River-front and trail-side
Whether you're riding the river trail — on horseback or bicycle — fishing the Greenbrier, or just looking for a quiet, comfortable getaway, Country River Cabins might be a spot to consider.
Brian and Cherie Friel recently opened their first two cabins and hope to attract equestrians, trail enthusiasts and fishermen.
“Anybody that uses the river trail or goes to the river, I guess,” Brian said. “We've got a pit for horses — there seems to be a lot of interest in people wanting to ride horses around here. There's a lot of old Forest Service roads and the river trail and stuff here. We've already had some people ride their horses from Cass down here and stay with us.”
According to Brian, the brand-new cabins offer a prime spot for anyone interested in outdoor recreation.
“If you look out the window, that's the river trail right there,” pointed Brian. “There's a road right down to the river. We got it all cleaned up. There's almost 1,500 feet of riverfront down through there. Good for fishing, it's good for swimming — that's the Kee-Eddy hole — there's a good swimmin' hole about five or six feet deep. Our plan is anybody staying here would have full access to all that down there.”
Brian said he's a builder by trade, and it was kind of his idea to start the new venture.
“I build anyways,” Brian said. “That's what I do for a living. We bought this land and our house is here, but down here beside the river trail — we never used it for anything. I thought maybe it'd make a good place for some rental cabins. So we started working on this one here.”
Brian said over the course of the past three years, they started building the first, smaller cabin. He said he had some help, but for the most part, he and Cherie would just work on the cabins on the weekends.
From the outside, the cabins are solid, simple and straightforward, but the interior reveals Brian and Cherie's handiwork and creativity.
Exposed wooden beams, stonework, and spiraling staircases add an air of luxury to the common areas of the cabins. Both cabins feature modern kitchens and bathrooms, electric-heat and fireplaces.
“Rustic with modern upgrades,” Cherie smiled.
“I didn't want to go too rustic. I don't want people thinking there's no plumbing or anything,” joked Brian.
Cherie said the cabins are also fully furnished with everything you might need — pillows, linens, pots, pans, and utensils.
“Just bring food, everything else is in there,” she said.
The two cabins are laid out differently. According to Cherie, the smaller of the two sleeps four adults comfortably, while the larger can accommodate a group of six.
The Friels aren't finished yet.
Brian wants to put in a gazebo, a hot tub or maybe more cabins — but they said they want to gauge business before they make their next move.
The Friels said they can attest to the peace and quiet along the river front.
“We camp down there a lot,” Brian said. “We'd be up here working on these cabins, so when we'd go camping, we'd go camp right down there. Come here and work through the day, and then camp in the evenings.”
Country River Cabins is open year-round. Call for pricing and cabin availability at 304-799-6948 or visit www.countryrivercabins.com
Traveling the Greenbrier River Trail, Country River Cabins is located around mile marker 55 near Stillwell Park in Marlinton.