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'Quietude' Charming Shenandoah Valley Cottage, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.

Elizabeth Tuttle

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Elizabeth Tuttle

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2015
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'Quietude' Charming Shenandoah Valley Cottage, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Shenandoah House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5 adults, children welcome) central heat/air

Quietude Cottage offers privacy without being isolated. (See Quietude Cottage's FaceBook page for more photos of house and area.) You will love returning to the cottage after your day of exploring the Shenandoah Valley. Located in Mount Sidney, VA, Quietude is a 1920s seven room cottage style house, with original wood floors throughout. Partially open walls in the living areas create an inviting space. The cottage is located on 1 1/2 acres and there are 4 soothing water features. Take time to swing on the front porch or beside one of the goldfish ponds. (Keep watchful eye over young children around ponds. The ponds are up to two feet deep and the pond liners are extremely slippery.) Relax while watching the fish play or the birds at the feeders, you may even see a bullfrog. Or walk up the hill to the swing in the back yard and enjoy views of the neighboring fields & woods. Enjoy a meal or nap on the comfy sofa or in the hammock on the spacious patio and listen to the music of the waterfall. Flavor up your meal with a few leaves from the herb garden by the patio. (All bed, bath and kitchen linens provided.)

This is a no smoking property.

Pet policy. Sorry, no cats, strong allergy! Dogs considered, contact owner, pet fee for dogs is $10/night/pet.

New furnace, Fall 2013, fuels the central heat. New central air conditioning Summer 2014!

New solid maple kitchen countertops, March 2014

New solid oak dining room table, October 2014

The two bedrooms and the bath are upstairs. Linens provided. The front bedroom has a Queen bed, raised ceiling, ceiling fan and TV. The second bedroom has a double bed, TV and unique butler's stairs to kitchen. There is a shared full bath with tub/shower off the common hallway.

A twin daybed is available downstairs in the reading/game room. A twin size air mattress is also available (built-in electric plug in for inflating.)

Bring your favorite DVDs or watch a movie from my collection on the 40' Flat Screen TV in the living room. Basic DirecTV as well.

Washer and dryer are available for your use in the basement/cellar.

You are welcome to use one of my handmade quilts if the nights are cool. My original oil and watercolor paintings decorate the house.

The house and location is perfect for Cyclists, JMU/Bridgewater/EMU/MBC parents, Hikers, or Sightseers. The area is a favorite for road cyclists with an amazing number of paved backroads. A county road map is available at the house.

In the Area:

Nearby Staunton has been honored by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of 'America's Greatest Main Streets!'

Joel Salatin's PolyFace Farm is 1/2 hour away.

The American Shakespeare Company performs works of the Bard in a beautiful re-creation of the BlackFriars Theatre in downtown Staunton.

ShenanArts, stellar community theatre, presents shows throughout the year in Staunton.

Art Galleries, Restaurants & Wonderful Historic Architecture in Downtown Staunton.

Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park) meet atop Afton Mountain @ 30 minutes away. Appalachian Trail passes along those mountains too.

Keywords: Farmhouse, Country Community, Water Gardens, Artist's Studio, Central Air, Children Welcome, Dogs Considered (pet fee)

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Elizabeth Tuttle (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2015

About Elizabeth Tuttle

I am an artist with many interests. I like to travel and paint. But I also enjoy home projects and gardening. I am retired and can choose what I want to do each day.

I have grandchildren in Virginia and California, so I like to spend time on each coast. Hiking and kayaking are favorite activities. When you stay in my Quietude Cottage, you will see evidence of my varied endeavors and interests.

Elizabeth Tuttle purchased this house in 2006

Why Elizabeth Tuttle chose Shenandoah

North Carolina natives, our family visited the Shenandoah Valley often when my children were young. My daughter lives about a mile from this house, so it is a natural, easy place for me to stay when I'm in Virginia. I love the beauty of the Valley and there are so many ways to enjoy your time here. Lots of wineries have developed over the past few years and they are fun to visit. Easy access to the Blue Ridge mountains, National Forests, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Charlottesville is a bonus.

What makes this house unique

Tranquility. I find it beside water. I like having the water features near the living room window so in warm weather, with the windows open, I hear the water falling into the pond and in winter I enjoy viewing the water or ice. Visiting birds like the water too! Bird feeders help assure lots of birds in spring & summer and some year round.

The area is quiet and that contributes to the peaceful atmosphere. Again, the house and outside areas offer privacy without isolation. I think the house and yard are beautiful and have enjoyed projects that sustain and improve on that beauty. Have lots more projects on my list!

Downtown Staunton is a favorite place to visit. I particularly like the art galleries and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Quietude cottage hosts the VERY BEST guests. Everyone has been so pleasant and left the house is excellent shape. I love finding new ideas that I think guests will like. I appreciate all the great reviews and learned a lot from the one negative one. Lots of other guests have left positive comments in my guest book. Putting the cottage on VRBO/HomeAway was a good move for me!
Sep 2014
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'Quietude' Charming Shenandoah Valley Cottage, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.
average rating of 4.7419353 based on 35 reviews
Chesapeake, VA

Spring Easter/ Birthday Weekend!

  • 4 of 5

My family had a lovely time on our 3-night stay at Quietude. The weather was cooperative, so my nine-year-old daughter and nearly four-year-old son spent much of the weekend playing outside. My daughter romped and frolicked all over the property, making full use of the many varied outdoor spaces (hammocks, trees, gardens) and letting her imagination run wild. My son greatly enjoyed playing with the outdoor toys (tricycle, little tyke car, and all the trucks in the sandbox). It was Easter weekend, and Quietude was a fantastic spot for an Easter egg hunt! The house was comfortable and we had everything that we needed. We were thankful for the beautiful scenery (rolling hills and farmland), the soothing gardens and water features, the time spent with nature, and especially for the location, which was convenient for many day-time excursions - to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, Waynesboro, Staunton, PolyFace Farm, and so much more! When we left, my son cried and was already asking when we could come back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
St. Paul, MN

Winter at Quietude

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are from Minnesota. In search of a more moderate climate, we decided to winter in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Quietude was the perfect getaway, exceeding all of our expectations. We felt comfortable in Elizabeth's lovely, country home the moment we stepped through the front door. Quietude is more folksy than fancy, on 1.5 acre, surrounded by rolling farmlands. Comfortable and well equipped, especially the kitchen, the home is tastfully decorated with antiques and the impressive, local and travel inspired art from the hand of the owner.

We spent January and February in the Valley and loved every minute of our time there. Quietude is located in Mt. Sydney perhaps 15 miles from the 25,000 population town of Staunton. I have always lived in large, urban areas but found plenty to do and everything we needed in the area. Staunton is very cosmopolitan for a small town. There are a variety of great eateries, coffee shops, antique shops, specialty food and wine shops, galleries, amazing architecture in an area rich with history and local culture. The Shenandoah has long been an incubator for bluegrass, country and blues and the area is teaming with musicians and music venues. And, there is world class hiking and outdoors fun everywhere in the mountains and surrounding wilderness.

Our winter in Virginia was everything we hoped for. We had several visitors during our stay and they all loved the house and area. We cooked up a storm, hiked, bar hopped, walked our dogs in wonderful Gypsy Hill Park, met and played music with friendly locals, and yes, Virginia is for lovers. Quietude is a great romantic getaway. Elizabeth, the owner who we have never actually met, was a great resource and always responsive to our e-mail questions our two month stay was the longest getaway we had ever take. I would absolutely recommend Quietude to anyone seeking a relaxed, laid-back holiday. Our time at Quietude has filled us with priceless memories. We love the place and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Midlothian, VA

Perfect, we couldn't have asked for more!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were attending a wedding in Waynesboro on Friday and wanted to have a weekend retreat in the mountains. There were five of us - my husband and I, our two 8 year olds and our 4mth old. There were plenty of things around the house to keep the kids busy, they loved the yard, games, puzzles and back staircase. The house is filled with all of the comforts of home. We were even able to entertain my parents for breakfast which our kids later told us was the best part of the weekend. The home has a very warm feel to it, partly because of all the lovely art hanging throughout the house. I highly recommend Quietude, we are looking forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Asheville, NC

Wonderful visit!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Elizabeth's cottage. Her home is spotless and the gardens are beautiful. Quietude really is the perfect way to describe the place. We had dinner in town (just a few minutes drive), and then we spent a relaxing evening under the stars, my husband strumming the guitar while our son walked around the water gardens and swung on the hammock.... Thanks so much for everything, Elizabeth!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Super for family or a couple!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Quietude Cottage with our two young children ages 5 and 7. We had a fantastic time. The house was clean and had everything we needed...from games, to art supplies, to a wide variety of videos to choose a fully stocked kitchen! There is plenty of space to wander/run and lovely little niches to spend some quiet time with the fish and wildlife. We visited the Shenandoah NP and Polyface during our stay...both very accessible and a lovely drive. In general, the owner does an excellent job meeting the needs of all who stay at her cottage. It has a cozy, comfortable feel to it. I would definitely return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Falls Church, Virginia


  • 5 of 5

We orchestrated a last-minute perfectly relaxing family get-together at Quietude cottage with our adult sons. Elizabeth is a wonderful hostess, and is good with communications. The house is well-equipped and comfortably furnished. The kitchen had everything we needed to make a nice home-cooked meal. We particularly enjoyed sitting on the back patio with its hammock and listening to the water garden. Watching hummingbirds and goldfinches from the patio and front porches was an added bonus. We went to a play at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton (20 mins away), bicycled on the Blue Ridge Parkway, fly fished in a small stream outside Waynesboro (30 mins away), and played board games from the well-stocked game library. We will return to Quietude, but the next time we plan to stay a little longer just to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the house. Thanks for a great weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Shenandoah Valley Regional
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Staunton or Harrisonburg, VA
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Ingleside, Verona, VA
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrack, Staunton, VA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
in Verona, VA
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Massanutten Ski Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
President Eisenhower
Car: necessary

Search for Quietude Cottage on FaceBook for more photos of property and surrounding areas.

Joel Salatin's PolyFace Farm is a half-hour from Quietude Cottage. This nationally known organic farm is open to the public. Several of Quietude's guests have reported enjoying visits to PolyFace.

Sunspots in Staunton, see glassblowing in the studio, browse or purchase beautiful, artful gifts. Try your hand at glassblowing too.

Nearby Staunton has been honored by various awards:

National Trust for Historic Preservation as a 'Great American Main Street'

Smithsonian magazine as #10 on their list of 'Best Towns in America'.

Travel + Leisure magazine as one of 'America's Greatest Main Streets!'

Nearby are Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington National Forest


Rates & Availability

From $115 Per night

Shenandoah House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

credit/debit card fee $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.3%
Notes Reservations are on a FIRST PAY, FIRST BOOK basis. Rates are subject to change until confirmed. All reservations require confirmation from owner.
Dogs only. No cats!
There is a refundable $250 security deposit to be paid by check. The check is not deposited, but simply returned if the house is left in the same condition as on arrival, no data overage & guests depart by 11 a.m. on checkout day.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Shenandoah House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , heated towel rack
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Raised ceiling, ceiling fan. TV/DVD. Homemade quilts. Linens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , TV DVD Videotape player. Linens
    not a bedroom, but a twin daybed is available - 1 twin/ single , Daybed in downstairs game room & twin air mattress available
  • All linens provided. Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1). Twin Air Mattress (1) available. Bedrooms are upstairs on second level. Twin day bed (1) on downstairs level. Can accommodate 5 adults (and children).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Relax by the water gardens and enjoy the goldfish, birds and sound of waterfalls. Inviting front porch with swing, rocking chairs and table for two. Great patio sofa to read or snooze! Three swings... on the front porch, by a water garden and at upper back yard. Washer and dryer in basement/cellar. Bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. Central heat (new furnace Oct. 2013) and central air conditioning (new spring 2014). I love to bake and cook in the kitchen, especially with all new appliances and most recently, new solid maple countertops, crafted and installed by my son-in-law.

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