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Hawksbill Retreat - A New Luray, VA Cabin Rental Accomplishes a Lot After a Year in Business

Hawksbill Retreat, formerly known as Jordan Hollow became one of the most popular Luray, Va vacation rentals in 2013.

Lots of remodeling, renovating and excavating led to the opening of the newest Luray, VA cabin rental in 2013. Hawksbill Retreat, formerly known as Jordan Hollow Inn has completed several phases of development. 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 seven years we have been serving guests visiting the Luray, VA area with our luxury cabins, most designed to serve larger groups" said Randy Howan. "My wife and business partner 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. We also wanted to make sure smaller families or couples looking for that perfect, affordable Luray vacation rental could visit a cabin that has all the amenities our guests have grown accustomed receiving. We believe Hawksbill Retreat is filling 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 included multiple phases.

Phase 1 at Hawksbill Retreat included remodeling and renovation of six one-bedroom luxury cabins that sleep up to 4 guests and one three-bedroom cabin that sleeps 8 guests. They now offer fully equipped kitchens with granite, hardwood floors and are fully furnished. There is a dishwasher, washer/dryer, flat screen TVs, vaulted ceilings, covered porches with rockers, outdoor fire pit with bench seating and a private hot tub available at each unit. 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.

"The work wasn't just on the cabins," said Howan. "We also cut walking trails throughout the 44 acres, built a new access road to the cabins on the upper part of the property and landscaped nearly everything. We invested time and money in 2013 to make sure that Hawksbill Retreat would become a favorite cabin rental in the Luray, Va area."

It would seem that it has. All of the cabins have booked nearly every weekend since last year. It's no surprise why; the retreat is conveniently located at the foothill of the Shenandoah National Park, which 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. It is less than 30 minutes from Massanutten Ski Resort and only 45 minutes from Bryce Resort, which skiers coming to the area are now discovering.

The second phase of development included a complete renovation of the original Jordan Hollow Inn. What used to be a 10 unit motel, has now been converted into a private 10 bedroom, 5 bath vacation cabin rental, known as "The Lodge". "The Lodge" adds another large vacation rental to the Luray, VA area; similar to the original Absolute Perfect Escape cabins. Anyone who has searched for large cabins in the Luray area has learned that the Absolute Perfect Escape cabins and now "The Lodge" are simply the best choice. All cabins are decorated to the highest standards, offer fully equipped kitchens, private decks, private hot tubs, game rooms and plenty of space to entertain the party, perfect for family reunions, business retreats or for friends who want a luxury Luray vacation cabin rental.

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Luray, VA 22835
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