Living room with wood stove and flat screen tv (with cable and Blu-Ray player).High Knob Fire Tower-10 mile drive & then a 45 minute hike up to a 360 view of the Shenandoah Valley.
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Cliffside Cabin by Nat'l Forest, Rivers & Trails

United StatesVirginiaHinton
Entire home/apt
8 Guests
1 Bedroom
4 Beds
Per Night
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About this listing

This listing is for the whole house. This is NOT a shared space. You get the whole house to yourself. Cliffside Cabin is a cute rustic cabin set in the mountains of Virginia. This is a real cabin built almost 75 years ago. The cabin sits on land bordering the national forest walking distance to trails and the stream two rivers.

Living room with wood stove and flat screen tv (with cable and Blu-Ray player).

Living room with wood stove and flat screen tv (with cable and Blu-Ray player).


The Space
Bathrooms: 1 (Private)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Check In: 4PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $18 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $25
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict

Description

The Space

Please Read The Entire Description & See All Photos Prior To Booking:

This listing is for the whole house. This is NOT a shared space. You get the whole house to yourself. Please note rates start low for select week nights (last minute only), but weekends are always much higher. This listing is for the whole house. This is NOT a shared space. You get the whole house to yourself. At booking please provide a non-Airbnb email address so the paperwork can be sent in advance.

Weekends (Friday & Saturday nights or Saturday & Sunday nights) require a 2 night stay unless there is only one night available for the weekend you would like to book. All Holiday and JMU special event weekends require a 3 night reservations.

Cliffside Cabin is a cute rustic cabin set in the mountains of Virginia. This is a real cabin built almost 75 years ago... so it will have a real cabin feel. This is not new construction. It was originally built as a Summer cabin only.

We bought this cabin in December 2012. The front of the cabin is not as cute as we would like it to be yet (we don't like the red painted wood), but we will be making improvements here to it as we are able (since it is booked during almost all the weekdays which doesn't allow us to make any improvements). We believe the inside of the cabin is super cute already though and the setting is certainly beautiful with lots of hiking trails, biking, fishing and outdoor adventures to be had nearby.

Cliffside Cabin also has a nice size deck as well as a screen porch (which will be completely redone as soon as we can afford it. The screen is rather old and dirty currently). Please note that there is another cabin on each side of this cabin, and one has been vacant for many years.

There is a king size bed in the bedroom (studio style). The floor plan is open (loft/studio style), but there is a curtain that can be closed in the bedroom for privacy if multiple people are staying. There is also a cute loft (low ceiling) with sleeping for older kids, teenagers or the fun loving adult that has three full size futon mattresses. There is a ladder going up into the loft which is probably most suitable for kids over 4 years old. This property can sleep 8 in the bed and mattresses if shared and ten if sleep on couch. The maximum occupancy is the number of people we will allow to stay not the amount that can sleep in beds (there is only the one king size bed and then the 3 full size mattresses on the floor in the loft).

Cliffside Cabin is a great place to see the stars. On clear nights, you can see thousands of stars overhead. It is a beautiful sight. Also during the spring and summer months, you can see humming birds everywhere. We place feeders off the front porch of the house and have personally seen upwards of 20 birds at one time at our cabins here in Rawley Springs.
Checking is 4:00 pm and checkout is 11 am. We can do later check-ins if need be if it is arranged in advance with prior approval.

This is a real cabin in the mountains built long ago. Therefore it will not feel like new construction (since it isn't new construction), but then again, that is what gives the cabin its charm because it is unique and older. The cottage borders the George Washington National Forest. The forest contains all sorts of wildlife and deer can even be seen at times walking through the yard. Because this is a real cabin in the forest, there are things you should expect to find outside and possibly inside of a real cabin such as spider webs, ladybugs, critters, flies, insects or stink bugs during certain times of the year (we clean them for every guest when they are present but they can reappear quickly).

Pets are welcome at all of our properties with the paid pet fee(s). If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or allergic to anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival.

This cabin has a floor model a/c in the living room (once it gets hot outside or upon request). There is also a ceiling fan and central heat which allows the fan to be run and circulate air throughout the cabin nicely.

Cliffside Cabin has a nice size deck as well as a screened in porch with a charcoal grill (charcoal not provided). You can see the mountains somewhat from the porch and deck from late fall until spring arrives and the leaves hide them. Indoor and/or outdoor firewood is available for purchase for a fee and must be purchased on site.


Check-in is 4:00 pm and checkout is 11 am.

The guest booking the property is required to sign a rental contract & provide a copy of valid drivers license or passport either prior to or upon arrival.. For this reason, the person who makes the reservation has to be the there at the time of check-in, unless the contract is signed and arrangements are made for someone else to check-in in advance. The agreement states you will be responsible for damages done and that you will follow all rules. No parties, no hookahs, no under aged drinking, quiet hours after 9 om or before 9 am. We do not refund for problems with ac/heater, electrical or water issues, bad weather, neighborhood work being done including roads or noise, etc. All pet fee(s), early check-in or late check-out, firewood or extra person fees are not refundable once paid.

We have different rates for each of our properties and our rates change multiple times a month and there are different rates for each week of the month as well. We do not take reservations more than 90 days out on Airbnb without prior approval... so using the instant book option on Airbnb for reservation dates more than 90 days away may result in a cancellation since Airbnb's software has been continually been deleting our rates and changing them to the standard nightly rate (which is always lower than what our actual rates are). If your dates are more than 90 days away please contact us to make sure the rates are correct. It always the guests' responsibility to understand where this property is located and the listing clearly states where the property. We are not responsible for guests' booking a property in an area that they didn't mean to book in or in a location that they didn't intend to book. We are also not responsible to determine how far the property is from any other location or area (including not responsible for drive time or distances to and from where the guests will be traveling). Guests acknowledge that they understand and accept where the property is located prior to booking. Please note that I (Steven) personally took every photo for every single one of our listings. Many of our properties are within walking distance of each other so the photos for one cabin will still apply to other cabins too since this is the view and scenery you'll find while hiking the roads and trails nearby. Other photos are of the local Shenandoah Valley scenery and these are the scenes you can expect to find while driving around the Shenandoah Valley. This property is on a cistern. If something is left running; sink, toilet, shower; you can deplete your entire water supply. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival. We do not use any scented products but we cannot be responsible for what other guests right before your stay may have used. Different cabins and different houses have different scents. Those with fireplaces will have the scent of a wood burning fire. Those with wood will have the scent of wood. We cannot be responsible for determining what you will or will not be sensitive to though. This is truly impossible to determine ahead of time. And yes, this is in here because people complained about the smell of a fireplace in a cabin with a fireplace and the smell of cedar in a cabin with cedar walls. Each cabin and house will have its own unique scent.
Heaters must be left on in winter months to avoid frozen pipes. Failure to leave heaters on will result in guest paying for damages.

Guest Access

The cabin offers direct access to the national forest. All linens, blankets, towels, full kitchen (minus dishwasher) and kitchen items (minus food) are provided. The cabin also has full cable TV, flat screen TV and free high speed wifi. There is also a land line phone with free local and long distance calling (to the U.S. only).

Interaction with Guests

We believe service is what sets us apart in the vacation rental industry. Katie & I personally own every cabin that we manage. We try to check-in all of our guests personally. There is a fee of $20 an hour after 10 pm. Late check-ins must be approved in advance. When you arrive, the lights will be on and you will be welcomed and shown around the cabin, unlike most other rentals where you access a lock box and walk into a dark cold house. If it is winter time and you let us know in advance that you want a fire, we'll even have a real wood burning fire going for you (firewood provided for a fee). We are always available. We really mean it when we say that we are always available. If you need us at 4 am or have a problem, please do not ever hesitate to let us know. This is all we do 24/7 and we want all of our guests to have an amazing stay. We would be honored if you would allow us the opportunity to serve you. Please ask about contract if you are unable to view it. Person who booked is required to sign contract on arrival so must be there to check-in.

Managing our properties is far harder than anything either of us has ever done and we are now at 5+ years without a single day off. Neither of us had ever heard the term, "the innkeeper never sleeps" and now we live it everyday. This is all we do every single day of the year. If you need something (even on Christmas or any other holiday) we're always available to help, but keep in mind that there are only two of us right now. And please be kind... we never get a day off and the demands of what we do is nearly overwhelming. We'd also like to make sure that our guests know that we both run Fire/Rescue as volunteers in our "spare time" so there may be times when we are unavailable due to being on an emergency call. As soon as we are done with whatever emergency call we're on, we'll be happy to assist you though.

Other Things to Note

Weekends (Friday & Saturday nights or Saturday & Sunday nights) require a 2 night stay unless there is only one night available for the weekend you would like to book. All Holiday and JMU special event weekends require a 3 night reservations.
Pet fee is $49.99 plus tax for each pet. This is a one time rate not each night. Airbnb does not have the option to charge for pet on an Instant Book or through a reservation so the charge will not be reflected in your Airbnb payment breakdown. Kids are counted in the amount of people no matter their age. Each person is charged for not each adult. By clicking on pet, you are saying that you are bringing a pet. However, there is no charge added for a pet at that time. You will still need to pay the pet fee in order to bring a pet.
We have different rates for each of our properties and our rates change multiple times a month and there are different rates for each week of the month as well. We do not take reservations more than 90 days out on Airbnb without prior approval... so using the instant book option on Airbnb for reservation dates more than 90 days away may result in a cancellation since Airbnb's software has been continually been deleting our rates and changing them to the standard nightly rate (which is always lower than what our actual rates are). If your dates are more than 90 days away please contact us to make sure the rates are correct.


House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 4PM - 10PM.

Pets and kids always welcome. No smoking inside or on screened-in porch. Smoking permitted on the deck only. All cigarette butts must be disposed of properly.

Pets are welcome at all of our properties (with the paid pet fee(s) of $49.99 per pet. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival.
You must email the owners your expected time of arrival. If time changes, you must notified owners by email if previous to date or by text day of arrival. We ask that you email the owners your expected time of arrival. If time changes, you must notified owners by email if previous to date or by text day of arrival. Please keep in mind that check-in is 4 pm. We do allow for late check-ins when agreed upon before hand. Check-in is at 4 pm or later and checkout is at 11 am or earlier. Please ask in advance if you need an early or late check in. We do charge for early and late check-ins.
HEATERS MUST BE LEFT ON IN WINTER MONTHS.


Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Fire Extinguisher

Availability
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High Knob Fire Tower-10 mile drive & then a 45 minute hike up to a 360 view of the Shenandoah Valley.

High Knob Fire Tower-10 mile drive & then a 45 minute hike up to a 360 view of the Shenandoah Valley.

Your Host


Katie & Steven Robert

Katie & Steven Robert

Linville, Virginia, United States · Member since October 2012

We'd ask that you really read this profile, preferably before you book... we believe it will help our guests better understand who we are and set proper expectations for your stay as well. We challenge you to find more honest listings on this site (or any site). We list the faults of our properties and have extremely detailed listings (and we ask that our guests would take a few minutes to read them). When you rent one of our properties, you get the whole house (not a shared or private room). Again, we never rent out shared spaces, you get the whole house, cabin, inn or cottage.

We are not a big company. In fact, we're not a company. We are just a husband and wife who are trying our best to create great places for people to vacation or staying while traveling through the area. When you stay at one of our properties, know that we are not even at the point of drawing a salary and you will be partnering with us to restore these properties. We put every last cent right back into our properties and live much more modestly than anyone else we know. Please don't book one of our properties if you intend to cancel or if you cannot stay for some reason. We count on the money from the bookings to pay our bills... and we just cannot afford to offer refunds or alter reservations once they've been made. This is our livelihood and not extra spending money like it is for most Airbnb hosts.

We have four daughters. One who is 6 another who is 3, one who is 2 and our newest arrival, our 4th daughter was born in October 2015. :) We came to Virginia from Texas for me (Steven) to finish my college degree and Katie was a middle school teacher until 2013. We fell into the vacation rental business accidentally when we bought the cabin next to our house to keep it from falling into disarray and had to figure out how to make the mortgage payment on it. We started by renting out that first cabin in June of 2011, we now both do this full time while raising our girls. This is far harder than anything either of us has ever done and we are now at 5+ years without a single day off. Neither of us had ever heard the term, "the innkeeper never sleeps" and now we live it everyday. This is all we do every single day of the year. If you need something (even on Christmas or any other holiday) we're always available to help, but keep in mind that there are only two of us right now. And please be kind... we never get a day off (and we mean never) and the demands of what we do is nearly overwhelming. We'd also like to make sure that our guests know that we both run Fire/Rescue as volunteers in our "spare time" so there may be times when we are unavailable due to being on an emergency call. As soon as we are done with whatever emergency call we're on, we'll be happy to assist you though.

When you rent one of our properties, know that your money is going to toward future renovations and improvements. Also, if you plan on cancelling at some point before your stay, please think twice before booking one of our properties. We count on the rental income to pay or mortgages and all of the other bills associated with the properties, which are extensive. Our goal this year is to hire a full time business manager to help us out. :) Also, please note that Airbnb's messaging system does not always work... and even if it is working, there are just two of us... two... answering every message and inquiry and responding to guests. We're not always on the computer and some of our properties and the areas we travel through to get to them, are in areas where some of our cell phones don't work, so we are not always available due to technological reasons and even when we are available... there are just two of us right now...

Again, with that in mind, please know though that we're not a big company and we have no outside investors... Meaning, things are not going to be perfect (although we sincerely hope to get everything perfect in the future). We personally own every property that we rent out. Again our cabins, cottages and houses are not perfect, but they do have character, history & warmth. And we've listed them with lots of details and descriptions about what to expect. Our listings are accurate. Your staying with us helps us further the restore all of our properties to their original condition (with appropriate modern updates that are appropriate in keeping with the history of the property). We believe that we are far more honest than any of the competition when it comes to our properties' listings. You will find full descriptions of each property that list the good and the bad (again, our properties are not perfect, but that is only because we do not yet have the finances to make them perfect... they will all get there though as funds permit). Our properties are always improving though since we put every last dime back into the business to keep improving things. We say all of this, because quite a few of our past guests seem to have the impression that we're "loaded"... we only wish!

If you are looking to stay someplace that is unique then you'll love it here. If you are looking for perfection or prone to finding things to complain about, then this may not be a good fit for you. Our cabins, cottages and houses are real cabins, cottages and older houses. In many cases our properties are historic and require a lot of thought about how to make improvements, while maintaining the historical characteristics. There are lots of improvements we would like to make if money wasn't an issue, but the character of our places is difficult to find elsewhere. Katie says I'll never be satisfied and keep wanting to make improvements to our rentals (and she is most likely correct). :) As I said above, none of our properties are perfect, but we believe our service is second to none (but please keep in mind that there are only two of us). All we really ask is of our guests is that you be kind and understand that we are only two people and we promise we're doing our best.

We believe in treating others as you want to be treated. And in most cases, if you cannot say anything nice, it is better to say nothing at all. Extend grace generously. That being said, we're not going to back down if believe we are right and we'll call as we see it. We have all of our listings described in far more detail than any other Airbnb listings we've ever read. We will be super hospitable and respond to all requests that are "reasonable", but that doesn't mean that we will allow ourselves to be pushed around or taken advantage of though either. Our listings are honest and extremely detailed.

Also, we cannot fix problems that we do not know exist, so please let us know if there is something we can do to make your stay more enjoyable. And please do this before you check-out. Leaving comments in a review about something we could have fixed while you were staying is extremely frustrating and disappointing and will most likely result in us leaving a negative review in response. Be fair and give us the opportunity to fix whatever is wrong. But please make sure that you read the listing before complaining. We have cleaners who are available most days during normal business hours to assist you if something isn't right if we aren't available. Again, if there is something we can do something to make your stay more enjoyable.... please let us know. :) But we ask that you be polite in asking... making demands is not the way to go about it... be nice to us and we'll gladly be nice in return. It's sad that we even have to put all of this in here and it only a small portion of guests who have unreasonable expectations, but we felt the need to include this in our profile.

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