I have always wanted to spend Thanksgiving in the mountains. We chose the house based on the amenities and scenery. I was very pleased with the house. There are a few things that might be misleading, but they did not bother me. The river is not right behind the house, but it's just a short walk and when you're at the mountains one expects to explore and breathe the fresh air. The kitchen had everything you needed but very worn out and used, could use new stuff. It is in a residential neighborhood meaning you can't just walk out and walk around, unless you stay in backyard area. There are 2 dogs that ran up on us, apparently they live in neighborhood. Over all it was a nice stay.
This cabin is just as described and perfect for a getaway in the mountains. We loved hiking nearby waterfalls in Skyline Drive. We enjoyed staying in the cabin by the fireplace. We played pool and ping pong downstairs. We walked our dogs by the water everyday. The hot tub at night was an extra treat. This cabin is clean, comfortable, and fully equipped with everything you'd ever want. I also loved the bear cub pictures inside. Perfect and we will be booking this cabin again and again.
The cabin was everything and more than me and my wife expected, Very clean, and easy to get to, Excellent spot for anniversary
We stayed here for a week in October. We really enjoyed our stay and had a great family vacation. It was very quiet and we enjoyed the break. The cabin was wonderful and the two bedrooms were perfect for our family. Our son enjoyed having his own room and his own tv. We had no issue with walk to the river and we fished & used the canoes. We used the red wagon to take our gear down to the water which worked well. The screened porch was nice because there were lots of gnats outside. We enjoyed sitting out there and watching the birds & deer. The ping pong table and pool table were big hits. Had lots of fun with those. We did hike at the State park nearby. Nice trails and fishing at the park. The a/c worked well as did the fireplace. Loved the hot tub. I did do a lot of cooking because there aren’t a lot of restaurants nearby. Staff was wonderful and provided a blow dryer and a no slip bath mat upon request.
We were a little concerned about the neighborhood dogs - one that was off leash. We were just super careful with our dog to avoid any issues.
But great location & property. We will be back!
Recently rented this cabin for the weekend and it was great! Clean, great river access, fire pit was very nice, will definitely be back and would recommend!
Rented this cabin for 4 nights while visiting the area. Love the remote location. The river can not even be seen from the cabin. The photos are misleading. The place could use a good cleaning including the blinds. Washer left a bad smell in our clothes. The enclosed porch is unusable given one screen is out and the door is cockeyed. We made it work but not worth the price in my eyes.
Bear Bluff is convenient to great attractions: 30 mins from Front Royal and both entrances to Skyline Drive (Thornton Gap and Front Royal), 20 mins from Shenandoah River Outfitters, 10 mins from caverns and downtown Luray. Also convenient (20-30 mins) to takeout places, restaurants, Walmart, grocery, etc, in both Luray and Front Royal.
The setting is peaceful, bucolic, and is set back along a series of gravel roads. One of my favorite things to do was have breakfast out on the screened in porch and just relax and take in the view. We routinely saw blue jays, deer, and bunnies. It was so quiet.
It's about a 300 yard walk along the back of the property to the river (private access), where there are canoes, a firepit (there's also a firepit just a few steps outside the backyard), a picnic table, and lovely views of the river. Pack bug spray, though! There's a good gap in the trees on either side of the backyard so we could stargaze (we went during the Perseid meteor showers and had a great view...saw part of the Milky Way, too).
The cabin is clean and comfortable, and has everything you need! Full kitchen (pots, pans, utensils, paper towels, all the appliances you'd expect), comfy beds, linens/towels, washer/dryer, and more TV/DVD players (3) than we have in our own house! Fireplace in the living room. Plenty of firewood in a dry location under the screened in porch.
The cabin also has roomy spaces for relaxing: dining, living, and rec room areas. There are board/card games (under the coffee table), foosball, ping pong, and billiards tables in the rec room, a full binder of DVDs with all kinds of movies to choose from, a hot tub, and two grills (gas and charcoal). There's also wifi, which wasn't something we thought we'd appreciate until we realized our cell phones weren't getting enough of a signal to work properly, so it was good to be able to jump on the wifi. Also a landline phone was available for our use, which was nice.
Just a few hiccups during our stay: one of the screens had blown out in the wind before we got there and they didn't have time to fix it in between guests, so we rigged a cover for the opening so we could sit out at night (mosquitoes love me, unfortunately). Terri (manager/housekeeper) was awesome, coming out and helping us put it up...she came out originally to kill the wasp nest that was on the porch...I'm a chicken when it comes to those things, LOL.
Also, watch your step on the front deck, the surface is badly warped and splintered. Don't walk barefoot on there. I got a painful splinter in my foot just walking the few steps from the front door to the hot tub in my bare feet. I imagine they'll be replacing that during the off season. The proprietors strike me as very on-top of stuff, and they have been very friendly/responsive to our questions leading up to our stay.
The clothes dryer was also giving us trouble and not starting, but my husband's guessing it is an issue with the door sensor. If the touch pad doesn't respond (it gives a little buzz but doesn't start when you push "start"), try re-opening the door and giving it a hard close again. Another time we got it to work by uplugging it and then plugging it back in.
But these are minor things compared to all the wonderful amenities the cabin provides. It's a great value for the price. We had a very enjoyable stay!