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Peace Lodge - Nature, Seclusion, and Romance

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Blue Ridge Highlands Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

The beauty of Peace Lodge is its location. We are far removed yet still convenient to several points of interest. Visit our website listed under 'Links & Video' for a Portfolio - Interior, Exterior, and Aerial views, and see what really sets it apart.

This 'Mountain Getaway' is secluded on 27 acres that includes wildflowers, hardwoods, pines, mountain laurel, and creek frontage with easy access for fishing and canoeing. Wildlife is abundant, including deer, raccoon, bobcat, black bear, turkey and hawk.

This private luxury mountain retreat is located on Big Reed Island Creek in Dugspur, Virginia. Our retreat includes several unique features to make your getaway really special. They include the following: The master suite has an airbath tub for a relaxing bath for one or two. The first floor suite offers an aromatherapy steam shower. We offer both a wood burning fireplace and pellet woodstove.

The following attractions are located within 30 minutes or less:

New River Foster Falls Recreation Area; New River Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill, Meadows of Dan, Galax, and Floyd, VA.

Conveniently located 3.4 miles from Virginia Highway 58 in Dugspur. Please contact us for specific directions.


This three level retreat offers a bedroom and full bath on each floor along with a full kitchen, dining area, and two living areas. It easily accommodates eight guests. Outdoors there is a large entertaining deck and three covered porches.

Upper Level

The upper level master suite features a king-sized bed and private bath with double vanities. For that romantic setting or private relaxation period, there is an airbath tub large enough to accommodate two. This bedroom offers expansive outdoor views as it opens to the living room from the balcony.

Main Level

The main level includes a fully appointed kitchen with stainless steel appliances - large refrigerator, range, microwave oven, and dishwasher. The dining room flows to the living room where a cozy wood-burning fireplace and large satellite HDTV flat-screen is situated for easy viewing. If you prefer, take in the fresh mountain air by simply opening the double patio doors to the custom deck overlooking the river below. A master suite with queen-sized bed and full bath with steam shower is luxuriously appointed on this level also. For easy listening of your favorite tunes or a lively party, a custom built stereo system pipes music into the living area to surely please the most avid listener.

Lower Level

The lower level offers much open space. It includes a full bath with a walk-in cultured marble shower, large vanity, and large capacity washer and dryer. The bedroom closes behind pocket doors and includes two twin trundle beds. The living area includes a toasty pellet stove, a satellite HDTV, X-box, games, and lots of space for fun. Walk outside onto the private patio and look across to the other mountainside and flowing creek below. Beginning at this level is a beautiful custom wood staircase that rises to the third floor. Whatever level you find yourself on, it can become the most private or lively area of the home. Take your pick as all will please.

The natural beauty of the mountains is perhaps the greatest attraction. When you choose this retreat, worries evaporate, you relax, and reflect on what is really important.

You may opt to canoe the endless miles of trout and nature filled creeks and rivers. Or inner-tube and float downstream all day. The closest body of water is Big Reed Island Creek located at the base of the property. Choose your own type of fishing day or hire a fishing guide for the 'hot spots'. We can assist here. Check out Greasy Creek Outfitters.

If photography is your past time by all means bring your camera. Wildflowers are abundant from late April through the fall. You could encounter deer, wild turkey, raccoon, our resident groundhogs, bob-cats, and yes, black bears. If you see a bear please don't try to approach it or feed it.

If you wish to venture out, you have 27 acres of mountain woods to stroll on. Avid hunters are also welcome. Please adhere to local hunting regulations, use extreme care in the woods, and do not shoot your guns across the river where several deer cross daily. We will advise where we recommend deer hunting endeavors. If you plan on extended hunting trips we gladly welcome a 'walk in the woods' before the season starts.

For the jogger or walker, if it is a workout you desire, simply walk or jog up the driveway! If you make it that far, there are miles of country roads with your own built in jogging trail right on the property. With over a mile of driveway on the property, you will soon learn that a few laps around the woods covered drive is very relaxing. A walk back down the driveway for your 'cool down' and it's off to the aromatic steam shower! For the more adventurous joggers, simply take a left or right out of the driveway and wear yourself out on the hills through the mountain roads. Happy jogging!

For all of those '12 ounce curl sports enthusiasts' who would rather work out on the back deck, I can not think of a better place to open a cold one, turn on the custom stereo, and enjoy a few tunes.

Keywords: Mountain Lodge, Resort Lodge

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Why The Owner chose Blue Ridge Highlands

Peace Lodge was not bought. It was created and crafted over a three year period. We took the natural surroundings the good Lord gave us to work with and carved Peace Lodge right out of the side of the mountain. If you do not enjoy your stay we will gladly refund your money.

What makes this lodge unique

I do not care what you do for a living, the world is entirely too fast these days. At Peace Lodge we have created a natural and peaceful environment that is truly in touch with nature. Time does seem to slow down. When your vacation is over you will go home rested and relaxed. For my family that is what vacation is all about.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Mark,

Thank you for a wondeful stay. The home is beautiful !! We had a great time. We would recommend a toaster :) Thanks for the kind comments. Regarding the toaster, got one!
Mar 2010
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Peace Lodge - Nature, Seclusion, and Romance
average rating of 4.864865 based on 39 reviews

Peaceful Paradise in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just arrived home from one of the most memorable weekends of our 8 years of marriage. We have never had so much time to ourselves to just be US, and this lodge allowed us to do just that. It forced us to get outside and enjoy nature and each other. We both agreed that we had more fun being "stuck in the mountains" with one another than we did on our honeymoon! We cannot thank Mark enough for the luxuous accommodations (we took full advantage of each and every one of them including the steam shower, wave tub, and "Back-to-the-Future" microwave!) and for sharing your château on the mountain with complete strangers! What a blessing it was. WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

This house is a great place if you are looking for something completely remote and off the beaten path. It was large enough for our group of 8, and well laid out with a bedroom/bathroom on each level. The kitchen was large enough for us and the deck was a great added outdoor space. Being on a crick added to the scenery and it was a nice walk down to the water.

The house is pretty gorgeous, clean and very well maintained, and the owner did a walk through with us over the phone when we arrived to help us understand where everything was/how it worked/etc.

One thing to note, you do not have cell phone service at the house but there is a landline and wifi. So it was nice to disconnect a little bit for the weekend. Also, you are somewhat far from any other businesses, so I would recommend bringing everything you think you may need, as you'll most likely not be going back out for it.

The drive in is a little white-knuckle-ish LOL. Once you get to the top with the switchbacks, it's a 'fun' drive down the driveway. It's not nearly as exciting going back up.

I would highly recommend this house for a romantic getaway, family outing or a girls trip.

Kudos to the owner for building such a nice place in the middle of a mountain!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind remarks Linda. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at Peace Lodge. Regarding distance to the nearest grocery we are 15 minutes from the main supermarket in Hillsville, VA. While far removed from everything in terms of privacy we are a short drive to many area attractions. Take care and we hope your family finds its way back to Peace Lodge. Until then, take care. Regards, Mark and Nita
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Great Secluded Spot

  • 5 of 5

This house is tucked away in a nice secluded spot away from it all. Inside is nicely furnished and fits the build and area perfectly. Outside there is a great creek/river that would be super to tube or kayak/canoe down to the bridge you cross on your way into the property a few miles off. There are miles of road you can walk and some other trails that can be walked and explored and of course climbing up the side of the mountains is fun with family and kids. Our three year old even enjoyed "bear hunting" as he called it and I had to assist and partially carry him up the side of the mountain from the river to the house as he would not take the trail and steps up but had to go with the big guys.

Deer appear to be all around as I walked up on a couple in the pitch dark when walking around the house to grab some fire wood. Scared both me and the deer I think....

As stated in the pictures and some comments there is a steep incline/decline to get to the property in a SUV/Truck as well as down to the river when walking but nothing a 3 year old couldn't handle :) As well as Mark provides an SUV with 4x4 if you do not have one.

Once you are in with food and drink you do not have to leave anyway. But if you do its ~10 miles to a grocery store if needed.

We look forward to coming back to Peace Lodge in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks Stephen. Your feedback is exactly what we sought to accomplish during the building and furnishing phase of what is now referred to as Peace Lodge. We look forward in your return. Check us out in the summer when the water temps are just right for that tubing/canoe ride down Big Reed Island Creek you referenced. Take care until your travels bring you our way again. Regards, Mark and Nita
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and relaxing setting - owners are very personable and accommodating - just a few recommendations: put TV's in all three bedrooms, increase WiFi efficiency, and blinds/shades on windows for evening use - overall a wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Todd, I am happy that your stay led you to a five star review and thank you for the kind remarks. As for the WiFi signal regarding speed what you see is what you get! Satellite speed in the mountains is what it is and we can't get any faster or we would. We highly recommend your traveling back our way again and leave the cell phones/computer at home. You will be amazed in what the mountains have to offer. As for the curtains/shades there is no need for any as no one can see in for what ever it is you are trying to accomplish in the evening hours. Peace Lodge is nestled on the side of the mountain just for this type of private setting. I truly do not know how more private we could have made Peace Lodge. As for the TV's there is connectivity in each bedroom but we chose not to put TV's on every wall in the home. We do offer big screen TV's in the lower level as well as main living room area. The living room TV can also be viewed from the master suite upstairs as the balcony overlooking the living room permits this. For those of you wishing to watch television in the bedrooms feel free to hook up your own monitor in the outlets provided in each bedroom. Take care and we hope your travels bring you back out way again. Regards, Mark and Nita
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Nice fall weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as advertised. The home was very clean, had comfortable beds, and a well-equipped kitchen. I particularly enjoyed doing business with the owner... very helpful and friendly. What I loved most about this house was the ability to close off the deck to keep our dogs with us. The owner built swinging gates by the steps and it really came in handy. If I was to suggest anything, I would have liked to have seen more comfortable seating in the downstairs living area (just chairs now) and I wished I had known the steps leading down to the river included ladders. This prevented us from taking our dogs down to the river to explore with them. If you enjoy beautiful scenery, a quiet getaway, and the milky way at night warmed by a great fire on the deck, then this place is for you!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the Peace Lodge! Our dogs loved it too! The house was beautiful with so much to do and fully stocked. We would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Than you Elizabeth. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Peace Lodge and hope that your travels bring your family back to us again. Until then happy travels! Kind Regards, Mark and Nita
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Dugspur Lodge Rental Rates

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Pet Fee $20
Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.0%

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Blue Ridge Highlands Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Master Suite up, Queen size Beds (1) Main level, Twin or Single Beds (1) Twin Trundle sleeping for 4
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Unique Airbath technology sets the stage for a relaxing bath for two. First floor suite offers an aromatherapy steam shower. We offer both a wood burning fireplace and pellet woodstove. Aromatic steam shower with eucalyptus

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