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


Property Details

Updated: Oct 27, 2016
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 considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens 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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24 Reviews

based on 24 traveler reviews

Washington, DC

Great location and accomodations

  • 5 of 5

This is a very well maintained property with everything you need for a weekend or longer. Location is great, near national forest and state parks. Great views from the deck, lots of room to roam. The managers are very accommodating made sure everything was set for our stay in spite of several changes of plan on our part. The only thing we missed is a fireplace, but on the whole I would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot

  • 5 of 5

Great house with beautiful view!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin in Lost River!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The owners were very helpful and provided info on things to do in the area. The cabin was very clean and updated inside. The kitchen had everything we needed to make our meals. The king and queen beds were very comfortable. Great location, great price. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing, and easy

  • 5 of 5

Four us made a last minute decision to go somewhere for the weekend, and we made a great choice. The property was secluded enough for four DCer's, and had everything you could ask for; plenty of towels, bedding, and all of the kitchen supplies two make our own meals throughout the stay. When we realized we wanted to explore a little on our checkout day, the managers told us not to worry about it and just leave the keys on the table when we left. Some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen. Sorry for the delay on writing this review, but thank you so much for the stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Amazing Location and Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is the best place for a getaway from the city and enjoy a relaxing time. We had a couples long weekend away, with another couple, and it gave us plenty of room and privacy. The two bedrooms and nice size and give lots of storage space. The beds were amazing and very clean. The whole house was very clean and newer appliances. We will be coming back here again. There is a farmers market at the bottom of the hill that is open on Saturdays from May - September. But there is a General Store down the road and also a great Resort/Restaurant a short walk away. I am looking forward to our next trip here!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We went for a couples retreat for the weekend, just to get out of the city. The location was perfect! Nestled at the top of a hill overlooking a small valley, it was absolutely beautiful. The bedrooms were nice a spacious and kitchen had all the utensils that we needed. There was internet, which is always a plus in this day and age!!! It is just down the road from the GuestHouse Lost River, where you can enjoy an amazing meal as well. I would like to thank the owners again! And the warm welcome was much appreciated!!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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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


Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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


  • 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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