Whimsical Log Cabin

House - Private room · Ashlawn-Highland Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States

This is a rare opportunity to stay at Ash Lawn, the homesite of President James Monroe. Set in the idyllic countryside 15 minutes' drive from Charlottesville. Artfully decorated with strange and fanciful things, like stepping into a fairytale....

The Space

Your guest room is the east wing of the first floor. Only you will use this room, but it is separated from the rest of the house by a curtain, not a door, making it semi-private (visual barrier but not noise proof). Check out photos to understand the setup. We aim to respect your space and privacy.

The cabin is located 6.9 miles / 12-20 minute drive from downtown Charlottesville (variability due to your comfort/speed driving on country roads.)

The house has a warm feel, is filled with plants, musical instruments, costumes, art supplies, and other whimsical details.

There are a total of 3 respectful housemates, plus our charming cat, Henry. He goes in and out of the cabin as he pleases and may want to snuggle with you at night.

Guest Access

Make yourself welcome to use our:
-Bathroom (.5 bath on first floor, full bath upstairs)
-Spacious kitchen
-Wood burning stove
-Back porch
-Ash Lawn's scenic drive- "James Monroe Parkway"- amazing vistas: sunsets, autumn leaves, rolling hills, historic buildings
-Get up close and personal with cattle, sheep, hens, and a peacock

Interaction with Guests

We aim for you to feel comfortable and at home. Feel free to do your own thing, or join us for food and laughs.

The feel of our cabin has been inspired by the Danish word "hygge", "a concept closely related to "coziness": relaxing with good friends or loved ones, often while enjoying good food and something to drink or creating a more friendly atmosphere by lighting a few candles."

We're teachers and artists of sorts, in our late 20's. Professional yet silly, juggling busy lives and profiting from the peaceful setting of our log cabin as much as you will. We encourage you to make yourself comfortable, relaxed, and at home with us.

The Neighborhood

You will pass Michie's Tavern and Monticello and finally Ashlawn, James Monroe's estate, on your way to our house. This is a rare excuse to drive through very historic parts of America's heritage.

Getting around

There is a twisty drive back into town, so GPS is good, as well as over-estimating drive time if you aren't used to country roads. There aren't many places to eat unless you go all the way into town, so bring some food!

Other Things to Note

If you would like to learn more about the estate on which we are located, visit (website hidden)

Our place is modestly priced, unique, magical, and we are proud to share it with you. The room is enchanting but is only separated by a curtain from the kitchen and rest of the house. Feel free to make full use of the kitchen for cooking, and bring your own food if you don't want to drive to town.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My husband and I really enjoyed staying at the cabin! Unfortunately we were only there for one night, but the time we spent there was memorable. Henry the cat made an appearance and even provided some cuddling opportunities, Pat was a great host, and we thoroughly enjoyed the swing out front. The cabin looked exactly as in the pictures, and I'll mention that if you're nervous about privacy due to the curtain, it's more private than you might expect. The drive into town was also not a big deal; signs are plentiful (just follow then to Ashlawn Highland) and the distance was not far from town. Overall an excellent place to stay!

    April 2014
  • I had a _great_ stay at the Whimsical Log Cabin. The cabin is cozy, comfortable, cute, and very relaxing. Pat, Terra, and Annabeth are welcoming, friendly, and kind hosts. Their home is a one-of-a-kind place; if you like the pictures you will love visiting and staying in person. :-)

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at the cabin and especially enjoyed all the perks- cuddling with Henry, hearing Annabeth's music, learning new magic tricks and eating delicious chocolate. Thanks!!

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay here! The room was large and cozy. Walking around Ash Lawn in the morning and seeing the baby lambs was lovely.

    March 2014
  • Staying in this cabin makes one feel like you're in on a really, really cool secret. At first, I felt like a trespasser as I drove past all the tourists wandering on Ash Lawn Highland, but a quick trip down a back road made me realize I'd feel right at home tucked away in this whimsical cabin. The interior of the cabin is as cozy and inspired as the photos suggest. If you're looking for 100% privacy, this place isn't for you. But if you're looking for the perfect, chill base from which to explore surrounding environs, go for it. Pat, Terra, and Annabeth were communicative and welcoming -- offering area hiking suggestions and accommodating my needs. Annabeth even whipped out the banjo and played a song!

    March 2014
  • This was my first Airbnb experience, and my sister and I had a wonderful stay at the log cabin. Pat, Terra, and Annabeth are terrific hosts with ready recommendations, friendly conversation and an inspiring zest for life. We were unable to drive down the first day of our intended stay because of a snowstorm, and the hosts were very accommodating with giving a partial refund for the missed day. The cabin itself is a delight; the decorations inside are so creative and give the cabin a warm and home-y feel. The guest "bedroom" is a large, curtained off area from the kitchen and main hallway, and gives just enough privacy. If you're staying in colder months, there's a space heater and plenty of quilts to keep you warm. The cozy fireside in the living room is also hard to resist, especially with their friendly cat Henry curling up beside you.

    The cabin is about a 15 minute scenic drive from downtown Charlottesville and is the perfect place for a quiet stay. We would highly recommend staying at the log cabin for a unique experience!

    March 2014
  • My friend and I so enjoyed our brief overnight stay at the Whimsical Log Cabin on the James Monroe estate. The history and Monroe estate at Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville, complete with cattle, sheep, chickens and a peacock, just added to this incredible experience. While the bedroom and bathroom are not private, it was quiet next to the kitchen, and when you closed the curtain there was plenty of privacy. Henry, their friendly feline, camped out at the foot of our bed for the evening.

    Our hosts were friendly and very accommodating with our last minute plans. The lighting and decor were both whimsical and romantic, and their home was clean and convenient to other historical destinations in the area. We would definitely stay here again! Sue and Che from Connecticut

    March 2014
  • This is one of those magical spots that is possible to find only by way of the Internet or a Gathering. Pat and Annabeth were responsive, accommodating, and warm. Henry charmed even the most ardent dog-person. Don't let the 12 minute drive scare you, this cabin is enchanted.

    March 2014
  • My friend and I had a wonderful overnight stay at Pat, Terra, and Annabeth's cozy cabin! We came to Charlottesville for a weekend getaway and to see Monticello and would certainly come and stay at the cabin again!

    We dealt mostly with Pat, who was extraordinarily helpful. We arrived at the cabin much later than planned (some scheduling delays, and then my phone died); Pat kept in touch by text, updating us on who would be at the cabin at what times and finally meeting us at the car with a warm welcome when we arrived at 10:30.

    The cabin could not be cozier. It smells of comfortingly of wood smoke; there are bright colors, pleasant textures, plants, soft lights, and doodads everywhere. The place feels loved; it is so restful. It was delicious to tuck myself in under clean flannel sheets and colorful old quilts with the smell of woodsmoke on the chilly air (after a cup of the hot tea Pat, Terra, and Annabeth provided), knowing there were only trees and stars outside my window.

    The property is incredibly neat! The cabin is at the very back of Ash Lawn Highland, the estate of president James Monroe. My friend and I went for a lovely morning walk around Ash Lawn and the surrounding fields; we saw sheep, cows, chickens, a peacock, rabbits, and about ten deer running across a pasture.

    I only wish we could have stayed another night!

    March 2014
  • Pat, Terra and Annabeth are very accomodating and fair with airbnb. They take away time from their regular jobs to share their cabin at the James Monroe estate. The location is at an elevation far from major roads. It is a very quiet area. Also there aren't many lights either. Which makes for a great place to stop by when traveling for rest.

    March 2014
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Hello! We are Pat, Terra, Annabeth, and Henry the cat. We love our beautiful cabin! Pat teaches ecology and runs a garden at a Montessori school. He likes nature and dancing. Terra is a traveling humanitarian fairy clown. For real. She also dances and nannies. Annabeth is a moon banjo songstress who sprouts seeds and enjoys cultivating a sense of wellbeing in herself and in others. Henry is one of those rare dog-cats, a snuggle bear, and a hunter of butterflies.
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