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It's time for a spring escape to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia!
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.
Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom; loaded with country charm; wood stove; sky lights; deck onto private woods. Native dogwoods and redbuds are now in full bloom!
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. Enjoy Bobby's hospitality and amenities such as fresh, home-baked breads, a kitchen stocked with basic staples if you choose to do some cooking, gourmet teas and coffees.
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.
large flat screen tv with local stations; DVD player with lots of movies - children and adult...moreless
A 'play kitchen', doll house and misc. toys in bedroom # 2...moreless
lots of movies on site for both kids and adults...moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
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
Hunting Small Game
A large leaf is available for dining table if needed for additional seating; highchair is available upon request...moreless
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
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Pet Fee$30 + tax
There is a 3 night minimum for holidays; holiday rate is same as prime time weekend rate - $235/nt.
Rates are based on payment by check or paypal one month prior to arrival. For paypal or credit card payment, add 3% to total.
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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!
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 50 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 other two cottages, also listed on vrbo - 'Moonridge' and 'The Inn at Long Last'. For a number of years, the cottage 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 two cabins. 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 half hour 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!