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Shenandoah River access with Massanutten Mountain views off huge private deck

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Three Bedroom, Couples And Older Family Friendly Located On 4 Private Acres.

3 bedrooms with queen beds, 2 full baths; mountain views, located in a private secluded neighborhood surrounded by the Shenandoah River-South Fork. Comfortable beds, huge deck, magnificent hot tub, well-stocked kitchen, large living area, separate dining area adjacent to kitchen, stainless appliances, fireplace (operational Oct 1 - Apr 30), gas and charcoal grill, fire pit, kayaks, hiking trails, fishing, boating.

****************************NOTE: This is not a party house or a flat rate rental. Only guests on the contract or cleared through owner are permitted on the property at any time. This includes daily visits which are $10/person/day or overnight stays at $30/guest/day..*******************************************

More Details

Brenda K. Ellison
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Brenda K. Ellison

Hello, my name is Brenda and my husband’s name is Mike. Welcome to Peaceful Properties--Your choice for a green and serene stay. I love what I do and you can count on me being very responsive, approachable, and easy to work with all of which my guests have commented. Our homes are clean, comfortable, and well-maintained. I believe in reinvesting the revenue into the home and property. At some point we may sell this gorgeous home and property and want it to be better than we found it.

My husband and I are retired Army officers serving for 24 and 30 years respectively. We both love this area and plan to make it our permanent home in the near future. There is no other place in the area that has the benefits of viewing both mountain ranges; the Massanutten on the west and the Shenandoah on the east with the South Fork of the beautiful and peaceful Shenandoah River running between these green mountains. An awesome sight when you see eagles or osprey flying high, deer and turkeys running through the woods, and an occasional bear to remind you that you are in Page County and the Luray area. We hope you enjoy your stay at Peaceful Properties. It is a magnificently beautiful area especially on a clear night with the stars you cannot see nearer the cities.

Brenda K. Ellison purchased this house in 2007

Why Brenda K. Ellison chose Rileyville

When we purchased this home it was marketed as an "average" view. My husband immediately saw the potential beautiful view off the large deck. After clearing the overgrowth and some of the trash trees which we used in the fire pit and fireplace, we saw an outstanding, magnificent view. My favorite bird, the pileated woodpecker which looks just like "Woody the Woodpecker" inhabits the surrounding forests. We have the best of both worlds--mountains and river. We love this area so much that we are building a home in the neighborhood. I think you will enjoy it also.

What makes this house unique

Brown Bear Retreat is your perfect haven, a spacious and comfortable home with newly renovated bathrooms and kitchen to base out of or just relax in place. Bamboo flooring with new furnishings enhance your very comfortable stay. Set on a ridge overlooking the Massanutten range with a beautiful 15 mile view. The river whispers and shadows play over the mountains, birds flitter, hummingbirds spar and eagles soar as you wind down on the large, full length deck overlooking the 9 acres of this beautiful property. Enjoy the same mountain views from the Sundance Maxxus Spa.


Rileyville 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: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please remove shoes when entering home.
  • Please bag all garbage and recycling together and place in Bear-i-cuda downstairs by hot tub.
  • Please use the house phone to check-in with Owner upon arrival.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main floor bedroom - 1 queen , Perfect for young adult or teenagers.
    Upstairs bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Comfortable queen bed with mountain view.
    Upstairs bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Comfortable queen bed with mountain view, bit more spacious.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable futon in basement/terrace area. (not private)
  • Comfortable queen beds with premium linens; separate closets and chest of drawers; ceiling fan for additional comfort; beautiful views.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Shenandoah River access with Massanutten Mountain views off huge private deck
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 58 reviews

Clean, pristine

  • 5 of 5

The views from the house were incredible! Upon arrival the house was immaculate. The kitchen is great and is stocked with all pieces you need. Our long weekend was great but was too short to enjoy the amenities available, like the hot tub and fire pit.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a lovely time and very much appreciated all of the amenities the house offered!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review.
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Beautiful Property with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

I took my husband here for his 40th birthday last weekend and we could not have asked for a better location! The views from the deck are beautiful, and when it was slightly too cold to be outside, you could still enjoy the view from the giant window in the fully updated kitchen. We had 8 friends join us and all were able to sleep comfortably. We thoroughly enjoyed the indoor fire place, the fire pit and the hot tub on an especially chilly weekend. Brenda also had a pile of wood reserved for our stay!

Brenda was incredibly responsive from the first message I sent her through the end of our stay. She has thought of literally everything to make her guests comfortable! We arrived to freshly baked bread and homemade dog treats for our furry friends that were also welcomed at the residence. Brenda also put me in contact with her house keeper who bakes cakes, and I was able to have a birthday cake at the house ready for our celebration! It was delicious!!

Shenandoah River State park is only about 10 minutes away and there are some great hiking trails with even more incredible views. The house is also conveniently located near the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop, which we explored with our friends while we were there.

All of the friends that stayed with us gave the residence and the experience two thumbs up!! I would stay again in a heartbeat! Maybe next time we will go down and explore Lurray Caverns!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review of your stay and celebration. I am very happy you liked the cake Amanda, the awesome housekeeper, made for you. It was so good, I ordered one for Thanksgiving for a surprise birthday party. It was very delicious!! I am glad we could accommodate your large party and still ensure the best comfort for them. It is important to my business and me that our guests are comfortable and the home is clean and tidy. Thanks to Amanda for maintaining the standards. We hope you can return. You were an awesome guest and I enjoyed working with you on your important get together. Peaceful Properties and Brown Bear Retreat... Green...Serene.
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Williamsburg, VA

Perfect balance of seclusion and amenities.

  • 5 of 5

We've done a few cabin stays and th8s by far was the best one for a medium to large group. Everything from the full kitchen to amazing view from the deck made us feel like we were tucked away in our own private corner of the world. If you plan on "roughing it" though this place does not fit the bill lol. A perfectly comfortable home away from home. Brenda and her husband were as welcoming as you could ever imagine and we will be staying again.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very thoughtful review. This home can comfortably house 8 people (4 couples) with an additional room for 10 people. It is very private and secluded in your own woods with an awesome mountain view. Newly remodeled kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring give this country home a modern feel. Thanks for staying and home you can return to enjoy the return great guest discount. Green...Serene.
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Seguin, Texas

Shenandoah Valley Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Perched on the side of the mountain, the home and expansive deck have views that make it seem like a treehouse. Though not right on the river, access is easy and canoe and kayaks (and pfd's) are provided. We fished the river one afternoon and caught (and released) 10-12 small-mouth bass and a few perch. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely home. The only change I could suggest is to add wall sconces on both sides of the beds, as we are all avid readers and love to read in bed. That was a minor inconvenience and I would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone wanting to explore the rich history and stunning scenery of the Valley.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a beautifully written review! I really like your recommendation on the lights. Thank you for that. Not sure we can do the wall sconces but an LED clip on light should work. I can start with two of the rooms and maybe set them out so our guests can choose where to use them and not bump their heads. It was a pleasure meeting you and it seems your party had a great time on the river based on your fish count. Hope you can return to the area from Texas! Safe travels to you and your loved ones. Happy birthday! Brown Bear Retreat is one of three Green...Serene homes of Peaceful Properties.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time here! The house was very clean and the views didn't disappoint. If floating down the river is what you want to do be sure to bring two cars or make arrangement with a local guiding company that can take you back to your vehicle because walking to and from the house from the river is a very long walk.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of your family's stay at Brown Bear Retreat. Thanks for the recommendations for other guests on transportation. If we are available, we can also provide local transportation so our guests can fully enjoy the river scenery. We hope you can return to experience all the goodness Page County offers. Peaceful Properties...Green...Serene.
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Dulles Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
route 340
Car: necessary

Near Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Home is located in South Fork Ranches on a peninsula surrounded by the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 10.3%

Pets: upon owner approval. Maximum two canines; no puppies. See pet addendum under owner's contract. $75.00 + $25.00 for additional canine pet.

Two children ages 8-17 free with party.

Discounts apply to paying guest:

Military discount (Active, Reserve, Retired, and their immediate families with government ID) = 10%

Ages 55+ = 10%

(Discounts apply to paying guest, do not apply over holiday periods and cannot be combined.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.