- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the owner
Our cabin at Bear River Valley has everything you want to augment your relaxation in the peaceful harmony of the Shenandoah River.
Sit around the campfire with your feet in the river, listening to the calls of 100 different birds. Free canoes sit nearby for your immediate use. Make sure to grab the oars and life jackets from the shed before heading out!
A full acre of open yard, from the house to the river, gives you plenty of space to setup your soccer game or volleyball net.
A brand new, 7-foot hot tub was recently installed with over 45 jets. This hot tub, from one of the top manufacturers in the business, is great for ev...ening relaxation or morning soak. And while you soak, look out across the river and mountains.
On the top level of the deck, a large commercial-grade gas grill is waiting for your hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks. Want a more authentic outdoor grill? In the mood for roasting marshmallows or a late-night chat? We have just the thing. In the middle of the lawn is a stone campfire pit, over 6 feet in diameter. Find all the wood you need next to the shed, and pick up the lawn chairs from inside the shed.
In the shed, we 've placed 4 mountain bikes for those days when you want to head down the road and check out nature one spin at a time. Be sure to grab the helmets too!
The cabin is also outfitted with the best technology has to offer. Satellite TV in every room with 200 channels of crystal-clear satellite service. FREE LONG DISTANCE phone calls. DVD and VCR player in every room. Free washer and dryer. Wireless HIGH SPEED INTERNET access, totally free.
We've installed a whole-house filtration system that routes all water from the well directly through a series of five different filters. It also runs through a commercial grade softener. You can drink directly from any faucet in the house (and it might even be better than what you 've got at home!).
We've even paid for local trash service so you don't have to lug all that stuff home with you.Read more
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Bear Valley River cabin on the Shenandoah River
Additional Location Information
Nearby activities range from Luray Caverns, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, swimming and fishing in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, Massanutten Water Park, to hiking and horseback riding in Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and the George Washington National Forest, to visiting local antique stores and flea markets, to touring civil war battle fields, awesome caverns and nearby vineyards. Then too, there is time for just propping up your feet and watching and listening to the calls of over 100 varieties of local birds. There is also guided fishing and hunting around Luray, VA.
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Last updated on September 18, 2014
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- Tax rate | 10.3% of rent
- Damage deposit | $300
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
Payment Options: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Check In: 3 p.m.
Check Out: 11 a.m.
Required Stay: 2 night minimum (3 night holidays, $30 holiday surcharge)
Deposits: 50% Payment Due when Booking Reservations; Balance Due 14 Days Prior to Arrival. Signed Rental/Waiver Agreement Required. Families & Responsible Adults.
Pet Fee: $50 per pet per stay
Note: Weekly rate includes 6 nights.
- A/C or climate control
- Linens Provided
- Central heating
- Towels Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine
- Housekeeping Optional
- Clothes Dryer
- Local Guides/Maps
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
- Ocean or water views
- Mountain Views
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 800 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
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81 guest reviews
99% of guests would stay again
perfect place to ring in the new year
My family and dog had a great stay - convenient to national park, caverns, and Walmart. Very clean and well maintained - just wish it had a dishwasher. Otherwise, we had a great time and would definitely consider going back. The big yard and river front were spectacular for a fire and our dog to run around.
We really enjoyed our stay. The cabin was extremely clean and had everything we could possibily need.
I think that coming in the off-season and in the middle of the week really made the difference. It was very quiet and peaceful, which is exactly what we were looking for.
Thank you for everything. We will be coming back for sure this summer.
We had a fantastic time at Bear Valley. The view from the deck is amazing! We went in December but still had a great time taking walks, relaxing in the hot tub and enjoying the property. We would definitely recommend the property and hope to be back soon!
This was a great weekend retreat. Very comfortable in a beautiful setting.
Wonderful 1st wedding anniversary get away!
My husband & I were more than pleased with our 4-day stay at Bear Valley cabin! The cabin had everything we could possibly need: linens, towels, dishes, utensil, paper towels, toilet paper, movies, games, firewood, etc. We literally brought our own clothing, toiletries and food - that was it! It was also quite lovely that for a small extra fee we were able to bring our 2 dogs with us (they loved chasing the deer!). I can't forget the awesome amenities like the washer & dryer, hot tub, gas grill, 2 fire pits, canoes, mountain bikes, etc. Most of all, waking up to the view of the river right from the deck was breath taking. I have recommended this cabin to all of my friends and family if they are looking for a quick getaway. We will certainly be back!
Relaxing and Cozy
This cabin was a relaxing and cozy hide away. My husband and I went for our anniversary and had an excellent time. The river in the backyard is absolutely beautiful!
Wonderful family get away.
Enjoyed out time at Bear Valley and a very easy drive from the DC Metro area. Everyhtign we needed for our famli of four was in place and other than the grass neededing to be cut, it was fantastic. we look forward to our next visit.
Peaceful, comfortable cabin
We stayed or 5 days here, it was very clean, everything was there you needed. We loved the canoes etc, the animal spotting kept us amused. The hot tub brilliant. Definetely would recommend this cabin, although you need to bear in mind that it is away from shops etc. thank you for making our stay wonderful!
you must go
what a wonderful place, all the peace and quiet you could wish for, the river was gentle when we were there and not too deep which i was glad of as i fell in(husband said wait for him to help me out,did i? ) cabin had every thing you could want and hot tub!!! Luray was only 30 mins away, and you must visit uncle bucks.food was good,i wish i was staying for more than 1 week, could not fault this place
Fabulous family getaway!
We had an amazing time - the cabin is even better than the photos made it look. We loved using the canoes, tubes, bikes and the hot tub. We toasted marshmallows on a campfire and when there was a rain storm we snuggled down to watch a film from the huge choice of films available in the DVD library. Totally idyllic - we have 3 kids (aged 14, 13 & 11) we stayed 4 nights and never got in the car to go anywhere (we went to the local walmart on the way in) as there was so much to occupy the kids right there at the cabin. One thing though, I would recommend taking shoes suitable to wear in the river as there are some very sharp stones on the riverbed. Loved it and would definitely recommend to any families with kids about the same age as ours or older.
What a dream...
This was an excellent cabin stay for us. Perfect location right on the Shenandoah River. The cabin had everything you could need. And everything works perfectly, especially the jacuzzi. Full disclosure on when my card was going to be charged, when the deposit would be returned, and when we could expect to check in. Cabin is in great condition - very clean and cozy, very comfortable. Lots of privacy in a great location just off the main road and secluded enough to give you that serene feeling...only the sounds of birds and piter patter of deer and other wildlife in the area. I absolutely loved this place and so did my wife and kids.
This cabin was all I had hoped for! It is a cozy, relaxing and quiet retreat! The cabin had all of the necessities we needed. Our favorite part was the hot tub. We hope to go back in the summer and take advantage of the river which is in the backyard.
Had a great weekend!
My husband and I needed a weekend getaway and this was exactly what we were looking for. We grabbed some groceries on the way in and never left until we had to check out. My husband loved being on the river and we went fishing most of the time. He wants to come back and do the canoe down the river next time. The cabin was clean and cozy.
Not really for city folk
The place is very clean and does have a well stocked kitchen and closet.
I feel like there is one key detail I did not really consider before booking is that the cabin is 30 minutes from the main road but not in as private a location as we expected.
When I was a kid I spent many summers camping and never encountered the onslaught of insects we met while attempting to grill one of the nights. There is a warning in the book that makes mention of not opening the windows...they mean it. Being outside there is nice until the sun goes down, that may well have been a result of the late summer season change we were in the middle of but I feel it is noteworthy.
The only gripes I had of the property were the hot tub that was in need of professional repair and the grill being much older and more used than it was billed as, I found the propane tank empty but there was a backup in the utility room which I thought was a considerate touch.
We rented from this site and not from the sponsored site that is used by the managing company which complicated contacting the owners, as the only contact information provided in the unit is the management companies phone number.
Overall we had a relaxing weekend, I do not think we will be returning or recommending this location to others but I can see why some people might really care for this place. Read more
Response from Paul - 10/05/2012
We're sorry our cabin didn't work out well for this guest; like he says, maybe he would have been happier in the city. If you rent a cabin that bills itself as a rural retreat, being well away from the main road is a feature not a bug.
Speaking of bugs, it's true that at this time of year there are quite a few of them. We have birdhouses throughout the property to attract birds which eat the bugs, but they've left for the winter and the bugs haven't. We don't really want to chemically spray down the entire area since it's right next to the river, but we're very careful about keeping them out of the house as the guest noted.
As far as the hot tub, we didn't get a complaint at the time and aren't sure what he means. As it happens I personally used this hot tub just last week and it was working perfectly. Sometimes the display flashes an error code that our professional service techs haven't been able to figure out, but it doesn't seem to affect the function so it shouldn't be a problem.
We updated the contact information in the unit with several relevant phone numbers, though we haven't had a problem with that in the past. There is no separate management company - we ARE the owners but it's organized as a company, so maybe that's where he got confused.
Beautiful river view and access
We highly enjoyed our stay for a girl's weekend at Bear Valley River. The cabin was incredibly clean, we enjoyed a well stocked kitchen, and having access to bikes, canoes and 2 tubes was very cool. The cabin has a beautiful view and shallow access to the river and the grounds were well maintained. While the area is secluded and quiet, you do have neighbors right next door so you don't feel too out of touch.
The owner was great about allowing my dog to come on the trip for an additional deposit, last minute, and for the most part was very responsive during booking. We did have some issues with the hot tub - while it was the perfect size for the 3 of us, it had been conditioned with way too many chemicals. We left that weekend with our skin dry and itchy and our suits bleached and essentially ruined. I didn't get a response from the owner on this issue, but I'm not sure what there was to do except ensure the hot tub chemicals are regulated for future visitors.
Overall we had a great stay. We appreciated the extensive DVD collection for rainy days, having the linens provided was incredibly helpful, and the beds were comfortable. The access to the river and canoes are worth the price itself. Read more
Response from Paul - 09/14/2012
Hi Kim and thanks for the feedback. I did actually receive your message and I responded. I'm not sure where the message went. I thanked you for letting me know and CC'd the housekeeper Sandy and the handyman Steve about it. We will definitely take care of it. We've never heard that before so maybe we put in a little too much chemical this time? In the future, if you feel that happen, you may be able to "fix" it by draining a bunch of water out and putting in fresh. That may dilute down the mixture. Sorry for the dry skin!
Party of Two
Loved this cabin; truly a home away from home. They have thought of everything to make renters comfortable and to enjoy the scenery as well as local activities. Kudos!
Last Summer Family Trip of 2012
I was looking for a place to get away with my family that would provide us with an opportunity to enjoy each other without distractions. This was the perfect spot!!! Great fun outdoors that we all enjoyed for hours on end. When any one of us got hot or tired they were able to get inside to rest and unwind a bit.
Bear Valley River cabin is a great opportunity for any family to reconnect and get back to the root of family. I must say, I was very happy that it had internet and cable...that helped when the kids had their fill of family time :)
Everything we wanted
The cabin was great. Everything we were looking for in the location we were looking for. Very convenient to SRO. Really enjoyed the canoes also.
Great Stay by The River!
We had a great time at this cabin. When we arrived the cabin was spotless. All the amenities were just as described. The hot tub was awesome, enjoyed a few starlit nights there. The canoes were great although having my own wooden paddles I found the supplied paddles to be very heavy and a little difficult to use. Fishing along the river was lots of fun - we caught lots of little sunfish which kept everyone happy. We used the bikes to ride up and down the gravel road. A couple of times we came across deer right at the side of the road which was nice. The master bedroom was very comfortable, the kids beds not quite as comfy. The selection of movies was great as was the T.V. Wireless reception was great everywhere inside the cabin and for a pretty decent distance outside it. The kitchen was reasonably supplied with cooking utensils however I would recommmend adding an electric kettle for tea/coffee, etc and some mixing bowls. We made pancakes a few times and had to use a pot to mix in - not a big deal but we also could have used some bowls for popcorn, chips, etc. The riverside setting was beautiful, this was a great place to relax. There is a ton of bird life in the area which we enjoyed. The town of Luray & the caverns were close by as was the Shenandoah National Park. It was an easy drive from the cabin to get to both locations,. We enjoyed a great night at the Page County Fall Fair where we took in a Demolition Derby. We found all the poeple in the area to be most hospitable and accomodating. All in all, an excellent stay.
Comfortable cabin with nice amenities
The cabin is in a great location by the river and is very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed using the canoes/tubes, unfortunately didn't get a chance to use the bikes and the hot tub temperature control wasn't working properly so it was actually too hot to use the hot tub. We'd love to go back in cooler weather and enjoy it. We also enjoyed the DVD library, watching several family movies with our daughters. I would note that the top bunk of the bunk bed is a little hard to get up and down from, and my 6 year old ended up sleeping on the floor because she was scared to get down from the bunk bed by herself.
Jason & Melissa
Getaway by the river
Overall, our stay at Bear Valley was a positive experience. We enjoyed the scenery, activities, and amenities the cabin had to offer. It was wonderful that conoes were provided as well as wood for the camp fire. A few bumps in the road may have made it a little less relaxing than we cared to admit. Upon arrival the aC and hot tub were in need of repair. When the aC was fixed, the smell from the laundry room below permeated the entire cabin. We ended up not using it at all. The rental fee may be overpriced considering its location and lack of civilization, but anyone looking to "get away from it all” will find it very enjoyable. Read more
Response from Paul - 07/25/2012
The guest is correct that the A/C had an outage the day they were arriving. As soon as we learned about it, We did three things:
1) We immediately bought a brand new A/C window unit and installed it. It helped bring the temperature down considerably.
2) We had the cleaning crew bring in extra fans to help with circulation
3) We called A/C repairman to come out as soon as possible to repair the central system.
My apologies to the guest for any uncomfortable time during the week. I had hoped the window unit would help until the central A/C was fixed. I hope their next stay will correct any bad feelings about this one.
The hot tub has had an ongoing on again/off again issue that we have struggled to fix for almost a month now. The temperature heats up too hot and won't come down. We have spent hundreds replacing part after parts - including some parts twice - in our pursuit to fix it. We believe we may have found the solution in the past day.
Fun and relaxation along the Shenandoah River
My family enjoyed our weekend getaway along the Shenandoah River. The weather was perfect and the water felt great. We had fun canoeing,tubing, and fishing in the river and enjoyed our evenings around the campfire. We were visited by deer, cats, groundhogs, geese, and a fox, but no bears. The hot tub was nice and relaxing. The cabin was nicely decorated, clean, and roomy enough for the four of us. The only downside of the weekend was the central air conditioning quit working on Saturday afternoon making it a very warm 83 degrees inside the house and rather uncomfortable. We called in the problem, but the only solution was having to use a fan which did not help at all. It would have been nice if we were at least offered a refund for this inconvenience. If it wasn't for the aC breaking, we would have given a 5 star rating. Read more
Response from Paul - 07/25/2012
The guest is correct that they experienced an A/C outage, but the owners didn't learn about that until the morning they were leaving. Upon learning about it, we did the following things:
1) We immediately bought a brand new A/C window unit and installed it. It helped bring the temperature down considerably.
2) We had the cleaning crew bring in extra fans to help with circulation
3) We called A/C repairman to come out as soon as possible to repair the central system.
Obviously, this did little to help this particular guest since they were transitioning out. I have reached out to the guest with a 15% discount on any future reservations. My apologies for the warm non-A/C air on Saturday night. I know how uncomfortable that can be, particularly during this time of the year.
Mt. Airy MD
Great Time in Luray
This cabin is well located, right on the river with a level lot. Accommodations were very clean, and the cabin has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The location is perfect, the property condition is excellent, and the outdoor hot tub, gas grill and on-site laundry are added amenities. We had an unexpected issue with the hot tub t-stat, but property manager was immediately on it, got a part overnight and fixed promptly. Great customer service. Highly recommended. I've stayed in other properties in Luray before; Bear Valley is among the best!
Will definitely return to this beautiful cabin on the river!!
This cabin is everything I expected and more. It was clean, cozy, and beautiful! I loved how the cabin is right at the river. I enjoyed the two firepits (one by the river and one closer to the cabin). The hottub was wonderful on those chilly nights. Also, having access to the bikes and canoes was a plus! I don't have anything negative to say about this cabin, and will definitely be returning!
We spent three nights at the cabin and had such a good time! Loved the river, the fire pit, and the hot tub! Getting up early and sitting outside with a cup of coffee was amazing. The boys had a great time fishing and everyone was able to relax for a few days! We plan to return for sure!
Everything you need on the river
Had a great time at your cabin. Took advantage of the canoes two days. Hot tub was great. Bed comfortable, gas fireplace was nice in the evenings. Built campfires two nights Riverside campfire pit was covered in water the 3rd day so we used the upper one. Sandy is a gem. And Steve arranged to get us and the canoe up to the bridge for a great trip.I like to have open doors and windows,so no screen on the door and keeping the windows shut was my least favorite part of the cabin. Also cabin is a good 20 minute drive from town,so it is best to bring your groceries and maybe an extra fry pan. We did eat in town one night it was raining at Rancho Viajo. Very good mexican. Older people and small children might not like the steps to the cabin.
This was our first trip to the river, we already miss the cabin and are starting to plan our next trip this year. The house was perfect!! a home away from home, all the wonderful commodities made our stay one of the best trips we have ever had. I would recommend this cabin to anyone interested in staying on the Shenandoah river.
A well-equipped, cozy and clean cabin.
This cabin had everything we needed for a wonderful and relaxing weekend. We enjoyed the river right outside the back door, the gas fireplace and the hot tub. The place was so clean and comfortable. It's on a dirt road, and we took long walks with woods on both sides. Although we didn't use the kayaks or bikes, they were there for our use. The houses are not close together, but the neighbors were friendly and invited us for a smore over the firepit. Loved it and would definitely go back.
Wonderful week of pure relaxation!
This cabin was well-equipped with everything my husband, daughter, and I needed for a carefree week of relaxation. They did a great job of anticipating needs that will arose during our stay. We literally didn't leave for the entire week and had everything we needed and plenty of things to keep us busy (canoes, hot tub, fire pit, and an extensive DVD collection to name a few). The view of the river and mountains from the porch is breathtaking. By far one of the best stays I've had in Luray. We will definitely be returning soon!
H and R
Laurel Springs, NJ
Bear Valley River Cabin Review
We had an excellent stay - very relaxing!
The cabin was clean - bathroom especially!
We enjoyed ourselves and will be booking again very soon!!
Great river escape
We had a terrific stay at this scenic cabin on the river. Enjoyed a well equipped and comfortable living space with easy access to a wide bend of the Shenandoah. The cabin backs up to the George Washington National Forrest providing a vast and secluded area for hiking literally in the cabin's back yard.
Outstanding place to get away.
I could not ask for anything better. This place is home away from home. I love it and I will do this again down the road. So be looking to here from me again.
We had a very relaxing stay.
The cabin is great for a romantic getaway. There are mountain bikes, canoes and nearby hiking trails for active folks. For the less active there is a hot tub a beautiful deck overlooking the river and a huge Television with an amazing DVD collection.
review of the bear valley cottage
Good location and nice house. Child friendly, the crib was very helpful.
Hopefully, the switch turning on the fireplace will be marked as such soon, quite counterintuitive.
We liked the photos showing the hot tub covered, but it was not so in reality. Maybe (?) a nicer view, but it was raining on and off, so having it downstairs would be helpful. By the way, same about the grill.
Overall, good place and sweet memories. Should be even better in spring/summer, when we can use the canoes.
beautiful quite relaxing place away from everithing kids enjoy the jacuzi the firepit and fishing in the river great experience.
Beautiful and Relaxing Weekend
We had a wonderful weekend at Bear Valley Cabin in Luray. From the minute we walked into that cabin till the moment we left everything was great. The cabin is just as you see it in the pictures. Very clean and organized, anything you need is there. The jacuzzi was wonderful and clean and we had a great time taking the canoe out on the river (which is right in front of you). I really enjoyed having dinner each night out by the fire in the yard and watching the sun set on the river, absolutely beautiful. The town of Luray is not that far away if you want to go see Luray Caverns, go shopping or stop to have lunch. We had such a relaxing weekend. Thanks for having us Paul, we will be back next year!!!
Sandy and Dan
Reconnecting with Nature
Enjoyed the tranquility of the area, the peacefulness of the river by land and by canoe, the awesomeness of star gazing from the warmth of the jacuzzi and morning coffee by an outdoor fire. Just what I needed.
A very remote, secluded getaway
Bear Valley was really out there. A bit more secluded then I thought, but in the end, it was an excellent location and the view was great. Could use a little more "decor" inside, a little more kitchen cookware, but other then that...it was great.
without a paddle club
relaxing comfort in an idealic setting
2.5 days of relaxing by the river, around the firepit, with no wives, no kids, and nothing to do but enjoy the tranquility of nature, sip a few beers, and relax in the hot tub
This house is located in the most beautiful setting. The river was wonderful and the hot tub was relaxing. Had an excellent time. Most relaxing trip I have ever been on.
A weekend full of "Nothing To Do"...
An excellent cabin with all the necessary furnishing and ammenities to make for an enjoyable experience in the great outdoors! Our group (fathers and their sons) enjoyed the seemingly endless day around the firepit on the river; canoeing up river and the slow drift back down; showing off cooking skills in the kitchen and grilling skills on the deck; and spending quality time together discussing current and future plans as it related to each individual (adults/students).
I would highly recommend this cabin. In fact, I will be returning with my immediately family in the near future for another relaxing weekend of nature and togetherness. This cabin requires nothing more than for the individuals/family to bring the food items they wish to prepare and consume. It was nice to pull up in the driveway and not have to move the vehicle again until check out.
To the owner, thanks for making your cabin available for others to enjoy! I am already looking forward to my next visit.
The Richards Family
A fabulous, relaxing break.
We are a family of 4 adults (one teenager and one just beyond teens) and booked the cabin initially for 3 nights as part of our tour of Virginia. Before our trip Hurricane Irene caused a problem for a later part of our itinerary and so we asked if we could stay for an extra 2 nights. Talk about a blessing in disguise (for us!)! We were so thrilled with the cabin that after only a couple of hours we were all saying that we were glad that we didn't have to leave for another 4 days. It was everything we hoped for and there were extra touches, like the video library for the evenings, which were unexpected and very welcome. We have a hot tub of our own at home, but the one at the cabin is extra special and we really enjoyed it. The bikes were so much better than we expected and so was the rest of the equipment. The grand finale of our stay was a float down the river to point 13 on the tubes. It was absolutely great and we hope to return some day.
Absolutely wonderful...would highly recommend.
This was our first time renting a cabin on the Shenandoah River so had no idea what to expect. We were so happy with the entire experience. The cabin itself was so nice and comfortable. Big kitchen, nice living room and bedrooms. The video library was a big hit with the kids at night. Everything was great...the hottub, the view, river access, canoes, bonfire, and bikes. We did a trip to Luray Caverns with the kids which was fun. Would absolutely do it again.
Great experience to celebrate husband's bday
We celebrated my husband's 30th birthday at the cabin and it couldn't have been any better. The hot tub was fun, tubing in the river was great, and the nightly bonefires was a great time to relax. Thank you!
great family time
the cabin was up to out expectations. it was very clean and had all that is needed for a great family vacation.
the televisions weren't working properly.
the Jacuzzi was a great hit, I would recommend a picnic table on the grass.
We would love to come back again
Charlottesville, Virginia (North Dakotan ;)
I found this cabin on the internet and the owner was kind enough to let us have our big dog in the cabin. It was my daughter's birthday and wanted to do something special for her and my 2 sons since their dad is deployed to afghanistan. Cabin was very clean and comfy. We especially enjoyed the hot tub and the cool air after a day on the river. Grocery stores are close by if you want to wait to get food when you arrive and Luray was a wonderful little town. The river was just breathtaking and we deeply enjoyed the canoeing and tubing. I like to travel with 'big dog' for security reasons but felt very safe in this area and cabin. Kudos to the owner!!
East Windsor, NJ
We traveled to Virginia to attend the first annual Hazzard Homecoming. With 3 young children, a hotel room that would suit our needs was hard to come by. For not too much extra cost, this cabin was perfect for all 5 of us. The kids loved the river and the hot tub as did the adults. The smell was a little musty but I can only imagine that's due to a damp environment. We bought some candles and soon adjusted. Overall, this was perfect for us and we would definitely considering renting this cabin again.
At one with the Shenandoah
Our time at the cabin was a great experience. Riverside bonfire, canoeing, songbirds, moon setting over the mountain. It was a great family outing.
We had am amazing stay at Bear Valley Cabin..our only complaint was that we had to go home!!
We traveled with four teenage boys who are very hard to please..especially if it doesn't involve a video game. They had the best time! We spent the entire trip outdoors. Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Tubing and Canoeing. It was wonderful to have everything provided for us.
The cabin was clean, well maintained and included everything needed for a great stay!
We are already planning a return trip :-)
Our First Cabin Rental on the Shenandoah River
It was a bit of a relief to be near the mountains and 'on' the river during the hottest week of the summer!Bear Valley River Cabin has a beautiful location just steps from the S. River and leisurely tubing and canoeing offered a respite from the heat. The only small problem was the aC at the height of the day did not cool things sufficiently, but as the day progressed and got cooler the aC too kicked in-- just a bit uncomfortable for a few hours each day. It's a small cabin really suitable for only 4 people max but quaint and very clean with all the amenities: kitchen stuff, hot tub, mtn bikes, tubes, canoes... Our 1st cabin rental experience was very good and I would recommend it to anyone ready to sit back and really relax. Both Paul (owner) and Sandy(housekeeper) were a pleasure to work with.
The Calder/Faulds Team
fune with family and friends on the shanandoah
The perfectly appointed bear river valley cabin exceeded our expectations to accomadate our relaxing getaway. We found it organised, well equipped and immaculate. many wonderful memories were made that week aided by the use of the kayaks, tubes, bikes, hot tub and fire pits. A really very special place.
Great Time at Bear Valley River
The best 3 things about the cabin are Location, Location and Location. A beautiful piece of property and a wonderful portion of the river. Plenty of towels, linens and most everything else you need for your stay. The cabin is well thought out and perfect for a family of 4.
The canoes were great, hot tub splendid and plenty of outdoor furniture for an fire by the river.
Gratefully rested Brits!
Darlington, United Kingdom
Wonderful vacation retreat
We were looking for a get-a-way from it! hideaway and we found just what we were looking for. Everything we could have needed and more, a real home from home.
Hot tub was a winner especially sitting in it at night looking at the stars!
The house is equipped with nearly everything a family could need. The location is quite remote: far from town, no cellphone, many mosquitoes. So if you are looking to "get away from it all", this is a good place. The river is entertaining and fairly safe for kids.
West Warwick R.I.
A very nice place to "come home to".
A very pleasant place to come back to after a nice day of exploring Luray Caverns and other places of local interest. My only regret is that we didn't have longer to stay.
Loved it. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Absolute paradise. We came all the way from australia and it did not disappoint. Loved the tranquility, the amazing bird life, the stunning location on the river. We also really appreciated all the extras provided and made good use of the bikes, canoes, and especially the tubes. Floating down the river in absolute tranquility was bliss. Hot tub on the veranda was wonderful at the end of the day!
Amazing location right off the river!
The place to go and get away from it all! If you like peace and quiet and a chance to be off the beat path this is the place for you. You can canoe on the river or go hiking nearby. Then relax in the awesome hot tub under the stars all while listening to the river rapids.
The cabin was just as described. It was spotless, very well maintained. The fireplace,hot tub and TVs were all great. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Incredible Mountain Escape
Very clean and cozy cabin right on the Shenandoah river with so many on-site options for relaxing and adventure including mountain bikes, canoes, porch swing, outdoor grill, fire pit, hot tub, flat screen TVs in every room, over 200 Dvds (all gear included onsite), etc. It is perfect for a family vacation, romantic getaway (like ours!), and a group of friends getting together. We will definitely be back soon!
Great stay far far away!
My boyfriend and I enjoyed our mountainous time in this cabin in Luray. It was secluded like we wanted and so quiet, i scared myself a couple times at night, lol. The views were beautiful and look forward to seeing them in the spring. Everything in the cabin was accessible and the owners thought of everything from first aid to outdoor and indoor entertainment. Being inside the cabin was like being at a home away from home, comfy and cozy. although we both loved being in the peace and quiet, coming back home to the city called our names. We will return back very soon, thanks so much!
The MacAulay Clan
Peace and tranquility in a home away from home
We had a fabulous short stay at Bear Valley River cabin. Location was perfect for us and the kids (10&7) loved the river. The cabin itself is a very high standard of everything and immediately welcomes you and is very comfortable. The finer details are what makes this place very special and the hot tub and outdoor fire pit were a huge hit. Perfectly placed for everything, including the Luray Caverns which are a must see.
Lisa and Mike
Awesome! Will do it again!
The cabin was excellent. Clean, comfy-had everything we needed and then some. I forgot the corkscrew and sure enough there was not one but several in the drawer. The grill was great and I believe my husband said there was an extra tank "in case" we ran out. I am sorry to say that we did not use the hot tub but it looked great - clean-and we are picky about that. The setting was perfect-the river and mountains all around. The cabin was a bit closer to other cabins than I expected but everything worked out nicely. I would definitly re-rent this cabin in the future. Thanks so much for making our stay superb and something we will remember.
Dick and Teresa Alger
very, very relaxing
Where do I begin? We didn't want to leave and we can't wait to go back! It's so peaceful. And the house is so nice and cozy. We loved the canoeing and the hot tub. It doesn't get any better than this past weekend!!
Ellicott City, Md
We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the cabin and conveniences, such as TV and DVD player in the kids room. Location along the river is beautiful, very quiet evenings and loved the close proximity to Luray and Skyline Drive. We wish we had a chance to use the hot tub!
My husband & I have been renting cabins for a couple of years now in Va,with that said we have to say this is the best one by far. Between fire pit, the river, the hot tub it was a great time. To see that you had a extra tank for grilling just in case the old one runs out was great. The last cabin we stayed at did not have that and we ran out of gas mid way of cooking. So that was great. Its the little things that make a stay great or a nightmare and we feel you guys though of everything. The only thing that we have to say was that we though this cabin was some what isolated (we are from DC and would for like the alone time) but the was not the case. there was two other cabins very close to this one with renters in them. It was not a problem but we were surprised to find this out when we got there.
Great cabin, great host, we will be visiting again. Thanks
Chester County, Pennsylvania
A Splendid Getaway in a Scenic Environment
We had a nice stay at Bear Valley Cabin. The location was fairly private, but within sight of three other rental cabins in the area. The view from the cabin was spectacular, and on cool October mornings, we could see mists rising from the south fork of the Shenandoah River. The cabin interior was extremely clean, very nice and well-appointed, although we missed not having an automatic dishwasher. The bed was comfortable in our room, the internet worked perfectly, the gas fireplace was very efficient, and there were a variety of movies and games on hand as well. The exterior was very friendly also. In addition to the wonderful hot tub on the upper deck, there was a gas grill and a glass patio table. On the lower deck, there were chairs, a two-person bench-swing, as well as an infant swing. Access to the utility and laundry area was through the lower deck, so we were able to wash out clothes in mid-vacation - a nice feature, so we didn't have to overpack. On the property itself, there were canoes along with all of the necessary accoutrements, bikes, and two firepits along with seasoned firewood. This place is a nice retreat from the busy world, and would be a perfect place to kick back and write a book from. The one thing that my significant other disliked the most was the drive to the cabin; the last 8/10ths or so of the road is rough gravel and quite dusty during dry weather.
Tom & Nan Rowe
A Wonderful Relaxing Weekend Getaway
We had a lovely weekend! The cabin was clean and cozy, and the hot tub was wonderful. The view of the night sky from the hot tub was beautiful, and we even saw shooting stars! The dvd collection was fun and the view of the river and mountains was outstanding. We've been to several cabins over the years, and this one has been the nicest. I would recommend it!
Warm and Inviting
What a warm and inviting cabin and great location. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Leesburg Family of 5
Fantastic family getaway - river cabin retreat
My family, including 3 boys (ages 7, 6 and 2) had a great 3 day vacation at the Bear Valley River Cabin. The owners equipped the cabin perfectly, and the amenities were outstanding. We enjoyed the canoes, firepit, great proximity to the river, indoor fireplace, DVD movie collection and of course the hot tub! The gas grill and washer/dryer were a plus. The reservation process was a breeze too. Absolutely would recommend this place to others. Thanks for a wonderful mini-vacation!
We took my teenager daughter with some girlfriends for her 17th birthday. The adults had a amazing time but the teenagers didn't get into the nature scene. The cabin was great, view was breath taking. We played in the river, enjoyed the bikes, and so much more. Playing another getaway very soon. Thank you so much to the wonderful owners for having everthing at the cabin.
Dawn and David
No complaints whatsoever. Seeing this place in person is 50x better than the pictures. It was super clean and had all the ammenities that we needed. We absolutely loved it.
Brian and Kim
So awesome we came back a second time!
The cabin is perfect. It has everything you need for a perfect getaway. The best features are being right on the river and having a hot tub on the deck to enjoy the view. Although there are cabins around, the feeling is still very private. We will definitely rebook this one.
Beautiful River Cabin
Wonderful Experience, Beautiful Scenery, Peaceful Setting
best of both worlds
best of both worlds
Inside the house we found everything we wanted: airco, HD televisions with excellent DVD library , great beds, fully equiped kitchen, wireless internet. Outside we saw a bald eagle giving flying-lessons to his offspring. We had a marvellous time and plan to come back soon! The only thing was the hottub, it made a lot of noise and we would like to have the water cooled down for some refreshment.
Archie and Shirley
East Berlin, PA
The perfect place to celebrate our anniversary
We loved the cabin and will definitely stay there again. The location couldn't be better. Everything was as described in the internet sites that had the cabin listed. Two minor issues kept us from giving it a 5 star rating - one was with the hot tub, but it was not important to us since it was already so hot out and the same with the fireplace. We never could figure out how to turn it on. The instructions said to just "flick the switch", but never said where the switch was located. We are not familiar with gas fireplaces, so had no clue how to operate it without specific instructions. Again, it was so hot outside, we were not in a fireplace frame of mind, so didn't mind that at all.
Wonderful relaxing stay
My family had a wonderful 3 night stay at Bear Valley River Cabin. The location is terrific; pretty much right on the banks of the Shenandoah. We loved the kayaks and bikes as well as the hot tub. (It's great that you can control the temperature of the hot tub; we set it at about 95 degrees which meant that the kids could enjoy it.) The wonderful movie selection was also a big hit with everyone. Many thanks for sharing your cabin.
Great Time, beautiful spot
Looks like we picked the best cabin on the River. Great location. Beautiful yard. Nice amenities, and it worked out great. We canoed and tubed the River (be sure to scope out the take out locations beforehand). We caught fish, we saw deer in the yard, we hiked the Blueridge parkway, we visited the Caverns park, we biked the backroads and trails, and we enjoyed the hottub at the end of each day. Then we travelled to Washington DC for the City park of our family vacation. We couldn't ask for more.
We had a great stay in a beautiful and (for us city dwellers) very remote spot - we wished we had brought in many more groceries with us as there are no grocery stores near by! Once we adjusted to the remoteness we loved the beauty and peacefulness and restfulness of the absolutely lovely grounds and well stocked and well kept home. I wish we could afford to come back often!
Awesome river side retreat
This is a great vacation rental! Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids-11 and 14) was looking for a place that we could use as a base to visit the Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns, but also we wanted to fish and swim in the river. This rental filled all our needs and then some. It just as described in the listing plus spotless and well cared for. It has everything you need for a relaxing time. The warm and gentle Shenandoah River is right in your front yard. Watching the current flow lazily by, you feel the stress fade away and experience ultimate relaxation. Yet when you need it, internet, TV and movies are all there. We spent most of our 8 days at the house; swimming, floating, fishing, reading, hot tubbing, and cooking simple meals on the grill. We also visited the Park and the Caverns and enjoyed a exciting canoe and kayak trip down the river with the outfitters down the road from the house. Though the weather was hot we didn't suffer. The air conditioning was a welcome relief during the hottest part of the day. The house faces east which insures that the cool afternoon shade makes the river shore and the front of the house along with the hot tub, grill and outdoor dining very comfortable in the afternoon. I recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation on the beautiful Shenandoah River.
Charles Town, WV, USA
I can't wait to come back
We had a blast. This place is great for kids and couples. My husband and I came out on our own last year, but we decided to bring the kids this year after we saw how much stuff there was to do. Even though it's close to Luray and the Shenandoah Skline, you don't even have to leave the property to have loads of fun.
Everything you could ever want
Everything that the owners say on the listing is accurate and there's even a bunch of stuff they don't mention that's great. For instance, we stumbled on a notebook of movies with hundreds of movies in it - great for a rainy day. The hot tub was sublime. The canoes were great. I can't say enough about this place.