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Valerie & Pat Lowry

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Simple. Rustic. Luxury.

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Shenandoah Valley Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Located in beautiful Highland County, Virginia nestled in a grove of sugar maples between Back Creek and Little Mountain. Wake up to valley views which are likely to include deer grazing in the meadow, hummingbirds at the feeder, or a Bald eagle or great blue heron fishing along the creek. This 28 acre property includes a sunny meadow with beautiful mountain views, picnic table by the creek and a mountain to climb!

The tastefully decorated cabin includes a master bedroom with queen bed, a second bedroom with two twin beds, one bathroom with laundry, a fully equipped kitchen, open living/dining area with cozy wood stove, a covered porch and a deck with hot tub and outdoor dining area with a gas grill. At the Cabin on Back Creek, you can enjoy the stars which light up the night sky, bird-watching, walking, or just relaxing with a book in the hammock, on the porch, or on the deck. In the early spring, we make maple syrup at the sugar house located adjacent to the Cabin. You are invited to watch (and smell!) the process of turning 40 gallons of sugar water into a gallon of pure maple syrup - or you can help us if you would like!

There are a variety of hunting and fishing opportunities nearby, and access to the George Washington National Forest is just two miles down the road.

The Cabin is located 16 miles from the quaint town of Monterey. Walking tours, galleries and shops, restaurants, beautiful mountain views, and friendly people make Highland County special all year round. Throughout the year, Monterey hosts numerous special events, the largest of which is the Highland County Maple Festival in March.

Located about 30 miles from Snowshoe Ski Resort, skiing, snowboard and tubing are available in season. Also nearby is the narrow-gauge railroad at Cass, West Virginia and the National Radio Observatory at Green Bank, WV.

Twenty miles south of the Cabin on Back Creek in neighboring Bath County are the towns of Warm Springs and Hot Springs, home to the historic Homestead resort and the Jefferson Pools mineral baths. These neighboring towns offer fine dining, golf, skiing/snowboarding, shopping, antiquing, chamber music at Garth Newel and a variety of art galleries.

The Cabin on Back Creek offers a peaceful retreat, surrounded by a variety of recreational opportunities.

Keywords: Restful retreat in the Allegheny mountains

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Valerie & Pat Lowry (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Valerie & Pat Lowry

Pat has lived on Back Creek his entire life and has been making maple syrup since he was eight years old. Living in Highland County has taught him to literally 'live off the land'. Pat built the Cabin himself, his wife, Valerie did the decorating.

Valerie & Pat Lowry purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Valerie & Pat Lowry chose Shenandoah Valley

After purchasing 'the sugarbush' to make maple syrup from the trees located there, we decided to share this little piece of heaven with others

What makes this cabin unique

The Cabin on Back Creek is a sanctuary to renew your spirit, unplug from the hectic pace of life, gain inspiration from the beauty of nature and generally chill out!


based on 11 traveler reviews

Simple. Rustic. Luxury.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
St. Joseph Il

Picturesque, Cozy cabin with an amazing view of the night sky!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 wonderful days in the cabin at back creek, it was very peaceful and relaxing. The cabin is beautifully decorated, and has all the comforts of home. Valerie and Pat have done a remarkable job of making the cabin homey and welcoming. Everything you need is provided for you at the cabin including the opportunity to meet and make new friends! We enjoyed spending time with Pat and Valerie at their sugar house next door. They took the time to share their passion of making maple syrup and explain all involved in the process... it was a blast!

Not only is the cabin immaculate Pat and Valerie made sure it was well equipped to have fun. There are a variety of board games, cards, croquet, a fire pit including marshmallows and roasting sticks, chairs for watching the wild life by the creek, a hot tub, blankets to star gaze and anything else you can think you might need!!

Only a short drive to Monterey, Seneca Rock and Greenbrier observatory if you like to see the sights too!

If you are looking to spend some time in a very nice cabin, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life I would encourage you to stay at the the cabin at back creek! It is a gem hidden in a beautiful valley!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very unique cabin in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Such a precious couple that owns this place! The cabin is tucked away in a small farming/agricultural community and truly gives you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The maple syrup factory that Pat runs is such a unique addition to the quiet setting and is so neat to be able to tour, knowing it is the only running syrup mill in the area... And what a tasty treat! The apple butter and apple sauce are amazing, too! Pat and Val have really put some uniquely modern touches in a rustic setting in the cabin and have kept everything so very clean...

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Harrisonburg, Virginia


  • 5 of 5

What a completely delightful space to spend a vacation. With the thoughtful consideration of all creature comforts and the location next to the creek, this cabin is ideal for an incredibly relaxing get away. You will thank yourself for booking this home!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Secluded Getaway with Fantastic Amenities!

  • 5 of 5

The Cabin on Back Creek is a fantastic spot for a weekend or weeklong getaway! Traveled to the cabin the weekend of 20 November 2015 with 5 buddies for some rustic time outside of the busy city. Third year of our annual cabin trip and this is the third cabin we have tried...and we definitely have found the perfect place for future cabin trips! Back Creek is located in a small valley about 1.5 hours from Harrisonburg. Is located on a large piece of land with neighbors far enough away to feel like you are secluded. Beautiful creek and mountains on one side of the cabin, with a large, flat open space on two other sides, great for some pick up football or dogs to run around. The cabin itself was large and more than comfortably fit the 6 of us. Large living/kitchen area was fully stocked for cooking and eating and had wifi and a TV/dvd player (if you wanted to use). Large deck included full size gas grill and hot tub (which we fully took use of!) and a small fire pit near the deck for some great campfires and smores eating.

Cabin is located next to the cabin owners' sugar house where they make maple syrup every spring. Valerie and Pat were the nicest couple/owners you could ask for and accommodated anything we needed, such as extra firewood,, which wasn't much because everything was already perfectly in place! Pat was nice enough to show us inside the sugar house and tell us about the maple making process. Even got to sample some syrup too! Spent the last day hiking in nearby West Virginia, but if we had more time we would have loved to explore along Back Creek too. All of us highly recommend visiting Back Creek Cabin, one of the best experiences we've had!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Washington DC

Words just cant describe it.

  • 5 of 5

Over the past couple of years I've stayed at various VRBO cabins. All have been great, but none have been able to provide the experience you get at Back Creek.

Our Labor Day long weekend started with a late Friday evening arrival and just as well the directions to the cabin are spot on, not a single stress.

Rolling up the driveway to see all the porch lights illuminating the soft wood colours of the cabin, you could already feel that homely welcoming aura.

Stepping through the front door to the open living area complete with fireplace just took a weight off our shoulders. The kitchen area, simple, practical and with everything the weekend couch potato or gourmet chef could desire.

Valerie knew we would be arriving late Friday evening so left us our own devices to explore the cabin and the area on Saturday. We ventured into Monterey for the Highland County Fair. If you’ve never been to a local fair, I highly recommend it. A great little experience complete with Truck pulling, cotton candy and rides.

Sunday Pat and Valerie dropped past to pick up a few things and invited us up to the Sugar house.

The pièce de résistance is the Sugar house experience, an experience that can only be described as unique. Ours I’m sure will differ from yours, so not to spoil it, I’ll leave it to you to make your own.

Between sitting around the fire, laying in the hammock, relaxing on deck chairs viewing the wildlife you’re almost out of time to spend in the hot tub. A three night stay just wasn’t enough for us.

We will be back for Maple Season!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wildlife Galore!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in many VRBO properties and none were as well-equipped as this one: everything from ice and spring water, to maple syrup made on the property, to plenty of blankets for the beds and couches, to games for the yard, to an interesting and eclectic collection of reading material. The path cut around the meadow and the creek on the property afforded the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife: indigo buntings, rabbits, goldfinches, skunks, deer, hummingbirds and a black bear, to name a few. Valerie and Pat were gracious and generous hosts, and the property was wonderful. When the cabin paperwork says you won't have a cell signal, believe it! You are several miles from the nearest connection point, but both the WiFi and the landline in the cabin were easy to use and reliable. The cabin and grounds provide ample entertainment, but if you want to get out, I recommend driving into Monterey and spending some time exploring (the city cemetery has some of the best views in town and there's an interesting gift/garden shop right off Main Street). Cass Mountain railroad is nearby in West Virginia and offers a nostalgic ride through some lovely scenery. We enjoyed the tour of the sugar house and brought some syrup back for friends. If you go during the heat of summer and anticipate spending a significant amount of time indoors, you might consider taking the owners up on their offer of a window unit. It can get pretty warm during the day inside the cabin (especially if you use the stove), as there is no installed a/c system. This was a very enjoyable place to stay, and we recommend it to anyone who wants to get away and spend time in nature.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Weyer's Cave, Virginia
Nearest Barpub
40 Miles
Snowshoe, WV
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
The Homestead Resort
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
US 250
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Mountain Hideaway, High's
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Snowshoe, WV
Car: necessary

Tour our sugar house and watch us turn sugar water into pure maple syrup (February & March). Attend the Highland County Maple Festival (the second & third weekends in March). Enjoy spring wildflowers and migrating birds. Summer is cool and mosquito-free! Outdoor games (badminton, croquet, and cornhole) available for use. The fall color (beginning in mid-September) is amazing. The Cabin is decorated for the Christmas season... truly a year-round retreat.

If you need additional entertainment, Pat is always willing to tell stories of growing up in the Allegheny mountains!


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 7.3%

Rate quoted is for a couple. Additional charge for more guests, special rates apply for families, please call/e-mail for details.

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Shenandoah Valley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 864 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large custom tiled shower, washer/dryer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Crib (1) provided upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
2 Lounging sofas each make up as twin bed, located on Back Creek which provides soothing music as the water tumbles over rocks, lots of fossils! great for wading & water play. The Cabin is adjacent to our sugar house where we make maple syrup (February/March), but we are willing to give a tour (and tasting!) any time of the year.

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