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Fabulous Views, Centrally-located chalet-cottage w/ hot tub, wood stove, grill

Davis, WV, USA
  • House1900 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

-4 BR, 2 full BA, sleeps up to 10

This cottage-chalet home is a unique, charming getaway. You are not likely to find a similar one for rent in Canaan Valley with the combination of view, amenities, and easy location to everything. Our mountain retreat is centrally located to area attractions. Just 5 minutes south to Timberline and Canaan Valley State Park, or eight minutes north to the quaint town of Davis and Blackwater Falls State Park. Special Features of include:

1. Superior views of Canaan Valley -- including ski trails lit at night in winter, and beauty of National Wildlife Refuge year-round -- from cottage-cabin's great room, deck and hot tub area.

2. Home is uniquely decorated with comfortable country and rustic furniture handmade by local artisans.

3. Upgraded kitchen appliances.

4. Upgraded hot tub.

5. VERY large charcoal grill.

6. Near two quaint towns Davis (8 minutes drive) and Thomas (15 minutes drive).

7. The cabin abuts the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and is in the middle of the Valley.

8. In a rural neighborhood of about 14 homes. We are on the desirable "ridge" side with views. We have a small field next to us with a think stand of pine trees separating us from the neighbors on that side. from the back, we have a little forest and then the refuge. One side we do have a neighbor's home we can see, but they are quiet and rarely out on their property.

Leaf peeping!

Hike, bike, swim or kayak your Heart Out!: Most guests say, ''it's even better than the pictures!' Great to just get away and relax, have fun with all sorts of out-door adventures in warm and cold weather. Ski in winter, hike, bike and kayak in warm weather. Horseback riding minutes away, world-class rock climbing about 1/2 hour away. Many, many local activities. Located in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains.

Great Family Summer Vacation in Canaan Valley or Cozy Romantic Getaway in West Virginia. Excellent spot to explore various day-hikes and mountain bike.

Nearby Davis West Virginia was voted by Men's Health as one of the coolest little mountain towns in the country. Note that the high elevation of this Valley means the climate is more like Maine or Southern Canada/summer days do not get beyond 80s at their hottest and evenings dip down to 50s or low 60s, even in July and August.



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About Colleen

Mom, wife, dog lover, outdoors lover and very blessed person who knows the "old fashion" value of the golden rule.

Colleen purchased this House in 2005

Why Colleen chose Davis

I first discovered Canaan Valley when I went X-country skiing here as a very young adult in 1989. At the time, the only other place I had X country skied was in a thick European forest out of a Brother Grimm's fairytale.. I was excited to find that Blackwater Falls State Park, when covered in snow, evoked the same feeling. I was also excited to discover that Canaan Valley has the most natural snow fall of anywhere that is a weekend trip from from the Washington DC area. I went back every winter after that and dreamed of some day having my own place there. Fast forward to 2005 when the dream became a reality. When we bought Skier's View the home was in bad condition, but we could see the potential and went about doing a thoughtful renovation and redecoration. We put lots of loving hours into the home to make it the special place it is. We are happy to share the beautify, joy and tranquility of this piece of "almost heaven" with our guests. Since purchasing this home, I have had an angler-hiking--kayaking-skiing-mountain-bike-loving child who loves this place so much that he begs to move here as our permanent home.

What makes this House unique

Fabulous views, central location to Valley fun. I get my best sleep in this home, thanks to the dark night skies, peace and quiet and fresh, cool mountain air. Plus, the outdoor activities probably help! In addition to the great outdoor experiences in the area, note that the towns of Davis and Thomas have a lot to offer for towns of their size, in the way of arts and food and seasonal events. (The fourth of July fireworks and parade are really special.) There are a number of artists studios, as well as the acclaimed Purple Fiddle café/music venue in Thomas. Since we bought the home this little piece of West Virginia has been growing and thriving in a very positive way -- more local shops., two local/organic groceries (Highland Market in Davis and Front Street grocers in Thomas), quaint Tip Top café in Thomas with Friday grass-fed beef burger night, and a very special "locals" bar at the Billy Motel. We are proud to be a teeny tiny part of the invigoration of this area.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Mountain-theme
        1 queen
      • White-theme
        1 queen
      • Quilt-theme
        1 queen
      • Bunk-twin room
        3 twin/ single, There is one twin bed and a bunk bed in this room.
      • Each bedroom has a 'theme:' mountain room, white room, country charm and twin-bunk/animals-states. Two bedrooms upstairs, off the Great Room, and two (including room with one twin and one bunk bed) below, off the rec-room. Plus, folks can use their own air mattresses or sleeping bags in the rec room. So, all in all, nine people can sleep in the bedrooms, plus people/kids could sleep in the carpeted rec-room downstairs, if you bring sleeping bags or air mattresses.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Upstairs
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub
      • Downstairs
        toilet, shower
      • Bathrooms are basic, but nice, and clean.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Mountain View
          Views of Mountains/Canaan Valley from Great Room, deck and hot tub/patio area. Fabulous views of Fall Foliage, and general beauty in Spring and Summer.
        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Great room.
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Wash room downstairs
                    • Fireplace
                      Wood stove with glass front. Firewood provided.
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Base board and wood stove. Note that a/c is absolutely not required given the cool mountain evenings, even in summer, and excellent ventilation of home.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      High quality, high count cotton sheets, flannel sheets and jersey (t-shirt material) sheets.
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      Four cars fit into parking area.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Level, paved driveway.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Sufficient room in driveway for small RV/boat/trailer.
                    • Telephone
                      May take incoming calls and make local calls.
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Heavy white "hotel grade" towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Separate wash room downstairs
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Service is ok, but not perfect -- this is true of any WiFi in the Valley.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Cozy wood stove with glass front so you can watch the fire. Keeps upstairs toasty warm on cold mountain nights.


                        • Kitchen
                          Stainless appliances. Mircrowave, too. High chair also available.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large fridge.
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Maine dining area seats 8. However, there is an additional table behind the sofa that can fit another 4.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Games for Kids
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  Downstairs area has second tv, ping pong table and plenty of space for board games and/or adding an air mattress, etc.
                                • Games
                                • Books
                                • Music Library
                                  Assortment of CDs, mostly country/bluegrass.
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  TVs are new Flat Screen HDTVs. TV is basic cable.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  Two televisions - one upstairs and one downstairs, so can have adult viewing and kid viewing.
                                • Toys
                                  Rocking horse for little one, small games and toys around
                                • Video Library
                                  Various old-timey, kids, adult drama, etc.


                                    • Patio
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Golf
                                      At Canaan Valley State Park.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      We do not have one at the house, but can rent at Blackwater Adventures Outfitter, about 25 minutes away in St. George.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Front lawn.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Very large, professional grade charcoal grill.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Deck off of Great Room, patio off of downstairs rec room. Views of Canaan Valley/Manor Ridge from both
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      At Canaan Valley, Timberline, White Grass, Blackwater Falls.
                                    • Tennis
                                      At Canaan Valley State Park.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      If you have a longer stay in the summer and want to travel about 45 minutes to Deep Creek Lake, MD, you have lots of water sports activities/gear there. Also can go to BAO 25 minutes away.
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          All needs are on first/main level of house - however, must be able to get up 3 steps in front of house. Also, all door openings and counters are 'standard' and not modified.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Pool at Canaan Valley State Park, five minutes away.
                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Six person hot tub with cedar surround, colored lights, and great view of valley.
                                            • Indoor Pool
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Sauna
                                              At Canaan Valley state park.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • live theater
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • churches
                                                    • coin laundry
                                                    • forests
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • caves
                                                    • museums
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • waterfalls
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • horseshoes
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • ski lift privileges
                                                                • ski privileges optional
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • spelunking
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • Place has a hot tub with natural cedar surround. Sit in tub, turn on jets and festival lights in tub. Take in view of Canaan Valley and mountains.Property also has heavy duty, very large charcoal grill.Please put 'skier's view' into yahoo or google search engine, and you will find property's website with more info.Note that wireless internet access is available, but sporadic, like all wireless access in the Valley. Also note that massage and spa services are found at Canaan Valley state park.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 3:30 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      21 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Nice place with lots of room

                                                                      Paula E.

                                                                      Nice views! Didn't lack for anything. Wasn't as much to do with the time of year and the weather but we enjoyed the place and the hot tub.

                                                                      IT WAS WONDERFUL

                                                                      PAUL J.


                                                                      Comfortable cottage, surprisingly spacious and beautiful views.

                                                                      Reyn A.

                                                                      We loved this place and plan to return in warmer months to take full advantage of all the great hikes and climbs nearby. Thomas and Davis both have their charms, too. Only hiccup at the beginning of our stay was with the well water running out as a result of filling the hot tub twice. But homeowner was very responsive, and the issue was quickly resolved. The hot tub was heavenly.

                                                                      Great Cabin for Families

                                                                      Leslie H.Arlington, VA

                                                                      We really enjoyed our stay in this cabin. The views of the trees, fields and ski resorts were beautiful. In the morning we saw deer in the fields. In the evenings the lights from the ski resorts sparkled. We had 4 adults and 4 children in our party and the house was a just right size. The home was comfortable and the kitchen was easy to work in.

                                                                      The property was absolutely beautiful!

                                                                      Matthew F.

                                                                      I would recommend this cabin to anyone on VRBO. My fiance and I had a great time celebrating her 30th birthday with friends and family!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you Matthew. It is nice to know our place is a home base for special family occasions.


                                                                      Lisa H.SEVERNA PARK, MD

                                                                      Owner responded quickly with questions before our arrival.

                                                                      Property was clean with comfy beds and other than a little smaller than we expected, it was great. It was so cold when we were there we didn't do much exploring, but enjoyed the view. Toasty warm inside and having temp control in each room was nice.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Glad you enjoyed your stay Lisa and thank for taking the time to write a review! Most folks tell us they consider the house cozy enough for one family, but big enough for two small families.


                                                                      Davis, WV, USA

                                                                      Canaan Valley is a unique ecosystem. It's like a piece of Vermont was plunked down into West Virginia. Excellent hiking and leaf peeping. It's the highest elevation valley of its size, east of Denver. There are a great variety of birds all-year round in the Valley, and a great variety of unique flora and fauna. The Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge is habitat to over 150 bird species, a major flyover in Spring and Fall. The night sky has little light pollution. Popular attractions include Blackwater Falls State Park, the historic towns of Davis and Thomas featuring Mountainmade with its fine arts & crafts , the Purple Fiddle with its unique American roots-new grass -country music scene. Also nearby: Dolly Sods, Monaghahela National Forest, Cathedral State Park (old growth forest), Spruce Knob, and world-class rock climbing at Seneca Rocks. Other Activities: canoeing, kayaking, live-music listening, snow sports in winter Golf: Canaan State Park, five minutes away, has a wonderful course. There is always lots of wildlife nearby, including deer near the green. Ski: Downhill skiing only 5 minutes away at Timberline and Canaan Valley Resort. Canaan Valley Resort also has fun tubing for the kiddies. White Grass, with its great cafe and friendly Chipper (you have to ask), as well as Blackwater Falls, for Nordic skiing, are about 10 minutes away.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cleaning Fee
                                                                      Pet Fee
                                                                      Additional Guest Fee
                                                                      $0 - $25
                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      Hot tub use, and cleaning included. No cats allowed. Winter holidays: $1,500 for three nights; $1,850 six nights; $1,600 NYE Summer holidays and Thanksgiving: $800 three nights Repeat guests: ask if discounts available for time of year/length of stay.

                                                                      21 Reviews
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