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Only 1.2 Miles To Shy Beaver Boat Launch

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 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!

More Details

Property Manager
Diane Bottenfield
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

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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James Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Only 1.2 Miles To Shy Beaver Boat Launch
average rating of 4.811321 based on 54 reviews

Outstanding stay at bears retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolute blast. Beautiful house on a beautiful property. Thank you for a 5 star stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Adam, Thank you for a wonderful review! I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! We sure hope to see you again in the future. Thanks again, Christy
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  • 4 of 5

We were 2 families with a total of 8 in our party (4 adults / 4 kids) familiar with the Raystown Lake area and stayed here to be close to the lake! We enjoyed the home to include the kitchen, extra refrigerator in the finished basement, hot tub, grill and fire pit. A nice relaxing setting onto top of a very long hill in a spread out development. The hill was a surprise to us but manageable in the summer! This home is large and spacious and clean upon our arrival. Downside is having to bring own towels and linens and worse having to wash them upon return to home. Pillows can use updated, very flat. Hot water was scarce when we all showered in a row after coming back from the lake. Easy to remain together as a group or spread out in the house / outdoor seating area! Recommend for families and we would stay again - :) Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Millerstown, PA

5 stars to Christy the prop mgr! She responded to a few issues immediately and sweetly!

  • 5 of 5

Have stayed at multiple properties at the lake over the past 17 yrs, first time we contacted the mgr w issues and Christy went above and beyond all expectations! Can’t say enough about her! Also the first time we rented a home w/o onsite boat parking. The lane and driveway were too steep and slippery to get a boat to the house. Paid $20/nite to house off site w a very nice man at the storage mentioned in the prop description. No open storage was available so we had to take the secured. That was a hassle but became routine by the end of the week. The home itself shows wear and tear like a rental property does, in comparison to a family owned/used property. But as mentioned and most importantly Christy the mgr went out of her way to make our stay happy and enjoyable! Seth (thru Christy) fixed the pool table and drained and refilled the hot tub mid week due to me bringing our floating chlorinator because of our 4 young grandkids using it constantly. The hot tub was the best we’ve experienced at a property! All in all we had a great vacation at Bears Retreat thanks mainly to Christy. We won’t rent a home again tho w/o onsite boat parking. The fire pit area was very nice also, the grill not so great. Now a well stocked kitchen, spotty inet reception, 2 fridges which was a real plus, now has hand towels for bath rooms, bring your own towels and linens, lots of games to play, outlets are tricky, one part is on all the time the other half works w a light switch, once you learn that you can manage charging all your family’s gadgets. In summary; 3 stars for property/location, 7 stars for Christy!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Deni, Thank you for your kind words! It is our wish for every guest to enjoy their stay! I'm glad we were able to work everything out! Thanks again, Christy
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Lancaster, PA USA

Bright and delightful; good base for beach and state park

  • 5 of 5

Bears Retreat accommodated our family of six adults and three children well and provided a good base for our trips to the Raystown beach (15-20 min. To closest beach?) and to nearby Trough Creek State Park, which was a pleasant discovery. We also enjoyed ice cream at nearby Eats and Treats. The big windows in the dining/living area provided a bright and delightful place to cook, dine, relax and be with family. We also enjoyed bring outdoors on the deck; I especially enjoyed having my early morning coffee and reading time on the deck.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! We would love to have you back again!!!
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Spacious and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I rented this cabin to celebrate a friend's bachelor party with good food, some drinks, and a campfire. This place was perfect. The cabin was huge and we all were able to spread out and get situated. We got lucky with the weather and the sun came out, so we were able to enjoy the backyard and play some cornhole and get the fire started. All in all, a wonderful time in a wonderful place with awesome people.

Would totally recommend to others. 10/10 will use again.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Please come back and stay with us again!
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Pittsburgh, USA

Great for Groups!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with 8 people and it worked great for us! We were coming from both ends of PA so it was a great middle ground.

The layout makes it easy to split off or hangout all together. The bedrooms are on 3 levels so everyone has privacy. The house has a good number of bathrooms too. The kitchen is really well equipped with everything you'll need and then some. The house was very clean too. The road to the house is not paved and a bit windy, but still easy to navigate.

We had a problem with the internet, but everyone was super helpful and apologetic!

We are already planning another family trip back!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review Stephanie! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! We can't wait to have you back!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $350

The property is closed from December 1, 2017 Until April 1, 2018

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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