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Only 1.2 Miles To Shy Beaver Boat Launch

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

4 Bedrooms, Loft Area, 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 11

This warm and inviting chalet is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and offers spacious living in a picturesque and tranquil setting. It is only 1.2 miles to Shy Beaver Boat Launch. The water is great for swimming, water skiing, boating, and fishing. Bear's Retreat is tucked in a secluded neighborhood, Shy Beaver Lakeview Estates. Boat parking is available offsite, at a minimal fee.

The entrance to this beautiful cabin is located on the main floor. You enter into the kitchen that is fully equipped for your culinary enjoyment. Off the kitchen is the deck overlooking beautiful mountains where you can dine at the picnic table or relax in the hot tub. The open floor plan leads from the kitchen to a dining area that opens to the great room with a flat-screen TV, stone fireplace, and majestic cathedral ceiling. The main floor has 2 bedrooms. The first master bedroom has a queen bed with a private bath. The second bedroom has a pyramid bed (full bed on the bottom and twin on the top). A half bath is located outside the second bedroom. The laundry is conveniently located on the main floor.

The lower level has a fully furnished family room with sofas, flat-screen TV, pool table, and bar area. A separate area has a third bedroom with two twin beds and a full bath. The walkout basement leads to a gas grill and a yard area. A game of badminton or volleyball can be played outside and marshmallows can be roasted at the fire pit.

The upstairs has a master bedroom with a king bed and a private bathroom. The loft area has a pull-out (queen) sleep sofa, and fully equipped gaming table for a late night game of poker.

Our location abounds with fun activities and entertainment opportunities! We are a 5 minute drive to the local ice-cream shop, Eats N Treats, with the best ice cream on the lake. Seven Points Marina and recreation area is about a 20 minute drive. It includes a beach area for swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and an array of water sport activities. The facility includes a floating trampoline and snack shop. If you didn't bring your own boat you can rent one there. Shopping, restaurants, and the cinema are all conveniently located in Huntingdon, about a 20-25 minute drive. Our Central Pennsylvania location is convenient to Penn State University, Juniata College, Lincoln Caverns, Rails to Trails of Central PA, Swigart Car Museum, DelGross’s Amusement Park, Skiing at Blue Knob and much more!

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Property Manager
Diane Bottenfield
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have stayed at Bears Retreat many times and enjoy coming back every time. The house is very nice and clean. The view from the front windows and deck is spectacular.
Apr 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Only 1.2 Miles To Shy Beaver Boat Launch
average rating of 4.878788 based on 34 reviews

We had a wonderful time at Bear's Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was perfect for our large family. lt was even more beautiful than the pictures show! Everyone from the age of 2 years old to 69 years old loved their time here. Hoping to return next year. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect House for a large family!

  • 5 of 5

Nestled in the middle of the mountain, this house was very accommodating! Kids age ranges 18 mos. to 16 yrs. old and there was something for everyone!! The kitchen has EVERYTHING you can ask for! We go to Raystown every year and have at least 14 with us and everyone was able to sleep comfortably. We rented a pontoon boat for with slide at 7 Points Marina - which was alarmingly expensive we left with a bill of $1,000. Didn't realize the gas and oil would be so much money!! This has NO reflection on the owners of this place though!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the house. Renting a boat can be an expense but isn't that the coolest boat. i am sure you enjoyed even thought it was expensive.
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Lovely home in an idyllic setting!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Bears Retreat. We had a wonderful time reconnecting! The young grandchildren loved playing together with their cousins who they don't get to see very often. We enjoyed the hot tub too! Excellent therapy for aching muscles!

Overall, the place was clean. However, the carpets were in need of shampooing as there were a number of large soiled areas on the carpets when we arrived. I also wish there would have been written directions for operating the TV/DVD/ game box (lower level). We could have called but hated to bother anyone. Besides we had enough of other activities.

The location was close to activities at the Raystown Lake Resort which made it very convenient for us!

Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home. Everything was just as we had hoped for.

  • 5 of 5

It fit all of our family needs for sleeping and the kitchen was wonderfully equipped. Our only concern was the instability of the deck railing to the right of the hot tub. We will definitely return to your home if we come to Lake Raystown. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for bringing the deck to our attention. We have addressed the issue. Please come back anytime.
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A great retreat in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family group had great time at Bear's Retreat. We took kayaks to Shy Beaver, hit the water park and hiked in Trough Creek Park. The road up to the house is quite steep but we all made it. It was great having Internet access. The kitchen is well equipped and we made good use of it. The hot tub was a huge after-dark hit. The house is very clean and well maintained. All three generations of our family loved it.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice place for the family

  • 4 of 5

The only issue we had was the parking ticket we received down at the Shy Beaver boat ramp. We parked in the grass along with 25 other vehicles and we all received a ticket. So if you bring your boat get there early because the parking fills up fast. We learned that that boat ramp is the busses on the lake.

The home and location was great.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
State College
Nearest Barpub
20.3 Miles
Woody's Bar
Nearest Golf
23 Miles
Standing Stone Golf Course
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Huntingdon Station
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Rt 26
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
Original Italian Pizza
Nearest Ski
31 Miles
Blue Knob Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
7 Points Recreation Area
Car: necessary

Lincoln Caverns, Delgrosso's Amusement Park,

Dining on Proud Mary River Boat, Swigarts Car Museum, Hesston Speedway, Trough Creek State Park, Raystown Lake Resort and Wild River Water Park


Rates & Availability

James Creek House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 9.0%

Check or money order
First payment is due within 7 days of receiving the lease agreement
2nd half of payment is due 15 days before arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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James Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - Pyramid Bed (double on bottom, twin on top)
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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