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“Not worth the price!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Friends Wilderness Center Retreat

Friends Wilderness Center Retreat
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305 Friends Way, Harpers Ferry, WV   |  
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“Not worth the price!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

Although the natural setting is nice and the hostess cooks a good meal it is not worth the price. The accommodations are not B&B quality. The workmanship of the home is shoddy and cobbled together. The trim work was especially haphazard. The carpet was installed piecemeal with many seams in our room. In short, your $80 per person buys you a shared bathroom that is mold and mildew ridden. Is also has 4 spiders living in their webs on its ceiling. There was a dead mouse under my son's bed and it was apparent that it had been there for weeks. It truly is a wilderness center inside, but I would have camped if that was what I wanted.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2008

Stayed overnight in 3-bedroom comfortable cabin (really a full service house) within huge Quaker wilderness preserve having view of deer by pond. Hiked miles of quiet trails. Saw a lot of wildlife, and many stars at night. Home-cooked meals were good and I could influence menu in advance. Kinda like a B&B. Very affordable. Especially good for solo travelers, small families, people liking to meditate, read, write, paint, relax in serene setting. Nice porch. The huge treehouse that seats 20 was fun to visit - might camp out there some night. Definitely a little known and special place.

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Address: 305 Friends Way, Harpers Ferry, WV
Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Harpers Ferry
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
FWC is a comfortable but rustic retreat center with a heated cabin set in the woods up on the western slope of the Blue Ridge at the end of an unpaved road and is NOT a conventional B&B. The cabin is the residence of the FWC’s resident manager and has two guest rooms (one with two twin beds, one with a double bed). The full bath is shared with the manager and other guests, and the manager prepares hearty and tasty meals for you. The kitchen is not available for guests to use. Outdoor camping options include a yurt, a large open-sided, roofed tree platform, and, coming in 2013, a small geodesic dome. The cabin was built in the 1970’s and is showing its age but is a dry, comfortable place where you can relax, enjoy a hardy home-cooked meal while also enjoying all the magic of the Blue Ridge woods that surround the cabin. Please note that some cell phone reception is ‘iffy’ and there is no WiFi, in-room TV, or Internet connection provided for guests. If digital connectivity is a prerequisite for your happiness, FWC is probably not your cup of tea. On the other hand, if you are looking for some quality time ‘off the Web’ in which to sit around a campfire or by the cabin’s wood stove, watch stars, listen to owls, or fill your lungs with fresh mountain air on a relaxing hike, then FWC will leave you a very happy overnight camper and the comments in our guest book are proof of that. So if you are seeking a cabin retreat or sheltered outdoor camping for overnighting or are a wonderful place for day hikes, a family reunion, or an outdoor social gathering, the FWC is truly a marvelous place in which to relax, recharge and put a smile back on your face. ... more   less 

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