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Quiet, Romantic Getaway in the Shenandoah Valley

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights


Rileyville Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath, Sleeps 4

A Bittersweet Retreat is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This cozy cottage has wonderful views of the mountains and the Shenandoah River. A Bittersweet Retreat is the perfect getaway for a couple, or couple's retreat! This is the perfect getaway for a relaxing weekend, or activity filled week, as we are located close to everything that Page County's Shenandoah Valley has to offer, from the World Famous Luray Caverns to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive! Nightly and Weekly Rates available. Our 2 bedroom cottage offers amenities for 4 comfortably, and offers a kitchen with all the essentials, and a large bathroom that features a jacuzzi tub for 2! Every detail to make your stay enjoyable, comfortable, and unforgettable has been made!

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About The Owner

I retired from the Government then opened a Victorian Bed & Breakfast that I ran for 20 years. I then decided I needed something on one floor so I bought a chicken house & converted it into an Italian Villa, that took about 5 years to finish. I like working in the yard & garden so that was the next project that I went after.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2012

Why The Owner chose Shenandoah Valley

I then decided I liked to have people around so I had a cottage built on the other piece of property I have. I wanted to be able to have the people get in touch with me if they needed something, but not too close to bother them. Then the patio went in so they would be able to have a fire & a charcoal grill, people like to get back to charcoal once in a while even though they have gas grills at home. The fire pit lets them toast marshmallows & make s'mores.

The cottage is well appointed with all the new electronics & WIFI with top of the line linens, pots, pans, & everything else you might need including a food processor.

What makes this cottage unique

From the upstairs loft bedroom you can look out over the Shenandoah River & the mountains which can also be seen from the screened porch & NO BUGS! Four legged babies like it to along with the owners because they can look out & see everything that is going on & still be safe. There is a large yard for them to play in if they are voiced commanded, otherwise you need a leash to walk on the road or over to the river.

The surroundings of the cottage is peaceful, quiet, secluded, private, & serene, a place where you can relax & get back to nature if you want or just chill out on the porch & watch the deer in the morning & late afternoon.

A place where you can totally relax!


based on 28 traveler reviews

Quiet, Romantic Getaway in the Shenandoah Valley
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

Could not ask for anything better. Immaculate, beautiful views, lovely hostess, everything you need

  • 5 of 5

From the initial contact, Shar made this a wonderful experience. She was friendly, informative and easy to get in contact with. I emailed multiple times with questions and each time she responded with humor and additional info. Staying at Bittersweet is like going home and Shar is your favorite aunt. If I wasn't on a romantic getaway, I would have asked her to join us for some wine by the fire! Everything we needed was available which made the weekend easy. The cottage was extremely clean and well kept. The property is beautiful and the views are outstanding. It was very quiet except for the sound of the river which was so relaxing. We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so Thank You for such a lovely review, I so much appreciate it & so look forward to seeing you again. It's an even better view with the leaves gone & snow on the mountains! You were a pleasure to have here. Sincerely, Shar Mayne
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New Freedom, PA

Short But Sweet Get Away

  • 5 of 5


Lenny and I are so glad to have found this little piece of heaven in the Luray, VA area. We planned only a two night stay since we were visiting for a wedding but now we wish we would have stayed longer. You home is very cozy and clean. You have put so much thought into the detail and decor. We were especially glad our dogs were welcome. Thank you for your personal attention during our stay. We look forward to coming back many times.


  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay over the Labor Day holiday. Everything we needed for a relaxing weekend. Shar was the perfect host who was as close or as far away as you needed. We arrived late and were welcomed with baked chocolate chip cookies. Her home had all we needed and more. This is a small property but is perfect for up to four guests. There are great views of the river and mountains from the porch or dining area. We followed Shar's recommendation of a local canoeing company that was a great excursion. No complaints and we left feeling that it was time well spent.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that wonderful review, I really appreciate it, but may I also say that you were wonderful & took such good care of the cottage. You were all a joy to have here, it was like meeting new friends, I hope you can come back again. Take Care & Enjoy the rest of the year! My Very Best To All Of You, Shar
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Wonderful cozy home in great location.

  • 5 of 5

My 6-year old daughter and I only stayed here for 3 short nights, but it was a great time. The house was the perfect size for us. The location is great, just a 10-15 minute drive down to the main town in Luray where there is a variety of shops, grocery store, movie theater, greenway, etc. The house is on a secluded street and it was wonderful to sit with my daughter out on the deck building legos with view the river out the screened windows. The yard was also plenty large and flat enough for us to run around and play out there. House was clean and we'd definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Catonsville, MD

Romantic escape

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage was a perfect getaway for our 22nd anniversary. We enjoyed our stay immensely. Even in winter, the mountains are beautiful. One caveat: no cell service at the cottage, but that did not bother us in the least. Luray is beautiful. We enjoyed the Hawksbill Greenway. Gathering Grounds coffee shop was excellent and Shenandoah Moon gift shop is my new favorite store.

The beds were comfortable, the décor calming and the tub was a blessing. We are thinking of returning next year. Shar was a wonderful hostess.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful relaxing weekend at the Bittersweet Retreat. The place is adorable and very well kept. All the amenities you need along with many supplies are right there. The view of the fall mountain color and the river were spectacular! My husband loved the sound of the river. Shar was so sweet, loved the cookies and the recommendations. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. We will definitely tell others about your place and hope to get back real soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Guys, Thank you for such a nice review you are the kind of people I love to share the cottage with & Thank you for taking such good care of it for me, I really appreciated it. Hope to see you again soon, have a Super rest of the season. My Very Best To You Both! Shar
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Dulles Airport
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Speakeasy at the Mimslyn
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Luray Country Club
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
US 340 & Hgwy 211
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Artisian Grill
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Massenutten Resort
Car: necessary

A Bittersweet Retreat is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Massenutten Mountains, the cottage is across the road from the Shenandoah River. Just 9 Miles from the world famous Luray Caverns and minutes from the Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy local activities including River Sports like Rafting, Tubing and Canoeing. Nearby Walking trails and great Hiking! Local Shopping and Antiques, Wineries, Resturants and More! Luray was named the #2 Most Beautiful Wedding Destination in the United States by Discovery Channel's TLC and the Local Festivals, Art and Music happen almost weekly throughout the Spring to the Fall. Enjoy Lake Arrowhead with a Swimming Beach and Fishing. Enjoy a walk on Luray's Greenway along the Hawksbill Creek. So much to enjoy and do while you stay. For Civil War and History Buffs, New Market Battlefield and Museum is only 15 minutes away.

Other Activities: Lots of River Activities! Drive on the Skyline Drive!


Rates & Availability

Rileyville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
New Year's Eve
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.0%

Pets are accepted at $25 per pet/ per night + tax

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.
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Rileyville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Jacuzzi for 2!
  • All newly renovated Bathroom with Jacuzzi Tub for 2! Large walk-in shower. All Towels and Paper goods provided!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Loft Bedroom - 1 queen
    First Floor Bedroom - 1 double
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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