For our yearly hiking trip, we decided to go in October instead of July as we usually do due to the excessive summer heat. We somewhat decided this all last minute – well “last minute” meaning that we did not have a cabin booked 2-3 months in advance like we usually do. Because of this, the place we usually stay was booked so I searched and searched until I found the website for these Pleasant Valley cabins. I liked the fact that there were only 2 cabins on the property and that they seemed rather secluded. If you read my past reviews, I am very picky about the places we stay because if we are hiking all day, I like to have a nice place to go back to relax. Usually I go to Trip Advisor when looking for cabins, but at the time I do not recall finding Pleasant Valley listed among “Logan” specialty lodging. We chose these cabins because of the proximity to the major hiking attractions, restaurants, and the antique mall. The location could not be better because everything is a very short distance away.
Like the website said, these are secluded cabins located in a wooded area. We actually had a hard time finding the place once we got on the road to the cabins. There is no sign anywhere for them. We drove past the driveway twice before we just had to “guess” which road it was because for some reason the GPS and our map had conflicting information. When you first get there, you stop at the owner’s home – it is not an office it is their house. Since we were not 100% certain we were at the right place I was a little iffy about going up to a person’s home, but then we saw a sign pointing to their back patio that said “Office”. The best way to know if you are at the right place is there is a tiny ancient cemetery across the road from the drive. When we went up to the patio I am sure we about scared the owner to death as I think she was making dinner. She was very nice and helpful in telling us where things were and making us feel welcome. It was also nice that they were close in case something happened and you needed them to come right away. It was great that there was a massive pile of free firewood they have cut for guests use in their front yard as well.
The cabin itself was impeccable. It was perfectly clean and beautifully decorated. The kitchen was very spacious and it had a large bathroom. The master bedroom was also quite large with big windows and a closet. There was really no lack of space in this cabin. The upstairs loft was, well, a loft – nothing special although it did have a bed, dresser, and TV. The back patio had chairs and a table, a grill, and of course the hot tub. When we first arrived we made a big pot of chili and the kitchen had everything we needed in terms of pots, pans, and scoops. After dinner we relaxed in the living room in front of the gas fireplace and it was very nice. For the next few days we went hiking for hours on end and when we came back we relaxed in the steamy hot tub. We did use the grill as well and it was perfect. The cabin and amenities were all around above excellent and we will stay here again. There were very few “cons” to this cabin, however I will list them since it might be helpful to others.
If you are staying in the fall/winter and you have more than 2 people – meaning someone would have to sleep in the loft – if you run the fireplace it is a good 20 degrees hotter up there even with the window open. If someone will be sleeping up there, I would suggest you shut off the fireplace at least 2 hours before sleeping because it was pretty stifling. The hot tub was honestly the nicest and cleanest hot tub I have ever been in period – but oh my was it ever chlorinated. It was not bad being out there with the breeze so it was not so much a fume thing, but there was so much chlorine in the tub that it tarnished my jewelry and made my skin itch like mad when I got out. Now, if you do not have sensitive skin this would likely not bother you at all – but if you do keep this in mind. The good thing about the tub is that it was on the back of the cabin so it was private and the owners had very cool rope lights strung up on a timer so it was fun.
My only other issue someone might take if they have children with them is the location of the fire pit outside. Now, the location of the fire pit is brilliant because it is elevated so if you have your car parked in the drive, you do not have to worry about burning leaves floating onto your car. However, getting up and down to the fire pit was a bit of a challenge. Between the fire pit and the cabin there is a picnic table, and the fire pit is elevated above that to the side (we were in cabin 1). To get to the fire pit, you have to walk to the little access road – which is extremely steep - and walk up to the fire pit. Now, one day when we hiked I totally blew out my right knee and I was in terrible discomfort. If this had not been the case I am sure I could have ran up the steep hill between the picnic table and the fire pit up to that area. But since I was gimpy, it was very hard to walk to the road and up that steep incline to the fire pit especially since we were carrying wood, fire pokers, smore stuff, drinks, etc. If you had young children you would probably have to help them each time to get to the fire pit, then make sure they did not try and run down the steep hill between the fire pit and the cabin. It was just a little awkward since it seemed like it would have made sense to have a few timber steps put in to make it easier to get up to the fire pit. Since I messed up my knee so bad we only had a fire once.
All in all this was an extremely nice cabin and I think anyone would be happy staying here. We come back to this area almost every year and we will likely stay here again. The proximity and secluded nature of these cabins really sealed the deal for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If a quiet & relaxing getaway to a secluded, luxury log cabin in the Hocking Hills is what you've been looking for, Pleasant Valley Cabins promises to deliver. Our cabins overlook a large, wooded ravine, filled with birds, wildlife & foliage. Each cabin is over 1000 sq. ft & sleeps 4. Amenities includes: Well equipped kitchen w/ dishwasher, 2 queen beds w/ pillow top mattresses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pleasant Valley Cabins Ohio/Logan