15 Great Escapes: Your Own Mountain Cottage
Is an upscale mountain getaway in your dreams? Whether you’re indulging a fantasy or want to try before you buy, consider Bath County, Virginia, about 3½ hours from DC.
Is an upscale mountain getaway in your dreams? Whether you’re indulging a fantasy or want to try before you buy, consider Bath County, Virginia, about 3½ hours from DC. Over the past two years, the British company Natural Retreats has been accumulating luxury rental properties in the Allegheny Mountains.
The 22 homes, which are great for families or groups, range from an antique log cabin to a “green” Arts and Crafts house to an English-style manor. The beautifully restored Anastasia Cottage was built in 1840. The 80-acre River Farm property sleeps ten and has private access to the Jackson River.
Rentals are “self-catering,” meaning you can shop for and cook your own meals; you also can have the concierge arrange for food delivery, restaurant reservations, or a chef. Don’t worry about arriving to an empty kitchen—basics including bread, wine, and coffee are provided.
Concierge service comes with every rental. These professionals can arrange fly-fishing, picnics, spa appointments, golf, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, water sports, and activities at the nearby Homestead resort.
A two-night minimum, at $525 to $2,750 a night, is required for cottage or home rentals. A lodge has five guest rooms starting at $128 a night.
Natural Retreats, Hot Springs, Va.; 877-805-7794.