There are miles of nature, countryside, wildlife, music and history to explore, right on the doorstep of our secluded vacation cottage near Elkins, West Virginia.
Elkins, Parsons, Beverley, Thomas and Davis are all worth a visit for friendly cafes, restaurants, sights, museums, music, shopping, local crafts, hiking and biking.
Hiking and cycling
Holder's Cottage is perfectly situated for a hiking or biking vacation in West Virginia. Roam or ride logging trails on our 140 acres, plus the adjoining national forest trails, nearby state parks and quiet rural roads. There are four good mountain bikes available to use at the Cottage.
Make the most of a relaxing day fishing off the beaten track on the nearby Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.
Civil war history
Laurel Hill, Rich Mountain and Corrick’s Ford battle sites are all nearby. Holder's Cottage is located en route from the Civil War battle of Laurel Hill when 3500 Confederates were retreating to Parsons to cross the Cheat River at Corrick's Ford. Nearby Beverley is an historic town with an informative museum.
Weather and seasons
this is a mountain area so expect varied weather, however daytime temperatures are generally good from April to the end of October.
Come in the Spring for fishing, Summer for mountain biking and hikes, Autumn for endless fall colours, and even Winter for a snowy retreat with a log fire.
There is a strong music scene with venues in Elkins and the Purple Fiddle in Thomas. Bob Smakula’s world-renowned Banjo, Fiddle and Guitar restorer is 4 miles away in Kerens.
The Augusta Music Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance, and craft in Elkins.
Elkins Mountain State Forest Festival is one of the oldest and largest West Virginia forest festivals held over an October weekend includes parades, forest inspired competitions, music, forestry & wood exhibits, art, photography and local craft and quilt shows.
Visit the West Virginia State Wildlife Center to see all the native wildlife, however much can be spotted whilst sitting on the deck.
In season, forage for fungi and the best ginseng in the world, spot hummingbirds, groundhogs, red squirrels, cardinals, screech owls, black bears, white-tailed deer, raccoons and more.
Holder's Cottage is ideal for two couples, or a family group looking for adventure with older kids sleeping in the mountain-top cabin.
Experience what it was like to live in a 15th Century Elizabethan cottage with low ceilings and wooden beams, but with comfort and mod cons such as electricity and running water!