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Time for Fishing and Canoeing on the River!! Book our Available Spring Dates!

Bedrooms 2
Space 960 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath, Sleeps 4

A Bittersweet Retreat is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This cozy cottage has wonderful views of the mountains and the Shenandoah River. A Bittersweet Retreat is the perfect getaway for a couple, or couple's retreat! This is the perfect getaway for a relaxing weekend, or activity filled week, as we are located close to everything that Page County's Shenandoah Valley has to offer, from the World Famous Luray Caverns to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive! Nightly and Weekly Rates available. Our 2 bedroom cottage offers amenities for 4 comfortably, and offers a kitchen with all the essentials, and a large bathroom that features a jacuzzi tub for 2! Every detail to make your stay enjoyable, comfortable, and unforgettable has been made!

There is $25 per pet, per night fee, so Instant Booking prices are subject to change.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

About The Owner

I retired from the Government then opened a Victorian Bed & Breakfast that I ran for 20 years. I then decided I needed something on one floor so I bought a chicken house & converted it into an Italian Villa, that took about 5 years to finish. I like working in the yard & garden so that was the next project that I went after.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2012

Why The Owner chose Shenandoah Valley

I then decided I liked to have people around so I had a cottage built on the other piece of property I have. I wanted to be able to have the people get in touch with me if they needed something, but not too close to bother them. Then the patio went in so they would be able to have a fire & a charcoal grill, people like to get back to charcoal once in a while even though they have gas grills at home. The fire pit lets them toast marshmallows & make s'mores.

The cottage is well appointed with all the new electronics & WIFI with top of the line linens, pots, pans, & everything else you might need including a food processor.

What makes this cottage unique

From the upstairs loft bedroom you can look out over the Shenandoah River & the mountains which can also be seen from the screened porch & NO BUGS! Four legged babies like it to along with the owners because they can look out & see everything that is going on & still be safe. There is a large yard for them to play in if they are voiced commanded, otherwise you need a leash to walk on the road or over to the river.

The surroundings of the cottage is peaceful, quiet, secluded, private, & serene, a place where you can relax & get back to nature if you want or just chill out on the porch & watch the deer in the morning & late afternoon.

A place where you can totally relax!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Rileyville in Page County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • Water View ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Jacuzzi for 2!
  • All newly renovated Bathroom with Jacuzzi Tub for 2! Large walk-in shower. All Towels and Paper goods provided!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Loft Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    First Floor Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

Time for Fishing and Canoeing on the River!! Book our Available Spring Dates!
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews
Arlington, VA

Couldn't Be Better!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is amazing! The location is right near the river and couldn't be better. Shar was so awesome and has the cabin stocked with everything you need. It was very clean and perfect for a weekend getaway for my fiance and I. It was a short drive into Luray where there are many attractions and fun places to explore. We are definitely planning on making another trip back soon and we'll certainly look to book this cabin again!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Martin, Thank you so much for such a nice review, you are the kind of people I like to have staying here. You were very friendly & gracious to me & left the cottage is amazing shape, just wanted to Thank You both for your kindness. I really do hope you come back soon! Shar
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Cute & Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great little cottage! We had a wonderful stay. Shar was a gracious host.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: AnnMarie & her son were a delight to have & took very good care of the cottage, I hope they come back again sometime.
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Lovely Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were in need of a relaxing long weekend! We could not have found a better spot! Shar has worked to make sure that her renters have everything they need. There is a stocked kitchen, beautiful large bathroom, loft bedroom that looks out to the river, screened in porch, rocking chairs, a grill, fire pit area, dining table that overlooks the river, plenty of parking, flat screen TV, DVD player... She offered to bring over a large dog bed for our pup, so we wouldn't have to drag one from home. Shar gave recommendations for restaurants and a butcher the night we cooked out... she was right about everything!!! She is quite the baker! The first day we got oatmeal raisin cookies and the second day we got red velvet cake- YUM!! The thing was, we didn;t feel like renters by the time we left. We felt like family! You won't find a warmer, friendlier person, so there is no sense in looking further. This is the cottage you want!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were such a delight to have stay here & I am hoping you will come back again. Thank you for taking such good care of the cottage I really appreciate it. You seemed more like friends then customers, & I am glad you enjoyed the fire pit. More people that rent should have people like you. Very Sincerely, Shar
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Alexandria, VA

Could not ask for anything better. Immaculate, beautiful views, lovely hostess, everything you need

  • 5 of 5

From the initial contact, Shar made this a wonderful experience. She was friendly, informative and easy to get in contact with. I emailed multiple times with questions and each time she responded with humor and additional info. Staying at Bittersweet is like going home and Shar is your favorite aunt. If I wasn't on a romantic getaway, I would have asked her to join us for some wine by the fire! Everything we needed was available which made the weekend easy. The cottage was extremely clean and well kept. The property is beautiful and the views are outstanding. It was very quiet except for the sound of the river which was so relaxing. We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so Thank You for such a lovely review, I so much appreciate it & so look forward to seeing you again. It's an even better view with the leaves gone & snow on the mountains! You were a pleasure to have here. Sincerely, Shar Mayne
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New Freedom, PA

Short But Sweet Get Away

  • 5 of 5


Lenny and I are so glad to have found this little piece of heaven in the Luray, VA area. We planned only a two night stay since we were visiting for a wedding but now we wish we would have stayed longer. You home is very cozy and clean. You have put so much thought into the detail and decor. We were especially glad our dogs were welcome. Thank you for your personal attention during our stay. We look forward to coming back many times.


  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay over the Labor Day holiday. Everything we needed for a relaxing weekend. Shar was the perfect host who was as close or as far away as you needed. We arrived late and were welcomed with baked chocolate chip cookies. Her home had all we needed and more. This is a small property but is perfect for up to four guests. There are great views of the river and mountains from the porch or dining area. We followed Shar's recommendation of a local canoeing company that was a great excursion. No complaints and we left feeling that it was time well spent.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that wonderful review, I really appreciate it, but may I also say that you were wonderful & took such good care of the cottage. You were all a joy to have here, it was like meeting new friends, I hope you can come back again. Take Care & Enjoy the rest of the year! My Very Best To All Of You, Shar
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Dulles Airport
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Speakeasy at the Mimslyn
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Luray Country Club
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
US 340 & Hgwy 211
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Artisian Grill
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Massenutten Resort
Car: necessary

A Bittersweet Retreat is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Massenutten Mountains, the cottage is across the road from the Shenandoah River. Just 9 Miles from the world famous Luray Caverns and minutes from the Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy local activities including River Sports like Rafting, Tubing and Canoeing. Nearby Walking trails and great Hiking! Local Shopping and Antiques, Wineries, Resturants and More! Luray was named the #2 Most Beautiful Wedding Destination in the United States by Discovery Channel's TLC and the Knot.com. Local Festivals, Art and Music happen almost weekly throughout the Spring to the Fall. Enjoy Lake Arrowhead with a Swimming Beach and Fishing. Enjoy a walk on Luray's Greenway along the Hawksbill Creek. So much to enjoy and do while you stay. For Civil War and History Buffs, New Market Battlefield and Museum is only 15 minutes away.

Other Activities: Lots of River Activities! Drive on the Skyline Drive!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Rileyville, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4th of July Weekend
1 Jul 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Holiday
22 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.65 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Tax Rate 16.0%

Pets are accepted at $25 per pet/ per night + tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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