Awesome cabin with great amenities and in a good location. We enjoyed the jacuzzi, hot tub, cable TV/WiFi and being walking distance to the river. It’s a short drive to Luray Caverns and for kayaking with Front Royal Canoe.
Bring your bug spray - the mosquitoes are out in force due to the unusually high amount of rain we have had. The property has some low areas between the cabin aliing the walk to the river where they will ambush you unmercifully. :)
All in all, had a great weekend with friends at Bear Timbers. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the canoes unlocked from their chains and it put a slight damper on things since that was an activity we were really counting on and the cabin is advertised as having water access and 2 canoes. I have my own kayak so had I known we'd not be able to use the canoes that are supposed to be available with booking this cabin, I would have brought my kayak with me. We had already packed up the oars and safety vests from the cabin and walked them down to the water via the cart. The walk is a pretty long hike, and due to recent rain, it was very muddy. The canoes are chained right near the water. When we tried to unlock the combination lock, the code we were given did not work. We all spent some time trying to pull on the lock to open it, verified we had the right number in, etc. I wanted to call the management company to make sure we had been given the right combo since the lock literally wouldn't budge, and in order to do that I had to walk all the way back up to the cabin because none of us could get cell phone reception down by the water. I started calling the 3 numbers we were given -- the management company, and 2 numbers for housekeeping. Housekeeping eventually answered their phone and they assured me that code was correct, and that they are aware the lock has been hard to open due to the heavy rain. In fact when we arrived, the canoes were not even on the wood canoe rack -- they were both on the ground on top of each other in the mud. We pulled the canoes out of the mud and put them onto the wood canoe rack in order to get better access to the lock. Housekeeping said to pull really hard on the lock and it should open, but if we are still having issues to give her a call back and she'd come out there to help unlock it. I walked back to the water to tell everyone to try again. My boyfriend, who is actually a former Olympic weight lifter, was still unable to open the locks. We decided not to bother with the canoes since we'd already spent a decent amount of time trying to access them. I didn't feel like walking back through the mud up to the cabin to call housekeeping again, who I'm sure lives close but we would have to wait for her to come up there, and short of cutting through the chain or the lock, I'm not quite sure what she could have done at that point anyway to give us access to the canoes. Management sent me an email a little bit later stating that they had heard that housekeeping was taking care of our canoe issue.
The day after we got back, I sent an email to the management company advising them that we still hadn't been able to access the canoes during our stay and that we were bummed out about it. They apologized that we had trouble and said housekeeping is "working to get the canoes cleaned up and back on their racks" -- well they're already on the racks, we did that for them. I'm not really happy about the way they handled the situation. Had we been able to access the canoes, I likely would have given a 5 star review. The cabin decorations are really cute and well done. I'm also saying that I would recommend this rental to a friend because I'm sure management will realize the lock is simply not working and replace it for future renters.
Actually it's also kind of interesting that in writing my review here, I see that Trip Advisor wants me to certify that I was not offered any incentive to write the review. The management company sent out a canned email to me stating that "Every month, we give out $50 Amazon gift cards to one or more people who wrote reviews during that month". Not sure they'll pick a 3 star review to give the gift card to though lol.
I was impressed with the cleanliness of the cabin, amenities, and location. It is located just north of Luray. We had plenty of firewood for bonfires in the evening, plenty of cooking and dishware, enjoyed a relaxing hot tub, a short walk to the river where there was canoes for us to use, and a wide range of movies to pick from for night time entertainment. My family and I really enjoyed the bonfires, and then playing board games in the evening. It is a short drive to many trails along the Shenandoah Mountains, which we took advantage of as well. Luray Caverns is near by, and other local attractions. There are stores near by if you need to buy food or supplies, and restaurants if you choose to eat out. I would go again and recommend this cabin to all my friends and family.
Located just a few miles from Luray Caverns and the Shenandoah Valley State Park, this cozy cabin easily slept all 6 of us. I don't know if this is new or recently renovated, but it is awesome. Just a short walk gets you to the river where you can fish or canoe (supplied for you!), or just have a picnic on the shore. The hot tub was excellent. When we go back i will definitely book this cabin again!
The cabin was near Shenandoah National Park for driving along the Skyline drive and hiking. Luray Caverns was about 15 minutes away. The cabin was beautifully decorated and had every amenity. We grilled out every night, enjoyed the hot tub and would take the short walk down to the river. Would definitely stay again.
This is a newer cabin just 7 miles or so out of Luray so it's quiet and peaceful. We saw deer every day. Lovely back porch, partially screened, and front porch also. Open layout made eating, game playing, just hanging out convenient. Full-size frig and dishwasher were a nice touch. Management was quick to address a couple of concerns and responded promptly with one exception - we were never able to get the jacuzzi tub in the master bath to work and received no follow-up from them on that but the hot tub worked fine so that did the trick. Some have mentioned neighbors but we never saw them. We did do the hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit which was nice. Really lovely "log cabin" style with exposed timbers inside added a lot of cabin feel. Lots to see and do in the area so it made a great central location for touring other surrounding communities.
Just a few things to be aware of - not criticisms but just things to note. 1) The cabin is set well over a mile onto a gravel road so prepare for dust, rock chips, and a 15 mph speed limit. 2) The top bunk bed is only about 24 inches from the ceiling so unless it's a really small child, you can't sit up. After a night or two you'll remember! 3) Notice that the summary of this property says "water access" NOT water view although one of the pictures kind of implies the river view. The river is a good 100 yards from the cabin so there's no view or sound. It is an absolutely gorgeous view once you get there, though. The bottom is very rocky so make sure you have water shoes to walk in the water which is pretty shallow for a long way and the water is amazingly clear. There is a picnic table rather far back from the shore so you might want to bring down the folding chairs so you'll have a place to sit and relax. We used the little firewood cart to haul the chairs. And getting into and out of the water can be tricky as there are only 4 cement blocks serving as the "step."
Only real negative (besides the jacuzzi) was that no one had evidently checked the canoes after the last renters left so we found one largely upright and full of leaves and water. Hope someone did fix this later as the four of us were unable to turn/empty it.
All in all, a great place as long as you know what to expect.
My wife and I booked this so we could get away with our dogs for a few days. We loved this location because it was cozy and had a nice cabin look / feel to it. We didn't want to rent another house so this was perfect. It a very short walk back to the river which itself has views of the mountains and trees etc. They offered bikes and canoes which was awesome. We checked out the Luray caverns that aren't far. We also checked out some of the nearby breweries and the best was Copper Fox Distillery totally worth the short trip. Skyline drive is a nice half day or day trip with access to trails and other things. The staff and owner were very friendly and helpful. We brought a kennel for the pups and they accepted them to stay which was awesome as well.