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Rental cabin is an idyllic family oasis

May. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Located between Burkesville, Ky. and Tompkinsville, Ky., is a cozy, isolated cabin situated alongside the Cumberland River. Its entry on the Website Vacation Rentals By Owner touts it as "one of the last unspoiled vistas alongside the Cumberland River."

This statement, our family learned on a spring break mini-vacation at the end of March, was an absolute fact. Owned by Barbara Moss, it was the dream retirement home for her and her late husband. They dreamed of a pristine, comfortable, secret fishing hole spot -- and, boy-oh-boy, did they find it and build it!

We planned to stay there Wednesday through Saturday. However, after spending days there without hearing any traffic sounds and only hearing such natural sounds such as owls hooting, mourning doves cooing, a symphony of bird song, the call of wild turkey and oh yeah, the squawk of one super friendly male goose named "Maggie," who seemed to claim the surrounding area of this cabin as his stomping ground -- we asked for one more night.

The entire front porch overlooked the beautiful Cumberland River, which is known for striped bass, rainbow and brown trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and sauger, making this cabin with its private boat ramp a fisherman's dream. Unfortunately for us, the waters were running exceptionally high in late March due to heavy rains. Still, it did not prevent of us from trying to catch a "big one!"

Just below the front porch and still overlooking the river is a fire ring. With abundant woods all around, we were able to gather enough firewood to build and enjoy a campfire each night. We roasted marshmallows while alternating spending time in gregarious conversation versus enjoying the sounds of nature.

Additionally, we took relaxed strolls down the long and winding driveway and up the meandering country lane. Daffodils were just beginning to bloom and newly sprouted emerald grass offered visual delight to our walks. Exploring the cabin's property, we observed a wide variety of wildlife, from deer and turkey to bluebirds and several other songbirds. In the early morning and beginning in the evening, we were serenaded by the spring peepers in the property's pond/wet land area.

Inside the cabin was a spacious cottage perfect for the three of us -- yet, roomy enough for more kids or family members. There are two bedrooms. One with a king-sized bed and the other with a double-to-single bunk as well as full sized bed. There is one bathroom, but that never bothers us to have to share. There is also a laundry room, which I appreciate when I travel so that we can pack less clothing; and, I can even go back home with clean clothes if I choose! Yet, it was the great room/kitchen area that we most loved (it would have been the back porch if the weather had been warmer!)

The great room area is roomy enough for several adults, a pair of couples or parents with several children. The kitchen has a bar area as well as a dining table that seats six. Additionally, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and cookware. Plus, it was roomy. My husband and I weren't tripping over each other when we prepared meals together. Now, there was not a dishwasher, but to us, that is only a minor inconvenience -- just pack paper plates! Everything in the great room was lined with glass so no matter where you were located you had either a picturesque view of the Cumberland River, or an ideal view of the natural surroundings.

Interestingly enough, this cabin is located near a ferry that traverses the Cumberland River. This ferry is operated 24 hours. Plus, it is the last free ferry operated by the state of Kentucky. We traveled from the cabin to Mammoth Caves National Park while we were there and had the privilege of riding this ferry twice -- to and from the cabin. It was such a unique experience!

Traveling to this cabin, we saw parts of Kentucky we have never before seen -- beautiful rolling farmland with numerous cattle and dairy farms. In fact, we were exceptionally close to the Tennessee border, we traveled so far south. Nearby attractions, in addition to Mammoth Caves, include Dave Hollow Golf course, National Trout Hatchery, Amish Country, National Corvette Museum, Diamond Caverns and Lost River Caves. However, because we loved the cabin and its peaceful surroundings, we only left it one day! We loved the peace and quiet too much to leave!

If you are looking for a vacation spot where you can "get away from it all" this paradise of cabin may be what you are looking for! You can find it on VRBO by typing in Burkesville, Ky. Mrs. Moss, the owner, is easy to work with. Additionally, the cabin's caretaker, Mrs. Jo Ann Brewington, is as friendly and accommodating as they come. I hope you will check this cabin out sometime. You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy this special place.

Stephanie Hill is a freelance writer and an eighth-grade reading and writing teacher at South Point Middle School. She is also a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at hill992@zoominternet.net.