Merging Waters


Entire cabin hosted by Janet

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 2 baths
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Merging Waters, is a bi-level, native stone cabin (over 1000 ft.²) on highway 259 in the Ouachitas, a mountain range older than the Rockies.

Entryway (8 X 18’ ) breezeway + downstairs bathroom with shower; + (soon to be available laundry room)

The great room: open-concept with a one-of-a-kind spiral oak staircase separating living and kitchen/dining areas.

Loft bedroom w/ queen size bed and French doors opening onto an elevated open-air deck.
Backyard patio, grill, firepit.

The space
Merging Waters is great for couples who desire to get away from the frenzied rush of daily life and back to the really important things that bring happiness.

Merging Waters name was chosen for a reason beyond the obvious.

Yes, on this property, the waters of the two creeks merge, but here, lives can also merge and one can pause, if only briefly, and more intimately experience the daily miracles of the Creation as earth, water and sky merge while the living creatures of this earth interact, their lives also merging with each other and with our own.

Hopefully , when our guests depart, and return to their daily lives, they will take with them renewed feelings of joy or hope, or inspiration or faith or, dare I say it, love.

To my guests, I wish you a beautiful stay and a safe return. and if your experience turns out to be a wonderfully memorable one, I hope you will visit Merging Waters again someday.

Below is a summary of what is in the cabin:

The main floor is open-concept divided by a one-of-a-kind, custom-made, oak spiral staircase that separates the living and kitchen/dining areas.

Guests must be able to climb the spiral staircase which is rather steep with narrow steps as the only sleeping accommodations are on the loft.

The spiral staircase has a maximum weight limit of 250 lbs., so if the couples combined weight exceeds that limit, they will need to ascend and descend with only one person on the staircase at a time.

What's downstairs:

Recent 272 sq ft addition includes
8 X 18’ Breezeway with 16 feet with screened sliding glass doors, a small downstairs bathroom with dual shower head shower and soon to be available laundry room.

Great room:
double-recliner couch, end tables with lamps
32” flat screen TV with Dish, DVD player, Antique Oak armoire for hanging and folded items (placed there so guests can avoid carrying heavy luggage up the spiral staircase)
Antique Oak library table/desk, lamp and clock
Oak dining table with chairs
Noritake stoneware dishes and crystal wine glasses.
Kitchen with full size appliances , microwave and Coffee pot, both standard and Keurig, with complimentary coffee.
Soap stone stove for ornamental use only, containing ceramic logs and LED remote candles.
The kitchen door leads out onto a covered patio in the wire-fenced backyard where the firepit and charcoal grill are located. There is a back gate for easy access to the creek. Just outside the gate is a fish cleaning station.

What's upstairs:
The loft contains the sleeping area and en-suite bathroom.
Queen sized bed
Rocking chair and table with lamp
Dormer with French doors that open onto an elevated open-air deck that is great for star gazing couples and listening to the night sounds of the forest. Shelves with additional towels, a blanket, and a laundry hamper are just outside the bathroom doors.

Bathroom shower has a handheld shower wand that can be turned off and the double rain shower heads engaged.

Merging Waters cabin sits on approximately 7+ acres immediately off of the paved highway. The two creeks join on the property, so guests can enjoy both sides of each creek on the property if they choose.

Cabin rules:
This is a couples only cabin.
No parties and no events allowed
No additional overnight guests.
No minor children.
No pets allowed.
We especially ask that you honor this in respect for those people who are highly allergic to animal hair and dander.

Also being in the woods with nearby creeks, poisonous snakes, and other wildlife which roam freely may be irresistible for curious pets and be a danger for them.

There is no inside smoking, but smoking areas are readily available outside on the upper open-air deck or on the back yard covered patio below

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free carport on premises
Washer – In unit
Dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Fully fenced

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 40 reviews


Where you’ll be

Octavia ( LE Flore county), Oklahoma, United States

Not far from Merging Waters is our closest and very versatile convenience
store. It has something for almost
everyone’s needs-canned goods,dairy,burgers and
delicious barbecue, subway sandwiches, ice cream, gasoline and automotive
repair and tire shop as well as some tack, and even
animal feed.
Also nearby the cabin is the Octavia
Volunteer Fire Department,
and two Churches.
In or very near Smithville, are several
more Churches, a new Dollar General Store. and the Mt. Country convenience store that also serves food, and even has
some produce items for sale, the Choctaw Community Center, U. S. Post Office,
McCurtain County EMS Ambulance Service
and soon to be completed an ATM site-
A lot of essentials but not too much fluff, to retain our simple country way of life.

Hosted by Janet

  1. Joined in March 2018
  • 40 Reviews
  • Superhost
I was born and raised a country girl in Oklahoma, studying foreign language on the “work your way through college plan”.
OU offered a summer abroad program for French majors at the University of Grenoble, and after that, they allowed me to study Italian at the University of Florence, testing out of courses upon return.

It was there, for the first and only time, that I fell in Love with -a City– an incredible City, unlike any other.

During those college years, I experienced a variety of jobs (in the oil industry, banking law, marketing, etc.) working for some great bosses, who allowed the flexibility to complete course work and survive at the same time.

And then, there one incredible landlady, Dora, who will never be forgotten.

With so much encouragement and help along the way, I would never be able to say in life, that I was a self-made woman, nor that a college education had taught me more than on-the-job training. They just taught very different lessons.

After graduation, I returned to Florence, found a job in import /export, and taught English as a foreign language at the American University.

Eventually, I was employed by an Itallian/American plastic surgeon. There, hired as a Correspondent in Foreign Languages, then trained to assist in surgery, eventually I became office manager of two small plastic surgery centers, with many other jobs along with way.

(One,for an Italian artist who had a shop in front of an old abandoned wine cellar. There, deep in the bowels of the cellar in the base of the hill on which Piazza Michelangelo stood, he secretly planned to produce and sell commercial art, to keep his pregnant wife and children from starving..

It seemed that his reputation as a “true Artist” would have been destroyed had anyone known.

He was further convinced that because my father had been a sculptor, that I should instinctively be able to paint, never mind, having never done it. He would not take No for an answer, and so another exciting adventure began, Silk screening,
painting & packaging decorator paintings to be smuggled out, without the neighbors seeing , as if it were a criminal endeavor!
All of these jobs and many others, taught me the importance of finding excitement in the joy of life-long learning, and in the experiencies of daily life. In meeting fascinating people from every walk of life, in whatever Country, including my own, there is always something interesting to be experienced, enjoyed and learned.

I returned to Oklahoma due to a family illness, and once that was resolved, I went back to school at CSU, for a degree in Biology, and Masters in Biological Research.

I returned to my home in the Ouachita mountains, my first Love. The Locals call this area God’s Country!
If you visit us, I think you will understand why.

I met the man who would become my husband, a weatherman, nearly 30 years ago.

While having no children of my own I was privileged to teach, learn and enjoy those of others,for 25 years.

As to philosophies of life:

Life is a gift not a given,
Never lose curiosity,
Never lose sleep over material possessions not acquired or lost along the way Remember that the worthwhile things in life are found in the road traveled: the friendships made, the lessons learned along the way, the joy of God’s Creation (whether nature , or in the artistic creativity of others,)

To remind myself often that I am simply a caretaker and will take nothing with me when I depart.

My hope:
To leave this world in the end confident that this small spot on the planet was nourished, cared for and consequently, loved and that inspite of mistakes made, to have done no person lasting harm..

I was born and raised a country girl in Oklahoma, studying foreign language on the “work your way through college plan”.
OU offered a summer abroad program for French majors…

During your stay

When possible we would like to meet our guests, so that we can be sure that it meets their expectations, and answer any questions that they may have, but there is also a keypad entry.
Given the current current COVID-19 situation, we would like to do this maintaining social distancing and outside the cabin.

If this is a first time for guests to reside in a rural, mountainous, wooded area with nearby creeks, I would also welcome the opportunity to share a few safety tips.

In communicating with the owner if need be, in addition to English, Italian, some French and a little Spanish is spoken/written.

Message to my guests.

I hope you will find all of the necessities to make your stay a pleasant one and encourage you to let us know if anything is lacking in the kitchen or elsewhere.
Otherwise, we want guests to enjoy their privacy. We have made every effort to present you with a lovely, rustic, home away from home and surrounding acreage. . We ask that you respect the property and grounds, and to the best of your ability, leave the property as you have found it so that the next guests will have a great experience as well. I do ask that you not leave doors standing open, which encourages the entry of Woodland creatures including, but not limited to snakes, rodents and insects. I realize this is not a big problem in the city, but it certainly is this mountainous region, And with short-term stays it is important that each guest enjoys an insect and varmit free place to stay..
Thank you Janet Clemons
When possible we would like to meet our guests, so that we can be sure that it meets their expectations, and answer any questions that they may have, but there is also a keypad e…

Janet is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Languages: English, Français, Italiano
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy