Once inside the cabin, you walk through a short hallway into the kitchen and great room. The cathedral ceilings (with skylights) and the overall openness of the room make the room airy and welcoming despite hte dark wood logs. The beautiful blue wood stove helps heat the building in the winter. Duffy is an amateur lumberjack and spends a lot of time cutting up fallen trees and splitting firewood throughout the year!
Over the 4th of July weekend we had a great opportunity to visit a wonderful cabin near Sperryville, VA owned by our friends Susan Raines and Jim Duffy. Although we have visited many times before, it has been a while since we visited in the height of summer. It always feels about 10 degrees cooler there than in Washington (only 1.5 hours away) and we feel instantly relaxed once the road turns to dirt about 2 miles before we arrive at their driveway gate. Here's a picture of the cabin almost completely obscured by trees.
Susan and Jim recently finished renovating their basement to include a family room, an additional guest sleeping area, full bathroom, and a laundry/work room. Jim is a serious LSU football fan so it's critical that he not have to worry about missing any games while spending beautiful fall weekends at the cabin! They also needed the extra sleeping space for extended family visits.
Yes, I took a nap on that sofa soon after arriving in the early afternoon. They also have a beautiful garden on the sunny side of the pond a few hundred feet from the cabin. It's practically a full time job keeping the deer from eating the plants but it seems worth the effort when you experience the space.