Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 4 Baths (Sleeps 8-10)
Carl S. Ey
About Carl S. Ey
'A Buck's Peak' is owned by a military family. However, they lease the property to a limited liability company to run all rental business. Your host for your stay at 'A Buck's Peak' is Ey Man Enterprises, LLC. Thank you for choosing 'A Buck's Peak.' We look forward to your review after you stay! Please review the cabin after your stay at VRBO Listing #438245.
Carl S. Ey purchased this Cabin in 2012
Why Carl S. Ey chose Luray
A Buck's Peak resides in the Cabin Capital of Virginia. It is a large log cabin in the middle of nowhere but close enough to enjoy the fun stuff like Luray Caverns, Lake Arrowhead (3 miles away), canoeing and rafting on the Shenandoah River, zip-lining, wine-tasting, hiking (yes, you can hike right outside the cabin up to Skyline Drive), antiquing, all types of biking, great restaurants and nature enjoyment. This cabin will take your breath away with all of the accommodations from a super hot tub to a fully equipped kitchen to a large screen t.v. and incredible game room.
What makes this Cabin unique
This is one of a VERY few ADA compliant log cabins in the Virginia's Cabin Capital, Luray, Virginia! Additionally, you can tell people you stayed in 'the holler!' A Buck's Peak is located in what Luray citizens refer to as Jewell Hollow or 'the holler.' We offer either a military discount or an educator discount (not both). Please tell me up front that you are an educator or an active/retired/reservist/former military member. This cabin is quiet and private - all of your distractions are removed; there is a WI FI option for $30/stay. Cell connectivity is not strong as you are surrounded by mountains.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We loved the cabin, it fit our family perfectly. Loved the location. We enjoyed having a fire every night.
This is a great property. Easy access to the Skyline Drive and great for relaxing. Two caveats to be aware of - 1) the road up is rough even with the paved entrance. Several rutted areas make it a hard climb 2) if you need WiFi for work, arrange that before hand. It is at added cost, which the group found a little odd.
Aside from these small details, this was a great property and everyone had a great weekend.
Thanks for your review. I want to remind every potential guest that reads this review to be sure to fully read the check in/out instructions. The cabin owner outlines the fact that this cabin is in the mountains and persons who are used to driving in the mountains will have no trouble driving to the cabin. Most mountains do not have paved roads and we have paved the road PART of the way. Additionally, the owner specifically tells guests not to bring performance vehicles or loaded down vans to the mountains. Finally, there is zero WI FI connectivity in the mountains. The only WI FI option is satellite, which is super expensive. In order to make the WI FI accessible, there is a cost to do so because it is not hard wired into any cabin in the mountain.
The cabin was just as it was pictured. The best part is that it is handicapped accessible. This allowed our entire family to spend a few days together celebrating our daughters grad school graduation. Thanks !
We really enjoyed our stay. We had some issues at first, but the maintenance man was there in a flash. We really did enjoy our stay. We are already are taking about future stays.
The house was perfect when we arrived, clean and everything as described. While I was able to get my two door sports car to the house, I agree with their warning about the driveway. In wet weather or snow, the only option may be an SUV or all wheel drive vehicle. The deposit was refunded the day we checked out which was a nice surprise.
Maintenance/management issues - better options are out there
Despite its potential, we experienced significant maintenance and management issues here. Bottom line, you can do a lot better.
It was snowing when we arrived and the HVAC was out. The owner's maintenance person got it working and brought us a space heater, but it crapped out again later that evening. Which meant that several us, including our two year old, had a very cold and uncomfortable night. Despite continued efforts the next day, the system continued to fail, but with the help of additional space heaters the maintenance person brought we were fine the second night.
Since we only stayed two nights, one of which was freezing, and had a correspondingly rough day after, the only full day we had, we asked for partial refund. The owner offered half off a future visit (which is not useful given we will not be returning) and refused a partial refund because (1) the maintenance person had responded (true) and (2) we had "incorrectly diagnosed the situation." How that latter is possible for a system that failed to push air an hour or less after we or the maintenance person could get it running is beyond me. Regardless, we paid for a working house and we didn't get one. That's why a partial refund would have been the decent thing to do.
On another house maintenance note, the house was overwhelmed by ladybugs while we were there. There were tens of them up against one of the bedroom exterior doors, and more in other bedrooms, etc. If you look at past reviews, you'll see folks had similar issues with other bugs. The owner's take is that homes in this area have bugs. We've stayed in the same locale many, many times and never had issues.
In sum, look elsewhere, you can do better.
Thanks for leaving a review Gabe. Your wife already left a review with 3 stars. I can see that not giving you a refund helped deduct two starts. As my clients will be able to see, we enjoy a solid 4.8 star rating out of 5 stars. We are also in the mountains and bugs are part of nature particularly when we experience a polar vortex and yes, we tell our guests that ladybugs can be prevalent at certain times of the year.
To my future guests, Gabe and his wife are the primary reason why refunds are never offered. Gabe called twice for the heat issue - the first time, the heat miraculously came back on before the handyman arrived but he didn't take the time to inform the handyman until he arrived. The 2nd time, the handyman arrived with two space heaters.
Had we offered the guest a refund, he would have still provided a review that is way out of tolerance of the remaining reviews for our cabin. Cabin owners discuss this type of client among each other so clients like Gabe make it difficult for all.
Fortunately, Gabe was kind enough to let our future guests know that we endeavor to make our clients happy and we offered him a 50% reduction for their next stay. That was not accepted because this client really wanted the cabin at a lesser price; because he didn't get it, he complained online - twice. Thankfully, most of our clients aren't like Gabe and realize the value is there for this cabin. Most importantly for the cabin owners and staff, Gabe and his family will not be returning.
Right in the heart of the Shenandoah Mountain, A Buck's Peak is less than five miles off of the Skyline Drive. Biking, antiquing, wine tasting, zip-lining, Yogi Bear Park, Luray Caverns, whiskey tours, ATVing and the coolest movie theater on the East Coast are just a few of the attractions. Recommend you partake in Wine Tasting at both Gadino Cellars (Washington, VA) and Chester Gap cellars in Rhappahanock. Enjoy the antique shops in Washington, Virginia as well as Luray, Virginia. The Luray Movie Theater is a refurbished mansion that shows first-run movies. Finally, you can simply enjoy the 120 jet, 8-person hot tub on the log cabin's huge deck!
PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON GPS - IT DOES NOT WORK. USE THE PROVIDED DIRECTIONS