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Head for the mountains in scenic Bentonville, VA and relax at Absolute Perfect Retreat. Use this unique home as your base for enjoying the many local activities, or just arrive at this home and use it as your personal getaway. The inviting wrap around porch is perfect for kicking back and enjoying the mountain scenery and wildlife or a good book. The porch swing outback is fun for the kids, or a cozy place to snuggle with a loved one. A stone BBQ and outdoor fireplace is located just off the rear screen porch where your entertaining and cooking all come together. The home is large enough to accomodate a large family or two, yet the Master Bedroom suite is also perfect for that romantic getaway. Located on a quiet country road between the villages of Bentonville and Browntown, VA this is the perfect place to unwind.
You'll want to visit local winery Glen Manor Vineyard, Down River Canoe Company, Skyline Caverns, Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah River while you're here! Sample the local flavors and enjoy country living at it's best!
Amenities include 3 large bedrooms each with queen beds, a loft with twin beds and a full size futon. There is also a toddler bed and a roll-away bed in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Two fireplaces, Big Screen Satellite TV, DVD, VCR, and stereo. Wrap around porch, screened porch, porch swing. Fully equipped large kitchen, porch dining, indoor dining and large living room. Three and a 1/2 baths, including a Master bathroom suite that is very romantic with a walk-in shower for two with body sprays, whirlpool tub, heated towel bar, private toilet and marble vanity.
You will enjoy the personal touches in the home such as the carved bear heads on the cedar posts in the livng room and the Virginia Wildlife Mural in the loft.
If you're looking for a great place in the country with gorgeous mountain views, this is it!
If you're looking a nice place to stay, unwind from your busy life, and relax, this is a great place to do it. The house is off the main road, yet close enough to Luray and Front Royal to make it an easy trip for whatever you're looking for. The Shenandoah River is only 2 miles from the house with Down River Canoe Company and other outfitters nearby.
Located about 70 miles west of Washington, DC, you can get here in about an hour and fifteen minutes from D.C. provided you don't get stuck in DC traffic. You won't find any traffic jams out here! So come on out to the mountains and enjoy country life for a bit.
We own Buracker Construction LLC a Custom Home Builder in the Shenandoah Valley and decided to make this home a vacation rental. We thought offering this home as a vacation rental is a great way to share our favorite place.
Martha Buracker purchased this house in 2006
Why Martha Buracker chose Front Royal
We live and work in this area and think it's the best place to be. I grew up in the Washington area and moved here as a teenager. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
For us the Lodge is like a home away from home, yet still a wonderful vacation. It has everything one could want in a vacation home, spacious, nicely furnished rooms; plenty of indoor and outdoor space for parties; gourmet kitchen; and the most inviting porch with rocking chairs for reading or just enjoying the views. The owners are very accommodating, going out of their way to make sure we are comfortable and know what local activities are available. This is definitely the place for many future vacations for us.
Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
Stayed: Mar 2014
VRBO, from HomeAway
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
This vacation home was and the setting were perfect for a week getaway from the city! The overall quality and layout were stunning, the huge wrap around porches always allow for a wonderful sunrise and sunset. The views are as the leaves were in full effect couldn't have been better. The home and surroundings allow for a great time with the skyline drive, wineries & river right down the road. If you want to getaway from the chaos and relax, i highly recommend this vacation getaway for a week or even a short weekend! Not to mention the home was clean, neat and had all the amenities! My family and I will certainly be making a 2nd trip when time allows!
The house itself is gorgeous and ample. Its views of the mountains are breathtaking. Truly, there is nothing like sipping your morning coffee as you watch a low fog that descended into the mountains before you burn off as the sun rises and the cows gently moo. The furniture is comfortable and the rooms are ample. The tone of the place, all its organic and raw natural elements: stone hearth, wood floors, stone countertops, metallic fixtures ... it's all there. There simply is no bad view from that wraparound deck.
The **only** think I would count against it is the well water; with near constant use when I was on a 16-day retreat there, the sulfur scent and taste manifested but the water was healthy and potable. When we cooked with it or heated it for our tea, you couldn't taste it at all. Your silver and gold jewelry will turn, but they will be restored when you polish them.
Overall, the sulfur water notwithstanding, I would return here again and again. It's just an hour or so from DC - what's not to love about that?!
Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
Stayed: Jul 2013
Owner's Response: I appreciate the positive review and comments about the house. Even the mention on the water. However, I'd like to say we have a Culligan Water System that addresses that problem, so I would have been happy to check the system to see what was up. Occasionally there are power surges in our area which kicks the system off, so if I guess I need to let guests know that if they smell a sulfur smell that they need to contact me and we'll come and re-set the system.
Our time at the cabin was good. The views were perfect. We loved the fire pit and gazing at the stars. The wrap around deck was also enjoyable. The property manager was accommodating and helpful to us. There were times however where we wished we were at our own home. The windows do not have blinds to block the sunlight which means the sun woke us up at sunrise. Also, there were no bathmats so our little guy had some slippery accidents getting out of the tub. The beds were in poor shape. This cabin is missing that special touch. No bed skirts, mix matched bedding, no functioning dresser, furniture that was falling apart, holes and scratches on the walls... all things that provide that little special touch. The fridge needed a deep clean as it had food from the previous visitors, dead bugs, and mold growing inside of it. The grill is very small, not adequate for the size of the home. The grill was also a grease caked-on mess of goo. The unfinished basement was not safe for our little guy to play in- even though blocks and toys are provided. Lastly, the water in the home smelled horribly of sulfur. So, the shower looked nice but when it is used it feels like you are showering amongst the nastiest fart ever. Overall, an "average" weekend away.
Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
Stayed: Sep 2013
VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: While I appreciate the good comments, I am concerned about the negative ones. The water at the house is well water, and up until the earthquake a couple years ago had no issues. We noticed the water had changed and contacted Culligan Water Systems and testing showed we now had some iron. However, it wasn't a lot as it does not stain the toilets or sinks. We had a water system installed and also installed a chlorinator at the well, so the water is actually double treated. Sometimes we get power surges that might trip the GFI breaker that the water system is on. All it ever needs is a re-set. The guests should have contacted us, we would have been happy to re-set had we known. The refrigerator is cleaned after each guest. As for any bugs, this house is in the mountains, there are bugs. We do the best we can, and check the house for bees on the outside porches each week. There are lady bugs and stinkbugs in the Shenandoah Valley, so any house you visit here will have them, some more than others depending on the time of year. The are a nuisance, but are harmless. I leave my phone number at the house on the refrigerator, so if anyone has a question or a problem, we do respond. We want your stay to be enjoyable.
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful house. Everything is as pictured. Very clean and in new condition. Martha was great to work with and very helpful. I would recommend this rental to anyone wanting to get away to the country. You will not be disappointed with this house or the area.
Absolute Perfect Retreat truly lived up to it's name! From the very start, Martha delivered on everything she said we were getting. The description of their home is spot on. This is a brand new place with all the amenities and they did not skimp on anything. The place was very clean, and everything is new. There was a propane fireplace inside the Great Room and Master Bedroom, outside there is a wood burning fireplace perfect for making S'mores. They left enough firewood for us to enjoy! On top of that, there is a Gas Grill which we used to make most of our meals. The grocery store is about 8 miles away. We found many cleaning products, paper towels, and toilet paper already at the property.
If I had one negative thing to say, the ceilings are very high and the light was dim in the living room; you can see some dead bugs got into enclosed light fixtures...that's to be expected in the country!
We spent a lot of time on the wrap around porch in rocking chairs, enclosed screened porch, and porch swing. The Master bathroom suite has a very romantic walk-in shower for two with body sprays, whirlpool tub, heated towel bar, private toilet and marble vanity. Even if you don't stay in that room, you should check it out, it's amazing! We were also there during daylight savings time, (we lost an hour) and they were generous enough to allow us a little later check-out. We are already talking about when we have time to come back. Having rented a lot of vacation homes over the years, Martha is a great person to have to deal with and makes the whole process seamless.
Submitted: Mar 14, 2012
Stayed: Mar 2012
VRBO, from HomeAway
Families with Young Children,
Enjoy the scenic Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park while staying at our house. There is lots to do in the area, such as tubing or canoeing on the Shenandoah River. If you like to hike, there are some great paths nearby that go into the Shenandoah National Park. There are 6 golf courses within a 1/2 hour. A great area to go antiquing, country auctions, dining in Front Royal or Luray, civil war battlefield sites and reenactments, or horseback riding. Also in the area are Skyline Caverns and Luray Caverns. Two ski resorts within 1 hour. (Bryce and Massanutten Resort). Finally, just a couple miles from the house is a great Winery (Glen Manor Vineyards) and many more wineries within about 1/2 hour. You can easily fill a week by sightseeing and don't forget to tour the scenic back roads. At the end of each day, kick back in the rocking chairs on the porch and enjoy the sunset mountain views and wildlife!
Low Season $225 per night; Mid Season $250 per night; Peak Season and Holidays $275 per night; Seven nights/Six days based on two adults.......$1,825 per week; Two night minimum based on two adults; Rates depend on number of guests,and pets; Ask about Off Season Specials and Mid-Week Specials!; AX,VI,MC,DS
Full 1 -
Walk-in Tile Shower
Full 2 -
Full 3 -
Half 1 -
The Master Bathroom Suite is especially nice. It features a walk-in tile shower for two with two shower heads and body sprays. There is also a whirlpool tub for two. The raspberry bordeaux marble top on the vanity ties the color theme of the room together. Be sure to turn on the heated towel rack so that when you are ready for that towel, you get a nice warm cozy towel to wrap up in.
Half bath also on main level.
Each upstairs bedroom has its own private bathroom.
There are sheets and towels provided!
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
Bedroom 1 -
Bedroom 2 -
Bedroom 3 -
1 child bed
Bedroom 4 -
2 twin/ single
1 sleep sofa /futon
This is a loft
The Master Bedroom is on the main floor and has a queen size bed. The Master Bedroom has a TV, fireplace, cathedral ceiling, walk-in closet and Master Bath Suite. The Master Bath is pretty sweet. Second level there are two more huge bedrooms, each with their own queen bed and private bath. In one of the upstairs bedrooms there is also a youth bed, a roll-a-way bed and a baby's pack-n-play. Also on the second level is a large open loft. There are two twin beds, and a full size futon. There is also an inflatable mattress in one of the upstairs closets.
Audio Tape Player
Books for Adults
Books for Kids
Games for Kids
Ping Pong Table
Satellite / Cable ...
Video Library ...
Deck / Patio ...
Outdoor Grill ...
Outdoor Grill Gas
Screen Porch / Veranda
Unscreened Porch / Veranda
8 garden chairs
non smoking only ...
pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
jetted tub ...
Local Services & Businesses:
Sports & Adventure Activities:
The house has a wonderful wrap around porch complete with an old fashioned porch swing. The rear portion of the wrap around porch is screened (by the dining room/ kitchen area). There is a picnic table and a glass topped dining table in the screened porch area. Just on the other side of the screened porch is the patio with Stone BBQ/Outdoor Fireplace. A great place to relax and enjoy the fire, or for the kids to roast the marshmallows.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a Gas Cooktop in the island. There is a Wall Oven/Microwave Combo, a dishwasher and a Trio Refrigerator with icemaker.
The dining area has 6 regular chairs, but we've got a couple folding chairs in the Master Closet. Plus their are barstools for eating at the island.