Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Amazing Mountain Views! Perfect for Couples & Small Groups!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Spectacular property facing Shenandoah Nat'l Park & Skyline Drive!

THE BLACK BEAR LODGE is perfect for couples or small groups or families who want luxury and STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS!

Facing Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, this newly constructed, custom-built cabin offers breathtaking, direct mountain-facing views. You will feel away from it all, yet you will be close to so much: Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive, quaint downtown Luray w/Luray Caverns, unique shops, markets, restaurants & theatre, wineries/breweries, historic sites, fun on the Shenandoah River, horseback riding, ATV rentals, and winter fun on the slopes of Massanutten Resort.

The Black Bear Lodge offers luxury and countless amenities. Outdoors you can soak in the private hot tub under the night skies, relax around the stone fire pit, grill on the Weber propane grill, or just sip your coffee on the porches or on the lower level patio. Indoors, the Black Bear Lodge offers two levels of space, plenty of space for everyone while retaining its romantic and luxurious personality. This meticulously maintained home offers beautiful all-pine interior construction, a gourmet kitchen with custom crafted dining table, a cozy upstairs living room w/flat screen tv and natural stone fireplace, a super cozy lower level family room w/flat screen tv, 3 bedrooms fitted with super cozy Egyptian cotton linens, 3 full baths, high speed WiFi & even games, books & puzzles to enjoy. Guests need to only bring their clothes, toiletries & groceries as the owners have thought of everything else for you! Come relax and enjoy the mountains!

(please note: max 6 guests w/max of 4 adults)


• Stunning 180-degree views of Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive

• Newly constructed in 2013

• 3 bedrooms (2 queen & 2 twin total), all fitted w/Egyptian Cotton linens

• 3 full bathrooms including an oversized tub in master bathroom

• Hot tub, under the cover of the porch with direct star-gazing views!

• High speed WiFi

• Outdoor fire pit (under the stars!)

• Weber Gas Grill (outdoor)

• Fully equipped kitchen w/stainless appliances, refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher & microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cooking, baking & cleaning supplies, linens, and a variety of pantry items & spices

• Great Room on upper level w/natural stone gas fireplace

• Family Room/game table on lower level

More Details

Jim and Lisa Franceschini
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Jim and Lisa Franceschini

We have been mountain lovers since we married over 25 years ago and are realizing our dream of building and renting mountain cabins in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We met a gifted and extraordinarily talented builder who has built three cabins for us. The Black Bear Lodge is the 1st of these cabins and we feel truly blessed to call it ours and are excited to be able to share it with others!

Jim and Lisa Franceschini purchased this house in 2013

Why Jim and Lisa Franceschini chose Stanley

This home offers the most amazing views of the mountains and valleys of the Shenandoah...truly 180 degree views of ever-changing mountains above and pastures below. Front row seats to the sunrise and to a night-sky are free from the porch and patio! It is so close to all that the Shenandoah Valley offers & offers superior construction and attention to detail.

What makes this house unique

This home spoke to us the moment we first saw it. The views are indescribable: the Shenandoah Valley literally spreads out in front of you and the mountains of Shenandoah Nat'l Park surround the valley. We have grown to love the sounds of the cows in the pastures around the home, the smell of storms as they roll through the valley, and the true silence that you can only find in the mountains. The views from the windows and doors inside the home still catch us by surprise and never cease to take our breath away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Though we only discovered Black Bear Lodge upon scrambling for options after our original choice had already been booked, your cabin will likely be our top choice for future stays in the area.

This was the third cabin we've rented since we started vacationing in Shenandoah, and it was by far the best overall.

For one, we learned that lower elevations can afford far better views than what you get when perched in a cabin on an actual mountain. The sweeping views from Black Bear Lodge were vastly superior to our two previous aeries situated higher up on nearby foothills.

And the lower elevation also meant an easier time quickly accessing the cabin from the road, which is invaluable when there's a whiny toddler in the back seat. In the past, we've had to endure a mile-and-a-half or so of narrow, unpaved roads with hairpin turns and treacherous inclines to get to a cabin, so it was quite a relief to have just a short gravel driveway between the cabin and a finished road.

Finally, we were blown away by your level of organization and incredible attention to detail, which enabled us to immediately acclimate to the cabin as if we'd been staying there for years.

In addition, of course, to the main binder, which yielded answers to every conceivable question, the labels next to the light switches were super helpful, eliminating the constant trial and error characteristic of past cabin stays.

I could continue on in a similar vein about the porch, the furniture, the numerous amenities, etc.--all were fantastic.

Thanks again for offering such a great cabin. We had a wonderful time.
Oct 2014
  • 1 of 2


Stanley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guest can see full list of house rules in the Rental Agreement, which supersedes all other stated policies.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All three bathrooms are full bathrooms, all very spacious. Linens provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 LL Bean twin foldaway beds & linens located in BD closet.
  • Master BD (on the main level) has a queen bed with luxury linens and large windows offering sweeping views of the mountains. The 2nd bedroom (on the main level) also has a queen bed with luxury linens with mountain views from the side window and wooded views from the rear window. The 3rd bedroom, with two single beds and luxury linens, is located downstairs. Awesome mountain views are found from the bedroom window in this room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Please see our Guest Reviews...this home truly has everything you need and the views are unbeatable. We hope to see you soon!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

87% Complete
12% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Amazing Mountain Views! Perfect for Couples & Small Groups!
average rating of 4.8703704 based on 56 reviews

This cabin suited all our family's needs for a weekend wedding.

  • 5 of 5

We used this cabin for lodging and as a venue for the rehearsal dinner. The owners were very helpful, especially with venue service for: clearing the lower level, directing parking, working with catering vendors, and then moving the rec room furniture back in place an hour after the dinner ended. The views were gorgeous, especially from the upper deck. The interior is spacious for 6 and with the wrap-around deck & when dining in lower level we accommodated 40 with ease for a dinner. The furnishings, kitchen, baths, bedrooms, & laundry were all more than adequate. We highly recommend this property & would return again. The owners are great!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host all of you for such a special celebration and we hope to see you again down the road!! Thank you for the wonderful review and for your business.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Don't be afraid of this bear! Great property.

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed and were extremely comfortable. With weather in the teens and twenties, the house stayed quite warm with the gas fireplace going on the main floor. Although we did not use the lower floor, there is a ton more space downstairs. You could easily have two couples with kids or 6 adults with plenty of room. The house is a very clean, well maintained, and one of the best-stocked houses I have stayed at in the Luray area. Everything we needed was there. Extra Towels, blankets, toiletries, even a wine bottle opener! Hot tub next to the firepit makes for a cozy evening in the cold, and without the firepit going you have pretty dark skies for some darn good star gazing. I'd say the skies are magnitude 4 to 4.5 naked eye. Not too shabby for the astronomers out there. Beautiful place, gorgeous location. Thanks for having us!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Apopka, FL

Beautiful cabin with a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is beautiful, roomy and has everything you need to enjoy your stay. We also enjoyed looking at the stars while in the hot tub.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Manassas, VA


  • 5 of 5

The cupcakes welcoming us was a pleasant surprise. Perfect location, very clean, comfortable beds and nice kitchen. The view was amazing and so quiet!!!! We will be back soon. Owners were extremly helpful and the emails with detailed attachments we great for planning our weekend. Thanks for providing a perfect home for a wonderful weekend with friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review and we will hope to see you again!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful views! Great decor, clean, and loved that all light switches were labeled. No flipping multiple switches to find the right one.

Homeowners were extremely responsive to any question that we asked. Looking forward to coming back in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review, and thank you for the kind words. We will hope to see you again!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful and Well Stocked With Very Thoughtful Owners

  • 5 of 5

I just got home from staying here during our daughter's wedding. It is perfect and we just love the owners. You will not regret choosing this home.

Very clean and large.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Dulles International
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Caverns Country Club
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 81
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Lake Arrowhead
Car: necessary

There are a million things to do in the Shenandoah Valley area!! Luray Caverns (10 minutes from the home) and Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive (15 minutes) are 'must do' items. The Park offers gorgeous drives, overlooks, hiking, biking, and ranger-led activities.

Luray (10 minutes) offers the Hawksbill Greenway (fantastic walking/biking along a rushing creek), plenty of shopping and dining, mini golf, 18 hole golf courses, zip lines, horseback riding, and more. Lake Arrowhead (10 minutes) offers fishing, boating, BBQ facilities, and swimming/relaxing at the beach area. Hawksbill Recreation Area (5 minutes) offers an outdoor pool and BBQ area. Spectacular canoeing/kayaking/tubing along the Shenandoah River (up to Class 2 Rapids) is available on your own or through several area Outfitters. Wineries (closest is two miles from the cabin), antique shopping, shooting ranges, jet skiing, off-roading, outdoor concerts and festivals, and even a zoo are all within half an hour or less. Want to drive a little further? Presidential homes, Civil War sites, and Harrisonburg and Charlottesville are all 30-60 minutes away. Of course, if all you want is to stay at the cabin and relax with good food, a good book, and beautiful scenery, downtown Stanley (2 miles) offers a grocery store and a couple great restaurants.

The Visitor's Center in Luray is an excellent source of additional area information.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.3%

- Suitable for couples, families, and responsible groups (max 4 adults for groups)
- Min rental age 26


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.