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Cozy mountain cabin in scenic, private setting!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, queen-size sleep sofa in LR, 1 full bath, sleeps 6.

Whitetail Hide-Away is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Bedford County. It is nestled in a private, wooded setting with a mountain creek behind the cottage.

This makes for a great romantic get-away. It is very popular with couples on their honeymoon, celebrating anniversaries or just looking for quiet secluded place to rekindle the flame. It is very private there are no other homes nearby. If you're looking for scenic, peaceful place to retreat from everyday stress this is it.

This cottage has spiraling steps to the upper and lower floors. It has a full bath on the upper level. The upper level has a queen-size bed. The living room has a queen size sleep sofa. The lower room has a full size bed. Please bring your own linens, pillowcases & towels.

The lower level also opens to a covered and screened patio with a 5-person spa in which to relax. We are meticulous in cleaning and maintaining our spa.

We do not use the "Book it Now" feature with HomeAway because they charge the visitor a 9% fee for using that feature. We have to pay an extra $200 per year to HomeAway for not allowing them to charge our guests the extra fee. We strive to keep our cabin affordable. You won't be disappointed staying at our cabin. You will enjoy the peace and quiet, soaking in the hot tub, grilling on the deck while be serenaded by the creek and just kicking back!

Local Attractions: Liberty University - 22 miles; The National D-Day Memorial - 20 miles; Smith Mountain Lake with 500 miles of shoreline - 35 miles; Smith Mountain Lake State Park 40 miles; Peaks of Otter Recreational Area - 26 miles; Appomattox Court House, where Confederacy decided to let Union go home - 43 miles; Poplar Forest, summer home of Thomas Jefferson - 20 miles; Blue Ridge Parkway - 6 miles; Lexington, VMI, W&L, Lee's Tomb, George Marshall Library - 30 miles; Lynchburg City, with River Ridge Mall, many restaurants - 20 miles; Appalachian Trail - 7 miles; James River Face Wilderness Area. 8 miles ; James River – Canoeing/Kayaking.

More Details

Michael Ashworth
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Michael Ashworth

Michael Ashworth is retired from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. He worked 30 years in wildlife law enforcement as a Virginia Game Warden Captain. Michael grew up in Bassett, Va and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Biology. He and his wife Patricia have three children and have lived in Bedford, Virginia since 1978. Patricia is a Mary Kay Director.

Michael Ashworth purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Michael Ashworth chose Virginia

We bought this property because it had many qualities that I knew would make it a great get-away. First is location. There are no other homes in sight. The closest in one direction is over 1/4 mile and in the other direction over one mile. Too many vacation get-aways are jammed up together and offer no privacy or peace. Another attractive is how cozy the cabin is. It's an A-frame and not a sprawling mega-house with no personality.

What makes this cabin unique

This property should be specially attractive to guests because it's directly handled by the owners. We want our guests to have the same quality vacation we expect when we travel. We encourage and welcome our guests to call us at any time while staying here if they have any issues or need any information about the area. Since, cell phone service is limited in the area of the cabin we welcome guests to give family members our home and cell numbers in case family members need to contact them in an emergency and we will gladly go and relay the message.


Big Island Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Other - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The upper level has a queen-size bed and full bath. The lower level a has a full size bed. Please bring your own linens, pillowcases & towels. The lower level also opens to a covered and screened patio with a 5-person spa in which to relax. We are meticulous in cleaning and maintaining our spa.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • water tubing
There are two sets of spiral stairs that may need to be considered for people with infirmities or small children.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Cozy mountain cabin in scenic, private setting!
average rating of 4.730769 based on 52 reviews

Just the setting we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

From the first moment we contacted the owners, our experience was first rate. Good communication gave us proper expectations, and upon arrival, everything was exactly as advertised. The cabin is clean, secluded and there was much more space than I expected. We absolutely loved the hot tub. There are great attractions in every direction, more than we were able to take in during our first visit. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy when our guests have a great time at our cabin. We hope you are able to come back soon and get to some of the attractions you didn't have time to visit. Thanks for the review. Michael & Patricia Ashworth
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Nice but with some quirks

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at the cabin, but there were definitely a few quirks with this rental. Firstly, we loved the location and peaceful setting around the cabin. The best part of our trip was sitting on the back deck, watching the sun set and enjoying the sound of a creek running through the property. The hot tub was excellent as well-- the best way relax after a day of hiking!

However, there were a few inconveniences we experienced during our stay. One day of our stay was unseasonably warm, and the top floor of the house heated up considerably. We didn't want to open the windows because there were no screens (not sure if maybe these get put on in the summer?) and it was quite buggy outside. There was a portable A/C unit upstairs which we ran for a bit, but we couldn't find a way to vent it outside, so it didn't make much of a difference. In the end, we ended sleeping on the futon on the main level, where there was an air conditioner. (There is a bed on the bottom level, which stayed nice and cool throughout our stay, but it's two levels down from the bathroom) Perhaps putting screens in the upstairs windows would help with this, or replacing the A/C unit upstairs.

Another inconvenience was that the stove was a little difficult to cook on- some of the burners were dirty and would smoke when heated. We didn't see a fire extinguisher so we decided not to use those burners.

Overall, the location, setting, and feel of the property were excellent. Taking care of those other quirks would make this a 5-star getaway, for sure!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking time to write a review. We appreciate all your comments. We normally do not need A/C upstairs until mid-May. The A/C is a floor unit that vents out the sliding window upstairs. When went to the cabin the day of your arrival for final cleaning I attempted to hook-up the A/C due to the forecast unseasonably warm day ahead. The piece the vent pipe hooks into that goes into the sliding window was at our home and it takes an hour and ten minutes to get there and back. There was no way to get and get the system hooked up prior to your arrival. The window unit was installed and all screens put back in windows on the day of your departure. Sorry it was not in time to benefit you. We usually don't put the screens in until after time for A/C since we think screens take away a little from the view. As to the eyes of the stove smoking, we always strive to keep our cabin as clean as can be. We will check today to see if something has been spilled on the eyes that we did not see that would make it smoke. We take it as a lesson learned to install A/C upstairs and all screens way before anticipated warming. The main level has an A/C that remains in place year round. The A/C on the main level keeps the lower level bedroom cool if needed. We always looking to make improvements on our cabin. Yesterday we removed eight original windows and installed eight new windows. Thanks again for your comments. We take them very seriously. Michael & Patricia Ashworth
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Absolutely beautiful stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came here for a long weekend to get away from crazy life before I started school back up again! We loved our stay, and We will definitely keep this place in mind for the future (friends have already asked for contact info). We loved how homey and cute this place was. We loved coming home from, hiking in Shenandoah National park, driving through Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting a nearby winery to a wonderful relaxing hot tub. Nothing better than that! We also loved waking up to the sound of the nice creek in the back of the property. We highly recommend!! btw if you go into bedford county you have to eat at Liberty Station, we had the best food ever!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you all had a great time. Great feedback like this makes us feel good that we are meeting the needs of our guests. We look forward to your future guests. Thanks for referring us to your friends. Michael & Patricia Ashworth
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Super clean, well furnished and wonderfully cozy!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here last weekend, already looking forward to our next trip. Such a quiet, peaceful getaway, We highly recommend!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments! We look forward to your next stay with us. Michael & Patricia Ashworth
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The cabin was wonderful, clean, and well-equipped

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was the perfect place for a relaxing long weekend. It is secluded, quiet, has a cute stream in the backyard and a lovely view. The kitchen was well-equipped for cooking your own meals (which is recommended since it is a bit of a drive into town/to a restaurant) and the whole cabin was clean and well-kept. The hot tub was the cherry on top and really made our stay perfect! Thanks Michael and Patricia for the lovely getaway!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you all had a great time! Thanks for taking time to write a review. We hope you all come back and stay with us again. Michael & Patricia Ashworth
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are 3 college buddies who had not spent time with each other in about 10 years. We wanted to find a place to go for a weekend where we could shut off from the world and just catch up. This home was perfect for that. It was so well taken care of and had everything we needed, including the hot tub which was an incredible amenity for the price. Get ready to have the constant sound of a stream which is right outside. For someone who lives in NYC, this was really nice! As you can see from the picture, this house is tall and skinny, so be prepared to walk up and down a small spiral staircase. Good to know for those who might have difficulty with something like this. Especially since the bathroom is on the second floor.

We took walks in the woods, watched Duke basketball lose to Miami (satellite tv was nice!) and enjoyed home cooked meals. It was the perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate your review. We are so happy you all enjoyed our cabin and were able to reconnect with your friends. You are so right about the creek out back, it constantly serenades you while sitting out on the deck. My wife and I love going there and just sitting out on the deck and relaxing. We hope you all come back and visit with us again. Thanks. Michael & Patricia Ashworth
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Lynchburg Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrack - Lynchburg
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rt. 501
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Millstone Restaurant, 9058 Big Island Hwy, Bedford
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Wintergreen Ski Resort, Roseland, VA.
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Car: necessary

This cottage is located only 4 miles from the James River, which is

noted for excellent smallmouth bass fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

It is also near the Balcony Falls area of the James, a float fishing

paradise. Within 10 miles are three river access points for boats and canoes. There are several native trout streams nearby. Nearby apple orchards: Gross, Johnson, Arrington and Kennedy. Gross & Johnson Orchards offer summer & fall festivals. The National D-Day Memorial- 20 miles. Smith Mountain Lake with 500 miles of shoreline- 35 miles. Smith Mountain Lake State Park- 40 miles. Peaks of Otter Recreational Area- 26 miles. Appomattox Court House, where Confederacy decided to let Union go home.-43 miles. Poplar Forest, summer home of Thomas Jefferson- 20 miles. Blue Ridge Parkway- 6 miles.

Lexington, VMI, W&L, Lee's Tomb, George Marshall Library- 30 miles. Lynchburg City, with River Ridge Mall, many restaurants.-20 miles. Appalachian Trail. 9 miles.

Other Activities: canoeing, kayaking


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 12.0%

The rental rate is $115 per night or $700 per week for 2 adults plus 10% Tax (5% state & 5% Bedford Co lodging tax). It is an additional $10 per night per adult beyond 2 adults. This fee does not apply to children. For example: 3 adults would be $125 per night and 4 adults would be $135/night, etc. For cancellations made at least 14 days prior to arrival date then a full refund will be made.

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