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Mountain Views, Wildlife, And Relaxation. Huge Deck!!!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Brenda K. Ellison
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

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. 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 Shenandoah Valley

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 to base out of or just relax in place. 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.

Amenities

Rileyville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water tubing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Mountain Views, Wildlife, And Relaxation. Huge Deck!!!
average rating of 4.87234 based on 47 reviews
5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The Brown Bear Retreat is one of the best places we've visited in the last decade in the Shenandoah area. Nicely located with a great views from the balcony, dining room or hot tab.

Very, very clean. With no ugly and cheap prints on the walls but with cozy furniture, nice beds and bathrooms. The kitchen is well equipped, so you don’t have to bring any kitchenware if you decided to cook in the cabin.

The place is very secluded and calm. We enjoyed watching deer and rabbits in the morning and birds and mountains all day long.

A complimentary firewood was a pleasant surprise.

Hot tab is perfectly located and has a rain proof cover on top. You can stay in it whatever the weather is. The hot tab itself is a bit warn out, not all jets are working, and the water needs some additional filtering.

We liked the place a lot and we are definitely planning to be back.

Thank you very much.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing and clean

  • 5 of 5

Great property. Pictures do not do it justice. Very clean with every ammenity you can think of. Def. Will be back. Thank you

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC
5

Amazing view, quiet location, beautifully renovated interior!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay here! The owner, Brenda, went out of her way to make us feel at home with thoughtful touches around the house -- things like a container of smores fixings for the fire pit! The cabin had been recently renovated and every single room was done beautifully. We couldn't have been happier with our stay. Very much looking forward to coming back again to enjoy the quiet and the beautiful views!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you kindly for your wonderful review. I love what I do and I love to help our guests enjoy their stay. They deserve it! We make our homes as though we would live in them at any time. I'm pretty picky so I like to have the kitchen well-stocked, comfortable beds, relaxing living room, and most of all--clean homes. I could not do this without the help of my wonderful housekeeper, Amanda; my awesome husband, Mike; and our make it happen guy, Michael who does everything from painting, minor repair, and maintenance. Thank you all and many thanks for you choosing to stay at one of my Peaceful Properties homes. Green...Serene
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5

Much better than the pictures!!

  • 5 of 5

The home looked brand new and the kitchen upgrade was fantastic especially the large picture window which truly frames what this lovely home and the view is all about. When we arrived it sparkled and invited us in. It was a perfect stay, private and cozy. A perfect weekend.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review of Brown Bear Retreat. I apologize to any potential guest reading the reviews as I have not yet posted the photos of the upgrades of the property. I assure you they are much better than the photos and I would be happy to send my iPhone photos to you. I just can't post them because they are not very professional. I appreciate your comments on the amenities and we pride ourselves in offering clean, green, and serene properties in all three of our Peaceful Properties homes. Thanks so much for choosing to stay at Brown Bear Retreat and hope you can return to enjoy the area once more. Green...Serene
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Mount Airy, Maryland
5

Awesome time!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a long weekend at Brown Bear Retreat. Perfect! The house is so cozy and inviting. I loved the couch throw blankets so much I bought a set for us to have at home :)

Close to all the nearby sites.

Very detailed notes and instructions which I appreciated as every potential question is already answered! The views from the deck are wonderful! We had such a great time.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and comments about your great stay at Brown Bear Retreat. We appreciate how you enjoyed the home and surrounding area and the noted comments on the details. I try to anticipate any question my guests would have by posting the information in the guest book and around the home. Happy you found and ordered those awesome warm blankets. Hope you return to enjoy this wonderful setting. Peaceful Properties...Green...Serene.
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4

Nice Home

  • 4 of 5

Brown Bear Retreat was a nice, comfortable home with a lovely view from the deck. The home was well kept and well stocked. Located not far from the downtown area of Luray and Shenandoah National Park it was perfect for our families fall mini-vacation. The hot tub was a wonderful treat after a day of hiking. My only complaint would be that the stay was a bit pricey due to the fact that this owner charges per person per night beyond the first two renters. I had not had that experience before from any of the other owners I had rented homes from. I wouldn't let that keep me from renting again some time in the future if the home met our needs but I might shop around a bit more first.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. I think if you do the research you will find that most owners price their homes at a base rate and then add cost per person over that rate in this area. This is the normal business practice so you know exactly what you are paying for. Most owners also allow two children 17 or 16 and under free of charge. So there are some trade offs. I have to inform guests that the pricing model for this geographical area is not like the Beach model where there is a flat fee for up to so many guests. Of course, that flat rate includes costs to cover the additional guests. Additionally, if you find less costly homes which allow many guests, most likely the homes are not well-maintained as they are overused. I would have appreciated a conversation about your concern as I perceived that there were no problems and I am very accessible. Thanks for choosing Brown Bear Retreat and hope you return to the area. Peaceful Properties...Green...Serene.
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Map

Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Dulles Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
route 340

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.

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Rates & Availability

Rileyville House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Fourth of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
$225
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$215
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
$250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas & New Years
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Jan 3 2018 - Feb 9 2018
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $50
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.

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

Ages 55+ = 10%

(Discounts do not apply over holiday periods and cannot be combined.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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