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Mountain Cabin Rental Company Continues to Expand in Virginia’s Cabin Capital

Page County, Virginia’s Cabin Capital and home to Luray, VA has become known as one of the best family vacation getaways offering some of the best mountain cabin rentals in the state, but one company’s growth stands out.

Absolute Perfect Escape Cabin #1

Absolute Perfect Escape Cabin #1

Luray, VA (Shenandoah Info) May 07, 2013

Luray, VA in Page County offers a great family getaway either for a full week of outdoor recreation or for long weekends. Luray is centrally located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, and many of the most popular Shenandoah Valley activities and attractions, if not right in Page County, are within a comfortable, scenic drive. There are golf courses, ski resorts, wineries, museums, restaurants, quaint shops and a number of natural attractions such as the Shenandoah River, Blue Ridge Mountains and several nationally famous caverns. Add the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and George Washington National Forest and Page County becomes the perfect family vacation getaway in Virginia. Page County is located less than 2 hours from Washington DC, Northern Virginia, the Baltimore, MD metro area and the Richmond, VA metro area. Its location is convenient to international airports and only a short, scenic car drive for families throughout the region seeking a popular family retreat. In March, 2009, Page County was officially proclaimed as the Cabin Capital of Virginia and now welcomes year-round guests from all over the region and the world. Although, there are numerous vacation rentals to choose from, few match the comfort, convenience or growth of the mountain cabin rentals owned by Howan Properties, LLC.

In Spring of 2006, Randy and Misty Howan opened the first of four cabins at Absolute Perfect Escape log cabins in Luray, Va. At the time they knew that Page County was home to a growing number of cabin rental companies, but they realized something was missing. “Everyone that Misty and I knew that were opening a vacation rental seemed to have something in common,” said Howan. “Nobody was talking about accommodating larger groups, only cabins that slept limited guests.” It was at this time that they decided to do something bold and different. The four log cabin lodges they built over the next 4 years were designed to accommodate much larger groups, and they are genuine log homes, not a fabricated imitation. In fact, the largest cabin, #1 at Absolute Perfect Escape is a million dollar property with every amenity one could need for a luxury family vacation to the mountains.

“We've housed corporate retreats, embassy diplomatic parties, weddings, family reunions; you name it and we've hosted it,” said Howan. All of the log cabin lodges are secluded with stunning panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. They are four of the area’s largest log cabins located on a single 25-acre site. Each cabin is within comfortable walking distance to the others, but they are in a wooded environment so each log cabin also offers privacy and seclusion. They all have decks with hot tubs and grills. There are swing sets for the kids and outdoor fire pits with benches. The inside of the log cabins is not what one would expect from a mountain cabin. Absolute Perfect Escape equals luxury. There are many bedrooms; most with private baths, individual game rooms in each of the four lodges, fully equipped kitchens, hardwood floors, granite countertops, impressive stone fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, 42” flat screen TVs and so many extras, it’s impossible to name them all.

“Misty and I believe that a vacation getaway should be an experience that doesn’t sacrifice quality,” said Howan. “We selected the 25-acre property because of its stunning views and decided to build only the best in comfort and amenities. Our log cabin lodges are some of, if not the largest in the area. We’ve specialized in larger groups for the past 6 years and are thrilled at the demand for our mountain cabins.”

Howan Property, LLC also recently added seven additional log cabins on another property called Hawksbill Retreat, a 44-acre property located at the foot of the Shenandoah National Park, still in Page County and near all area attractions. The property was formerly known as Jordan Hollow Inn and is an excellent getaway for families or couples seeking a romantic getaway. The property now has three one-bedroom log cabins, designed specifically for couples and three one-bedroom cabins that sleep 4 guests for families that are more budget conscious. There is also a three-bedroom cabin that can sleep up to 8 guests. All seven cabins are fully equipped with full kitchens, laundry facilities, outdoor seating areas, fire pits, grills and a private hot tub. Their next project (under construction) is a 10-bedroom, 5-bath cabin with an anticipated opening date of July 4th, 2013.

To learn more about Page County, VA or all of the Howan Properties, LLC cabins at Absolute Perfect Escape or Hawksbill Retreat, visit the website http://www.absoluteperfectescape.net.

Cabin Rental Offering New Romantic Getaways This Season

Hawksbill Retreat, Luray, VA’s newest mountain cabin rental provides the perfect getaway for couples looking to escape.

Luray, VA (Shenandoah Info) April 23, 2013

Luray, Va has become one of the most popular vacation destinations close to the Washington DC metro area. The internationally famous Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah River and over 300 private vacation rentals including many mountain cabins for rent are one of the many reasons for the surge in popularity and why Page County was officially named the cabin capital of Virginia. Whether it’s a family or romantic getaway, a Luray, VA cabin rental has proved a convenient choice for the last several years.

One company that has continuously grown for the past six years and is now standing out amongst all Luray cabin rentals is Howan Properties, LLC, owner of Absolute Perfect Escape Log Cabins and Hawksbill Retreat formerly known as Jordan Hollow Inn. Howan Properties, LLC started with one unit, a single large capacity cabin sleeping up to 24 guests at Absolute Perfect Escape. Owners, Randy and Misty Howan have grown their mountain cabins for rent to 11 available units ranging in size from luxury cabins that sleep two for that perfect romantic getaway to a million dollar luxury unit that sleeps 26 and every size needed between. “When we opened Absolute Perfect Escape, we focused on larger units to accommodate larger groups. It is where there was demand,” said Randy Howan. “We bought our new property, Hawksbill Retreat to fill another demand, smaller more romantic cabins.”

Hawksbill Retreat is beautiful! It is located at the foot of the Shenandoah National Park and has spectacular mountain views. The property is 44 acres with a stocked fishing pond, numerous hiking trails and is less than 10 minutes to most major attractions. There are 6 one-bedroom cabins, each with an open floor plan. Three sleep 2 and three sleep 4. There is also a three-bedroom cabin where each room has a private deck area and entrance, private bath, flat screen television and a gas fireplace. All of the cabins are decorated in luxury and provide outdoor seating areas and private hot tubs. The combination of mountain views, privacy and luxury accommodations make Hawksbill Retreat the perfect romantic getaway for couples.

Hawksbill Retreat opened only a few months ago and since that time already has experienced several couples returning for follow-up visits. “We intentionally thought of couples when refurbishing the cabins,” said Howan. “There are a lot of places out there that claim to be an authentic cabin and claim to have great views, but we made sure ours were real. Even our three-bedroom is great for couples wanting a romantic trip together. Once more couples discover our romantic cabins, we believe they will return again and again.”

To celebrate the opening of Hawksbill Retreat and its first spring season, Howan Properties, LLC is introducing a Couples Romantic Getaway Package.    The package will include lodging for two adults for two nights, a complimentary bottle of wine and a bundle of firewood for the outdoor fire pit all to create a perfect getaway. If you want more information about the special or any of the cabins available, visit the website http://www.absoluteperfectescape.net.

Spring Marks 7 Years for a Popular Luray Virginia Log Cabin Rental

The cabin capital of Virginia, Page County is home to numerous selections of cabin rental companies but only a few specialize in larger groups.

Luray, Va in Page County offers many year round activities. Centrally located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, most activities and attractions if not right in Page County are within a comfortable, scenic drive. There are golf courses, ski resorts, wineries, museums, restaurants and of course quaint shops, and there are also a number of natural attractions such as the Shenandoah River, Blue Ridge Mountains and several nationally famous caverns. Add the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and George Washington National Forest and Page County becomes the perfect Virginia vacation getaway

Page County is located less than 2 hours from Washington DC, Northern Virginia and the Baltimore, MD metro area as well as the Richmond, VA metro area. Its location is convenient to international airports and only a short, scenic car drive for families throughout the region seeking a popular family retreat. In March, 2009, Page County was officially proclaimed as the Cabin Capital of Virginia and now welcomes year-round guests from all over the region and the world. Although, there are numerous vacation rentals to choose from, few match the comfort and convenience of Absolute Perfect Escape vacation log cabin rentals

In Spring of 2006, Randy and Misty Howan of Howan Properties, Inc. opened the first of four cabins at Absolute Perfect Escape log cabins in Luray, Va. At the time they knew that Page County was home to a growing number of cabin rental companies, but they realized something was missing. “Everyone that Misty and I knew that was opening a vacation rental seemed to have something in common” said Howan. “Nobody was talking about accommodating larger groups, only cabins that sleep 2 to 6 guests.” It was at this time that the Howans decided they wanted something different. The four log cabin lodges they built can accommodate much larger groups, and these are genuine log homes, not a fabricated imitation. 

“We’ve housed corporate retreats, embassy diplomatic parties, weddings, family reunions; you name it, and we've hosted it” said Howan. The log cabin lodges are secluded with stunning panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. They are four of the area’s largest log cabins located on a single 25 acre site. Each cabin is within comfortable walking distance to the others, but they are in a wooded environment so each log cabin also offers privacy and seclusion. They all have decks with hot tubs and grills. There are swing sets for the kids and outdoor fire pits with benches. The inside of the log cabins is not what one would expect from a mountain cabin. Absolute Perfect Escape equals luxury. There are many bedrooms; most with private baths, individual game rooms in each of the four lodges, fully equipped kitchens, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, impressive stone fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, 42” flat screen TVs and so many extras, this writer can’t name them all. 

“Misty and I believe that a vacation getaway should be an experience that doesn't sacrifice quality” said Howan. “We selected the 25 acre property because of its stunning views and decided to build only the best in comfort and amenities. Our log cabin lodges are some of if not the largest in the area. We've specialized in larger groups for the past 6 years and are thrilled at the demand for our mountain cabins.” 
The Howans also host smaller groups as well. With a base rate pricing model that adds additional fees per person staying overnight, they have found that even a couple or family of four like staying at the larger cabins. “I guess some of our guests just like the extra space.” 

In December of 2012, the Howans added another property to their vacation rentals; Hawksbill Retreat. It was formerly known as Jordan Hollow Inn. The property offers six one-bedroom log cabins with an open floor plan and one three bed-room log cabin. Hawksbill Retreat is 44 acres with many amenities as well. Read Hawksbill Retreat’s profile and opening press release. Howan Property Inc. is a family owned company specializing in vacation rentals by owner

To learn more about Absolute Perfect Escape or Hawksbill Retreat, visit the website http://www.absoluteperfectescape.net.

Hawksbill Retreat – Virginia Cabin Rental History Dating Back to 1785

The Historic Jordan Hollow Inn, which closed in 2010 is now reopen with new owners, luxury renovations and a new name, Hawksbill Retreat.

The history of Hawksbill Retreat begins prior to 1785 when the first public records noted that the homestead consisted of several hundred acres of property, a barn and a log home.  The original farmhouse was a one room log cabin constructed from American chestnut logs (now extinct) and some heart of pine.  By 1795 the one room log Cabin was accompanied by a second cabin built along the road on the same property.  This cabin was dismantled and moved from the road to the far back right side of the original home.  Between 1795 and 1805 four other rooms were added to the original structure.  The farmhouse was finished about 1815 when two small rooms with a separate entrance were added above the original log home.  These two rooms were used as a small suite by travelers thus making the first record of the property serving guests as a vacation rental in the Luray, VA area.

In early years Hawksbill Retreat was primarily a horse farm and stopping point for travelers.  Route 689 that is located one quarter mile from Hawksbill Retreat and in early times one of the farm’s boundaries was known as "The Red Gate Road", a name still used inside the Shenandoah National Park.  Later it became known as "The Gordonsville Turnpike".  The road was one of the few which travelers could safely cross the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Farms at the base of the mountains near these roads would raise horses or mules to trade or sell to travelers crossing the rugged range. 

The farmhouse played a small role in the Civil War as it was used as a field hospital.  There were many skirmishes in the Page Valley during the war and wounded soldiers were treated at the farm during that period of time.  There were no major battles in Page County during the Civil War; however, the county was heavily patrolled by General George Custer due to the fact that Major John Mosby (also known as the Gray Ghost) and his raiders had a hideout about a mile and a half from Hawksbill Retreat known as “Dog Springs”.  This is just northeast of the property and can be seen from the top hill where there are currently six one-bedroom vacation cabin rentals

The original barn was burned when Sheridan made his famous barn burning raid down the Shenandoah Valley in 1864.  Records indicate that the barn was rebuilt in 1869 on the original “purged” stone foundation and the new barn was also constructed of American chestnut logs.  The back part was added in the late 1920’s.  During the 1950’s Tennessee Walking Horses were raised and later this became a stable for thoroughbreds.  A carriage house was built in the early 1900's. The rooms under the carriage house were used for extra stabling area. 

Hawksbill Retreat is located near a retreat that former president Herbert Hoover built and used during his term in office where in the late 1920's a portion of the farm was developed as part of a nine-hole golf course.  Subsequently, the area started being used as a "playground" for Washington’s rich and famous during the summer and autumn months.  Guests who stay in a one-bedroom cabin or who walk to the top of the hill in the back of Hawksbill Retreat can see the remains of one of the fairways, green and two sand traps as well as a fantastic view.  The stone houses that are visible from the top of the hill were built during this time frame as part of the "resort" that was in the immediate area.  World War II brought this era to an end with most of the surrounding property being re-divided, sold and purchased by various individuals.

In the early 1980's a new life for the farm started.  A partnership was formed to establish an Inn and learning center becoming one of the oldest "modern" Inns in Virginia, “Jordan Hollow Inn”.  The “Farmhouse Restaurant” was established in the original home, and guest rooms were created in the lower area of the carriage house and in the stables.  In 1983 another lodge was built and in 1992 the “Mare House” a 3 bedroom vacation rental was completed.  In early 2000 the six one-bedroom homes were added as the mountain view cabin rentals.

In early 2010, “Jordan Hollow Inn” and “The Farmhouse Restaurant” were closed.  In summer 2012 Randy and Misty Howan of Howan Properties, Inc. purchased the remaining 44 acres and began renovation of the three-bedroom “Mare House” and the six one-bedroom cabins, completing phase 1 of construction.  “We are renovating the property to make our guests stays more pleasant and relaxing. Our goal is to keep the original atmosphere but to modernize the facilities to the luxury our company has become known” said Randy Howan, owner.  “Whether guests are getting away from work or just looking for a country getaway where they can explore our property and the history of the Shenandoah Valley, Hawksbill Retreat is the perfect getaway location.”   Howan Properties Inc. also owns “Absolute Perfect Escape”, which has become one of Luray, VA’s best cabin rentals.  

Hawksbill Retreat is beginning phase two of its property renovation where the additional lodge will be made into a private eight-bedroom vacation rental adding another large vacation rental to the Luray, VA area; similar to the original Absolute Perfect Escape cabins. 

Read the press release about Hawksbill Retreat’s property description and opening.

To celebrate the opening of Hawksbill Retreat, during the months of January, February and March, 2013, guests will be able to rent two nights in any Hawksbill Retreat cabin, and they will receive the third night for FREE.  The offer is not available on holiday weekends.  To get more information about this discount vacation rental or to learn more about all of the cabins available, visit www.absoluteperfectescape.net.  

Hawksbill Retreat – Newest Luray, VA Cabin Rental Is Now Open

After several months of remodeling, renovating and excavating, the eagerly awaited newest Luray, VA cabin rental is open.  Hawksbill Retreat, formerly known as Jordan Hollow Inn just completed its first phase of development and is now renting cabins just in time for the ski season.  Randy and Misty Howan of Howan Properties, Inc have added the 44 acre retreat to their already well-known and popular luxury cabins, Absolute Perfect Escape

“For nearly six years we have been serving guests visiting the Luray, VA area with our luxury cabins, most designed to serve larger groups” said Randy Howan.  “Misty and I realized that there was a need in this area for couples to have a romantic cabin getaway that is a bit more upscale than the many rustic family choices.  However we also wanted to make sure smaller families of four or friends looking for that perfect, affordable Luray vacation rental could also visit a cabin that has all the amenities our guests have grown accustomed receiving.  We believe Hawksbill Retreat will fill that void.”

Hawksbill Retreat was born from the original and popular historic Jordan Hollow Inn.  The property’s original homestead and barn was built in 1785 and began serving overnight guests as early as 1815.  It continued to operate as a vacationing destination through 2009.  The original home, still standing today, eventually became part of the Farmhouse Restaurant, which is no longer operating.  The property has served many guests throughout its history and due to its age has served in many capacities, including a field hospital during the civil war and even had part of a golf course added in the 1920s to serve Washington elite.  Over the years a carriage house, larger inn and several other overnight cottages were added.  When Randy and Misty Howan purchased the property in 2012, they knew that many improvements needed to be made so they started a development plan that includes multiple phases.  Phase 1 is now complete and ready for occupancy.         

Hawksbill Retreat features three one-bedroom luxury cabins that sleep 2, three one-bedroom luxury cabins that sleep 4 and one three-bedroom cabin that sleeps 8 guests.  All of the cabins are newly remodeled and offer fully equipped kitchens with granite, hardwood floors and are fully furnished.  They offer a dishwasher, washer/dryer, flat screen TVs, vaulted ceilings, covered porches with rockers, outdoor fire pit with bench seating and a private hot tub.  The one-bedroom cabins are positioned so that they provide panoramic mountain views and have private parking.  The three-bedroom cabin is located beside a 1 acre stocked fishing pond and of course has mountain views in every direction.

Hawksbill Retreat is conveniently located at the foothill of the Shenandoah National Park and can be easily accessed.  The property is only minutes from Luray, Va and all of the attractions and shopping the area provides such as Luray Caverns, the Shenandoah River, and the Shenandoah National Park and is less than 30 minutes from Massanutten Ski Resort and only 45 minutes from Bryce Resort.  Across the street from Hawksbill Retreat is a municipal park with an Olympic-size swimming pool and plenty to do for kids.  On property there are over two miles of accessible walking trails, a stocked fishing pond and 44 acres of space to explore.  Hawksbill Retreat is truly the best Luray, Va vacation rental for couples, friends or families, so if you are looking for the perfect location for a romantic and relaxing weekend getaway from the daily stresses of life or just a get together with family and friends, then Hawksbill Retreat is the perfect destination for you. 

Hawksbill Retreat is beginning phase two of its property renovation where the original Jordan Hollow Inn will be made into a private eight-bedroom vacation rental adding another large vacation rental to the Luray, VA area; similar to the original Absolute Perfect Escape cabins.  The Absolute Perfect Escape larger cabins (currently available) and the new eight-bedroom once completed are for parties of eight up to twenty-five and are perfect for family reunions, business retreats or for friends who want a luxury Luray vacation cabin rental.   

To celebrate the opening of Hawksbill Retreat, during the months of January, February and March, 2013, guests will be able to rent two nights in any Hawksbill Retreat cabin, and they will receive the third night for FREE.  The offer is not available on holiday weekends.  To get more information about this discount vacation rental or to learn more about all of the cabins available, visit www.absoluteperfectescape.net.  

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