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Fabulous Views, Centrally-located chalet-cottage w/ hot tub, wood stove, grill

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

-4 BR, 2 full BA, sleeps up to 10

This cottage-chalet home is a unique, charming getaway. You are not likely to find a similar one for rent in Canaan Valley with the combination of view, amenities, and easy location to everything. Our mountain retreat is centrally located to area attractions. Just 5 minutes south to Timberline and Canaan Valley State Park, or eight minutes north to the quaint town of Davis and Blackwater Falls State Park. Special Features of include:

1. Superior views of Canaan Valley -- including ski trails lit at night in winter, and beauty of National Wildlife Refuge year-round -- from cottage-cabin's great room, deck and hot tub area.

2. Home is uniquely decorated with comfortable country and rustic furniture handmade by local artisans.

3. Upgraded kitchen appliances.

4. Upgraded hot tub.

5. VERY large charcoal grill.

6. Near two quaint towns Davis (8 minutes drive) and Thomas (15 minutes drive).

7. The cabin abuts the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and is in the middle of the Valley.

8. In a rural neighborhood of about 14 homes. We are on the desirable "ridge" side with views. We have a small field next to us with a think stand of pine trees separating us from the neighbors on that side. from the back, we have a little forest and then the refuge. One side we do have a neighbor's home we can see, but they are quiet and rarely out on their property.

Leaf peeping!

Hike, bike, swim or kayak your Heart Out!: Most guests say, ''it's even better than the pictures!' Great to just get away and relax, have fun with all sorts of out-door adventures in warm and cold weather. Ski in winter, hike, bike and kayak in warm weather. Horseback riding minutes away, world-class rock climbing about 1/2 hour away. Many, many local activities. Located in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains.

Great Family Summer Vacation in Canaan Valley or Cozy Romantic Getaway in West Virginia. Excellent spot to explore various day-hikes and mountain bike.

Nearby Davis West Virginia was voted by Men's Health as one of the coolest little mountain towns in the country. Note that the high elevation of this Valley means the climate is more like Maine or Southern Canada/summer days do not get beyond 80s at their hottest and evenings dip down to 50s or low 60s, even in July and August.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks english, dutch
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Colleen

Mom, wife, dog lover, outdoors lover and very blessed person who knows the "old fashion" value of the golden rule.

Colleen purchased this house in 2005

Why Colleen chose Davis

I first discovered Canaan Valley when I went X-country skiing here as a very young adult in 1989. At the time, the only other place I had X country skied was in a thick European forest out of a Brother Grimm's fairytale.. I was excited to find that Blackwater Falls State Park, when covered in snow, evoked the same feeling. I was also excited to discover that Canaan Valley has the most natural snow fall of anywhere that is a weekend trip from from the Washington DC area. I went back every winter after that and dreamed of some day having my own place there. Fast forward to 2005 when the dream became a reality. When we bought Skier's View the home was in bad condition, but we could see the potential and went about doing a thoughtful renovation and redecoration. We put lots of loving hours into the home to make it the special place it is. We are happy to share the beautify, joy and tranquility of this piece of "almost heaven" with our guests.

Since purchasing this home, I have had an angler-hiking--kayaking-skiing-mountain-bike-loving child who loves this place so much that he begs to move here as our permanent home.

What makes this house unique

Fabulous views, central location to Valley fun. I get my best sleep in this home, thanks to the dark night skies, peace and quiet and fresh, cool mountain air. Plus, the outdoor activities probably help! In addition to the great outdoor experiences in the area, note that the towns of Davis and Thomas have a lot to offer for towns of their size, in the way of arts and food and seasonal events. (The fourth of July fireworks and parade are really special.) There are a number of artists studios, as well as the acclaimed Purple Fiddle café/music venue in Thomas. Since we bought the home this little piece of West Virginia has been growing and thriving in a very positive way -- more local shops., two local/organic groceries (Highland Market in Davis and Front Street grocers in Thomas), quaint Tip Top café in Thomas with Friday grass-fed beef burger night, and a very special "locals" bar at the Billy Motel. We are proud to be a teeny tiny part of the invigoration of this area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great vacation. Your cottage was clean and nicely decorated, with all the basics in the kitchen. The view is great, and we cooked on the grill a lot. We especially had fun hiking Dolly Sods and using the hot tub in the evening after wards, and the kids enjoyed the mountain biking in Canaan Valley. Nice to have the pool nearby there, too. I'd highly recommend your place for a family vacation, and for affordability. With the four bedrooms and rec room, you can definitely fit two families that aren't too big. We'll be coming back!
Aug 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Davis

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Strip bed linens before leaving and leave sheets in washroom.
  • Set thermostats to 60 degrees in winter when departing.
  • Do NOT turn off hot tub when you depart.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower)
    Downstairs - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Bathrooms are basic, but nice, and clean.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Mountain-theme - 1 large double bed
    White-theme - 1 large double bed
    Quilt-theme - 1 large double bed
    Bunk-twin room - 3 single bed , There is one twin bed and a bunk bed in this room.
  • Each bedroom has a 'theme:' mountain room, white room, country charm and twin-bunk/animals-states. Two bedrooms upstairs, off the Great Room, and two (including room with one twin and one bunk bed) below, off the rec-room. Plus, folks can use their own air mattresses or sleeping bags in the rec room. So, all in all, nine people can sleep in the bedrooms, plus people/kids could sleep in the carpeted rec-room downstairs, if you bring sleeping bags or air mattresses.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 3 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Place has a hot tub with natural cedar surround. Sit in tub, turn on jets and festival lights in tub. Take in view of Canaan Valley and mountains.Property also has heavy duty, very large charcoal grill.Please put 'skier's view' into yahoo or google search engine, and you will find property's website with more info.Note that wireless internet access is available, but sporadic, like all wireless access in the Valley. Also note that massage and spa services are found at Canaan Valley state park.


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New Jersey (south )

A View to Die For!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in WV mid-May. Our family consisted of 2 adults, 2 older teens and an 11-yr. old son. The property is beautiful!! The house is very deceptive from the outside...but once inside the house is large. We used the fire pit on the side (with plenty of wood) and the ping pong table...a lot of fun!! The deck was very relaxing while drinking your coffee in the morning. Plenty of towels and washcloths. Beds were super comfy!! We did not spend a lot of time inside since we spent a lot of time hiking. (Highly recommend Seneca Rocks - but be prepared - it took us about 2 hrs. to hike to top, but worth it!. And then drove to Spruce Knobs - highest point in WV. It is about 45 mins. away and had dinner at "The Front Porch in Seneca - good food.! Seneca Rocks is one of the well-known places on East coast to rock climb. While we were at the top, we were able to watch them climb on the other side. COOL!!) But the house is fully stocked in case you are stuck inside....tons of kitchen spices, books, videos, puzzles, games...etc. Nice "development", neighbors were only seen waving goodbye from their front porches as we left for the day. Also recommend, hang out in the front yard and look at the stars. This place is dark at night!!! There was a hot tub issue, but Colleen was quick to respond. My only "complaint" - the outdoor pool is part of the resort area and there is an extra fee (about $8/per person/per day) which was unexpected when we arrived with a VERY anxious boy wanting to go for a late afternoon swim. All in all - a GREAT FAMILY TRIP!!!

  • Review Submitted: 30/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Weather = bad, Home = good!

  • 4 of 5

Because the weather was cold and snowy, we were pretty much cooped up in the house for our entire stay and could not make much use of the deck. The home is smallish, so having 7 adults (including a disabled individual) kept inside the whole time put a damper on what would otherwise have been a wonderful long weekend. The home is nicely appointed but lacks a few things we would have enjoyed having. Ceiling fans in the bedrooms (which are almost totally taken up by the beds) would have been nice. There was only one extra roll of toilet paper. The kitchen is small and lacks work space for those who want to cook, though we managed okay. There is a TV in the great room, but it is rather small as well - a larger screen would have been nice. These are observations, not complaints. Overall, the home is quite nice and we enjoyed our stay despite the weather. Colleen, the owner, was responsive and easy to deal with.

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place with lots of room

  • 5 of 5

Nice views! Didn't lack for anything. Wasn't as much to do with the time of year and the weather but we enjoyed the place and the hot tub.

  • Review Submitted: 08/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this nice review. This time of year, the most popular/seasonal thing to do is go kayaking/rafting in the area while the water is at its highest, as well as bird watching and ramp (wild onion) hunting and attending the local ramp festivals that focus on food made with this wild ingredient. Note that things to do any time of the year include: hiking, mountain biking, scenic lift chair rides, horse back riding, viewing Blackwater Falls and Lindy Point, activities at Canaan Valley state park, including indoor pool (and seasonally, heated outdoor pool), sauna and hot tub, visits to art galleries, antiquing and gift shopping in Davis and Thomas, "gem stone mining" for little kids, small petting Zoo, live music at The Purple Fiddle, shopping/viewing for high end WV artisan made items at Baxton Gallery in Thomas, special "Friday Burger Night" at Tip Top Café (and a visit there for excellent coffee, tea, pastry and chocolate items any time they are open), Anglers should check out seasonal fishing opportunities. These are all things within 15-20 minutes of the home. If you venture 30 minutes there is Seneca Rocks and Seneca Caverns (great rainy day activity), 45 minutes you also have things in Deep Creek Lake, MD and Elkins, WV. Also within this drive time/out of Elkins and other areas are numerous scenic railroad train rides, some that feature viewing of historic sites and/or bald eagles. For astronomers, bring your telescopes, as Canaan Valley has perhaps the darkest night sky in the Mid-Atlantic area!
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  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage, surprisingly spacious and beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place and plan to return in warmer months to take full advantage of all the great hikes and climbs nearby. Thomas and Davis both have their charms, too. Only hiccup at the beginning of our stay was with the well water running out as a result of filling the hot tub twice. But homeowner was very responsive, and the issue was quickly resolved. The hot tub was heavenly.

  • Review Submitted: 29/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, VA

Great Cabin for Families

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this cabin. The views of the trees, fields and ski resorts were beautiful. In the morning we saw deer in the fields. In the evenings the lights from the ski resorts sparkled. We had 4 adults and 4 children in our party and the house was a just right size. The home was comfortable and the kitchen was easy to work in.

  • Review Submitted: 22/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1.2 Miles
Canaan Valley State Park - five minutes
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Timberline and Canaan Valley - five minutes
Car: necessary

Canaan Valley is a unique ecosystem. It's like a piece of Vermont was plunked down into West Virginia. Excellent hiking and leaf peeping. It's the highest elevation valley of its size, east of Denver. There are a great variety of birds all-year round in the Valley, and a great variety of unique flora and fauna. The Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge is habitat to over 150 bird species, a major flyover in Spring and Fall. The night sky has little light pollution. Popular attractions include Blackwater Falls State Park, the historic towns of Davis and Thomas featuring Mountainmade with its fine arts & crafts , the Purple Fiddle with its unique American roots-new grass -country music scene. Also nearby: Dolly Sods, Monaghahela National Forest, Cathedral State Park (old growth forest), Spruce Knob, and world-class rock climbing at Seneca Rocks.

Other Activities: canoeing, kayaking, live-music listening, snow sports in winter

Golf: Canaan State Park, five minutes away, has a wonderful course. There is always lots of wildlife nearby, including deer near the green.

Ski: Downhill skiing only 5 minutes away at Timberline and Canaan Valley Resort. Canaan Valley Resort also has fun tubing for the kiddies. White Grass, with its great cafe and friendly Chipper (you have to ask), as well as Blackwater Falls, for Nordic skiing, are about 10 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Davis

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
15 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
17 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
22 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Fall Shoulder
3 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Leaf Peeper
28 Sep 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
First Half Winter Shoulder
22 Oct 2018 - 19 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
20 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
2nd Half Winter Shoulder
25 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
Winter holiday
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
New Year's Eve
28 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
1 Jan 2019 - 17 Mar 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend
18 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
President's Weekend
15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping AU$129.01
Hot Tub Maintenance AU$100.79
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$537.56
Pet Fee AU$134.39 + Tax

Hot tub use, and cleaning included. No cats allowed.
Winter holidays: $1,500 for three nights; $1,850 six nights; $1,600 NYE
Summer holidays and Thanksgiving: $800 three nights

Repeat guests: ask if discounts available for time of year/length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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