Family & pet friendly vacation rental in our private woods near Damascus, VA…. Great for couples wanting privacy.

Cottage in the woods in fall


There are many ways to enjoy the rural beauty of Johnson County and the laid-back (non-touristy)  town of Mountain City, TN., as well as nearby Damascus, VA, and Boone, NC.

A Cottage in the Woods is a freestanding, rental house which will sleep up to 7 persons. Bring your kids, dog, and friends. It can be your home away from home.

It is a self catered (no meals served) vacation home which is simple, complete and relaxing. This is the place to get away NOT the place to stay connected. (Sorry, no WiFi).  It’s not for everyone,  just the few who appreciate the woods, the snows, the distance from maddening crowds, the time to turn off clocks and deadlines and for those who need toreplace urgency with reconnection. Here is a place to share time with loved ones and a closeness to Nature.

This casually-decorated, has three bedrooms and two standard baths,  a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living-dining combo, deck, picnic table under the trees, a one car garage and a very wooded, private location just eight miles north of Mountain City and nine miles to the Virgina CHandpainted picket fence mural, first floor bedroom in vacation mountain rental in Tennesseereeper Trail and Trail Days in May in Damascus, VA.

The cottage is 1300 sq .ft., fully furnished from linens to pots and pans, DISH TV, VCR, DVD player, some child-oriented tapes/disks and a gas-fired stove, as well as central heat. Most major brands of cell service works perfectly at the cottage; it is not equipped with wifi (available at local fast food shops). Some bedrooms have air conditioning, although given the mountain weather, it is rarely needed.

Under the trees spread out a picnic on the picnic table. In winter you’ll find saucer-type sleds in the basement. In summer, hike the old logging trails behind the house which lead to the Iron Mountain Trail (an Appalachian Trail-type route).  There is additional parking (for larger and multiple vehicles) across the drive.

The location is ideal:Maple leaves near Iron Mountian Trail cottage

An easy drive of about 28 miles to Bristol Motor Speedway and only 8 miles to the Virginia Creeper Trail. It is north of Mountain City, TN, off Hwy. 91–now less than 7 miles via the new Hwy.91 bypass. The rental house is 2 miles off the main route between Damascus and Abingdon, VA.   Nearby attractions include the new Laurel Creek Trail, Jefferson National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, Gentry Creek Falls, Mount Rogers and Grayson Highlands State Park (a fabulous location for scenery and finding the miniature horses–bring apples!)

We offer a nice casual smaller house with wood siding outside and comfortable furnishings (even original art) inside.

Perfect family activities less than an hour away

Perfect family activities less than an hour away (river) and 10 min. away (hiking, biking, Damascus VA, Mt. Rogers/Greyson Highland (under 1 hour to top)

Dogs and children are welcome to stay at the cottage.

    As they say…. Nothing fancy… a wonderful place to relax.

Pets and children welcome

One of the bedroom in A cottage in the Woods near Damascus, VA

  • The cottage is available for rent on a daily basis, (2-day minimum) and may be rented for longer periods (discounts then apply; please call us).
  • $149-$169/night  (families)
    $199-$375/night for NASCAR groups –usually a  3 night min.)
  • No added cleaning fee unless left messy; no pet fee for one pet any size or 2 “pocket pets.”  Crate preferred for pets being left “home” during the day
  • Breakfast at inn:  $12/person plus tax/meal (optional and must be reserved in advance).
    Cottage receives lots of snow

    Mid-winter snow

The Getaway

Gather in the living-dining-kitchen area with a bay window overlooking the woods.  Lounge on the leather sofa, kick back, bring your favorite board game or grab the rocking chair and read a book. BBQ in the yard or hike up the old logging road to “discover” an ancient spring which still serves nearby houses in time of emergency.

The dinette table features teak chairs under a ceiling fan. The bay window frames a sunny view of the woods. A deck overlooks the front of the house. Deer are often spotted just outside. (We permit hunting on our 30 acres; please ask first so we can notify the other tenant on the property.

Kitchen is fully equipped

Bed set up:  First floor room — one double bed, next to full bath with shower.  Second floor left — “master” with one queen bed and one twin bed.  Second floor right — “kids bedroom” with two twin beds.  Other: One living room sofa sleeps one (is not a sleep sofa).

Accessible — kitchen door, shown at left,is 4 steps off the yard. Front door is up one flight of steps (shown in snow picture right). Two bedrooms are up one flight inside the house. There is also a walk-out basement (unfinished space).


Location on Google Maps (see   map)

Detailed "neighborhood" map for A Cottage in the Woods

Detailed “neighborhood” map for A Cottage in the Woods

The Fly Fisherman’s log cabin rental is smaller than ours and located in scenic Shady Valley. Hank’s streamside house is just down the highway from the inn (sometimes on long-term rental).


GPS program for all our regional lakes:  Holston, Watauga River and Elk River.

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