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Bobolink Cabin in Canaan Valley-down on the farm

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NOTE FROM OWNER: We hope you will be our guests. WV has one the the lowest coronavirus rates in the nation. We follow AIRBNB/CDC guidance for cleaning and maintenance (see: airbnb website for these specifications). Also, our cabin is more than two football-fields away from closest other residence.

Bobolink Cabin sits on the family farm, surrounded by hayfields and whispering pine, state park, wildlife refuge.

Le logement
The unassuming cedar-sided rustic cabin sits atop Bobolink Hill on the Cooper farm in the southern Canaan Valley. It is surrounded by hayfields and whispering pine; then, Canaan Valley State Park and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. On the eastern horizon is the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Within easy driving distance are Seneca Rocks, Otter Creek Wilderness, Blackwater Falls State Park, fly fishing streams, canoeing and rafting rivers, and other Potomac Highlands venues.

The cabin is rented to one party at a time--from 1-5 people in size. Guests share upstairs sleeping area. Two long comfy sofas are also available for sleeping in the living room. A daybed on the front porch is also appealing to some visitors.

The inside of the cabin is wood paneled. The furnishings are eclectic and very comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped.

This is not a luxury cabin but rather a functional one that has been lived in by various family members over its 60+ year history. The house’s design is open, with interest “areas,” rather than just walled rooms. Wood, diverse in form and character, is the house’s main feature.

Wireless internet is available throughout. This is very adequate for email/data. Movie downloading is available but with limits.

We love guests to bring their well-trained, clean, and obedient pets. We do not however like cleaning after them. So, if you ask, be prepared to bring your own covers for sofas and beds or a good supply of lint removers to clean fur from surfaces and floor before you leave. Also, pet litter must be deposited in garbage or thrown far into the surrounding fields. Do not deposit/or leave on lawn.

Sleep area
The sleep area is the open, golden-wood paneled second story of the cabin. It has windows facing all four directions:

o In the central space is a full-size antique Eastlake bed with its two marble top dressers. Colorful stained glass art graces the windows to it sides.

o The double bed to the east behind the screening is especially suited for early risers. (There are also heavy curtains to pull if the rising sun is not your thing.)

o To the west (left) is a single bed that, with curtains drawn, can be kept particularly dark for late sleepers.

o Other less conspicuous sleeping places are:

- the top and middle of the hand-built bed set on the west side (often
a middle-age child’s favorite).

- the day bed on the front porch (the owner’s summer favorite) is made
private by closing one door to the house. Here, the sounds of nature
and avian life are most vivid.

- the two long sofas in the living room, especially good for naps and
falling to sleep on before you drag yourself up and actually go to
bed. (A proclivity of many family members.)

o An antique bed on the main floor is NOT available for use.

Kitchen—cooking ready
First and foremost, all summer cooking is accompanied by cool breezes and singing birds from the pine forest just outside the kitchen/back door. The sink area is the original from the house’s 1949 construction (full running hot & cold water and all). It works well and will perhaps be modernized next year, or the next. (This is a rustic-style cabin. Slow down and relax.)

In the kitchen are a refrigerator, microwave, gas range, both Keurig coffee maker and a drip coffee maker), and coffee grinder & filters, toaster, Robot Coupe food processor, blender, electric mixer. Dishes and cooking utensils are provided: serving dishes, pots, pans, and lids of various description; iron skillets, iron griddle; flatware, glasses, tumblers; baking sheets, utensils, measuring cups and spoons; cutting boards and steak knives; tea balls, strainers, salad bowls, pitchers; spices; dish and hand towels, aluminum foil, plastic bags, plastic wrap, containers for leftovers.

The large Kentucky-built walnut rocker is available in the kitchen for the equivalent of back-seat cooks or just kitchen visiting. Grandma’s old kitchen cupboard, also an original furnishing, is just the right height for the vertically challenged among us.

There are containers for recycling cleanish paper items & cardboard for outdoor fire kindling, and for aluminum and tin cans. Please take your glass containers home with you to recycle (not available locally).

Deposit bags in large trash container at top of basement stairs.

Bring covers for furniture and beds. Clean up after them.
No pet litter in yard. Dispose of it in wide open fields beyond the fence.

Due to insurance liability considerations, the wood-burning stove in the Living room is NOT available for use.

The house has a significant vinyl collection—bluegrass, folk, classical--& a Crowley turntable/ radio/CD player. Thanks for handling all with care. Always, always return records to sleeves and store vertical.

The RAIN SHOWER is most pleasant but the shower head it tricky. Please do not move it.
A variety of towels and hand clothes are available, all absorbent and worn in. Thanks for using Fan when showering. Switch is near mirror.

Outside the house
There is just SO much that could be said here. The best descriptions of the character of the Canaan Valley are available at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Canaan Valley State Park websites. This house is nestled between the Refuge and the State Park. The Valley’s wildlife, plant life, and geology are unique and support an incredible variety of features and life forms. It is, without qualification, a natural treasure house. It took countless hours and fervent effort to accomplish its ultimate protection. While you visit, help us protect the treasure that it is.

Bobolinks, after which the cabin is named, are uncommon in WV. They love the open hayfields and sprawling hawthorns of this farm. They return on May 1 and nest in the fields and catch insects in the hawthorn. Their skunk-like coloration (cream-colored cap and black body with white strips) and bubbling songs are easily witnessed on the east side of the house all day long.

In season, the red raspberry vines, also to the east of the house, produce delicious berries. Help yourself but be warned that you must get to them before the brown threshers, and other resident birds do.

The Cooper farm is a working farm with Angus cattle in the pasture and farmers tending the cattle and hayfields on a regular basis. The Bobolink Cabin sits on a two acre lot inside the family farm. Visitors and guests to the cabin need to remain within this two acre area (see plot map in Cabin). Walking on Spring House Road is permitted. Pets must be on leash and under control at all times.

Brief History
On the east side of the Cabin property sits the chimney remains of the first residence built in Canaan Valley.

The cabin itself was built in 1949 by Joe Cooper and Cecil Parsons just across Route 32 from Spring House Road. Upon its completion, the farm/family matriarch, Ida Viola Roby Cooper, moved from the old home place on the farm with her son, Joe (that home no longer stands), to this one. There, she surrounded it with lovely flower and vegetable gardens and hosted family and friends on her sunny front porch into the mid-1960s. At that time the house along with other family tracts on the east side of Route 32 was purchased to become part of the State Park.

Nearly a decade later, the house was purchased from the State and moved (laboriously and quite dramatically over the wetland fields) to its current site. Carved from Bobolink Hill, the new site saved the structure and enabled the addition of a full basement and, later, dormers and decks. The cabin was a second home for David and Linda Cooper Elkinton who were among those spending countless hours and fervently working for the Valley’s protection, alternative to the Davis Power Project.

In a further historic note: Frederick Cooper, son of one of the Valley’s original settlers and husband to Ida for some 30 years, served as sheriff of Tucker County during the depression. He was forced to leave the county upon discovery that he had conspired to help land-poor farmers avoid property forfeiture due to their inability to pay property taxes. It was a rough and tumble time!

The cabin’s function as an AIRBNB site thus becomes the third phase of its 72 year life. As noted above, it is not a luxury cabin, rather, a very lived-in one on the edge of a very extensive wilderness domain. Here, occasional dust in the corner is as likely as the droppings of the resident phoebe on the deck outside the kitchen door.

We hope your visit is pleasant and that it will in some small way aide in your own continued discovery of a gentle place in nature and in this broad and eloquent universe.

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Canaan Valley, Virginie-Occidentale, États-Unis

This cabin is on a two-acre lot carved out of a working family farm. There are hayfields all around, and cows in a nearby pasture. The cabin has great views of wilderness and rolling farmland.
From three sides, no other structures are visible. It's a beautiful setting in a high mountain valley, close to amenities, nestled between Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Canaan Valley State Park.

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I am a semi-retired professional person (mostly non-profits) who loves to read, write, sew, fuss with flowers, keep in touch with friends and family, watch birds and, most especially, play with my two granddaughters. Otherwise, I love the outdoors and am there as much as possible. I also love music, movies, and good food. My all time favorite movie is: The Gods Must Be Crazy. Favorite composer: Chopin.
I am a semi-retired professional person (mostly non-profits) who loves to read, write, sew, fuss with flowers, keep in touch with friends and family, watch birds and, most especial…
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Règlement intérieur
Arrivée : 16:00 - 18:00
Départ : 10:00
Arrivée autonome avec serrure numérique
Non fumeur
Pas de fête ni de soirée
Animaux de compagnie acceptés
Santé et sécurité
L'hôte s'engage à appliquer le processus de nettoyage renforcé d'Airbnb. En savoir plus
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