Romantic , Rustic Mountain Cabin in the Forest

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Terrapin Cottage is lovingly tucked away in the forest at the end of a cul-de-sac; very private. Paved roads all the way. Just 12 minutes from restaurants, grocery stores, and points of interest.

We still have gorgeous fall color here on the mountain!

Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom; loaded with country charm; wood stove; central air, sky lights; deck onto private woods.

Sleeps 8 - one queen bed in master bedroom; double futon in TV room; trundle bed in 3rd bedroom and double sleeper sofa in living room (all thick comfortable mattresses - yes, even the futon and sleeper sofa!). All linens provided. Air mattresses are available for extra bedding upon request.

There is a flat screen TV with DVD player and a good selection of movies and games for both children and adults.

There is a 'kid's kloset' with a play kitchen, doll house and lots of toys. Little kids adore the homemade rocking horse! (see pics)

Just an hour and a half from Washington DC and Baltimore; 1 hour from Fairfax, VA.; relax amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains near Historic Harpers Ferry, WV, above the Shenandoah Valley and River. A 5 minute drive will give you access to the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of God's country.

Explore Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Appalachian Trail, Charles Town Races and Slots, Antietam Battlefield, tubing, canoeing and kayaking on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, white-water rafting, zip-wiring, juried Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival (Sept.), fine dining, shopping and antiquing in quaint historic towns of Shepherdstown and Charles Town, WV, Leesburg, VA and Frederick, MD; hiking and biking along river roads and C&0 canal, WV and Loudoun County wineries ~ or ~ simply relax with a good book and cup of hot chocolate in front of the roaring wood stove and watch the deer in the surrounding woods.

Enjoy the atmosphere of a by-gone era, and the quaint charm of this mountain cottage. Help yourself to the kitchen stocked with basic staples if you choose to do some cooking.

Free WIFI.

Even though 'Terrapin' is tucked away on a mountain cul-de-sac, there are paved roads all the way from the interstate to the front door! The cabin is accessed by 3 steps.

This is an excellent private location for family reunions, weddings, retreats, or any small group gathering just an hour and a half from the big city but worlds away! Contact owner for special event rates.


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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    3 stairs at entry - both front and back...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Contact owner/manager regarding pet policy $50 pet fee for any length stay...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    trundle bed that can be made up as queen or two singles...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    double futon with extra thick mattress...moreless

  • sleeper soda with thick mattress in living area; futon with thick mattress in bedroom/TV room...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    washer/dryer in large master bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower



  • Books:

    lots of books available for kids and adults...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games for kids and adults...moreless

  • Music Library:

    CD player with lots of CDs on site...moreless

  • Television:

    large flat screen tv with local stations; DVD player with lots of movies - children and adult...moreless

  • Toys:

    A 'play kitchen', doll house and misc. toys in bedroom # 2...moreless

  • Video Library:

    lots of movies on site for both kids and adults...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Winter view of the Shenandoah Valley and Shen. River snaking through the valley; summer view - like in a treehouse. Cabin on a steep slope so the treetops are at eye level from the screened porch....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    A large leaf is available for dining table if needed for additional seating; highchair is available upon request...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    central air...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    heat pump plus wood burning stove...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    beds are made up; futon and sleeper sofa linens on site...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living area is composed of kitchen, dining and living room with sleeper sofa and wood stove...moreless

  • Parking:

    large parking area - driveway...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided:

    Please bring your own towels for river rafting, etc. Linens are to be kept in the cabin...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Piggy-back washer/dryer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    firewood provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    well equipped with pots, pans and other utensils...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    kitchen is well stocked with dishes, silverware, etc. for 8...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    kitchen is well equipped for 8 people; good quality pots/pans; dishes, etc. Staples (spices, mayonaise, mustard, flour, oil, etc.) provided. Just bring your groceries!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    staples provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Charming large screened in porch overlooking Shenandoah Valley. Comfy settee with a bunch of cushions (see pic) - BEST SPOT for an afternoon nap or sleeping out in the mountain air without critters....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Several outfitters with guided kayak and tube trips down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers; about 15 minutes away...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    unlandscaped; natural; lots of woods for building forts, climbing rocks, etc....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:




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from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
winter rate
Jan 3 - Apr 1, 2016
3 night min stay
$195 $225
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$225 $235
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $30 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 6%


There is a 3 night minimum for holidays; holiday rate is same as prime time weekend rate - $235/nt.

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Train

Car: Necessary

We're the naturalists paradise - located below the Appalachian Trail, near Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers (the 2 merge at Harpers Ferry), some of the best white water rafting in the US, zip lines down the mountain!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Hi; Bobby here. I'm a Northern Virginia transplant to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia! Sixteen years ago we purchased a weekend cabin near Harpers Ferry in the mountains (Shannondale) with a 75 mile view of the Shenandoah Valley below. We fell in love with this beautiful area and wonderful local people, and it didn't take long to switch from weekenders to permanent residents! I quickly developed a fascination with the historic old cedar cabins nestled all over this mountain - Sears kits from the 40s and 50s. 'Terrapin' is the 3rd cottage I've refurbished and transformed from trash to treasure - an artist's delight! You will enjoy seeing the photo album on site of 'before' and 'after' pictures. Please take a look at my smaller honeymoon cottage, also listed on vrbo - 'Moonridge'. For a number of years, Terrapin was a standard rental, and I recently decided to convert it to a vacation rental because of the huge pleasure derived from the incredible guests from all over the world who visit my other cabin. Thus, 'Terrapin' was created! Come, relax, and enjoy, and let me pamper you a bit!

Why the Owner Chose Harpers Ferry:
I love the natural beauty of this area, the wildlife, the cultural heritage, the history, the quaint little towns, plus we're only an hour from Fairfax, Va., so even though we feel really remote, there is easy access to the big city. It's really the best of all worlds!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
I think you will enjoy - as I do - making the trek up to the Appalachian Trail, whether just for an hour or two or a day hike into historic Harpers Ferry. I highly recommend the 'Maryland Heights' hike to the top of the mountain where you will have an incredible view of the town of Harpers Ferry and the two rivers - Shenandoah and Potomac - merging. This is a half day round trip hike atop the mountain that the Amtrak train tunnels through, on its way to DC and beyond. See my photos at this listing for the view from the top! For the less hearty, a short hike to 'Jefferson Rock' right in the midst of historic Harpers Ferry will allow you to share the view that Thomas Jefferson said was 'worth a trip across the ocean' to see! Or ~ spend a day at the Charles Town races and slots and be sure to visit the incredible 'Terrace Restaurant' where you will have the perfect terraced view of the horse races, including a monitor at your table for closer observation and a buffet that you will long remember!

Contact us

Speaks: english



  • July 2014

    July 2014

  • living room

    living room

  • living room/dining area

    living room/dining area

  • kitchen, dining

    kitchen, dining

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • master bathroom

    master bathroom

  • 2nd bedroom - trundle bed

    2nd bedroom - trundle bed

  • 3rd bedroom/tv room - futon

    3rd bedroom/tv room - futon

  • 2nd bathroom

    2nd bathroom

  • fall color - Nov. 1, 2014

    fall color - Nov. 1, 2014

  • play house (accessories included but not pictured)

    play house (accessories included but not pictured)

  • deck with charcoal grill

    deck with charcoal grill

  • living room

    living room

  • living room

    living room

  • kitchen; dining

    kitchen; dining

  • kitchen


  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • master bath

    master bath

  • 2nd bedroom - trundle bed

    2nd bedroom - trundle bed

  • 3rd bedroom/TV room - futon

    3rd bedroom/TV room - futon

  • 2nd bathroom

    2nd bathroom

  • kid's play area

    kid's play area

  • expansive deck surrounded by woods

    expansive deck surrounded by woods

  • Harpers Ferry - view from 'Maryland Heights' hike above the Amtrak tunnel

    Harpers Ferry - view from 'Maryland Heights' hike above the Amtrak tunnel

VRBO #429503

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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