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'Quietude' Charming Cottage, Sunny Garden Room, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.

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


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5 adults, children welcome) central heat/air

Quietude Cottage offers privacy without being isolated. (See Quietude Cottage's FaceBook page for more photos of house and area.) You will love returning to the cottage after your day of exploring the Shenandoah Valley. Located in Mount Sidney, VA, Quietude is a 1920s seven room cottage style house, with original wood floors throughout. Partially open walls in the living areas create an inviting space. A new (Nov. 2016) windowed Garden Room with seating area, swing, breakfast nook, laundry closet and full bath is perfectly situated for watching birds play in the garden ponds and stream. The cottage is located on 1 1/2 acres and there are soothing water features. Take time to swing on the front porch or beside one of the goldfish ponds. (Keep watchful eye over young children around ponds. The ponds are up to two feet deep and the pond liners are extremely slippery.) Relax while watching the fish play or the birds at the feeders, you may even see a bullfrog. Or walk up the hill to the swing in the back yard and enjoy views of the neighboring fields & woods. Enjoy a meal or nap on the comfy sofa on the spacious patio and listen to the music of the waterfall or relax in the nearby hammocks. Flavor up your meal with a few leaves from the herb garden by the patio. (All bed, bath and kitchen linens provided.)

This is a NO indoor smoking property.

Pet policy. Sorry, no cats, strong allergy! Dogs considered, contact owner, pet fee for dogs is $10/night/pet.

New furnace, Fall 2013, fuels the central heat. New central air conditioning Summer 2014!

The two bedrooms and the bath are upstairs. Linens provided. The front bedroom has a Queen bed, raised ceiling, ceiling fan and TV with DVD player. The second bedroom has a double bed, TV with DVD player and unique butler's stairs to kitchen. There is a shared full bath with tub/shower off the common hallway.

Second full bath with curbless shower is located on the first floor.

A twin daybed is available downstairs in the reading/game room. A twin size air mattress is also available (built-in electric plug in for inflating.)


Basic DirecTV in living room

DVD colection

living room 40' Flat Screen TV. TV/DVD players in upstairs bedrooms (no directv)

Washer and dryer are available for your use in the new garden room.

You are welcome to use one of my handmade quilts if the nights are cool. My original oil and watercolor paintings decorate the house.

The house and location are perfect for Cyclists, JMU/Bridgewater/EMU/MBC parents, Hikers, or Sightseers. The area is a favorite for road cyclists with an amazing number of paved backroads. A county road map is available at the house.

In the Area:

Nearby Staunton has been honored by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of 'America's Greatest Main Streets!'

Joel Salatin's PolyFace Farm is 1/2 hour away.

The American Shakespeare Company performs works of the Bard in a beautiful re-creation of the BlackFriars Theatre in downtown Staunton.

ShenanArts, stellar community theatre, presents shows throughout the year in Staunton. Oak Grove Theatre in Verona and Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro also offer excellent community theatre.

Art Galleries, Restaurants & Wonderful Historic Architecture in Downtown Staunton.

Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park) meet atop Afton Mountain @ 30 minutes away. Appalachian Trail passes along those mountains too.

Nearby Dayton is home to a community of Old Order Mennonite families who use horse and buggy transportation.

Keywords: Farmhouse, Country Community, Water Gardens, Artist's Studio, Central Air, Children Welcome, Dogs Considered (pet fee)

More Details

Elizabeth Tuttle
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2017

About Elizabeth Tuttle

I am an artist with many interests. I like to travel and paint. But I also enjoy home projects and gardening. I am retired and can choose what I want to do each day.

I have grandchildren in Virginia and California, so I like to spend time on each coast. Hiking and kayaking are favorite activities. When you stay in my Quietude Cottage, you will see evidence of my varied endeavors and interests.

Elizabeth Tuttle purchased this house in 2006

Why Elizabeth Tuttle chose Virginia

North Carolina natives, our family visited the Shenandoah Valley often when my children were young. My daughter lives about a mile from this house, so it is a natural, easy place for me to stay when I'm in Virginia. I love the beauty of the Valley and there are so many ways to enjoy your time here. Lots of wineries have developed over the past few years and they are fun to visit. Easy access to the Blue Ridge mountains, National Forests, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Charlottesville is a bonus.

What makes this house unique

Tranquility. I find it beside water. I like having the water features near the living room window so in warm weather, with the windows open, I hear the water falling into the pond and in winter I enjoy viewing the water or ice. Visiting birds like the water too! Bird feeders help assure lots of birds in spring & summer and some year round.

The area is quiet and that contributes to the peaceful atmosphere. Again, the house and outside areas offer privacy without isolation. I think the house and yard are beautiful and have enjoyed projects that sustain and improve on that beauty. Have lots more projects on my list!

Downtown Staunton is a favorite place to visit. I particularly like the art galleries and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Quietude cottage hosts the VERY BEST guests. Everyone has been so pleasant and left the house is excellent shape. I love finding new ideas that I think guests will like. I appreciate all the great reviews and learned a lot from the one negative one. Lots of other guests have left positive comments in my guest book. Putting the cottage on VRBO/HomeAway was a good move for me!
Sep 2014
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Mount Sidney House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , heated towel rack
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , downstairs on first level in garden room. Shower is curbless
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • not a bedroom, but a twin daybed is available - 1 twin/ single , Daybed/downstairs game room/ 2 twin air mattresses available
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Raised ceiling, ceiling fan. TV/DVD. Handmade quilts. Linens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , TV DVD player. Linens
  • All linens provided. Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1). Twin Air Mattresses (2) available. Bedrooms are upstairs on second level. Twin day bed (1) in open room (no doors) on downstairs level. Two twin air matresses available.Can accommodate 5-6 adults.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Relax by the water gardens and enjoy the goldfish, birds and sound of waterfalls. Inviting front porch with swing, rocking chairs and table for two. Love the new garden room, complete with breakfast nook, conversation seating & swing!!, full bath and laundry closet. Think you'll love it too! Nap or read on the great patio sofa! Swings... on the front porch, in the garden room. Washer and dryer in garden room. Bedrooms and one full bathroom are upstairs. Second full bath with curbless shower downstairs in garden room.Central heat (new furnace Oct. 2013) and central air conditioning (new spring 2014). I love to bake and cook in the kitchen, especially with updated appliances and most recently, new solid maple countertops, crafted and installed by my son-in-law. And love using my baker's table for bread making, etc.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

'Quietude' Charming Cottage, Sunny Garden Room, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.
average rating of 4.744186 based on 47 reviews

Quietude Cottage peace

  • 5 of 5

I took my wife, three sons and our two dogs here for the weekend and we absolutely loved it. Beautiful home in a beautiful part of Virginia. Super peaceful, birds chirping, clean air and a beautiful home with a ton of character. We cant wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

The Quietude Cottage is an awesome place for some rest and relaxation. Walking in the door immediately gives a very welcome feeling. The piano room has lots of games and books and even a nice daybed to relax on. The kitchen has modern appliances, a popcorn machine with all the fixin's and plenty of dishes, cookware and everything else you could need to prepare and enjoy your meals. The bedrooms are cozy and clean, the beds are comfortable and the entire house has beautiful floors and paintings fill the walls. Outside there is a patio, grill and lovely koi ponds with water effects. Elizabeth really cares about the guests who occupy her home and their experiences while in the area. She provides plenty of information about the area and has really thought about everything. There is a new addition being added on to the cottage and I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when it is done! We will definitely rent Quietude Cottage again when we are in the area and highly recommend it to anyone whether it is just a couple looking for some quiet time, or a family with children, even a girlfriends getaway weekend!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Quietude" lives up to its' name!!

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful property! Elizabeth had the kitchen well-stocked, as well as so many other amenities! The patio with the fire pit was great after a long day in the saddle! Her personal touches in the home were admired by all 4 of us! We would definitely return to this little piece of heaven!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house in Mt Sydney was really comfortable and well stocked. The kitchen literally has everything and anything you could ever need. The rest of the home was also comfortable and inviting. We loved sitting on the front porch in the evenings. Pretty convenient to Staunton and 81. Overall it was a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Quietude Cottage is a great location in the Shenandoah Valley, the house is very well equipped with lots of personal touches.

We enjoyed the gardens and bird watching at the many bird feeders, the property is quite large with many beautiful trees.

The owner was great to work with and most gracious.

The Millers, 2016

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Quietude summarizes the character of this charming country home and location

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted when we arrived here and found the home to be everything we had anticipated. It is so welcoming and relaxing here. The home is spacious and spotless. The garden in the back patio area is dreamlike. This home is a wonderful peaceful place for anyone hoping to "get away from it all", but is convenient to many beautiful activities. We are hoping to return and spend more time here exploring the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Shenandoah Valley Regional
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Staunton or Harrisonburg, VA
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Ingleside, Verona, VA
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrack, Staunton, VA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
in Verona, VA
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Massanutten Ski Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
President Eisenhower
Car: necessary

Search for Quietude Cottage on FaceBook for more photos of property and surrounding areas.

Joel Salatin's PolyFace Farm is a half-hour from Quietude Cottage. This nationally known organic farm is open to the public. Several of Quietude's guests have reported enjoying visits to PolyFace.

Sunspots in Staunton, see glassblowing in the studio, browse or purchase beautiful, artful gifts. Try your hand at glassblowing too.

Nearby Staunton has been honored by various awards:

National Trust for Historic Preservation as a 'Great American Main Street'

Smithsonian magazine as #10 on their list of 'Best Towns in America'.

Travel + Leisure magazine as one of 'America's Greatest Main Streets!'

Nearby are Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington National Forest


Rates & Availability

Mount Sidney House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Independence Week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.3%

Reservations are on a FIRST PAY, FIRST BOOK basis. Rates are subject to change until confirmed. All reservations require confirmation from owner.
Dogs only. No cats!
There is a refundable $250 security deposit to be paid by check. The check is not deposited, but simply returned if the house is left in the same condition as on arrival, no data overage & guests depart by 11 a.m. on checkout day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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