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Heavenly Retreat with Private Trails Near Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3+ Bedroom, 2 Bath With Mountain Views Next to Spruce Knob, Seneca & NelsonRocks

Play hard or just relax at this stunning secluded 200+acre retreat with unimpeded mountain views that's perfect for romantic getaways or family reunions. Located just below Spruce Knob and bordering the Monongahela National Forest, you'll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast. We have the largest rental property in the area with so much to explore on site that it's a destination in itself! Enjoy amazing wildlife out the window, explore and play in the woods and fields, or hike up to panoramic views along our privately-owned trail network - all right out the front door!

Our spacious house with all new furnishings has everything you need for a relaxing stay. We can accommodate a maximum of 8 adults and 2 children. Our king and queen bedrooms have handcrafted Amish furniture and super-soft designer linens, our den/third bedroom has a charming daybed that expands to a queen, and our basement bunk area has rustic bunk beds with down duvets. There is also a queen air bed for kids/extra guests. The master bath has a walk in shower and jacuzzi tub for relaxing after a long hike. Curl up with a good book or watch a movie in our cozy living room with gas fireplace and stunning mountain views. We have a well-equipped cook's kitchen (stainless pans, good knives!) with farm table for 10 and gas grill and patio set on the side deck. There's even a swingset and walkout basement for the kids to run around in, a ping pong table for rainy day distractions, and at night our firepit is perfect for ghost stories and s'mores.

Hop in the car for a scenic ride up to Spruce Knob, one of the highest points in the Mid-Atlantic with endless views. The Monongahela National Forest is our backyard - from a leisurely stroll around the top to an all-day trek, waterfalls, mossy forests, a mountain lake, and incredible scenery await your discovery!

Looking for adventure? A mountain biking paradise, we are minutes from two IMBA Epic rides at Spruce Knob and North Fork. Rock climbers are surrounded by some of the East Coast's best climbing at Seneca Rocks and the via ferrata at Nelson Rocks (and don't miss their new world-class zip line course)! Canoeing, kayaking, and swimming are available on the nearby North Fork. Naturalists will find interpretive displays, video presentations and guided nature walks at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center just 15 miles down the road.

We're also a perfect place for catching your supper! Fisherman can troll for trout at Spruce Knob Lake or go fly fishing on Seneca Creek or the North Fork River, just down the road. Hunters are within minutes of various access points into the Monongahela National Forest.

Don't miss all the hiking, biking, sledding, and cross-country skiing at scenic Blackwater State Falls Park or the wild blueberries and cranberry bogs at the ecologically unique Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Be sure to stop in for a little local craft shopping and a bite to eat at one of the many great spots in Thomas and Davis, WV - and catch a live bluegrass show at The Purple Fiddle!

Take the kids for minigolf, gemstone mining, and a cavern tour at nearby Seneca Caverns or Smoke Hole Caverns, or visit the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center with its menu of activities specifically geared to engage the natural curiosity of children. Try a horseback ride to the top of Seneca Rocks or, if you'd like to move a little faster, catch a historic train ride on the Cass Scenic or Durbin & Greenbrier railroads. Explore the mysteries of the universe at the kid-friendly Green Bank Telescope or just gazing up from our deck at the infinite number of stars in the darkest skies on the East Coast - the Milky Way is a regular visitor to our back yard!

In the winter, we are only 38 miles from downhill skiing at Canaan Valley/Timberline resorts and cross country skiing at White Grass Touring Center, and 55 miles from the Mid-Atlantic's best skiing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Whether you want to get outdoors or relax with a good book, you'll find a perfect vacation at the Apple Tree Guest House!

NOTES: In addition to lodging costs, guests are required to leave a cleaning fee in cash or check at the time of departure ($90 for 1 bedroom used, $110 for 2-3 bedrooms, or $130 for whole house).

5% discount on lodging rate for returning customers - we appreciate your loyalty!

More Details

Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Danielle

We're outdoorsy types who grew up climbing trees, riding bikes, and playing in creeks and couldn't believe our luck when we found a 300 acre private park bordering the Monongahela - all within a 3.5 hour drive from DC! Our wonderful co-owner lives up the road and knows every nook and cranny of the area; he'll be available if you need anything.

Danielle purchased this house in 2012

Why Danielle chose Riverton

We love to escape the heat of the city and the crowds at Canaan and Timberline to enjoy unimpeded mountain views, cool fresh air, and total peace and quiet. Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks are stunningly beautiful areas that are still kind of secret, and we are one of only a handful of rental properties in this area. Although totally secluded, we are a short drive to several parks, caverns, and ski resorts with endless things to do for adults and children. We are surrounded by the most incredible mountain views and have a totally unique property that reveals new discoveries every time we go out there.

What makes this house unique

Our property shares 250 acres of common space with our co-owner's house, so we essentially own a large private park in addition to the beautiful lot the house sits on. We've put together a home with handcrafted furniture, thick towels, comfy sofas, and nice kitchen ware because we wanted a place to go where everyone could totally relax and enjoy themselves. We love poking around for newts and frogs in the stream beside the house, listening to the singing of all the rich birdlife, spotting chipmunks and the occasional morel mushroom, and savoring the many colors of the seasons. We've also had fun expanding the trail network on the common space to reveal valley views that rival those from Spruce Knob!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Danielle-

Just wanted to thank you for sharing your home with our family this past weekend. We had a wonderful time together in such a beautiful place. Art was so helpful and kind- he went above and beyond helping us get in and out safely. All of that snow definitely was an experience for these southerners! We loved every minute of it! Looking forward to returning in the future. Thanks again-
Feb 2014
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Riverton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Also has a queen sized air mattress
    Basement Bunk Area - 1 bunk bed
    Den/3d Bedroom - 1 queen , The den has a door on one side and curtains on the other.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
4WD Required in Winter


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Heavenly Retreat with Private Trails Near Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks
average rating of 4.65625 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful house

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful house nestled in a national park. Very private. Place was well stocked. Short hiking trails were within walking distance. Spruce Knob was an easy drive. Owners had a nice "Things to do" info. pack.

The yard was a little too sloped to do any sporting type activities.

Would stay again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking home in the Mountains.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here. The house is huge and has obviously had a lot of thought put into its design. It's quite off the beaten path and we loved the peaceful nature of the area.

The house is perfectly located to enjoy Seneca rocks. Seneca Caverns and the Cass Railway.

I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scenic and remote mountain retreat, great for families

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights with six adults and two small kids (2 and 4). The house and space inside felt larger than they appeared in the photos, and the views and access to the surrounding wilderness is outstanding. If you are looking for a comfortable and modern house in a remote setting, this is the place for you. Having the huge 4-car garage for unloading and staging outdoor activities was great, and you are a short drive (or 30 minute walk) from a nearby trailhead to access 250+ acres of private forest. Its like renting your own private nature preserve!

The house was clean and comfortable, with lots of open space and minimal clutter, which worked great for the kids. The bedding and furniture was all new and comfortable, and the large bathroom (shared between the two large bedrooms downstairs) has a nice jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower. The kitchen was well-stocked with small appliances, utensils, cookware, flatware, and glasses, and having the grill and large open deck right off of the dining room/kitchen worked well. The layout of the house took a day to get used to, but we found it worked really well once we figured it out!

This place is particularly great for nature-centric visitors. The house sits in an opening with forest above and below, and at least a dozen species of forest birds flew back and forth by the house regularly. The small stream below the firepit and surrounding forest is nice, and the larger creek and forest patch out in front of the house is very nice, great for those who love Appalachian mountain forests and searching for salamanders and other resident wildlife.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

This place is the best. The owners are awesome. Perfect for all your needs.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really beautiful scenic area and great place to detach from life.

  • 4 of 5

Had a couple little issues, but the property manager was understanding and rectified the situation promptly.


Great view, beautiful mountain, and big house.


NO cell phone service and wifi was weak. Definitely need a 4x4 in the winter. Over 30 minutes to the grocery store. It's a good 50 to 100 yard walk to the fire pit. That means no music, unless it's downloaded to your phone.

I'd consider returning in the fall to enjoy the trails. But the kids did enjoy playing in the snow.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mountain Biking and Climbing Dream Home

  • 5 of 5

Second year in a row staying at the Apple Tree Guest House and already planning a third. Wonderful setting and even more beautiful property. We specifically love the master kitchen and large deck that overlooks the mountains. The garage (4 Trucks to be exact) is also a huge plus and made our climbing and biking gear prep easy. We met Art and he was wonderful and happy to have good neighbors. Once again looking forward to next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always psyched when people discover how awesome the mountain biking is nearby. Thanks for being such great guests - we love having you and really appreciate your repeat business!!
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Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Highlands Valley
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Route 33
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Gateway Restaurant
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Canaan Valley
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

A Cleaning Fee for all rentals based on number of bedrooms used to be paid in cash/check at time of departure: $90 for 1 bedroom, $110 for 2-3 bedrooms, $130 for all bedrooms and bunk area.

There is an additional refundable security deposit of $150 for parties over 8. We have a maximum occupancy of 8 adults and 2 children.

5% discount on lodging rate for returning customers - we appreciate your loyalty!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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