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Riverside Retreat Along the Shore of the Shaver'S Fork River

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Bordering the Shavers Fork/Cheat River and the Monongahela National Forest, our cottage is truly a private, relaxing retreat.

The cottage, approx. 700 sq. feet, boasts two living areas – a bedroom and great room that can accommodate up to six people. The completely renovated Riverside Retreat has a full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cookware, dinnerware, dish towels and utensils. The bathroom has a shower and the bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed.

The great room has an alcove with bunk beds and a comfortable pull out queen size sofa bed. A TV with cable connection, DVD player, several games and telephone are all provided. The dining area seats six easily and there are stools along the kitchen counter. On the 360 sq. foot deck overlooking the river, there are chairs, a table and charcoal grill. The Retreat is fully heated for winter and air conditioned for summer occupants.

Sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels (for bathroom use only) are provided. It is the responsibility of the lessee to provide all food, condiments, paper products, towels for outside use and charcoal for the grill.

The Riverside Retreat is built on the bank of the Shaver’s Fork River. The river is well known for excellent fishing or a lazy float down stream. Across the road is the Monongahela National Forest which offers great hiking, cross country skiing, hunting and mountain biking.

The local area provides plenty of paths to hike, fish to catch and trails to bike. Horseback riding, four excursion trains, antique and art/craft shops, seven movie screens and five annual events are all close at hand. Elkins boasts its own play house, Davis & Elkins College, the Augusta Heritage Program, a rail trail and many excellent restaurants.

Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley State Parks, Spruce and Bickle Knobs, Dolly Sods and four ski resorts (Canaan Valley, White Grass, Snowshoe Mountain & Timberline) provide days of activities.

Minimum stay is at least two nights - longer on holiday and festival weekends. Suggest calling to discuss reservations - number listed below.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About The Owner

After a combined total of 53 years of being college administrators, we decided to get out of the rat race and settle in a beautiful, relaxing area where there was a college and the arts were celebrated. We owned a B&B just outside of Elkins for 21 years and now produce baskets and do volunteer work for the community. We love to hike with our golden retriever, bike the rail trails, the local national forest trails, the two music theaters and train excursions. We moved to Elkins thinking we would stay a few years - that was 22 years ago!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2004

Why The Owner chose Elkins

We purchased the Riverside Retreat in case we ever leave the Elkins area. We love this area and always wanted a place to come back to. We renovated the cottage into a place that we would want to live ine for six - eight months per year if we ever relocate. With such a wide variety of activites available in the area, we knew guests would love the location.

What makes this cottage unique

Sitting on the deck and reading or watching the water float by is one of the best benefits of the cottage. Being able to hike, fish, bike, ski, take train rides, go to concerts, rock climb and attend so many festivals just add to the benefits of the cottages location.


Elkins Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen size bed provided in seperate bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sofa bed., Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Riverside Retreat Along the Shore of the Shaver'S Fork River
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews

Enjoyable stay!!

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful, quiet, relaxable time at the cottage! Great secluded location, yet so close to many attractions. Owners are wonderful people; had a very welcoming greeting! Loved sitting on the deck next to the river, enjoyed playing some of the games, and being able to cook in the full kitchen and the outside grill. Only reason I can't give 5 stars is some of the cookware, especially skillets, need very much replaced, and the sink stopper was broken. Other than those few little issues, we loved it, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a getaway in this area. Would definitely return here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback. We are happy to know about the skillets so that we can replace them this weekend. We look forward to seeing you again. Anne and Paul
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Burgettstown, PA

Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Clean - excellent location - peaceful! We plan to return again, our 3 year old keeps talking about wanting to go back to the mountains. He enjoyed playing in the steam beside the creek. Even though Shaver's Fork was really high we were still able to enjoy everything. Owner was very helpful and great to deal with.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at this cabin and had a wonderful time. We were first greeted and then shown the way to the cabin. It was clean, had all the amenity's you could need, and of course the location was beautiful! Especially now during the fall season. We plan to come back to this cabin...and bring our Golden retriever. Thanks for a great weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girl's weekend

  • 3 of 5

We recently had a "girl's weekend" @ this cottage and it was nice. The only thing I would recommend is that you bring your own drinking water as the cottage water is really, really bad. The cottage was clean, the deck was very nice, but I have NEVER stayed anywhere that I was expected to vacuum and dust the interior before I left. I was there for vacation - that should not be part of the renter's responsibility.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that you were so disappointed in your stay with us. We have never had a guest in nearly ten years that was not happy with the water. We wish you had contacted us so that we could have checked to be sure that there was not a problem with the system. The week before we were inspected and our water was tested by the Health inspector and deemed to be fine. I am surprised you were so upset about the clean-up policy. We have stayed in many cottages that have that policy and have not had other guests question the instructions. As you know, the contract has a Damages and Check-out section outlining your responsibilities which you agreed to when signing the contract. We hope that you have a better experience at the next place you stay and appreciate your feedback.
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Hurricane, WV

Wonderful riverside getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 3 weeks at this cozy little house and had a wonderful time. The house is snug, comfortable, and the setting in unbeatable if you like peace and quiet. It sets at the edge of the National Forest which offers great hiking, etc. The river flows gently by, a few ducks land in the river and paddle around, the setting is so serene and you feel like you are alone in the world, yet a lovely town with everything you need is just minutes away. The cabin is well outfitted, and if you need something, the owners will try their best to supply it. The property owners are exceptionally nice, interesting people and can give you all sorts of ideas of what to do in the area and there is indeed much to do, especially if you love the outdoors or the arts. We just never want to go anywhere except the deck! We have stayed here before and will keep coming back. There is a very nice quilt/sewing shop in Elkins as well as a nice health food store and outdoor outfitters. We love going to Calains restaurant, which is nearby. You almost need a guide dog to find it, but it is worthwhile. Also, in Elkins there is The Kisselstop Cafe, CJ Maggies, Beanders, etc. While you are in the area don't miss Seneca Rocks, about 20 miles east.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA


  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a fabulous time at the Riverside Retreat. The Owner's are very accomodating. The cabin is very clean....Accomodations very comfortable. We had a great time. The river is very accessible...right out side your front door.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Elkins Elk's club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 33
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Forks
Nearest Ski
24 Miles
Canaan Valley Resort, White Grass
Nearest Point of Interest
The Riverside Retreat
Nearest Point of Interest
Elkins Depot Welcome Center and Railroad Excursions
Nearest Point of Interest
American Mountain Theater
Nearest Point of Interest
Davis and Elkins College
Nearest Point of Interest
Randolph County Community Arts Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Artists at Work
Nearest Point of Interest
Elkins Town Square
Car: necessary

Four train excursions, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Augusta Heritage Festival and classes, Ramp and Rail Festival, Polar Express, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, 2 commercial caverns, Mountain State Forest Festival.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $5
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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