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This is a very dramatic, designer 2-story cottage with a loft.  The deck with a gas grill overlooks Goose creek valley which is about  1,000 feet below. 








Guest Amenities:

  • 51 acres of secluded land on Taylor's mountain with open and wooded areas

  • Gazebo with a wicker sitting area

  • Round Garden roses, flowers, blue spruce trees, shrubs with slate sitting area

  • Decks over 1,500 square feet of decks and walkways

  • Walking paths, five different trails meanders through the wooded mountain side

  • Lending Library of Books, table games, croquet



    Done!  October 1999.

The History of  Soliloquy's Way Cottage:

In the fall of 1998,  I decided to design a cottage as a challenge to myself.  I  wanted to see what I could do with a relatively small square footage area and yet not feel cramped or small. 

Challenges included: no hallways, using every inch of space in an active manor, playing with unusual roof lines, fitting a staircase in without wasting space, building on a steep slope, being a unique structure, considering the integrity of the mountain and the views,  making the best use of materials & labor, being easy for me to maintain, and for the structure to operate efficiently.

 As important as the building itself, it had to have a special appeal to those individuals who were considering reserving Soliloquy's Way for their getaways, celebrations and holiday times.  I wanted the end result to have a "wow" factor.  While being s bit quaint-looking from the exterior, I wanted to surprise anyone walking in the  front door.  It needed to be practical to use, appeal to one's senses, feel comfortable, offer a sense of contentment and to hopefully, open one's mind to new ideas or concepts by offering them a different physical/mental space.   It was important to me  to offer people a sense of aloneness and privacy with being in the beauty of nature.  Thus it's name:  "Soliloquy's Way" meaning solitude, solo times or the way of self insights.   Lastly, it had to prove itself to be an economic success from a rental aspect.

 Being governed by a very tight budget,  I planned to be very active in the actual building process.  It took nine months of continuous work to complete Soliloquy's Way. 

The majority of work was done by Richard Eden, a 28 year-old Englishman who is a precise and excellent craftsman--with me as the helper.  Richard and I had been friends for several years at Lake Haven Marina, where I  moored my old 1978 Yukon Delta houseboat --which I had renovated by myself.

When I think back on what Richard and I achieved, it was an adventure.  We built the walls on the floor and raised them by ourselves.  We scampered around on the beams--even though we were far from the ground. We figured out the mathematics of the steps and drew them on a piece of left-over board.  We worried about rain and strong winds but we kept working.  We hammered a lot of nails!  We kept focused on doing the best we could.  Richard went on to design and build his own home near Smith Mountain Lake. 

For me personally, building Soliloquy's Way offered a huge demanding opportunity physically and emotionally.  I  was in better shape during that building process--stronger, muscular and slimmer.  Emotionally, the building of this cottage helped push me past the grief of my Mother's death the year before.

Some work was contracted out such as the post and beam floor joists as well as the roof supports by Larry Brown's crew, and the electrical work was done by Joe Gaddy's crew.   Other people were hired to do the heat ducts, plumbing, roof shingles, siding, and some of the finish work.

Soliloquy's Way was completed in late October of 1999.  I was very pleased with the end result.  The comments from guests continue to this day to be extremely favorable.

Soliloquy's Way  was built with love, excitement, lots patience, is a result of a daring idea, and is, in its own way, a self-expression of my creativity and me. 


Paula J. Tiara



 Call 540-947-2468






*Robes to wear
*All linens and towels
*Tub/Shower combination
*Kitchen is  fully equipped:
    dishes, pots & pans, cooking
    utensils, microwave, blender, 
    toaster, waffle  iron, crock pot,
    tea pot, coffee pot
*Coffees, teas, and condiments
*VCR / DVD, radio & CD (no cable)
*MP3 Player
*Central heat & air
*Ironing board &  iron
*Game & Book library
*Cushioned deck furniture
*Natural walking sticks


Minimum of one month stay.

Maximum of two people.

$1350. per month +

$650. security deposit

$1150. 3 or more months  +

$1150 security deposit


Pets cannot be accommodated--no exceptions.

Smoking within the house is not permitted.

Must be at least 21 years old to rent (ID will be checked.)


Half of total dollar amount is due via check.

Remaining amount is due 21 days in advance.

Payments are returned with more than 21 days notice of cancellation. 

IF the cottage can be re-booked, the money is returned, paid via check with 20 or less days notice. If the cottage cannot be re-booked, the monies are forfeited.

No refunds are given for for early departures.

CHECK-IN: 4 PM or after

CHECK-OUT: 12  NOON or before 

 Call 540-947-2468









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