the perfect hideaway in Madison
MADISON, Ind. (December 2002) Tucked into a wooded
hillside just a few miles from downtown Madison, Ind., is Cabin Falls.
Named for the waterfall that flows several feet below the rear deck,
the rustic log cabin is a cozy spot for a weekend getaway or week-long
retreat. The cabin was designed and constructed by Cincinnati entrepreneur
Jim Macke. Macke said that he had always wanted to build an authentic
log cabin and thought historic Madison provided the perfect backdrop.
Although the cabin was built in 1990, most of the materials
used and the construction style are remnants of the past. Macke said
that he started collecting architectural salvage items several years
before beginning the project. Hand-hewn logs salvaged from three barns
dating to the 1830s were used in construction, adding to the authentic
Some of the interior molding and door frames came from homes built in
the 1850s and 1860s. The wide archway leading from the kitchen to the
living room and an old-fashioned safe were removed from the house of
A.B. Ashman, one of Cincinnatis first bankers.
The large and unusually framed picture window off the living room was
originally found in an old Lexington, Ky., farmhouse.
Some of the wood used in construction was cut and processed on the property.
Sassafras, poplar and cedar are just a few of the varieties indigenous
to the area that can be found throughout the interior of the home. The
stone foundation was hand-laid using rocks gathered from the creek,
which runs through the property.
The interior of the cabin is spacious with a living room, eat-in kitchen,
bath and two loft bedrooms. The bedrooms each have two beds.
The bathroom contains a large jacuzzi tub. The kitchen has a full-size
stove and refrigerator, and is fully equipped. Macke said that the refrigerator
can also be stocked in advance if requested.
The cabins furnishings beckon guests to a by-gone age. Every item
in the home has a story behind it, said Macke. Antiques can be found
throughout the home, as well as a number of animals skins, such as the
steerhide rug in front of the fireplace. A baby grand piano sits in
the living room. A collection of old and rare books can be found in
a bedroom bookcase.
One thing Ive always strived to do with this cabin is to
give people the opportunity to step back in time, said Macke.
For example, the fireplace in the living room has an old-fashioned swing
arm for hanging heavy cooking pots, allowing food to be prepared over
an open flame for those who want to do it the old fashioned
The cabin is situated on more than 60 wooded acres with
plenty of room to roam. Guest can take in scenery while hiking through
the woods or delight in a horse-drawn carriage ride through the countryside.
Macke also owns Elegant Carriages and said that he can arrange carriage
rides from the cabin to a number of scenic locations in the area, including
those in downtown Madison and nearby Manville, Ind.
Elegant Carriages is one of the Midwests largest carriage companies,
with locations in Covington, Ky., Newport, Ky., Cincinnati and Madison.
In addition to city carriage tours, Elegant Carriages can accommodate
up to 100 people for group carriages rides.
Macke said that many people who rent the cabin are return guests. Professional
photographer Len Kaltman of West Chester, Ohio, said that he has stayed
at the cabin as many as six times in one year. Kaltman, who travels
to exotic locations, including Mexico and the Caribbean for photo shoots,
said that he has used the cabin and grounds for as a backdrop for many
Its just a wonderful place. Jim did a beautiful job with
the decorating, said Kaltman. Kaltman said he also enjoys the
relaxing atmosphere of the cabin and the quaint allure of nearby Madison.
Rental rate for the cabin varies by season and package. Special packages
can be tailored for the occasion with a variety of extras, including
private dinner for two at the cabin, romantic carriage rides, dinner
at area restaurants and romantic welcome baskets.
For more information, call (859) 491-7655 or visit the website
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