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John or Joan Twombly

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Stunning mountain views in pristine, serene, natural setting. Luxurious comfort.

60 Reviews
Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Central Virginia House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, plus guest cottage, 4 full baths. Compound sleeps up to 11

Step from your car and take a breath of cool mountain air. Hard to believe you’re 28 miles from Charlottesville, eighty-nine miles from Washington. The edge of the wild, this land borders Shenandoah National Forest, the most populous black bear country on the East Coast, with stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains and the tiny, picturesque community of Graves Mill in the valley below. If you prefer hiking mountain trails, fishing a trout stream or sipping a drink on the wide two-story porch, this is the spot. Wintering in? Let it snow. The whole-house generator automatically keeps things cozy in the event of power outage. Add a steam sauna, two-person Jacuzzi with a view, Rumford fireplace in the Great Room and winter becomes a dreamer's paradise. Springtime brings Mountain Laurel and eagles. Summer offers cool relief from the flatlands. Then comes Autumn, a season you have to truly see to believe.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Smoking: Smoke-free home.

Noise Control: In keeping with the peaceful tranquility of the region, no ATVs or motorcycles permitted on property.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John or Joan Twombly (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 60 traveler reviews

Stunning mountain views in pristine, serene, natural setting. Luxurious comfort.
average rating of 4.983333 based on 60 reviews
5

Beautiful, Relaxing, Excellent Value!

  • 5 of 5

Recently, my wife and I and three other couples stayed at this beautiful home! The place was incredibly breathtaking with the mountain views. The interior was very clean and was very well built. I met the owner and he was very courteous, helpful and polite. He actually designed the place himself, and he did a wonderful job!

People in our group especially liked the fireplace, the rain shower, the sauna, and the amazing rooms (especially the master bedroom and the cottage adjacent to the house). You know you're staying at a great place when you and your friends start talking about returning the following year. We loved the place and recommend it to anybody looking for a relaxing getaway, whether it's with your family or a group of friends.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our goal is to make each guest's stay as relaxing and carefree as possible by providing all the amenities and comforts of home. We want to provide an environment that invites repeat visitors for years to come.
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5

Second visit was better than the first

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time spending a girls getaway weekend at this property. We love the location to hiking and outdoor activities not to mention the close by vineyards. Plenty of bed and bathroom space and a great kitchen for healthy cooking lessons. Will recommend highly!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I just stayed here for the weekend and were blown away by the house and the location! The photos on this website don't do it justice! The house is in immaculate condition. The kitchen is great, the living room is huge, the bathrooms are awesome, and the bedrooms are well appointed and had plenty of space for our 8 guests... everything was better than described. We especially enjoyed the steam room / shower combination after long days of hiking =) I spoke with Joan through email several times while planning our weekend and her responses were always quick, friendly, and super informative. We ended up doing Skyline drive (a short, scenic drive away) and it was amazing. We hiked a trail recommended by them - the Graves Mill Trail to a swimming hole and it was beautiful. The drive up to the house is through rolling farmlands and really took everyone's breath away. I definitely recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in the area!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

I've rented other properties and none were as pretty as this.this

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time renting this property. The house is amazing . The view is

lovely whether it's sunrise in the morning or star gazing at night. The peace and quiet and sound of only crickets at night is pure heaven on earth. The house is fully equipped, spacious yet cozy. Wish I could afford to go every weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home in the beautiful VA mountains

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful and secluded home perfect for multiple family retreats/reunions. This was our second stay at this well appointed mountain house, and our boys spent plenty of time playing ping-pong and foosball on the third floor. We also traveled the mile or so to the Rapidan River for great hiking and several swimming holes/playing in the water. The adults enjoyed quiet time on the porches and on walks, plus we traveled to Early Mountain and DuCard Vineyards to sample local wine. We would unreservedly recommend this property and hope to return.

The owners are very thoughtful and were helpful in addressing a request regarding the DirecTV. They provide detailed information and suggestions for local attractions/restaurants/shopping.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends got together for a long weekend here and it was perfect. The house had plenty of room and was very clean. We couldn't have asked for anything better!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Charlottesville, VA
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Bavarian Chef
Car: necessary

The property is located about a mile from Graves Mill, VA and is just off of Bluff Mountain Road, bordering on the Shenanndoah National Park. The area is lovely and unspoiled, very scenic, with easy and close access to the Rapidan and Conway Rivers as well as Graves Mill hiking trail.

Other Activities: Antiquing, music festivals, seasonal festivals, historic sites, mountain trail hiking, trout fishing, swimming, rafting, canoeing.

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Rates & Availability

Etlan / Old Rag Mountain House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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2 night minimum stay
$315
$1,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning / linen set up $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.3%

Owners honor the rate agreed to at time of booking. Holiday rates apply for Thanksgiving and Christmas; contact owners. Rates and rental arrangement apply to the entire compound, both the house and the cottage. Payments are fully refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Central Virginia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guest cottage
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Level 1 (living area) has two person steam sauna.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Full bath on level 3.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , On level 2, jacuzzi tub, separate shower with rain shower.
  • The second floor master bath has a spectacular mountain view from the two person Jacuzzi tub. Steam Shower/Sauna is next to fitness room with treadmill and weight bench.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2nd floor master, gas log fireplace, porch with view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2nd floor double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen bedroom on 3rd floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Two twin bed plus trundle on 3rd floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Queen bed in cottage
    Cribs (portable) - 2 baby crib , Two Graco Pack n Play cribs
  • The two bedrooms on level 3 share a full bath. The two bedrooms on level 2 (entry level) share one full bath. The cottage has a full bath. The home sleeps 10 in beds comfortably depending on group composition (couples versus singles, mix of children versus adults, etc.). There are auxiliary beds, but contact owners to ensure your group will be comfortable. If cribs are applicable, the group size could easily be more than 10.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Steam Shower
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The two-story porch stretches the length of the main house and offers a stunning panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Forest, which the adjoins the property. Great room has wood-burning Rumford fireplace. Whole house generator, blown-in insulation and top-of-the-line Anderson windows provide dependable maximum comfort and warmth even in heavy winter storms. Steam sauna on first floor near small exercise room with treadmill and free-weight bench. Rain shower, and two person heated Jacuzzi in second floor master bath. Cozy media room with high definition satellite TV. and WiFi. Four-wheel drive vehicles recommended in Winter. Designer kitchen for serious chefs. Local personal chef services available (ask owner). Massage services available (ask owner).

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