With some timeshare apartments you get the "wow" factor, i.e when you first walk in and see the high standard of furnishings and decor you say "Wow! I wish I could live here." Well, The Pines is definitley not like that - there is no "wow" factor. So why do I give the resort such a high rating?
I've read some bad reports about The Pines - so let's get the facts straight. On first entry it is immediately obvious that these apartments have not been refurbished for several years, and the standard of fixtures and fittings reflect this. Also, with the predominately dark wood furniture and brown decor the overall effect can be rather drab in summer, although I imagine that it would be warming and cozy in winter. The apartments are however clean, comfortable and perfectly adequate. They are conveniently located for the resort amenities and there is also a small pool on site which is well-kept and very pleasant.
The resort itself is very quiet (certainly in summer) which is why we choose to come. If you are looking for crowds of fellow holidaymakers, a wide selection of restaurants and lots of laid-on entertainment - don't come here. If however you are looking for a quiet stay in a lovely location you will enjoy what Basye and the Bryce Resort have to offer. The location is ideal for exploring the beautiful Shenandoa Valley area and the roads around this part of North Virginia are an absolute deligh to drive on.
As for the resort in summer, you have a choice of walks, golf, swimming, zip-lining, grass ski-ing etc and the clubhouse bar is great for evening beers and food. The village of Basye is small but offers another couple of places where you can have food and drink; you can also enjoy "wild swimming" in the nearby Lake Laura.
This is a return visit for us and we would happily come again, because in our view the advantages of the wonderful location far outweigh any slight disappointment you may have re the ageing apartments.
NB however - you must have a car.
- Also Known As:
- The Pines Hotel Basye