Located in The Retreat, a gated luxury home community between Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs, this charming getaway was named “The Best Single Family Home” by the West Virginia Homebuilders Association in 2005. A short drive up a mountain road leads to the cabin, set on a wooded ridge with a western exposure. The property occupies an acre, with an adjacent acre available.
Constructed by master craftsmen, the exterior of hand-hewn logs, locally cut stone and cedar shakes exudes rustic charm. The large northeast-facing front porch has reclaimed heart pine flooring, and it makes an ideal spot for morning coffee. Entrances from the porch open into the living room and the kitchen; the living room entry has an attractive handcrafted wormy chestnut door. Kolbe doors are featured on the kitchen entry; superior quality Kolbe doors and windows are used throughout the home.
The kitchen features custom wormy chestnut cabinets, Baltic brown granite countertops, a Kohler farmhouse sink with copper faucets, a multicolor slate floor and hand-hewn rafters. The island counter seats three, and there is room to add a table for more dine-in options. The GE Monogram appliances include a 5-burner countertop gas range, a convection wall oven and microwave, and a refrigerator and dishwasher concealed in the cabinetry. A wrought iron pot rack with integrated lighting is both handy and an attractive showpiece.
The living room has a stacked stone wood-burning fireplace with an eye-catching arch design and a slate hearth. A portion of the living room is open to the soaring 20-foot ceiling with exposed reclaimed barn rafters, and part has a lower ceiling with rafters supporting a loft. The space under the loft provides another possible dining area.
There are two bedroom suites on the main level. The master suite has two closets and a built-in window seat with storage. The master bath has a clawfoot tub, a separate shower, a vanity with a granite counter and porcelain Kohler sink. The second bedroom has a bathroom with a shower, a pedestal sink and a slate floor. Both bedrooms enjoy the same wooded and sunset views available from the large deck spanning the rear of the home.
The second floor is accessed by a turnstile staircase with wrought iron balusters. This floor includes a third bedroom and a bath with a shower-tub, a tile floor and a sink mounted in a marble-top vanity fashioned from a chest. A large open loft on this level overlooks the living room. The loft has a ceiling fan, and it offers possibilities for a home office, a playroom, a craft area or a reading nook.
The finished basement has a large bonus room and a laundry room with a Kenmore Quiet Pak washer and Kenmore Smartheat dryer. The lower covered deck is accessed from this level, or by an exterior staircase from the upper deck. There is an exit to the single car garage/utility room.
The home is tastefully landscaped and set on a quiet road where you’re more likely to see whitetail deer than cars. Retreat homeowners have the use of a members-only mountaintop lodge, infinity swimming pool, hot tub, and outdoor fireplace and grill, which enhances the living experience not only for family members, but for their visitors and guests.
Only 4 miles away, historic and charming Lewisburg offers fine dining, boutique shops, a golf course, an 8-screen cinema, and a lively arts scene. Annual events include the State Fair of West Virginia, two food-themed street festivals and a literary festival. The Greenbrier Valley Theatre, West Virginia’s official state theatre, offers year-round performances, and well-known performing artists appear in concert at Carnegie Hall. The town is home to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and a campus of New River Community and Technical College.
The Greenbrier, one of the world’s top luxury resorts, is set on 11,000 acres in nearby White Sulphur Springs. The hotel’s endless offerings include golf courses, a spa, a tennis complex, a casino, boutique shopping and a dozen restaurants. The resort hosts the annual Greenbrier Classic, a PGA tour event, and houses a summer training facility for NFL teams.
The Greenbrier River draws anglers and kayakers, and the 75-mile long Greenbrier River Trail is popular with hikers and bicyclists. Snowshoe Ski Resort, a scenic 90-minute drive to the north, is the largest ski complex in the Mid-Atlantic States, and has an extensive system of mountain biking trails available in the off-seasons.
A beautiful country retreat with many thoughtful touches, this restored pioneer cabin is ideal for nature lovers who want to enjoy Almost Heaven.