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Jim and Lisa Franceschini

Member since: 2013
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Speaks english, french

The Black Bear Lodge: New Construction, Couple's Specials, Stunning Views!

35 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Stanley holiday house

Newly built, breathtaking 180+ degree mountain views

This cabin was completed in June 2013 and offers absolutely stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding mountains…literally 180 degrees of mountains spread in front of this home! The cabin is suitable for couples or for groups of 6-8 max. Custom built, fully equipped, and stunning all pine interior construction make this a wonderful choice!

You may never leave the house with its stunning 180 degree views of Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, upper and lower decks, bedrooms with luxurious linens, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, large screen tvs, natural stone gas fireplace, and outdoor hot tub, fire pit & gas grill. If you can’t resist staying connected to the outside world, there is WiFi, DirecTV with Pandora, and two BluRay players.

If you do venture out, much awaits you outside the door. Downtown Luray is minutes away with its unique gift and antique stores, cozy coffee and bakery shops, fine and casual dining, live theatre, biking and walking trails, historical buildings, and much more. Luray Caverns, maze, and museums may keep you busy all day. Shenandoah National Park with its acclaimed Skyline Drive will surely tempt you with miles of biking, hiking, picnicking, or just driving and enjoying the gorgeous mountain views at every turn in the road. You can also choose from 18 Hole Golf in Luray and nearby New Market, winery tours, Civil War sites, canoeing/kayaking/tubing on the Shenandoah River, or skiing and snow tubing at nearby Massanutten Resort. Don’t forget the hunting, fishing, and outdoor ATV riding and wonderful Lake Arrowhead with its swimming, boating, grilling, and walking trails.

Adventure and natural beauty abound in the area during all four seasons!

Details about the Black Bear Lodge...

Main level of the home offers a wrap-around porch with plenty of cozy chairs to enjoy the sights and sounds of the valley and mountains around you. Inside, you'll find a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and every kitchen tool you'll need for cooking. The kitchen table was custom built to allow diners to view the mountains from the dining table. The Great Room offers a gorgeous natural stone gas fireplace, large flatscreen tv w/DirecTV, Pandora radio, and BluRay player. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms on this level. The master bedroom offers amazing mountain views, a queen bed with Egyptian cotton linens, a full bathroom with oversized tub/shower, and a generous full closet. Across the hall, another bedroom offers a queen bed with Egyptian cotton linens and mountain views from one side and wooded views from another. A spacious, full bathroom in the hallway serves this bedroom as well as the main living areas.

Downstairs offers a cozy family room/game room (yes, with mountain views!), a third bedroom, another full bath, and a full laundry room. The family room has oversized, outrageously comfortable seating, another large flatscreen tv w/DirecTV, Pandora radio, and BluRay player. Enjoy some cards or games (help yourself to those at the cabin) at the oak table. The downstairs bedroom offers two single beds and more breathtaking mountain views. Immediately outside the bedroom is the third full bathroom. Also located downstairs is a full laundry room equipped with washer, dryer, and ironing board/iron.

The hot tub is located directly outside the lower level french doors, on the lower level patio. Enjoy long leisurely soaks in the hot tub or have a seat in the chairs on the patio and take in the mountain views. A propane Weber grill is also located on this patio. In the side yard, feet from the hot tub and grill, is a custom made firepit for your nighttime adventure and fun. There is plenty of outdoor space (2.5 acres) for throwing a ball around or setting up some corn hole games.

The home has high speed WiFi with excellent connections. There is an iPod docking station available for guests' use.

Much of the wooden furniture was handcrafted by the owner. Inquire if interested in purchasing replicas or requesting custom pieces for your home.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim and Lisa Franceschini (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks english, french

About Jim and Lisa Franceschini

We have been mountain lovers since we married 25 years ago and are realizing our dream of building and renting mountain cabins in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Last year we met a gifted and extraordinarily talented builder who has built three cabins for us. The Black Bear Lodge is the 1st of these cabins and we feel truly blessed to call it ours and are excited to be able to share it with others!

Jim and Lisa Franceschini purchased this house in 2013

Why Jim and Lisa Franceschini chose Shenandoah Valley

This home offers the most amazing views of the mountains and valleys of the Shenandoah...truly 180 degree views of ever-changing mountains and pastures. It provides front row seats to the daily rising of the sun. It is so close to all that the Shenandoah Valley offers, and offers superior construction and attention to detail.

What makes this house unique

This home spoke to us the moment we first saw it. The views are indescribable: the Shenandoah Valley literally spreads out in front of you and the mountains of Shenandoah Nat'l Park surround the valley. We have grown to love the sounds of the cows in the pastures around the home, the smell of storms as they roll through the valley, and the true silence that you can only find in the mountains. The views from the windows and doors inside the home still catch us by surprise and never cease to take our breath away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Though we only discovered Black Bear Lodge upon scrambling for options after our original choice had already been booked, your cabin will likely be our top choice for future stays in the area.



This was the third cabin we've rented since we started vacationing in Shenandoah, and it was by far the best overall.



For one, we learned that lower elevations can afford far better views than what you get when perched in a cabin on an actual mountain. The sweeping views from Black Bear Lodge were vastly superior to our two previous aeries situated higher up on nearby foothills.



And the lower elevation also meant an easier time quickly accessing the cabin from the road, which is invaluable when there's a whiny toddler in the back seat. In the past, we've had to endure a mile-and-a-half or so of narrow, unpaved roads with hairpin turns and treacherous inclines to get to a cabin, so it was quite a relief to have just a short gravel driveway between the cabin and a finished road.



Finally, we were blown away by your level of organization and incredible attention to detail, which enabled us to immediately acclimate to the cabin as if we'd been staying there for years.



In addition, of course, to the main binder, which yielded answers to every conceivable question, the labels next to the light switches were super helpful, eliminating the constant trial and error characteristic of past cabin stays.



I could continue on in a similar vein about the porch, the furniture, the numerous amenities, etc.--all were fantastic.



Thanks again for offering such a great cabin. We had a wonderful time.
Oct 2014
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based on 35 traveller reviews

The Black Bear Lodge: New Construction, Couple's Specials, Stunning Views!
average rating of 4.885714 based on 37 reviews
D.C. suburbs
5

Enjoyable week in Luray area

  • 5 of 5

This property was extremely clean and 15 minutes outside Luray. It was easy to get to hiking, rafting and the caverns. The grocery store is less than two miles away. This is a beautiful house and we would definitely stay here again. The downstairs den is large and was perfect for the kids to hang out in. The house has a great view, but there is a road in front of the house. Although the road is not busy, cars and truck drive very fast on it. I would not pick this property if I had toddlers who might wander towards the road.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice and comfy, clean, well laid out home with great views

  • 5 of 5

This is a very nice property. Everything is as advertised and it was in top shape in terms of cleanliness. The view from the deck is spectacular. With the finished basement, it has a lot of room to roam around for any rainy or stay-in days. Convenient to SNP as well as Luray.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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a great time

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time staying here. The place is clean and well maintained, plenty of space, and a nice view. Grill and fire pit were put to good use. Communication was easy, arrival/departure process smooth. We'd come back again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is every bit as nice as it looks in the photos, with the right balance of rustic and comfortable. The location, perched on a hillside high above the road, gives the cabin its great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and helps ensure peace and quiet. The space is well laid out, with a large, open living room / kitchen area upstairs, where we spent most of our family time. The kitchen is very well equipped. The bedrooms are quiet and comfortable. Watching the fireflies while soaking in the hot tub was the perfect way to relax after an afternoon of hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Jim and Lisa were very responsive and helpful. We highly recommend the Black Bear Lodge.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Get-away

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time renting the Black Bear Lodge. It is such a wonderful cabin with an incredible view -- and all the amenities. Our family loves the opportunity to get away from the day-to-day hustle bustle and relax in such a beautiful setting. Enjoyed hikes in the Skyline Drive, walking/jogging the Greenway, cooking out, Hershey S'More's, playing games, and the kids love the hot tub. DirecTV and wifi allows us to stay connected but the best part is just hanging out as a family and creating memories for our kids to last a lifetime. We hope to come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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WOW!!! What a view!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Black Bear Lodge was by far the most accommodating cabin that four ladies from Pa have stayed in. We have been coming to the Shenandoah Valley for the last four years and Black Bear Lodge was just what the doctor ordered. The cabin is well maintained-VERY CLEAN-and fully stocked with any need that you may want. It provided us with comfort when wanting to unwind and sit and chat, yet still when the need arose to be able to just have some alone time or take a nap. Plenty of open airy space to move around in. The kitchen/living area upstairs flows right into each other so if you want to cook in the fully stocked kitchen you are still a part of the action going on in the living room. LOVED THAT!! The views from all areas of the cabin are spectacular. You can see for miles down into the valley and see the beautiful mountains. In the early mornings you can hear the roosters crowing and the cows sounding through the valley. I would not hesitate to book again in a heart beat. Kudos to owners Lisa and Jim!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Dulles International
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Luray
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Caverns Country Club
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 81
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Stanley
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Massanutten
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Lake Arrowhead
Car: necessary

There are a million things to do in the Shenandoah Valley area!! Luray Caverns (10 minutes from the home) and Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive (15 minutes) are 'must do' items. The Park offers gorgeous drives, overlooks, hiking, biking, and ranger-led activities.

Luray (10 minutes) offers the Hawksbill Greenway (fantastic walking/biking along a rushing creek), plenty of shopping and dining, mini golf, 18 hole golf courses, zip lines, horseback riding, and more. Lake Arrowhead (10 minutes) offers fishing, boating, BBQ facilities, and swimming/relaxing at the beach area. Hawksbill Recreation Area (5 minutes) offers an outdoor pool and BBQ area. Spectacular canoeing/kayaking/tubing along the Shenandoah River (up to Class 2 Rapids) is available on your own or through several area Outfitters. Wineries (closest is two miles from the cabin), antique shopping, shooting ranges, jet skiing, off-roading, outdoor concerts and festivals, and even a zoo are all within half an hour or less. Want to drive a little further? Presidential homes, Civil War sites, and Harrisonburg and Charlottesville are all 30-60 minutes away. Of course, if all you want is to stay at the cabin and relax with good food, a good book, and beautiful scenery, downtown Stanley (2 miles) offers a grocery store and a couple great restaurants.

The Visitor's Center in Luray is an excellent source of additional area information.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Stanley, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
28 Nov 2016 - 12 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$302
A$1,611
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Winter
13 Dec 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$269
A$1,336
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
19 Dec 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$302
A$1,611
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years
22 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Winter Rate
5 Jan 2017 - 13 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$269
A$1,336
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
MLK Holiday
14 Jan 2017 - 19 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Winter
20 Jan 2017 - 11 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$269
A$1,336
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Valentine's Day
12 Feb 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
President's Day
17 Feb 2017 - 21 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
22 Feb 2017 - 12 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$302
A$1,611
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
13 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard
18 Apr 2017 - 24 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day
25 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard
31 May 2017 - 28 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Independence Day
29 Jun 2017 - 10 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard
11 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard
6 Sep 2017 - 4 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Columbus Day
5 Oct 2017 - 10 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard
11 Oct 2017 - 8 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Veterans Day
9 Nov 2017 - 13 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard
14 Nov 2017 - 20 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
21 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
28 Nov 2017 - 10 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$302
A$1,611
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Winter
11 Dec 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$269
A$1,336
 
 
Christmas/New Years
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
A$383
A$2,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$336
A$2,182
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$336
Tax Rate 10.3%

MID WINTER and WINTER SPECIAL! STAY 2 NIGHTS, ADDITIONAL NIGHTS ARE 50% OFF (UP TO 2 ADDT'AL NIGHTS)
MID WINTER and WINTER COUPLE'S SPECIALS AS LOW AS $200/NIGHT
RATES ARE FOR 2 GUESTS. $15/GUEST/NIGHT ADD'TAL.
10.3% TAX NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE RATES.
3-4 NIGHT MINIMUM ON HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, RATES HIGHER ON HOLIDAY WEEKENDS. PLEASE INQUIRE.
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: 4-6 RECOMMENDED, 8 MAXIMUM. PLEASE INQUIRE.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Stanley, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • All three bathrooms are full bathrooms, offering either a tub/shower or a shower, toilet, and sink. All are very spacious. Linens provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 2 LL Bean twin foldaway beds & linens located in BD closet.
  • Master BD (on the main level) has a queen bed with luxury linens and large windows offering sweeping views of the mountains. The 2nd bedroom (on the main level) also has a queen bed with luxury linens with mountain views from the side window and wooded views from the rear window. The 3rd bedroom, with two single beds and luxury linens, is located downstairs. Awesome mountain views are found from the bedroom window in this room.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Please see our Guest Reviews...this home truly has everything you need and the views are unbeatable. We hope to see you soon!