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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
Speaks: english, ASL
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 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
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 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Wonderful weekend escape for the whole family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the cottage, escaping for several days from DC. It was just a few hours, but felt like a whole world away. Kathy was great and helped make the cabin safe for our two-year old by adding a baby gate to the staircase. We all enjoyed exploring the woods and pond, and our six year-old loved the tree house. The cabin has plenty of room for a family and is well equipped to cook meals and spend the whole weekend on the property, with lots of hiking and great mountain biking. If you feel like exploring, Staunton, especially the Frontier Culture Museum and Gypsy Hill Park, are a close drive from the cabin. We look forward to coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful getaway spot

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 absolutely loved our stay in the Dancing Bear cottage. The property is gorgeous--mountain views, tons of space for my kids to run around and explore, and hiking trails all to ourselves. The cottage is immaculate and well-equipped. We wouldn't hesitate to reserve again!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Kathy and Len were the perfect hosts. They made sure our needs were taken care of, even delivering fresh tomatoes to us on our first morning! The cottage was lovely with so many warm touches. The property was beautiful with wonderful trails to hike, a pond, bird feeders, flowers and wild deer. We rent from VRBO pretty frequently and have never been disappointed, but this was a top notch weekend!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location!

  • 4 of 5

Great scenery and drive to get to the property! Kathy was so nice during our stay and very easy to get a hold of. She has everything thought out, with wonderful instructions and suggestions. We could only stay two nights, so we didn't have the free time to explore the property like we would have liked! Thanks Kathy!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanted Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is our favorite cabin experience ever. My kids begged us to spend a few more days and didn’t want to leave; we are already seriously talking about going back!

A few things WOWed us: meticulously clean, unique architecture, solid build, well stocked up and complete attention to the detail. I felt sooooo pampered by this place.

This little gem is tucked away in a beautiful mountain area! Talk about tucked away; we followed the instructions exactly but still feeling unsure driving thru all this wildlife territory, then EUREKA! There is this beautiful place, totally developed for us to walk around.

We have been using VRBO for more than 5 years and honestly, this was the best one yet. At Dancing Bear, everything we touched functioned properly, all the kitchen sets were complete, no missing pieces from all the board games we opened--and so many board games for all ages.

We feel the owner sincerely wants to make the guests feel at vacation yet at home. Anything we thought about was there waiting for us. My boy was so excited about the fire pit, so we actually lit up the fire while grilling steaks, in the hot summer afternoon! Of course, as we were wondering about putting out the fire, there was the hose rolled up right at the corner awaiting.

We live in Kansas City, MO about 1000 miles away from Dancing Bear, but we are going to try hard to go back again at different seasons. Love Appalachian, love Dancing Bear.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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PERFECT getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I wanted a long weekend away from it all with my 17 year old twins and Dancing Bears was PERFECT! From my initial message to Kathy inquiring about her cottage, she was extremely helpful and responsive. The cottage was very well appointed with all the conveniences of home. The appliances and supplies were all great quality and you truly felt like you were in your home away from home. Kathy had some basic supplies already in the cottage, such as sugar, coffee filters,flour, ketchup, mustard; just to name a few! This place offered total serenity. The deck offered a wonderful hot tub that over looked the mountains and the patio had seating to dine and relax, with a gas grill, fire pit, and overlooked the orchard. Each evening we had a group of deer visit. The pond was absolutely beautiful in the mornings with the lilies in full bloom across it. It is also stocked with fish. I caught my personal best large mouth bass of over 10LBs!!! My son and I enjoyed catching many, many fish while my daughter relaxed in the hammock close to the ponds spring that flowed into it. We spent much of the day on the beautiful Maury River fishing and relaxing on the rocks. The evenings were spent enjoying a meal on the patio, chatting and making smores at the fire pit, and ending the night with a good movie. The movie collection is OUTSTANDING!

I would highly recommend Dancing Bears with absolutely no reservations and I plan to go back to this little paradise soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 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

Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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