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

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 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 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

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

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 Virginia

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
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • 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
  • 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), (1) Futon converts to double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • 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 hiking trails through the woods, along the creek, and up the mountain!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Back-to-Nature Magical Cottage, Spring-Fed Pond, Hiking Trails
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Private, Peaceful, Unforgettable !

  • 5 of 5

The Dancing Bears cottage proved to be the perfect location to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary. This luxury cottage is perfectly, and uniquely, appointed. It is a bit remote, but once you are there you will not want to leave. We especially enjoyed the company of the perpetually happy Rufus the Wonder Dog. Our host, Kathy, insured everything was perfect for our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly cozy and stocked on a beautiful property.

  • 5 of 5

It is obvious that the owners put a lot of love and detail in their backdoor cabin. There is no amenity missed and they strive for the comfort of their guests. We stayed for four nights and never left the property. We spent our mornings kayaking on the small pond (perfect size for my 6 year old to be independent), zip lining from the tree house (only sized for the kids), and hiking by the creek and up the mountain. We spent our afternoons with a visit to the hot tub, playing boards games (all provided), and checking out the cabin's library of movies. Our evenings were around the fire enjoying each other and the setting. It was exactly what we wanted for our little vacation. Thank you to Kathy and her family. We are very grateful.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a surprise gift for my fiancé. Kathy was exceptionally helpfull prior to our arrival and throughout our entire stay. The cottage was clean and organized and Kathy was there to help with anything. My fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay even though the weather wasn't great. When we were getting ready to leave a pretty severe snow and ice storm was close to the area and we had a 3 hour drive back, Kathy called to let us know we could stay another night if we needed to wait out the storm. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone and we plan on going back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Private Escape

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved the time I spent at the Dancing Bear Cottage. I should preface this post by saying that I am not an outdoorsy person. That being said, a few days getting away from everything was much needed. The property and the cottage are both amazing. Everything you need for a comfortable stay, with nothing that you don't. The cottage is nicely appointed. The kitchen is well equip, and the bed is very comfortable. The property is picturesque with lots of spots to sit and relax. While the owners weren't there during the visit, I felt incredible welcomed and comfortable. I loved walking around the property, checking out all the wildlife. It was quiet and relaxing. I was able to read, drink wine, enjoy some great food from the kitchen and grill. just what I needed. I hope to go back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect perfect perfect

  • 5 of 5

Every aspect of this property, cottage, amenities and idyllic natural setting is entirely charming- the hosts have thought of everything to make it easy to relax into the perfect 'get-away-from-it-all' experience.. we will definitely be going back to dancing bears cottage!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our visit was awesome!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • 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 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!


Rates & Availability

Middlebrook Cottage Rental Rates


  • $200/nt - $1200/wk
  • US Dollars
  • $200/night on weekends and holidays
  • $180/night weekdays
  • Discounts for extended stays.
  • Two night minimum covers the cleaning fee.
  • Three night minimum for most holiday weekends.
  • $10/per person extra for more than two guests

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