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SmileInn Over the River, Log Cabin w/ Private Riverfront! Pet Friendly!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,370 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms & Loft, sleeps 6, screened porch and deck overlooking the river!

SmileInn Over the River is a cozy, relaxing cabin where you can really get away from all the stress of daily living! Enjoy your family and friends while grilling on the back deck overlooking the river! Roast marshmallows at the fire pit in the evening down by the river. Smile as your heart warms watching your kids and dogs running, playing, having the time of their life on the huge wide open field along the river! Make memories to take home and keep forever!

We are a very pet friendly cabin as we believe your pets are an important part of your family and should be able to vacation with you! There is an enclosed dog run right next to the deck for those times when you don't want them running free.

There are no hidden fees in our price everything is included! No fees for linens, pets, firewood, cleaning or charges for additional people! We also supply all paper products and the kitchen is stocked for your gourmet cooking! We try to supply all the staples and spices that you may need in preparing your meals.

SmileInn sits on 3 acres of property along the river with almost 400 feet of river frontage in the heart of Shenandoah Valley. The cabin sits near the end of a gravel road which we call cabin ally. The nice thing about that it is beyond all the traffic, noise and dust of the buses transporting people back and forth all day to various locations for tubing, kayaking and canoeing. The downside about that its just a little further to drive (almost 8 miles on a gravel road). It is almost 30 minutes to town. You are still within reach of enjoying everything Luray and the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. You can also just stay home, relax in the hammock and enjoy the peace and quiet of the river.

The cabin sleeps 6 comfortably. There are 2 bedrooms and a loft. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, the upstairs bedroom has 2 double beds and a half bath in it. There is a loft outside the upstairs bedroom with a futon. The bathroom on the first floor is divided into two separate rooms next to each other. One includes the toilet and vanity sink, the other is a walk in shower and whirlpool bathtub. This makes it more user friendly to families and groups of people. The kitchen has all new appliances as well as a microwave, toaster, blender and combination coffeemaker. The dining area seats six and also leads out to the screened in porch with another table. There is an open deck area outside the screened porch with another large table and a propane gas grill. The living room area has a sofa with 2 sides that recline and also a separate reclining chair all situated around the gas fireplace. The long front porch has a porch swing and additional seating.

Down by the river we have a fire pit with an unlimited supply of firewood for your campfires. We also have a hammock and a picnic table. There is a set of stairs we have put in to make access into the river easier from the bank. We supply a canoe and 6 river tubes for our guests to use. We also have several outdoor yard games including horse shoes and corn hole boards.

All the amenities of home are provided such as Wi-Fi, DIRECTV, DVD player and phone service with nationwide long distance included.

The area below the cabin along the river is perfect if you are planning a small event or family gathering. There is also plenty of room to set up tents if your kids or you want to have the full camping experience by the river yet still be close to the conveniences of home. There is an access road that runs along the bottom of the hill below the cabin. You can access that from the road about a 1/4 mile past the cabin. You can drive vehicles on that if you have someone that can't make the walk from the cabin down to the river or if you want to transport supplies for a cookout or any water sports.

The drive into town and the nearest grocery store is about 30 minutes so you may want to stock up on food and preplan your meals to avoid unnecessary trips to the store.

The historic town of Luray, Luray Caverns, Lake Arrowhead and Jellystone Park are about a half hour drive. Shenandoah National Park including the entrance to Skyline Drive, Wisteria Vineyard, and New Market Battlefield are about an hour drive. The cabin is located at the base of Massanutten Mountain and borders the George Washington National Forest. There are hiking trails nearby which include the Habron Gap Trail and Indian Grave Ridge Trail. There are many more trails located along Massanutten and also in Shenandoah National Park.

More details


• Minimum age limit for renters

• Children welcome

• Pets welcome with advance permission

• Nonsmoking only

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Jeff and Kristin Gaulard
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Jeff and Kristin Gaulard

Jeff and I have lived in Luray for about 10 years and we love the area. There are gorgeous views everywhere you look. We love the quiet area, no hustle and bustle, no traffic! We love the small town feeling! We have owned SmileInn Over the River for about 4 years. It is nice when you hear that guests had a wonderful time and were able to come out to Luray and get away from it all. I am retired from the fire department in Fairfax County, VA and Jeff left his job in insurance to open and run our new store in Luray.

We own a business where we repurpose wine barrels, bottles and corks. We make furniture and other various unique items from all of them. We also bought a store on Highway 211 recently, formerly White House Antiques and Souvenirs and renamed Massanutten Country Corner. We plan to promote made in the USA and anything made and grown locally. We are in the process of working on renovations. Our plans are to have a garden shop, farmers market, cafe and our main store featuring Cork to Barrel and other unique gifts and home decor.

We live near the base of Massanutten and our home is also the home for 5 dogs, 3 cats and 7 goats and we have 2 horses that are boarded nearby at River Hill Stables. We love and enjoy all of our 4 legged family!

Please stop by our store while visiting the area and anyone interested in visiting our goats just let us know and we can make arrangements for you to visit.

Jeff and Kristin Gaulard purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Jeff and Kristin Gaulard chose Luray

We loved the peaceful and quiet area where the cabin is located. There is a wide, open field down by the river a large amount of river frontage. Lots of room for kids and dogs to run around and play.

What makes this cabin unique

One thing that is nice about this property is that it is located beyond the route for drop off and pick up for all the river outfitters for tubes and kayaks. During the season there are buses constantly driving all up and down the road past most of the rentals on the river. SmileInn Over the River is beyond their route so you have the peace and quiet all day long!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Luray, Virginia

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1370 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , 1st floor bathroom is divided into 2 half baths.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 2nd floor bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
All towels, linens, paper products, trash bags and regular kitchen supplies are all provided.


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average rating of 4.8656716 based on 67 reviews

Wonderful stay at the Smile Inn!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Kristin and Jeff for our stay at your cabin! We had a wonderful weekend, and we plan on returning, especially when it warms up. The cabin was great, and had everything we needed. We really enjoyed the views and the peace and quiet! Thank you for the late check out as well! Our three year old daughter was upset when we had to go, she even loved it! Can't wait to come back!

Josh & Jamie F.

  • Review Submitted: 08/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Falls Church, VA

Lovely site

  • 5 of 5

Very nice cabin with great view and recreation space. Location is great IF you don't mind being > 30 minutes from the nearest town or the gravel road drive (we didn't), and wifi was the best I've experienced for those who sadly are on call and therefore have to check mail periodically. Of course you can always unplug it, too, and tell the kids it doesn't work! Porch and deck views out to the water are wonderful, and fire pit with plenty of wood was an added plus.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully secluded, relaxing location with lots of nature and river to enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully secluded, relaxing location with lots of nature and river to enjoy! Close enough to Luray but make sure you're not trying to run back and forth. Had everything we needed and then some. Thanks again for a beautiful stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Above and Beyond!

  • 5 of 5

Here it is Monday morning and we are still SMILEINN! Jeff and Kristin are a great example of perfect host. Having spent my career pampering everyone from Presidents to Rock Stars, I consider myself a pretty good judge of Hospitality. This cabin is nothing less then spectacular!

Clean, comfy, great communication. Needless to say, our weekend was perfect! Yes, it rained, yes, there were a few stink bugs and bear, but we were in their back yard! I loved the drive down the back road! It let you know, you were leaving the masses behind and entering the world of peace and relaxation. Our 2 mini doxies loved their bed in front of the fireplace and so did I! I slept in the recliner sofa and my daughter in the Master bed. Could I have gone upstairs? Sure, but why? Cooking meals in the beautiful kitchen was a breeze.

Due to my daughter's work schedule, we had to come a day late. What did Jeff and Kristin do? Offered us a late checkout Sunday or even stay Sunday night to make it up! WOW!!!

No matter the weather, you owe it to yourself to walk to the river and take in the air and the feel of nature. Of course, it is still Winter, but the cabin has a canoe, outdoor games, fishing, biking, hiking and anything else you want to do outdoors. It is well stocked with games to keep you happy during bad weather. I read a review where someone complained about having to clean. Are you kidding me? Clean up after yourselves and you will see this property stay reasonably priced. We loved everything about the Host, the home, the drive, everything! This was the best yet!! We are planning a Summer visit to bring the Grandchildren as we continue our search for our piece of Paradise! Blessed Be!

  • Review Submitted: 26/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We try very hard to make everyone feel comfortable and at home! We invite any recommendations for improvements along the way as we also have our long list that we try to complete as time allows. We know the road can be long and rough at times but yes it also lets you know that you are headed towards complete peace and relaxation away from the real world! We do hope you will return again this summer and see how much nicer it is in the summer! Thanks again! Kristin and Jeff
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Atmore, Al

Post Christmas Wind Down

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay. The cabin was just what we needed for some down time after Christmas. We really enjoyed the setting and being able to walk along the river.

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sterling VA and Charlotte NC

Nice cabin, however...

  • 3 of 5

It is EXTREMELY remote so if you have any health condition you are very far from help. Don't try to get there in the dark - 6 miles down a dirt road. The cabin is very lovely and the view of the Shenandoah out the back is beautiful. I felt the check out cleaning requirements were too much to ask - I pay people to do that level of cleaning at home (in addition to the typical stripping the sheets off the bed you are asked to sweep, mop floor, clean tub, etc.)

So if you are young, healthy and don't mind housework it's probably great!

PS - owners, ck the ventilation on your gas fireplace. We kept getting headaches when we used it even though we left a window open a little. It's a really nice gas fireplace!

  • Review Submitted: 27/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We apologize for the long drive on the gravel road however we do list that it is a half hour drive from town. Most people who are interested are looking for a remote location that is quiet and away from everything. Many that have stayed there have listed that as one of the things they like. As for the cleaning, we do not ask a lot and we do not charge a cleaning fee as many cabins do. We just ask that people respect our place and try to leave it as they found it. We do not expect our guests to scrub everything just wipe down counters and sweep the floor and take the sheets off the bed and place in a pile. We provide all the linens to make things easier on our guests so they don't have to bring their own and make their beds when they get there.
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Luray Caverns Airport
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Caverns Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
33 Miles
Shenandoah Speedway
Nearest Restaurant
17 Miles
Mimslyn Inn
Nearest Ski
44 Miles
Massanutten Resort
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Lake Arrowhead
Car: recommended

Located in Luray outside of town in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley. Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park/ Skyline Drive, Massanutten Resort, Mimslyn Inn, and Wisteria Vineyard are all located within and hour from the cabin.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Luray, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
July-Labor Day
1 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
4 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
December-New Years
1 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$130.38
Tax Rate 10.3%

There is a 2 dog limit, we may consider 3 with prior approval. There is no cleaning fee. All linens are included in the rental price, no extra charge. There is an unlimited supply of firewood provided to use in the fire pit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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