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Forest Retreat - Secluded getaway by Homochitto Forest Natchez, Mississippi

Bedrooms Studio
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

Adirondack style treehouse cabin by 99,000 acre national forest.

We have two treehouse-style cabins at the Forest Retreat. The calendar here only reflects one house so, we may have availability in the other. Please do phone us.

Both interiors are furnished with rustic Adirondack furniture from the original New York state locations that popularized this return to nature movement a hundred years ago. We have a queen bed in the sleeping loft and a full size bed in the main room. This property does not allow children. We are Pet Friendly for dogs only.

Each house has a wrap around porch with a full kitchen and bath inside. We have WIFI! We are pet-friendly! No phone, although you can get two bars, sometimes three at the main gate. WIFI allows you to watch Netflix, Hulu, etc on your apps. There is a steady one bar signal that allows you to text. If you need to talk to people there are apps on computers, iPads and the like that will make internet calls.


Most guests sit on the porch and enjoy the bird songs and starry nights and the quiet seclusion of the Forest Retreat.

Cyclists enjoy riding mountain bikes on the remote gravel forest service roads that are rarely used by vehicles.

Hikers enjoy miles of rough hiking trails and rural Forest Service roads for hiking and mountain bike rides. For people who want to chill and leave the exercising back at the gym, or who wish to cool off after exercise, the cool spring fed creek with sugar white sand bars is the place for picnics and playing with the happy dog. There are places to sunbath on the sandbars or retreat to shady spots if you've gotten enough rays and wish to relax to the burbling sounds of the creek and read.

Near the Forest Retreat is a large stocked lake about 20 minutes away. Tina, our reservations manager can tell you more about the government lake. Anecdotally, I've heard it's $5 to fish. I've also heard that the park service people will fine you if they find any beer or alcohol in your cooler and pester you if you have an out of date sticker on your car. But on the up side, the fishing I've heard is remarkable. Personally, I wander around the creek and swim in the pond and walk in the forest and then sit on the porch and watch the birds.

There's a championship golf course nearby if you would like to leave the seclusion of our property. Google this on your own. I can't keep up with their guest fees, but I've heard from many people that the golf courses are nice as are the people who run the pro shop. Google 'golf courses near Mc Comb, Gloster, MS and Natchez.'

Things you should bring: We provide all the linens but you BRING your food to prepare in our fully modern kitchen. We have pots, pans, coffeemakers, microwaves, toasters, oven/stove and fridge.

Also, bring charcoal if you plan to cookout. Bring lots of beach towels, bring flashlights, bring spices and sugar, etc. Bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet for walking in the creek. While sandy it is gravel bottomed and those little rocks can be murder on your feet.

Hope this helps!

Thanks for your interest in the Forest Retreat when you had time to getaway.

More Details

Property Manager
Bess Carrick Owner, Tina Jackson Reservations Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 2017

About Bess Carrick Owner, Tina Jackson Reservations Manager

Fiction writing is the other occupation of owner, Bess Carrick. The retreat is managed by neighbors, Tina and Bobby Jackson, who live near the Forest Retreat and are lifelong residents of Amite County, MS.

Bess Carrick Owner, Tina Jackson Reservations Manager purchased this cabin in 1994

Why Bess Carrick Owner, Tina Jackson Reservations Manager chose Mississippi

Seeking a personal retreat and hearing dozens of her friends describe how much they would enjoy a true getaway where no one could possibly disturb them Carrick bought a rustic piece of property on the edge of the Homochitto National Forest in the mid 1990s. Envisioning a space where nature lovers, artists, writers, and those seeking tranquility could find a peaceful retreat she began with her friend and noted antiquarian, Don Didier, to design the houses on the property. Didier began to find the furnishings during his buying trips for his antique store on Magazine St. Finally after years of collecting, the houses were furnished with objects that resemble the exterior environment, rustic chairs and tables made with willow and other soft woods. Didier and Carrick created the cabin designs and Didier added three hipped roofs, wood burning stoves, and glass fronts and lofts to complete the comfort and appeal of the houses.

You will find the cabin displayed on this listing to provide you the kind of vacation and the rest you need to restore your priorities to the right place - a place where your focus will be on what really matters.

What makes this cabin unique

The house is on stilts and when guests sit on the front porch they are in the mid story of the trees in the forest and the natural beauty of the old forest surrounds you. The house has a wrap around porch, and views of the forest and wildlife are 360 when staying at the Forest Retreat. The house is accessed at the rear by stepping from the top of the ridge onto the wrap around porch, so there are no steps to climb. There is a staircase that leads to the sleeping loft and if guests would like to sleep in the great room they may. The sleeping loft is private and has a queen size Serta bed.


Gloster Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeping loft with a Queen size bed and a futon in the main room.
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
We recommend that you bring creek shoes for walking the creek. These are either boots in cool weather or shoes that will let the creek rocks flow through as you hike, something like Teva sandals are recommended. Not flip flops because the current will make these difficult to keep on your feet. We also recommend that you bring bug spray for the summer time.


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Forest Retreat - Secluded getaway by Homochitto Forest Natchez, Mississippi
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews

Perfect, peaceful getaway.

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Thunder Ridge for a weekend in early March, and it was the best treat we could have given ourselves. The cabin was gorgeous and had an instant calming effect when we walked in. The air inside had a crisp smokiness to it from the wood-burning stove, which we enjoyed every night. The back porch is where we spent most of our time: reading, playing games, watching the sky at dusk. The kitchen had all the basics we needed to prepare meals each night, and all of the linens smelled clean and fresh.

We took a long walk around the cabin area to the pond bench and further down to the creek. We took baths outside and sipped champagne while listening to music and birds chirping. One night we brought a blanket outside so we could lie down and watch the amazing starlight. The brilliance of looking up did not diminish, even by our last night.

We enjoyed lovely, cool weather during the entire weekend, but we can't wait to book again during the fall! Do not hesitate to book if you are looking for a place to rest and decompress, especially if you're enjoying it with someone you love. Being here was not only romantic, but it allowed us to enjoy being together with no distractions or schedules, which was exactly what we'd hoped for.

P.S. Thanks to Tina for helping us make the arrangements!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nina, Delighted to read your comment and the highlights of your enjoyable stay at the Forest Retreat. I posted your HomeAway comment on our Forest Retreat Facebook page. I know many of our guests will enjoy reading your description as much as I did. Best regards, Bess
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7 0

Great Place to Get Away & Revitalize!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Forest Retreat. Two stays in Thunder Ridge and this last stay in the lodge. Both places are wonderful! The cabins and location are so beautiful and peaceful. We certainly rejuvenated our souls and enjoyed God's beauty. One of the highlights of our stays was the lightening bugs. Haven't seen those since childhood! Definitely a wonderful get away to enjoy nature. The cabins are well taken care of and are always stocked with the basics as described in the information package. Everyone is extremely nice and will help with anything that may come up. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that you were rejuvenated! The Forest Retreat is a beautiful piece of property surrounded by the immense national forest, giving it a very secluded feeling that so many guests enjoy. The lodge and the treehouses= cabins are very unique, adding to the feeling of being completely in nature and away from it all. Happy to hear that you keep returning, that the lightning bugs were there to put on their beautiful show at night, and that you felt our staff was extremely nice and helpful. My great thanks for your review and that you keep coming to see us! Best regards, Bess Carrick Owner
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2 0
New Orleans

Best HomeAway From Home!

  • 5 of 5

Imagine it. An intimate cabin in the woods, suspended over forest hills, surrounded by cowcumbers, and occupied with early 20th century Adirondack furnishings. Not a soul around, the forest is all yours. At sunrise, fresh coffee brewing, you walk out and nature instantly wishes you a good morning and a good day. The massive creek is a secluded playground. Dogs find their soul there. The water is usually low and runs gently, perfect for easy sprawling and mud baths. Sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing or night sky watching. Speaking of night skies, WOW! The forest is black at night. Sounds are just what they should be. Imagine those Mississippi country night sounds. Lie back, watch the sky, and catch a shooting star…or five. You will find your place here. Back at the cabin (Fallen Tree House), comfort awaits your arrival home. The sleeping loft takes you back to childhood and makes you feel young again. Wish for rain. You’ll be happy you did. If you find yourself nestled inside on a rainy day, embrace it. It’s one of the best experiences of being tucked away in the Homochitto National Forest. Don’t expect fine amenities. That’s not what the Forest Retreat is about. Everything you need is there. Embrace the experience, disconnect from the busy world around you, and fall in love with the Forest Retreat (maybe fall in love at the Forest Retreat!). Find your HomeAway From Home at the Forest Retreat, you’ll be happy to go home again.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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7 0

Cabin has seen better days

  • 1 of 5

We were to stay two nights, but left after one night. The cabin was not in good repair or clean. Between the spider webs, wifi not working, rotten wood on the deck, old kitchen equipment and creepy sleeping loft. We left after a hike the next morning.Also don't try the road in a sedan if it is raining.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carol, My Reservations Manager, Tina, and I have looked very closely at the appliances and cannot find any that were not clean and in good repair. AT THE EXACT TIME YOU WERE VISITING we got this great review on our Facebook page from Robin who wrote - "This is a beautiful place just got back and want to go again it is so quiet and love cabin and the soaking tub my favorite was laying in bed at night watching all the lightening bugs and the stars and moon! Love! Love!" AND ANOTHER GUEST THAT SAME WEEKEND WROTE: Cheryl wrote, "I will be making reservations soon, I can't wait to return to this beautiful peaceful place!" I will tell you we do have comfortable puffy mattresses for the futon or 'couch to bed' for the main room, so like the guest who wrote above - people can look out on the mid story of the forest and see the stars and lightening bugs. I hope you'll speak with Tina and we can resolve your poor review of what many people find is a relaxing place, in a beautiful remote setting. It's very true though: The rustic environment of the Forest Retreat is not for everyone, and Tina is very good about warning people to be extra, extra careful if it's rained and the road is difficult. Because we do trade off for being so secluded, our roads can be challenging when it rains hard. And regarding the WiFi if the weather is bad the main controller at our WiFi tower turns the system off to prevent it being destroyed from lightning strikes. And if a strike does occur despite his preventative measures he repairs the antennas at our place usually in two days. Please do let us speak to you and here's Tina's number, 601-225-4975. Best regards, Bess Carrick Owner
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5 3

Thunder Ridge

  • 5 of 5

The Forest Retreat is the most humble place I've visited in my entire life. I enjoyed looking at the decor inside of the cabin, made with deer antler pieces. The ceilings resemble leaves of trees and all furniture are made therof. My most favorite part of the stay was the outside tub to bathe in. Even though my fiance, Herbert, was uneasy, he guarded me as I enjoyed my bath.

I visited the cabin at a time of loss, my aunt Jessica, died. I took to the Forest for peace because I felt her spirit was with me. It was only us and nature, no phones, internet, television, etc., which I didn't understand how much we depended on these items until they were unaccesible.

All that is needed for a visit to the Forest are your personal ammenities and food. All utensils, towels, stove, refrigerator, seasonings, etc., are available for use. I barbequed, fished, walked the trail, walked and waded in the creek, searched and followed wildlife tracks, and of course took all the photographs I could.

I would definitley recommend this getaway to others and will revisit soon myself.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tasha, Your note to me is very heartfelt and beautiful. When I can I read the notes our guests leave in the Journals we have in each house, and each time I'm struck by an overall theme - how many people have significant personal experiences while visiting, and write about them so beautifully. Many of our guests purposely come to get away, and to think and are therefore opening their minds and souls for enlightening thoughts, while others find a deeply interesting insight while they are doing nothing at all, but staring out into the night at the lightning bugs flashing. I have no idea what atheists feel when they come there (if any do), but spiritual and sensitively inclined people FEEL something. I've thought about why that is for years and have only guesses. I will share an amusing story with you. Twenty years ago when we were building the houses over a long hot summer the one you stayed in was the first one we finished, and I was so excited to finally sleep under its roof. My friends went back to the lodge across the creek, and I took an air mattress and a sleeping bag and climbed up into the sleeping loft for the night. About midnight an INCREDIBLE summer thunderstorm came through, and under the tin roof the rain beat down fiercely and the lightning struck around in the woods, and the whole house beat like a drum with the booming sounds of it. No where else and at no other time in my life had I experienced nature in such an elemental way! Alone, with the flashing strikes of the lightning, the wind and slashing rain all around me, I felt an ancient feeling of what it must have been like for humankind thousands of years ago to have figured out this key piece of their survival strategy - building strong shelter for their clans and tribes. As I looked out into the completely dark woods that would illuminate for a millisecond and become as bright as daylight with each lightning strike, I felt completely safe in the house we'd built and put a roof on that afternoon. I searched and found a bag of green tea in my purse, and sitting on the floor in the big room in front of the wall of windows, I watched the storm and felt my house and my whole body vibrating with the thunder and lightning. That night I named the house, Thunder Ridge. Please come back soon. Best regards, Bess
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Quail Hollow
Nearest Motorway
28 Miles
Interstate 55
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Forest Retreat
Car: necessary

Enjoy rain drops on the tin roof, bird songs, starry nights and a total escape from the city life and any responsibilities!

No one can find you at our remote, Adirondack styled house deep in the woods on the edge of the 99,000 acre Homochitto National Forest. The Forest Retreat is 0ff any main roads, and is a retreat and vacation site for those who wish to enjoy a truly quiet, tranquil, natural landscape in the woodlands. There is no phone, no TV, and no interruptions.

Hiking and Cycling -

When you are ready to venture out there are miles of secluded sandy beaches and sand bars along the spring-fed creek that winds through the national forest.

Cyclists love to Forest Retreat! Mountain Bikes are the ones we recommend to ride on the hilly gravel forest service roads that are rarely used by vehicles, so your ride will be undisturbed.

Historic Natchez -

For more civilized ventures forth we are 50 min from historic Natchez, 70 minutes thereabouts from the very interesting Emerald Indian Mound north of Natchez near the beginning of the Natchez Trace.

River Road Historic Plantations in Louisiana -

Both south and north of Baton Rouge are dozens of rare and beautiful 19th century river road plantations, such as the historic Nottoway, the Whitney Plantation with its unique one of a kind Slavery Museum. These are all about 90 minutes or more away from the Forest Retreat.

New Orleans is 2 hours away is not (in my opinion) a day trip although it's completely doable.

** At the request of novelists and screenwriters who visit we have installed Internet and WIFI. This works 75% of the time when it's not raining and when lightning has not zapped the tower antenna. Please inquire at the time of your reservation if we are On. Bear in mind that if it storms or has stormed recently we may be temporarily down and off line. It's the middle of nowhere and we do what we can to provide connectivity. I'm giving you a clear picture that it's on most of the time, but not all the time.

*There are three cell phone signal bars at the parking area, but the signal doesn't reach the cabin.


Rates & Availability

Gloster Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

If you would like to rent the entire retreat for a family event, yoga retreat, book club retreat, or any other event please inquire. The complete property rents for approximately $1600 for all four houses. Please phone Tina to discuss your specific request, dates and needs.

The total cost for a weekend stay is $410. That includes Friday, Saturday and the optional Sunday night no additional charge. We do not rent single nights on weekends, you must rent for a minimum of two nights.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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