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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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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
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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