My husband and I stayed in the Mountain Paradise cabin December, 2012. We enjoyed it so much, we decided to try a larger cabin & bring our teenage son, dog, and a few friends. We chose the 3 Bears cabin for the # of bedrooms & full-sized pool table.
The cabin was really cute & we had a nice time. The staff provided us with more than enough firewood for the fireplace (which we used and enjoyed each of the three days we were there). The pool table was wonderful - as was the hot tub & views from the deck.
A few things to note...
#1 - There were some stinkbugs. When we arrived, we found a window that was opened a little bit & thought that may be how some were getting into the cabin. We closed the window & hadn't seen too many more afterwards. When I called management to inform them, I was told they are common in the vicinity & management does have pest services for the cabins. If we wanted, they would have come then. The group of us decided to let it be - after all, we were in the woods.
#2 - The mattresses were not comfortable (nothing like Mountain Paradise!). We thought if they had invested in some half-way decent mattress pad toppers for each of the beds, that would have helped some. The linens were clean (Though the cheap mattress pads on each of the beds looked at though they should have been put through the wash) and there were ample pillows & blankets.
#3 - While towels and washcloths were provided, there were just enough for each of us for bathing - but had to use the same for the hot tub. I wish I had known prior to staying, I would have requested all of us take along extra towels for use after using the hot tub. When we stayed in the Mountain Paradise cabin, we were given many more towels than in the 3 Bears cabin - and that cabin was a one bedroom. When I inquired on that, I was told cabins with washers and dryers (as the 3 Bears has) have fewer towels. While I understand their thought on that, I didn't plan to wash the towels at night after using the spa to have them ready for showering the next morning. If you plan to stay in this cabin, take extra towels. Oh...and the cabin provided two robes. We assumed each bedroom would have had two robes offered for the spa.
#4 - The pans were in really, really, really bad shape. We could not believe housekeeping, or whomever goes through the cabins, would have allowed the only pans that were given to us to use were there. Only two were offered and both scratched so badly. We were afraid to get black debris in our food...and one of them had a handle that was barely attached! When I called management, I was told they do the best they can to supply the cabins due to those items are supplied via going to yard sales. My opinion is this - when people rent a beach house, camper, condo, or cabin, they expect to have certain items in usable condition - such as pots and pans. Therefore, places such as these should budget to replace these items when necessary. I will give management credit for showing up at our cabin with two cast iron pans and two other misc pans (used, but in much better condition than the only other two that were offered to us).
#5 - All of the chairs around the kitchen table are VERY wobbly. Every time any of us sat down, we wondered if we'd land on the floor!
To sum it up...we had a wonderful time. The cabin was very cute and the views were spectacular. Management was easy to get ahold of and was very, very nice. The pool table and hot tub were absolutely wonderful to have - in addition to the fireplace, due to it being pretty cold and windy when we visited. For those of you planning a stay here just note...it is the woods, there will be bugs of some sort. Take extra towels. Remember laundry detergent (oh, dryer sheets as well, as everything we took out of the dryer was very staticky!) Remember things like foil and ziplock bags. You will be provided with a small bar of soap and small bottle of shampoo, should you forget yours. The cabin does have dishes, coffee mugs, glasses, wine glasses, utensils, and baking sheets.
I hope this helps you in choosing a cabin getaway. We WILL be staying at Lydia again. When comparing Mountain Paradise and 3 Bears, we've determined Mountain Paradise was comparable to staying at someone's home - very neat, tidy, well appointed, etc - while staying at 3 Bears was more of a typical rental - some things are easily overlooked.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Lydia Mountain Cabins Hotel Stanardsville