"I'm a paranoid/hyper big-city girl. I'm afraid I don't do nature very well. But at the same time, I desperately needed some peace and solitude. I certainly found it at River House.
A beautiful location, and a very well maintained property. In rentals of this type it's difficult to achieve a balance between rustic and convenient, and this property actually does.
The location is quite remote, and some of the road (not much) leading to it could be called challenging, but it's fine (I drive a Prius and had no issues).
You are actually ON the Shenandoah River. It's not exactly deepwater, but that allows for lots of water activities. The River House is on a good chunk of land, so there is plenty of privacy.
The house itself is significantly larger than it appears. The living room is huge and very comfortable - the furniture seems to have changed a touch from the picture, and now the LR has an enormous sofa and 2 oversized loveseats (sofas, really - they're only loveseats compared to the sofa).
Three bedrooms; while I can't exactly say they're huge, they are certainly comfortable and very well-appointed.
Enormous kitchen with everything you may need, a separate dining room.
And a screened-in porch with a table and benches - my favorite spot, where I speant about 80% of my time here.
There's a hottub, too.
Wonderful outside accommodations - a grill, a large picnic table, a bench right on the river, firepit, and a cement dock (called "The Dome", as I found out) that offers a spectacular view up and down the river.
A separate note on the owner - who wins innumerable accolades for being incredibly gracious woth all my questions and fussing (of which there were a LOT - as I mentioned, I'm a big-city girl, this was new to me).
The house was immaculately clean.
Bugs. I hate bugs. I was very concerned about potential bugs. And there were hardly any. A spider maybe, a few unidentified flying things that minded their own business, and literally 1 mosquito in 4 days. Which is nothing, considering the location on the water.
Perfect for bird-watching, and you'll see quite a bit of pretty fat squirrels.
I honestly can't say enough good things about the property and property owner. Can't wait to come back!"
Guest: Julie F.
Date of Stay: October 2016
Review Submitted: October 27, 2016