My wife and I stayed at the Starlit View Cabin (one of the three newer cabins – it’s one of the Top of All Views cabins). We really had a nice time, and the house was beautiful.
There are some things you should probably know before you head up there. Or, if you haven’t already paid the money, you may want to read this.
1 – read the earlier posts, there is some truth to what they say.
2 – the sign for Meadow Hill Lane is down. Don’t miss that downed sign or else you’ll head up some hills that most vehicles are going to struggle on. We went up treacherous hill after treacherous hill before realizing we must have gone too far. My wife and I wondered if we’d make it off that mountain alive.
3 – Communication – There is no phone in the cabin. Also, Verizon cell phones do not work up there (they work down in Luray, but not in Rileyville). I had my Blackberry, and that could send email, but that was our only form of communication to the outside world. I am told that Sprint is one of the few carriers that will work in Rileyville.
4 – Cancellation policy – Don’t think of this as a hotel stay where you can cancel up until 4pm. You need to cancel a month in advance to get your money back. You also need to be sure the cabin is clean when you leave or you'll pay a $100 cleaning fee.
5 – Remoteness (not sure that’s a word, but I’m sticking with it) – You need to figure out how comfortable you are with being remote. The satellite TV service didn’t work the first night. That might have been our ineptitude with Dish, but we couldn’t get any channels working that first night. We had no working phone or cell phone or TV. Like I said earlier, there was no communication with the outside world. But, we used it as a chance to catch up on reading and talking. My wife was concerned about someone breaking in and us having no way to call for help - but at some point I remembered that since my phone was getting several signal “bars” – showing there is signal from other towers in the area, I should be able to dial 911 if we needed to. That was re-assuring – it may be false, but it helped me at the time.
6 – I did see evidence of a previous lady bug problem as mentioned in earlier posts, but that seemed to be pretty much taken care of. And yes, as stated earlier, it is just a cabin with a beautiful view. Don't expect room service. Bring groceries. And bring board games or some books if you think you might get bored.
All this aside, we had a really nice time. The cabin is just beautiful. The wood work is beautiful. The views are gorgeous. We both caught up on some reading and had lots of time for good conversation. I got in the hot tub while there was sleet and freezing rain (it was great). The beds were comfortable. Yes there were sheets, extra pillows, and blankets. The electricity and hot water worked. There were actually some extras that we didn’t expect after reading some earlier posts. There was sugar... a coffee maker... a few spices… butter in the fridge… plenty of dishes, mugs, etc.
In Luray, go to the visitor center, the folks were very nice and very helpful.
- We had lunch at “A Moment to Remember”. It was great.
- We went to a huge flea market. That was my first time at one – it was pretty interesting.
- There is a Super-Walmart. That was helpful to know.
I say all this to say… Don’t despair if you’re like me and didn’t find the previous posts until a few days before your trip. The cabin is very nice. Everything in the cabin looked brand new and clean. Go ready to relax and have a good time… be sure turn onto Meadow View (don’t miss the downed sign)… get there before dark the first night if possible… bring some groceries… and expect to have a good time. Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Also Known As:
- Rustic Cabins Hotel Luray