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Alone Mill Schoolhouse - Outdoor Lover's Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Come experience the magic of Alone Mill! Canoe, bike, hike or just hang out by the creek!

Please note paying through vrbo is merely an option, not a requirement. Contact us if you prefer to pay directly by check, credit card or Paypal.

We are a 15 minute (6 mile) drive from Lexington, Virginia, home to Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute and the Virginia Horse Center. Rockbridge County Virginia is home to the Maury River, the only river in Virginia that begins & ends in the same county. Spring, summer and fall are great times for running the whitewater in Goshen Pass or tubing the flat water into Lexington. Come to the country where you can stay up late, dazzled by the stars and the Milky Way.

In the late fall & winter, enjoy our cozy cabin and a game of pool. After dark in June and July, the lightning-bug display is amazing every night! Later in the summer and fall, the tree frogs and cicadas fill the air with their songs. The cabin is right on a popular (and challenging) biking route.

The School House is located within 300 yards of a river access point locally known as Alone Mill. Upstream is my personal favorite stretch of canoeing on the Maury, it's a peaceful 5 hour ride in slow water and can be as fast as 2 hours when the river is up! You can put in at Goshen or Rockbridge Baths and walk home from the take-out.

If you're more interested in a bubbling stream, Alone Mill Creek passes within 50 feet of the front door!

Rockbridge County also has thousands of acres of National Forest and State-managed land for hunting and hiking in the mountains. The cabin is within about 6 miles of access at Goshen Pass and other spots are equally close.

Other activities at the School House include a pool table, ping pong, basketball goal and badmitton set. The yard is large and flat, perfect for a football game, and the driveway is flat also, good for the little kids to practice bike riding.

A 1 mile walk will take you to weekend wine tasting at Lexington Valley Vineyard, one of several vineyards in the county.

Keywords: House, Cabin, Guest House, Casita, Family Fun, River, Swimming Hole

More Details

Sarah or Charles
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2017

About Sarah or Charles

I have lived in Rockbridge County, VA since 1990. While I attended W&L, my friends & I often drove around the county. I always loved driving through Alone Mill when we were going to Goshen Pass; I knew there was special magic in this place. It's peaceful & the stars are brighter than most.

Sarah or Charles purchased this house in 2007

Why Sarah or Charles chose Shenandoah Valley

My partner bought a house at Alone Mill in 1998 & when the Schoolhouse became available in 2007, I jumped at the opportunity. The Maury River here is perfect for canoeing, tubing, or just lounging in a chair at the edge of the water! Anyone who likes to spend time outdoors loves Alone Mill.

What makes this house unique

Fresh water recreation - fishing, canoeing, boating, tubing - and plenty to do inside or in Lexington area if the weather isn't perfect. Ample space in the cabin for a large group to gather and enjoy time together.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Staying here at the schoolhouse was such a wonderful way to relax at the end of a long day. It is so serene here. The creek is mesmerizing. The absolute quiet is such a treat and perfect for a solid night's sleep. I love all the memorabilia of Virginia found all around the house! It was a nice time and I hope I can repeat it. All the comforts of home. Awesome! Thanks!
Oct 2015
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Lexington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) Pack n Play, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sleep sofa
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Situated on renowned bicycling and canoeing routes in Western Virginia


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Alone Mill Schoolhouse - Outdoor Lover's Paradise
average rating of 4.6190476 based on 24 reviews

Great house outside of Lexington - nicely situated right by a perfect creek for exploring!

  • 4 of 5

The owners were great & helpful - and live directly across the street. :) plenty of space for our two kids and dog to play, explore & creek stomp to the river. Comfortable house and wonderful to be so close to town and the river - and have cool mornings and evenings in June in Virginia!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house, thoughtfully appointed for leisure comfort and fun!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this charming, well stocked house. It has a ping-pong table where the dining room table usually resides, much more fun! The owners provided all the little things, so we didn't have to remember to buy them: Dish detergent, laundry detergent, paper towel, toilet paper, etc.

I am very picky about cleanliness in a rental and this house surpassed my standards, it was scrupulously clean and comfortable.

The location is secluded enough to get a rural feel, but close enough to town to be easily accessible.

The porch is an enchanted place for morning coffee, with its eastern exposure and babbling stream within ear-shot.

Overall a winner, a charming house in a scenic setting. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come enjoy our home away from home!
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It is such a quaint and lovey place! We enjoyed the wooded grounds and close proximity to the river.

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our visit! We felt so at home and loved the peaceful environment. It was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spring Break in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Alone Mill Schoolhouse was the perfect cabin for a quick spring break vacation. It had everything we needed for our family of four plus the dog! It was clean, spacious, and convenient. We enjoyed the huge private yard and stream where the kids and dog could run around for hours. At night we fixed dinner on the charcoal grill and used the fire pit while enjoying the cool mountain air. We appreciated the extra touches of having plenty of paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, etc. Less to pack! Best part was the location. We took a short 20 min drive to Natural Bridge one morning. And the house is only 10 minutes from Lexington and 10 minutes from Goshen Pass on the Maury River. We'll be back in the future for sure! Thanks for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Cleanliness is very important to us. Come back when it's warm enough to enjoy swimming or boating in the Maury!
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Cute, cozy, and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of friends from college stayed here for our annual reunion weekend, and we spent most of our time sitting around the large kitchen table, rather than sight-seeing, because it was just so cozy. The entire process from booking to checking out was super convenient, and the owners were so gracious to let us arrive early and stay later. We hope to return here for another friends' weekend!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We welcome returning & first-time guests!
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Super Bowl LI

  • 5 of 5

My wife and and I our cat really enjoyed staying at the Alone Mill Schoolhouse. We went to watch Super Bowl LI and the TVs worked fine. The kitchen was great for hors devores and my patented chili. The house was very clean and quite comfortable. We had some Lexington neighbors join us and we all enjoyed the game and playing pool. Our cat enjoyed all the views out the windows and exploring the house. We own property on the Maury River in Lexington where we camp out before we build our own house. The Schoolhouse was very convenient for getting to town and out to our property where we did a few chores and relaxed on a beautiful winter post-super bowl Monday. It was wonderful to get back to the schoolhouse Monday afternoon and relax in comfort. We look forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clean, comfortable, relaxing & fun, that's Alone Mill Schoolhouse!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Shenandoah Valley
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Jolly Ox
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Vista Links
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Staunton, VA
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Interstate 81/64
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Jolly Ox
Nearest Point of Interest
Washington & Lee University
Nearest Point of Interest
Virginia Horse Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Virginia Military Institute
Nearest Point of Interest
Safari Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Goshen Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Hulls Drive-In Movie Theater
Car: necessary

Hulls Drive-In Movie Theater 4 miles away, basketball goal & badmitton/volleyball set on premises


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Damage Deposit $200

Weekly rates apply for graduation dates.
Additional guest fee only applies to 2 night stays. 3+ night stay is charged the basic rate of $185/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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