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'Quietude' Charming Shenandoah Valley Cottage, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Mount Sidney House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (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. The cottage is located on 1 1/2 acres and there are 4 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 or in the hammock on the spacious patio and listen to the music of the waterfall. 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 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!

New solid maple kitchen countertops, March 2014

New solid oak dining room table, October 2014

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

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.)

Bring your favorite DVDs or watch a movie from my collection on the 40' Flat Screen TV in the living room. Basic DirecTV as well.

NEW!!! SONOS Play I added Sept. 2015 so you can play YOUR favorite music via your phone!

Washer and dryer are available for your use in the basement/cellar.

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 is 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.

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.

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

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Elizabeth Tuttle
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016

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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'Quietude' Charming Shenandoah Valley Cottage, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.
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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
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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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Beautiful grounds, country cottage with a lot of charm

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Quietude cottage! We stayed for a few nights during the Memorial Day holiday to do some hiking and explore some of the Shenandoah Valley. The cottage had everything we needed - space for our dog to romp, comfortable outdoor spaces, and a well-appointed kitchen that we used to make a nice little cookout. Some of the many bonuses included a great selection of DVDs (especially if you love romantic comedies like I do!), maps/brochures of the area and a popcorn machine. Our dog was mesmerized by the frogs, fish, and birds that are on the property! Elizabeth was a great host as well. She was attentive but also let us do our thing while we were out there. My boyfriend and I (along with our dog) will definitely be returning!!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Super Thanksgiving Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed four nights over the Thanksgiving weekend in this comfortable cottage and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the wonderful outdoor area at the rear of the house, especially the fire pit and the grill. We found the house clean and well equipped. The owner went out of her way to make things nice for us and anticipated our wants and needs. There are almost unlimited things to do and see in the area. We enjoyed biking in Staunton and Dayton as well as hiking at Shennadoah National Park.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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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

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mount Sidney House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
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  • Towels Provided ...
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  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , heated towel rack
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Raised ceiling, ceiling fan. TV/DVD. Homemade quilts. Linens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , TV DVD Videotape player. Linens
    not a bedroom, but a twin daybed is available - 1 twin/ single , Daybed/downstairs game room/ 2 twin air mattresses available
  • 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) on downstairs level. Can accommodate 5 adults (and children).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
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  • VCR
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  • Deck / Patio ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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. Nap or read on the great patio sofa! Three swings... on the front porch, by a water garden and at upper back yard. Washer and dryer in basement/cellar. Bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. Central heat (new furnace Oct. 2013) and central air conditioning (new spring 2014). I love to bake and cook in the kitchen, especially with all new appliances and most recently, new solid maple countertops, crafted and installed by my son-in-law.

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