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Nostalgic Look, Dual Mtn Views, Private River Access/Dock

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Over shadowed by the historic Norfolk Southern Railroad and situated along the Shenandoah River this one of a kind post-civil war built private vacation rental, entitled the 'REEL EASY RIVER CABIN', has much to offer the history and outdoor lover with a nostalgic look, dual mountain views and direct riverfront access...canoeing and fishing are a must.

Centrally located just 15 miles from Massanutten Ski & Indoor/Outdoor Water Park Resort and historic Luray featuring Luray Caverns the most popular cave in Eastern America and an internationally acclaimed destination. Also internationally acclaimed is the Shenandoah National Park featuring the breathtaking Skyline Drive located only 17 miles from the property.

The REEL EASY RIVER CABIN has been uniquely renovated and furnished to preserve its historic character and country charm. On the inside you will find several old-school accents, games, antiques, vintage artifacts, movies, and interesting reading materials that will most certainly take you back to a time gone by.

On the outside, sit and enjoy both the river and the unique dual mountain views of the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountain ranges as the mighty trains pass by and cross the arched stone tunnel located on the property line or take a quiet walk through the tunnel to explore the civil war graves just up the old wagon trail.

The REEL EASY RIVER CABIN sits on a river view beautiful lot and offers a large enclosed deck, fenced-in side yard complete with dog house, 2 BBQ grills, 4 fire pits, and a floating dock for your picnicking, fishing and swimming enjoyment. 2 canoes included at nominal fee for entire visit so that you can either canoe the Shenandoah River or just stretch back in a tube and float your day away.

While you are out, note that wild life is abundant and frequently spotted are bear, deer, turkey, otters, bald eagles, geese, ducks and various other types of land critters and waterfowl. The large and smallmouth bass populations in the river are also abundant making for excellent fishing...from the bank, private dock or on the water.

We hope that you will decide to come visit and firsthand experience all that the Shenandoah Valley region has to offer and while lodging with us at this truly one of a kind private vacation rental. Fun is Waiting! (If dates are unavailable, please check sister property 'rolling rapids river cabin' just 1 mile down river @ vrbo 486825)

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

James basye
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2016
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About James basye

I've spent many years canoeing and fishing the Shenandoah River. Clean, easy to navigate and loaded with fish and surrounding wildlife, the river is second to none for beauty and recreational enjoyment.

James basye purchased this house in 2009


based on 19 traveler reviews

Nostalgic Look, Dual Mtn Views, Private River Access/Dock
average rating of 4.0526314 based on 19 reviews

Perfect place to vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this cabin. It exceeded our expectations and our only complaint was how little time we had to enjoy it. The fishing and canoeing was excellent and we were thrilled with how close to the water and quiet it was. The rooms and decoration were fun and added to the experience. We enjoyed the fire pit, grilling on the deck and our dogs loved being able to hang out with us in the fenced yard. It was perfect for what we wanted for a weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. We are hopeful we can return soon. Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dated Location But nice area

  • 2 of 5

Positives: Updated kitchen, new fridge, multiple cooking surfaces, screened in porch, washed and drier. fishing area.

Negative: The TRAIN!! The train tracks are directly behind the house and 1-2 times per night the noise is frightening to say the least. The TV cable is run through the window in one of the bedrooms which in turn leaves the window permanently partially open and a superhighway for insects. No central air (Which might be mentioned amenities) and this is inconsequential but every time you step into the hallway the Grandfather clock shakes and rattles like it's going to tip over.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As advertised in the above property description, the Reel Easy River Cabin is a unique and more rustic experience relative to most other vacation rentals. I would not recommended it for folks who would be overly bothered by a train or two rolling by or the possibility of having a grandfathers clock creaking in the hallway. This antique restored home dates back to the Civil War, so also please do not expect to find modernized infrastructure such as central air or hard wiring behind the walls. On the bright and most important side, the window ACs, the TV and the WIFI Internet work just fine; and as pointed out, the appliances are up to date. In spite of the insect superhighway observation, there is no actual bug issue reported or a problem that would be considered disproportionate to any other home. Also on the bright side and in a bigger picture, this beautiful old home sits on the most amazing 1 acre of land affording 150 feet of private riverfront access to the Shenandoah, a floating dock and canoes on sight. After the fact, it is easy enough for guests to quickly go online and post comments...fair enough and I encourage feedback and welcome reviews. But it is my only hope in documenting this candid response, that future prospective renters and reviewers be mindful of the historical aspect of the home, as restored by me and proudly advertised, and balance out their evaluation in light of its charm and the many unique benefits, amenities and up to date accommodations that the property does in fact offer.
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Great area, too much for the house.

  • 2 of 5

The house is located right on the Shenandoah river and very close to a lot of great hikes and outdoor activities. It would be ideal for the summer if you wanted to fish, tube, canoe, etc. The owner was also helpful and nice. The house is extremely old, which in some ways is very cool and interesting, but it comes with it's setbacks. I would rate this place 5 stars if the rate was more like $75 a night considering we have stayed in very nice cabins with better amenities for the same price. It just felt like it was too expensive for what you got. Things to keep in mind are that it is right next to train tracks and multiple trains went by each night, there is no dining area indoors for more than 3 people, and there was a pretty strong manure smell in the area the whole time. Again, if I was paying less I would expect less, but it's a good spot if you will be outdoors the whole time!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback and I am glad that you like the area and had a good booking experience.I guess I will respond to your negatives by pointing out that the Reel Easy River Cabin is loved by dozens of guests each year precisely because of its age and rustic charm. After all, as disclosed in the description the house, actually facing the railroad versus the state road, dates back to the civil war. Moreover, it is one of the few properties for the price that sits directly on the Shennandoah River situated on over 1 acre of land with 150 feet of private river bank access. I encourage you and others to review the locations and pricing of the other listings in the area.The pricing you suggested, would barely cover the cost of a standard hotel room, if you could find one and let alone provide the advantages of fully furnished three bedroom house with all of the amenities as shown/described in the listing. As far as the manure smell, not sure what in world you are referring to as there is not a nearby farm and nobody (including me, family and hundreds of guests) over a 6 year period has detected or complained about any such odor.
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Great location and cozy home

  • 4 of 5

We found this place last minute for a weekend getaway and found it to fit our needs well. The house is rustic and a bit older but very cozy and comfortable. Our doggie appreciated the fenced in yard and woods to explore behind the home. The location is great and a short distance to local attractions. The house certainly isn't extravagant and could potentially use a scrub down as noted in prior reviews but we were pleased overall and thought it was a good value. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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An OK property if you plan on being outdoors a lot

  • 3 of 5

Great outdoor space, very clean grill that is sometimes hard to find in a rental property and lovely location. A few issues with the house were resolved quickly (portable A/C in small room not working on arrival for example). And yes this is an old house in the countryside so you expect some bugs etc. However, I agree with previous comments that the house (and maybe the covered porch) could do with a deep clean in all the nooks and crannies. We were happy that the weather allowed us to eat all our meals and spend our evenings out on the deck as this was by far the nicest place to be.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Location, Otherwise Not So Good

  • 3 of 5

First the good stuff. The cabin is very well located, with most Shenandoah Valley attractions relatively close and the Shenandoah River just across the street. The owner was friendly, relatively easy to get a hold of, and generally helpful. He was also willing to negotiate and reach a more reasonable price given the circumstances of our last-minute rental.

Unfortunately, however, the problems we had were larger than these positive elements, and we would not stay at the cabin again. For instance, though the cabin was advertised as having three bedrooms and air conditioning, that wasn't quite true. Because the AC can only be run on one floor at a time, and because one of the bedrooms lacks a wall unit, that bedroom was essentially unusable -- it was around 85 or 90 degrees in there, even at night. As a result, my three-year-old daughter couldn't sleep in the room she wanted to sleep in, and my five-year-old son didn't get his own room, as he had been hoping. Moreover, the "one floor at a time" AC rule meant that my wife and I couldn't comfortably use the downstairs of the cabin while our children slept upstairs. And even when we followed the rules regarding the AC units, the power breaker tripped (a common enough occurrence that the owners put instructions for what to do on the AC itself). Not exactly what you want in a summer vacation rental.

There were other problems too. The cabin wasn't particularly clean; I would estimate that we removed 7 already-dead bugs over the two days we were there and saw a pretty good number of live ones (which my kids admittedly enjoyed, but I wasn't really pleased about). Nor were the furnishings great--one of the living room couches has holes in it, and another is an uncomfortable vinyl couch. It didn't really matter what the living room was like, though, as there wasn't much to do there. The satellite TV package, for instance, doesn't include the vast majority of channels (including basics such as ESPN), and the movies are pretty much all old kid movies.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot to like about the property -- the river is beautiful and close (though WEAR RIVER SHOES, since there isn't anything resembling a sandy beach nearby), and if you have only adults or otherwise plan to be out all day, it would probably work well. It didn't fit our needs, though, and we won't be staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am not sure why it is that folks don't simply call when they have an issue, in this case there is a portable AC unit available for the pink bedroom...a quick text or phone call and boom the problem would have been resolved. I do apologize for the upstairs downstairs breaker issue, but that was only a temporary problem that got resolved today by my electrician. I find the other comments here as simply a little picky and for sure completely out of touch with the main point of the real easy river cabin. As advertised, 7 years ago I purposely went out of my way to restore "to character" this beautiful post-civil war built river house. I have furnished it carefully with antique furniture and other accents that I and literally hundreds of guests have found to be both really cool and comfortable. For example, the retro vinyl pull out couch you criticize so happens to be actual 1950's vintage, in mint condition and I literally drove 8 hours to get it. 7 dead bugs found, not enough channels on the TV, dated kids movie collection...really? This is a river house my friend located no less than on a state designated scenic road with dual mountain views and 100 feet from a breathtaking stretch of river...get the family out of doors is the main action... not sitting around cooped up in the house watching ESPN...go canoeing, go swimming, go tubing, go for a walk, go fishing, or start a fire in the evening down by the river. Just today I was out and my wife and I had a bald eagle fly right over us. At the end of the day, I am trying to provide a unique place that relaxes folks by stepping them back in time a little bit while also allowing them to experience life instead of just reading about it or watching it on TV. But I guess I can't expect every visitor to necessarily get that or better yet appreciate it.
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Hiking or picnicking in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. Horseback riding. Vineyards and wine tasting. Luray Caverns and the Garden Maze, Skyline Caverns and Mirror Maze, Ski areas, Quaint Country and Antique shops, New Market Battlefield and civil war re-enactments. Lake Arrowhead-fishing, swimming, paddleboat's, volleyball, and basketball. Fishing, canoeing, and tubing the historic Shenandoah River. Seasonal-County Fairs and Festivals. Blue-Mont Concert Series at Inn Lawn Park. Entertainment at the BB&T Center for performing Arts,Trout fishing on the Hawksbill and native fishing in the Shenandoah National Park. For the kids ,The local areas offer paddleboat's, watersides , swimming, ice cream shops, miniature golf, The Luray Zoo, movie theatre, bowling, library, and an indoor water park. 2 hours from Washington D.C.


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Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

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Pet Fee $20
Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Shenandoah House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower w/Jacuzzi Bathtub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bear Room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Red Room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bed is a 2 person pull out trundle
    Convertible bed(s) - Pull out sleep sofa in TV room
  • 1 Queen size Beds, 1 Double Bed, 1 Trundle Bed Sleeps Two, Pull Out Sleep Sofa in TV Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Post Civil War Built Home, Dual Mountain Views (Blue Ridge & Massanutten), Direct River Access, 2 canoes (optional fee), 1 Float Dock, Excellent Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass Fishing, 2 Outdoor Fire Pits, Flat Camping/Picknicking Areas and Weber Grill Along River, Bordered by Historic Norfolk Southern Railroad and Very Cool Stone Archway Tunnel, Fenced-in Side Yard with Dog House.

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