Hipcamp host Steve S.
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Located minutes from I81. Park at the house and hike 200 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 200 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. Contact Steve for further information. Come explore and adore. *New for July 2019, we have added an auxiliary deck in the trees for pitching your own tent or sleeping under the stars for additional campers.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 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: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% 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!

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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 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 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 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.

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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 Sarah
Sarah B.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2018

My expectations were exceeded! Steve does a wonderful job of making this place just as comfortable as home. It’s stocked with water, shower essentials, towels, toilet paper, games, cutlery, cups, plates..almost anything you could think to bring. The cabin is super cozy, I would come back to stay again and again. Steve was out of town during our stay, but he made sure to tell me and he made sure his friend was there to show us around the property/give us everything we needed. I had asked if there was electricity so that we could use a fan to help sleep at night so Steve went out of his way and got a rechargeable one just for our stay! The walk to and from the cabin is pretty steep, but there are cut backs and sets of stairs to make it easier to maneuver. I don’t have one complaint about our stay. I wish we could’ve stayed longer, but hope to come back sometime!

Hipcamper James
James C.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2018

What an amazing little gem, tucked away on the north fork of the Shenandoah. The cabin had all we needed for a relaxing getaway. Situated right on the river, we were able to witness a good deal of wildlife (including several deer, golden eagles, and even some playful otters who swam right up to the dock). The kayaking was easygoing and gorgeous. Even though we felt very much in nature, we were only a short drive towards town with a quaint main street full of coffee shops, antique stores and more. Our host Steve was more than helpful, providing helpful insight into our weekend hiking trip. Would definitely recommend.

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!

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