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Private, recently upgraded, beautiful views! Summer is filling up. Book now.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 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:
June 21, 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. 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 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pool Table
  • 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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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful,clean home with picturesque setting. Ideally located to the caverns and National Park. It was an awesome stay in a fantastic home. Loved every minute!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Frederick, MD

Incredibly relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The house was immaculate, and the view was incredible. I highly recommend staying here if you want to get away from it all. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Silver Spring, Maryland

The best of Rileyville!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place is PREMIUM! The view is spectacular, the hot tub is massive, the towels are oversized, the linens are soft, and the silverware is heavy! I know that seems like funny things to mention, but sometimes we stay at properties where VRBO guests seem like an afterthought...not this place! It had all the comforts of home plus the luxuries of a hotel (Yes, even with complimentary toiletries!). We loved our “welcome treats”!

We spent a lot of time on the deck soaking up the sun and grilling. The inside is comfy cozy with blankets and pillows and lots of places to lounge. My husband loved the pool table and the chairs that spin.

Overall, this was the best place we’ve stayed at in Shenandoah. The rustic and secluded feel of a cabin with top notch accommodations from the TV to the cookware. You can tell that Brenda really cares for this place and strives to make sure her guests are taken care of. Definitely recommended!!!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your awesome review of your stay and of the property. We pride ourselves in keeping our homes in great shape and I have THE BEST housekeeper in Page County who shares my vision as well. She is absolutely awesome. Guests reading this review and response can count on a ready home which is beautifully upgraded, quiet, clean, and comfortable. I appreciate guests who personally call me as I request to check in as there may be last minute updates or changes at the property that they should know about. Please no mistake on these guests. They were absolutely awesome! Thanks so much for choosing to stay at Brown Bear Retreat, one of three unique vacation homes and cabins of Peaceful Properties. Green...Serene.
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Great cabin, Great location

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a beautiful cabin, homemade brownies and doggy treats for Gunner.The Ellison's have thought of everything to make this cabin a home away from home while providing guests with all the necessities and luxury hospitality. The cabin has picturesque views, is clean, comfy, and cozy with a modern well stocked kitchen. Everyone had an enjoyable time and wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review of your stay at Brown Bear Retreat, quickly becoming one of the more popular vacation homes in Page County and Luray, the cabin capital of Virginia. Just a minor point my husband's last name is Kimes and he goes by Mike. My last name is Ellison. No slam, just clarifying for future stays and future guests. We were looking to sell this gorgeous home next year, but my guests love this place and I absolutely love providing this property for their use. Oh well, some day, maybe. Brown Bear Retreat is a Green...Serene property of Peaceful Properties, a military-woman owned business of Page County-Luray. Thanks for staying!
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One word...AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

The home is beautiful with top of the line appliances and cookware. We enjoyed the fantastic views from the kitchen, living room and hot tub. Brenda thinks of everything you could need. Our family enjoyed grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, followed by S'mores on the fire pit. We spent several nights simply doing puzzles and playing games by the fire. The house was immaculate! The Caverns are close and we spent one afternoon there. Truly, the house was so secluded and relaxing, we spent much of our time there enjoying much needed family time. Thank you again! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing Brown Bear Retreat for your vacay. I enjoyed meeting you and your family and hope you can return to enjoy the property or any of the three Peaceful Properties homes and cabins. This is a secluded property with a beautiful view of the Massanutten mountains. Staying gives one a better appreciation of the beauty of this area. Green...Serene.
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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
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and your very appropriate tagline. I was going to add "clean" to my tagline but advised against it as people say that is what guests expect. Expecting and delivering are two different things. These homes deliver what is expected. So, I would say Peaceful Properties are Green, Clean, and Serene. Thanks again and hope you can return to this beautiful area. 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

Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $59

Pets: upon owner approval. Maximum two canines. Rate is $100 flat fee for two canines maximum.

Military discount (Active, Reserve, Retired, and their immediate families with government ID) = 10%
Discount applies to paying qualified guest.
Ages 55+ = 10%

(Discounts apply to paying guest, do not apply over holiday periods and cannot be combined. Weekly rate is already discounted 10%.)

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.

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