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The Black Bear, a Beautiful Log Home

Pipestem, WV, USA
  • House2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

The Retreat at Pipestem is a beautiful ten acre property, sitting quietly, hidden in the woods, right next to Pipestem State Park. Golf is only a 15 minute walk away, hiking trails start within minutes from the Retreat and all the activities the State Park has to offer are available to our guests as well. You can choose how active you want to be, from playing golf, to horseback riding, antiquing, dining, archery, a visit to the nature centre, to boating, hunting and fishing, or enjoy the quiet nature around you from the deck or the porch.

Our newest of three cabins, the Black Bear was finished late 2009 and incorporates all the things we learned from remarks our guests made. Simple things like a bedroom on the main floor, a Jacuzzi tub, cathedral ceilings, a loft with TV, an complete kitchen, a Jacuzzi tub, a three zoned air and heating system and a pellet stove as a fireplace to sit around with a life fire on a chilly evening in fall. There is a huge deck of 10 x 40 feet and a covered porch for when it's raining.

The cabin (and we can hardly call this a cabin anymore) is built of full logs and the wall in the living room and loft has windows from floor to the top of the roof. Inside, the cabin is fitted out with good comfortable furniture. A real log dining room and master bed room set, make this cabin complete.

Our own website gopipestem.com will give a more complete picture of what we have to offer, including online booking and secure payments and floorplans.

Keywords: Log Home, Log cabin, secluded, Golf, Hiking, hunting, Pipestem State Park, WV, West Virginia, lodging,


Lisa or Hans

Member Since 2007
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 08, 2018
About Lisa or Hans

My name is Lisa Mateboer and I was born and raised in West Virginia. I became a teacher in Charlotte, NC, but always was traveling back to West Virginia to visit my mother who still lives there. Wanting a place to stay I found what we later called The Retreat at Pipestem. My husband works out of the country a lot and one of the things I looked at was whether I would stay there alone. Being a teacher in a big city, I always longed to go back to West Virginia. Having two cats, always made it difficult to find a good place to stay and the Cardinal is just ideal to bring them. As my husband works on ships and is away from home for months at a time, I wanted a place where I could be close to my mother who still lives in West Virginia and also feel safe.

Lisa or Hans purchased this House in 2006

Why Lisa or Hans chose Pipestem

When we found The Retreat at Pipestem we simply fell in love with the place. It's so beautiful and quiet and yet so close by the State Park that we could not resist. There were two log homes at that time and the Black Bear we built a few years later. We found a local builder who did a beautiful job building and finishing the log home. The location is ideal, right next to the StatePark, away from the main roads, but still easy accesible.

What makes this House unique

The saying that for real estate, the three most important things are location, location and location is certainly true for the Black Bear. Within a mile of the Lodge of Pipestem State Park with all the activities going with it. Being away from the main roads but still within of few miles of them, make this place a true gem amongst vacation homes.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
        • There are two bedrooms with a queen bed, two rooms with two twins each. In the loft there is a queen size futon. There are two coaches and two love seats.


        • 3 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Spa


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Parking
                            For up to 4 cars
                          • Air Conditioning
                            Central air
                          • Fireplace
                            Pellet stove
                          • Heating
                            central air and heating AND a pellet stove
                          • Internet
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Mobile Phone
                            There is good cell phone reception by ATT and Verizon. We have not checked other carriers.
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Parking Off Street
                            There is ample parking right at the house
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Wireless Internet
                            Free Wifi, just ask us for the access code
                          • Wood Stove
                            There is a pellet stove in the living room
                          • Free Wifi


                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                                What you would have at home is available in the Black Bear
                              • Dishwasher
                              • Kitchen
                                Fully equipped
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Refrigerator
                                Full size
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining
                                    The dining area is right off the kitchen.
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 8 people


                                      • CD Player
                                      • DVD Player
                                      • Foosball
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                      • Television


                                          • Balcony
                                          • Boat
                                            For rent at Bluestone Lake Marina
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                            The house has a huge deck and a covered porch.
                                          • Golf
                                            At the State park, two miles away.
                                          • Kayak / Canoe
                                            For rent at the State park
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                          • Ski & Snowboard
                                            At Winterplace.


                                              • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                              • wheelchair accessible
                                                To reach the front porch, there is a gently sloping wide ramp from the parking lot to the porch. Inside, the house is spacious with the master on the first floor, but NOT specifically designed for handicapped people

                                                Pool / Spa

                                                  • Communal Pool
                                                    The State Park has an indoor and an outdoor pool available for a small fee. These are just over a mile away.
                                                  • jetted tub


                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • live theater
                                                      • marina
                                                      • museums
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • zoo

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • boating
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • horseshoes
                                                          • miniature golf
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • massage therapist

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • skiing
                                                                  • snowboarding
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • whitewater rafting

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    10 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Nice cabin and well stocked

                                                                    Haley H.

                                                                    We enjoyed our stay and wish we could've stayed longer

                                                                    This is a beautiful cabin in the woods.

                                                                    Maria F.

                                                                    Three families met here to have a weekend away and it was great! The cabin is very cozy and was well stocked and very clean.

                                                                    Very nice, needs work on the little things.

                                                                    Matt D.

                                                                    The Black Bear cabin is extremely nice and was overall a good experience. The only odd part was a lack of attention to detail on the small things that really make a rental awesome. The pellet stove was broken, there was hand soap in the showers instead of shampoo, and the foosball table was broken and at some point that break (broken leg) was concealed to hide the damage (probably by a previous renter, not the owners' fault). Small things overall, as the overall experience was great, but those things were lacking. Lisa was very responsive to our communications and was quite helpful. Pipestem as a whole was awesome... Will be coming back!

                                                                    Beautiful and well stocked

                                                                    Angela A.

                                                                    We had a great family Christmas in a beautiful cabin with lots of room

                                                                    Sptacular stay

                                                                    Darrwll S.Conway

                                                                    A woulderful cabin right inside of pipestem state park. So many things to do inside the park that you won't have to leave to have a great time. The cabin was great for our family vacation together. If you want a great place to stay with all of the amenities look no further. The cabin and the views were breath taking. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

                                                                    Darrell Smallridge

                                                                    October Black Bear Adventure

                                                                    Mila G.

                                                                    Last month we enjoyed a 3 night stay at the Black Bear Cabin in Pipestem. We were blessed with the peak of Fall splendor and all it's colors. It was a perfect time for my husband to return to his West Virginia roots and celebrate another Birthday.

                                                                    The Black Bear cabin is very lovely and nestled in the woods. It is tastefully furnished yet comfortable. I was grateful not to have to bring linens. Additionally, we appreciated amenities such as a pellet stove, outside fire pit, porch swing, washer & dryer and an ionic hairdryer. The kitchen offers modern appliances and cookware.

                                                                    It was great having access to the manicured grounds of Pipestem Park. I recommend the breakfast buffet at the Lodge - the food was excellent for a modest price. We enjoyed a hike and paddle boat rental on the lake. The sky-lift tram down to the Creek Lodge and Restaurant provided a spectacular view and it was fun. The journey along Skyline Drive was phenomenal. My pictures are incredible. Do not leave home without a camera!

                                                                    The Owners (Lisa and Hans) answered all my questions within a reasonable amount of time. VRBO also did a nice job on accurate presentation.

                                                                    Above all, it was a blessing to relax in beautiful surroundings and take in plenty of fresh air

                                                                    Loved The Bears!!

                                                                    Mila and Keith (Robert)


                                                                    Pipestem, WV, USA

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                                                                    See our website www.gopipestem.com for more information about us and our properties

                                                                    10 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.8/5
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