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Bedrooms 2
Space 960 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Member since: 2011
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

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 Rileyville

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!


Rileyville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • 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
  • 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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average rating of 4.95 based on 40 reviews

Hope to come back again

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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, Shar
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Cute, cozy and clean

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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! Shar
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Very nice property with beautiful views and kind owner.

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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! Shar
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Cute cottage in the midst of the Shenandoahs

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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, Shar
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Quaint, peaceful, everything I hoped it would be.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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, Shar
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We loved the stay!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is located on the private road, which allowed us a quiet stay. The owner lives yards away so if you need ANYTHING you can always ask. Shar has exceptional hospitality. She made sure we needed nothing and that our stay was comfortable. You can see the river from the front porch. As promised the kitchen was fully stocked with necessities. The view of the mountains is amazing. You can enjoy it from any window. The cabin allowed us to unwind from the day of hike. We received a much needed rest.

Thank you Shar for your hospitality and we hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Guys, May I just say that you were a delight to have & I really do hope you come back & see me again. I also want to Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage, it's people like you that make me want to stay in this business. My Sincere Thanks, 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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