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Cougar Ridge Cottage
Comments From Our Guests
June 17-20, 2021
"For our 20th anniversary and 1st time without kids in years, this cabin was a great respite. This place is a wonderful way to get rid of all 'the noise' in life by focusing on what matters most - connecting with the people right in front of you.
We sat on that porch at SUNRISE every day and I suggest you to the same, to see the beauty of God's creation in full splendor. Thanks for giving us a place to slow down and reflect on the blessings of our 20 years together.
We will be back!"
June 5, 2021
"We had an amazing 3 nights and 4 days here in the Indian Creek sanctuary. Thank you for allowing us to unplug and unwind and get to know ourselves and each other a little more."
May 31, 2021
"Great family getaway! Thank for the asparagus - delicious!!!"
Black Mtn, NC
May 25-28, 2021
"What a wonderful gift being here has been for us. Everything was delightful - I couldn't pick just one thing for my favorite. I'm taking home so many great memories. Our friends were in Bobcat Bungalow, and we spent 12 hours a day together, telling
stories and laughing until our throats were swollen and our sides ached. The best gift ever for post-Covid lockdown. We'll be back!"
April 30 - May 2, 2021
"Thank you. Your cabin was perfect for our stay. We were looking for a more interesting way to travel between our home in Savannah, GA and our family outside of Philadelphia.
Willis was a mid-way point. What a wonderful find! After two nights of fresh mountain air, good exercise, serenity, beautiful scenery, and an excellent night's sleep in a comfortable bed, we're ready to continue on.
We will always remember our perfect time here though!"
Tyber Island, GA
April 3, 2021
"This is our second stay with you and now we've stayed in each cabin one time. What we've loved most is the peace and quiet which is very hard to find these days. We cooked here, slept great, enjoyed the property, and made side trips for the day to
Boone, NC, Floyd, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg - not all on the same day of course! The water here is amazing....it definitely tastes cleaner and feels different somehow - must be
the fresh mountain sources. We will definitely stay here again, hopefully soon."
March 14, 2021
"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cabin and woods with us. We've emjoyed a relaxing weekend with our pup, Ellie. All the trails were fun to explore. It was great to pop into Floyd. We enjoyed Cocoa Mia's chocolate and Red Rooster coffee.
It was nice to come back to the serenity of the cabin. The views are beautiful; what a spectacular way to wake up. I particularly enjoyed some yoga on the porch, followed by drinks in front of the fire. :-)
Thanks again and we hope to come back soon!"
March 7, 2021
"We have been to Floyd many times in the past and have always wanted to stay in your cabins. We finally did and we're so glad. Peace and quiet, time to relax and enjoy the scenery. Cougar Ridge Cottage was a great stay, had
everything we needed. Loved the fire in the wood stove (even though we didn't really need, as the cabin was warm). Hope to be back again, maybe stay in the Bobcat Bungalow next time. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at Cougar Ridge and Floyd County."
January 26, 2021
"Thank you for the most relaxing weekend in Willis! This was the perfect retreat for my husband and me to get out of the city and enjoy some peace and quiet. Our retired sled dog, Hippo, especially enjoyed the snow and hiking. We will
absolutely be back!"
December, 19, 2020 and January 3, 2021
"Fantastic view and great cabin! Thank you for helping us avoid crowded hotels to keep my son, immune suppressed, safe from the Covid-19 virus. My sister's baby was born on my birthday, Christmas Eve, healthy at 35.5 weeks. Thanks for all
of your help and God bless you and your family!"
December 30, 2020 - January 2, 2021
"We had the most relaxing New Year's Eve at the cabin. It is so incredibly cozy and inviting; we found it difficult to leave. After a very long year, this is exactly what we needed to recharge. A few long walks with our
pup Ivy got us out of our fast-paced city mindset. I know we'll be back one day."
December 24-27, 2020
"What an amazing time we had doing nothing. We needed to get away and have a change of scenery, but also stay safe (Covid). We needed to unplug and unwind. We got all of this and more! We got snow on Christmas and the view was spectacular! Our dog, Oreo, enjoyed playing in the snow and going on hikes. He also enjoyed the river!
This just what we needed and wanted. We plan to come back and see what the nearby towns have to offer at a later date. Thank you!"
Virginia Beach, VA
December 10-13, 2020
"Friendship is a winderful thing! We were so fortunate to find Indian Creek Cabins so we could meet our long time friends to social distance on our porches and around the campfire. Cougar Ridge was perfect for us and Bobcat was
perfect for them! The grills worked out just right for our hotdogs and cowboy packets. The dogs had the time of their lives on the trails during our hike. The weather was unseasonably warm, which allowed for more time ourdoors together at Villa Appalachia and
Chateau Morrisette. The scenery between here and the parkway was a treat - farms and cows, horses and donkeys!
Next time we hope to check out the shops in Floyd, the restaurant at Chateau Morrisette, and repeat what we did this time! lol
Thanks for providing such a cozy and comfy retreat! The beds were beyond comfortable! Thank you for your attention to our safety during this pandemic!"
November 25-29, 2020
"We loved our stay at Cougar Ridge! Due to the pandemic, we could not have all members of our family with us and had to get together in a different place this year. Cougar Ridge was the PERFECT place for us to spend our 2020 Thanksgiving! We loved sitting on the porch with the dog and watching the mountains. We had our family zoom in and played
games by the fire. The place and experience was idylic. Thank you Mary for making our stay so wonderful. They were extremely attentive and even gave us some fresh rosemary when we forgot our at home!
We will be back."
November 13-15, 2020
"We really enjoyed this cabin! It was difficult to find online but I'm so happy we did. Enjoyed a weekend of BBQ, board games, smores, and hiking. We were pleasantly surprised to find all the things that we forgot were already here for us.
For example, a lighter, cooking spray, BBQ utensils. We will definitely be back."
November 6-9, 2020
We had such an amazing time. It was the peace and quiet that we needed. We were able to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and have a wonderful celebration for my husband's birthday. It was hard to leave the beauty
of this place and look forward to returning. Thank you for having this place available during Covid!"
October 30-November 1, 2020
"We are so grateful to have found your cabin - we definitely plan to return. This was exactly how we hoped to celebrate our 3rd anniversary - hiking, exploring, smores, and sitting by the amazing woodburning stove.
Your property is so magnificent - we want to live here! As we write this, the Covid 19 pandemic has been going on for eight month, with 10/31/20 bringing 99,000 new cases (record high). Coming to Cougar Ridge Cottage was
the perfect respite from the chaos going on with Coronavirus and the election. We turned our phones off for the weekend and just relaxed and took a mental break. Your cabin was sparkling clean, and we felt extremely safe coming here during Covid.
Thank you Mary and John!"
Virginia Beach, VA
October 23-25, 2020
"Well, we've officially lost count of how many times we've visited your beautiful cabins over the years. The boys have grown so much since our first stay here, but what does not change is that this continues to be one of our
very favorite family vacations. Everything about this weekend was ferfect, as always. And, as always, we are leaving here already looking forward to the next visit. Thank you John and Mary, for everything."
Chapel Hill, NC
October 15-19, 2020
"What a relaxing and beautiful place! We had the best time hiking, enjoying the beauty from the porch and enjoying a nightly fire. We will be back!!"
September 26 - October 3, 2020
"Once again had a great time here. 1st time in Cougar Cabin and 1st time with our 2nd set of dogs. Great place to unwind and to "work from home". Enjoyed the quiet nature and surrounding area. We will be back soon!"
September 4-7, 2020
"/we all had a great getaway. We needed to unplug and we did! Enjoyed the sunrise, went to the Floyd Farmer's Market and Floyd Country Store where we listened to live folk music at the outdoor amphitheater while we ate dinner from the Country Store Cafe.
We even roasted s'mores and hot dogs over the fire pit. Had a great time! Thank you!"
(A long gap in rentals due to the Covid 19 pandemic)
October 25-27, 2019
"It doesn't seem possible, but I swear we love this place more and more with every stay. It must be the years of memories we have here now that add to the joy of the visit everytime. We can't imagine a more perfect place to
celebrate the season, family, and friendship. Thank you, as always. Everything was absolutely perfect and we're already looking forward to next time!"
Chapel Hill, NC
October 13, 2019
"Mary and John, what you have done to this property is truly remarkable. Anyone who visits this place leaves a happier person. Thank you! P.S. You guys are amazing!!!
"We really appreciate spending this time with family. The Cougar cabin was so relaxing and beautiful.you made our trip truly memorable."
October 4, 2019
"We thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Cougar Ridge, basking in the views, hiking, exploring Floyd, spending an afternoon at a local winery (Villa Appalachia), enjoying the company of dear friends in a peaceful and uncomplicated environment.
Thank you very much!"
Port Washington, NY
June 2, 2019
"We arrived in the dark so the amazing view of the sunrise over the mountains was a pleasant surprise! Thank you for a great weekend!"
May 27, 2019
"Our goal was escape from our hectic schedule,
We wanted a place where we could be casual.
This place was just perfect, a small slice of heaven.
The weather, the scenery, it released all our tension.
The intimate nature of this small abode,
induced in us calm and time simply slowed.
We're sad that it's over and our time here is through.
But I'm sure we'll be back so we won't be too blue."
"A spinner's delight"
December 29, 2018
"Thank you for maintaining this beautiful property for others to enjoy. Having grown up romping around the forests and fields of Indian Valley and canoeing the Little River, this find was a gem. The daily drive to Christiansburg to visit family over the holidays brought back oh-so-many memories of good time
- just what I needed. We will put this place at the very top of our list of places to stay during our annual (at least) trips from the Florids panhandle, that we now call home, to VA. If you ever make it 18 miles west of Tallahassee, come check out our cafe, Damfino's
Cafe and Market, and we will hook you up! Have a wonderful 2019!"
October 19-20, 2018
"This is exactly what we've been looking forward to all year! It was a beautiful weekend to go to the pumpkin festival at Sinkland farms, but the highlight of the weekend was the time spent here at the cabins. We stayed here in Cougar
Ridge Cottage and our dear friends stayed in the Bobcat. We hiked and made s'mores abound the fire, and enjoyed these beautiful cabins from the inside and from the porches, with the most wonderful views! Thank you again and again for sharing this beauty with us. We can't wait to come back!!"
Chapel Hill, NC
October 15, 2018
"We fell in love with your cabin and plan on visiting again. We so needed the peace and quiet to recharge. We will be referring it to our friends. Thank you for a lovely stay."
August 26, 2018
"Came out for quiet and got that for sure. Loved it. On our way to wine tasting. Short stay but very nice time."
August 10-12, 2018
"Love how secluded this cabin is and not being able to hear a car go by! This was my 34th birthday weekend and my hubby and I enjoyed all the little surprises and adventures we had here. Plan to come back in the winter."
Dry Fork, Va
July 26-29, 2018
"Floyd Festing again and so grateful for this refuge of peace and quiet! Beautiful memories!"
June 8-10, 2018
"Thank you so much for the perfect weekend. It was so special
to relax together at this cabin. Probably a 6th visit for us.
Thanks again and we'll be back!"
April 27-29, 2018
"Cougar was just what we city folks were looking for. No TV, wood stove, quiet, wonderful view of God's creation!! The cabin layout is very conducive to coziness! We had several meals in and enjoyed walks."
March 3, 2018
"We had a fabulous time here. It was so quiet and peaceful and the view is breathtaking! We will tell friends who will be in the area to give you a call. We loved it! Thanks a million!!!"
January 2, 2018
"We had a wonderful time here in this beautiful cabin. We celebrated NYE 2018. Couldn't have spent it any better. Thank you for letting us stay here. We can't wait to come back. It's absolutely breathtaking here."
November 12, 2017
"A shift in weather forced us to forego our camping trip and we landed on this little jewel last-minute. The cabin was perfect. We enjoyed the fires - indoor and out also were impressed by the trails. Thank you for providing such a sweet little place tucked away -
it felt like it was made just for us. I hope we can make this an annual tradition!"
Rose Hill, NC
October 20-22, 2017
"Enjoyed our stay very much! Scenery and setting were perfect. The isolation gave us a true feeling of being away from it all. Hope to be able to come back."
Hurdle Mills, NC
October 6-8, 2017
"Another perfect weekend at one of our most favorite places on the planet! I think that we can officially call staying here a family tradition now. The boys are 9 and 6 now any we are celebrating our 11th wedding annuversary.
We picked apples, had a blast at the pumpkin festival at Sinkland Farms, we hiked, and especially enjoyed the view, the beautiful cabin and our family here in the mountains. Thank you again for making this all possible. Now we begin the annual tradition of looking forward to
Chapel Hill, NC
September 24, 2017
"We had a great time. Nice little cabin. Thank you for being pet friendsly!"
September 4 - 9, 2017
"Thank you for letting us honeymoon in the first cabin built, AKA Cougar Ridge Cottage. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. It is not too far from city fun and it is nicely tucked away in the woods.
Loved seeing the skies at night and during the day. The wildlife was bery cool, coyotes and plenty of deer. It was awesome to see the different weather from day to day in our week stay.
We hope to come stay again."
August 30 - September 4, 2017
"Weat a lovely home base for Yoga Jam this year! Thank you for a refuge from the cold, a gorgeous place to enjoy the sunrise, a great place to enjoy the company of new friends. See y'all next year!"
The Graceful Blissful Yogis
July 27, 2017
"FloydFesting again and again loving the cabin and our time here. Thanks for having such a lovely place for us to stay."
May 31, 2017
"Wildlife enjoyable. Very peaceful. Thanks for letting us stay!"
April 28, 2017
"A lovely cabin in a beautiful setting. I really enjoyed the drive to Floyd as well as the town itself."
Los Angeles, CA
February 26, 2017
"Had a peaceful weekend here. Enjoyed the fire pit, grill, wood stove and loft. Hiking trails were a lot of fun as well. Just what we needed. We will be back soon."
November 26, 2016
"What a wonderful evening! From drinks on the porch (as deer stood under us watching) to a fire lit evening, comfy bed!! We definitely stumbled onto a gem through the internet!
We will be back to continue the peacefulness of the mountain range and trails."
September 1-4, 2016
"What a wonderful treat: A girls' weekend, Yoga Jam, and the Cougar cabin! The cabin was the perfect place to start and end our days.
Thank you for the hospitality. We'll be back!"
July 28-31, 2016
"We loved FloydFest but enjoyed staying here more! Great, relaxing and comfortable. Hope to be back in cooler weather!"
June 12-18, 2016
"Thank you for a peaceful and restful week in this beautiful place."
Baton Rouge, LA
June 8-11, 2016
"We certainly enjoyed our visit to Willis and your comfortable "cabin in the woods". We checked out Claytor State Park and Radford, anda ctivities in Floyd.
I'll have to come back and learn how to dance flat footin'. Thanks again. I'll miss the cardinal wake-up call. A beautiful cardinal tapped our window every
morning. What a treat to wake up like that."
June 3-5, 2016
"we had a fabulous time celebrating a bachelorette weekend before the big day next month. Thank you for this amazing cabin and experience; we loved every second of it."
May 27-29, 2016
"we enjoyed our stay at your lovely cabin. Hope to come back again."
April 29-May 1, 2016
"Our family enjoyed a lovely "unplugged" weekend away from our VA Beach homes. We explored and challenged ourselves on the well-kept trails. We relaxed on the serene porch in rocking chairs.
We roasted marshmallows and relished in each others complany around the fire pit. The cabin was perfect, we cannot stop singing it's praises. It is evident that you want your
guests to have as confortable a stay as possible and your attention to detail is very much appreciated. Thank you for this cozy hide-away, we plan to come back in the fall!"
Virginia Beach, VA
April 3, 2016
"A lovely stay once again at Indian Creek Cabins - our tirst time in early spring prior to leafout - enjoyed the views long distance and close up of the streams and rhododendrons and sky.
Thank you for the comfortable lodgings - especially enjoyed the cast iron skillets and liquid soap in the kitchen - and other amenities - and light-filled space of the great room."
February 5-7, 2016
"Another wonderful stay! This is our 3rd time staying at your cabins and we enjoyed it just as much this time as we did our first time 11 years ago."
Newport News, VA
January 22, 2016
"What a beautiful cozy cabin we have been welcomed into! My husband and I traveled all the way from sunny south Florida for a romantic honeymoon in the mountains. Much to our surprise a snowstorm hit just as we got in. We're so amazed by the wonderful hospitality given to us by this beautiful couple.
We plan to use this time to relax, drink wine, and celebrate our new life together. May God bless you guys!"
November 7, 2015
"This place is beautiful. The stars last night were phenomenal. I love the cabin. It is warm and cozy and we added Argentine Tango music. I would love to come back again."
October 21, 2015
"Such an amazing and beautiful place in the fall! We will definitely be back! Cozy and quiet...perfect!"
October 9-11, 2015
"JUST PERFECT!! We are here celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary with our 3rd stay at your beautiful cabins. The boys are 4 and 7 now and we loved watching them explore the trails with our dog, Milli.
This year we stopped to pick a bushel of apples at Windy Hill Orchards in Ararat, VA and we spent Saturday at the Sinkland Farms pumpkin festival. So much fun! I can't thing of a better way to celebrate Fall and
our family. Thanks again for making this possible."
Chapel Hill, NC
September 26-28, 2016
"First two mights of our honeymoon. Raqined but we still had an awesome time. Awesome cabin and great time and Chateau Morrisette Winery!!"
July 25-27, 2015
"Enjoyed our stay here. Came for a family reunion. Loved the view, and loft, and just loved the whole place. One day I will return. Was here with my daughters."
July 19, 2015
"We had a short but sweet stay at Cougar cabin on our way to NC. Enjoyed the peace and quiet. The sunrise from the loft was AMAZING - a true spectacle of beauty!! Wish we had more time to spend to ezplore more - quite an area for riding!"
May 11, 2015
"Had a wonderful five day stay at the Cougar Cabin. Came here to emjoy the country air and get away from it all. I needed time to get caught up on some work stuff as well. So it was a great place to have a work/vacation get away time.
Will highly recommend this place and will be coming back."
February 15, 2015
"We love our stays at these cabins! This is our 4th time at one of the Indian Creek cabins. We've stayed at both and each have their perks! At this one (Cougar )I love seeing the sunrise from the loft - there's nothing like waking up to colors of pinks and oranges all around you!
We attempted to do a puzzle this visit - phew - they are tricky ones. Good luck to the next person! Once again an incredible time at our
January 3, 2015
"We had a very relaxing time in the cabin. It was nice to get away from the "rat race" for a couple of days. It is amazing to step outside and not hear anything but stillness.
Thank you and God bless."
December 28, 2014
"What a beautiful place! It was absolutely perfect - we just wish we could have stayed longer! This was our first vacation with the dogs included - they loved it! Thanks so much for a wonderful get-away! Hope to see you again in 2015!"
October 16, 2014
"Enjoyed this place even in the rain - one really great sunrise. The countryside is really beautiful as well. I hope to return someday as our ancestors were from here. We found where they lived and worked in Indian Valley."
August 31, 2014
"We had another lovely visit at your beautiful cabin and enjoyed the Yoga Jam as always.
See you next year!"
July 24 thru 27, 2014
"Thank you for this beautiful cabin for our Floyd Fest Weekend. we loved it!"
Roanoke, VA and Greensboro, NC
July 28, 2014
"We had a great time in the cabin! We hope to come back in the fall. We think it would be nice to see the turn of the leaves in this
beautiful cabin, and we would like to spend time in the cabin.
May 17, 2014
"Go Hokies!! We enjoyed our stay with friends and family during VT's Graduation Ceremonies. Plenty of room for all!!
Hello, I loved my stay here and I heard some weird noises in the
woods! I thought it was an owl but it peered out of the bushes
at night. Watch out. I loved the stay, it was amazing. So good
luck and stay alive. Oh I forgot you can look at that cougar painting,
it's quite enjoying. Now it is good luck and stay alive. PS I'm
hearing something...I got to go...oh no...aaaaaghhh! cougar attack,
run.. save yourself."
March 29, 2014
"Brought my fiance for his birthday present. This is our first time here and we've been entranced by the stillness and peaceful beauty. How refreshing to get away from the busyness of life, work, children, and wedding planning.
We both feel like this night away allowed us to reset our perspectives and priorities. To be still and remember that our creator has everything under control - we don't have to. So thankful to the owners for allowing and creating this opportunity for us."
November 2, 2013
"We came with anticipation of a fun weekend. And what a fun weekend
we had. We love these cabins; we have stayed at both - both are
cosy. Nothing like hiking on the property trails and coming back
to the cabin and building a fire inside or outside. Relaxation
is what it's all about. Love the peaceful sunrise in the morning
and the view, created by God, that comes along with it. Long live
the peacful cabins that have served so many through the years.
Everyone desires and needs a place of serenity and solitude -
we found ours here at Indian Creek, again. Looking forward to
the next sunrise."
Gretna and Lynchburg, VA
October 20, 2013
"What a lovely place you have here! We had a wonderful stay and look forward to returning soon."
Oct. 14, 2013
"We had a very nice visit to your great cabin. Love all the wood! Great walks on the trails. Total quiet. Thanks for a great stay."
Oct. 6, 2013
"First time stay at the cabin, with three (plus one Labrador)
repeat visitors, and it was everything they promised me it would
be - quiet, relaxing, and a great place to catch up with family.
We expecially loved that firepit, and the view from the deck -
gorgeous! Thanks for a great stay!'
Sept 29, 2013
"Thanks for a great weekend - enjoyed the nice cabin - very quiet."
Sept. 1, 2013
"Thank you so much for such a lovely place to stay. The proximity
to the Yoga Jam was perfect. We enjoyed the amenities very much
and hope to be back next year."
Aug. 16, 2013
"We enjoyed staying at Cougar Cabin, the mountains were great.
The fresh air and quietness were the best. Hope to see you again."
Walnut Cove, NC
August 11, 2013
"When we left Mississippi to begin our move to VA, we were a little
overwhelmed at a transition without our 'stuff' and 5 small children.
We never would have thought this month long visit to your cabin
would have been a get- away vacation for our family! What an amazing
surprise and blessing! We truly felt at home with all of the conveniences
here in the cabin. You really thought of everything. Our children
felt like they were staying at "Ma and Pa Kettles" cabin. They
love that show. I must say this place is much nicer though. We
will recommend your cabins to my family and friends. What a perfect
spot to get away from the busy, hectic world and truly get back
to the basics of spending time enjoying each other's company.
Best wishes! Looking forward to our next vacation! Thank you for
sharing this special memory with us!"
July 3, 2013
"Three sisters: We came and stayed for three mights while visiting
FloydFest. We loved the cabin - very peaceful and a nice get-away
from the wired world - although we did get online briefly to watch
the weather, which turned FloydFest into' MudFest'. We hiked the
trails - no bobcats, but plenty of deer tracks. Thank you for
making this beautiful cabin available!"
June 16-22, 2013
"This is a 60th birthday present from my husband, and it's been
wonderful! We've enjoyed the sunrise and a bright moon from the
loft. An all-day rain was perfect for relaxing and reading. Fireflies,
a great horned owl, a red fox, lots of birds, hearing the creek
at the bottom of the valley - all added to the restful ambiance.
Today I helped myself to a bunch of grapevines (watching out for
poison ivy, of course) and spent a pleasant morning making grapevine
wreaths. We've also enjoyed biking along the Chestnut Creek out
of Galax, not to mention the many venues for bluegrass music and
dancing. We bought a hand-carved hardwood limber-jack (Is it a
puppet, or an instrument?) from Phil Kirk in Hillsville. Steve
Barr in Barr's Fiddle Shop is a gem, as are his instruments. Finally,
I can't say enough about this beautiful cabin and all it's comfortable
details. Thank you for making it available!"
"The proximity to Floyd and Villa Appalachia was ideal. My husband
and I love the relaxing atmosphere. It was a great weekend; we
look forward to further visits - maybe a fall get-away with a
little fall foliage. A wonderful weekend! As to poison ivy...we'll
see... hopefully not. Look forward to future visits. Best pet
Fort Mill, SC
May 26, 2013
"We had a wonderful weekend at Cougar Ridge Cabin. The weather
was so perfect. The kids loved playing in a big field of tall
grass, flying kites and blowing bubbles. Roasting marshmallows
and a couple of fireworks were a big hit. It was wonderful to
get away as a family."
May 19, 2013
"Thanks for another lovely weekend. All was perfect!"
Falls Church, VA
April 21, 2013
"Absolutely a beautiful stay at Cougar Ridge! With so much happening
(Boston Marathon Bombings) it was nice to take a step away from
the chaos. Exceptional views from bed watching the sunrise over
the ridge. Pure tranquility! Thanks for the hospitality!"
Feb. 2, 2013
"So nice to snuggle in the cabin with the snowy woods outside.
We love it up here in Floyd!!"
Smith Mountain Lake, VA
January 10, 2013
"We had a lovely stay here at Cougar Ridge! The wood fire was
amazing. We listened to music, made a steak-and-potatoes dinner,
sipped on whiskey, and played some tunes together as loud as we
possibly could (he on accordion, my on guitar). So great to have
respite in this beautiful place!"
January 2, 2013
"Another wonderful New Year's Eve in Cougar Ridge. Thanks so much
for your continued hospitality. It's always just what we need."
December 22, 2012
"Cozy cabin, snow-covered ground, beautiful sunrise over the mountains,
quiet serenity...the perfect escape after a bustling work week.
October 27, 2012
"The peace and beauty of this place is just what we needed."
October 14, 2012
"Absolutely loved our stay! Most relaxing vacation ever! The cabin
is beautiful and so are the surroundings - the perfect mix of
modern comforts and serenity! Thanks so much!"
Oct. 7, 2012
"Thank you again for a wonderful stay - our third year in a row!
This our first stay in the Cougar Ridge Cottage, and it is just
as nice as the Bobcat.
It is always a nice treat to relax with family here, and these
cottages are wonderful!"
Fairfax, Va and Blacksburg, VA
Sept. 20, 2012
"A week in the Blue Ridge couldn't have been more lovely for two
old college buds and two frisky Portuguese Water dogs. You have
spared no effort in making the Cougar luxurious where it counts
(cloud-like beds and huggy warm towels, and endless hot water).
At the same time you've captured the essence of cabin life - rockers
(comfortable!!), great wood stove, and professional grill which
we used for every meal!
Just a perfect place to reconnect and the dogs couldn't have been
more content. Thank you."
Sept 9, 2012
"We had a wonderful time relaxing and visiting the local attractions!
The cabin was beautiful and we slept well on the comfortable beds.
Thank you for all the great details!"
Newport News, VA
July 4 - 8, 2012
"We're baaaaaack! I really like coming here with 'the girls' and
my wife. This may be 'the girls' last trip as they're very old
and rarely show interest with more than a nose wiggle or raised
ear. They do like sleeping here which is a job they accomplish
with their old dog vigor.
When I was a child we went to my grandaddy's camp in Deerfield,
VA. We hand-pumped our water and electricity was the few strung
lights that led to the outhouse. When we tired, we would nap under
the trees. As a teenager, I worked for Waynesboro Streets Dept.
spreading asphalt, working on the trash truck, and clearing brush.
When we got tired we'd find a tree to sit under and eat lunch.
Years later I worked building run-off barrels and concrete dissipaters
for I-64. After carrying and tying rebar, we would break and lunch
under the shade at the forest edge. I never really thought about
the trees, it just seemed that they were there, always...Not because
of what I did, but...just because. This is such a place...just
because...just in the trees...a place to rest."
May 26, 2012
"What an attractive cabin! It is very tastefully decorated - lots
of nice touches. We had such a short stay so not a lot of time
to take advantage of so much to see here. We hope to come back
in the fall when it is cooler. We particularly enjoyed the porch
and the quiet, away from telephones and TV. The gas grill is a
nice thing to have. Many thanks for the lovely blackberry preserves.
Thanks for giving us some eggs. We would have had a strange breakfast
with bacon and toast.
Hoping to return soon."
May 25, 2012
"Thank you so much for the good care and love you put into this
cabin. It was such a wonderful retreat from the city - so beautiful
and quiet and nurturing in every way."
May 4 - 6, 2012
"What a happy accident that I found the website for these cabins!
I was looking for a place for us to spend our 33rd anniversary
and this looked perfect.
Thank you for such a wonderful place. The peaceful solitude is
refreshing! The cabin is wonderful and so comfortable. Much attention
I was disappointed that the cloud cover prevented us from being
able to see the 'super moon' that was out Sat. night!"
Apr. 7, 2012
"What a wonderful place to walk the loop, catch up on reading,
play cards and just relax! We appreciate all you've done to make
your cabins charming and comfortable."
Feb. 10, 2012
"This has been a great stay for a Valentine's Day present from
my boyfriend. We both love the cabin and the view. We'd love to
have a beautiful cabin like this some day. It was great just to
get away from everything and just relax. Thanks for the preserves
also! Thanks again for everything! Hope to see ya soon."
Jan. 15, 2012
"Such a beautiful place we stumbled upon when coming to Floyd
to see 'Ketch and Critter' at the Floyd Country Store! Love all
the thought that went into building the cabin with all its wonderful
views! Cannot wait to return again and to tell all our friends
Chapel Hill and Durham, NC
November 26, 2011
"Rendezvous with family over Thanksgiving was wonderful. Weather,
view, night sky and woodstove all were major points of enjoyment.
Lovely sunsets and sunrise viewed from under the covers, what
could be better! Thank you for the care you have taken to make
this such a great experience for us!"
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 11, 2011
"A girl's weekend to celebrate our birthdays (50th). what an awesome
place to do so. We can't say enough about the interior furnishings,
from the most comfortable beds to the nice and fluffy towels.
We spent a lot of time on the porch rocking, talking, laughing
and enjoying the beautiful view. We will be back. Thanks for an
awesome place! The 3 Musketeers."
Salem and Roanoke, VA
Oct. 28, 2011
"This is a beautiful place - both inside and outside. On top of
the mountains this morning there was heavy ice on all the trees.
From a distance it looked like snow, but as we got closer we realized
it was ice. Every branch of every tree and every leaf of every
plant was covered with ice. And as the sun came out everything
glistened and looked like a surreal fairyland."
Oct. 23, 2011
"What a wonderful romantic, restful weekend. Gorgeous cabin and
gorgeous weather. Hiked trails a bit. Enjoyed the porch and views
--could sit there in the AM even at 33 degree temperature. Loved
the wood stove. We'll be back."
Oct. 16, 2011
"What a wonderful way to celebrate the 18th anniversary of my
30th birthday! For the first time in quite a while we are relaxed
and stayed void of computers, tv, and work. Cougar Cabin is an
amazing retreat. As others before us have written, watching the
sun rise over the mountains while lying in bed was a delightful
way to start each day. Last night the full moon illuminated the
stained glass in the peak - almost as bright as the sun but in
a different magical way.
This morning as we finished breakfast preparations we noted how
nice it is to have a place where we share only happy memories.
How true! I smile as I write this.
Such a beautiful place, such a wonderful weekend, such wonderful
Oct. 13, 2011
"What a wonderful place to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary!
We spent two nights of our week-long Blue Ridge Road Trip here
at Cougar Ridge, and we cannot wait to return! Despite the rain
we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and explored many miles of mountain
roads..truly breathtaking. So glad we found your websire...though
the pictures do not do this cabin justice. Thanks so much!"
Oct. 10, 2011
"Our dogs loved the trails and for old girls did a lot of running
up hill!!!...and a lot of sleeping afterwards. Sunrise was always
a 'wake up and see this' event. Watched a spider on her web and
did little else...but we like to do 'little else'."
Sept. 25, 2011
"We had a wonderful time this weekend. We enjoyed the hiking trails,
fire pit, nature, and relaxing cabins. We leave today with wonderful
memories. As our family is growing and connecting with one another,
this place gave us a great place for bonding and lots of laughts.
Your cabin is beautiful and hopefully we will return again."
August 29, 2011
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful vacation for our family!
The view was beautriful. This was the perfect getaway from Hurricane
Irene. We will definitely be back in the near future!"
Virginia Beach, VA
August 7, 2011
"Enjoyed another wonderful weekend at Indian Creek. Love the hammock
location. Well worth the walk. See you again soon."
July 16, 2011
"Had a wonderful evening sitting on the porch rocking and listening
to nature. The cabin is absolutely beautiful. Look forward to
visiting again. Thank you."
July 9, 2011
"We had a fantastic time exploring the area. What a geautiful
cabin you have here. We spent our two days here hiking on the
Blue Ridge Parkway. The Rock Castle Gorge trail is worth the exercise.
We did the entire loop. 10 - 11 miles and came back to the cabin
exhausted. The grill is great! We hope to be back again."
July 3, 2011
"Had a wonderful romantic weekend getaway. Enjoyed the trails
and visiting Chateau Morisette. Thak you for sharing your beautiful
cabin with us. Hope to be back!"
June 4, 2011
"This was a fun time here. I will definitly come again! I hope
you have a great life and that you get more customers. I will
tell all my friends about this place. I love the upstairs room!
I think that you should put a tv in the rooms."
"Wow!! Great food, great family and great accomodations. Came
with 4 generations for the graduation from med school. Thanks
for helping to make it all happen."
Chapel Hill, NC
May 15, 2011
"Grandson graduated from VT. Had he and my sons here in 2 cabins
to enjoy family time together. Facilities were great - Distance
not so farfrom VT. Because of rain, didn't get to enjoy outside
too much. Thank you for all your help."
March 18 - March 21, 2011
"We will always remember our time in this cabin as the moment
we fully decided to move to Floyd. The peace, beauty and friendliness
of the people just cannot be beat! My husband greatly enjoyed
cycling the roads near Indian Valley and we both loved the hammock
by the spring/stream. Since most who read this journal already
know the magic of this place, I'll make sure to send you an email
to share on your website. Huge thank you and congrats for creating
a space that has everything one could desire - wonderful bed,
fluffy towels and a magical porch. Thanks again!"
March 4, 2011
"As Robert Frost said so eloquently,'Two roads diverged in a path
and I took the one less traveled and that has made all the difference.'
For your hospitality and the tranquility and beauty of this special
place I am truly grateful. We'll be back again soon."
February 14, 2011
"This is a wonderful Valentine's Day get-away with my boyfriend.
It feels like we are in our own little world, with such wonderful
views and serenity. We both love the cabin, and we hope to have
a little cabin like this one day. We love the fireplace and drinking
tea sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch. And later we will
make s'mores in the firepit outside. We wish we could stay longer
to enjoy quiet time. We will definitely come back here many more
October 30, 2010
"This cabin has been the best setting for a wonderful romantic
get-away. My boyfriend and I have been together for four years
which is why we are here to celebrate. But thanks to the romance
of this cabin we are leaving as an engaged couple. He proposed
to me on the beautiful deck. This place will always hold a special
place in our hearts. And I'm so sure we will be returning throughout
our lives together. Thanks so much for sharing this cabin with
October 23, 2010
"It was a delightful place to come. So comfortable too, did enjoy
the nice bed. We had ground coffee, will probably be like our
campfire coffee. Thanks for your sons and whoever planned and
built it. It is a perfect place for peace and quiet. We had a
nice comfortable bed just 1 step up to it, and then two went upstairs
to a nice bed too. Thanks for your hospitality."
Abilene, TX, Hobbs, NM, Houston, TX, Dimmitt, TX, Breckenridge,
TX, Amarillo, TX
October 22, 2010
"The day has come for us to leave...but we are taking some of
the quietness and solitude home with us! Thanks to my bride of
twelve years for this awesome week of rest - no TV- no phones
- no noise but the wind in the trees and the animals at nights.
It's been too long since we just sat and read or listened to the
radio together. The Cougar offered us the opportunity for all
of the above. How beautiful the surroundings prepared by our Father,
to whom we give all glory and honor."
October 16, 2010
"Had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the firepit with my family and
the closeness the cabin brought to our family. This was my mother's
home town. She was a McPeake, so being here was made extra special
since she is no longer with us. But being here it was just line
she was. Thank you so much for having us. PS the sun rise was
October 9-11, 2010
"Your cabin is so inviting and comfortable, from the sofa and
chairs to the deliciously soft bed to the soft towels...we felt
truly pampered. Thank you for all of the thought you put into
taking care of your guests. We greatly appreciated the homemade,
local, fabulous blackberry jam, and were so happy to have gotten
fresh-made english muffins at the Charlottesville Farmers Market
on the drive west, perfect! We were mildly disappointed to have
not been able to have a evening fire in the woodstove, but the
daily 80 temps kept the cabin plenty warm! Thank you! - P.s. your
bathroom tile work is beautiful! Millstone coffee and tempur-pedic
bed. Thanks so much the the best!"
Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2010
"We decided to take a restful weekend for my birthday and our
50th wedding anniversary. This place is really nice and cozy.
The beds are good and firm. I enjoyed the view and morning sunrise
from the loft. Unfortunately my husband was not able to climb
the stairs so he missed our on the great views. We also brought
some DVD's up, but didn't find the DVD player. After 50 years
we have learned to accept the things we cannot change and let
the Lord do the rest."
Glen Allen, VA
Sept. 20, 2010
"We had a wonderful stay. What a retreat! Beautiful, peaceful,
and stress free. - Thanks for providing such a great experience."
Pocono Lake Preserve, PA
Sept. 4-6, 2010
"The cabin is great. You have it fixed sooo nice and comfortable.
We loved it and had a great time here. Thanks a lot for everything!"
August 25, 2010
"What a nice place. My wife and I throughly enjoyed our three
night stay. We had been 'stressed out' before we came but now
we are relieved of that. Hope to be up here several more time
during the years."
June 20, 2010
"We had such a wonderful time! Your cabin is the perfect retreat
to rest, recharge and most importantly, to spend quality time
with family. We moved from Indian Valley four years ago and Cougar
Ridge was the perfect spot to revisit/relive our old stomping
grounds - nature even provided a beautiful thunderstorm show that
we enjoyed on the porch. Many thanks for your hospitality and
the blackberry preserves! This cabin is truly a gem!"
Amherst, VA, Hopewell, VA
May 16, 2010
"This was a wonderful place to celebrate our daughter's graduation
from VaTech! We hope to visit again!"
May 2, 2010
"We had a great time and loved all the wind blowing the entire
time. The jam was awesome."
Bristol, TN, Gretna, VA
April 24, 2010
"Our 1st time to visit - but hopefully not our last! Celebrated
an early 26th anniversary. Hiked the trails and slept in the hammock!
Great quiet relaxing weekend. Even the rain was nice on the tin
roof. Excellent attention to detail at Cougar Ridge Cottage. Very
tastefully decorated. Rarely will you find Tempur-pedic mattresses
in rental units (I know how expensive they are!) Very well done
- next time we want to try Bobcat Bungalow."
Weber City, VA
January 24, 2010
"What a beautiful cabin - nice comfortable furnishings, comfortable
bed, luxuriously soft towels! And the views were amazing. We enjoyed
a weekend getaway while the kids stayed home with their grandparents.
We hiked a few of the trails through some mud, ice, and snow and
enjoyed exploring. Great view from Blackberry Hill! We truly enjoyed
your little piece of secluded heaven and hope to return many times
in the future!
January 18, 2010
"Your cabin was the perfect place to meet up with good friends
and spend a relaxing long weekend. The cabin is beautiful, the
views are breathtaking and the beds are amazingly comfortable
- a perfect recipe for contentment."
Durham, NC, Reston, VA
January 10, 2010
"For the past 4 years we have come to your cabins for our anniversary.
(This year we celebrated our 16th together.) each time we come,
we are in awe of your cozy little place out in the woods where
beauty surrounds in every direction. We leave here well rested,
rejuvenated and refreshed - vowing to return again."
January 1, 2010
"I came to Cougar cabin w/ my friend and her family. It was such
an amazing adventure. The snow was the best! We made snow forts
and went tubing down and mountain. 'Toonces the Cat' was such
a strange and funny movie. I recommend it to all. Thanks for the
snow and the nice vacation." "I came with my family to the Cougar
cabin. It was sooo fun. We made ice forts, snowmen, and had snowball
fights. We even went down a giant hill with the tube.! My favorite
video of yours was 'Toonces the Cat'. Thanks for giving us a great
Elizabeth City, NC
December 25, 2009
"We wanted a 'white Christmas' and we found it here. The views
are so beautiful and the air so crisp and clean! Thank you so
much for the wonderful Christmas vacation! We'll be back when
it's warmer to pick some blackberries. Thanks for the jam!"
Wake Forest, NC
October 12 - 18, 2009
" Enjoyed the cabin, the furnishings were lovely, the serenity
priceless. The weather was cold and damp, but the stove kept us
perfectly warm and cozy. Macados and The River Company - good
restaurants in Radford. You can catch a movie in Christiansburg,
fly fishing and a beautiful hike (easy) can be done in Rock Castle
Gorge. Good blue grass in Floyd on Friday nites, the entertainment
from the people who get up and cance, priceless! Our dogs loved
October 10 - 12, 2009
"Within the first 15 min. on the porch all of our cares melted
away. I now know what it feels like to 'Be still and know that
I am God.' This truly is a slice of heaven. Thanks so much for
sharing! We feel renewed and refreshed."
Va Beach, VA
October 3 - 4, 2009
"What a great anniversary spot... thank you so very much for making
the weekend such a special one for us both. All the extra touches
were just perfect and the cabin was just as amazing as we remembered.
We also stumbled upon The Floyd Harvest Festival over in Floyd,
VA which was a nice way to spend an afternoon...as were the trails
and hammock with the leaves beginning to turn. This cabin and
2 days away from it all were the perfect way to celebrate our
marriage... romantic fires, afternoon naps, and simple unencumbered
Sept 18-20, 2009
"Your cabin has been a beautiful spot to celebrate our 5th wedding
anniversary. We are thankful that we discovered this secluded
little gem in the Va mountains. Thank you for the special touches-
the jam, soap, and all the little extras that provided a wonderful
stay. We recommend The River Company Restaurant & Brewery in Radford.
(633-3940) Off the beaten path. Great food! Looking forward to
Aug 2, 2009
"Thanks for all. Had a most relaxing stay. When the kids saw the
cabin, their thoughts turned to the holidays. So we listened to
Christmas music. We even left "Cougar" a little gift in the CD
player. We'll be back!"
Falls Church, VA
July 26, 2009
"We enjoyed waking to the sun and mountains every morning, reading
on the porch and then picking blackberries for breakfast. That
was on the the mornings that we weren't heading into FloydFest!"
July 18, 2009
"Like everyone else who has written comments, we had a wonderful
time. The cabin, the trails and the community were great, and
your attention to details was like icing on a cake; lush towels,
high quality sheets, great beds, the rocking chairs on the porch,
even the blackberry preserves. (I even had my share of fresh blackberries
as we walked your trails!). We hope to be back very soon."
July 14, 2009
"We had a great time! Very nice cabin! Our dog enjoyed herself
too! It was nice to come back to Va for our family reunion."
July 10, 2009
"Spectacular eight days! The weather was perfect (it only rained
at night and the rain on the roof is like a lullaby.) The cabin
was comfortable and cozy. We spent the 4th at the Floyd Fandango
- and listened to great music and ate good food. We did lots of
exploring - Perfect retreat - We'll be back."
June 24, 2009
"2nd time here/came with my brother from CA. Daughter visited
and husband likes the views. Rose was a happy dog. Will be back
with more family and friends. Fun to see cabin in January and
June - great in winter with fireplace and open windows in June.
Very clean, clean, clean. Will be back. :-)"
Chapel Hill, NC
June 6, 2009
"This was such a beautiful, relaxing place to gather with our
family. A spot of quiet and tranquility in the middle of all the
hubbub of 3 graduations."
May 17, 2009
"No cell phone reception, no bad news on the television, no loud
city noise...just what the doctor ordered! Many thanks to our
hosts who have created a place in the woods where one can collect
ones thoughts and recharge the old batteries. After accidently
locating Indian Creek Cabins on the net we have found a truly
special place that will remind us of our daughter's graduation
from VT with fond memories. Your perfect mountain setting will
always be a part of that special day."
March 14, 2009
"What a great place... We enjoyed ourselves very much. Very relaxing.
We'll be back again!"
February 20-21, 2009
"Awesome place! Check out the hiking trails here. Relax in the
hammock down by the stream (even in winter). Picnic lawn open
and sunny with a swinging bench. Floyd Country Store, every Friday
night 6pm - 10 pm jamboree. First hour gospel, old time bluegrass.
Last two hours old time mountain music and dancing, 'flat footin'.
Contra dancing within one hour of here most Sat. nights. Newbies
welcome. Have fun...
February 14, 2009
"We had an awesome weekend in your cabin! The cabin is beautiful
and the views are breathtaking! We brought our two shih tzus with
us and they enjoyed themselves just as much as we did! Thanks
so much for sharing your cabin with us! We plan on coming back
for our one year wedding anniversary!
"Best time!! This was by far the most clean place I have stayed.
Will be back!!! Will have friends come!!
Chapel Hill, NC
January 2, 2009
"During the last three years that we've been coming here we've
gotten married and had a son. We brought him with us this year
and made more wonderful memories in your cabin. We hope to continue
this NYE tradition for years to come! Cheers to 2009!!"
November 29, 2008
"We are back at the Cougar Ridge Cabin after 5 years (Oct. 2003),
but we have stayed at the Bobcat Cabin twice this past year. We
really enjoy both of the cabins but the Cougar is our favorite.
As always my husband and I enjoyed spending quality time together.
We went to Floyd and shopped at Chic's Antiques and the Floyd
Country Store. Would have liked to have shopped longer but was
getting late, stores were closing. When we got back to the cabin
my husband played his banjo for me. It really sounded great in
the cabin. We didn't get to see the sun set or rise due to rain.
But we really enjoyed sitting in front of the fire and listening
to the rain on the tin roof last night. In the morning we were
surprised to see ice on the trees. We really hate to leave here
but we plan to return again one day, hopefully for a longer stay.
Mary, thanks for the great blackberry preserves!"
South Boston, VA
Nov 14 - 16, 2008
"Again we have come to a peaceful surrounding of beauty. The cottage
is warm and inviting as always. The scenery is magnificent and
we have found the rest and relaxation we were seeking. After staying
here last year, we knew we had to come back and come back we did.
You have created a wonderful getaway for us and we appreciate
the opportunity to enjoy this. We hope to make this a yearly getaway.
Thanks for the jam and we hope to come back next year to this
Elm City, NC
Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2008
"Our second stay at this wonderful place. Now our minds are clear,
our hearts happy and we are full of smiles. Thanks Mary and John
for a job well done."
Virginia Beach, VA
Oct. 24 - 25, 2008
"We had a wonderful 30th anniversary weekend! What a beautiful
place! The cake was a nice surprise also and was delicious. We'll
definitely come back for the beautiful views and the quiet. Thanks
Oct. 19, 2008
"Another wonderful weekend, just like before. We so enjoyed our
stay and look forward to the next time. Thanks so much for everything."
Oct. 12, 2008
"What a perfect cabin for my wedding weekend. We had a girls'
night the night before the wedding. Then we spent our first night
as husband and wife here. We were very lucky to have this cabin
right down the road from where we live. Thank you so much."
Oct. 3 - 5, 2008
"We had a nice, quiet, relaxing stay. Loved sitting on the porch
rocking while drinking coffee and listening to the quiet. This
is really a wonderful place!"
Oct. 3 - 5, 2008
"Thank you for making our anniversary weekend memorable! Waking
up to the sunrise was indescribable. We loved the winery and taking
the tour. My husband and I will definitely be back!"
Sept. 19, 2008
"Wonderful cabin get-away! Serene and romantic with great views
of God's creation. Thanks for sharing your farm/land with the
rest of us. A perfect place to recharge!"
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2008
"As lovely as our first visit. In the words of our three year
old, 'Boy did we have fun!' Thank you."
July 21 - 28, 2008
"We had a great stay...so quiet! Thank you for your assistance
the first day and your wonderfully supplied cabin. The blackberries
are delicious! We hope to return again."
Falls Church, VA
July 7, 2008
"What a great pleasure it is to enjoy your beautiful cabin and
your beautiful mountain farm... Thank you."
May 16 - 18, 2008
"Great cabin, great weekend, great company, awesome view, and
FANTASTIC blackberry jam. Thanks for the opportunity to reconnect
with friends in such a calming setting."
Washington DC, Cincy, OH
May 11, 2008
"What a great location for a fun girls' getaway weekend! Too bad
it rained and we didn't get to go hiking, but we loved relaxing
indoors too, listening to the rain. We wish we could stay longer!"
May 5, 2008
"Cinco de Mayo!
The cabin was more beautiful than either of us had imagined. We
loved the deck especially and ate all but one meal looking out
at the trees and distant ridge, listening to the birds and the
lowing of cattle. What a wonderful place for respite - just what
both of us needed after 18 straight days of work! Thank you for
delightful space and land."
Mars Hill, NC
April 20, 2008
"This is the perfect place to get away from it all, not only is
it secluded, it is extremely peaceful. The distant view of the
mountains made our hearts smile. The accomodations were better
than a 5 star hotel. Our only regret was that we could not stay
Virginia Beach, VA
April 13, 2008
"Thank you for this lovely, restful place. We all felt so at home
here - our nervous city dog found her "inner dog" and settled
into this cozy life just fine. Our 2 year old loved the porch,
the shower and the chicken timer most of all :-) My husband loved
the trails - it seems a place we've always been - and hopefully
we'll soon return."
March 15, 2008
"It was so nice to be able to get away from everything. The lack
of cell phones and television was so peaceful. It was nice to
be able to relax w/out any distractions and I loved being able
to sit in front of the fire. You guys have a beautiful place.
I'm sure we will be back."
February 14, 2008
"We had such a wonderful time in the peace and quiet of your cozy
cabin. Your features are just perfect! We enjoyed watching the
fire in the wood stove. We had a snow dusting in the evening,
but during the night it cleared. At 4:30 am a peek outside was
rewarded with a star filled sky! It was beautiful to see. Thanks
and best wishesl"
High Point, NC
December 9, 2007
"We definitely picked the right spot for our weekend getaway.
The cabin is absolutely gorgeous and comfortable. The breathtaking
views are postcard picture perfect. We were looking for a relaxing
weekend where my parents and husband and I could get away from
the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. It was also the perfect
place for my husband to recover from his auto accident earlier
this week. We all have had a wonderful time and do not wish to
leave. Thank you so much for the opportunity to experience this
lovely place. We had a great time! P.S. My dad wants to know how
much you want for the cabin? HaHa"
Elm City, NC
November 10, 2007
"From early morning sunrises to brisk walks through the woods
tinged with autumn color...to crazy, winding trips through the
beautiful countryside...to restful evenings before a warm relaxing
fire inside a charming and comfy cabin...what more could two vacationing
people ask for? Thank you for all of the above. We've had a wonderful
additions to earlier bird list -
Juncos (by the hundreds)
October 20-21, 2007
"Fall leaves - fireplace - comfortable beds - out of the
way - peaceful nights - night skies - outside fire pit - what
else do you need? Enjoyed our 2 day stay. Will pass the word and
VA Beach, VA
October 5, 200
"We will carry many nice memories of the beautiful Blue Ridge
Mountains home with us to the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. Thank
you for your hospitality and for creating such a comfortable,
relaxing, and peaceful place for visitors like us to enjoy."
August 30-Sept.3, 2007
"This was our second annual friends reunion in the Floyd area.
Another great time was had by all. In addition to catching up
and remembering good times passed, we made new memories to recall
at future gatherings. Here are some of the highlights from our
1) The Big Flea Market of Hillsville
2) Virginia Tech's opening football game
4) Hiking the cabin trails
5) Making s'mores
6) Cooking and eating good food
7) Completing two jigsaw puzzles
8) Gazing at the stars by campfire light
9) Sleeping soundly in those comfy beds
10) Listening to old time radio on the porch
Thank you for sharing your place with us!"
August 26, 2007
"It is at places like this that you feel and hear God's presence.
Thank you for being the conduit of that experience. We really
needed to get away from the rushed lives that we live in the city.
August 12, 2007
"We didn't realize just how "citified" we had become until we
arrived here! This has been wonderul for us to just get away from
it all. Very needed! We did a lot of laughing at ourselves, exploring
nature.. despite our fears of what could be out there, and learning
to just relax. We enjoyed all of your books, games, rocking chairs,
etc. If we had a bed at home as cozy as the one in your loft we
would never get up. Thank you!
July 21, 2007
"What a relaxing getaway spot! My only complaints are that we
couldn't stay loner and we forgot our marshmallows! Thank for
providing my friends, husband and me with a home for a
night We will certainly be back to this beautiful area.
July 14, 2007
"We feel really lucky to have found your beautiful cabin in the
woods. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay and we definitely
plan to come back in the future. Thank you for all your work that
you and your boys did so others can enjoy this special place.
July 4, 2007
"What a great family reunion. Thank you again for hosting and
making us so comfortable. We love you!!
April 27 - 29, 2007
"Lovely cabin. We were so happy to find such a scenic, quiet place
for our stay. Being raised in this area it is nice to be reminded
of Floyd's rural charm. Hope to stay much longer next time. We
plan to stay here on every trip to Floyd from here on."
Apr. 21, 2007
"Wow! It's absolutely beautiful here! I told my husband yesterday
I was not looking forward to leaving today. It's so peaceful and
relaxing and our little 2 1/2 year old loves this "cool cabin"
as he calls it. Thanks for the homemade preserves!! Yummy! We
look forward to coming back someday."
Apr 11, 2007
"What a wonderful place to do nothing but relax! Great time of
year to watch spring's awakening. Even the snow in the mornings
was breathtaking. So glad we are moving to the area soon. Thanks
for the great jam!"
Atlantic Beach, FL, Jax, FL
Mar. 10, 2007
"Thanks for the wonderful night's stay."
Jan. 7, 2007
"From the moment I spoke with Mary by phone to set up reservations
I felt her warm, kind spirit. Then once we met both of you, the
welcoming was most sincere and genuine. Once seeing the "Cougar"
cabin all that warmth and kindness radiated throughout a place
that was so inviting, comfortable and absolutely beautiful. To
share a piece of God's creation with so many makes for two very
special people. We are looking so forward to returning in a few
PS The jelly was outstanding."
Dec. 29, 2006
"Thanks for a wonderful, relaxing time in your cozy cabin. Everything
was perfect - especially being able to see the sunrise in almost
every window. What a perfect, peaceful place. We will recommend
it to everyone."
Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Nov. 26-28, 2006
"What a beautiful place! I believe this is the nicest cabin I
have every seen. Mary and John - thank you for all the details
you thought of to make us feel welcome and comfortable. I think
you thought of everything!
We loved the views, toasting marshmallows around the bonfire,
cougar trail, and especially the loft. Our daughters felt like
"Little House on the Prairie" getting to sleep up there :-).
While staying here, we got to hike Buffalo Mountain. The views
at the top were absolutely SPECTACULAR! Try to do this hike if
at all possible. It took us about 2 hours to find the entrance,
because there were almost no signs. I am leaving the directions
here, so anyone else who would like to go there may find it more
We have enjoyed making many special memories here with our family,
and will cherish them for many, many years to come! We are already
planning to come back next year."
PS The blackberry jam was fabulous, especially on our pancakes
PPS The directions to Buffalo Mt..: Indian Valley Road to Willis
at 221. Left on 221 and then right onto 799 (Connor Grove Rd.,
across from Willis Village Mart) right onto 727 (Moles Rd.), follow
up gravel road until it comes to a dirt road intersection at the
top of the hill. Turn right and continue up this narrow road and
go through gate on right to parking lot. Through the gate you
will see little signs for the preserve. You can see Pilot Mt.
in NC to the south from the view at the top!"
Wake Forest, NC
Nov. 22-26, 2006
"John and Mary, Thanks so much for the stay at your wonderful
cabin. It was definitely one of the best Thanksgiving holidays
we've had - and a belated honeymoon as well. We especially enjoyed
the loft and the porch. Sarah and Sophie - the border collies
- loved the trails! We hope to see you again - Best - PS
Sorry, but one of the blackberry bushes ate Sarah's frisbee!"
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 12 - 17, 2006
"Very much enjoyed our stay at Cougar Ridge Cottage for the first
week of our marriage. Your care and hospitality was very helpful
in a time of medical need, and throughout a very strong rainstorm
the cottage felt solid as a rock and we felt very secure here.
The trails and creek were beautiful, we recommend staying on the
trails (no bushwhacking). All in all a wonderful time and we are
glad to have been here. Thank you!"
Grave City, PA
Nov. 10-11, 2006
"Enjoyed our short visit highlighted by celebrating a 53rd birthday
and seeing VTech play Kent State. Thanks!"
Nov. 5, 2006
"Another spectacular visit to Cougar Ridge Cabin! As before, we
found our visit relaxing and cozy. The beautiful moon overhead
while we enjoyed a campfire was a treat. And sunrise from the
loft was stunning!! What a wonderful place to enjoy a family time
October 29, 2006 - Nov. 4, 2006
"Thank you, thank you - this has been a GREAT week. A wonderful
place to start our marriage! So warm and cozy. We were not lacking
for anything in this cabin. The sunrise every am from the loft
and the majestic scenery all day. Thank you Lord and thank you
John and Mary!"
Grand Rapids, MI
October 29, 2006
"We enjoyed our stay here in your cabin, even though the weather
couldn't have been worse. We especially loved the loft, it is
so cozy up there and the view is great. The sound of the rain
beating on the roof was so soothing at night. It was also nice
to sit on the porch and listen to the rain. There is beauty in
all things if we look for it."
October 24, 2006
"I stayed here last October with my wife and dogs. We had a great
time. This year I'm on my way to Tennessee and spending the night
here - beats driving 9 hours or staying in a highway motel. I'm
hoping for a great sunrise in the morning. I took the sunrise
shot on Mary's website last year, when we stayed here. Tonight
I took a picture of the cabin under star trails. Next time I'll
be back with the family."
October 19 - 22, 20006
"When we arrived late Thursday night in the pouring rain we had
no idea how pretty the view was going to be. Thankfully, the rain
moved out and we enjoyed beautiful weather for the rest of the
Some of the activities we reveled in while here included: hiking;
communing with nature; roasting hot dogs and making s'mores; building
big, hot fires in the fire pit; tasting mead - visit your Virginia
meaderies! -; seeing Junior Brown at the Floyd Fandango; marveling
at the showy fall foliage; petting the horses and llamas; and
Here are the birds we saw and heard:
1. Turkey Vulture
2. American Crow
3. White-breasted Tetmonkey
4. Broad-winged Hawk
5. Cocque Swallow
6. European Starlings
Thank you so much for providing such a well-stocked, comfortable
cabin. We hope to return soon.
Atlanta, GA; Johnson City, TN; Richmond, VA
October 16 - 18, 2006
"To Mary and John
This cabin is a wonderful place to stay and we have enjoyed our
short time here very much. We are sorry that, due to the weather,
we were not able to walk through the woods, or sit outside and
listen to the birds, but perhaps there will be another occasion.
Also, thank you both for your hospitality.
October 10, 2006
Mary and John
Our family truly enjoyed your cozy, comfyyy cabin. You did a great
It was an excellent getaway and the blackberry jam was yummmmyyy!
Oct. 1 - 4, 2006
"We felt truly blessed to find your inviting cabin on the web
to spend our honeymoon and his birthday as well. Your little piece
of heaven on earth is exactly what we needed. We took advantage
of every trail and also took a preview peek of the new cabin.
Everything is absolutely beautiful here and as many have said
already, what beautiful sunrises - that can be watched while still
tucked in the covers. We hope to return again, maybe next time
with our children. Thanks for the wedding present and the preserves!
PS We left a few wedding pictures for you :-)" Appreciatively,
Sept. 28 - 30, 2006
"Thank you so much for the use of your beautiful cabin! It was
so nice for both of us to get away from school and work for once.
We especially loved sitting on the porch at sunset drinking hot
chocolate. Your cabin is amazing and we hope to get the chance
to come back in the future."
Sept. 16, 2006
"What a neat little slice of natural heaven! Thanks for giving
us a last minute respite from Blackberries, laptops and cell phones
with our sons. They loved it here. I realized how badly we needed
to get back to nature when our 5 yr. old asked "what's that?"
and pointed to firewood!! Ah, a sign of the times. The 16 yr.
old just got back from the trail - excellent exercise for the
ride home! Thanks again ! Love the lack of TV too - didn't even
miss it except for them to notice there wasn't one. BTW, Floyd
Friday night jams and clogging was a blast for us. A first mother-son
Sept. 2, 2006
"We found the cabin welcoming and cozy. We hiked most of the trails
- some of the parts had challenging climbs which we and the dogs
managed to conquer! Enjoyed meeting you both on Sunday. The setting
is beautiful with the range in the distance. The cabin reminds
me of being in a tree house looking out at the vista - thank you
for your hospitality and the blackberry jam. Look forward to a
August 27, 2006
"The perfect place to call home when we travel to visit our son
at Virginia Tech! The night sky was incredible and the night sounds
were loud in a quiet and peaceful way. The Milky Way and shooting
stars were a stellar treat!! The fleeting sunrise was worth the
early rise although the 3 teenagers didn't seem to appreciate
it as much as we "old folks". We look forward to our return in
November. Thanks for the simple and yet elegant accommodations
- just PERFECT!!
August 26, 2006
"Thank you for having your cabin available for one night! Although
my stay is too brief; I've enjoyed the cabin and the setting;
everything is well done! I don't believe you've overlooked one
detail...although a package of coffee would have been great!...
I just thumbed through your photo album of the cabin being built
- that's great! I liked the pictures of the individuals; it is
almost like an Andrew Wyeth book of the birth of a cabin!
The absence of a phone, TV, and air-conditioning makes you appreciate
open windows, crickets, silence, stillness, and nature. I guess
"less is more!"
Thank you for the stained glass in the top windows, the sturdy
railing, the books, the porch, the morning view...and just a very
unique place. PS I found the coffee beans, the grinder,...I think
this morning I'll take it black! PS#2 You must be from South
Wheaton, IL. You've got Southern Hospitality and make great Blackberry
Architect from Athens, TN
August 18-20, 2006
"Your beautiful cabin is a perfect respite from life. Perfectly
located on the way to Davidson and Roanoke colleges - we'll be
back on our trek south to visit our sons."
August 2006 - Movie Night!
"Thanks again for a great weekend and family reunion! Great movie,
great food, great company - and of course - a great cabin. We
enjoyed staying here."
July 27 - 30, 2006
"A special trip to a special place. Delightful, soothing, restful...renewing!
All that and a music festival too!"
July 10-12, 2006
"John and Mary,
We've been dreaming of returning to Cougar Ridge Cottage for one
year now, and - of course - we were not disappointed! This mountain
haven has become a very special place for us to celebrate our
wedding anniversary and to RELAX! I'm writing this note while
sitting on the porch here and listening to the birds sing. With
that in mind, and being an avid birder, I thought I would record
a bird list below of the the most interesting birds we observed
while here (others can look for them in the summer season!).
1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. White-eyed Vireo
3. Solitary Vireo
4. American Goldfinch
5. Indigo Bunting
6. Scarlet Tanager!!!
7. American Robin
8. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
9. Eastern Towhee (rufous-sided)
10. Carolina Wren
11. Brown Thrasher
12. Wood Thrush
13. American Kestrel
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. Summer Tanager
16. Carolina Chickadee
17. Hooded Warbler
18. Pine Warbler
19. Barn Swallow
July 7-9, 2006
"Thank you so much for sharing your family's labor of love with
us. We had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. From the warm wood
tones and ambient lighting to the scent of the soap, it's obvious
you've thought of every detail to provide a peaceful visit.
We really enjoyed being tucked away with only nature surrounding
us. Our dog, Lucky, enjoyed exploring the trails with us, and
had such a deep sleep that night. Thanks for letting us bring
In our nearly fifteen years together, we have been very blessed
to be able to visit a lot of the beautiful places our country
has to offer. This cabin tops our list.
PS The preserves were delicious!"
July 4, 2006
"I haven't slept this well in months. I could get used to all
this quiet. Your trails are fabulous; from the hammock by the
creek to the view from slippery slope. Never in my life have I
seen so many blackberries and daisies! Loved the jam, by the way.
This is by far the most beautiful country I have seen in a while
- perhaps ever."
"I love this cabin. It's pretty. The wood is nice. I toasted marshmallows
and had a happy fourth of July."
July 1, 2006
"We're here celebrating a 42nd birthday, attending a wine and
music festival and just relaxing. Thanks for a nice experience,
a beautiful view, and the solitude we were needing. Love the cabin!"
June 24 - July 1, 2006
"We've enjoyed every moment up here in your lovely cabin. Each
time seems to be more fun. We took advantage of the rainy days
by reading and sleeping. (The girls are marathon sleepers!!) The
trips to Floyd and the parkway were fantastic (I like that flat-foot
dancing!) Thank you for all the things you do to make our visits
"I've never been to Virginia, but it is absolutely gorgeous out
here. We slept a lot, but when we weren't, we hiked. I was so
glad to stay here and meet both of you. Thanks for the hospitality."
"I had a lot of fun out at the cabin. The trails really are wonderful.
Good luck with your new cabin."
June 12 & 13, 2006
"Thank you for the best couple days ever. It's been so long since
we've seen each other (about 6 years) and this was the way to
do it. We hope to do the same next year. Maybe we'll try out the
new cabin! But I don't know, this one sure is beautiful. We saw
a wild turkey, and your horses are gorgeous. Thank you!
"Great vacation away from home in Mass!"
"PS The jam is wonderful!"
June 11, 2006
"We enjoyed exploring one of the loveliest areas in our state.
The cabin offers a birds' eye view of nature's wonders. This has
been a wonderful weekend." Reston, VA
May 21, 2006
"What luck! Desperate for a getaway for my husband and me (from
jobs and four kids); I found your website. We have had a fabulous
We both forgot what solitude was like. We sat on the porch and
listened to the breezes and birds. We hiked the trails full of
wild blackberries and blooming rhododendron. We looked at the
stars and watched glorious sunrises from our bed in the loft.
We had our dinners in front of the fire and breakfast on the porch
(with your fabulous blackberry preserves).
We appreciate the thought and care that went into this cabin.
Everything was perfect!
Solitude has been blissful!
PS We got to watch a baby owl sleeping in a tree."
May 6, 2006
"After reading the many other entries I am hesitant to say how
amazingly perfect was our stay here...seems to be a general consensus...
but it is an unavoidable conclusion as we truly have shared a
perfect and magical 24 hours here. The cabin - the late night
fire with wine and cheese - the soft rain pattering on the tin
roof that woke us from our early morning slumber - the absolutely
delicious blackberry preserves while cuddled on the couch on a
rainy, lazy morning. Your cabin was just what the doctor ordered!
We shall be back...soon and often."
April 11, 2006
March 30, 2006
"Thanks for making our getaway so wonderful. We loved the cabin
and the beautiful surroundings. We agree with the previous couple
totally. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily routine of
work and raising two children and taking each other for granted.
It is nice to get away by yourselves and to enjoy each others
We will definitely return in the near future. Also, thanks for
March 24, 2006
"Thank you for the wonderful getaway! The cabin is beautiful and
relaxing. Thanks for all your hard work and letting us enjoy some
time off and get to remember why we love each other. Sometimes
you forget when you're busy with work and raising two children.
This is just what we needed!
Thanks again, we will definitely return...maybe with the kids."
March 5, 2006
"Crisp, cool air but no snow this time. We left plenty back home
in PA. Thank you again for a relaxing and much needed break. Good
luck with your new cabin. We'll be back - "
State College, PA
February 26, 2006
"We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed spending time on the walking
trails. It was a great weekend with just the girls. We will do
it again soon...Thanks for everything."
Mt. Airy, NC
February 19, 2006
"A beautiful snow was icing on the cake. Thank you for the much-needed
February 11, 2006
"Thanks for making our second stay even more enjoyable than the
first! Words can not express now relaxing your cabin is. We'd
tell more people about it, but we don't want it to be booked the
next time we want to come! :-)(Just kidding!) Thanks again for
providing such an incredible getaway!"
February 5, 2006
"Thank you so much for offering this beautiful cabin. This was
a much needed and very refreshing weekend! We hope to visit again."
February 3, 2006
"You are blessed to have such a beautiful cabin. Thank you for
sharing it with us. You covered all the small details that made
our visit comfortable and relaxed. We hope to return. Your preserves
Jan 19, 2006
"Thanks for a little slice of heaven. Great hospitality, great
views, great food, great friends! See you soon."
Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 15, 2006
"Wow! What a beautiful place you have here! Your cabin is just
perfect! The views are breathtaking! A wonderful place to escape
from work, the kids, and just busy life. My husband and I have
thoroughly enjoyed our 12th anniversary here. We can't wait to
come back and also to tell others of your cabin. Our one regret
is that we couldn't stay for a longer time! Thank you so much!
PS Thanks also for the jam! It was delicious!"
"What a perfect way to ring in the new year! Peace and quiet beats
crowds any day!!
Your cabin is perfect and we hope to have one just like it one
Happy New Year!!
Dec. 26 - 31
"Dear Mary and John
Your cabin in the winter is as lovely as the summer. We were warmed
by the snugness of your cabin in contrast to the winter beauty
of mountain views and late sunrises. Thank you for again providing
an escape for thinking, planning and family fun. (You even have
puzzles and books.) Our daughter finished one of the 'Cat Who'
books from the summer and two others from your cabin library.
We loved being here and celebrating the end of the year in such
a quiet wonderful place. Best wishes for 2006 and especially your
Dec. 10, 2005
"What a wonderful, relaxing weekend to share with my two best
friends - my mom and my dog :-). We all had a great time and can't
wait to come back and see another season here and just sit on
the front porch when it's a little warmer! A happy new year to
Nov. 19, 2005
"My wife and I and Peanut enjoyed your beautiful spot immensely
and we didn't even have time to walk the trails, which I'm sure
are wonderful. Even when it was in the teens, the cabin was very
Mt. Ulla, NC
Nov. 13, 2005
"Once again we had a great weekend. The weather was beautiful
and the cabin was so cozy! What a great place."
Nov. 6, 2005
"We enjoyed your beautiful cabin. The fall colors being so vivid
was a pleasant surprise. Plan to come back when we have more time
to walk the trails, and definitely for some other VT games in
Herndon, Va and Alexandria, VA
Oct. 30, 2005
"This beautiful cabin is definitely heaven on earth! We haven't
been able to get the smiles off our faces since we stepped in
the door. We live in Roanoke and my parents are with us who are
visiting from Pittsburgh, PA. What a treat this has been for all
of us. We are definitely making plans to come back for a week.
Thanks so very much for sharing such a beautiful cabin and for
the great hospitality."
Roanoke, VA and Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 28, 2005
"Thank you so much for allowing us to share your cabin. It was
great sitting on the porch, enjoying the quiet while the stress
of the week just disappeared. We loved it!"
Oct. 21, 2005
"We really enjoyed your place very much. We hope we will be able
to come back again. Very relaxing."
Oct. 18, 2005
"We enjoyed your cabin. It's comfortable and has a beautiful
view. Thanks very much."
Oct. 16, 2005
"We're not sure now this place could be any more perfect. We want
one of our own just like it!"
Oct. 9, 2005
"John and Mary, We've been looking forward to this weekend since
we stayed in the area last fall - the cabin did not fail our expectations.
You have a fantastic place, the cabin fits perfectly with the
views, trails, fire-pit, rocking chairs and the four bottles of
Virginian wine we shared last night - the beds were nice and comfy
too! We'll be back. Thanks."
Oct. 8, 2005
"John and Mary, Thanks so much for a wonderful time. The peace
and quiet was just what the doctor ordered for a very memorable
While the rain was unfortunate, it did add to the romantic aspects
with the sounds of it on the roof.
We certainly hope to visit again and we will tell our friends
about our wonderful experience.
Pilot Mountain, NC
Oct. 4, 2005
"Wow! This weekend was so relaxing! It was really nice being away
from TV, internet and other electronics. We also really enjoyed
the trails on the property. Thank God we didn't run into a bear,
but we did run into a wild turkey! It walked right across the
yard when we were playing a game on the porch. It was so fun!
"Beautiful views from a gorgeous cabin! Thanks!" Durham, NC
Oct. 2, 2005
"The entry (below) says it all: Wonderful! Inside and out, you've
done a terrific job here. We want to take it all home with us
so we can have a model for our own place. Thanks for giving us
the opportunity to reconnect with what's important."
Sept. 24, 2005
Sept. 17, 2005
"Thank you so much, your beautiful cabin with its spectacular
sunrise, made our thirty-ninth anniversary the very best."
Sept. 11, 2005
"What a relief to finally make it up here last night after a successful
wedding celebration! The change of pace was welcomed after such
a long wonderful day. The sunrise was beautiful this morning and
we enjoyed relaxing on the porch in the breeze listening to birds
sing. We took a refreshing stroll to the creek and enjoyed encountering
the local fauna. What a nice secluded spot! We hope to return
next year to celebrate our one year anniversary. Thanks for the
applebutter and for leaving the key out for us. Sorry we showed
up so late, we didn't want to miss a minute of our big day! Thanks
Sept. 4, 2005
"A glimpse of the world through God's eyes."
Aug. 28, 2005
"What a wonderful weekend away from chores and responsibilities!
Your cabin is darling and so secluded! We had a
great bonfire and spent hours reminiscing and story telling.
We hope to come again soon."
Aug. 20, 2005
"My sister and I really enjoyed staying here. The cabin is great!
Sitting on the porch last night with the full moon was beautiful!
We plan to come back again. Thanks for the applebutter. It was
really good! Take care and see you again."
"You have a beautiful place. We really enjoyed the peaceful, tranquil
setting and hope to return next year."
Aug. 4 - 8, 2005
"John and Mary, We have very much enjoyed our stay at your cottage.
The cottage is very comfortable and charming, and provided for
a memorable visit. We particularly enjoyed the quiet. We feel
very fortunate to have been here for your 7th anniversary film
festival. What a great event! The quality of the sound and picture
was great, and the ambiance (under the stars) was special. You
are great hosts. Thanks for making this special place available."
Aug. 1, 2005
"Thank you for a wonderful, peaceful place to relax for the weekend!
Floyd Co. is gorgeous and the cabin is perfect! Thanks for the
jam - can't wait to get home and try it. See you again soon!"
Aug. 1, 2005
"Washington D.C., Topsail, NC, and Floyd Fest with a night here
in this beautiful cabin. These rolling Blue Ridge mountains being
the grand finale of our grand tour of the East coast. What a beautiful
peaceful place. There's a lot of magic here. Glad we could share
July 29, 2005
"John and Mary, we so enjoyed the cabin and the peace and quiet
of the location. We have been constantly serenaded by the songbirds
and crows, and blessed by cool breezes for the past two days.
Your cabin is a renewal retreat for those of us who truly need
to 'get away' from so many issues in our day-to-day lives.
Thanks so much."
Winston-Salem, NC and Sarasota, FL
July 26, 2005
"Very peaceful! We saw some shooting stars and the Milky Way.
The bluebirds and hummingbirds were fun to watch. The weather
was very hot, however. The fans are truly a blessing! We spent
our two days looking at real estate in Floyd Cty. The cabin is
inspiring and clean. Thanks for providing such a haven. We'll
be back soon."
July 23, 2005
"Beautiful irenic setting. Loved the trails and blackberry picking.
Gorgeous view and adorable cabin (loved the loft)."
July 20, 2005
"We have never seen such beauty before! Traveling by motorcycle
was wonderful! The cabin is perfect for relaxing. I wish we could
have stayed longer!! Thanks for everything!
PS Thank you for the applebutter and preserves, they were outstanding!"
July 15, 16 and 17, 2005
"What a gorgeous cabin. You can be justifiably proud of your sons.
Since we come to Floyd regularly to see granddaughter, we plan
to return. We also have 2 grandsons in NC. We are originally from
CT, but have lived in Chester, VA over 30 years. Thanks"
July 12, 2005
"It has been a dream come true to return to our honeymoon cabin
and celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. Everything was just
as beautiful and peaceful as we remembered! The sunrises in the
morning, the gorgeous mountain views, the chorus of songbirds,
the coziness of the cabin, and the lack of any distracting city
lights are just some of the things that make Cougar Ridge Cottage
the perfect mountain retreat. We can't wait to return next year!"
July 4, 2005
"Great place to get away and relax. Was able to get away from
Charlotte for a few days and this was great. The apple butter
Hope to be back again!!"
July 3, 2005
"For true seclusion - this is the place to be! Thanks for everything
- Loved the llamas! The sunrise is incredible."
June 29, 2005
"What a beautiful spot. Sitting around the fire our primal selves
emerged--I became "man with stick" and Ziggy, "wolf-dog"! My wife
looked at us as though we had lost it. Ah well - fires are for
men and dogs. Thanks for sharing this great spot."
Paul - 'Man with stick', Ziggy - 'wolf-dog' and Michelle - "What's
wrong with you?"
"What an incredibly beautiful spot. Cabin was perfect. An amazing
place to escape to, to recuperate and just to be! Thank u!!
Satellite Beach, FL and Canada
June 19 - 25, 2005
"Dear Mary and John, We've had an unforgettable week. Thank you
Mary, for being our realtor and hostess. The property you
helped us find is just beautiful! Your handling of the offer and
purchase has been incredible. After closing in August we need
a cabin just like this one.
The marvelous hospitality that you've extended has made us feel
so relaxed and revived. We look forward to many return visits
to Cougar Ridge Cabin as we anticipate a home here in the area.
June 19, 2005
"Great cabin. Great bluegrass music in Floyd. Thanks"
June 3, 2005
"'Happy 1st Anniversary' and that it is for a 68 & a 70 year special
twosome!! Thanks to our Lord and our God for His rich blessings
of our lives together with faith for many more years to come.
Our honeymoon placed us in a log home in a woods/tree setting
with a loft -- so naturally we fell in love with Cougar Ridge
Cottage. Very warm and cozy setting and oh those heavy wonderful
towels. Thank you for the hospitality, the jam and applebutter,
and the opportunity to be your guests."
May 31, 2005
"Wow! What a find! This is a perfect getaway spot for us! We will
surely be back and send our friends as well.
Thanks so much -- "
May 30, 2005
"A beautiful place to be. A small side of heaven on earth. Thanks
for the hospitality." ."
May 30, 2005
"Your cabin is lovely and views spectacular. We hope we can come
back soon for more relaxation."
May 22, 2005
"Thank you for a glorious weekend. The cabin offered a wonderful
chance to catch up with old friends. I can't imagine a better
place to have done so.
April 26, 2005
"Perfect for a warm fire on a chilly spring night! View is spectacular.
Will be back!"
New Orleans, LA
March 27, 2005
"We arrived here late at night and hit the hay. The sunrise we
saw from the loft on our first morning here took our breath away.
That wasn't the only thing that took our breath...the hiking trails
were good at that, too! A toasty fire in the woodstove whilst
the rain hit the roof was delightful. You should hear our old
dog snoring in his bed...zzzzzzzzz... We hope to be back very
March 9, 2005
"We thought it only snows in PA in March! You've created an awesome
retreat for those of us lucky enough to find it. We had a wonderful
evening and plan on making it a tradition. Thank you for your
State College, PA
February 26, 2005
"A: You guys, I did it! I...A, lit the log on fire, finally! teehee...
burn baby burn
L: Wow A, your're amazing you can lite a log with chemicals on
it and make it burn! Isn't she wonderful guys?
S: Of course! Haven't you known that forever?
A: Yeah, all you chicks, can ya dig it?!
L: Ok yeah, you know I can dig it, way more than the rest of youz
guyz! S: Too bad L! How can you dig it and not pick up a shovel?
B: She rides the small bus. See ya later. Bye and thanks. L: Yeah,
we had lots of fun and the cabin is great!
It was fun :-) A, L, S, B, and S"
February 20, 2005
"Thanks for a needed reprieve from our normally hectic lives.
We walked until our legs could take no more and then relaxed in
your beautiful cabin. Hopefully we can get back when the hillside
of rhododendron is in bloom. You've done a wonderful job with
January 27, 2005
"After two tragic days - I was so very lucky to call and you have
this cabin free! My dog Josie and I walked every trail and visited
all the animals on the property. Thank you so much for a beautiful,
quiet, peaceful and romantic spot. We will be back."
January 22, 2005
"An overnight in this beautiful cabin is a treat beyond compare!
There is snow on the ground outside, but inside it is warm and
toasty. What a quiet and romantic spot."
January 15, 2005
"What a cozy, quiet retreat! A warm fire on a cold evening was
just the thing to rejuvenate our spirits. We'll come back as often
as we can!"
New River Valley, VA
January 6 - 9, 2005
"Thanks sooo much for this wonderful place. My husband thought
this was the best present for our tenth anniversary. The highlights
were watching the sunset, sitting on the porch rocking, sitting
in front of the wood stove watching the flames in the peace and
quiet. Of course, we can't forget lying in bed watching those
beautiful mountains and sky as the sun was rising every morning.
We also did a little sight-seeing; I think the most enjoyable
part of that was the Friday night jamboree at the old country
store. It was a first for me but I would love to go back. We can't
wait to come back and enjoy your cabin again."
December 26, 2004
"John and Mary,
A wonderful "home" to spend Christmas.Five Star! Looking forward
to seeing all four seasons here!
December 10, 2004
"John and Mary:
Thanks so much from those of us who have had the pleasure of solitude
within these cabin walls. The views were spectacular this morning.
A great start to a sunny winter day - after a comfortable night
of serene thoughts and wonderful conversation. It's the first
time I've every seen "Indiana Jones". Thanks for the memories!
'We ain't leaving!' "
October 22 - 26, 2004
"John and Mary,
Cabin was very great, cozy, peaceful and very comfortable. Being
from the Chicago area, this was so peaceful - we truly enjoyed
October 15 - 17, 2004
"Thank you - thank you - thank you! What a lovely cabin and peaceful
place. We enjoyed every second of our stay here. My husband, being
a brickmason, enjoyed looking at the pictures of your cabin being
built and appreciated the hard work and thought that went into
it. I enjoyed the "quiet", as we live near an airport and the
peace and quiet is a great change. We wish you much success and
happiness as you continue to bring such joy to the lives of others
October 8 - 11, 2004
"After staying here for three exquisite days and nights, I am
reminded that we never were forbidden the garden of paradise,
were we? Here is all that we yearn for, all that we were born
to experience. Thank you for reminding us what life really is
all about. We will return."
September 26, 2004
"Great weekend - again. Except...the Hokies lost - again. Thanks
September 20, 2004
"We came here needing to share a challenging life event with dear
friends whom we only see once a year. In this beautiful cabin
and these strong mountains, our friends lovingly nurtured us back
to wholeness, and the world is feeling safer as we prepare to
leave. We're all planning to come back.
Thank you for providing the space for all this to occur."
"...And we, those friends, found this a wonderful, serene setting
to be together."
Charlottesville, VA and Asheville, NC
September 5, 2004
"You have a wonderful cabin and it felt like home for the last
few days. We hiked the trails and visited with your animals. We
made a couple of fires and enjoyed a few sunrises. Thank you for
letting us be a part of your wonderful home. We will be back,
of course, and we will make sure to tell our friends about the
August 29, 2004
"My expectations were met as we drove up to the cabin and walked
inside. We stayed here 3 nights as a place to call 'home' while
searching for a possible 2nd home near the Parkway. 'Home' was
great - quiet, refreshing and comfortable. We cooked meals each
evening and enjoyed the apple butter and jam for breakfasts. As
everyone previous said, the sunrises were worth about 30 pictures
total. The foggy drive to Mabry Mill on Saturday morning was exciting
on the twisting back roads. We saw several great homes and home
sites and go home to S.C. to plan building a log home up near
the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Cougar Loop Trail was challenging
in climbing back up the hill to the cabin. But, the trail was
very quiet and easy to walk. Nights on the back porch are the
best. Thanks for building such a great home and sharing it with
us. The balcony bannister design might show up in our log cabin
August 23, 2004
"The sounds of nature, a zillion stars and a glorious sunrise!
What more could you ask? This is a beautiful place to rest and
restore. Thanks for the preserves and apple butter. We enjoyed
August 13, 2004
"We very much enjoyed our stay in this peaceful and beautiful
corner you have created. We appreciated the thoughtfulness you
put into this retreat, from the refreshing views down to the lovely
decor. A great place for us to celebrate a birthday this weekend!!
August 10, 2004
"What a wonderful place you both have! I dream of having a cabin
as beautiful and cozy as yours. Probably the most comfortable
place I've stayed away from home. Can't wait to come back! Thanx
so much for everything! :-)"
Half Moon Bay, CA
"What a wonderful weekend! I don't know which I enjoyed more,
the cabin or the film festival. It was a very special event to
see a theater quality film surrounded by friends and under a beautifully
star-filled night. I hope you continue to run films so I can come
back again. Thank you for making me feel so welcome. In fact,
you have made me feel like I'm part of the family. Staying in
the cabin was better than I had dreamed. It's such a cozy space.
I felt right at home. My favorite experience was waking up to
the sunrise in the loft. I've never been able to watch a sunrise
from the comfort of my bed - and then roll over and go back to
sleep in the peace and quiet of the country. I look forward to
visiting again. Thank you."
August 3, 2004
"We loved the cabin, the serenity, the scenery and the comfort!
Our stay is one that we will never forget. Thanks"
Outer Banks, NC
July 17-18, 2004
"A truly great cabin. The serenity is priceless. It's so nice
to return to the basics with comfortable furnishings. The bobcat
trail was a 'killer' for an unconditioned body but the walk was
fun also. The four of us enjoyed catching up with conversation
instead of all the technological interruptions. We will be back
many times!! Thank you for providing us a wonderful memory. Wishing
you abundant success.
Happiness to you!!
PS This was my birthday present 347 :-)"
July 10 - 12, 2004
"On July 10th, we experienced a perfect wedding day. Then... we
arrived that evening to your fabulous and welcoming cabin. It
was the ultimate way to top off our day! We truly felt at home
while we were here and appreciated the thought and design that
were put into the details of this building - like the four windows
set high on the wall so that you can see the sunrise over the
mountains in the morning without stepping a foot out of bed ...
You have built a sanctuary here in the Blue Ridge, and we hope
to see you again and again over the years when we return to cherish
more moments like we had this weekend!
PS Thanks for the homemade preserves.:-)
PPS We were wondering if we needed to pay extra for the birds
serenading us the entire time we were here??!!
Greensboro, NC and Charlottesville, VA
July 5 - 7, 2004
"The cabin is great - we'd love to take it home with us! Enjoyed
July 5, 2004
"Thank you for letting us enjoy this 4th of July weekend in this
beautiful cabin. It was very relaxing. We had fun walking the
trails and sitting around a fire at night. The view of the mountains
is breathtaking. I don't think any of us will forget our stay
here. It was really enjoyable."
Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Georgia
May 28 & 29, 2004
"Mary & John,
It was a real treat staying here for Memorial Day weekend. We
felt very lucky to be staying in a place of such beauty and tranquility.
Your wonderful jam and apple butter were certainly highlights,
giving us the fuel we needed for the trails through the woods.
We hope you'll keep this place just as it is - perfect.
Philadelphia, PA and Knoxville, TN
May 15 & 16, 2004
"Mary and John, What else can we say but thank you so very much
for allowing us to share your cabin & hospitality.
The views are certainly reminders of the beauty of this wonderful
state of Virginia and our great country. We have so much to be
thankful for and this weekend has allowed us the peace and joy
to reflect on all our blessings.
We will all look forward to returning to this little piece of
paradise you and your family have created.
Thank you so very much."
Stafford, VA and Henrietta, NY
May 7, 2004
"Mary and John, Thank you for a very relaxing week here in the
mountains. The cabin is quite something and in a lovely quiet
setting. John, your bread was delicious and thank you for the
videos which kept Nicholas (2+1/2) amused when the weather was
not so good. We all had a wonderful night 'round the campfire,
looking at the moon and stars and toasting marshmallows! The walks
around your land were great for Nicholas just before his bedtime.
We shall leave here with many pleasant memories and thank you
both for your hospitality."
May 2, 2004
"Mary and John, Wow! Just what we needed! Your cabin is so beautiful.
Your and your boys have created a warm, cozy getaway - a real
labor of love. We look forward to bringing our own two boys here.
They would love it. The views and surrounding nature are breathtaking
- and the wild turkeys, too! Thanks so much for allowing us to
visit. We can't wait to return.
PS Thanks also for the jam and apple butter. What wonderful reminders
of this little paradise for us to take home!"
April 3, 2004
"Thank you so much for sharing this lovely cabin with us. Getting
away from Northern Virginia, the computers, the phones, and the
TV made this weekend so relaxing. Holly enjoyed walking the trails
and was excited to see the horse, cows, llamas and sheep. The
blackberry preserves were wonderful, but we're saving the apple
butter 'til we get home.
It was a beautiful sight waking up to the sunshine poking over
Thanks again for helping make our getaway unforgettable!"
February 20, 2004
"Thanks for building and making it possible to enjoy your wonderful
cabin. Your apple butter and jam made this visit feel like home.
The bedroom view with the beautiful sunshine was breathtaking.
Never been more relaxed, sitting on your deck in the rocking chairs
and enjoying nature and the magnificent Blue Ridge Mtns. Stomping
- Flat Footing at Floyd's Country Store was the best entertainment
we have had in a long time. Can't wait until we can visit again."
Charlotte, NC "Lake Norman"
January 18, 2004
"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cabin with us. We
both enjoyed a relaxing weekend - it was the perfect retreat to
reconnect after four years of raising twin girls with no real
break! We're revitalized and eager to share your cabin with our
daughters next time! Loved the story of how it was built - it's
absolutely gorgeous and the sunrise behind the mountain range
spectacular. We look forward to another visit soon."
January 10, 2004
"Thank you for a very special weekend! We came here to get away
from work and celebrate the one-year anniversary of our first
date. Saturday night - in front of a beautiful fire, with Public
Radio's Prairie Home Companion in the background - we got engaged.
We can't think of a more beautiful and perfect setting for such
a happy and exciting weekend. Thanks for everything!"
January 1, 2004
"The cabin was a welcome sight after a full days hunt. We spent
three days in the woods and fields across Southern Virginia. The
weather was perfect and the scenery was even better. We enjoyed
rabbit, squirrel and grouse on the grill. The local wine was a
nice addition to our savory meals. We were impressed with the
craftsmanship and design of the cabin. It is certainly a "sportsman's
paradise" as advertised. John and Mary were outstanding hosts.
We look forward to a return visit. The fireplace keeps the cabin
plenty warm. The sunrises were spectacular!"
Port St. Lucie, FL
December 23, 2003
"Thanks you for letting us stay in your wonderful cabin. The whole
visit was quite extravagant from the snow covered trails to the
unfinished wood interior. Loved it!"
November 26-29, 2003
"The best cabin we have ever stayed in! We made the most of the
trails and must have explored a lot of your property! Floyd was
fun too - great food, and of course we bought a souvenir bottle
of wine at Chateau Morrisette. It snowed a little on the last
day, which was another highlight for our sons. We're so pleased
you advertised on the Internet or we would never have found you.
We will definitely be back - soon!"
November 21-23, 2003
"Just what we needed. The stars, the sunrise, the quiet. The mountains,
the birds, the sound of the stream. We enjoy God's creation -
thanks for sharing your piece of it. If the Hokies had won - it
would have been perfect."
November 7-9, 2003
"Thank you very much for providing such a special place to relax.
This cabin is truly wonderful, with it's quiet surroundings and
beautiful views. We were lucky enough to enjoy a lunar eclipse
on Saturday night! Something that we enjoyed so much more without
the light pollution. Great place you have here! Thanks again."
October 30 - November 2, 2003
"Thank you so much for sharing your cabin with all of us. This
was a wonderful weekend - one we won't forget. This place is beautiful.
We will definitely be coming back - we loved it. Thank you for
being so thoughtful and making us the delicious preserves - you
are a doll Mary! Thank you for such an amazing weekend - you helped
a lot of our dreams come true - I am truly grateful!"
Southern PA and Marietta,GA
October 24-25, 2003
"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cabin with us. It
was so peaceful getting away from everything. The interior of
the cabin is beautiful as well as the scenery. Thank you so much."
Oct. 18-19, 2003
"Thanks for a romantic getaway. My husband and I very much enjoyed
your beautiful cabin. The view was breathtaking with the sunrise
coming over the mountains. It was a very peaceful and getting
back to nature weekend. We really enjoyed for antique shopping.
My husband plays the banjo so the Floyd country Store bluegrass
music was a real treat for him. Your cabin made a perfect background
for photos with our 1953 Chevy pickup. We plan to return again
South Boston, VA
Oct. 3-5, 2003
"Thanks so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cabin.
We loved everything about it. It was so peaceful and quiet, we
hated to leave. We hope to return someday soon and once again
enjoy the peace and serenity we found here. Thanks again.
Sept. 28, 2003
Thanks for sharing your wonderful cabin. It was so quiet and peaceful.
Nothing can compare to the wonderful view. Plan to return soon."
South Hill, VA
Sept. 14, 2003
"Thanks to technology and communications we were able to get away
from it all here. The milkyway at night and the mountains rising
out of the fog in the morning, WOW!" "The ultimate in hospitality
and peaceful living - Love it here!"
Aug. 30-31, 2003
"Thank you for a very quiet and peaceful setting for your cozy
cabin. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!"
Union Hall, VA
Aug. 23, 2003
" What a dream! We had such a peaceful and relaxing time listening
to the sounds of nature. The cabin is so beautiful and
unique with a breathtaking view of the mountains. Thank
you so much for a "perfect" time!!!"
Aug. 6, 2003
"What beautiful country! The cabin is wonderful and cozy. We even
had our own lightning show with deafening thunder. Tonight we
built a campfire below.... Thank you so much!"
Palo Alto, CA
Aug. 3, 2003
"We had the best time at the movie, meeting all the relatives,
and playin' music in the hills of old Virginia."
Palo Alto, CA
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