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Lost River Mountaintop Retreat--perched on 5 acres w/ stunning views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Perched on 5 acres with stunning views of the Valley

NEW for Spring & Summer 2016: Fiber Optic Internet & Cable TV, and other interior/exterior upgrades!

If you're looking for uninterrupted views and relaxation on a mountaintop, this is the spot for you!

Lost River, West Virginia is a special place. It is situated between the George Washington National Forest, the Lost River State Park, and miles upon miles of pastoral country roads and farmsteads. The Lost River area attracts visitors who love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, skiing (Massanutten, Canaan Valley, Bryce Resort, and Snowshoe), and geo-catching. It's also a popular destination for antiquing and taking in Appalachian culture through the local arts and crafts scene (Lost River Artisans Cooperative and Museum). This property is central to it all, and the perfect weekend retreat from Washington, DC (2 hours), Baltimore, MD (3 hours), Richmond, VA (3 1/2 hours) or Philadelphia (5 hours)!

For the foodies: The owner loves to bake and cook, so the kitchen is well-stocked with cookware, spices, and basic ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, etc.). You can even pick some herbs from the herb garden. Spend the night in with friends or family enjoying dinner by the fireplace, or outside grilling and dining in the screened porch to nature's chorus of crickets and other creatures that inhabit the area. Or, spend the night out enjoying a gourmet meal at the Guest House at Lost River or Lost River Brewery. The Lost River Grill is also a popular spot for drinks and live entertainment. Lunch at the General Store is highly recommended (the BBQ pork sandwich is a favorite!).

For the adventurous, the Lost River area has a lot to offer! If you're a triathlete, take advantage of the world-class rural roads for running and biking, and Trout Pond for open-water swims. Lost River is also a hiker's paradise--Big Schloss (George Washington National Forest) and Cranny Crow (Lost River State Park) are two popular favorites. Lost River is also a great launching site for nearby canoe and tube float trips. The old timber roads on the mountain (immediately accessible from the property) make for some spectacular mountain biking and snowshoeing (2 pairs of snowshoes are available for complimentary use). Winter in Lost River is spectacular for both nesters and adventurers! Hit the slopes of Bryce, Massanutten, Canaan Valley and Snowshoe (a little more distant, but close enough to return home in time for a crockpot dinner).

For the sightseers and shoppers, no visit to Lost River is complete without a visit to the Lost Rivers Artisans Cooperative and Museum (the owner's hand-screened t-shirts are among the many locally crafted items for sale).

For the Yogis, grab your mat because Lost River is a perfect place for practice, and the Yoga Barn (offering regular morning classes throughout the Spring, Summer & Fall) is right down the mountain!

For the homebodies, this property is also for you. Grab a beer and chill in the hammock with a book. Settle on the sofa with your favorite shows on Netflix or Hulu (there's Apple TV), or choose a DVD from the library. Lounge on the deck, taking in the gorgeous views, birds and other wildlife (deer, black bear, wild turkeys, squirrels, fox...) . Grab the cribbage board or cornhole boards. Or do absolutely nothing! So many options...

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Derek Howard
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

About Derek Howard

Life in Lost River for me began as a weekend retreat from my environmental law practice in Washington, DC. I loved life in Lost River so much that I made it my full-time home for over five years as a telecommuter. In Lost River, I enjoy hiking, snow skiing, training for triathlons (running and biking world-class rural roads, open-water swimming at Trout Pond), tossing bags in the Lost River Cornhole League, painting and silk screening (check out my T-shirts for sale at the Lost River Artisans Coop!), and nesting on the homefront (reading, writing and cooking). With some exciting career and life changes, Lost River has become a part-time retreat again. I'm happy to begin this new chapter of sharing my place when I'm away with others looking for the perfect place to relax and recreate!

Derek Howard purchased this house in 2007

Why Derek Howard chose Lost River

The property consists of 5 acres in the heart of Lost River with a cozy 2 bedroom/2 full bath home perched on the mountaintop ridge with stunning views of the Valley.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are having a wonderful stay so far. The house is beautiful and our dogs have enjoyed some great hiking.
Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Lost River, West Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Will be newly renovated for Summer 2013 rental season!
    Downstairs Guest Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Private Balcony, Master Bathroom
    Downstairs Guest Bedroom - 2 double bed , 1 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Log Bunkbed (Double bottom, Twin top)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveller reviews)

Lost River Mountaintop Retreat--perched on 5 acres w/ stunning views
average rating of 4.810811 based on 46 reviews

Winter Weekend in Lost River

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent the weekend with my fiancée and dog at Derek's lovely home in Lost River. We had a wonderful stay, and both commented upon leaving that we wish we had booked extra nights! The cabin was beautifully decorated and had everything you could want in a mountain home: gorgeous views, a wrap around porch with a grill and fire pit, full equipped kitchen and peace and quiet. We didn't even leave the cabin all weekend, aside from taking our pup on some mountain walks. Highly recommended if you are looking for a weekend away!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughtful review. Come back and visit us in Lost River again soon!
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Gorgeous, very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our weekend at Derek's cabin - House was very clean, in great shape, and well-stocked. Gorgeous foggy sunrises over the valley from the bedroom, and we had a great soup/salad lunch at the Guest House down the road.

Kitchen was well-supplied, but if you're planning on project cooking I'd suggest bringing cookware/bowls/supplies. (We cook to relax, so brought our own stuff and did not find it to be superfluous).

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Views

  • 4 of 5

Great visit for us... Nice trails nearby at Lost River State Park. Kitchen is stocked and the house made for a wonderful winter visit.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a really terrific weekend at this great little house on top of a mountain in Lost River. The house is really charming, with a terrific screened in porch and deck - and you wake up to amazing sunrises looking out across the valley.

Derek, the owner, is super nice and really responsive and helpful. It's an all around great house in a great location - just up the mountain from the Guest House - and we will definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views from this house!

  • 4 of 5

This place has EVERYTHING that you need and THEN SOME!!! We really enjoyed our stay in Lost River 💜

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful, peaceful escape in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We recently spend a week at this sweet home in the mountains. From the beginning to the end our experience was nothing but wonderful. This is a place to go to retreat, escape, and rest in a setting that is just art! The house itself is situated high up a long, bumpy road. It is a charming, well taken care of home that makes you feel relaxed the moment you set foot inside. The views from the back deck will make you want to stay there all day, except at the end of the day when you will want to walk the road to see the amazing sunsets that looked different each eve. Practically, everything you would need is there and the owner was very responsive and helpful. Verizon phones do not work up on the mountain (FYI). Also, as stated in other reviews, bring your groceries with you so you don't have to venture out too far looking for things. There really isn't anything around. The hiking at Lost River state park was great. Honestly this is one of the best places we have every stayed at for the retreat type week we were looking for. We will definitely make this a yearly occurrence.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
109 Miles
Washington Dulles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Lounge at the Guesthouse at Lost River
Nearest Golf
33 Miles
Moorefield Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Guesthouse at Lost River
Nearest Ski
33 Miles
Bryce Resort
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Trout Pond
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Lost River, West Virginia

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$0
Cleaning Fee A$98
Property Damage Protection A$77
Tax Rate 12.0%

Tax: 6% WV Sales Tax and 6% Hardy County Hotel/Motel Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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