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“Cold weather stay not recommended” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bear's Den Hostel

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Bear's Den Hostel
18393 Blueridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135   |  
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Cold weather stay not recommended”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We stayed at the Bear's Den Cabin/Cottage that is maintained by the family at Bear's Den Hostel. There were two space heaters, a wood burning fireplace, and a wood burning stove that were on for entire weekend. The first night was almost unbearably cold. After calling the hostel they gave us the option of spending more time in the hostel where it was warmer. I think the wife must've received more information about the cabin because she called us back later to let us know that there was an electronic blower for the fireplace that we plug in and turn on. This helped to keep the place a couple of degrees warmer. It would've been really helpful if some of these aspects of the cabin had been detailed for us, in writing, when we arrived (common practice among PATC cabins). The amenties the cabin listed i.e. two burner hotplate and refrigerator didn't work. Everything that needed refrigeration was put in the freezer (although it was so cold we could've just left it on the floor of the cottage), and one of the burners only heated up slightly where the other one shut off when it reached maximum heat. The running water outside was shut off, understandably, so the pipes wouldn't freeze. The lack of water made the woman's request that we mop before leaving, even more inappropriate, since the place was very dirty when we arrived. There was mouse poop over the utensils and dishware, the counters were dirty, and the floor had to be reswept.

We had to request that wood be delivered and then when the truckload arrived they wanted our help unloading. Their preparation for our arrival seemed very poor. It was annoying that they would only drop off wood at the bottom of the hill when the woodpile was supposed to be out the back door. We made a few precarious trips quite late and in the early morning, to restock our indoor supply - we went through a lot of wood as we tried to keep the temperature of the cabin bearable for our stay.

The cabin itself was pretty, but I'd recommend visiting in warmer weather and keep your expectations low with regards to things working and having everything you need to cook with (unlike other cabins managed by PATC). Loads of vineyards in the area make for a great day trips.

This was our 5th trip since Jan 2011 to stay with a cabin managed by PATC and this was the only one we have been disappointed with.

Lastly, this place isn't well marked. When you get to the parking area there isn't a sign pointing you in the direction of the cabin. Also, if you opt to go on the Spout Run hike there is no way to identify when you've actually gotten there. I still don't know if Spout Run was the first stream we encountered, the 2nd, or the 3rd.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

Great place, nice location, great stop for lunch or a snack on a hike. Provides good rates for thru-hikers, a rentable house for a family, good cooking, friendly atmosphere.

  • Liked — Lounge area, proximity to Appalachian Trail, secluded from real word
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2003

Bears Den is a really beautiful place. A huge stone cabin in the middle
of the woods. It's next to the Appalachian trail. I stayed in the group
bunk bed room for $15, but I think there is a private room.

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Address: 18393 Blueridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135
Location: United States > Virginia > Loudoun County > Bluemont
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Bluemont

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