Hipcamp host Steve S.,
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Located minutes from I81. Park at the house and hike 100 yards down the hill to the secluded River Perch overlooking the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. You'll have river access for fishing, swimming and paddling (kayaks and canoes provided), or you can just sit on the dock and watch the sunset. Retreat back into the screened cottage for a quiet restful evening or relax


Located minutes from I81. Park at the house and hike 100 yards down the hill to the secluded River Perch overlooking the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. You'll have river access for fishing, swimming and paddling (kayaks and canoes provided), or you can just sit on the dock and watch the sunset. Retreat back into the screened cottage for a quiet restful evening or relax on the deck by a fire. We are a Glamping site... like a hotel stay in the woods. Close by are 100's of miles of hiking trails and the charming town of Woodstock offering free concerts, some of Virginia's finest wineries, the Brewhouse and other great local restaurants... come explore and adore. There is also an auxiliary deck in the trees for pitching your own tent or sleeping under the stars for additional campers. During cooler months, we have enclosed the sleeping/changing areas and added a small heater for your warmth and comfort. For Covid-19, we take every precaution wiping hard surfaces with bleach while washing all soft materials between every visit. Meeting you is important to us, but we do it from a distance. Be safe!

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” ― John Muir

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No potable water
Have a question? Send Steve a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Many rural roads as well as mountain trails


Very private deep water fishing


100's of miles of trails in the George Washington National Forest minutes away.


Kayaks and Canoes are available for use at your own risk and if the host is available to assist entry and exit of river..


Deep water river access

Wildlife watching

Just sitting in cottage, the wildlife will come to you


Natural features you'll find at Cottage on the Seven Bends in Virginia.


The cottage is in the middle of the forest... the noises of tree frogs, crickets, honking geese, etc. will lull you to sleep.


Short hill to access the cottage, large mountain to view

River, stream, or creek

We are on the first of the Seven Bends.

Swimming hole

Swim at your own risk... the water is deep, experienced swimmers only!

The vibe at Cottage on the Seven Bends

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Hipcamper Hung
Hung T.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2018

This cabin exceeded all of my expectations. It comes with many luxurious amenities such as outdoor shower, sink, toilet and an very comfortable futon. The cabin has many windows that allows a plenty of light in, which makes sunset a truly magical time. Steve is a great communicator and extremely helpful, ready to assist at a moment's notice. I highly recommend staying here to immerse with nature with hikes, canoeing and hanging by the campfire.

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Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha B.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2018

We had a great stay at this cabin -- the space is perfect for two and has everything you could need for some glamping by the Shenandoah River. Steve is a friendly host and was very quick to reply to messages. My one tip is to make sure you pack as lightly as you can -- you'll be carrying your stuff up and down a fairly steep trail! It is totally worth it, though. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for a cozy retreat.

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew A.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2018

The Cottage On The Seven Bends was just what I wanted to get away from DC.

I stayed at the cottage alone and it was plenty of room for me and probably could be for 1 other person. Steve (Host) was very helpful and went out of his way to make sure my stay was "remote" but cared for. He provided me a printed fishing report once he heard I was there to kayak and fish, he and his wife provided fresh blueberry muffins one morning and even drove me with a sit-a-top kayak (which HE dragged up the hill) up the Shenandoah so I could float down unfettered!

The cabin is solidly and recently built. Mosquitoes are to be expected in this part of the forest so bring bug spray (actually Steve provided this as well) but no problems with bugs in the cottage at all. Right across the river is the GW National Forest and the entire surrounding area is forest. The outdoor shower (rain barrel) and indoor compostable toilet were nice amenities. The host provided bottled water (if needed, you can also filter or boil rain water), toilet paper, towels, linens, pillows, charcoal, grill, firepit, firewood and deck chairs. There are at least 2 sit atop kayaks and a canoe and a dock to launch from. The sleeping loft was very comfortable with new mattress and pillow. The entire cottage is screened in so you could fall asleep to the river and the Shenandoah breezes. I brought a camping stove and just used in in the mornings for coffee. The super comfy chairs in the "main room" are great spots for reading in the rain.

You are not necessarily "off the grid": the cottage is 2 miles from town so if you need supplies, you just trek up & down the switchbacks (see: steep climb of ~150-200 yards) and drive into town (you park on the host's property). I had cell service (AT&T). But you are on a very secluded part of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River (the property is at the end of a dead end). On the water, I saw 3 other people in 4 days.

Honestly, its just what I wanted. Steve was super laid back while being super attentive. He is continually making improvements to the property to improve your stay. Highly recommend if a minimalist outdoor, river front property is what you are looking for.

Hipcamper Sam
Sam G.
recommends this listing.
August 18th, 2018

Steve's cabin was the perfect spot for our short trip. The cabin itself is lovely and cozy, and comes complete with so many details that made our stay just right! Things like extra charcoal to help with a fire after a rainy night, Yahtzee for a night in, and life jackets for a nervous swimmer. The location was amazing too! Short drive to lots of wineries and breweries, but also right on the Seven Bends River, which was a great spot to cool off after our drive down. Steve was a kind and respectful host, and we would highly recommend his cabin to anyone looking for a getaway!

Hipcamper Heather
Heather H.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2018

I still have the beautiful Shenandoah river, with the sycamores hanging over as if to reach the middle, leaning with incredible feats of structural balance, and the blue heron flying low over its waters, the turtle soaking up the sun on fallen logs, the fish jumping out of the water for a kind of moment that passes like a shooting star, and the mist lying low with the cool morning air....all instilled in my mind. thats the essence of the cabin as well because you can tell lots of love and hard work has been poured into it. Grateful for the amazing hospitality.

Hipcamper Ronni
Ronni G.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018

Steve's cottage was absolutely amazing. We had the best time staying here and really enjoyed everything his site had to offer! The cottage provided a lot of extras that made settling in easy, but also gave us the little bit of the camp life we enjoy without a lot of extra work. The space is really cozy with a hammock chair and hammock downstairs that perfectly fit in the space. The loft upstairs is big enough to make yourself comfortable, and has a window that lets the breeze in. We did take a couple of extras that helped make it extra cozy, we had an extra battery powered fan, and some lights for enjoying the summer evenings. There is a small battery powered fan and lighting in the cottage though! The decks that accompany the space are perfect for enjoying the view of the trees and the Shenandoah river. The first morning we had coffee on the dock right on the water, and it was wonderful. Steve even allows use of his kayaks and canoe when staying at the cottage! We were able to take a canoe ride up the river, and it was wonderful and relaxing! Steve and his wife really have thought of everything to make this space functional off the grid. The rain water shower was perfect for hot summer days, and there is a composting toilet and sink inside the cottage that made life easy! If you aren't used to living off the grid, I would definitely take note that Steve's place has no electric, and I would be comfortable with the toilet situation before attempting the trip. Also, we did have some bugs, but that is to be expected living outside in a cottage like this. Last thing to note is the trip down to the cottage is pretty steep, and doesn't look like much, but when carrying gear back and forth it's a work out! Overall this was a great experience for us, and we can't wait to go back.

The deck at sunset. The river deck on the Shenandoah! The Shenandoah river while the sun was setting, from Steve's canoe! Us enjoying some time on the water!
Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel W.
recommends this listing.
November 19th, 2018

The weekend was absolutely perfect! The cabin was maintained immaculately and Steve was extremely responsive. We had enough firewood and Steve let us use his fleet of kayaks to explore the river. The Cottage on the Seven Bends was the exact escape from the city we needed. We will be back!

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Hipcamper Morgan

Best hipcamp experience yet

Morgan H.
recommends this listing.
March 17th, 2019

Although the great reviews had already set my hopes high, my actual stay at The Cottage at the Seven Bends exceeded expectations completely. The cabin is in a small neighborhood, but you feel completely secluded in a wooded patch of land by the river. The cabin itself is beautiful - thanks to 6 years of hard work from host Steve. It was very clean and accommodating, with an outdoor shower and compost toilet that doesn’t smell at all. The loft bedroom was cozy and the bed was very comfortable. I would suggest to guests to check the weather beforehand because evenings can get chilly and you’ll want to be prepared. We were set with our sleeping bag and the blankets the host provided. He’s also generous enough to offer free use of the kayaks! The river is private and beautiful and if you’re still long enough you’ll see wildlife come and go. Right by lots of good hiking spots but we were happy just chilling by the river. This was honestly my best experience with HipCamp, and while the property is beautiful I think it really comes down to the details that the hosts generously thought out. Plenty of firewood, board games, cute decorations, and comfy places to sit. Thanks Steve!!!

Bedroom loft with lanterns and fairy lights :)Outdoor shower! It was too cold for us to use in early March but will definitely want to come back in the summer. Fire pit is on the deck overlooking the river The river
Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa G.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2018

My friends and I had a great stay at Steve’s cottage! The cottage appeared as pictured in the photos online and the surrounding area was beautiful. Steve was a great host - very transparent, accommodating, and generous. He showed us around the property and even helped us into the river for a swim/kayak. He also provided fresh towels :) We stayed mostly dry in the rain but did take on a bit of mist during a downpour - but hey, it’s camping! Overall, we had a great time and would recommend the cottage to others.

hammocking in the cottageview from the dock


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