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Will Robinson

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian

Beautiful Home Overlooking Shenandoah River

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

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Main House 3BR/4BA (2 full/2 half); Optional Guest house 1BR/1BA Sleeps 6-11

The Play Garden is a charming newly renovated country home located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in historic Clarke County, Virginia. It's nestled in the heart of Hunt/Horse country surrounded by wineries and historic sites, little over an hour west of Washington, DC,.. 20 minutes west of Upperville and Middleburg, VA and 20 minutes east of Winchester, VA. The main house was built in the last decade of the 19th century as the primary residence of a local family. It has had two owners subsequently who have maintained it with loving care.

Amenities include a large stone terrace with a million-dollar view of the curving Shenandoah River, swimming pool and total privacy from the outside world. The main home has three bedrooms (one King,one queen and one with twin beds), two half baths and 2 full baths, and a large kitchen with double ovens and an electric range. There is also a sleeper sofa. There is an optional guest house with one full bath, a king bedroom and 2 queen sleeper sofas. Both are tastefully furnished. The property provides wireless internet, satellite tv, plastic kayaks for adults and kids, inner tubes, 2 bikes, and more..

Easy access to horseback riding for all ages, horse events (Upperville Horse Show ,The Blue Ridge Hunt, Blue Ridge Steeple Chase), wineries, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, fishing, great restaurants, historic sites (including Burwell-Morgan Mill, ca 1785 3 miles away), battlefields, golf, and tennis

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Will Robinson (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian

About Will Robinson

We are 6 owners, all brothers and cousins, and live in various parts of the country. This is a family house that we are fortunate enough to have been able to keep within the family since 1920. We are all originally from Louisiana, mostly New Orleans. And you won't have to look at a bunch of recent photos of anyone's kids, but do we have some nice old black and white photos of ancestors from the 20's and 30's and the house as it looked then.

Will Robinson purchased this house in 1920

Why Will Robinson chose Shenandoah Valley

The view from the porch has been called by most of the locals the best view in the county and even the best view of the Shenandoah River anywhere. The pictures, as everyone who stays there agrees, do not do it justice. You have to see in person! It was an old nursery for many years starting in the 1920s and has every known type of boxwood growing on the 20 acres of land, a total of around 175 boxwoods. The house is perched on a plateau , where the bend in the ridge meets the bend in the river, like the bottom of 2 U's coming together..

What makes this house unique

The view first and foremost is what makes this unique, as well the surrounding bucolic historic horse country. It is George Washington's old stomping ground when he was a surveyor in his 20s and many have claimed he "slept here"...wherever he slept, he described this area of the Shenandoah as the most beautiful place on earth. That may be a stretch but it certainly is way up there and one of our favorites.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Beautiful Home Overlooking Shenandoah River
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

This is the place to be if you want to truly relax

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Play Gardens. The house is fantastic, the grounds are beautiful, the pool is refreshing and the porch has million dollar views. Everything about this place is peaceful...

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Enchanting Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Play Garden is an exceedingly comfortable, character-filled home with sweeping views of the Shenandoah River. The home is complete with everything you need to entertain and relax. Its close proximity to the charming towns of Millwood and Middleburg, as well as a myriad of local recreational activities make it appealing for groups with wide-ranging interests. Unforgettable getaway!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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What a place!

  • 5 of 5

Wow. The Play Garden in early spring: there never was such a sweet place, clad in the fragrance and soft beauty of mid-April in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. It was cold when we arrived. No matter. We felt warm and loved. We watched as winter was shed a little more each day, and wild flowers bloomed and trees greened. There was much to do around the neighborhood, and we especially enjoyed several visits to Art at the Mill (Burwell-Morgan Mill in nearby Millwood). Old and new friends joined us during our ten-day stay, and they promptly fell in love with The Play Garden. Who can blame them? We will return.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marriage Proposal

  • 5 of 5

We spent four days at The Play Garden for the occasion of the surprise proposal and engagement party for our daughter. It was absolutely beautiful!!! Everything turned out perfectly - even the rain stopped right before. The house is AMAZING. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the pictures and seeing the family history throughout the rooms. The house is remarkably well stocked with everything you would need and the view is absolutely breathtaking. We will have such great memories of our daughters engagement - such the perfect setting for such a special occasion. We would love to come back to visit when the pool is open and the gardens are in bloom. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Retreat with Incredible Views

  • 5 of 5

My third visit to the Play Garden did not disappoint. This place has something for everyone. You can spend the day lounging in the pool or just relaxing on the massive veranda overlooking the beautiful Shenandoah River. Those of the group who needed a more active stay, floated and kayaked down the river and hiked part of the historic Appalachian Trail. One of our days we ventured into Washington DC to sight see. It was an easy drive in and we were back with plenty of time to entertain guests with dinner on the porch.

Delightful stay filled with great memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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A truly special place

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week at the Play Garden and it was certainly the best week of a very good summer. The setting is perfect. We so enjoyed the house, the pool, the riverside, Millwood and its friendly denizens. We are definitely considering returning next year. It's a place that you can really feel at home.

The weather during our visit at the Play Garden was perfect. Cool enough at night to open the windows and sleep restfully under a quilt The days were usually sunny and warm but not hot. Such a refreshing difference from DC. And only an hour away.

The owners were all polite, generous and helpful in their dealings with us. What a treasure they possess and what thanks we have for being able to visit it. Here's to hoping the Play Garden is available next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Car: recommended

For more information about the house and area please visit our website by clicking on the link below.


Rates & Availability

Boyce House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
high season
Apr 15 2016 - Nov 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
low season
Nov 16 2016 - Apr 14 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
new year's
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $600
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 5.3%

Rates do not include the guest house. Additional rate of $85 - $110 per night depending on date or $510 - $660 per week. Guest house is only available for rent to people who are already renting the main house. It will not rented out without the main house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Boyce House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Main home Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main home Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Main home Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Main home Bathroom - toilet
    guest house - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main home Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Main home Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Main home Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The main house 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, including a king, queen, 2 twins.. The small guest house has1 bedroom with king, one full bath, and 2 sleeper sofas. Both very nicely furnished.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
The kitchen in the main house has a double oven. In addition to seating 10 in the dining room, there is seating for 6 at the kitchen table and 3 at the bar, and plenty of terrace/porch seating for outside dining. There are 4 flat screen TVs with satellite. There is a portable iPod station. Although there is no smoking in the homes. Ashtrays are provided for smoking outside. Outdoor amenities include plastic kayaks, inner tubes, canoe, pool toys, croquet, bocci, ladder toss, 2 bikes, and pool towels. The kitchen in the guest house is fully equipped and has a deck outside. Seats 4 at the breakfast table. 1 flat screen tv with satellite is in the living area.

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