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Bedrooms 2
Space 960 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property





Relax and enjoy a cozy vacation with your family, friends and pets on the Shenandoah River.

Sweetwater Vacation Properties newly renovated cottage on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River (Mile 12) north of Luray, VA. Area offers excellent hunting as well as ultra-lite and fly-fishing for Small Mouth Bass, Brim, Red Eye Bass as well as baiting for old standbys like catfish and carp. There are numerous hiking and riding trails throughout the area and over 26 miles of good canoeing water with public access. If you are into plants and trees, there are a wide variety of both in the area. I also recommend a good book and a pair of binoculars for bird watching (Baltimore Orioles are nesting along the river in spring and early summer) or curl up by the campfire or in the hammock with that favorite novel you have been meaning to read. This is definitely Virginia Outdoors at it's finest!

Sweetwater Cottage, #5 Lorelei Lane, Luray, VA, is newly renovated and is situated on 3 secluded acres along the Shenandoah River). The Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, coffee maker, microwave, waffle maker, and a full bath with tub/shower combination. It now has two bedrooms, living room, dining area picnic tables, large fire pit, gas grill, and a NEW 12’x40’ screened-in porch with a spectacular river view. Sleeping arrangements in the cottage includes two queen size beds and one double futon bed in the living room and one double futon bed in the dining extension. There is DSL Internet and NETFLIX, TV/DVD player as well as a CD stereo player available. Bed linens are provided, but you will need to bring your own towels, sleeping bags, food, kitchen supplies and beverages.

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Jan Dertzbaugh
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About Jan Dertzbaugh

Married in Washburn, WI, in 1974 and traveled to many different places while in the Army settling in Remington, VA (2004) with Bear (half lab and golden) and Daisy (Pound Puppy)! Jan is a highly successful domestic engineer and mother of Tim and Casey. John retired from the Army in 1995 and is still serving at PEO Soldier, Ft. Belvoir, VA. Jan and John enjoy fishing in both fresh and saltwater, being with our kids, and being of service to our Lord and Savior.

Jan Dertzbaugh purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Jan Dertzbaugh chose Shenandoah Valley

Sweetwater was love at first sight! We originally purchased it as a private retreat, but found that being able to show others the Virginia Outdoors and what a relaxing time was all about was extremely gratifying and decided to start sharing it with others . Life here moves at the speed of the river - very slowly! The river at Sweetwater washes away all the stresses associated with life in and around the National Capital region and rejuvenates the mind, body and soul as only the peace and solitude of the outdoors can.

What makes this cottage unique

Love sitting out along the river bank on a cool spring morning listening to the songs of the Baltimore Orioles or the owls hooting on a warm summer night while sleeping on the screened in porch. The peace and tranquility of floating down the river on a warm summers day while laying on an air mattress with my face submerged under water with mask and snorkel watching the river bottom and all the associated critters pass by. Or the joy of a “gourmet” smore cooked to perfection over a campfire while playing 4, 5, 6, and 12 stringed instruments and singing (or howling) with friends and family is one of life's greatest pleasures. Being rewarded with a nice bass as a result of a not so perfect cast. Finally, marveling at all of the wonders that surround you at Sweetwater and appreciating the beauty of God's creativity!


Nearest Point of Interest
Sweetwater Cottage

Property has river access to 26 miles of canoeing water starting at Bixler's Bridge with access points all along Page Valley Road for canoeing and kayaking. The cottage is located on mile 12 of the river. Cottage rental includes the use of 2 canoes with paddles, PFDs, and anchors. Excellent fishing for Bass, Bluegill, catfish and carp. Please consult Virginia State Regulations. Trails throughout the area for hiking and horseback riding. George Washington Forest open to hunting in accordance with Virginia State Regulations.


Luray Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Independent Heating and AC
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Independent Heating and AC
  • Bedrooms have independent heating and AC. Double Size Futon Bed located in the living room Double Size Futon Bed located in the Dining Extension
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Note: Secluded cottage on the Shenandoah River bordering the George Washington National Forest just a short, relaxing drive from Northern Virginia


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Centreville, VA

Quick family and fishing getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just wrapped up our trip to Sweetwater today, and we were extremely sad to leave. The cottage is very well appointed, very clean, and offers incredible river access. The views from the water are stunning, with river bends in each direction at the foot of a mountain. The sun sets almost exactly over the peak of the mountain to the west. We had neighbors arrive on our second day, but privacy was never an issue, nor was noise.

We had rain through a good chunk of one of our days, but never grew bored. There are tons of games, the wi-fi was reliable and fast enough to have the TV and 2 iPads streaming simultaneously with limited picture quality interruption. The screened in porch is fabulous. We took practically every meal out there, and it offered our daughter a great deal of freedom to go inside and out without worry.

The kitchen was surprisingly well stocked. There are a plethora of pantry items at disposal, and it would seem most guests pay it forward with what they haven't used, be it paper goods, bottled water and every condiment under the sun.

The bedrooms were good sized and offered plenty of temporary storage. They also have the most amazing blankets. Each room has individual heat and air to control the climate in a flash.

The bathroom has a nice sized tube and the water pressure is good.

The large living area lets in an abundance of light and has a view of the river from anywhere. The leather chair under the books looks like any old chair, but is life altering when you sit down with a book, a cup of coffee and open up the french doors to the river in front of you.

We didn't utilize them, but there were canoes and all the supplies needed for a day on the water. I spent many hours in the water fishing. The water was typically ankle-to-knee deep in most spots, with a waist deep pocket here and there.

The owner, Jan, was a pleasure to work with. Extremely quick to respond, gave us all the information we needed, and otherwise let us be, which is perhaps the best thing of all.

Luray is a short drive away. We did not visit during our stay, but did so go on our way home. There are tons of places to eat, obviously the caverns, and a really nice little zoo full of rescue animals. This is also your nearest grocery store as far as I could tell.

This place was amazing for our family of 3. It delivered on everything we were looking for an then some.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: To the Kevin M family: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an outstanding review!! Your review is something that Jan and I strive for and speaks to our goal of sharing what the good Lord has blessed us with and to bring people and family closer to Him as well as each other! I never get tired of the river views! With the distant Shenandoah Mountains down stream and the Massanuttens upstream, it is never dull or boring!! The constant changing of the seasons, plus the ever changing weather conditions always makes the mountain views exciting. The new porch and accompanying river view has been a big winner for us. We love sitting out on the porch in the morning with our coffee and a pair of binos watching the birds and, most recently, the Baltimore Orioles nesting along the river banks. Since John loves to cook, the kitchen is usually stocked with his favorite seasonings and we love to share that with our guests. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting you again soon!!! Thanks again for your wonderful write-up! Blessings and best wishes for Love, Peace and Joy!!! Jan and John
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Beautifule scenery

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay, lots of amenities. Owners were very helpful!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric: Thanks for your review! Enjoyed being able to accommodate you and your family during your stay. Hope you have the time in the future to come back for a little more "Sweetwater"!
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Norfolk, VA

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Sweetwater was exactly what we were looking for. Remote enough that I think we saw only one car pass by during our 3 days, yet only 20 minutes to Luray shopping. Right on the river, the water access for fishing and kayaking (both of which we did) was perfect. The cabin lot itself was generous in terms of space, but you're surrounded on all sides by empty woodlands, giving you the impression that you've got the Shenandoah River to yourself. The cabin itself was a perfect layout -- two comfortable bedrooms (the one my wife and I used was one of the most comfortable mattresses we've ever experienced), a completely furnished kitchen, and two sitting areas. The feature, however, that we'll never get over is the screened in porch. It runs the length of the cabin, with views of the water that you lose yourself in. Furnished with a couple of tables and stools for great happy-hour stations, as well as a huge table for dining. Anyone looking for an unbelievable getaway on the beautiful Shenandoah need look no further.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Refreshing Family Get-a-Way

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed at Sweetwater in the month of July and it was everything we hoped for and more! Prior to arriving our communication with Jan excellent (within a day) and pleasant. The cottage was clean, beds and futons comfortable for sleeping, kitchen well supplied and the views from house and screened porch were beautiful! After kayaking 12 miles of the river, we decided Sweetwater had the best location on the river. We could see layers of mountains in both directions when standing on the edge of the river and floating in it. We enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks, floating in the tubes and cooking in the fire pit. We also enjoyed a drive on the Skyline Drive and rode the zip lines at the Shenandoah St. Park about 40 minutes away. The Sweetwater grounds were quiet and peaceful - perfect for relaxing and getting away from the city!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa: Thank you for such a wonderful review. July is a wonderful time to visit the area. Floating the river this year was excellent since the river was higher than average. The fishing action was also very hot this year. This was one of the best years yet!!! Looking forward to having you all back and showing you a good and relaxing time.
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Alexandria, VA

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Sweetwater for 5 years now and it gets better every time! The new renovations are spectacular and they've made an already fabulous place even more fabulous! The new screen porch is the perfect addition and provides a great outdoor dining and relaxing area in all weather. We just LOVE it!! We are blessed to know Jan and John for many years and they are the most generous and the kindest people you will ever have the pleasure of dealing with. They will go above and beyond to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. You will enjoy a peaceful stay with the most amazing views, great fishing, beautiful clear water and no city noise! We just can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you John and Jan!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lorton, Virginia

Our Family Tradition!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I are getting ready to book our third summer vacation at Sweetwater! I cannot tell you enough how much my family and I look forward to this every year. The cottage is incredible and it is the perfect place to just relax and unwind. It is also great for all ages (one of my children is a teenage boy and he LOVES it there!). Whether it is enjoying the fresh air while fishing, sitting and talking around the fire, lounging on the hammock or drifting down the river on inner tubes: this place has it all. The owners are absolutely fantastic and ensure that our trip is always a memorable one. Will continue to stay at Sweetwater as long as we live in Virginia!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $300

Three Night Minimum May 15th to September 13th and all Federal Holidays for 2017. $20 Trash disposal fee unless you dispose of your own trash. Trash can be deposited in the dumpsters at the Outfitters at the top of the hill. Check in after 3PM/Checkout before 11 AM unless previously coordinated with the owner. Pets are limited to two with prior coordination with the owner. Please, no pets in the bedrooms!! Please read and sign contract and return with two checks: one for payment and one for Security Deposit. Reservation is not valid until a signed contract and fees are received by the owner. Security Deposit will be held until rental is cleared by owner and will be shredded if facilities are cleared by owner. Payment by Paypal is also acceptable for a slight fee.

Reservation is not valid until a signed contract and fees are received by the owner. Personal checks or Paypal (additional fee) is acceptable. Payment by personal checking will consist of one check for the rental amount and one check for the security deposit. The security deposit will be shredded upon successful inspection by owner. Paypal security deposit will be returned via Paypal or check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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