Affordably priced for a romantic getaway or family retreat~beautiful Berkana!
When researching the word Berkana, I discovered it is a rune believed to have magical powers. The rune Berkana represents everything from birch trees and romance to healing and rebirth. It all seemed a little mysterious to me, but then I visited the property and I have to admit, it became much clearer. This incredible rental property is hidden on 14 acres of magical mountain property. Outside there are woods to explore and places to hike, ponds and streams to reflect by, and even a labyrinth that provides the perfect maze for contemplation and meditation. Extensive decking connects the house to nature in an almost mystical way that brings the outdoors to you. This cozy house offers an open floor plan with a generous kitchen, ample dining area and comfortable living room that features a large stone fireplace. Enjoy WIFI, cable TV and private sleeping for 4. Love Berkana but need more space? Look for Berkana and the Guest House and share the experience. Please note:Access to the garage is not included with rental of the house.
Bedding Configuration: 2 Queen
Additional Features: * Entertainment: Cable TV, CD Player, DVD Player, Stereo System * Geographic: Secluded, Views, Wooded, Timberline Gated Community, Hiking * Kitchen: Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster, Cookware * Living: Ceiling Fans, Linens, Washer & Dryer, High Speed Internet, Fireplace, Unlimited Long Distance, WIFI, Non Smoking Property * Outdoor: Deck, Gas Grill, Hot Tub
A guest from Fair Haven, NJ recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in October, 2016 The house was so much nicer than we expected. The grounds were beautiful and we took many walks n the valley behind the house. The house was clean and comfortable. The setting was very tranquil. We had a great vacation photographing at various places in the Canaan Valley.
A guest from Raynes Park, London recommends this property. Stayed for 6 days in October, 2016 The property overall was very good and generally consistent with the written description, although it has aged noticeably since the photos were taken. There were mice in the house but, on reporting the problem, the property company came straight away to set traps and that quickly ended the mice and the problem. On taking the cover off the hot tub, we found it had very little water in it even though the property company said it had been maintained the day before our arrival. It took too long to refill and come up to temperature to be useable (over 6 hours) so the property company offered us a refund of the hot tub fee. The $1,000 damage and breakage deposit was unreasonable and the alternative insurance offered was questionable. I asked to use a credit or debit card deposit instead but this was rejected.
Tsvetan N. from Reisteristown, MD recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in September, 2016 We had great time staying at Berkana. Very nice and piecefull place. The house is pretty and the area is amazing.
Charles K. from Delmont, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in July, 2016 Have stayed at several other homes in Timberline, but this is the best. Convenient for loading/unloading due to ground level entry and close parking, Deck and hot tub outstanding! For classical music lovers very nice selection of CDs. Be sure to follow the path down to the pond and beyond.
A guest from Williamsport, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in May, 2016 We were thoroughly satisfied with the rental. A very private location with a well furnished house. The hot tub, fire place and beautiful great room, CD collection,and more made this an affordable and comfortable getaway even on a cooler a a bit of a rainy 4 days.
Todd A. from Etters, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in April, 2016 The house was great! Very clean and well kept on the inside. There were a couple things on the outside that need fixed/cleaned, but very minor compared to the overall. The atmosphere of the house and surrounding area was great. It was secluded and quiet. It was nice to look out into the woods from the deck or large windows and see wildlife. The beds were comfortable and the furniture was very nice. It felt like home, not like a rental with cheap furniture. Overall, our stay was outstanding and we cannot wait to return!
Caitlin H. from Washington, DC recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in February, 2016 Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful space - the cabin was perfect and we had an amazing weekend skiing and exploring. We spent the weekend dreaming of maybe owning a place like Berkana some day and then on the last day we got engaged. We'll definitely be back. Besides being the platonic ideal of a cabin, it's now a very special place to us. Thank you!
Steven S. from Clermont, FL recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in December, 2015 My family enjoyed a fabulous vacation at Berkana! Our rental company, Best of Canaan were very friendly. Both the house and property were beautiful. The local town of Davis is very small and friendly. All family owned restaurants with delicious food. This area is loaded with beautiful hiking trails. We would definitely recommend Berkana!
Brenda W. from Moundsville, WV recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in October, 2015 Chalet is located in a very quiet area of timberline. Enjoyed having a fire right on the deck! Kitchen is very well stocked and open to living area. Best of Canaan staff were very nice to deal with! Would definitely recommend them!!
A guest from Caldwell, WV recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in September, 2015 Wonderful weekday getaway! Berkana was a great place for our friends and us to enjoy the local attractions, golf, and do some shopping. Plenty of room for dining and enjoying the great outdoors. Hope to return again soon.
A guest from Newport News, VA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in July, 2015 Perfect, remote, secluded, quiet setting. Loved the beautiful deck, hot tub and surrounding woods. Close to Dolly Sods Wilderness and Blackwater Falls State Park. House was clean and roomy. Only minor item of note was the screen doors don't shut completely (due to half of them missing). Will definitely come back again soon!
Silvia R. from Miami, Seleccionar estado recommends this property. Stayed for 8 days in July, 2015 good, perfect for relax.Only the mattress too bad they need change for new one. All amenities perfect.
Kathleen S. from McKeesport, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in June, 2015 Always a great experience! Our second year in a row staying at Berkana. Beautiful house in a beautiful location! The people at Best of Canaan were very helpful and nice - as always! The house was in need of a few repairs but all in all everything was great!
A guest from Grosse Pointe Park, MI recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in May, 2015 Berkana was true to it's name for our family.We wanted a spacious but cozy place, and this was it. Magical in many ways.Now we are Labyrinth "addicted". Well kind of, this one one special, indeed.
A guest from Mcconnellsburg, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in April, 2015 This cabin is a great find. Not only is it relaxing from location to indoor/outdoor fireplaces to the hot tub, it's interesting too! There is a hand made labyrinth, complete with instructions and history, a small pond with a bench and foot bridge, and a great game and movie collection. There is also a has grill and firewood provided. We went in the Spring for fantastic biking/hiking weather, plenty of trails near the cabin! And Hellbenders Burritos is a must stop in Davis, the Art galleries in Thomas are something to see too!Please note the 4 stars on condition were due to the front door jam being broke (looked like someone had kicked in the door) The 4 on cleanliness were due to floors being a little dirty compared to other places we have rented
Nancy E. from Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in March, 2015 We stayed here for 4 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The cabin was well equipped and wonderfully private. We will gladly return for another stay.
E Brooke F. from Clarksville, MD recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in January, 2015 We love this house because of its serene location, great kitchen, living room and fireplace, great hot tub, and proximity to White Grass Touring center.
A guest from Mineral, VA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in November, 2014 It was everything we expected and more. Cheap, comfortable and clean. The rental company kept the driveway plowed every day!! It was quiet, private and very nice. I would recommend that light bulbs be replaced as they die. Also Knobs on cabinets, doors, closets and cupboards need to be tightened.
Sara S. from Rochester, New York recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in November, 2014 Tranquil and beautiful! Wonderful accomodations and an awesome hot tub, not to mention serene surroundings.
Teri W. from St. Clairsville, OH recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in October, 2014 This was our first time renting a house at Canaan Valley and it turned out to be all we asked for! Loved the house and how it was secluded with trees. Very clean and well maintained. Definitely would recommend Berkana to anyone who wants a beautiful house to stay in off the beaten track.
A guest from Severna Park, MD recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2014 The Berkana house was very nice. Nothing too fancy, nothing too rustic. Extremely secluded and relaxing. My only (minor) criticisms are that the grill has seen better days and some Adirondack chairs for the deck would be nice.
Vickie M. from West Chester, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 6 days in June, 2014 We were looking for time away from busy life in a secluded location. This cabin was perfect for that. The cabin it self was great, spacious and clean. we loved having fires on the deck and waking up to the bird chirping. Water pressure was great, furniture was comfy and the gas grill got lots of use. The only down sides were that the hot tub, though it worked wasnt very hot and the jets barley came on, (inspite of us adjusting the controls) also the down stairs bathroom wasnt too inviting. It could have used some brighter lights, new or freshly cleaned rugs and maybe an air freshener. Loved that the bathroom had a heating option and loved that the master bed room had sliding french doors. We would def come back, in fact we even decided to stay one extra day!
TERRY B. from HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in June, 2014 This rental was outstanding and had all of the amenities one would want. There is only one cabin further out on the road and it was not being used. There was never a car or a sound from anything other than birds and squirrels. We had only one complaint and that was the lack of animals. The dear population was the lowest we ever saw in the 40 years we have been coming to Canaan
Kathleen B. from Boston, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in June, 2014 Stayed at Berkana for our honeymoon and it was the perfect getaway - quiet, secluded, peaceful, romantic - couldn't have asked for a nicer week!
A guest from Maineville, Ohio recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in May, 2014 We went as two couples for the memorial day long weekend, had a great time. The location was just great, the cabin feels secluded though not too far from other cabins and you have total privacy in the balcony. We saw lot of deers near the cabin. Canaan valley is so beautiful and there are some breath taking view points and hikes in very close distance. We enjoyed the trip totally and bring a DSLR, you are sure to get great pictures.
Raymond R. from Johnstown, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in May, 2014 Felt at home almost immediately. Very roomy. Great sight lines, inside and out. Secluded and peaceful. Great deal! Great experience!!
A guest from Washington, DC recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in April, 2014 We spent 5 nights over the Easter break and we were so lucky with the weather! The house was just perfect for us (couple with two teenage boys). It was sparkling clean, despite what the other reviews say, and had everything we needed for lots of good cooking indoors and outdoors. Lots of games and useful maps too. We covered one 10 mile trail every day but left many to do. A couple of the trails started just off the house. The deck is phenomenal and I can imagine it in the fall!!! we are going back for sure.
Joseph F. from Holden Beach, NC recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in December, 2013 My wife and I almost want to give a negative review so that the place would available again for us to return! The place was amazing.
Mark S. from Ashburn, VA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in December, 2013 Spending the weekend at Berkana was awesome. Wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely be booking it again in another season to see more of the trails, property, and the labyrinth.
Nancy W. from Dunbar, WV does not recommend this property. Stayed for 6 days in December, 2013 We've been to Berkana many times. We fell in love with its charm immediately and that is why we return. However, she needs some loving care before I would recommend to friends, it just seamed 'run down.' Were wondering if perhaps it had been sold by the original owners since our first visit in 2004.
Donna F. from Cranberry Township, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in October, 2013 The place was beautiful...loved the loft, deck, fireplace and hot tub, as well as the well supplied kitchen. The location was perfect because it felt secluded, but not "too secluded". I would love to rent this property, including the guest house, with additional family or friends. It would be great that you could have your privacy, yet get together comfortably for meals, etc.
A guest from Dublin, OH recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in September, 2013 Had a nice time. House was great and hiking was awesome. You can stop and hike off Canaan valley loop road but it is not a loop - you have to turn around at the far section of the road. Canaan valley is quiet but very nice. Enjoy.
TERRY S. from Wilmette, IL recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2013 My wife and I came to WV for a few days to escape the crowded flatlands of Chicago and we loved Berkana. I brought along my motorcycle to ride on the many great twisty roads around Davis (I highly recommend searching out Smoke Hole Road south of Petersbrg or 33 and 250 into Virginia and 72 over to Parsons) and my wife relaxed and read a few books on the beautiful and expansive deck. Riding my Ducati the 3 or so miles in to the house location on the crowned gravel roads was... interesting, but the seclusion of the property was great. It does mean however a bit of a drive to the grocery store in Davis and any wide choice of outside ammenities like restaurants (only two in Davis),drug stores or the like really means going to Elkins as Davis is very small. Not a problem but something to be aware of as Elkins is about a (beautiful and exciting) hours drive away. The property shows some signs of delayed maintenance like doors and windows that are difficult to open and close but nothing that was a deal breaker for us. The hot tub had a serious leak while we were there but the Best of Canaan staff was extremely helpful and had a technicion there immediately to have a look at the problem. Since it was "summertime" while we were there (40 degrees in mid August at night??!) the pricing of the property was very attractive. All in all a very good escape for us, but we were wishing it wasn't an 11-12 hour drive by the time we got home. So four thumbs up from us!
Brian R. from Parkersburg, WV recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in July, 2013 Had a very nice stay at Berkana. The house is very nice and the location is great if you want your privacy. Spent the days traveling to Seneca and Smoke hole caverns. The hot tub was great but wish the place had air conditioning because the weather was a little hot the first day but cooled down nicely after dark. Would stay there again for sure.
A guest from Pasadena, MD recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in June, 2013 Really enjoyed the house, grounds and location. Stayed with my family (including 2 little ones) and had a great time. The kids enjoyed the deck, pond and labyrinth. A daily walk around the lake in the community was very enjoyable.
A guest from california, MD recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in June, 2013 relaxing. setting nice. inside dirty. inside house just felt tired. ceiling had damage. renters had to do laundry..other duties. as an owner of a rental property I never asked renter to do duties....just trash.
Gregory W. from Burleson, Texas recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in April, 2013 Definitely off the beaten path...beautiful scenery, landscapes, wildlife. House is well maintained, clean and a treasure for those seeking a romantic escape or perhaps a memorable time with family. The owners have added several nice touches to make your stay even more enjoyable. Our only regret is that we only had 4 days and could not stay longer. Donna, with Best of Canaan, was professional, informative and helpful. We hope to return soon and highly recommend this property and the management company.
Property Manager Response: Response from Best of Canaan We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the scenic beauty Berkana provides. It is a beautiful place. Thanks for taking time to share your hope that you return soon.
A guest from Arlington, VA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in March, 2013 We had an awesome time at Berkana. House was clean, hot tub was fantastic, super close to Timberline and Whitegrass. The perfect weekend getaway. My only complaint is that we were confused about the extra cottage. Our contract said we had 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, but we only had the main house which was 2 BR and 2 baths. Not a big deal since it was just 2 couples, but the property management co should have been more clear about what we were getting.
Eric M. from Parkville, MD recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in November, 2012 The stay was nice. Wish the hot tub at the main property was working. Would have been nice to have the wifi password while at the property. It was a great time.
Property Manager Response: Response from Best of Canaan We wanted to let everyone know that now Berkana has a great, working hot tub at the main house. It is our hope that nearly all of our WIFI systems are unprotected and if not, we do our best to keep track of passwords.
Kimberly E. from York, PA recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in October, 2012 Loved the property! Loved the location! But Hurricane Sandy snowed us in and put out the power for most of our stay. We persevered until the "Calvary" arrived on Bobcats armed with chainsaws. Definitely plan to visit there again ... but when weather is likely to be nicer. Can't say enough about Best of Canaan ... the ladies there are amazing ... I'd give them 10 or 20 stars if I could!
Jansen W. from McLean, VA does not recommend this property. Stayed for 2 days in October, 2012 The management company was wonderful and very helpful through the entire process, however, the house wasn't that great. I rented the cabin mainly for the fact that it had a nice hot tub, with a private, secluded view into the woods on a big balcony. However, this hot tub didn't work and I spent about two hours trying to figure it out when we checked in and finally gave up and just called the next day to hear that it doesn't work but we could use the guest house hot tub (which doesn't have as good of a view). The sheets on the master bed were deteriorating, and there were stains on one of the hand towels, and one of the blankets. Overall, my wife and I had a good time, but I think that next time we will be trying out a different house with Best of Caanan.
A guest from Lancaster, PA does not recommend this property. Stayed for 7 days in September, 2012 Let me first say that I was not going to write a review but I received several emails asking for my feedback so here it is. As many guests had written in the guestbook Berkana is a very secluded and peaceful place to spend a weekend or a week as we did. We did have 2 cleanliness issues with the property; the first was the finding of and the amount of mouse dropping in the cabinets and drawers of the kitchen, no mouse was seen or heard. The second issue was a mold problem in the laundry room, the smell was so horrible that we went and bought gloves and cleaner to remove the mold and smell. I would question if the management company has a regular inspection process for insuring all their properties are well maintained. When we arrived to check-in we were informed the hot tub was broken and someone was there repairing it, at the end of the week the hot tub still was broken. There is a second hot tub at the guest house that was working that we had access to. If the management company and the owner have addressed the mold problem, cleaned up the mouse droppings and repaired the hot tub Berkana would be a 5 star mountain retreat and place to unwind from all stress.