Great House, Great Views, Great Owners, Great Vacation!!
Our week in the mountains exceeded all expectations. The pictures of the house and property on the website are beautiful, but they can not capture how truly perfect this place is.
The 11 of us (6 adults and 5 kids -- a pair of brothers, their wives, their parents, and their children) spent a week here and it could not have been better. While we were lucky to have perfect weather (70's and sunny in August), there was no luck about the house itself. There is intention in every detail, and it is full of many comforts and features. From basics like comfortable bedding (they aren't in every vacation house), to special touches, like the steam shower and tasteful furniture. The kids spent hours in the yard, playing in the rec room, and playing with games we brought and the many board games provided by the owners. You're in the mountains, so the property slopes considerably, but there is yard space for yard games.
While we would have been happy not leaving the house, every day we took an adventure, including Luray Caverns, Monticello, and day hikes in the Shenandoah. The kitchen has everything you need and the Food Lion in Madison (about 15 minutes away) is bigger than we expected. We also enjoyed Yoder's Country Market, a country store with goats and chickens in the yards the kids could feed. I also had to take a trip to DC for work one day, and it was just a couple hours away.
We ate nearly all our meals in the house, taking advantage of the kitchen (and all its appliances and cooking supplies), charcoal grills, and firepit (I can't guarantee you s'mores will be as good as ours!).
The owners, too, were a delight. It is clear that they love their house and they want their guests to enjoy their stay. We felt like guests -- not tenants or customers.
The only people I would not recommend this place to are people who have difficulty walking up and down stairs. But it was perfect for our little family reunion. And it would also be perfect for up to three unrelated couples and kids because of the layout, which has two master bedrooms on different floors and a cottage in a detached structure (where my parents slept).
In sum, rent this place! Once upon a time I lived in DC and if this house had existed then, I expect we would have spent a week or two here every year.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 4/4
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