Enjoy bird songs and starry nights in our remote location. We have a wrap around porch and a sleeping loft in our treehouse cabin with a full kitchen and bath. No phone, no TV give our guests a true getaway.
Cyclists enjoy riding mountain bikes on the remote gravel forest service roads that are rarely used by vehicles.
There are miles of rough hiking trails and rural Forest Service roads for mountain bike rides, a cool spring fed creek for picnics on the sand bars and a grill for outdoor cookouts.
Near the Forest Retreat is a large stocked lake and 15 minutes away is a championship golf course if you would like to leave the seclusion of our property. We provide all the linens but you bring your food to prepare in our fully modern kitchen.
Your interior is furnished with rustic Adirondack furniture from the original New York state locations that popularized this return to nature movement a hundred years ago.
** We have WiFi that doesn't operate during a rain storm, and is operational 75% of the time. Please inquire if it's on or under repair after a lightning strike!
There are three cell phone bars in the parking lot, but the signal does not reach the cabin.
The Forest Retreat is a true getaway!
Working on documentary films about history and culture is the other occupation of owner, Bess Carrick. She is a producer and director with her company, Blackbird Media, a commercial video production company in New Orleans, and in a creative collaborative with Jim Land and Jeffrey Talbot at Level 3 Digital Media on Canal Street. Carrick produces political TV spots, marketing films, and tourism videos for Louisiana state tourism and New Orleans, as well as documentaries on subjects that interest her. Noted for her film on Lindy Boggs she is currently working on a film about noted chef and doyenne of Creole culture, Chef Leah Chase.
Dividing her time between the Forest Retreat, New Orleans and business travel the retreat is managed by neighbors, Tina and Bobby Jackson, who live near the Forest Retreat and are lifelong residents of Amite County, MS.
Bess Carrick Owner, Tina Jackson Reservations Manager purchased this cabin in 1994
Seeking a personal retreat and hearing dozens of her friends describe how much they would enjoy a true getaway where no one could possibly disturb them Carrick bought a rustic piece of property on the edge of the Homochitto National Forest in the mid 1990s. Envisioning a space where nature lovers, artists, writers, and those seeking tranquility could find a peaceful retreat she began with her friend and noted antiquarian, Don Didier, to design the houses on the property. Didier began to find the furnishings during his buying trips for his antique store on Magazine St. Finally after years of collecting, the houses were furnished with objects that resemble the exterior environment, rustic chairs and tables made with willow and other soft woods. Didier and Carrick created the cabin designs and Didier added three hipped roofs, wood burning stoves, and glass fronts and lofts to complete the comfort and appeal of the houses.
You will find the cabin displayed on this listing to provide you the kind of vacation and the rest you need to restore your priorities to the right place - a place where your focus will be on what really matters.
The house is on stilts and when guests sit on the front porch they are in the mid story of the trees in the forest and the natural beauty of the old forest surrounds you. The house has a wrap around porch, and views of the forest and wildlife are 360 when staying at the Forest Retreat. The house is accessed at the rear by stepping from the top of the ridge onto the wrap around porch, so there are no steps to climb. There is a staircase that leads to the sleeping loft and if guests would like to sleep in the great room they may. The sleeping loft is private and has a queen size Serta bed.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Thunder Ridge for a weekend in early March, and it was the best treat we could have given ourselves. The cabin was gorgeous and had an instant calming effect when we walked in. The air inside had a crisp smokiness to it from the wood-burning stove, which we enjoyed every night. The back porch is where we spent most of our time: reading, playing games, watching the sky at dusk. The kitchen had all the basics we needed to prepare meals each night, and all of the linens smelled clean and fresh.
We took a long walk around the cabin area to the pond bench and further down to the creek. We took baths outside and sipped champagne while listening to music and birds chirping. One night we brought a blanket outside so we could lie down and watch the amazing starlight. The brilliance of looking up did not diminish, even by our last night.
We enjoyed lovely, cool weather during the entire weekend, but we can't wait to book again during the fall! Do not hesitate to book if you are looking for a place to rest and decompress, especially if you're enjoying it with someone you love. Being here was not only romantic, but it allowed us to enjoy being together with no distractions or schedules, which was exactly what we'd hoped for.
P.S. Thanks to Tina for helping us make the arrangements!
This was our third stay at Forest Retreat. Two stays in Thunder Ridge and this last stay in the lodge. Both places are wonderful! The cabins and location are so beautiful and peaceful. We certainly rejuvenated our souls and enjoyed God's beauty. One of the highlights of our stays was the lightening bugs. Haven't seen those since childhood! Definitely a wonderful get away to enjoy nature. The cabins are well taken care of and are always stocked with the basics as described in the information package. Everyone is extremely nice and will help with anything that may come up. We will be back!!!
Imagine it. An intimate cabin in the woods, suspended over forest hills, surrounded by cowcumbers, and occupied with early 20th century Adirondack furnishings. Not a soul around, the forest is all yours. At sunrise, fresh coffee brewing, you walk out and nature instantly wishes you a good morning and a good day. The massive creek is a secluded playground. Dogs find their soul there. The water is usually low and runs gently, perfect for easy sprawling and mud baths. Sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing or night sky watching. Speaking of night skies, WOW! The forest is black at night. Sounds are just what they should be. Imagine those Mississippi country night sounds. Lie back, watch the sky, and catch a shooting star…or five. You will find your place here. Back at the cabin (Fallen Tree House), comfort awaits your arrival home. The sleeping loft takes you back to childhood and makes you feel young again. Wish for rain. You’ll be happy you did. If you find yourself nestled inside on a rainy day, embrace it. It’s one of the best experiences of being tucked away in the Homochitto National Forest. Don’t expect fine amenities. That’s not what the Forest Retreat is about. Everything you need is there. Embrace the experience, disconnect from the busy world around you, and fall in love with the Forest Retreat (maybe fall in love at the Forest Retreat!). Find your HomeAway From Home at the Forest Retreat, you’ll be happy to go home again.
We were to stay two nights, but left after one night. The cabin was not in good repair or clean. Between the spider webs, wifi not working, rotten wood on the deck, old kitchen equipment and creepy sleeping loft. We left after a hike the next morning.Also don't try the road in a sedan if it is raining.
The Forest Retreat is the most humble place I've visited in my entire life. I enjoyed looking at the decor inside of the cabin, made with deer antler pieces. The ceilings resemble leaves of trees and all furniture are made therof. My most favorite part of the stay was the outside tub to bathe in. Even though my fiance, Herbert, was uneasy, he guarded me as I enjoyed my bath.
I visited the cabin at a time of loss, my aunt Jessica, died. I took to the Forest for peace because I felt her spirit was with me. It was only us and nature, no phones, internet, television, etc., which I didn't understand how much we depended on these items until they were unaccesible.
All that is needed for a visit to the Forest are your personal ammenities and food. All utensils, towels, stove, refrigerator, seasonings, etc., are available for use. I barbequed, fished, walked the trail, walked and waded in the creek, searched and followed wildlife tracks, and of course took all the photographs I could.
I would definitley recommend this getaway to others and will revisit soon myself.
Enjoy rain drops on the tin roof, bird songs, starry nights and a total escape from the city life and any responsibilities!
No one can find you at our remote, Adirondack styled house deep in the woods on the edge of the 99,000 acre Homochitto National Forest. The Forest Retreat is 0ff any main roads, and is a retreat and vacation site for those who wish to enjoy a truly quiet, tranquil, natural landscape in the woodlands. There is no phone, no TV, and no interruptions.
Hiking and Cycling -
When you are ready to venture out there are miles of secluded sandy beaches and sand bars along the spring-fed creek that winds through the national forest.
Cyclists love to Forest Retreat! Mountain Bikes are the ones we recommend to ride on the hilly gravel forest service roads that are rarely used by vehicles, so your ride will be undisturbed.
Historic Natchez -
For more civilized ventures forth we are 50 min from historic Natchez, 70 minutes thereabouts from the very interesting Emerald Indian Mound north of Natchez near the beginning of the Natchez Trace.
River Road Historic Plantations in Louisiana -
Both south and north of Baton Rouge are dozens of rare and beautiful 19th century river road plantations, such as the historic Nottoway, the Whitney Plantation with its unique one of a kind Slavery Museum. These are all about 90 minutes or more away from the Forest Retreat.
New Orleans is 2 hours away is not (in my opinion) a day trip although it's completely doable.
** At the request of novelists and screenwriters who visit we have installed Internet and WIFI. This works 75% of the time when it's not raining and when lightning has not zapped the tower antenna. Please inquire at the time of your reservation if we are On. Bear in mind that if it storms or has stormed recently we may be temporarily down and off line. It's the middle of nowhere and we do what we can to provide connectivity. I'm giving you a clear picture that it's on most of the time, but not all the time.
*There are three cell phone signal bars at the parking area, but the signal doesn't reach the cabin.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
If you would like to rent the entire retreat for a family event, yoga retreat, book club retreat, or any other event please inquire. The complete property rents for approximately $1600 for all four houses. Please phone Tina to discuss your specific request, dates and needs.
FOR WEEKEND RATES
The total cost for a weekend stay is $410. That includes Friday, Saturday and the optional Sunday night no additional charge. We do not rent single nights on weekends, you must rent for a minimum of two nights.