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Back-to-Nature Magical Cottage, Spring-Fed Pond, Hiking Trails

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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 timber frame 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 which includes a hot tub with gorgeous views. On the patio, you can enjoy the fire pit and gazing at the stars in the night sky without the glare of city lights.

The cottage is 6 miles from the beautiful Goshen Pass and Maury River. We are 16 miles from Lexington with the Virginia Horse Center, Virginia Military Institute & the George C. Marshall Museum, Washington and Lee University & the Lee Chapel and Museum, the Stonewall Jackson House, Boxerwood Gardens, and also the Cyrus McCormick Museum and Wade's Mill in nearby Raphine. Natural Bridge and the Safari Park Zoo are another 15 miles from Lexington. Staunton is about 22 miles from the cottage, where you can explore The Frontier Culture Museum, Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace & Museum, and The American Shakespeare Theatre at Blackfriars Playhouse, and Sunspots Glassblowing Studio.

Keywords: Timber frame cottage, cabin, get-away, chalet, nature, pond, mountain views, hiking trails, fishing, kayak, canoe, peaceful, quiet

More Details

Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, ASL
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Kathy

Our family fell in love with the area right away and knew we were 'home!'

Kathy purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Kathy chose Middlebrook

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.

What makes this cottage unique

A visually stunning and peaceful place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and be rejuvenated.


Middlebrook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), and (1) Futon converts to double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Enjoy the large (1 acre) spring fed pond with waterfall for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. A two person Old Towne canoe, two single kayaks and life preservers are all available for your use. There are also several hiking trails through the woods, along the creek, and up the mountain!


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Back-to-Nature Magical Cottage, Spring-Fed Pond, Hiking Trails
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews

Great family time!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is gorgeous! We just got home from a four day getaway with our two boys (ages 12 & 13). The setting of this cabin is amazing....we fished, kayaked, hiked, watched movies together, played board games together, and really enjoyed 'disconnecting' from the day to day busy lifestyle. I think my boys loved 'Rufus' (the dog) the most! They are already talking about going back in the fall.

Kathy had everything we didn't think to bring available and the furnishings and comfort of the home were outstanding. Just make sure to take plenty of groceries. The trip to town is at least 30 min away.

We look forward to coming back many times in the future! I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone that wants to enjoy nature and relax. Thanks again for having us!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dancing Bear Cottage is beautiful cottage in every respect!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the well equipped kitchen, the hot tub, the pond and the quiet peacefulness of the surrounding mountains. Our granddaughter loved Rufus and the great variety of toys/games. And Lexington (less than 30 mins away) is a lovely historic town with a great variety of shopping, restaurants and places to see and visit. Anytime of year is a wonderful time to visit Dancing Bear Cottage.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, peaceful, relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and Iove this place. It's beautiful up in the mountains, the cabin is pretty much an entirely furnished house, and the whole place is incredibly peaceful. Kathy is very sweet when you need her, but you may not see her much as all. Rufus the dog is a very good boy and will hang out with you if you're looking for a guide dog to walk the trails in the surrounding hills.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little family escape!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time celebrating the new year in this fantastic little cabin. I was worried it would be too cold to enjoy it all but we (husband and two kids ages 6 and 3) had an absolute blast. We all enjoyed the beautifully designed and built cabin. It was so cozy we were perfectly content just playing games, having hot chocolate, watching all the birds from all the windows and using the hot tub. We had fun exploring around the frozen pond and using the treehouse too. There were actually so many little places we wanted to explore in Staunton and Lexington that we'll definitely come back and would HIGHLY recommend this spot to anyone looking for a unique escape to the country. Just driving around those rolling hills and seeing all the beautiful landscape was magical. We are very thankful for the experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing!! Every detail was attended to- the hostess was available for questions. Perfect vacay!!

  • 5 of 5

The place is completely charming in every way- the pictures don't do it justice, really. It seemed like everything we needed was right within reach, or Kathy would provide it. The nearest store is about 40 minutes away, so unless you are planning to eat out every meal, bring some food. The movie selection is great. No cable, but you don't miss it. Hot tub was a bonus. The grounds are lovely. We hope to make it back someday. I'm allergic to dogs, so I couldn't meet sweet Rufus. The wood burning stove is a piece of art. The custom made built in cabinets everywhere are, too. Everything is quality- even the stocked kitchen. Perfect for 2 people on a romantic anniversary.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Very nice cottage on beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We had fun on the hiking trails and saw some wildlife. We visited nearby Lexington and enjoyed a local winery on the way back. This place is unique and has many extras that made our stay enjoyable. Overall, a perfect weekend getaway in the country. We would definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area, so you are likely to see a variety of wildlife such as deer, turkeys and the occasional fox or 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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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