Cabin Fusion - Mid-Century Modern meets Rustic Vibe
Delina (Dee) Papit
About Delina (Dee) Papit
Your hosts are Michael and Dee Papit We live just down the road in a renovated 1936 Sears Kit House. Michael is an architect, and Dee is a marketing consultant. Purchasing Windward House in 2017, led us to put our combined sills to use as creators of physical spaces, and, managers of customer experiences.
Delina (Dee) Papit purchased this House in 2017
Why Delina (Dee) Papit chose Fairfield
We've stayed at vacation homes with no vibe, terrible beds, poorly equipped kitchens, rickety chairs, and terrible views. We decided to do it differently — going from fussy guests, to obsessive hosts. Our approach is all about the visitor's experience — from the minute you drive up, to the deep sigh of content when you sit on the front porch to take in the beautiful mountain vistas, to waking up feeling rested, yet adventurous — its all been specially designed for you. The house was purchased just to be hosts for travelers who like what we like: a good vibe, carefully appointed rooms, good art, a well-equipped kitchen, a great nights sleep, cozy corners, and wonderful spaces to be still, be creative, have fun, and feel like you are miles away from your daily grind. Dee's Note: We do not hire someone else to care for our place. We personally care for the house, and our guests. We clean (my Italian grandmother taught me the value of a sparkling house, and how to make it that way, when I was young), mow the lawn, manage the house workings, decorate (it's fun with an architect at your disposal ; ) by handpicking every single item from bed linens, to espresso cups, that we hope our guest will enjoy. And we live just down the road, so we're close by if you need us, yet will totally respect your privacy while you are visiting.
What makes this House unique
In a word, the view and peaceful vibe. The minute you look out over the mountain vistas you feel like you are on top of the world. We fell in love with this little house on the hill the minute we saw the view and envisioned the potential to welcome other's here too. Plus, we love this location, you are a short hop over from the interstate, so no meandering miles through back roads to get to your destination. Yet you are about half-way between two charming towns, Lexington (about 12 minutes south) and Staunton (about 20 minutes north). So come, relax, enjoy, and be at home.
Children not allowed - Adults only, please.Adults only, please.
Pets allowed - With approval- $20 per dog, per night, 2 dogs max.With approval- $20 per dog, per night, 2 dogs max.
No parties/events - Guests only. No parties or events on the property.Guests only. No parties or events on the property.
No smoking - No smoking inside or outside of the house.No smoking inside or outside of the house.
Max guests: 2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 23
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We had a great stay here! Convenient location, comfortable and cozy home with great views. Owners were very helpful and communicative. We would definitely come back and stay here again.
We fell in love!
From the pictures, we knew we would be very happy with this getaway, but we never expected to fall in love! The pictures (although beautiful) don't do the house or the property justice! Everything was perfect and bigger than expected, and Dee is the sweetest and most thoughtful owner there is. And the boys! Cody, Jack, and Love Bug are the best little guys. So sweet and gentle and soft. We could've spent the entire time relaxing on the property and would have been perfectly content, but we decided to venture out a little. The location is far enough in the hills that you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, yet close enough to civilization that you aren't completely cut off if you don't want to be. There are a couple of towns close to explore, each with a slightly different feel. Needless to say, we plan to return for another getaway as soon as we can! :)
This was our second visit to Windward House, and we were delighted again. It's wonderful retreat with everything you could want for a quiet few days. We'll be back!
If you are looking for peace and relaxation, look no further. I looked at hundreds of cabins and this one stood out from all the others. You will not be disappointed! Dee, the owner, is excellent at communicating with you. She answered many of my questions before I even thought to ask. There are little notes throughout the house that are very helpful. She is an amazing host! The entire process from booking to checking out was a breeze. I could go on and on about how beautiful and perfect this place is but just come see for yourself. You will be glad you did! Dee and Michael, thank you for sharing this special place with us! We wish we could have stayed longer.
Style in Shenandoah
Windward House is one of top VRBO properties we have ever stayed in. The property is peaceful, serene and beautiful. The house matches the beauty of the surroundings - it is decorated in a wonderful way that is somehow modern yet perfectly suited to the pastoral setting. The highlight of the gorgeous home are the original paintings done by the owner. This, coupled with the property's "furry ambassadors" (two donkeys and a horse) make it tempting to stay there the whole time, but Lexington, Staunton and Shenandoah National Park will be calling your name, and Windward House is a perfect home base for exploring them. The hosts of this very special property, Dee and Michael Papit, are friendly and responsive but also respectful of your privacy. We have never stayed in a place where the guests' needs were so perfectly anticipated and provided for - everything you need for a pleasant stay is there. The house was also immaculately clean upon our arrival, and full of special thoughtful touches. We highly recommend Windward House and hope to visit again soon!
April, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay, and especially honored that you have placed Windward House on your list of "top VRBO properties". I'm also delighted that you were fond of Michael's paintings. His ability to colorfully capture the essence of the Valley, and the essence of the many animals featured in his paintings, is inspired. And as an architect, the style of the home is to his credit as well. We love sharing this place with our guest, and we love sharing our sense of its beauty — be they in paintings, furnishings, or suggestions for what to see and do — from this unique setting. We hope to see you again. — Dee
Loved it so much we came back for a second trip in 2019
Second time renting the Windward House because we loved the first visit so much! Dee takes such good care of us when we visit, even having emergency flashlights and water available in case of a power outage during a nasty storm. Thankfully we didn't need it, but that is just how thoughtful the owners of the house are!
We feel right at home at the Windward House, and even our dog enjoyed all of his usual comforts of home. We arrived this time to find a note saying "welcome back" instead of just "welcome" like the first time. It is just the little attention to detail things like that that made the house so welcoming. Tastefully placed notes of where to find extra items, even having extra toiletries in case you forgot something, comfortable beds, and a well equipped kitchen! It is all simply perfect!
We look forward to our future visits because we have found a new, peaceful oasis in Lexington/Staunton area. Lovely wineries and breweries, great food, beautiful views, and close enough to anything you need but secluded enough to enjoy the sounds of nature!
We will certainly be visiting again! Thanks for the wonderful stay!
Julie, we are always happy when folks return. To me, it means the house resonates in a special way, and that is our every intention with this place, and for our guests. I am really happy that your pup settled in so well. Our critters are rescues too, even the donkeys, and to have a rescued animal find a peaceful place away from their comfort zone, is a wonderful thing indeed. (Honestly, I think watching the cows gives them an occupation.) It makes my day for sure to read your note. You guys are wonderful guests and we look forward to seeing you again! — Dee
In the country, but with close access to the interstate. Half way in-between Staunton and Lexington, VA.