
We absolutely loved our 3 night stay at Peace in the Forest! David and Kerry have done an excellent job of setting up a comfortable cabin with everything one could need. The bed is comfortable, the shower pressure good and warm, and the kitchen is well-appointed. They provided lots of information before our visit and were accessible for questions during our stay. The part we loved most was the trails - their property has great hiking! Plenty of variety of trails with lots of different types of trees, a very pretty creek, hills to climb, flatter portions to keep it from being too strenuous - we hiked all over and loved all of it! Kulla - their friendly yellow lab - joined us on our hikes and was so much fun to hike with - he got along great with our 2 hound dogs and it was fun to hike with him! David made sure that we didn't mind meeting Kulla before letting him out of their house - so if you do not want to meet Kulla that is not a problem. But really he is such a sweetheart that it would be a shame for anyone to miss getting to hike with him : ) If you bring dogs with you we highly recommend "Smoke on the Water" in Greenville for outdoor dining - they are very dog friendly and serve BBQ with a bit of an upscale twist - nice big menu (not all of it is BBQ) and reasonably priced with large portions. We also hiked at Table Rock State Park and really enjoyed the Carrick Creek Trail (follows along a flowing creek with waterfalls - such a pleasant sound to walk with) - up to the Pinnacle Mountain Trail. The Pinnacle Mountain Trail is an uphill hike with just a few periods of flats - we stopped for lunch on some boulders about 2/3 of the way and then headed back down - a nice day in the woods even though we didn't make it to the overlook with the big views. We very much enjoyed this part of South Carolina - lots of open land and trees but with the conveniences of life not too far away (Ingles and downtown Pickens is less than 15 minutes away and then the metropolis of Greenville just a bit further - 35 minutes). Hopefully we'll get to visit Peace in the Forest again in the future : )
10 minutes from historic Hagood Mill!! Also, folk (contra) dancing to live music - To experience traditional dance/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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Special 3 day weekend rate (Thu-Sun/Fri-Mon): $250 before cleaning and taxes; For 4,5 & 6 day stays I provide quote since my price is better than website quote. On 12/14/17 I started using HomeAway's online payment system because it is now required. This means that Homeaway will charge YOU a booking fee 10% or more on top of my charge. I am committed to fair prices & excellent accommodations.