|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Terrapin Cottage is lovingly tucked away in the forest at the end of a cul-de-sac; very private. Paved roads all the way. Just 12 minutes from restaurants, grocery stores, and points of interest.
Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom; loaded with country charm; wood stove; central air, sky lights; deck onto private woods.
Sleeps 8 - one queen bed in master bedroom; double futon in TV room; trundle bed in 3rd bedroom and double sleeper sofa in living room (all thick comfortable mattresses - yes, even the futon and sleeper sofa!). All linens provided. Air mattresses are available for extra bedding upon request.
There is a small flat screen TV with DVD player and a good selection of movies and games for both children and adults.
There is a 'kid's kloset' with a play kitchen, doll house and lots of toys. Little kids adore the homemade rocking horse! (see pics)
Just an hour and a half from Washington DC and Baltimore; 1 hour from Fairfax, VA.; relax amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains near Historic Harpers Ferry, WV, above the Shenandoah Valley and River. A 5 minute drive will give you access to the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of God's country.
Explore Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Appalachian Trail, Charles Town Races and Slots, Antietam Battlefield, tubing, canoeing and kayaking on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, white-water rafting, zip-wiring, juried Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival (Sept.), fine dining, shopping and antiquing in quaint historic towns of Shepherdstown and Charles Town, WV, Leesburg, VA and Frederick, MD; hiking and biking along river roads and C&0 canal, WV and Loudoun County wineries ~ or ~ simply relax with a good book and cup of hot chocolate in front of the roaring wood stove and watch the deer in the surrounding woods.
Enjoy the atmosphere of a by-gone era, and the quaint charm of this mountain cottage. Help yourself to the kitchen stocked with basic staples if you choose to do some cooking.
Even though 'Terrapin' is tucked away on a mountain cul-de-sac, there are paved roads all the way from the interstate to the front door! The cabin is accessed by 3 steps.
This is an excellent private location for family reunions, weddings, retreats, or any small group gathering just an hour and a half from the big city but worlds away! Contact owner for special event rates.
Hi; Bobby here. I'm a Northern Virginia transplant to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia! Sixteen years ago we purchased a weekend cabin near Harpers Ferry in the mountains (Shannondale) with a 75 mile view of the Shenandoah Valley below. We fell in love with this beautiful area and wonderful local people, and it didn't take long to switch from weekenders to permanent residents! I quickly developed a fascination with the historic old cedar cabins nestled all over this mountain - Sears kits from the 40s and 50s. 'Terrapin' is the 3rd cottage I've refurbished and transformed from trash to treasure - an artist's delight! You will enjoy seeing the photo album on site of 'before' and 'after' pictures. Please take a look at my smaller honeymoon cottage, also listed on vrbo - 'Moonridge'.
For a number of years, Terrapin was a standard rental, and I recently decided to convert it to a vacation rental because of the huge pleasure derived from the incredible guests from all over the world who visit my other cabin. Thus, 'Terrapin' was created! Come, relax, and enjoy, and let me pamper you a bit!
Bobby Ericsson purchased this cabin in 2004
I love the natural beauty of this area, the wildlife, the cultural heritage, the history, the quaint little towns, plus we're only an hour from Fairfax, Va., so even though we feel really remote, there is easy access to the big city. It's really the best of all worlds!
I think you will enjoy - as I do - making the trek up to the Appalachian Trail, whether just for an hour or two or a day hike into historic Harpers Ferry. I highly recommend the 'Maryland Heights' hike to the top of the mountain where you will have an incredible view of the town of Harpers Ferry and the two rivers - Shenandoah and Potomac - merging. This is a half day round trip hike atop the mountain that the Amtrak train tunnels through, on its way to DC and beyond. See my photos at this listing for the view from the top!
For the less hearty, a short hike to 'Jefferson Rock' right in the midst of historic Harpers Ferry will allow you to share the view that Thomas Jefferson said was 'worth a trip across the ocean' to see! Or ~ spend a day at the Charles Town races and slots and be sure to visit the incredible 'Terrace Restaurant' where you will have the perfect terraced view of the horse races, including a monitor at your table for closer observation and a buffet that you will long remember!
Due to a last minute situation, I was in a bit of a pickle to try and rent a house in the area last minute - as in the evening before we arrived. The manager was nothing short of amazing. Luckily no one had rented it for the weekend so it was available. The house was clean and had so much character to it. It had everything you could need for a getaway. The kitchen was well equipped with all of the necessities. It was perfect for a group of 8 that were reuniting for a weekend. We drove to Shepherdstown on Saturday to float down the Potomac, but outside of that we spent the rest of our time at the house. It is secluded, but that is part of its charm. It was so welcoming and perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay or spend a weekend with some of my favorite people.
This is a highly charming cottage in the woods. It is full of pretty wooden detail and nice furnishings/ decor inside, including a central wood fireplace set on brick tiles. There are little lamps and candles all around for a really cozy feel. Large windows reveal the woods, adding to the mountain charm. The pictures do not quite capture how cute it is. It is also fully stocked in the kitchen and bathrooms. Bobby was a very good host.
We had a wonderful time at the cabin and in the surrounding area! It was nice to come "home" to the cozy cabin after all day excursions! We were thrilled with the location, close enough for a day in DC or Anteitum..restaurants, shopping all the things you look for on vacation! Thank you to Bobby for helping with last minute reservations and advise! We look forward to our next visit whenever it may be!
Great place to stay. Quite. I have sever allergies, all products used we safe for me!
This rustic home offers a spacious living room and kitchen. The deck is very inviting for that special Family barbecue. The Charles Town races are close & my Family and I were able to attend the Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival that week-end. Bobby is an excellent hostess; leaving us homemade bread and a Kristian Regale Pear Sparkling Juice Beverage and dropping by to say hello as she lives in the area & is very friendly & helpful with information of the area. The owners' photos are as the property appears. I had three Family members meeting me there. All had travelled many miles and we all found the property. Pay attention to Bobby's written e-mail instructions as the smart phones and gps' have some work to do unless you are familiar with the area. We viewed a Mama Deer eating on the front lawn daily. Each time we would go on an outing & return we felt like we were back home. The Master Bedroom and bath offer privacy and the other bedroom plus den have comfortable beds with a lovely restroom across the hall. The laundry was very convenient. It was a very enjoyable Family reunion. I would highly recommend this to folks looking to get away from the motel/hotel scene. Groceries can be picked up locally. It was a pleasure doing business with Bobby. We did take in Harper's Ferry with the wonderful views. That is a beautiful park and town. It offers dog friendly venues for those that hike with their best friends . Happy Trails! :-)All those miles were worth it, what a wonderful stay! A Couple of paintings hanging on the walls were done by the proprietor herself. Beautiful artistry.........................
Privacy and spectacular views at the Harper's Ferry Park and convenience of being close to the many happenings was a breath of fresh air and relaxation.The cabin was clean and very creatively decorated. The large yard would welcome pet owners.
We enjoyed our stay here and even with a dog and toddler there was plenty of room for all of us. We appreciated the stash of toys and kids books for our son to play with and found that we didn't have too much trouble babyproofing the place either. The cabin was charmingly decorated and the kitchen was set up nicely for any cooking we did. Bobby was very responsive and could be reached by phone or email. Even though we arrived during a rainy time the cabin was cozy and bright. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice mountain getaway.
We're the naturalists paradise - located below the Appalachian Trail, near Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers (the 2 merge at Harpers Ferry), some of the best white water rafting in the US, zip lines down the mountain!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$30 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
There is a 3 night minimum for holidays; holiday rate is same as prime time weekend rate - $235/nt.
Rates are based on payment by check or paypal one month prior to arrival. For paypal or credit card payment, add 3% to total.