|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Welcome to River Woods Retreat, a rustic yet luxurious 3-bedroom log cabin rental nestled above Virginia’s historic Shenandoah River on Massanutten Mountain.
River Woods is very private, well-appointed and fully-equipped to provide upscale mountain lodging for your romantic getaway or your adventurous family vacation.
Just 90 minutes from Washington, DC, River Woods is conveniently located between the towns of Front Royal and Luray, putting you within easy reach of the Shenandoah Valley’s most popular attractions.
Keywords: Mountain Cabin, Shenandoah River, log cabin, private
River Woods Retreat is owned and managed by Tom and Theresa Gordy who reside in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. Tom runs a non-profit organization that supports non-pay compensation benefits for service members. He serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010). Theresa is a homemaker and full-time mom.
Tom & Theresa Gordy purchased this cabin in 2008
Like most log cabins, River Woods was a realization of childhood dreams. After all, who hasn't at one time in their life wanted to live in a log cabin?
The dream, long slumbering underneath years of stress and "priorities", came alive in October 2004 when we first drove across the Shenandoah River to view the hardwood and pine-covered 5.88 acres that is now home to River Woods. Driving up to the property was like in the 1988 movie Funny Farm, starring Chevy Chase - deer, turkeys, and pileated woodpeckers appearing as if cued by some hidden director. Fall leaves were in full display of color, and no noise could be heard except for the rustling of drying leaves driven by cool gentle breezes. However, this was no choreographed production, only nature greeting its soon-to-be new neighbors. That day, that moment, began a four-year journey of planning, designing and building - making a dream come true.
In Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "In the woods, we return to reason and faith." And that has become the mission of River Woods - to help people find the quietness in which to reflect on the things that matter most in life.
Since its completion in the summer of 2008, River Woods has become a place to relax and reflect upon God's wonderful creation. It has served as a romantic getaway for many couples as well as the base camp for adventure vacations of hiking, canoeing and tubing, mountain biking, horseback riding and marathon running. It has become a second home for families who need an escape from the rat race of our nation's capital.
It has served as a place for rest and recuperation for war-weary service members visiting their families while on leave from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it has been a place of solace for families grieving the loss of a loved one.
Music groups and writers have used River Woods and the beautiful natural surroundings as a place of inspiration for their songs, prose and poetry.
River Woods has served to reunite geopraphically-dispersed high school and college friends and as a place of celebration for engagements, weddings and birthdays.
As owners of River Woods, we have greatly enjoyed knowing that our second home has brought joy to so many and look forward to hearing from future guests on what River Woods has meant to them.
We're home again, after a great few days. You really have created something very special out there. Everything was clean and in perfect order. Thanks again. All the arrangements worked great, and a few peaceful days in the woods were just what I needed.
Our family of 4: 2 adults + 2 teens, loved this retreat. Its a very nice cabin. We are from the west coast that this cabin was in the style of Sun Valley, ID. We went on a hike, and like the warning foretold we came across a bear. It sure made the hike exciting for us. We sang songs all the way down the mountain after that, so it added to our overall experience.
The rooms are large, beds are comfy and the master suite is really great with a fireplace wall in between the bedroom and bath.
Wish we could've stayed longer. I'd certainly recommend a stay here.
The cabin was incredible! Very clean and fully stocked, we thoroughly enjoyed staying there.
I toyed with not writing a review because frankly this place is so wonderful I want to be able to go back. The cabin is nothing short of perfect. It is tastefully decorated and not cluttered. From the moment we walked in, we felt at home. It was also immaculate. we felt far away from everything but were able to drive easily to a lovely coffee shop about 20 or so minutes again. To the owners and caretaker - thank you! Our stay was fun, relaxing, and exactly what we were looking for!
We stayed at River Woods during a transitional weather weekend in early April 2016 - a bit of sun, wind, rain, snow, warmth and cold. The "development" seemed super low-key and felt much further than 90 miles from major urbanity. It is a bit of a drive (~25 mins or so) if you're planning to use it as a base to drop into Shenandoah NP, but honestly not sure if there's anything as nice that's closer. Plus the development backs to other protected public land so you can find hikes and adventure close by. All features are as advertised - tons of fun for adults and kids alike!
The location is perfect for travel from DC (1.5-2hrs). Tom was very prompt and helpful with all of the inquiries leading up to our stay. When we arrived, everything was just as described in the arrival instructions. I'm still amazed at how seamless and hassle-free the check-in and check-out processes were.
The cabin itself was amazing! It was EXACTLY as pictured. There was way more than enough space for us. Even when we all congregated in the kitchen or the great room, it never felt like we were falling over each other. The place really felt like home. We were very disappointed when it was time to check-out because of the cabin's serenity. We definitely hope to stay again during the summer so that we can take advantage of the river activities. Thanks for an amazing place!
My three best girlfriends and I were looking for a place to spend a weekend together. The criteria for the spot included: not far from DC; a beautiful home with a great kitchen and places to gather; close to hiking trails and nature. This property was perfect for us - the house is just gorgeous (we found it in perfect condition), the rooms lend themselves to long hours of reading, talking, and enjoying friends; the beds are super comfortable, and the kitchen is perfect. We loved it - and will be back. Thank you!!
Vineyards & Winery Tours, Kayaking/Canoeing/Fishing on the Shenandoah River, Shenandoah National Park & Sky Line Drive, Hiking and Ziplining at Shenandoah State Park, Hiking in the George Washington National Forest, Fruit & Berry Picking, Antiquing
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Standard Rate of $279 plus tax per night for up to three nights.
For stays of 4 and 5 nights, rate is $264.00 per night plus tax.
For stays of 6 nights or more, $250.00 per night plus tax.
Housekeeping fee of $100.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.