KNAPPS CREEK LODGE, 9.67 +/- ACRES AT MINNEHAHA SPRINGS, WV – Sited on 9.67+/- acres, this comfortable, appealing 2-story home borders a beautiful winding creek and has a spring-fed pond stocked with trout and bass. Only an hour from Snowshoe Ski Resort, the home features many handcrafted touches. Extras include a double garage large enough to accommodate an RV, three rustic camp-style log cabins, a bathhouse with men’s and women’s areas, and a picnic shelter.
Private but easily accessed from U.S. Route 39, the property is 6 miles east of Marlinton, the Pocahontas County seat. The setting is ideal for anglers, hunters and wildlife lovers, with deer, turkeys, grouse, beavers, otters and black bears frequently spotted. The creek is lined with rhododendrons, arching trees and limestone cliffs, and the open fields are surrounded by oaks, poplars and cedars.
Constructed for his own retirement by a contractor who built condominiums at Snowshoe resort, the home showcases a craftsman’s eye for fine detail. The one-of-a-kind exterior utilizes hand-hewn hemlock boards set horizontally on the lower portion, traditional board-and-batten siding on the upper portion, and stone facing offsetting the doors. The appearance is rustic but with clean lines, a contemporary take on a traditional lodge.
The welcoming front porch is elevated and accented with wood railings, a tile floor, stone facing and a basswood ceiling. The porch leads to an attractive kitchen with beadboard cabinetry, a display shelf above the cabinets, quartz countertops, a tile backsplash and a double stainless steel sink. Appliances include a Whirlpool refrigerator-freezer, a Whirlpool double wall oven and a Frigidaire cooktop stove. A sitting area adjacent to the kitchen has a fireplace with a tile hearth, and a cherry mantel with decorative woodwork above it. Double staircases beside the fireplace lead to two loft-style bedrooms.
The kitchen opens into a dining room with 6 windows overlooking the pond and yard. An offset corner door connects the dining area to the back porch, which offers opportunities for outdoor dining and also enjoys a view of the pond.
The kitchen is also adjacent to a spacious living room that leads to the same porch, and has a gas fireplace and a ceiling fan. The home’s front door and the doors opening to the porch from the living and dining areas are protected by high-quality storm doors.
The master suite, second bathroom, and a laundry nook are located on the main floor, on the opposite side of the kitchen. The master bedroom has a large closet and a ceiling fan, and the bath has a tile floor, an oak vanity with a cultured marble countertop, and a shower-tub combo. A second bath, accessed from the hallway, serves guests and the loft bedrooms. This bath has a shower, a tile floor, and an oak vanity with a cultured marble countertop. Both baths save space by utilizing pocket doors.
The home was constructed in 2004, and the detached garage in 2012. The spacious double garage has a full loft with an oak plank floor, and other bonuses not typically found: doors and high ceilings designed to accommodate recreational vehicles and oversize trucks, and walls and ceilings paneled with attractive local woods. The garage is heated and air-conditioned, and it also has a woodstove for taking the chill off cold mornings.
The south boundary of the property follows the path of the picturesque winding creek and borders the Monongahela National Forest. A hike through the fields to the west end leads to a rustic picnic shelter with a stone fireplace overlooking the creek. Although the acreage fronts Knapps Creek, the house is sited above the flood zone.
On the east end of the property, near the pond, are three small log cabins. While the cabins are rustic, essentially shelters for campers with electricity but no running water, they are served by a heated bathhouse with separate areas for men and women.
A beautiful home in a tranquil setting, Knapps Creek Lodge is approximately one hour from White Sulphur Springs and the world-famous Greenbrier luxury resort. The Greenbrier River flows through nearby Marlinton. The Greenbrier River Trail parallels the river, making it possible to bike the trail to its southern terminus in Caldwell, between White Sulphur Springs and Lewisburg, or its northern terminus in Cass, where the state operates a scenic railroad. Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in northern Pocahontas County is the largest ski complex in the Mid-Atlantic States. In addition to winter sports, the resort offers an extensive network of trails for mountain biking, and a Gary Player signature golf course.