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Afton Cottage:UVA, Monticello, Shenandoah Nat Park, Hiking, Wineries

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

PLEASE IGNORE THE INSTANT RATE QUOTE. IT IS USUALLY DIFFERENT FROM OUR ACTUAL RATE. Rents are based on a sliding scale; the longer you stay, the cheaper the nightly rate. Please read all rate information, including notes.

Afton Cottage is tucked in the woods and completely private. The design was inspired by a Japanese farm house.

Afton Cottage has Wi-Fi.

The kitchen is fully equipped. You will find Calphalon cookware and Sabatier knives.

The cottage is located 20 miles west of Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia and Monticello. It is 25 minutes from Wintergreen, which offers golf, and skiing.

Staunton, which is renowned for its Victorian architecture, is 25 minutes west. In Staunton you will find The Museum of American Frontier Culture, the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, and the Blackfriar's Playhouse, in addition to excellent restaurants and numerous other cultural and sightseeing opportunities.

The Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail are only 15 minutes away as are 3 breweries and 10, or more, wineries. We now have a distillery just down the road.

Numerous restaurants, offering everything from fine dining to good old country fare, are within 15 minutes.

Well behaved pets are always welcome. Please, no dogs under 1 year unless we have talked.

Our calendar below is current.

UVA Visitors: UVA Visitors, we are just 20 miles from Scott Stadium, John Paul Jones Arena and THE ROTUNDA. Most of that is Interstate 64.

Whether you are looking for a quiet retreat or a central location from which to explore Central Virginia, we think you will enjoy our little gem.

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, antiquing, touring the local wineries, or merely sleeping late, curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book or relax on the deck and enjoy the mountains and the stars in the dark night sky.

Golf: Afton Cottage is near 3 excellent golf courses. Wintergreen offers a course on the mountain and a course in the valley at Stoney Creek. Old Trail Golf course, the newest. is just 8 miles away. Special packages are available at each.

See our rate schedule or call for a rate quote. The longer you stay, the cheaper the nightly rate.

More Details

Dick Bell
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, Southern
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Dick Bell

We are an empty nester couple in our 60s. Dick is a retired Realtor after 44 years. Veegie is the Branch Office Administrator for a stock brokerage firm in Charlottesville.

We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren, 2 Cairn Terrierists, 1 hound named Louise.

We moved to Batesville Rd in 1994.

Dick Bell purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Dick Bell chose Central Virginia

We built Afton Cottage in 1996 as a rental unit. In October 2007 we decided to market it as a vacation home online through VRBO. Since that time, we have had over 350 reservations by wonderful folks, many of whom have returned multiple times.

What makes this cottage unique

The great appeal of Afton Cottage is its location. It is located in a beautiful area and it is convenient to Charlottesville, Monticello, Staunton, & Wintergreen.

Close proximity to the Shenandoah National Park, Appalachian Trail, 10+ wineries,5 breweries. distilleries, and cideries make it an ideal home-away-from-home for hikers,bikers, sightseers and wine and craft beer afficianados.

The privacy and tranquility afforded by the cottage make it a wonderful getaway for those seeking a place to merely relax and unwind. It is a favorite of writers.


Afton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The cottage will accommodate 5, if someone wants to sleep on the couch. It has been described as, 'very comfortable' to 'not very comfortable.'
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Minimum age limit for renters. We do not rent to persons under 25 years without prior approval.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(146 traveler reviews)

Afton Cottage:UVA, Monticello, Shenandoah Nat Park, Hiking, Wineries
average rating of 4.9246573 based on 146 reviews

Afton Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Afton cottage and it feels like home. The cottage is always clean and cozy when we arrive. The small touches such as a hand written welcome note and treats for our pup are lovely. The cottage truly has everything you need with nice comfy beds, a well appointed kitchen, nice living room with very comfortable furniture and TV. Having said that, the setting is what really makes it stand out. It is peaceful and has beautiful mountain views as you approach. We love sitting on the deck with our morning coffee and watching the birds. Our dog loves the yard where he can safely explore and play and it is a great location for taking walks with him. The cottage is close to all sorts of great wineries, and breweries with tastings and good restaurants. We love to hike so and there are tons of options for great day hikes nearby. The cottage is an easy drive to Charlottesville with all sorts of fun places to explore. We will continue to come back to Afton Cottage as often as possible!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing getaway in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway at Afton Cottage. First impressions always are important. Arrived at the cottage with the radio playing softly in the background, a nice welcome card with the names of all guests (even our two dogs), and dog treats wrapped in ribbons. Made us feel at home right away. The cottage is clean and well appointed--nice open feel. Dick, our host, visited the morning after our arrival to make sure we had everything we needed.

While the weather didn't cooperate all the time, it didn't bother us a bit as the cottage had plenty of good reading material, including a current selection of a variety of magazines. Enjoyed sitting in the cottage reading with the fire going when we weren't out exploring the surrounding area. So much to see and do so close.

Will definitely stay at Afton Cottage again!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute, Cozy & Private

  • 4 of 5

Afton cottage was a cute, cozy and private getaway location. the cottage is well-stocked and in good condition. It was a good home base for exploring the area with easy access to Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Skyline Drive and Wintergreen. The owner was pleasant and professional and available if we needed him. Definitely a place to go back to.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, quiet and convenient

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Dick's cottage in Afton. It was well appointed and the location couldn't have been better for our plans to see UVA/Charlottesville/Monticello/Carter Mountain Orchard and for the start of our drive home through Shenandoah National Park. The beds were comfortable, the house was clean and the surrounding forest made for a quiet and peaceful stay. Thanks, Dick!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little cottage in the woods...

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Afton Cottage. It was just what we wanted, a secluded little place that was just close enough to all the great places in the area. We saw deer as soon as we pulled into the drive which was great. It was very quiet and relaxing. Dick and Veegie even left little treats for the pups. We will definitely be back. Thanks so much for the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Afton Cottage from August 10-August 17th. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would have stayed longer, but needed to get back to Florida. Dick is a wonderful host and the home is charmingly appointed with little extras like new magazines, cook books, notepad on the fridge with a photo of Afton Cottage, etc. On arrival our Scottish Terrier gobbled up the gift of two dog biscuits tied in a ribbon and proceeded to make himself completely at home. It was a joy to see him roaming in the garden and sitting out on the deck in the early morning. From inside the cottage we viewed humming birds, and two deer.

The kitchen is well equipped and the home is very clean and comfy. The drive to the cottage is scenic (we stopped and took photos) and the roads are narrow but good. There is a short gravel driveway from the road to the cottage. Although in the country, you are near wineries, breweries and cideries and within easy driving distance to Charlottesville and Staunton. We visited Afton Mountain Winery, Blue Toad, Blue Mountain Brewery - all have outside seating areas with beautiful views and are dog friendly (seating outside). Afton Cottage is a quiet home from home and we had a family vacation we will fondly remember. We would not hesitate to return to Afton Cottage and this beautiful area of Virginia.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Afton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

A security deposit equal to half the rent, up to $225.00, is due at the time the reservation is made. The rent is due in full 30 days prior to arrival.Two nights during the week are $440.00. A two night weekend (Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun) is $530.00. An additional night on either side of a 2 night stay is $120.00.
Sun.-Thurs: $260.00 for 1-2 guests, $295.00 for 3-4
We do not accept single night reservations for Friday or Saturday.
Pets count as people for single nights.
$915/week...$1750/2 weeks...$3300/month


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Car: necessary

Afton Cottage is in a rural area 20 miles west of Charlottesville. The area is served by good paved roads which pass farms, fields and woods.

Other Activities: wildlife viewing, shopping, snowboarding, rock climbing


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