My husband and I stayed here as a romantic getaway/short summer vacation.
First let me start out by saying that the cabin itself was beautiful and very peaceful. Also, we liked that we were not bothered by the management the entire time we were there. Check-in was not at any certain time, which is also nice to not have to feel rushed to arrive in time for someone to give you keys. The area was off the beaten path and it was very close to the national park and fairly close to other attractions. The hot tub was also great, and stayed warm (despite a 12-hour power outage one night) the entire time we were there.
When we first arrived, our door wouldn't lock (it is keyless entry). We called management and a guy came right away to take care of it for us. This was around 11pm, so I was very grateful that they were so responsive.
When we were ready to go to bed, we noticed that the sheets were very stinky. They were obviously not clean and I thought they smelled like urine, although my husband just thought it was sweat. At any rate, we changed the sheets and made do with some spares that were in the closet (but were for the full sized futon and not the king bed). We were debating on what to do about it, and decided to just buy our own sheets. I do realize we did not call management about this, but we were concerned we would just get more stinky sheets. They never should have been dirty in the first place, really. On the first morning, the alarm clock went off at 8:30am and woke us both up (we hadn't touched it). Very frustrating!
Our cabin was supposed to have central air, but apparently it wasn't working so we had a portable air conditioner unit instead. It was noisy and didn't work as well as central air (our cabin ended up being cool but still humid). Sitting on the porch out back was nice, but the air conditioning needed to be shut off in order to enjoy the serenity of it.
We had no issues with the hot tub, which was great.
By the time we left (we stayed 5 nights), however, there were rodent droppings in all corners of the bathroom. I never saw any actual rodents, but they were obviously there somewhere.
Another thing to note is that if you have ATT for your cell phone service, it is very sketchy in the area. My husband and I had no cell phone service in the cabin at all and if we hadn't had Internet (something extra you have to request), we would not have been able to make or receive any phone calls. There was no telephone in the cabin, either.
As other reviews have stated, you do have to take out your garbage on your way out and put all sheets and dirty towels in the shower/bath. I did not find the gravel road to be too big of a deal, but it was summer when we stayed and we have an SUV.
Overall, I would not recommend this place to a friend.
- Also Known As:
- Lydia Mountain Cabins Hotel
- Lydia Mountain Cabins Hotel Stanardsville
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cabins, constructed from real logs with rock foundations, reflect a style from days gone by. The rock fireplaces create a cozy atmosphere along with the central heating and air, hardwood floors, log furniture, linens, towels and complete kitchens. On the deck, you can enjoy the view or relax in the large hot tub. Each cabin offers privacy in a beautiful mountain setting. Single and Double bedroom cabins available. ... more less