Cardigan Cabins

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to bring my own bedding/sleeping bags/pillows?

No, bedding is provided for all beds in our cabins, including clean sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillows. Exception: If you plan on using the Pack-and-Play crib, you will want to bring baby blankets suitable for your baby's age and size.

What cooking/eating utensils will I need?

Our cabins are provided with all ordinary cooking equipment, including pans, cutlery, dishware, and grilling tools. Unless you have a specific and unusual requirement, you should not need to bring anything to cook with.

Do you provide gas for the grill?

Yes, our gas grills are either piped to a fixed tank, or propane canisters and spares are provided. In the unlikely event you should need a third canister, you can call the contact numbers in the cabin and one will be brought out for you. There is no additional charge for this amenity.

Do you provide charcoal for the grill or campfire pit?

No, we do not provide charcoal or lighter fluid for liability reasons. You would need to bring charcoal and/or lighter fluid with you. Check the description of each cabin to see which ones have a charcoal grill in addition to or in place of a gas grill.

Do you provide wood for the fireplace or campfire pit?

Yes, a large stack of wood is stocked at all of our cabins, usually located by one of the sheds. If the stack runs low before we get a chance to replenish it, you can call the contact numbers in the cabin and more wood will be delivered. There is no additional charge for this amenity.

Where can I fish, and what licenses do I need?

Virginia state law allows fishing without a license from private property with the permission of the property owner; the booking instruction/confirmation email that you receive constitutes this permission. If your chosen property is directly on the river, you can fish from the property's riverbank without a license. If you want to wade out into the river or fish from a canoe, or to fish from a public access point elsewhere in the area, you'll need a state fishing license which can be purchased from the Luray Walmart. You will have to provide your own fishing equipment.

What are the river conditions?

The river depth ranges from 3-7 feet in most places, and can be more or less depending on season (recent rain, etc). Generally, the river will be canoeable and safe for swimming -- unless a large rainstorm has just occurred.

Will my cellphone work in your cabin?

Probably not, unless it is a modern smartphone that can use WiFi – all our cabins offer free high-speed Internet and WiFi. Each cabin has a private telephone landline with unlimited national long-distance.

Do I have to clean up after myself?

We do not expect you to do your own laundry; you didn't go on vacation to clean house, after all! However, we may assess an extra cleaning charge if the cabin is left in an unusually filthy state, e.g. mud tracked all over the carpets, big piles of dirty caked-on dishes, etc. If you're reasonably decent, there won't be a problem.

Will I be hit with charges for consumables or minor damages?

We expect a certain amount of wear and tear, as well as consumption of products. We expect you to use the toilet paper, dishwasher detergent, etc., and there'll be no charge. We also understand that light bulbs blow, plates break, and there may be the occasional scratch on the wall. We charge only for unreasonable damage or missing items that can't be considered normal usage – lost towels, torn sheets, mud-ruined comforters, a hole bashed in the wall, that sort of significant and unusual thing.

Is horseback riding available?

There are several places to go horseback riding in the Luray area, as well as in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. Information on area attractions can be found via Google and at

Can I hold my wedding/family reunion/big party at one of your cabins?

Yes, with a couple of caveats. There is generally an event fee in addition to the standard nightly rental charges. There will be no per-person charges, except for people who are spending the night according to the standard per-extra-person fees. Bear in mind the number of restrooms available at each cabin – you don't really want 100 people at a venue where there's only one toilet.

Can some of my party camp out on the lawn in a tent?

Yes, for a reduced additional fee. We know tenters don't create laundry, but they do use the other utilities and can cause repairs to be needed to the lawn.

What do I do for food?

You will need to provide your own food if you want to cook; the Walmart in Luray has a large grocery section. There are also several restaurants of all types in the Luray area. Information on area restaurants can be found via Google, at, and at

Can I check in early/check out later?

Possibly, depending on when the next guest will be arriving, but you need to specifically ask and receive an answer beforehand. You must ask within 1 week of your arrival.

If there is a guest arriving or departing on the same day, no early/late check is possible.

If there is no other arrival or departure, we usually permit up to 2 extra hours. Beyond that requires payment of an additional fee.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes, you may bring your pet to most of our properties. There is an additional cost per pet that you see under the Rates section of each cabin's main page.

I want to have family over for dinner, do I have to pay extra?

The extra-guest charges are for guests staying overnight. You do not have to pay to have people visit for the day as long as they go away at night.

Is there an extra charge to use the hot tub?

No, the hot tub and all other amenities are included at no additional charge.

Do your cabins allow smoking?

Smoking is strictly forbidden inside all of our cabins. However, you are perfectly free to smoke in the beautiful great outdoors surrounding each cabin. Please use good sense and courtesy regarding your ashes, butts, or other potentially hazardous materials.

When will the fall foliage be the prettiest?

Well, it kind of depends on the weather, and you know how reliable that is. But there are several places you can get official best guesses:

The National Park Service's fall color page for the Shenandoah National Park, which is visible from most of our properties:

The National Park Service's mountain view webcam, which will show you what the leaves look like right now:

And, the Virginia Fall Foliage Hotline may be reached at 1-800-424-LOVE(5683).

But regardless of the time of year, there will always be beautiful leaves to look at - evergreens if nothing else. :-)

Do you have hiking trails?

Most of our properties aren't large enough to have official hiking trails marked on them, although many of them have pleasant woods that you can walk in.

However, there are a great many hiking trails in the nearby vicinity, such as the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park. A fairly good list and map of many of the best area trails can be found here:

What is your cancellation policy?

When you rent a property from Cardigan Cabins, the entire property is reserved for your exclusive use, and so it is unavailable for anyone else to rent. A cancellation usually means that nobody will be able to stay at the property for that time, because most people plan their vacations in advance. Therefore, we do not encourage cancellations.

Our policy in our Renter's Agreement is:

Eighty percent of the total booking charges will be refunded if the cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date of the reservation.

For cancellations made within 30 days of the arrival date, no refunds or exchanges are permitted unless a substitute paying guest can be found for the original date.

If Guest is able to find and substitute new guests for the same time period, the amount thus obtained will be refunded to Guest up to a full refund.

If Owner finds replacement guests, the refund amount shall be eighty percent of the total booking charges or the pretax revenues of the replacement guests, whichever is less.

If replacement guests cannot be found, Guest shall remain liable for full payment under the terms of the agreement.

However, under certain circumstances such as involuntary military deployment we may be able to work with you to reschedule or refund. The sooner we are notified of the problem, the more likely we can work something out with you.

How do I get into the cabin I rented?

About a week before your scheduled arrival, we send you an email with directions and an access code to a lockbox at the door of the cabin. This way, you can arrive however late suits your schedule and you don't have to worry about meeting anyone in person. If you have multiple cars coming, you can give everybody the code, and whoever gets there first can unlock the door and get in.

If for some reason you don't receive this email, check your SPAM folder or write us to have it re-sent to you.

Are your cabins handicapped accessible?

As private single-occupancy residences, our cabins are not required to meet ADA accessibility standards, and none do. Some of them would be flat-out impossible for the wheelchair-bound.

However, several of our properties are useable by people with limited mobility who can handle one or two steps, and use a spacious toilet or shower stall with assistance.

It is best to discus your specific needs with us before you make your reservation so you'll know what to expect.

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