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3brm/2bath Mntside Farmhouse-dog friendly

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

Note: Cottage Was Listed Previously On Homeaway under a different listing number

Constructed in 2008 and designed by famed Katrina Cottage architect Marianne Cusato, this classic, West Virginia cottage is located in Lost City/Lost River is sure to warm your heart. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, marble and glass tile baths, 9 foot ceilings and comfortable furniture provide a casual, country/lodge atmosphere. The location provides breathtaking vistas of the mountains from every window, the 8 foot deep front porch which extends the entire house as well and a small covered back porch with even more great views. We recently added a large "treehouse deck" off the driveway for more outdoor space for dining, relaxing and has a large propane gas grill. This vacation home sits down a small driveway from a paved road and is surrounded by acres of nature. .Beyond that and within walking distance are the rest of the thousands of acres that make up the George Washington National Forest. The fenced in back yard is great for dog lovers!

Now find us on Instagram : @LostRiverCottage

From Washingtonian Magazine - : 'The Lost River Valley of West Virginia has been found.'

'Tucked between two mountain ridges, the valley, a couple of hours from Washington, is drawing more weekenders. The lure is rugged woodland scenery, tumbling mountain streams, and outdoor fun - hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, swimming, rafting, climbing, horseback riding.' In winter months you are only 40 minutes from Bryce Resort and a little over an hour from Canaan Valley resort!

Three great bedrooms make the home perfect for families or couples - two rooms each with a queen bed and a third room with two twin beds. One queen bedroom is downstairs with its own bath and canopy bed (master suite). All bed linens and towels are provided. There are two full baths, one upstairs and one down. The baths have heated marble floors, glass tile walls and high-end fixtures. Soak in the upstairs bath's jetted tub with a window that overlooks the mountains and catch a glimpse of the deer and wild turkeys. The cottage has both central air and heat which is dual zone for those who like to sleep with it cool but wake up to a warm downstairs.

There is a fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffeemaker, etc.. There is a washer and dryer combo upstairs if you need it.

Newly installed: fiber for internet- super fast, Apple TV for Netflix/Hulu and Verizon repeater so you can use your VZ wireless cell phone out there!

Note: This house has been rented for the past 7 years by the previous owner Mark. We couldn't transfer his listing to us unfortunately so we lost all the wonderful reviews. Here were some of the more recent reviews:

Everything we hoped for....every thing we needed!

5 of 5

This was our families first time renting through VRBO and it was a great experience. The house was perfect for our needs and as described. One daughter joined us in the beginning of the week, and our other daughter and family with two young children joined us later in the week. We had wonderful family meals, and loads of fun setting on the porch, gathering eggs, watching the stars at night. Played in the creek down the road, went to trout pond twice, climbed up to the observation towere at Sceneca Rocks and are planning to take a short hike at Lost River SP before we leave, today. The Lost River Grill is a great place to eat and we enjoyed the Museum and local Arts Coop. The Walmart in Morfield is about 22 miles away and an easy drive. The only downside of our trip is seeing that the cottage is under contract.

Submitted: Aug 29, 2015

Stayed: Aug 2015

Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Tim S.

Great Hideaway for Our Young Family

5 of 5

While there were a few quirks to the property our stay was very pleasant. Most things were as described and the setting was perfect as we could have hoped. The beds were comfy and the central air was a blessing on the warm afternoons. We have 3 kids, 5 and under and they loved it. We walked in the creek down the road, got eggs in the morning, had lots of time roving around the house and yard. If it's still a rental next summer, it will be at the top of our list.

Submitted: Aug 12, 2015

Stayed: Jul 2015

Source: HomeAway

The Mountainside Farmhouse was what we needed

5 of 5

The Mountainside Farmhouse was exactly as described and met all of our expectations. We were looking for somewhere to spend a quiet week, with the whole family (including dogs), that was off the grid, with plenty of outdoor adventures.

The farmhouse is quaint, well taken care of, comfortable and quiet. The beds are super comfy and the design of the house is perfect for late night conversations indoors or on the front porch.

While in Lost River we ventured on many great hikes, swam and fished at Trout Lake, went horseback riding, visited the Farmers Market, had several nice dinners in town. We also took a drive to Washington DC for a day trip .

The Lost River area is beautiful, but if you're a city dweller please be aware that you will experience nature and it's elements. We saw ample wildlife including deer, turtles and snakes. Also, if visiting in July be sure to treat your dogs for ticks and check yourself after each outdoor adventure as there are plenty of ticks. Please don't let that scare you away!

Lastly, and most significant for us was how exceptional Phil was as a host Phil accomplished the very challenging task of balancing being available and helpful but also distant.

Overall, simply put, a super place to visit.

Submitted: Aug 6, 2015

Stayed: Jul 2015

Source: HomeAway

More Details

Karen Bridgett
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Karen Bridgett

We live in DC and are thrilled to own a piece of Lost River WV.

Karen Bridgett purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Karen Bridgett chose Mathias

Very relaxing and well equipped house. Everything you need for a country getaway. Plenty of relaxation awaits!

What makes this cottage unique

My husband is a cyclist and can provide ideas for routes or answer any questions you might have!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Mathias, West Virginia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master Bath - en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Shared Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Master Bedroom downstairs with electric fireplace, queen bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 2nd bedroom with queen bed and shared bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 3rd bedroom - 2 twins and shared bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Close to ski resorts- Bryce ( about 40 mins away and Canaan Valley a little over an hour (


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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3brm/2bath Mntside Farmhouse-dog friendly
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely long weekend at this house with our three kids and dog. It was perfect. It was homey, comfortable and clean. It had everything we could have wanted or needed. Karen’s information and instructions were great. We had rainy weather, snow, and sunshine, so we got to experience it all...hunkered down in the cold with a movie, played outside in the snow, grilled out on the deck, and walked down to the river to play and throw rocks. There was ample space, a well-stocked kitchen and comfortable beds. Lots of outdoor room to roam and play, and it was deliciously quiet. We hope to come back in the summer to enjoy it again in another season. Thank you for creating a wonderful place to unwind and connect.

  • Review Submitted: 19/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bonnie for your lovely review and so glad you all enjoyed your stay. Wow you did get to experience it all in one weekend! We look forward to welcoming you back in the summer so you can enjoy more time lounging on the amazing deck! Thanks again!
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From first impression to lasting memories, The Farmhouse is the perfect fit.

  • 5 of 5

From its location to its breathtaking views, the Farmhouse is a fantastic place to stay for a night or for a week. Our hosts were welcoming and helpful. They made sure everything was shored up for our stay by providing key information and details that made our stay both relaxing and well planned. The Farmhouse is ideally situated and is everything anyone could ask for when visiting Lost River. Best stay ever!

  • Review Submitted: 15/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us- so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to welcome you back again!
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Washington, DC

Ideal mountain escape

  • 5 of 5

What a great house! Tidy, private, with a well appointed kitchen and glorious views. This is a great place to watch the leaves fall and let the dogs play in the fenced back yard. As nice as it was in freezing weather, that giant deck will make things even better in the spring and summer. Comfy beds, heated floors in the bathrooms, and a good selection of games made for an excellent getaway. From NW DC, it took only a little more than 2h for the trip. Karen was super responsive and easy to work with. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 12/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully kept house, peaceful location, lovely treetop deck for relaxing and eating, close to hikes and outdoor pool at Lost River State Park and great biking up the hollows from your front door. Our dogs loved the fenced back yard. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us Stella- was a pleasure having you! I hope you will come stay with us again!
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Very nice, peaceful and homey

  • 4 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas experience at this cabin. The owner, Karen, was immensely helpful and good to work with. We loved the outdoor play area for our dogs and the nearby hiking.

The only downsides (4 instead of 5) were little things. The kitchen was very small and hard to stage a meal for all of us, and the coffee pot was really slow (this could be due to the water pressure). Great place overall all.

  • Review Submitted: 27/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us and hope you will come back again soon!
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Camden, DE

Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The house was fully equipped with everything we needed for a delightful stay. Our dogs enjoyed the fenced in yard which is such a plus for pet owners. We had beautiful weather and woke to a dusting of snow our last day. Our stay was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 01/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Washington Dulles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Car: necessary

George Washington National Forest

Lost River State Park


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Mathias, West Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$100.79
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$403.17
Pet Fee AU$67.19

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

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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