River View Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley

Living roomCovered Porch (no bugs!) overlooking River.Loft Bedroom with Queen Size Bed, View of River!Full Bathroom with Jacuzzi Tub for 2!TV with DVD, Kitchen with everything you may need!Front of CottageView of RiverView from Loft Window while Laying in bed
“ Excellent ”
22 Reviews
301 River Rd, Luray, VA 22650


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Cottage
Per night: $100 - $150
Per week: $700 - $750
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Luray vacation cottage rental
A Bittersweet Retreat is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This cozy cottage has wonderful views of the mountains and the Shenandoah River (river access is across the road to the left of the Cottage; access is marked with a sign reading "guest access").

A Bittersweet Retreat is the perfect getaway for a couple, or couple's retreat! Bittersweet is perfect for a relaxing weekend or activity filled week. The Cottage is located close to everything that Page County and the Shenandoah Valley have to offer. Minutes from the world famous Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park/ Skyline Drive! Nightly and Weekly Rates available. Our 2 bedroom cottage offers comfortable amenities for up to 4 and features a kitchen with all the essentials, and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub for 2! Every detail is important in order make your stay enjoyable, comfortable, and unforgettable!

The only part that is bitter is leaving!
Area Information
Just 90 miles from Washington, D.C., Page County, Virginia has preserved the rural charm of its agricultural past while developing a true playground for those interested in cycling, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities.

You'll be close to the beautiful Luray Caverns, the Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, the George Washington National Forest, the New Market Battlefield and the Luray Zoo! The area has many Antique and Gift shops, a Historic Downtown area that features the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway, that has walking and biking trails along the Hawksbill Creek. The area also offers activities like Horseback Riding, Hiking trails, Golf, Ski, and River adventures.

Within the area are also many Vineyards and Fine Restaurants!

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2013 Dec 31 2014 $125 $150 $750 - 2 Nights
Nov 01 2014 Mar 31 2015 $100 $135 $700 - 2 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 13%
Deposits: Deposit Equal to 1 Night's Stay upon reservation.
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: 10-day cancellation policy - any cancellation made within the 10 days results in the entire stay being charged to you. If room is re-rented, charge is refunded less $25 cancellation fee. Pets require prior approval. A $25.00 Per night Fee is added for all pets, A Refundable $100.00 Deposit is required at reservation. Rate is for Double Occupancy - Additional Persons are $25.00 Per person per night.


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Canoe
  • Kitchenette
  • Porch
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Lanai
  • Screened Porch
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Beach Towels
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Parking Included
  • View (Mountains)
  • Bikes
  • Heating
  • Pet Friendly
  • View (Water)
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • Blender
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Golf
    (9 miles)
  • Pool
    (9 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (10 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Grocery Store
    (9 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (9 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (12 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (9 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (9 miles)
  • Hunting
    (12 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
    (9 miles)
  • Tennis
    (9 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (12 miles)
  • Boating
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (9 miles)
  • Zoo
    (9 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (12 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (9 miles)
  • Park
    (9 miles)
  • Lake
    (10 miles)
  • Winery
    (13 miles)
  • Bowling
    (9 miles)
  • Playground
    (9 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Includes Cable for Flat Screen TV. Also an outdoor Fire pit and Charcoal Grill! We now have WIFI!!

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Luray, Virginia

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Maureen Smith

Concord, N.H.


This cottage is definitely perfect! It is tastefully decorated, quiet and has all that you need to feel at home. It is located on a quiet dead end street. There are deer on the lawn at night, birds singing in the morning and the sound of the river is calming. It was close to everything- the luray caverns, skyline drive, Shenandoah river state park, Charlottesville. Loved the whirlpool tub and the cookies.

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hi Maureen,
It was such a pleasure to have you stay with me & I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage, I hope to see you again sometime.
Have a Great Holiday!

Verna Norris

Lexington Park, MD USA


It was such a charming cottage, full of warmth and hospitality. Beautiful view. We certainly enjoyed our stay. A big doggie bed was bought over and home made cookies for our little dog. Oh, and also home made cookies for us. Sooo nice😊

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

It was so nice to have all of you here you were Perfect house guest, & I so thank you for taking such good care of the cottage!
I look forward to seeing you here again!
My Very Best Regards,

Audra Morris

Manassas, VA

Wonderful week at Bittersweet Retreat

We stayed at Shars cabin Bittersweet Retreat for 1 week in August. The cabin is beautiful and well stocked with anything you may need. We liked to grilled out everynight and enjoyed our dinner on the screened porch. The mountains, river, and wildlife views are absolutely amazing. I was shocked that the cottage looks even better than the pictures. Shar is so thoughtful and was a delight to meet. We had such a wonderful and relaxing week, we scheduled a weekend in October before we left. Looking forward to going to the cottage and seeing our friend Shar again!

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hi Audra & Richard,
Thank You for such a nice review & I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves, you were a delight to have & seemed more like friends then customers, there are always a small few like you who just have a way about them that is special, Your both those kind of people.
I so look forward to your coming back!
See you soon!!
My Best To You Always,

Brian Hunt Wood

Reedville, VA

Fantastic memories at Bittersweet Retreat

We had a most wonderful experience at the Bittersweet Retreat, and the owner; lady Shar, could not have been more cordial, cooperative, kind and knowledgeable. Not only did she make sure our every comfort thought was met, she pointed us to the most fun, local activities to do (like kayaking downriver). Her genuine laughter is heartwarming. Her cottage is immaculate, cozy, efficient, peaceful and everything we could have hoped for in a retreat in the mountains, near the lovely Shenandoah River. Listening to the soothing river bubbling over the rocks made for the best sleeping background ever. Enjoying the cool evening breezes on the screened porch was a little bit of heaven after each exciting day. Being able to cook our own meals sure saved a lot of unnecessary restaurant time and expense. Having the grill nearby was a super extra benefit. Not only are we telling all our friends about this special place; but already planning our next stay!

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Dear Ann,
I so Thank You for the wonderful review, you all were a delight to have & I so look forward to your coming back, you all seemed more like family then guest. I also wanted to Thank You for taking such good care of the cottage & patio, it was a breeze to get ready for the next guest!
Thank you again for coming & really do look forward to your coming back!!
Very Sincerely,

Katie Snellinger

Virginia Beach, Virginia

A nice family vacation spot

Our family really enjoyed relaxing and spending time together at A Bittersweet Retreat. It was the perfect weekend getaway and there was plenty of things to do and see to keep our six year old busy. The view was beautiful and so was the cottage. Clean and Cozy!

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hi Katie,
It was my pleasure having you stay & I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage, I wanted also to Thank You for taking such good care of it. It's a pleasure having people like you stay with me!
Enjoy the rest of the summer & I truly hope you come back!
My Very Best To You,

Christopher Johannes Stromeyer

Washington DC

A real gem

I took my girlfriend for a week-end to the cottage. An incredible experience. Shar has put so much effort into the cottage and every detail is perfect. The cottage is beautifully located, close to some great hikes in Shenandoah National Park and quiet with everything one might need. If you are looking for a perfect place for two (more might be pushing it) choose this cottage!

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Thanks Chris,
I appreciate your comments & I am glad you enjoyed yourselves, I have tried to think of everything I would want in a place I stayed.
You beat the snow, but it's beautiful here! Sorry you missed it!!
Have a Great Life!!!

Deanne Delp



We enjoyed the additional aspects of the rental: a grill and fire pit, access to the river, and close proximity to many local outdoor opportunities. In addition, the owner was very willing to help with whatever we needed or wanted.

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hi Deanne & Edvin,
I thank you for the kind words & also wanted to Thank You for the delightful dinner we shared, I hope to see you both again & let me know what I need to do to get 5 stars!
You guys were Great to have here!!
My Very Best Regards,

Rand Cordle

Chesapeake, VA USA

Wonderful Getaway

My wife and I spent 5 days at this cozy cottage near Luray and enjoyed every minute of it. The sound of the river just across the street, the deer browsing in the yard in the evenings and the general peace and quiet were just what we needed. It's only about 10 minutes from Luray where we enjoyed browsing the local shops and sampling the local restaurants. It was "just what the doctor ordered".

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Rand & Peg were a treat to have at the cottage & took very good care of the cottage, I am hoping that they decide to come back in the future, they would be most welcome.
I Thank you for your kind words, I really do appreciate them.
My Best Regards,

David DiDonato

Maryland USA

A Cozy Getaway!

I surprised my wife with a getaway. We both needed a break from everday life. A Bittersweet Retreat was the perfect cottage to take us away from life. Just being able to sit on the screened in front porch...listen to the river, see the mountains, and talk... it was a blessing. Thank you to the owner, Shar, for your kindness and for the cozy environment you have created in the cottage. It may not be a big cottage, but it sure is cozy! We will definitely be recommending this cottage to other couples we know who are looking for a getaway!

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hi David & Erin,
It was a true pleasure to have you & I thank you for the kind words, I did try to create a place like you described & it's good to know that I succeeded. I also wanted to thank you for taking such good care of the cottage, that also meant a lot to me.
Come back any time, your most welcome!
Shar & Goo

Shannon Gray Benton

Washington DC

Relaxation at its best!

We had the most restful and relaxing weekend at the cottage, Bittersweet Retreat. The hostess, Shar, was extremely kind and paid us exactly the right amount of attention. I'm a bit of a germaphobe so was extremely pleased with how absolutely spotless the cottage was. We are already planning our next trip to the Shanendoah's and will definately stay here again.

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Thank You Shannon for that wonderful review & I wanted to Thank You again
for taking such good care of the cottage I really appreciate it! You both
were a joy to have & with the warmer weather (I hope) you will be able to
enjoy the screened porch!! So look forward to seeing you both again.
Have a wonderful Spring,
My Very Best To You Both,

John Morgan

Thompsontown, PA USA

Relaxing Getaway !!

Shar greeted us very warmly and presented us with two slices of pumpkin pie !! The cottage is nicely furnished and equipped with all you need to cook dinner. We enjoyed our time at the cottage as well as a wonderful trip on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Another terrific spot nearby is Shenandoah River State Park which is quite new also with great scenic views. Our beagles accompanied us on this trip which we enjoyed as well. We look forward to another trip to this very clean, cozy cottage. Great job, Shar !!

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hi John & Sherry,
Thank you for such a nice review, I so injoyed having you stay at the cottage & sorry I missed saying good-by to you (all) kids included. I also wanted to Thank you for taking such good care of the cottage, it's people like you that make sharing the cottage with worth while.
Hope to see you again!
My Very Best Regards,

Rick Mundy

Springfield, VA

Relaxing weekend

This cottage was the perfect place to escape from our busy world. Deer at the back door, a multitude of birds, local attractions and a great hostess all combined for a memorable weekend. The cottage is well-equipped and the screened porch was a perfect place for the dogs to check out any outside activity.

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

The Mundy family were a joy to have here, including their four legged babies beautiful spaniels, I hope that they come back again when they can stay longer.

Hillary Danz

Durham, NC

Tiny place, clean, nice scenery, but bugs...

A bittersweet retreat is a very small, but nicely decorated and clean cottage with river view and mountains all around--a good size for a couple's retreat. The house is quite small but has everything you need for a weekend. The spiral staircase to the loft could be difficult for some people to navigate, so be aware of that (also the ceiling in the loft is at about 5'5" and slants downward; so don't plan on using that room if you 're very tall--and watch your head). The owner is extremely accommodating, helpful, and kind, and overall we had a nice stay. The weekend we visited they were having trouble with stink bugs--we saw several throughout our visit, so that was one downside. I alerted the owner and hopefully she's seeking a solution to keep them out of the house.

Shar Mayne

Owner's reply:

Hillary is correct the cottage is small, but I never advertized it a large, it is very comfortable for two as you can see in my other reviews. She had a very large dog that shed all over the cottage so it was a problem for me to get back to clean again, since there was hair all over even the bed. I have tried everything possible to correct the stink bug problem, but as I told Hillary they come in on your clothes or when you open the door. God is the only one I know who can fix the problem. I have a screened in porch, & a screen door. I do all I can to keep them out. Sorry!

Donna Wilson

Pasadena, MD

Always perfect

Awesome views of the river, awesome hostess - you can't go wrong renting this home for yourself and your spouse.

WendyandJason Knight Nutty

Harrisonburg, VA

Sweet little cottage and even sweeter owner!

My husband and I loved this little cottage. The place was so cozy and had elegant decor. The jacuzzi helped us unwind and the sound of the river and fireflies were relaxing! Shar, the owner, is a sweet hostess and we can't wait to return in the winter for another short vacation:)

Theresa Sazama

Annapolis, MD

Lovely Cottage with a Wonderful View!

My husband and I just stayed here for a four-night vacation. The cottage is perfect. The screened-in front porch was perfect to keep the bugs out while enjoying the great views of the river and the mountain right across the road. We also enjoyed the jacuzzi very much! One thing to note - we opted to stay in the smaller, full-size bed on the main floor because the stairs to the queen-size bed in the upstairs loft are a little tricky to climb - especially if you need come down them in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Something for people who are less mobile to keep in mind. But overall, we loved the place and would recommend it.

Suzanne Oneill

Gordon, Pa.

A relaxing retreat

I have always wanted to stay in the Shenandoah Valley! Shar's cozy cabin was just what I needed to get away and enjoy a truely beautiful, laid back area! The cottage was very tastefully decorated and comfortable! I loved waking up to a gorgeous river view and panorama of mountain splendor! The owner, Shar, was very friendly and accomodating , offering dining suggestions and information about the area! She made you feel at home! I look foreward to a return visit to this cozy little haven! I certainly would recommend a stay at Bittersweet Retreat to anyone who wants to "get away from it all" and relax !Shar takes great pride in her property and it most definitly is reflected in this lovely cottage! I want to thank her for a great time!

Melissa DeCarlo Carpenter

Alexandria, VA

Super cozy, super friendly

Owner was wonderful to work with and the cottage was beautiful, pristine, relaxing and cozy. The cottage is new and well kept and decorated very nicely. The views were wonderful. Will be back!

Matt Miller

Pittsburgh, PA

Great Getaway

This cottage was a wonderful break from every day life. My wife and I had a great time and our host was very nice. This is a beautiful cottage and I would recommend it to anyone

Tanya Bumstead Quinn

Richmond, VA

Ultimate relaxation spot with a perfect host

A friend and I stayed at the Bittersweet Retreat midweek in February for a much needed escape from the daily grind. We were hoping for a beautiful cottage to clear our heads; we got so much more than we expected! The cottage was amazing and way more beautiful than anticipated and the view was breathtaking. There were so many special touches and plush amenities that we felt like we were in a luxury hotel all to ourselves. Even better, the cottage owner was a perfect host. She treated us like old friends and offered to remain aloof if desired or as intimate as a bed & breakfast owner. Both my friend and I fully intend to visit the location again and refer our friends and family to visit as well. This is a place not to miss.

Darrell Abrams

New York City

A breath of fresh air

Spent the weekend with my girlfriend and dog, the cottage is cozy and comfortable. Shar is very pleasant and accommodating. We really enjoyed relaxing and the sound of the river in the background.


Washington, DC USA

An Enjoyable Getaway

My husband and I had a fantastic weekend at the Bittersweet Retreat. The atmosphere is fresh and relaxing with beautiful scenery all around. The house was cozy and comfortable for the two of us. It may have been a bit cramped with any more people. We especially enjoyed meals on the screened in porch. The one thing we couldn't quite figure out was how to get down to and enjoy the river which is only a hundred yards away. It seemed it was only private access. Otherwise we had a great time; we also enjoyed Luray Caverns, only 15 minutes away.

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