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The Black Bear, a Beautiful Log Home

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

The Retreat at Pipestem is a beautiful ten acre property, sitting quietly, hidden in the woods, right next to Pipestem State Park. Golf is only a 15 minute walk away, hiking trails start within minutes from the Retreat and all the activities the State Park has to offer are available to our guests as well. You can choose how active you want to be, from playing golf, to horseback riding, antiquing, dining, archery, a visit to the nature centre, to boating, hunting and fishing, or enjoy the quiet nature around you from the deck or the porch.

Our newest of three cabins, the Black Bear was finished late 2009 and incorporates all the things we learned from remarks our guests made. Simple things like a bedroom on the main floor, a Jacuzzi tub, cathedral ceilings, a loft with TV, an complete kitchen, a Jacuzzi tub, a three zoned air and heating system and a pellet stove as a fireplace to sit around with a life fire on a chilly evening in fall. There is a huge deck of 10 x 40 feet and a covered porch for when it's raining.

The cabin (and we can hardly call this a cabin anymore) is built of full logs and the wall in the living room and loft has windows from floor to the top of the roof. Inside, the cabin is fitted out with good comfortable furniture. A real log dining room and master bed room set, make this cabin complete.

Our own website will give a more complete picture of what we have to offer, including online booking and secure payments and floorplans.

Keywords: Log Home, Log cabin, secluded, Golf, Hiking, hunting, Pipestem State Park, WV, West Virginia, lodging,

More Details

Lisa or Hans
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Lisa or Hans

My name is Lisa Mateboer and I was born and raised in West Virginia. I became a teacher in Charlotte, NC, but always was traveling back to West Virginia to visit my mother who still lives there. Wanting a place to stay I found what we later called The Retreat at Pipestem. My husband works out of the country a lot and one of the things I looked at was whether I would stay there alone.

Being a teacher in a big city, I always longed to go back to West Virginia. Having two cats, always made it difficult to find a good place to stay and the Cardinal is just ideal to bring them.

As my husband works on ships and is away from home for months at a time, I wanted a place where I could be close to my mother who still lives in West Virginia and also feel safe.

Lisa or Hans purchased this house in 2006

Why Lisa or Hans chose Pipestem

When we found The Retreat at Pipestem we simply fell in love with the place. It's so beautiful and quiet and yet so close by the State Park that we could not resist. There were two log homes at that time and the Black Bear we built a few years later. We found a local builder who did a beautiful job building and finishing the log home. The location is ideal, right next to the StatePark, away from the main roads, but still easy accesible.

What makes this house unique

The saying that for real estate, the three most important things are location, location and location is certainly true for the Black Bear. Within a mile of the Lodge of Pipestem State Park with all the activities going with it. Being away from the main roads but still within of few miles of them, make this place a true gem amongst vacation homes.


Pipestem House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • There are two bedrooms with a queen bed, two rooms with two twins each. In the loft there is a queen size futon. There are two coaches and two love seats.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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The Black Bear, a Beautiful Log Home
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Nice cabin and well stocked

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and wish we could've stayed longer

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a beautiful cabin in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

Three families met here to have a weekend away and it was great! The cabin is very cozy and was well stocked and very clean.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Very nice, needs work on the little things.

  • 4 of 5

The Black Bear cabin is extremely nice and was overall a good experience. The only odd part was a lack of attention to detail on the small things that really make a rental awesome. The pellet stove was broken, there was hand soap in the showers instead of shampoo, and the foosball table was broken and at some point that break (broken leg) was concealed to hide the damage (probably by a previous renter, not the owners' fault). Small things overall, as the overall experience was great, but those things were lacking. Lisa was very responsive to our communications and was quite helpful. Pipestem as a whole was awesome... Will be coming back!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and well stocked

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family Christmas in a beautiful cabin with lots of room

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sptacular stay

  • 5 of 5

A woulderful cabin right inside of pipestem state park. So many things to do inside the park that you won't have to leave to have a great time. The cabin was great for our family vacation together. If you want a great place to stay with all of the amenities look no further. The cabin and the views were breath taking. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Darrell Smallridge

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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October Black Bear Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Last month we enjoyed a 3 night stay at the Black Bear Cabin in Pipestem. We were blessed with the peak of Fall splendor and all it's colors. It was a perfect time for my husband to return to his West Virginia roots and celebrate another Birthday.

The Black Bear cabin is very lovely and nestled in the woods. It is tastefully furnished yet comfortable. I was grateful not to have to bring linens. Additionally, we appreciated amenities such as a pellet stove, outside fire pit, porch swing, washer & dryer and an ionic hairdryer. The kitchen offers modern appliances and cookware.

It was great having access to the manicured grounds of Pipestem Park. I recommend the breakfast buffet at the Lodge - the food was excellent for a modest price. We enjoyed a hike and paddle boat rental on the lake. The sky-lift tram down to the Creek Lodge and Restaurant provided a spectacular view and it was fun. The journey along Skyline Drive was phenomenal. My pictures are incredible. Do not leave home without a camera!

The Owners (Lisa and Hans) answered all my questions within a reasonable amount of time. VRBO also did a nice job on accurate presentation.

Above all, it was a blessing to relax in beautiful surroundings and take in plenty of fresh air

Loved The Bears!!

Mila and Keith (Robert)

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
The Retreat at Pipestem
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Golf Course
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Kayaking and fishing
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Mc Keever Lodge
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Lookout tower
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Aerial Tramway
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Open Air theatre
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Open air cinema
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Dinner Club
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Boat rentals


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

See our website for more information about us and our properties

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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