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Heavenly Retreat with Private Trails Near Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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!

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: french
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

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 West Virginia

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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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Heavenly Retreat with Private Trails Near Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks
average rating of 4.64 based on 26 reviews
Charleston, WV

Very private

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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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: Sep 2016
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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: Jul 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: Jun 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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  • 5 of 5

This is a great house for getting a large number of people together. We had a party of 11 so we had to rent an overflow cabin for the three extra folks (this house has a limit of eight staying there). Danielle directed us to a very fine facility just two miles away from the main house on Apple Tree Lane.

The house itself was grand. Remote in location and modern in design. Best of both worlds.

Our party was there for a fly fishing trip and the four car garage was perfect for storing all of our fishing gear and staging the equipment each morning as we got ready to fish. The kitchen was well equipped (sharp knives - no other place I've every stayed has sharp knives!) with all the pots and pans and dishes you could want. We easily fed all 11 in the kitchen each morning and night. Modern washer and dryer in the garage, excellent deck, get mountain views.

The fly fishing in the area is superb. The house sits within a 30 minute drive of three terrific bodies of water: North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac; South Branch of the Potomac; and Glandy Creek. All are stocked by the WV Game and Fish Dept and there are several premier stretches on each river. We didn't have to fish the same waters twice in the week we were there - but we did because some of them were that good.

Altogether this is absolutely a great place to have a very wonderful stay. It is remote - but if that's what you're looking for this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review! We're glad you guys had such a great time and were delighted to hear about the good fishing - thanks for sharing your tips! We had heard that the nearby streams are some of the best in the region - glad to hear they lived up to their reputation!
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Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a beautiful spot, everything functioned as advertised, and I and my party had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing us and we 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

Riverton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Discount Rate
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
May 24 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
July 4
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

A Cleaning Fee of $80 for use of 1 bedroom/1 bath, $95 for 2 bd/2 ba, $110 for 3 bd/2 ba or $135 for 4 bd/2 ba for all rentals to be paid in cash/check at time of departure.

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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Riverton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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