Need to get away? To unplug and go off the grid for a while? Is it time to return to a simpler time, simpler than anything you have probably experienced before? What if we told you that you can do that, and that you only have to drive about 20 minutes from downtown Louisville for this quick escape?
Captain’s Cabin is the guesthouse on a piece of property tucked back off a main road in Jeffersontown. This bed-and-breakfast is actually a private cabin just for the guests; the property owners, Tammy and J.P. Donelson, live next door in a renovated larger log cabin. Captain’s Cabin is originally from Indiana and was dismantled and moved to this location by its previous owners. J. P. Donelson is an architect that specializes in log and timber homes. They also specialize in log cabin restoration, a skill that is evident in the authenticity of the cabin.
Cross the front porch, enter through the original front door, and you’ll be in the main room of the cabin. Centered by a large, stone fireplace, the space features plenty of cozy seating and natural light. There is a nod to Captain Meriwether Lewis in the corner (owner J.P. Donelson is involved in a historical re-enactment association, playing the role of Captain Lewis), and noticeably absent is a television, radio or computer.
Off the main room is the kitchen area, with a nook that can seat three to four people, though it’s more comfortable just for two. The kitchen is completely modern, but the expert historic design by cabinetmaker David T. Smith makes the aesthetic still feel authentically primitive. He designed all the cabinetry and built-ins, which hide the top-shelf appliances, notably the dishwasher and refrigerator.
Upstairs in the master suite loft, guests see the exposed original planks and floorboards of this carefully restored cabin. The loft has the amenities of a luxury hotel, including plush robes, a cedar closet and a claw-foot tub. It’s a bedroom you can snuggle up in and admire the beautiful views through the windows, which, by the way, should definitely stay open as you sleep.
There are so many places to sit and enjoy the sounds of nature. The front porch is a headliner to this cabin, but don’t discount the side porch, which is off the main living room and has a pair of hammock chairs.
If you want to be social, check out the fire circle at the front of the property. The owners can build a fire for the guests who can sit and enjoy the outdoor air and see the stars.
Guests can also enjoy the three-acre lake that feeds from the larger lake at Charlie Vettiner Park. There is a canoe, a creek and plenty of exploring to do down here, and it’s only a short walk down the driveway to the pond.
But we think it is here that you will spend most of your time. This front porch is simply lovely and serene.
The cabin awaits you, and they’ll leave a light on.
The Captain’s Cabin can be rented through Airbnb. Though it is recommended for two people, more people can be accommodated if need be. Homemade breakfast is provided by the owners, and you can rent this cabin for a night or for a week; it is up to you. Who’s ready for some peace and quiet in nature?
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