The Woodland Valley Lodge is a step back in time for those looking for a rustic, well-maintained, historic house. The setting is beautiful, particularly during the fall. We enjoyed walks along Woodland Valley Road and in some of the area's hiking trails and parks. The surrounding towns are quite pretty and we enjoyed our time together there. I went with a group of women friends who were all turning 50 this year. We were made to feel young by the owners who reminded us many times that partying was not allowed at the house and I was "carded" before officially signing the rental agreement. The owners provided extremely detailed instructions on how to use the appliances, the fireplace, fire pit, heat, etc, along with a list of restrictions, all in the PDF welcome packet. I printed it out before heading into the woods and shared it with my friends so we could refer to it throughout our stay. The day of my arrival, the owner was very responsive when I was unable to unlock the house. Luckily, I had time to print out the PDF'd instructions sent the night before that included the keypad & alarm codes, as well as the wifi network & password. There is no cell service in the area (but your GPS will work as long as your destination is entered earlier in the trip). When I arrived in the rain late in the afternoon and couldn't get into the house, I was pleased to find that the wifi reached the porch and was able to log in to text the owner who was able to let me into the house. That evening, as two of us were sitting down to dinner, the power went out in the rain storm. We weren't too phased, but we did learn a few things for future trips: bring flashlights, candles, and matches to any home you're visiting. Also, we found that the local landline didn't work, because the phone itself was digital and wasn't holding a charge. We enjoyed eating delicious local pizza by cell phone flashlight. We couldn't use the beautiful stone fireplace for heat or light, because we learned the morning of our arrival that the fireplace was under repair. It was a bummer, but luckily our bunch is used to camping and outdoor adventures, so we managed. The good news is that the power came on before Midnight. I am glad I brought my own bluetooth speaker to play music, because using the Sonos required me to log into the owners' device, with their password, from the Sonos app to play other music. Again, it was not a big deal.
Overall, a beautiful location and property.