Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout

Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout


Property Details

Updated: Oct 23, 2014
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

This Swiss Styled Cottage is perched at the top of a beautiful 10 acre property that overlooks the surrounding mountains and valley below. Located just 2 hours from Northern Virginia (DC) and 3 hours from Baltimore, MD this magical piece of heaven is perfect for those who love to paddle, hike, bike, horseback ride, fish, ski, antique or just lay back and decompress with a good book. Located in the Mill Gap area of Lost River, West Virginia, this property has expansive views, walkable land, 2 streams and 3 small bridges. Across the one stream is another meadow with a two storied bank barn. Our 'Lost River Swiss Cottage' is central to all that is happening in the Lost River Valley. One mile up Mill Gap is The Guesthouse at Lost River with its restaurant, bar and massage therapy. One mile down Mill Gap is the small hamlet of Lost River where you can visit the local museum, Craft Cooperative, Lost River General Store and Café or practice yoga at The Yoga Barn. Bike, Hike, or Paddle! The George Washington National Forest is minutes away, Rock Cliff Lake with its sandy beaches or The Lost River State Park with its beautiful pool, hiking trails, and stables await your visit. Come to Lost River !!! Our cottage has 2 bedrooms; one king and one queen. Our newly appointed interior is cozy and fresh with approximately 900 square feet of country living.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Bob Dillard came to Lost River over 35 years ago to help with the development of the Lost River Valley/Mill Gap area consisting of 2400 acres. Quickly realizing that he had fallen in love with the area, he built a log home from which he managed the Tuscarora Land Co office, as well as the old Green Valley Farms Dude ranch adjacent to his property. Later he developed his log home into The Guesthouse at Lost River. From this property Bob ran several other businesses throughout the years but concentrated mainly on real estate. He has built over three hundred cabins and homes and, with his partner David and business partner Tammy, developed three subdivisions in the Lost River Valley. Although the Guesthouse at Lost River has changed hands, Bob still maintains a Real Estate office in the Lost River Subdivision.

David Mickow came to the Lost River Valley, first as a guest at The Guesthouse at Lost River. Within six months David had been bitten by the bug and moved permanently to Lost River, becoming a partner in the Guesthouse and quickly started working in real estate as well as the development of properties in the LRV. David is the expert in design, color and balance. He is the “go to” guy when you cannot deal with furniture placement or get hung up hanging up all that art work! He is the Broker for Guesthouse Realty and has extensive knowledge of LRV real estate and, very important, the provenance of these properties.

Tammy Stanley is truly a Hardy County gem and from the LRV. Born at the local clinic and from a farming family that dates back centuries. She is the glue that binds this Troika. She has worked alongside Bob since 1980 and David for almost 19 years! Tammy has been involved in Bob’s ventures from the get go, having singlehandedly run most of the Guesthouse business as well as maintaining her own Personal Touch Massage Therapy. She has run this business from the Guesthouse for over 20 years.

We look forward to our Lost River Guests

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Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout
-+1 3048978207
Lost River West Virginia

Fabulous Getaway!

  • 5 of 5
The two of us and our two dogs were looking for a place where we could get some much needed R&R, and Lost River Swiss fit the bill perfectly. We stayed for a week (and ended up wishing we could have stayed longer). The pictures don't do full justice to the beautiful views and the sweeping acreage.

The cottage is as pictured inside and obviously has been newly renovated. It has very comfortable couches, and much nicer linens than you'd expect in a vacation rental.

It was wonderful to sit out on the wraparound deck with our morning coffee, take in the views, and enjoy watching the dogs going 'free range' and playing on the hill just below us. They loved chasing bunnies and smelling the country smells, and their daily afternoon splash in the little creek on the property.

There are a number of restaurants with 15-20 minutes (although some aren't open earlier in the week). We had several lunches at the General Store, and great dinner and beer at the brew pub in Wardensville, along with dinner at The Guest House. (Definitely bring most groceries from home since the stores nearby are tiny.) We spent our time reading, hiking, checking out the nearby state parks, chilling out, movie-watching and golfing (golfers, try Bryce Resort in VA instead of Valley View in Moorefield;.further away but worth it-- great weekday deals via Golfnow .com).

Tammy was wonderful to deal with from start to finish, and very responsive on email when I had questions before our trip. We ended up having to have a package delivered via Fed Ex, and Bob was kind enough to let us send it to their place since we would be out that day, and he dropped it off for us.

David suggested an excellent hike from the cottage zigging and zagging up the mountain, which gave us a chance to see the outside of some of the other rentals higher up. [For us, having the 10 acres without close neighbors so the dogs could run around was worth it. The lightly traveled road on the other side of the creek does have a few more cars on weekends, but it was definitely the right trade-off for us.]

And you can't beat having a Saturday farmer's market within a three-minute walk. We came away with two full bags of fresh veggies, fruits, cheeses, baked goods...so many yummy things! The dogs also said 'paws up' to the homemade dog treats. There's even a fenced dog park area right beside the market if your dogs want to make new friends.

To sum it up...great property, great views, great owners!
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout
-+1 3048978207
Lost River West Virginia

Great weekend away from the city.

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful views, fresh air and a great way to spend time away from the city. Trails all around and fantastic equip modern house.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout
-+1 3048978207
Lost River West Virginia

Wonderful place to get away

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful weekend at the Lost River Swiss Cottage. The house comes with extra touches like shampoo and a hair dryer, and it was very clean and comfortable. And the views are spectacular! We will definitely be back.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout
-+1 3048978207
Lost River West Virginia
miami fl

Spring at the Swiss Chalet

  • 4 of 5
Beautiful chalet, and location was superb! We had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful nature's surroundings. Perfect location for a relaxing getaway. The chalet was very comfortable, clean and with all the amenities needed. We would have loved a fire pit to enjoy the cool evenings on the deck! The owners were very helpful and made themselves readily available.
  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout
-+1 3048978207
Lost River West Virginia

Relaxing snowy winter getaway

  • 4 of 5
My husband and I booked this cabin over Valentine's Day weekend to escape from DC traffic and enjoy a slower pace. There was a heavy snow storm just before our visit but with our AWD car made it to the cabin just fine. It was very cozy and warm and surrounded by at least one foot of snow - definitely a winter wonderland. (The only real dent in our plans was the snow was so deep we couldn't explore the hiking trails.) Our dog had a wonderful time leaping and digging through the snow. The cabin was at the end of a road that was pretty deserted, which was perfect. We did a run on the roads around the cabin and it was very peaceful and hilly (a great workout!) - we only saw one other car on the road. This is definitely a great way to indulge in the wilderness without losing the amenities of home.
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Lost River Swiss Cottage/10 acres/streams/foot bridge/sweeping views/brook trout
-+1 3048978207
Lost River West Virginia

Nice Stay at Lost River Swiss Cottage!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spent a wonderful weekend at this charming cottage. Very quiet and relaxing. This was a great weekend getaway. The cottage is very comfortable and has all the amenities you could desire. The hosts were very pleasant as well. The Lost River General store was a nice visit for lunch just down the road, and Lost River State park is about 20 minutes away. I would definitely recommend this cottage!
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

Location is stellar. Easy access from property via footbridge to Mill Gap for biking or running as well as direct access to gravel interior road for mountain biking or hiking Hommon Mountain adjacent to the Chalet. Only property in area with two converging streams that create a soothing background when relaxing on the deck. Easy 15 minute walk to the Lost River General Store. Only ten minute walk to a private fishing pond and hiking access to the George Washington National Forest. Less than two miles up Mill Gap towards Rock Cliff Lake is the Wolf Gap cut which is a 12 mile gravel road that is a gem for bikers who want peace, quiet and nearly non existent traffic. If you want to spend the day in the Lost River State Park, 20 minutes away, there is a beautiful pool in a spectacular wooded setting with changing rooms and an adjacent game room for all to enjoy. Hidden Trail Stables provides an excellent and fun way to see some of the incredible views of the Lost River Valley from the back of a very well behaved horse! If you would rather hike up 'Cranny Crow' or any of the other beautiful mountain trails at the State Park, there are maps and markers as well as Park Rangers to assist. This property is within 35 minutes of a launching area for tubing or canoeing the South Branch. Located near The Guesthouse Lost River, there is the advantage of taking advantage of their 'open pool' days and poolside bar and 'Happy Hour'.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Washington /Dulles at 100 Miles Nearest Barpub : Guesthouse Lost River, Lost River, WV at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Valley View, Moorefield, West Virginia at 33 Miles Nearest Motorway : Route 259 at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Guesthouse Lost River, Lost River, WV at 5 Miles Nearest Ski : Bryce Mountain Resort, Basye, Virginia at 32 Miles Nearest Beach : Trout Pond at 5 Miles Car: necessary


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Updated: Oct 23, 2014

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $20
  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

Anyone bringing a pet will be charged a $20.00 pet fee.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


From the Owner

As I write about our property, and listen to the weather, I am reminded that even at 1700 ft. and located in the mountains, it still can get warm in the heat of the summer. Our property is unique in that it has central HVAC and a wonderful cool spring fed stream to put your in. Also, we offer a king bed room as well as a queen bed room for your sleeping comfort.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 900 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Grocery store is about 30 minutes away. Best to bring your own groceries.
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