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There are miles of nature, countryside, wildlife, music and history to explore, right on the doorstep of our secluded vacation cottage near Elkins, West Virginia.

A mountain bike in front of a red barn on a biking vacation in West Virginia

Weather and seasons

this is a mountain area so expect varied weather, however daytime temperatures are generally good from April to the end of October.


Come in the Spring for fishing, Summer for mountain biking and hikes, Autumn for endless fall colours, and even Winter for a snowy retreat with a log fire.


There is a strong music scene with venues in Elkins and the Purple Fiddle in Thomas. Bob Smakula’s world-renowned Banjo, Fiddle and Guitar restorer is 4 miles away in Kerens.

The Augusta Music Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance, and craft in Elkins.


Elkins Mountain State Forest Festival is one of the oldest and largest West Virginia forest festivals held over an October weekend includes parades, forest inspired competitions, music, forestry & wood exhibits, art, photography and local craft and quilt shows.


Visit the West Virginia State Wildlife Center to see all the native wildlife, however much can be spotted whilst sitting on the deck.

In season, forage for fungi and the best ginseng in the world, spot hummingbirds, groundhogs, red squirrels, cardinals, screech owls, black bears, white-tailed deer, raccoons and more.

The view from a holiday cottage for hiking and mountain biking trips in west virginia
A relaxing vacation in west virginia with family


Holder's Cottage is ideal for two couples, or a family group looking for adventure with older kids sleeping in the mountain-top cabin.  

Experience what it was like to live in a 15th Century Elizabethan cottage with low ceilings and wooden beams, but with comfort and mod cons such as electricity and running water!  

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