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Piney River, a Relaxing Blue Ridge Mountain Waterfront Retreat

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8) Privet, water front property.

On the bank of the Piney River, Sycamore Shade is a great place to relax on the deck or hammock. Native brook trout and wild brown trout populate the river. There are fishing tackle, snorkel masks and inner tubes for enjoying the river. The house is nestled between the Cardinal and the Little Priest mountains in the Blue Ridge Religious Range. The George Washington National Forest adjoins the property.

Excursions can include hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail, four-wheeling up the Shoe Creek jeep trail, or mountain- biking the gravel roads that follow the river. Wintergreen ski resort is a 25 minute drive away. There are numerous wineries, breweries and orchards nearby, and to check for festivals and tastings at these go to The Nelson County visitor’s website.

The trilliums laurel and jack-in-the-pulpits bloom in spring. Summer is just fun because the water is warm enough (but still mountain spring fed cool) to tube or swim. Fall is spectacular because the trees are ablaze with autumn color, and the brookies can be seen spawning from the deck. Watching a movie from the extensive library of DVDs with a fire going in the woodstove is the way to relax in winter after an afternoon of skiing at Wintergreen.

It is always about 10 degrees cooler at Sycamore Shade than it is in the city, and the river makes a tranquil sound splashing over the rocks any time of year. Regardless of the season, when you pull into the driveway at Sycamore Shade, you will decompress and feel the peace and calm that that this home by a running stream always produces.

Keywords: Quaint, relaxing, cabin retreat, cottage, bungalow, honeymoon, Lodge

More Details

Cabell Gorman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018


Roseland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No wet dogs allowed in the house, Must be well behaved and bug free. Don't climb or cut down trees. Do not shoot trees or bottles.
  • Tenant must remove all trash. Make sure all dishes are clean. Return any furniture to its original position. Beds need to to be stripped and towels pi
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 4 rooms have twin beds. This house will accommodate a total of 8 people.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private fishing stream, deck overlooking river, privet Apple, blueberry, peach, and pear Orchard when in season. outside fire pit,Firewood, movies, books, Garage/play room with outside games, bikes, foosball, House fishing gear. Eight single beds one queen size bed.


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Piney River, a Relaxing Blue Ridge Mountain Waterfront Retreat
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Manakin Sabot, Va

Peaceful stay at Sycamore Shade

  • 5 of 5

Sycamore Shade is a beautiful cottage on the Piney River, tucked away in the mountains south of Wintergreen. The cottage was nicely decorated, very homey, with a well-equipped kitchen with new appliances. It's very quiet, under big sycamores, and has a relaxing, peaceful vibe. The master bedroom was over the garage and was a few steps up from the 1st floor; the bed was very comfortable, as was the living room seating, and there was a great view from the sunroom when it was too cool to sit on the deck. There was a nice 2nd bedroom and 2nd bathroom on the first floor, and 3 more small bedrooms and a 3rd small bathroom upstairs. We had a nice break from the hustle/bustle of life, enjoying the scenery and reading a lot. The water was too low to do much fishing, but we hope to come back and try again. Bring your DVDs and books, because there's no cable, wi-fi or cell service at the cottage, although there's good cell service only a few miles away in Lowesville. The drive to the cottage was beautiful, and this is only 2 hours from Richmond and about 45 minutes to Wintergreen, where we went one day for lunch at the Devil's Backbone Brewpub. There are general stores not too far away in Lowesville and Piney River where you can stock up on basic supplies. The owner was very helpful and responsive. It's a great value, particularly if you have a larger group.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven, Just plain heaven

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing more that can be said really. It is off the grid, quiet, and you feel like you are in the heart of nature. The sounds, the views, the air, the lack of cell phone, news and other worldly distractions. The house is comfy and clean. There is ample room for all and a whole wilderness to explore. We have been multiple times and no two trips are the same. If you can make it here, you will never want to leave. Enjoy.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midlothian, VA

Relax and Enjoy

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Sycamore Shade - it was even better than the last time, I didn't think that was possible! Our last visit was in November so this time we had the great pleasure of playing in the river. Good memories for our family were made here, in this little piece of heaven. Turn everything off and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My husband , myself, our three 15 year olds, and three of their friends had an absolutely wonderful time. I was a bit nervous being totally unplugged with six teens but within minutes of arriving the kids were off exploring! The house quickly became our home for the week. The sounds of the river and the fresh crisp air of the mountains and surrounding forrest were a delightful escape from our busy lives. We all loved exploring the river, we spent our Independence Day in a near by swimming hole, with slippery rocks, waterfalls, and some rapids for our tubes. We did take the 2 hour drive to Richmond for whitewater rafting, and the 3 hr. Drive to Williamsburg for Busch Gardens. Other than that we found plenty to do along and around the Piney River.

If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature this is the spot. I look forward to coming back with my girlfriends so I can enjoy the local wine trails and local festivals.

Thank you Cabell for use of your beautiful mountain retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond VA

Peaceful Retreat

  • 4 of 5


Beautiful, peaceful setting.

Plenty of bedrooms for a large family or group.

Decent kitchen (Like most VRBOs, the only thing missing was a colander!)

Nice large deck with dining table and chairs.

Hammock next to river - lovely.

Near by orchard was great - we made a nice dinner on grill with meat and peaches from orchard, and enjoyed eating it on the deck.

Owner very helpful and responsive to emails.


House smelled very musty and smokey when we first arrived. Got a bit better after running a/c for awhile, but smokey, musty smelled never went away. Garage especially stayed very musty. We opened windows when it was cool enough and not raining, but that didn't help much. The sheets in our bedroom (over garage) also smelled musty. Being next to a river, more de-humidifiers would have been helpful. (Based on other reviews, most people did not find the odor bothersome.)

Cushions to outdoor furniture were in locked shed. The shed looked like it was dusty inside so we didn't bother trying to locate the key.

As expected, it's a long drive to a grocery store.

Fortunately we didn't need to cancel, but I found it odd that one would receive a larger refund for cancelling CLOSER to the rental date. (20 or more days prior to Occupancy: 50% Refund

Within 20 days prior to Occupancy: 75% Refund)

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry for the musty smell. This dose happen after huge rains due to being so close to the river.The house has 2 dehumidifiers for our guests comfort and central air-conditioning. Fans are in every room. There are no outdoor cushions for the chairs. The outdoor furniture is all weather all season so our guests will not have to bring them in and out of storage. We believe this is more convenient. Sorry for any inconveniences you and your family may have experienced. We have replaced the colander. Sometimes things just disappear. Thank you for your feedback on the house.
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Family escape!

  • 5 of 5

We live on the coast and enjoy getting some mountain time! We came up with our 12 year old son and his buddy. We were ALL in heaven! So much for the kids to do, both outdoors and indoors! Parents relaxed and loved the gorgeous setting! Great house with lots of room, incredible kitchen, deck, plenty of entertainment. We almost wished for rain as the house has hundreds of movies! We hiked crab tree falls which is very close. I've also been here for girls weekends and it is perfect! This place is a gem. Owners very nice! Clean, fully appointed and so beautiful!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Charlottesville, Va.
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Deveils Back bone
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Clifton country club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mountain View
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Wintergreen Resort
Car: necessary

Fish our inviting private catch and release native trout stream. Great hiking on Appalachian trail, and other trails such as Crabtree Falls, Spyrock, Mount Pleasant, and the priest. Explore the George Washington national Forest bordering the property. Enjoy self-guided waterfall, wildflower, and antiquing tours. Wineries, orchards, and farmers markets are close by. Festivals throughout the area are conducted all summer Winter and fall. Only 25 min. from Wintergreen ski resort.Cruise the blue ridge parkway and the skyline drive. Relax on the peaceful deck or in the hammocks overlooking the river just feet away from the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59

If a guest would prefer to pay by cashers check or money order directly to the owner you will receive a 10% discount. Please call
Cabell 803-357-3888. or email

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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