Log Cabin Getaway
Macon Magazine May 1998
Story by Cindy Sams, Photography by Ken Krakow
his own admission, there were primitive longings in the owner's leftover boyhood soul. But the avid sportsman thought he'd tamed his
hankering for the wilderness - or at least provided a place for his son to
hunt - when he purchased 102 acres in Monroe County about two years
ago. "Then I went crazy and built this place," he
said. "This place" is a humble description of Stone Oak
Farms, once the family's log cabin getaway.
Located literally off the beaten path - down a long, winding country
road - the 1,400 square foot cabin satisfied his pioneer spirit
and provided a quiet place to relax alone or entertain a crowd.
"I wanted a place away from the traffic," the owner said of the
"When you get up here, you've got all the modern conveniences, but
you can't hear a car."
Above: A roaring fire in the living
room warms the cabin where the owners retreat for quiet and
The cabin's red tin roof offers
contrast to the gray winter scene.
A wagon wheel chandelier lights
the dining room, where simple benches provide seating at mealtime.
|Indeed, the weekend retreat boasts a pleasing mixture of
postmodern practicality and timeless rusticity. Manufactured in Dandridge, TN and
assembled on site by Hearthstone Log Homes, the cabin was finished by
Tommy Gibson Builders. Outside, a jaunty red tin roof
beckons visitors off the country trail and into the meadow for a closer
look. Near the front door, a stuffed coyote stands sentinel on the
rocking chair front porch. Indoors, much of the two-bedroom,
two-bath cabin's pastoral charm comes from its knotty pine
interior walls and ceiling, heart pine floors, and hand-laid stone
High tech features are present, but don't compromise the cabin's
agrarian appeal. Central heating and air conditioning?
Yes. A telephone? Certainly. There's even a satellite
dish for the Fall football games. But don't look for such contemporary amenities as sheet rock
here. Rather, log walls with chinking compliment the
home's woodsy atmosphere. Construction details aside, what makes the
cabin so appealing are the primitive decorating touches they
chose for their getaway home. They particularly enjoyed
decorating the house, whose open floor plan belies its1,400 square foot size.
The cathedral ceiling soars upward
the loft area taking away your breath as you enter this quaint
The master bedroom is a perfect
place for reading, with adequate lighting provided by lamps over each
side of the bed.
In keeping with the cabin's woodland
setting, the interior furnishings are simple. In the dining room,
family and friends cozy up to a wooden table with bench seats during
meals. Overhead light in the dining room comes from a wagon-wheel
chandelier similar to the one hanging over the wooden staircase. As
a whimsical touch, they chose bullhead-shaped pulls for the
kitchen cabinets. The fully equipped kitchen includes a stove,
refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.
For the living room, you will find a comfy leather sofa and chair placed
atop a Navajo-style rug. Knickknacks are limited to a few family
photographs and mounted wildlife, including two deer flanking the
fireplace, a bobcat, a raccoon, numerous fish, and a duck. He wryly admits that he purchased most of the stuffed animals adorning the
front room. He bagged the duck and landed some of the stuffed fish on
previous sporting trips, however.
Simple bunk beds dressed
bright plaid blankets accommodate other
family members or friends.
Upstairs, a cozy master bedroom and
adjacent sleeping loft can accommodate several overnight guests. All
of the beds in the cabin, including bunk beds in the loft and twin beds in
the downstairs bedroom, were made to match by a furniture crafter in
Atlanta. Intentionally left bare were the cabin's windows
to further the sense of spaciousness. A cathedral ceiling and
dormer window in the living room lend a similar effect. "I
wanted to keep (the decor) simple," she said. "There's a
fine line and I didn't want to make it country." . . .
The owner grew up in Macon, but began his love of the outdoors while visiting family
in Adrian, Georgia, a country town about 30 miles east of Dublin.
Now, walking the creek behind his own weekend home reminds him of the
North Georgia woods, and offers a quiet respite from the hectic, everyday
world. "I've always had a love for this primitive look,"
he said. "There's a little Abe Lincoln in me."