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Serenity on the Virginia Creeper Trail

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,591 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

secluded 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with Mountain views

Hop on a bike and join the Creeper Trail at the end of the driveway. Located between mile marker 29 and 30, Green Cove Cottage sits on 23 beautiful acres of meadow, forest and Christmas tree farm. Walk up on the ridge for a beautiful 360 degree view of Green Cove and the Jefferson National Forest. Sit on the front porch swing or rocking chairs to glimpse the bikers through the trees or relax on the back patio and gaze up at the hills.

For extra accommodation, there is a 1 bed/1bath granny flat over the garage about 50 yards from the main house which is listed separately, property # 3877695

More Details

Property Manager
Jeanette Gretsch
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Jeanette Gretsch

The Smith Family consists of Mamaw and Pampaw, owners of the property, and their 4 daughters and their families. There are a total of 10 grandchildren. Green Cove Cottage was purchased as a place where the family can get together and get away from it all.

Jeanette Gretsch purchased this house in 2014

Why Jeanette Gretsch chose Virginia

The eldest Smith daughter lives in Raleigh. The rest of the family loves visiting her because North Carolina is so gorgeous and green and not too hot (they mostly live in Texas, where it is too hot) and has stunning fall colors, actual snow, and beautiful clean running water. When contemplating a place for everyone to get together, it was unanimous that it should be this part of the world, and the Creeper Trail was the final attraction.

What makes this house unique

It's right on the Creeper trail for easy biking and walking for the whole family, and only 3 miles down the trail it crosses the Appalachian trail for the more adventurous. The quiet and restfulness of the location are unparalleled. The stars are magnificent at night. And the views from the top of the ridge are breathtaking. Plus there is a wonderful hill perfect for sledding right next to the house.


Mount Rogers National Recreation Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2591 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Front Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Cottage Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Cottage Bedroom #1 - 1 queen
    Cottage Bedroom #2 - 1 queen
  • There are also sofa beds in the front sitting room and in the family room. In addition, there is a loft apartment above the garage, which has a bedroom with a queen bed and a sofa bed in the living room. This can be rented separately. Please see listing # 3877695
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Serenity on the Virginia Creeper Trail
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Great little gem of a place. Plenty of room for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to spend a family weekend together. The house was larger than I expected and a nice surprise. Everything you would need was available and very organized and clean. Will be staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ferrum, VA

Beautiful place and so peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, really nice home with all the necessary amenities and I personally enjoyed no cell service for our 2 days!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've biked the Creeper Trail. The first time we stayed at the Biker's Loft. We had such a great time that we came back this year with more of our family and stayed at the main house instead. Both places were clean and had everything we needed.

Hopefully we can make this an annual tradition. Children as young as 6 (5 last year), biked the trail themselves. Adults much older did as well. Three generations enjoying the same activity during the day and a fire pit with s'mores in the evening. Win, win for sure. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plenty of Room for 2 families!

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean when we arrived. The kitchen was perfectly stocked for cooking meals and lots of places for everyone to sleep. The owners have made lots of updates to this older home. The yard had lots of places to run and play and a super cute playhouse. We loved being right on the Virginia Creeper trail and would stop at the house for a snack or lunch on our way down. We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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alpharetta, ga

Wonderful place on the Virginia Creeper Trail

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent a lovely weekend at this house. It is located on a beautiful piece of property literally steps away from the Creeper Trail. Everything was as pictured and clean when we arrived. The house is surprisingly large and is nicely divided for privacy within the house. The owner was easy to work with. My only regret is that we didn't get to stay longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was very spacious, welcoming, and clean. The setting is peaceful and beautiful, plus very convenient. They had everything we possibly needed and more. Definitively recommend booking Green Cove Cottage for a visit to Damascus.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Than you for your review. So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Rates & Availability

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

We can accept Visa or Mastercard payments.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Tri cities Regional Airport, TN
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Damascus Old Mill Inn
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Hwy 81
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Beech Mountain
Car: necessary

3 miles down the trail from the Appalachian trail. Day hikes from the driveway are available to Grayson Highlands to see the feral ponies, pick wild blueberries, or simply enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Fly fishing is available in the river a few minutes walk from the front door. Make sure you check schedule the visit during one of the many festivals that celebrate the traditional music of the mountains.


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