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Time for Fishing and Canoeing on the River!! Book our Available Spring Dates!

Rileyville, VA, USA
  • Cottage960 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 - 3 nights

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!

There is $25 per pet, per night fee, so Instant Booking prices are subject to change.

LBGT welcomed.



Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Feb 16, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Loft Bedroom
        1 queen
      • First Floor Bedroom
        1 double


        • 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!

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • River
          • Water View
            Just 50 yards from the Shenandoah River! Access available!


              • Romantic


                  • Catering available


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Filtered Water
                      • Fireplace
                        Small Electric Fireplace
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Living Room
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Mobile Phone
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                        Large parking area for up to 2 cars, or larger vehicles.
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Kitchen
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Freezer
                          • Grill
                          • Blender
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Complimentary Coffee, Tea and lots of misc pantry items from flower and sugar, to commonly forgotten items like spices, and popular condiments.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Also wonderful outdoor dining in the screened in porch! Enjoy the outdoors, rain or shine, and without any pesky bugs!
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • 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


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Jacuzzi

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage


                                                      • live theater
                                                      • autumn foliage
                                                      • churches
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • coin laundry
                                                      • forests
                                                      • library
                                                      • caves
                                                      • 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

                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • golf privileges optional
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • mountain climbing
                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • spelunking
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • water tubing

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    41 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews


                                                                    Ramona W.

                                                                    It was exactly what we were looking for!! Nice quiet and such beautiful views of the mountains then it snowed only to make it more beautiful. Shar was so delightful and even baked us a nice little surprise!! We would love to go there again.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Mona & Mike for such a nice review, I really appreciate it. You both were such delightful people it was my pleasure to have you stay & I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves.

                                                                    I truly also hope you come back & I wanted to Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage, I really appreciated it.

                                                                    My Best Wishes To You Both,


                                                                    Cute, cozy and clean

                                                                    Ron E.

                                                                    We hoped to see the fall colors the third week in Oct and rented the cottage, Bittersweet. The colors were a bust, but the cottage was terrific. It was very cozy and clean in a bucolic setting. We had easy access to Shenandoah National Park, canoeing the Shenandoah River, and Luray Caverns. Shar was a great hostess. We highly recommend Bittersweet when you are visiting the Shenandoah valley.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hi Ron & Chris,

                                                                    Thank you so much for such a nice review I really appreciated it, & I wanted to Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage. I am sorry that I didn't get to say Goodbye to you as you left so early, but I hope you will come back again.

                                                                    It was truly a pleasure to have people like you stay here.

                                                                    My Very Best To You!


                                                                    Hope to come back again

                                                                    John J S.

                                                                    The entire week we stayed at Bittersweet Cottage was fantastic, we were looking for a relaxing vacation with quiet time, some fishing, along with our two small dogs. This cottage is much more than we could of hoped for. Shar made our stay perfect, the cottage was fully equipped with everything you could ever need except for the food. She gave us needed information on the area, where to locate groceries, anything and everything we needed. The cottage was also decorated in the most tasteful and welcoming decor you could imagine. She even supplied a doggie bed for our pups. Loved the screened in porch with the rockers which is where we enjoyed our coffee every morning. We hope to get back there again. Jack and Barbara

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank You Barb & Jack!

                                                                    You were such a delight to have along with your babies, you felt more like friends then guest, & I wanted to Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage.

                                                                    It's people like you that made me want to have a rental place, it's such a pleasure to meet people like you.

                                                                    I really do hope you & your babies come back (Baxter Misses Them Too) !!

                                                                    I also wanted to Thank You for such a nice review!

                                                                    Your Friend,


                                                                    Very nice property with beautiful views and kind owner.

                                                                    Robert B.Greenbelt, MD USA

                                                                    Comfortable, clean, complete. Nicely designed, decorated and furnished. We enjoyed our stay there. Would highly recommend it.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I sincerely thank you for your kinds recommendations, you were a pleasure to have here & I really Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage for me. I hope you come back again soon.

                                                                    Oh & I will leave the ice packs in the freezer in case someone else needs them, sorry that you forgot them.

                                                                    Have a Wonderful Fall!


                                                                    Cute cottage in the midst of the Shenandoahs

                                                                    Jan S.

                                                                    Great spot convenient to Luray, the Skyline drive and the valley, Nice peaceful well appointed cottage - great for relaxing with bucolic views out over the river and forested hills of the Shenandoah area. Great hosts with tasty welecoming cookies for us and pet treats for our dog.

                                                                    Thanks Char

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hi Jan,

                                                                    Thank you so much for the very nice review, & I want to Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage.

                                                                    I am looking forward to seeing all of you again & Baxter can't wait for his buddies to come back!

                                                                    Take Care & have a wonderful Fall!!

                                                                    My Best to all of you,


                                                                    Quaint, peaceful, everything I hoped it would be.

                                                                    Taylor M.

                                                                    Let me start by saying Shar is wonderful and is a great host. The bittersweet retreat is exactly as described: a beautiful, quiet, get away in the mountains, across from a river, that is always hard to leave when the time comes. Absolutely would love to come stay again, hopefully for longer next time!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, I try to make the cottage as comfortable as your home.

                                                                    You were a delight to have & I do hope you come back soon!

                                                                    I truly appreciate the wonderful review!!

                                                                    Thank You,



                                                                    Rileyville, VA, USA

                                                                    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 Knot.com. 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!

                                                                    41 Reviews

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