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Carolzy’s Secret Gardens

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· Mechanicsville, Virginia
10 acres
3 sites
1 RV
2 Tent
Twenty plus years ago, there was an ad in the paper listing ten acres for sale in Old Church. It has always been a special place and so the adventure began... We built the house and ever since, have been adding gardens, paths, trails, benches, swings and generally giving back the love to the land for the pleasure it has provided. As a result, there is wildlife and birds galore. Hummingbirds will delight you as will the tree frogs and lizard frogs at the frog pond canoe. Wander down the path to our first vegetable garden location which is now a prime spot for pitching a tent or just hanging out and watching for deer, turkeys, or turtles. Depending on the season, you can enjoy blooming azaleas, coneflowers, crepe myrtles or zinnias. This is a super woodland that will give you every opportunity to relax and wonder at the beauty of nature. The RV site is close to the house and we will be right here should you need us.
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Mechanicsville, Virginia, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Carol W.Joined in August 2018
96%
57 ratings · 51 reviews
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Charlie R.recommends
October 12, 2022
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
nice and quiet place to stay for the night, the backyard and woodsy area is gorgeous and was fun to explore with our pup! carol was incredible and accommodating!
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Michael S.recommends
September 4, 2022
Barrel Smoker tent site
Great host and great scenery. Loved my stay there.
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Alan M.recommends
June 19, 2022
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Site is beside house at the end of a nice quiet street surrounded by miles of forest. No complaints. Carol is a great host.
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Elizabeth M.recommends
June 6, 2022
Fire ring tent site
We were able to bring our small tent/trailer onto the property and very much enjoyed the wooded area and the sounds of wildlife during the night. The host was engaging and we were very happy to meet Salt and Pepper, the resident chickens, as well as Tux, the puppy. Tux and our dog enjoyed romping around together.
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Victoria B.recommends
January 9, 2022
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Fabulous!
Carol and her place are a joy! She is very kind and her chickens are friendly and hilarious. Lots of stars! Definitely recommend!
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Ryan S.recommends
November 1, 2021
Fire ring tent site
Many thanks to Carol and Earl, The property is beautiful, and quiet with a nice trail that circles the perimeter of the property. The host were very friendly and helpful and enjoyed conversating with them before we left. I will be returning for another visit and would highly recommend to other hipcampers.
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Sheena A.recommends
August 15, 2021
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
A nice quiet little spot to park
Lovely little place, very quiet, private. Carol was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed!
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Charles H.doesn't recommend
August 2, 2021
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
No means a "getaway"
Noy so much a camp site but parking in someones driveway. At best a place to sleep overnight and get on the road.
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David S.recommends
May 31, 2021
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Much needed quiet place to stay! Carol was very helpful when we arrived after dark.
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Lane K.recommends
May 14, 2021
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Wonderful stay! Ms Carol is a fun and gracious host, with a beautiful property. Definitely will be back!
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Ashley S.recommends
March 22, 2021
Fire ring tent site
Carol was very welcoming and her property is beautiful! Definitely would love to go back some day.
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Janie S.recommends
November 16, 2020
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
We had a great weekend with our new camper at Carol’s place. It was close to our home but far enough where we felt like we were away from it all. We had everything we needed. Carol is a great host as well!
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Ron W.recommends
November 4, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Wonderful camping experience.
Feels completely isolated, even though it is not far from a neighborhood. No noise or lights from traffic or houses. Several trails through the forest for short hikes.
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Erina F.recommends
November 3, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Beautiful Campsite and Experience
Carol is the most welcoming host. She was very accommodating and friendly to my boyfriend and I during our stay. Her acres of forest are beautiful, and there is much to explore and get lost in. We saw many birds during our stay, too. Would highly recommend the experience.
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Sarah J.recommends
October 18, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
We spent one night at campsite #2. Carol was a great host and helped us take our things to the site in her golf cart. As fairly novice campers, we had a lot of questions and we appreciated her patience and helpfulness! We would certainly recommend her campsites for a peaceful weekend getaway!
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Erik H.recommends
October 13, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
We had a great time at Carol's! The site is private, clean, and well maintained - the added bonus of the golf cart to shuttle our equipment from the driveway was fantastic. We got rained on the entire time we were there, but still had an amazing time! Can't recommend Carol's place enough.
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Cat P.recommends
October 12, 2020
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Nice RV camping spot
We rented Carols RV spot for a 2 night stay. Carol and her husband are lovely people, very kind and welcoming. They helped us back the RV into the spot and the electric hook up worked perfectly. The spot is directly next to the house. The view is nice into the woods but not very private of that is what you are looking for. Other than getting us settled in and making sure we had everything, we were left to our own devices. We ended up cutting our stay short due to non stop rain. Nice area, pet friendly and a nice level spot to pull the RV into.
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Alex T.recommends
October 5, 2020
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Needed a quiet place to camp to break up a 15 hour trek from MA to SC and Carols place was perfect. Easy to find, very inviting and clearly designated sites, running water to added to the immersion. I was in and out so quickly I didnt gave a chance to meet Carol but she was very responsive and welcoming about my stay.
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Patricia A.recommends
September 24, 2020
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Welcoming
Super friendly host. Artistic design. Would stop again.
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Molly B.recommends
August 24, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Amazing and perfect for young kids
Carol was amazing and made the experience better than I imagined. It was the first time I took my kids (7 and 6) camping and they are still talking about how much fun they had. There are trails, wildlife and it was secluded enough to feel like we were deep in the woods, but within walking distance to Carols home if we needed anything.
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Grace S.recommends
August 16, 2020
Carolzy’ Secret Garden
Carol was so friendly and accommodating, and Roxy is the sweetest! We just needed a quick place to camp for the night and because of the rain we didn't venture far into the forest, but would have loved to check out more of the property. A very peaceful forest experience - surrounded by the sounds of nature with almost no light pollution. Highly recommend!
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Prasad D.recommends
July 26, 2020
Fire ring tent site
Amazing place
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Tammy S.
July 15, 2020
Fire ring tent site
We were very excited to see the site, it felt like you were in the middle of a wilderness, but within a safe distance to the host. The only negatives was the potty wasn’t private, but in the wide open. I was with another family with a male. The worst part was a neighbor must have a dog kennel because there were many dogs barking all together, so both nights the barking was annoying. We even heard in the distance someone yelled, “ shut up”. It’s a shame because the sounds of bugs and birds was so peaceful, but drown out. I would still recommend because Carol is very nice and her place is so beautiful, just bring ear plugs.
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Taylor M.recommends
July 15, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Carol is a great host and will help you with any of your needs. Great spot to spend a relaxing night and I hope to visit again in the future!
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Alexandra G.recommends
July 1, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
A Garden Paradise
Carol was such a sweet host! Her beautiful land was the perfect setting for a peaceful camping experience. We were greeted by her adorable pup, and were given two lovely options for campsites back in the woods. She took us back to the spots via golf cart. Amenities include a certified Monarch butterfly way-station, a multitude of berries to munch on, and woodland hiking trails. Each site was equipped with a fire pit, chairs and a trash can.
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Thomas T.recommends
June 28, 2020
Fire ring tent site
Quiet and Private Retreat
This was our first Hipcamp experience and Carol couldn’t have been a better host. She helped transport our supplies to a campsite nestled into the woods behind her house and even started a fire for us prior to our arrival. Very positive experience and will be back if passing through the area again!
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Stacy G.recommends
June 23, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Incredible, quiet, and fun!
This is a gem of a location. My boyfriend and I decided to finally take a trip post pandemic. We researched campsites for weeks and stumbled on Carol’s location. Now this being our first time camping we really lucked out in choosing Carol’s campsite. She was an angel and graciously opened up her campsite and property to myself, my boyfriend, and our 7 pound Chihuahua, Chico. Carol was so hospitable in ensuring we had every thing we needed for our one night stay. And an added bonus was Carol sassy and hostess with the mostess Doggo, Roxy. Of whom our little 7 pound jerk of a pooch Chico took it upon himself to be BFFs with Carol’s Roxy. If you are looking for a location that offers seclusion and safety and a fun quiet time camping where you can literally sleep under the stars and not be exposed out in the open, this is the place for you and your family. We look forward to our next trip of which we hope to bring the entire family so that everyone can experience such a wonderful time on Carol’s campsite. Thank you Carol so much for a trip and this had to be the best post pandemic trip we will never forget.
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Lexi R.recommends
June 16, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Carol was a great host, very pleasant and inviting but not overbearing. She hauled our stuff down to the site for us on her golf cart and back up when we were leaving. She let us borrow a corkscrew for our wine since we forgot ours, so that was a lifesaver! Carol even gave me a Hipcamp sticker. The hiking trail was shorter than we expected but the woods are beautiful and the sites are great.
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Cody G.recommends
June 15, 2020
Fire ring tent site
Best camping experience!
Perfect campsite for the perfect weekend! I came here all the way from North Carolina to meet up with a couple buddies from Maryland, and we had an absolute blast! Carol was very helpful, and the site itself is in a very quiet and secluded area. Couldn’t have picked a better weekend getaway! Highly recommend this campsite if you’re a fan of the outdoors and feel like getting out of the house for a couple days or so.
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April L.recommends
June 7, 2020
Barrel Smoker tent site
Carol was so sweet and helpful. The site was beautiful. My partner and I were looking for a relaxing evening away from it all and that’s just what we got. I look forward to our next stay!
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