Sweetwater Cottage is a river front cottage situated in the middle of 26 accessable river miles of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. It has a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, coffee maker, microwave, waffle maker, and a full bath with tub/shower combination. It has two bedrooms, living room, dining area picnic tables, large fire pit with grill, gas grill, and a 12’x40’ screened-in porch overlooking the river. Sleeping arrangements in the cottage includes two queen size beds and one double futon bed in the living room and one double futon bed in the dining extension.AS OF SEPTEMBER 2023, Sweetwater Cottage now has Star-link. It also has NETFLIX, TV/DVD player as well as a CD stereo player available. Queen sheets and pillow cases are provided. Expand your accomadations by bring an RV to connect to the full hook-up located adjacent to the Cottage. Also, RV hook-ups are available at separate sites on the property. Rental also includes the use of 2 Canoes and 2 Kayaks.
The area offers excellent hunting as well as ultra-lite and fly-fishing for Small Mouth Bass, Brim, Red Eye Bass as well as baiting for old standbys like catfish and carp. There are numerous hiking and riding trails throughout the area and over 20 miles of good canoeing water with public access. If you are into plants and trees, there are a wide variety of both in the area. I also recommend a good book and a pair of binoculars for bird watching (Baltimore Orioles are nesting along the river in spring and early summer) or curl up by the campfire or in the hammock with that favorite novel you have been meaning to read. This is definitely Virginia Outdoors at it's finest!
About Jan Dertzbaugh
Married in Washburn, WI, in 1974 and traveled to many different places while in the Army settling in Remington, VA (2004) with Bear (half lab and golden) and Daisy (Pound Puppy)and her husband John. Jan is a highly successful domestic engineer and mother of Tim and Casey. John retired from the Army in 1995 and is still serving at PEO Soldier, Ft. Belvoir, VA. Jan and John enjoy fishing in both fresh and saltwater, being with our kids and grandkids, and being of service to our Lord and Savior.
Jan Dertzbaugh purchased this cottage in 1997
Why Jan Dertzbaugh chose Luray
Sweetwater was love at first sight! We originally purchased it as a private retreat, but found that being able to show others the Virginia Outdoors and what a relaxing time was all about was extremely gratifying and decided to start sharing it with others . Life here moves at the speed of the river - very slowly! The river at Sweetwater washes away all the stresses associated with life in and around the National Capital region and rejuvenates the mind, body and soul as only the peace and solitude of the outdoors can.
What makes this cottage unique
Love sitting out along the river bank on a cool spring morning listening to the songs of the Baltimore Orioles or the owls hooting on a warm summer night while sleeping on the screened in porch. The peace and tranquility of floating down the river on a warm summers day while laying on an air mattress with my face submerged under water with mask and snorkel watching the river bottom and all the associated critters pass by. Or the joy of a “gourmet” smore cooked to perfection over a campfire while playing 4, 5, 6, and 12 stringed instruments and singing (or howling) with friends and family is one of life's greatest pleasures. Being rewarded with a nice bass as a result of a not so perfect cast. Finally, marveling at all of the wonders that surround you at Sweetwater and appreciating the beauty of God's creativity!
|Zip Code: 22835
|Luray Public Golf Course
From Warrington, VA
• Take Rt. 211 West to Rt. 340 exit (Business) South (Luray) (42.8 mi)
• Left on Rt 340 (Business) S. (to Luray) to Mechanics Street (0.45 mi)
From Front Royal, VA:
• Rt 340 South to the Rt 211 Overpass, Luray VA
• Continue Rt 340 (Business) S. (to Luray) to Mechanics Street (0.45 mi)
· Right on Rt 675, Mechanics Street, to Rt. 684 (3.5 miles) (Note: Mechanics Street becomes Bixler’s Ferry Road)
· Right on Rt 684, Page Valley Rd to River Water Dr. (8.4 miles)
(Note: Road turns to dirt just after the Outfitters. Turn off the GPS and follow these explicit directions Do not turn Right on the first Lorelei Ln off this road!!!)
· Instead bear right at the fork onto River Water Drive (still 684) to the Right on Lorelei Ln (0.6 Miles)
Take first right through Estate Gate, first house on the Left.
From NOVA, it is about a 2 hour drive, but very scenic!
Rental includes Two Canoes and 4 tubes. There are also RV Sites associated with the property that can be rented seperately or in conjunction with the cottage
|$220 - $230
|$1,430 - $1,495
|Optional / Seasonal
|Security Deposit (Refundable)
We have been coming here for years (three visits a year) and just love it. This is the cleanest and best provisioned cabin we've stayed at. Location, location, location is the old real estate saying and they have it here. Right on the river, with an awesome screened porch to view the river. They provide kayaks and canoes. If you kayak be sure to fish the backs out of the locker, it took me awhile to figure that out, but it's much more comfortable. Jan and John are the most welcoming and helpful hosts.
Stayed September, 2023
Booked this cottage for a fishing vacation with my brother and was thrilled to find that the cottage and water frontage far exceeded my expectations. The photos are good but don't give full credit to the phenomenal job that the owners have done to maximize this retreat on the Shenandoah river. The fishing was great, the access was excellent and the cottage was not only immaculately clean but provided everything that anyone could ask for in a vacation rental. Will definitely book again and have already told friends and family about this hidden gem. The owners are easy to work with, make themselves available for questions and provided a really great info packet with activities, dining options, fishing information and overview of the area. Do not hesitate to book here.
Stayed June, 2023
We had a wonderful stay at Sweetwater. The setting on the river is just perfect - it's hard to imagine anything more peaceful than a morning cup of coffee on the huge screened-in porch overlooking the river. Our boys loved all the yard space to run around and play. It was so nice to stay at a place that had lots of the extras that aren't necessarily a given at a rental property - knives that are actually sharp, all the things you're likely to forget (soap, shampoo, condiments), even a full spice rack! This is especially nice when you're about a half hour from the nearest store. Communication from Jan & John was great leading up to and during the stay. We would definitely come back!
Stayed March, 2018
Thanks so much for a wonderful review!! The morning coffee on the porch overlooking the river while watching the river light up with the morning sun is one of our favorite things to do. Can hardly wait for those little guys to get older and start exploring in the river and surrounding hiking trails. Hope you come back soon!!