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A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds


Historic Cabin Hideaway with Hot Tub, Complete Privacy, and a Spectacular View

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A Big Log Cabin in the CloudsExperience profound beauty, vibrant history, and rustic luxury in absolute privacy. Perfect for rustic country weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.

Luxury accommodations in an intimate setting. Two miles of private hiking trails on site. Smoke free. Adults only.

secluded cabin with an incredible hilltop viewUnique Opportunity to experience secluded luxury in an exquisitely restored 1863 log cabin.

  • Total privacy and a great view from every window!
  • Two stories tall (rare original!)
  • Grand front porch (34 feet long)
  • Chef’s Kitchen (30’ x 12’), with top-of-the-line appliances:
    • Gas range and oven
    • Dishwasher
    • Refrigerator with ice maker
    • Microwave
    • Blender
    • Coffee Maker with filters provided
    • All utensils
  • Royal Spa outdoor hot tub (count the stars!)
  • Two massive White cedar queen beds with Sealy Posturepedic “firm” mattresses and 100% cotton, 400-thread count sheets
  • Bedding in the dormer for additional guests includes two White Cedar queen futons and two twin beds
  • Two designer baths
  • Central heating and A.C. (the latest in eco-friendly technology)
  • large modern chef's kitchenHand-made furnishings:

    • Windsor chairs
    • Amish cherry hutch table
    • Hand-forged hinges and handles
    • Amish-crafted plank flooring
  • Entertainment Center (sans TV reception or land-line—but equipped with a weather-radio to check on outdoor conditions, AM/FM radio with Ipod compatible CD player, and DVD/VCR player)
  • Charcoal grill on the patio (bring your own charcoal as we provide the grill and charcoal chimney for starting)
  • Located on the Uplands Wine Trail
  • Open Year Around

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view from outdoor hot tubA Big Log Cabin in the Clouds stands alone in total seclusion and privacy on 120 acres of managed woodland habitat and restored tall-grass prairie. More than two miles of private hiking trails are available. Birding and wildlife viewing are excellent. We frequently see Bald eagles and are located on the migration route for thousands of Sandhill cranes that pass overhead each spring and fall.

A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds is just fifteen minutes from French Lick Resort Casino in the heart of the Patoka Lake area. French Lick is also quickly becoming a golfer's mecca with numerous signature golf courses. Golf packages can be arranged with advanced notice. Wine lovers will be pleased to know that we are also convenient to several great wineries.

Sandhill Crane Migrations: Southbound flights daily! Sandhill cranes are visible and audible in their southern migrations that pass over here. Their flights begin in October or November and continue until Christmas time. Witness the migrations of these magnificent prehistoric birds! Best viewing is from A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds and Blue Prairie Bed & Breakfast.

Northbound, Spring flights begin in late February and continue all through March.

Now that whooping cranes are mixed into the sandhill flocks, whooping crane sightings here are not impossible. How rare is rare? Google whooping cranes.

sandhill crane migration passing over cabin Patoka Lake recommended for wildlife viewing by USA Today

Adirondack chairs  made from recycled milk jugsThe cabin itself is a richly historic log structure. Originally built in 1863, from virgin timber already 150 years old, it was probably a tavern-trading post. We salvaged it from the original location in Southern Indiana near Lincoln’s boyhood home. We’d love to say that “Lincoln slept here,” but he probably didn’t. Nevertheless, it is larger than the cabin built by Abe’s carpenter father, Thomas, but hewn from similar timbers. The restoration has been carefully conducted to preserve the cabin’s rare and authentic architectural features as well as to incorporate the best of creature comforts.

dining area in huge, open Chef's kitchenPrepare a sumptuous meal in the huge open kitchen—a favored natural hangout for conversation and camaraderie with friends. After dinner, you can enjoy the reclining sofa or Amish rockers in the sitting room and listen to your favorite music or watch your favorite movies on the Sony home entertainment center. No telephone will disturb you during your stay, but you can check the weather on the weather radio and if necessary, take refuge in the wine cellar.

hand-chiseled stone fire pitA campfire circle formed out of massive, ancient, hand-chiseled sandstone rocks, overlooks the awesome view of the Painter Creek valley. Plus, we provide seasoned firewood for your evening campfire enjoyment.

The spectacular Southern Indiana landscape is reminiscent of the Great Smoky Mountains. Nothing spoils your view—you can see for miles and miles….

view from front porch

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timber cross section showing tree ringsTo determine the approximate date of construction we took a cross-section of one of the original logs and sent that to Professor Darrin Rubino at Hanover College. Darrin is a scientist who studies dendrochronology. Dendro (Greek for tree) and chronology (the study of time) ties together weather patterns with tree growth ring patterns. Darrin has studied tree ring samples and correlated weather patterns from all over the globe.

dated timber cross section
Dendroarchaeology report of
A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds

Darrin's research has determined that the logs in this structure were harvested in 1863, 147 years ago, during the third year of the American Civil War. Even more amazing is the seedling date of the trees which were harvested to form these logs. Darrin says the seedling date, or date when these trees began growing, was 1710. The logs in this historic structure are now 300 years old. This was before most European exploration and immigration and from a time period when only Native Americans ruled. We hope that our guests can feel the reverence of history which exudes from these logs.

original iron cleat used to "bar the door"As you look at the inside of the front door you will see the hand-forged iron cleats on either side of the door which resemble giant staples. These iron cleats are the originals. These were placed so that a large bolt of wood could bar the door to thwart attacks by intruders. Hence the term, "Katy, Bar the Door!".

hand forged hingeThe original cabin stood just ten miles east of what was Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home in Spencer County, Indiana. When looking at the history of Spencer County in 1863, located just a few miles north of the Ohio River, one sees that the population was very concerned about invasion by the Confederacy or by Confederate raiders such as General John Hunt Morgan. Another element of unrest was the large number of Southern sympathizers in Southern Indiana during the Civil War.

We have restored the cabin lovingly and with a commitment to preserve the best of the past by using the best artisans available. For example, the hand-forged hinges in the cupboard beneath the staircase were commissioned by Aubrey Williams, the official blacksmith for the recent "Voyage of Discovery" which reenacted the Lewis and Clark expedition. Aubrey portrayed the expedition blacksmith, John Shields, and went all the way to the Pacific in retracing the historic expedition.

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Please call 812 936-3000 with any questions and to make your reservations. No online reservations are accepted.


A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds (812) 936-3000 6538 W. CR 875 S., French Lick, IN 47432

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