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Bear's Lair*

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Sleeps 10, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. Dogs allowed.

91 Mountainside 45 Cabin Mountain Road Canaan Valley, WV 26260 United States

The mountains are alive inside and out of this beautiful mountain home. Inside enjoy colorful, creative furnishings and finishes that compliment and resound the beauty on the other side of the door. Outside enjoy a large yard with plenty of running room for kids of all ages. Ample decks and porches provide surround seats for the sights and sounds of nature. Every season holds a reason to enjoy Bear’s Lair. Inside enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, pool table, WIFI and multiple TV’s. Outside show off your grill skills, take time to star gaze and enjoy the outside hot tub. Well behaved dogs are welcome to vacation at Bear’s Lair too! **WARNING: Staying at Bear's Lair may create addictive mountain vacation behavior. You will definitely feel like you need to come back again and again!!

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Rooms and Amenities
Property Type House, 2 story
Unit Code 91MS*
Beds 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 1 full bed, 1 twin bed, 1 bunk bed
Bathrooms 3.5 bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 10
Pets Dogs allowed.
Standard Amenities children welcome, Long-term Renters Welcome, Clean with disinfectant
Kitchen Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster
Living No A/C, Ceiling Fans, Linens, Washer & Dryer, Ironing Board, Wood Burning Fireplace, WIFI, Dog Friendly, Non Smoking Property
Outdoor Deck, Gas Grill, Hot Tub, Easy Winter Access, Close to Lake, Close to Fishing
Geographic Secluded, Wooded, Old Timberline Gated Community, Close to Skiing, Hiking
Entertainment Cable TV, CD Player, DVD Player, Stereo System, VCR, Pool Table, Multiple TV's
Dogs Allowed Dogs Allowed
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94 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Secluded Hideaway

    Stayed 8 days ending in October, 2022

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    Julia G from Greensburg , PA recommends this vacation rental

    The property is very private even though it is towards the front of Old Timberline. This makes it very convenient to get in and out. The house could use some updates and some TLC. The owners appear to be slowly working on the property. The house was stocked with everything we needed. The management company was absolutely wonderful! They were friendly, helpful, and attentive. Would definitely recommend renting through Best of Canaan.

    • Manager Responded on 10/20/2022

      Thank you so much for your recommendation. We can't wait to have you back to Canaan Valley!

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  • Amazing Location with a Caveat

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2022

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    amy b from olney, MD recommends this vacation rental

    We rent from Best of Canaan because of the community and access to Dolly Sods. The grandkids love fishing in the little lakes, the dog loves running around, and we all love the quick access to some of the best Dolly Sods hiking (high ground so no mud!). It’s a great place to chill and explore.
    The big negative: the house was so dirty. The dishes in the cabinets were dirty, there was human hair literally on dishes and in pots. Hair stuck on the chairs and sofas that a quick vacuum would take care of. Mice droppings in the kitchen drawers. The kind of dust that shows neglect on wall hangings, furniture. So I’m torn. We LOVE the location and the basic vibe of the house, and I’m not a germaphobe—we had our dog and grandkids—we get messy too. But this was just neglect, which is frustrating to see given the house’s potential. The bathrooms were clean. I would recommend to a friend but be honest about the condition of the place.

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  • Great Trip for a Group of a Friends!

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2022

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    a guest from Martinsburg, WV recommends this vacation rental

    Even without AC, this house was overall a great place to be. I love the layout of the house and how comfortable the furniture is. The place DOES smell like dog, especially some of the beds, so make sure to have air freshener and plenty of laundry detergent to try to wash out the smell! Also, the hot tub is small (fits 4 comfortably) so be mindful of that. Many of the outlets do not actually work when you try to plug in devices. Otherwise, this place was a perfect getaway and close to many cool sites like Blackwater Falls! Would definitely visit again. :)

    • Manager Responded on 8/2/2022

      Thank you for your review on Bear's Lair. We hope you will come back and visit us again!

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  • Retreating at the Bear’s Lair

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2022

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    a guest from Orma, WV recommends this vacation rental

    The secluded location was perfect. The house had plenty of room for all six of us. The jacuzzi was ready upon arrival. The younger members of the family made great use of the pool table. It was cool enough on a couple days to use the fireplace, with plenty of wood provided.
    The house did not have air conditioning and several of the windows did not have screens. However, fans were provided so we were comfortable most days. Overall the house and property were clean. The biggest downfall were the stairs. I didn’t realize that the living room and main bedroom were sunken. There were only three steps to navigate, but it was difficult for someone with knee problems.
    The roads were in great shape so it was easy to get to the attractions. There were many listings of places for entertainment and eating on the brochure. Unfortunately, probably due to Covid, several of the eateries listed were closed.
    I would recommend this property as a great getaway. However, I would caution older folks about the stairs.
    PS: I am adding additional comments as I go over the checklist.
    Very hard beds
    Furniture not very comfortable
    Plenty of kitchen paraphernalia

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  • Family Ski Trip

    Stayed 7 days ending in January, 2022

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    Lindy M from Rock Hill, SC recommends this vacation rental

    This was our second stay at Bear's Lair. The first being in 2010. The house needs some TLC but it's a cozy fun place. Well stocked with all the things a good mountain house needs. Hot tub needs replaced and as mentioned in an earlier comment, the beds are a bit firm so if you like a softer feel you'll need to pack accordingly.

    • Manager Responded on 2/14/2022

      Thank you for your review of Bear's Lair. We hope to have you back soon!

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  • Wonderful Christmas at Bear’s Lair!

    Stayed 7 days ending in December, 2021

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    a guest from Silver Spring, MD recommends this vacation rental

    9of us (7 adults and 2 young children) enjoyed a wonderful pre-Christmas ski week at Bear’s Lair. The house was perfect for our three-generation family — spacious public space, a dining table large enough to accommodate us, a big well-designed kitchen, bonus game room, and an almost perfect bedroom/bathroom arrangement (oldest single child had to adjoin room with nephews and share bathroom — not truly a hardship). Beautiful secluded location five minutes from Timberline ski lodge. The owners surprised us with a decorated Christmas tree. Along with a big fireplace that assured a festive holiday.

    House was very clean. Other reviews have noted certain things that could use shoring up or even total renovation, and we experienced the same: pool table is beat, hot tub jets don’t work, faucet in mater bathroom sink bizarrely located, shower diverted in master bath only semi-functional, etc. none of it mattered because the snow on the mountain was great and we were gathered together in a beautiful space. Owner’s most recent entry I. Guestbook indicates they will begin renovations this spring so we expect all those nits to be fixed. Great property. Grateful for the chance to experience it.

    • Manager Responded on 1/18/2022

      Thank you so much for your review of Bear's Lair, David. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. Hope to have you back soon!

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  • Thanksgiving Vacay

    Stayed 8 days ending in November, 2021

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    Jason H from SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia recommends this vacation rental

    When we arrived we found that the house was smaller than the pics depicted but that was ok, it was still spacious for 10 people. The house needed a good cleaning on the floors, windows, & showers, cobwebs and dust was everywhere. Water damage on ceilings, some inconsiderate guest threw their cigarette butts on the front porch, in the flower pot out front as well as the umbrella holder. In all nothing I couldn't clean on my own which I did. This has nothing to do with the home itself just the cleaning staff. Also seems they have new beds, they are extra firm and feel like you're sleeping on a concrete slab, after the first night we ran to Walmart got 3" memory foam Mattress Pads. It was just fine after that. We will def rent again and if need be clean it again to our expectations, it was a very nice place and worth the little bit we had to do.

    • Manager Responded on 12/13/2021

      Hi Jason, Thank you for taking the time to review Bear's Lair. It is a lovely rental and we will most definitely make our cleaning staff aware of the things they missed. Our cleanliness expectations are as yours and hope to have it that way for your next stay.

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  • Canaan Valley Fun

    Stayed 18 days ending in August, 2021

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    Margaret Z from Miilersville, Maryland recommends this vacation rental

    Our family very much enjoys staying in Canaan Valley. Bear Lair is in a very nice location. The home was clean and works out well for a family stay. The vacation rental management staff was very helpful resolving a minor issue.

    • Manager Responded on 10/12/2021

      Thank you for your review on Bear's Lair. We hope you come back and see us again!

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  • Bear's Lair Is A Great Stay

    Stayed 3 days ending in April, 2021

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    a guest from Charles Town, WV recommends this vacation rental

    This rental is a very nice place to stay. It has many amenities, it's clean, everything works, and plenty of room. I would definitely stay here again.

    • Manager Responded on 5/17/2021

      Thanks for taking time to review your stay at Bears Lair. We love hearing from our wonderful customers.

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  • Great space for a relaxed WV ski visit

    Stayed 7 days ending in March, 2021

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    Jonathan M from Washington, DC recommends this vacation rental

    We would definitely rent this property again. The 'great room' is such a nice space: big window views of the woods (with no visible neighbors); lovely stone fireplace; good seating for hanging out, playing games, and watching movies. The kitchen had a nice layout for cooking and hanging out and was decently equipped. Bedrooms were all a fine size (two very large, two normal). Bathrooms were nothing special but perfectly fine. We loved having the large mudroom to keep our ski equipment, boots etc. And the hot tub was such a nice perk. Of course, the proximity to Timberline and Canaan Valley skiing was great. The kids enjoyed the abundance of bears in the home (paintings, figurines, toy animals). There was a nice collection of stuff for kids (e.g., books, movies, games, puzzles). Also, we really appreciated having a free landline to use, as your Verizon cell phones were useless in the mountains. Any downsides? A few of us found the beds to be a bit uncomfortable, though this is a subjective thing. Also, there didn't seem to be a binder with info and recommendations about dining, groceries, recreation etc., which is something we've seen in a number of similar rentals. Finally, I'll note that the property may be best for folks who are not expecting perfection. The home was decently clean, but not immaculate. Some of the furnishings are a bit shabby. People who are relaxed and focused on having a good time won't care about this stuff, but those who like more of a luxe experience might be dissatisfied with these details.

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  • Ski trip

    Stayed 5 days ending in February, 2021

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    a guest from Lexington, KY recommends this vacation rental

    Great location. Easy to go back and forth to ski resorts and also lots of places to take a hike. Well appointed kitchen. Had a lot of fun playing pool. While this is a beautiful home the living room furniture has lots of wear and needs updated. Ceiling issues apparent though no effect on our stay. This is a beautiful home that needs some care!

    • Manager Responded on 3/29/2021

      Hi Pam, Thank you for taking the time to review Bear's Lair. You are right it is a great home that just needs some TLC. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to have you back soon!

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  • Great house that needs some TLC

    Stayed 4 days ending in October, 2020

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    Melissa C from Beaver Falls , PA recommends this vacation rental

    My family hubby and 4 young adult children stayed for 4 nights. Great layout. We loved the family room with fantastic fireplace. Location was good for quick trips to town for groceries and close to hiking, Seneca Rock and Blackwater Falls. Major plus was Dolly Sods trailhead just a 3 min drive up the mountain. The house does need a bit of TLC. T
    Pros
    Private lot
    Outdoor space-decks, good parking, hot tub,large lawn with fire pit andorandak chairs- did not use due to rain
    Kitchen-Large kitchen/ dinning area, appliance in good working order. Large dinning table with plenty of seating.
    Bedrooms-Large with plenty of closet, storage and linens.
    Bathrooms- 2 private baths - one jack and jill great for my 3 girls to share. Plenty of bath linens.
    Common space- Fantastic great room with large fireplace and lots of wood provided. Comfy couches and side chairs.
    Entertainment/WiFi- lots games and books- pool table a plus
    Cleanliness - basic cleaning

    Cons
    Outdoor space-Hot tub light and jets not working properly, Outdoor grill not fully working. Outside dinning lacking, Outside of home needs through cleaning. Aesthetic repairs needed.
    Kitchen - Described at well equipped. Not the case. We were there during covid mitigation so ordered in and cooked. Kitchen utensil and cookware lacking. Kitchen cabinets and countertops have seen better days.
    Kitchen floor laminate in disrepair. Sink facet needs replaced.
    The counter bar stool are the way too high - can’t sit and eat.
    Bedrooms-All mattresses seemed new but very very firm and difficult for all of us to sleep
    Bathrooms -Shower faucets need replaced- little to no water pressure.
    Common space - some furniture tore/excessively worn -needs replaced
    Entertainment/ WiFi- Old TVs in bedrooms. VCRs only. Family room Tv okay but sound quality. WiFi slow. Do not rely on for downloading/streaming/ multiple devices
    Cleanliness- deep cleaning needs

    • Manager Responded on 12/2/2020

      Thank you for your detailed review! All your suggestions have been helpful and we will certainly pass them on to the owner. we look forward to your return here at Best of Canaan!

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  • Great location

    Stayed 3 days ending in October, 2020

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    Dena W from RAVENSWOOD, WEST VIRGINIA recommends this vacation rental

    It was wonderful to get together with my adult children. This property allowed us plenty of room, even in the kitchen to work and play together. We loved the privacy and the large yard. However, walking in the kitchen to find a mouse trap on the counter, was not a great way to start the vacation. I immediately wiped everything down with Lysol wipes, including all bathrooms. Also, the house is in need of serious cleaning. All corners and lights were covered with cobwebs. This has once been a beautiful house. The owners need to go in and fix the holes in the ceiling and other normal updating. If only for the large yard and privacy, I would rent again, but I would expect the price to be lower until it has been taken care of better.

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  • Canaan Valley Central

    Stayed 16 days ending in August, 2020

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    Margaret Z from Miilersville, Maryland recommends this vacation rental

    Very Pleasant time in a beautiful setting

    • Manager Responded on 10/29/2020

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you again soon!

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  • Bear's Lair

    Stayed 4 days ending in August, 2020

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    Louise W from New Brighton, PA recommends this vacation rental

    We had a wonderful time despite rain every day. The house is spacious and have a unique layout. There was space to be all together and space to be apart. The property has a very private spacious yard. When it wasn't raining we were able to use the yard for some outside games. The house could use some TLC/updating but was still comfortable. There was a great selection of glassware, plates, and bowls. Pots and pans could use some updating. We had an issue with the oven which was addressed right away. There were plenty of towels and extra pillows. One thing I didn't notice when booking was no air conditioning. There were a couple fans but it still got very hot. The rain helped to cool things down. All in all we had a great stay! Thanks for the getaway!

    • Manager Responded on 8/11/2020

      You're so very welcome! Thank you for your review and suggestions. We hope to see you again here at Best of Canaan!

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  • Much needed relaxing vacation

    Stayed 8 days ending in July, 2020

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    Laura C from Elizabethtown, PA recommends this vacation rental

    We had a great week at Bear's Lair-our 4th stay in this house. It was a very unusually hot week so all the fans in the house were very helpful but could use some new ones. The house could use some updating, but there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and our dogs love it too. the beds are very firm but comfortable. And the hot tub was great when it cooled off in the evenings. We brought our kayaks and love how close this house is to the lake. We hiked at Blackwater and Canaan state parks as well as the Valley View trail at the top. And we were lucky enough to see the comet!

    • Manager Responded on 8/11/2020

      Thank you for your review on Bear's Lair. We are thrilled you had a great time and thank you for your suggestions. We hope to see you in Canaan Valley again soon!

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  • Great Living Space, house could use some updates immediately!!!

    Stayed 4 days ending in January, 2020

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    Richard M from Simpsonville, SC recommends this vacation rental

    We loved the location and layout of this property. Near the entrance to Timberline yet set back far enough to not even notice the traffic. Large enough for six adults and four kids to feel not on top of each other. The great room with awesome fireplace was just right for hanging out. The secluded pool /TV room was great for the kids and adults, especially at night when trying to keep the noise level down. Hot tub and grill on back deck were great, and we had plenty of firewood. The down sides to this property while frustrating are not reasons not to stay. About $1,500 could really make a difference. All the fixtures are from the 80s including the plumbing ones which were poor at best. All the tub diverters were not working correctly, resulting in half of the hot water not going up to the shower head. The master sink faucet was for a small side bathroom, it was almost impossible to was your hands since it didn't stick out far enough from the basin wall. The electrical switches are also a mess and the place is a bit dim everywhere when needing brighter light. The thermostats need replacing; it was hard to manage the temperature in each room and the house collectively. The kitchen needs some review of its equipment. Having a two slice toaster was frustrating as was lack of rolling pin. Overall we would stay here agin. If I was the owner I would invest a little $$ to make this place 5 STAR all around!!!! Rental management is great and easy to work with, and we took advantage of stay 3 nights get 1 free night.

    • Manager Responded on 1/24/2020

      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on Bear's Lair. You are right with just a few updates this house would be 5 stars for sure! We hope you will come back and see us here at Best of Canaan!

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  • Back Again

    Stayed 4 days ending in December, 2019

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    a guest from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania recommends this vacation rental

    We love coming to Bear's Lair because it has the right amount of bedrooms for our group and it's dog friendly. It also helps that the house has a cool layout inside: sunken living-room with a second floor floating walkway above it. We also like the pool table and hot tub :)

    • Manager Responded on 1/3/2020

      Thank you for your review on Bear's Lair! Dog friendly homes are the best! We are so glad your group had a good time. We have several dog friendly homes and we hope you will come back and see us!

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  • Beautiful Property, Beautiful Cabin

    Stayed 4 days ending in October, 2019

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    a guest from Manassas, VA recommends this vacation rental

    This cabin and property are beautiful and wonderfully kept. The couches and television in the main living area are updated from the pictures that are listed. The fireplace is gorgeous and large, so warm comfortable fires are a must(with well stocked wood provided!). The bedrooms are clean and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils and dishes, as well as all appropriate appliances (stove/oven, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, blender, keurig, pancake griddle, plus). The fall colors in the trees around the property are wonderful and the quiet seclusion is perfect for a getaway. The hot tub is nice in the crisp fall air and the two grills make for even more options for cooking. I look forward to returning!

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  • Bears lair

    Stayed 4 days ending in October, 2019

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    Laura A from Glenshaw, Pa does not recommend this vacation rental.

    This could be a very nice rental, but.......
    All of the rugs were stained and no longer were tight so they had raised areas that you could trip on.
    We had 2 sets of jets that were working on the hot tub
    The floors all needed redone
    The WiFi was horrible unable to stay connected
    The TVs had horrible pictures
    The refrigerator didn’t have an ice maker so thankfully there were only 2 of us other wise we would have to go buy ice.
    A few of the outdoor spotlights were broke


    I have been staying at timberline for 6 yrs and this is not the typical way their homes are. I look forward to my rental next year but definitely not be staying here.

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  • Bear's Lair is our escape

    Stayed 7 days ending in September, 2019

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    Chris M from Ephrata, PA recommends this vacation rental

    We had a great stay here. Donna at Best of Canaan was extremely helpful. We ran out of LP gas on day one and also had trouble with the coffee pot - I called and we had replacements 28 minutes later! I expected to wait quite some time, but they were "Johnny on the spot!" The home is aging, but very comfortable. Our bed was very nice, the pool table is in good working condition, and the hot tub was very relaxing. Fridge and microwave have been updated. Deer were in the yard daily. This place is soooo secluded. Overall an excellent experience.

    • Manager Responded on 9/17/2019

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Bear's Lair. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will come back and see us here at Best of Canaan.

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  • McCreery Vacation @ Bear's Lair

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2019

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    Joel M from Baltimore, Ohio recommends this vacation rental

    Nice place, I've stayed here 3 times previous to this so am familiar with the property. It is showing some age; floors worn, etc. but is a good bargain overall for 10 people. Grass could have been mowed; this was not a big deal for us, good stay overall!

    • Manager Responded on 8/28/2019

      We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay here in the beautiful WV mountains. Thank you for planning your Canaan Valley lodging with Best of Canaan. Please come back and see us!

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  • Very Nice

    Stayed 4 days ending in May, 2019

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    Jason W from Crofton , MD recommends this vacation rental

    The house was very nice and we had a wonderful experience. Down side is the refrigerator needs to be updated, it doesn't get very cold.

    • Manager Responded on 8/27/2019

      We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay here in the beautiful WV mountains. Thank you for planning your Canaan Valley lodging with Best of Canaan. Please come back and see us!

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  • A great time

    Stayed 3 days ending in May, 2019

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    a guest from Massillon, OH recommends this vacation rental

    We rented this because the price was right. It was way more house than 4 people needed but we fully enjoyed it!! It was completely private, you felt like you were the only house in the woods!! It was just wonderful.

    • Manager Responded on 8/27/2019

      We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay here in the beautiful WV mountains. Thank you for planning your Canaan Valley lodging with Best of Canaan. Please come back and see us!

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  • Secluded, Peaceful, Beautiful

    Stayed 3 days ending in March, 2019

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    Christopher R from Keyser, WV recommends this vacation rental

    We had a great time, it was simple to rent - the Best of Canaan was super sweet to work with. What information the rental agreement didn't provide they were able to answer before we even showed up. The house itself just needs a lil love and care, we fear in a few years it may not be there. There was quite a bit of rot on the outside from the weather and the flooring in the kitchen has seen better days. The house just wasn't meant for "commercial use" and it shows. The older hot tub was a welcomed treat. It as also not necessarily meant for smaller children - as the heating units in the bedrooms are quite old and hot to the touch. Overall it is a beautiful house, we will definitely stay again!

    • Manager Responded on 8/23/2019

      We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay here in the beautiful WV mountains. Thank you for planning your Canaan Valley lodging with Best of Canaan. Please come back and see us!

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  • Check all the boxes

    Stayed 3 days ending in January, 2019

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    Andrew P from South Charleston , West Virginia recommends this vacation rental

    Sizable yet cozy

    • Manager Responded on 8/23/2019

      We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay here in the beautiful WV mountains. Thank you for planning your Canaan Valley lodging with Best of Canaan. Please come back and see us!

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  • Wonderful escape from holiday craziness!

    Stayed 4 days ending in December, 2018

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    Wendy P from Manakin Sabot, VA recommends this vacation rental

    This home was the perfect getaway for our family. It's set on a totally private lot just a short walk from GORGEOUS walking trails. Snowboarding was right down the road and we found great restaurants in nearby Davis. The hot tub appeared new and we got to enjoy it in the snow! The home had everything you need, although my only recommendation would be to bring your own pillow.

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  • Timberline Ladies Retreat

    Stayed 3 days ending in November, 2018

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    GLORIA J K from WALKER, WV recommends this vacation rental

    House was laid out with plenty of room for all of us. The house could use an update, walls painted, floors were worn. But overall furniture was comfortable. Kitchen drawers were dirty. We had a mouse visitor everyday in the kitchen and laundry room. But we liked the location and privacy of the home. We would rent it again.

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  • Yearly Visitor...

    Stayed 5 days ending in October, 2018

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    JOHN TODD S from MERCERSBURG , PA recommends this vacation rental

    We visit Canaan each Fall for the past 20 plus years. We love the golf course, Blackwater Falls, Dolly Sods & the entire area--& just the quiet that is Canaan. So--we have stayed in dozens of units, always in Timberline--we like the easy access to the Valley View trail & Dolly Sods, plus the lakes etc... This unit was Ok---private, even though it is very close to the guard shack and to the intersection of the 2 main roads--but far enough off the roads that this wasn't an issue. It is 1 of the few with a paved driveway--very level, easy to park and a nice yard as well. The woodwork was beautiful, the sunken living area rather unique & the 2 "Master" bedrooms could be very useful for 2 families etc... . The "walk across" was also unusual--cool idea! The fireplace didn't draft well--am very experienced with fire making & got one going easily--but keeping it going was a chore--literally had to get up every 15 minutes to tend to it or it would go out--& it leaked smoke a good bit too. Beautiful hearth though--and the outside firepit was nice too. We unfortunately were blessed with an abundance of mice! Noticed this the 1st day and was given mouse traps by the agent--proceeded to catch 4 in those! It is that time of year and apparently this unit has an exterminator, but we have never had this degree of an issue in any other unit we have been in. The hot tub jets were effectively not working--or working at 50% or less at best. This was very disapointing as that is a key feature for us and you pay an extra hot tub fee. The kitchen was meagerly equipped--most basics, lots of plates but not nearly as fully equipped or well thought as most other units we have been in. Per other comments I have seen--the light switches are not labeled very difficult to figure out. We did enjoy a 2 inch early snow the day we left--just enough to make everything white! Had breakfast at Bright Morning for the 1st time & really enjoyed that. Best of Canaan is our preferred agent,

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  • wonderful trip

    Stayed 4 days ending in October, 2018

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    Kristie D from Irwin, PA recommends this vacation rental

    We have been staying in this house for ten years now and absolutely love the layout. It has room for all and is big enough to gather as a group. The house definitely needs some tlc to address the peeling paint in areas and the general aging of things. But that does not take away from the overall experience of the entire place. Even needing the updates, the house was still very clean when we arrived and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It would be a good idea to include the info about the canoe in the rental papers or on the fridge in the house. Had we not been there before, we would never have found the canoe based on the info given by the rental and would have had to try every canoe there to see which one unlocked with the code given to us at the rental office. (The canoe is a faded red color in the second row of canoes if anyone is looking! Get the lock code from the rental office.)

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  • Delightful place but could use some TLC

    Stayed 5 days ending in October, 2018

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    Wayne N from Bridgeport, wv recommends this vacation rental

    We has enjoyed Bears Lair the past eleven years and have loads of pleasant memories. Our family's growth and the minimal attention to maintenance has us changing to another property for next year's gathering. We will miss its great location and the beautiful property surrounding Bears Lair.

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  • Pretty Stay

    Stayed 4 days ending in September, 2018

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    a guest from Poquoson, VA recommends this vacation rental

    Very pretty setting; could have been cleaner; looked like it wasn't vacuumed; the mattresses were very hard....But it was a really nice place, well decorated for the mountains and the stay was enjoyable.

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  • Great time

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2018

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    Barbara S from Winchester, Va. recommends this vacation rental

    In spite of the rainy weather, we had a wonderful time with family. The layout of the house was perfect but it is badly in need of some repairs and updating. If they don't fix those gutters, all the front windows and siding all going to be rotted even more than now. Please don't share this since the house worked for us but if the money is not forththcoming for renovations it will be unrentable.

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  • Beautiful home

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2018

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    Lillian K from Pittsburgh , PA recommends this vacation rental

    Loved the house and yard! Visited as a group of 8 adults, plenty of space for everyone and lots to do. The house has a great layout and the yard was beautiful. It was a very relaxing place to spend the weekend, and everyone had a wonderful time. We plan to come back again.

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  • Bears Lair

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2018

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    Elizabeth H from Martins Ferry, OH recommends this vacation rental

    Home very large and roomy. Could have used air conditioning due to high heat and humidity. Light switches could have been labeled, hard to figurehead worked what light. Did see carpenter ants unlink in living room.

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  • Bears Lair vacation

    Stayed 5 days ending in June, 2018

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    Ronald C from Bear, DE does not recommend this vacation rental.

    We had a wonderful time in Canaan Valley! We hiked, visited local attractions & the kids caught fish on Dry Fork! They said it was the BEST vacation Ever! The bed on 2nd floor was broken & the slats kept falling out at night. House had lots of cobwebs, dead bugs & smelled pretty bad. Nothing a broom & fabreeze stick ups & spray couldn’t help. We loved the location but the house needs a good cleaning. We would stay again because the lot was great for running children!

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  • perfect place for a long weekend

    Stayed 3 days ending in May, 2018

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    a guest from Manassas, VA recommends this vacation rental

    we rent it for memorial weekend and his house was perfect for us. We were 3 couples with teenagers and the house was perfect for everybody!! I really recommend it.

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  • Spring Turkey and Trout fishing Family Trip

    Stayed 4 days ending in May, 2018

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    James Cecil F from Mechanicsville, MD recommends this vacation rental

    Place was Great,close to guard station and lake, big open bedrooms with space. House was nice and enjoyed the area.

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  • Blake Spring Break 2018

    Stayed 4 days ending in April, 2018

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    Sharon B from Lovettsville, Virginia recommends this vacation rental

    We loved the house, it was great bringing all 3 labs. Enjoyed the hot tub and the pool table. Just a few recommendations. Microwave wasn’t working, hot water lasted for 5 minutes for showers. Oh, and needs a pizza cutter.😊. We plan on returning next year as well!

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  • Really nice home!

    Stayed 6 days ending in March, 2018

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    Paula K from Farmington, WV recommends this vacation rental

    Really nice home.. Loved the fireplace and that there was plenty of wood. Liked the master bedroom was on first level. Didn't care for the pool room having a big step as I fell right after getting there and pretty much ruined the vacation for the week. Over all very nice place and in good condition very clean.

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  • Bear's Lair

    Stayed 4 days ending in January, 2018

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    Andrew P from South Charleston , West Virginia recommends this vacation rental

    Perfect house. Perfect location. Everything we could ask for and more.

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  • Second trip for Beats Lair

    Stayed 5 days ending in January, 2018

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    Robie D from Shepherdstown, WV recommends this vacation rental

    We had a great time on our annual two family trip to canaan over new years week. We love the layout of this house which is perfect for two families since there are two master suites in addition to two additional bedrooms for kids . Fireplace is terrific and plenty of wood was delivered. Old timberline is a great location and rhis property has the avantage of being secouded but at the front of the neighborhood without any hill driving required which is particularly great when it snows. The location makes it easy to get to skiing driving to go out for dinner, and walking down to the lake for hikes .We always get a lot of use out of the pool table and the hot tub . New couches this year were great. This is one of the nicest properties that allows dogs, which is a integral part of our family

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    Couple of small maintenance items will improve the property even more;
    - microwave had aome sparking
    - bunk beds need tightening
    - living room fan wobbly


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  • Great location and layout

    Stayed 4 days ending in November, 2017

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    Chris S from Thomas, WV recommends this vacation rental

    This was a perfect house for our annual getaway with friends. Great layout with two master suites and a nice large dining area. Fireplace and living room were perfect for relaxing. A few spots show a little wear but we’d happily go back again!

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  • Awesome time!

    Stayed 7 days ending in October, 2017

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    Kimberly J A from 32751, FL recommends this vacation rental

    It was a great stay..very cool house. Lots of room to come together but also lots if privacy. Would definitely come again. No AC so summer nay not be best.

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  • Awesome!!

    Stayed 3 days ending in September, 2017

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    Diane B from Follansbee, West Virginia recommends this vacation rental

    Had a wonderful time! Got to go up to Dolly Sods it was the most beautiful views the colors were great. The house had everything you would want!

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  • Great Vacation!

    Stayed 9 days ending in September, 2017

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    Debi E from Bedford, PA recommends this vacation rental

    WE have been coming to Canaan West Va for about 20 years and have stayed at this house four times. This is by far one of the nicest homes we stay at. The property description is accurate regarding the location, layout and amenities. The property was clean and well maintained. The owner is so very nice and made our stay even better and the Donna at Best of Canaan was very nice and provided great customer service. I would recommend this property to a friend or relative matter of fact I already did We enjoyed hiking Dolly Sods, Blackwater Falls and so many of the other places. Also got some biking in. The Grandchildren loved Big Johns arcade and the state park watching the deer and just relaxing in the hot tub at the house. We enjoyed the new restaurant Wicked their food was really good and the service was super .

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  • Vacation away from it all

    Stayed 5 days ending in August, 2017

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    Christien S from Midlothian, VA recommends this vacation rental

    After the kid puking in the car, and a tire going flat on the mountain up; we arrived at the realty company without further incident. The staff was wonderful and gave us brochures and recommendations of things to do around town. We didnt need to, but felt like we could call for anything. Regardless of how major or minor our question/problem would be. We arrived at the bears lair and were greeted by a family of deer. That set the scene for the rest of the vacation. We got away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escaped to this beautiful home. Two families, kids range from 10 to 10 months all had something to do and no one felt on top of each other. We really did not need to leave the community (minus a grocery run, and sight seeing). This house had the best lot in the community. A dry creek bed, a yard (with the best grass for kids to crawl), hot tub for the adults, and a game room away from the bedrooms, stars,a canoe down the road, etc. It was a much needed escape from society, a place to rejuvenate and spend time with the family. I know most people go for the skiing, but tje summertime is just as wonderful. The house is beautiful we loved the layout and all the large windows. Such a beautiful piece of property and home. We will definitely be back.

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  • Bear's Lair is the Grrrreatest

    Stayed 4 days ending in January, 2016

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    Robie D from Shepherdstown, WV recommends this vacation rental

    We rented bears lair for five nights for our annual Canaan Valley New Year's week trip . We have been renting homes in that area including timberline for the past 10 years. We can honestly say this is the best one we have rented that is dog friendly. We had two families total of eight people and the set up is perfect to allow privacy for everyone but also lots of very nice communal space for playing games sitting in front of the massive stone fireplace or playing pool . The hot tub was perfectly functioning and clean. The yard is beautiful. We had warmer than usual weather for January but the kids had a great time playing in the creek that passes through the property and building forts in the woods. There's amazing hiking and biking trails right out the door including around the two lakes or up into the mountains on timberline roads . We look forward to returning to Bears layer on a more typical snowy week since skiing is literally right through the guard gate less than a mile away. We also love the fact that Bear's Lair is very accessible and does not require going uphill on the mountain roads which can be pretty treacherous in timberline when it's really snowy . Another added bonus of this home is there are two huge Master bedrooms which is great if you have two families since neither of the adults have to compromise.

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  • Great House, Great Time!

    Stayed 4 days ending in August, 2015

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    a guest from Severn, MD recommends this vacation rental

    My group and I had an amazing time at Bear's Lair just a few weeks ago! There were a few kinks (which I noted in the guest book at the house) but generally, we loved it! The layout of the house is very interesting and works well for a large group. The kitchen table and chairs were cozy and we were able to all fit around it to enjoy and break bread together. The ambiance of the whole resort area is very serene during their off season, it was perfect for us! It was great to have Blackwater Falls and the Shop and Save were great to have so close to where we were staying. A few recommendations would include:

    - the owner should have notified me that there was no air conditioning. We only found out when we got there. I contacted the owner and she placed the blame on me of being confused, which was off-putting.
    - the outside fire pit is placed under a few low-hanging branches and I would suggest to have them cut back.
    - The back door was unlocked upon our arrival, and would not lock or unlock properly during our stay.

    Other than those few kinks we really enjoyed our stay! Thank you!

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  • Beautiful house but needs a little TLC

    Stayed 5 days ending in July, 2015

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    Dana J from Portsmouth, VA does not recommend this vacation rental.

    The house location and layout were nice but there were several issues with the property. Upon arriving the kitchen was full of flies, there was no can opener to be found, no baking sheets, and the pots and pans were very worn. The kitchen appliances are very dated and there was no ice maker in the refrigerator. The pool cues were so worn that there was no felt on the tips which made it near impossible to play a game of pool. The hot tub was nice but there were nozzles and other parts laying in the bottom. We couldn't find many towels until we looked in the dryer. I would have thought the cleaning staff would have at least folded the towels and put them back. The grill was disgusting and still had lots of food on the grates. We had to scrape it off before using. I really wanted to like this property enough to come back during ski season but I don't think I will return. The fire pit was nice and the guard at the guard house was very helpful when we needed a place to take our car for repairs.

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  • Bear's Lair Review

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2015

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    Jennifer S from Williamstown, WV recommends this vacation rental

    We had a wonderful vacation! The location was beautiful and we really enjoyed staying there! The house is great (could have been a little more clean- entry way smelled like wet dog/ dead bugs in light fixtures) but not a big deal. Our only real complaint was that some of the vents were loose and had screws loose and broken outlets, which was a real safety cocern for us since we had 4 children under the age of 2.

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  • Highly recommended.

    Stayed 2 days ending in October, 2014

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    a guest from Silver Spring, MD recommends this vacation rental

    Every thing was as described in the website. Highly recommended.

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  • Lovely home and great stay with a few critiques

    Stayed 3 days ending in September, 2014

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    Aidan D from Woodbridge, VA recommends this vacation rental

    This home is lovely and in a wonderful location. There are so many great things about staying here, you will not be disappointed. On the negative side, the house was not thoroughly cleaned. There was trash left in some places in and around the house, but we took care of that without much difficulty. The furniture was a little dated, which wasn't a huge deal but a slight negative. The plates and silverware were very mix and match, but I guess that's fine for vacation living. Our biggest concern was the 10am checkout time. We felt that was excessively early for checkout. We ended up booking an extra day so that we wouldn't have to leave first thing in the morning, but that certainly increased our cost beyond what we felt was a good value. On the positive side, this is a great house. Although dated, the furniture (including sofas and beds) was very comfortable. The towels seemed new and in great condition. The hot tub was fantastic. The pool table was great fun, and in a separate area. The TV was very good, so we could watch some sports during our get away. The fire pit was tons of fun, and there was plenty of fire wood available. The area is amazing, with plenty of hiking. We didn't use the canoes, but they were clearly easy to access. And the stars... just amazing to be out on a clear night. All in all, this is a great place, and I will give an overall four stars to my review. Hope this review helps you. Happy travels!

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