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Karen Williams

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english

Lovely Mountain Home - Pool table, Hot tub, Close to Skiing and 2 State Parks

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


West Virginia House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, game room w/pool table, sunroom, sleeps 10

Bear's Retreat offers a 1st floor master suite with king bed, access to deck and hot tub, and a spa like bath with jacuzzi tub, separate shower and picture window view of the pond and wildlife refuge. And this is just the master suite! The second floor offers two bedrooms with queen beds, and one bedroom with two twins and a full bed. There is also a cozy loft hideaway with 2 loveseats and TV. The warm wood paneled sun room has three glass walls with views to the 500th National Wildlife Refuge - perfect for morning coffee surrounded by natural beauty.

The large game room has a pool table, a refrigerator and lots of seating for family tournaments. From this room you can access the side deck for sunset views.

The great room has a convenient gas fireplace and flat screen TV.

The back yard is lushly landscaped with a pond and a view to the wildlife refuge. Sunsets from the covered gazebo, decks, and hot tub are a beautiful way to end your day at Bear's Retreat.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Karen Williams (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Karen Williams

Family of five who love the Canaan Valley with its focus on nature and outdoor activities.

Karen Williams purchased this house in 2005

Why Karen Williams chose West Virginia

We were struck by its presentation - from the foyer with chandelier and cherry handrails to the catwalk above, its just a strikingly beautiful home. The setting is serene with lots of wildlife and birds.

What makes this house unique

No four wheel drive necessary in the winter.


based on 3 traveler reviews

Lovely Mountain Home - Pool table, Hot tub, Close to Skiing and 2 State Parks
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Bendersville, Pennsylvania

Beautiful place for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our three teenage boys, a girlfriend, and our friends and their two teen age boys spent 5 relaxing nights in this lovely home. Everything was provided to make this feel like home away from home. The house was very well maintained with every amenity we could think of possibly needing, plus many we didn't. The layout of the home was great, the hot tub was enjoyed every evening by all, and the grill and fire pit were great. There was plenty of seating inside and out. The guys really enjoyed the pool table, too. We took advantage of the nearness to visit Blackwater Falls, Seneca Rocks, and Seneca Cavern. We also enjoyed the fabulous view from the Timberline Resorts Scenic Chairlift Rides and watched some other folks zip-lining and horseback riding. And for anyone that likes seafood... The Golden Anchor is a must! It's like being at a fresh seafood restaurant in the middle of the mountains. If we ever go back come back to the area, we will definitely check into this home again. The owner was great to work with and very friendly, and the rental agency gals were friendly, as well.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family and Celebrations

  • 5 of 5

This year we started an annual family getaway for me, my husband, our 3 grown children, and my mom. I chose this home with my daughter's wedding ceremony in mind and the proximity to everyone, and it was perfect. The decks, jacuzzi, pool room, sunroom, home layout and the backdrops/sunset worked for us beautifully. All our guests commented on this beautiful home. Now to explore the rivers, mountains and caverns. What a blessing. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Millsboro, Delaware


  • 5 of 5

We loved it! The area was beautiful as was the home. There was a great backyard for our 2 small dogs. The deer came around in the mornings and we met a great big old ground hog. Lots to see and do. We went to Blackwater Falls, took a horseback ride to the top of Seneca Rocks, and so much more. Definately will be coming back!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Pittsburgh, PA/Dulles VA
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Canaan Resort
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Bear's Retreat is located within 10 minutes of Canaan Valley State Park with golfing, swimming, trails, outdoor programs and more. Canaan Valley is a unique ecosystem in this part of the world. It is as if a piece of New England or Canada was plopped down into West Virginia. It's the highest elevation valley east of the Mississippi. Summers bring little humidity - temperatures rarely past the 90's, and cool refreshing evenings. Canaan's autumn leaves rival New England's brilliance and diversity of color. This area is also unusually remote for the 'East Coast'. You can hike in gorgeous remote places for hours and not see a soul - nor a man made structure. The Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge is the habitat for over 150 bird species and a major flyover in the Fall. Other attractions include the Canaan Valley Resort and ski slopes, Blackwater Falls State Park, Timberline Resort, the historic mountain towns of Davis and Thomas featuring Mountainmade with its fine arts and crafts , the Purple Fiddle with its unique alt -country music and the Whitegrass Cross country Ski Center and Organic Cafe.

Other Activities: white water rafting, bird watching, hiking


Rates & Availability

Canaan Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring, Summer, Fall
Mar 7 2016 - Dec 8 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Mgr Admin Fee $86
Hot tub fee $80
Damage waiver fee $39
Tax Rate 12.0%

Please email or call for two night rate and/or holiday rates. Holidays include Christmas, New Years, MLK and Presidents Days. Thank you!

Discount for mid-week Winter reservations - email owner for details.

The damage waiver fee is an insurance policy that covers you for up to $3000 of accidental damage and eliminates the need for a damage deposit.

4th night free during Spring, Summer, Fall rate period

Guests pay through our property management company. The owner will provide the contact information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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West Virginia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Elegant first floor master suite with king bed, spa bathroom with a jacuzzi and separate shower plus an enormous walk in closet. You can step to the deck where the hot tub awaits.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We've tried to think of your every need to simplify your planning and packing. Specifically: For the kitchen we provide basic spices, flour, sugar, oil, coffee filters, coffee grinder, toaster, blender, electric griddle, coffee pots - both drip and percolator, dishes, cookware, bake ware, cutlery, hot pads. For the bath we provide towels, wash clothes, soaps... For the bedroom we provide linens, clock, reading lamps... For the outdoors we provide hummingbird feeder and food, portable fire pit, gas grill, and lots of comfortable seating for enjoying the beautiful surroundings. For the laundry we provide detergent, iron, and ironing board. We provide paper products. We provide telephone service with free long distance. We provide free wireless broadband internet connection - just bring your laptop. For your convenience and entertainment we provide puzzles, games, and cards.

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