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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
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 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
  • 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 4.6666665 based on 28 reviews

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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Loved the trip and the area.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the home. Cozy and spacious at the same time. Everything was organized and as expected

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston, WV

Very private

  • 4 of 5

Very private setting and beautiful views! Lovely spot for a weekend getaway

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The house itself was really big and could have accommodated at least 10 people, however, it has only 2 big bedrooms with only 2 beds.

It's actually a mansion with a 4 car garage in the middle of scenic mountains. The kitchen is well appointed and a very nice side deck.

The surroundings are something to die for. It scenery is beautiful and we were surrounded by mountains with thick forest. All local attractions to visit are nearby.

Lot's of places to hike and other outdoor activities.

We visited Seneca Rocks, the hike is pretty good. Seneca caverns was also beautiful.

Dolly Sods, U.S. Wilderness Area in the Allegheny Mountains is a must for hikes and mountain views.

The nearest eating and food shops are at least 50 miles away and there is no cell phone service in this area. Make sure to pack lunch and enough drinks when you go out.

So, if you want to get away from it all, then this is the place.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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amazing,relaxing vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here as a family of 7 and had a wonderful time. It really is hard to put into words the beauty that surrounds the location of this home. You are a way from the hustle and bustle of the world, with beautiful mountains and peaceful surroundings. There are several trails that we enjoyed hiking right from the house, our grandsons (5 and 3) were able to do. We packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed it from the top of the trail on the rocks

We also enjoyed the drive to Spruce Knob and some of the trails there and look out, next time we went to pack a lunch as they had picnic tables and places to grill. Seneca rock is close and we enjoyed that hike also.

Explored the small town of Franklin, not to much there but did find a nice playground for the children to enjoy and a pool was there also, very nice and cheap, 2 dollars for children & seniors and 3 dollars for those older then 17. unfortunately we did not have time to enjoy or are suits along.. maybe next time. The grocery store was great there.

The home was perfect and as stated in the description. It was so easy to make meals and serve, the kitchen has everything you need, we cooked 2 meals everyday and had all we needed. We did bring some paper supplies so we did not have use the nice dishes for every meal. The beds and bathroom are soo nice. We also really enjoyed the area for campfires.

From the youngest in our group to the oldest we hope to come back again next year!! Recommended for anyone who wants to be away from it all, but have the luxuries of home.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location/ great house

  • 5 of 5

Heavenly Retreat is surely a little piece of paradise! We enjoyed the seclusion, seeing several deer every day, exploring the property, and the beautiful view of the hills from the deck. The house had comfortable beds and the kitchen was the best-equipped I've rented. We particularly appreciated that some spices, condiments and basic ingredients were there. The wifi worked very well and having a land-line was perfect for what we needed. We enjoyed the Gateway Restaurant several times - glad it was close by. We thought we would miss having satellite TV but we spent most of our days in the nearby parks. Dolly Sods was amazing with their blueberry fields and we enjoyed the safe but thrilling rock climbing and zip-line canopy tour at Nelson Rocks. Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review - we also never end up watching much TV when we're out there when there's so much to see outside! The view from Dolly Sods is also one of our favorites! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and very much hope to have you back again!
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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.