|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Please make sure you read the whole listing and see all the photos before booking. :)
Please make sure you read the whole listing and see all the photos before booking. :) Yes, we know we said that twice.
Stone Ridge Cottage borders the George Washington National Forest and is ideal for walking to hiking trails, trout fishing and other activities in the national forest. There are two streams/rivers that meet about a 5 minute walk from the cottage. This cottage is located within walking distance of all of our other cabins here in Rawley Springs. The other properties on the road the cottage is located on are not fixed up yet either and they all need work (some more than others). Stone Ridge Cottage is by no means new or luxurious, but it is rather quaint and cute, but very rustic and not at all updated. The cabin right door to this cottage on the right is in very bad shape (cosmetically). We own it and plan to remodel it as soon as we can. There is another cabin on the other side of this cottage that we just bought and are remodeling right now.
The cottage has 2 bedrooms (master bedroom has a queen bed and the other is a full size) and 1 bathroom (sink, shower, and toilet). The cottage has a stone exterior and wooden steps leading to the back door (which is where you enter the house currently). The kitchen has an older stove / oven, newer toaster, newer coffee maker, microwave and older refrigerator/freezer. The cottage has been newly painted as of August 2013, but has not been remodeled or updated yet. The kitchen and bathroom, while fully functional are very out of date. The kitchen was probably last updated in the late 1970's. The stove and the sink are not placed in the most convenient places either (right in front of one another, see photos). The bathroom which has not been updated at all, has an older stand-up shower, small sink and toilet. Everything is fully functional though. Sheets, toilet paper and towels are provided. Paper towels are not.
The cottage does have original hardwood floors and nice old real plaster walls. We've just updated the ceiling fans (one in each room) and all the lighting as well. The living room has a pull out couch which can be used if needed. Maximum occupancy allowed is 8 guests, but there is only sleeping for 6 in beds if you are using the pull out couch.
The photos actually make the cottage look nicer than it is in our opinion.... that is why we've chosen to write such a detailed description on here. In Winter the roads can very rough / muddy due to snow and ice and in Spring & Summer the roads can be very bad (muddy) after rain. It is always possible to get to the cabin by car though no matter what time of year it is. We just like our guests to know that the roads may possibly be muddy.
It is still a nice place (quiet most of the time) to get away and enjoy the woods and the national forest. Harrisonburg is a short 12 minute drive from the cottage.
Check in time is 4:00 pm until 10 pm and checkout is 11 am. Early check-ins, before 4, or Late check-ins, after 10 pm, and late check-outs, after 11 am, require a $20 per hour fee. Please ask in advance about late check-ins.
No smoking in the cabin. No beer pong or Hookahs. Noise must kept to a minimum and quiet hours are 9 pm to 9 am.
Guests are required to sign a rental agreement upon arrival and a photo ID. For this reason, the person who makes the reservation has to be the there at the time of check-in, unless the contract is signed and arrangements are made for someone else to check-in in advance.
Pets are welcome at all of our properties. There is a pet fee of up to $59 if you are bringing pets with you. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival. Because this is a real old cottage, there are things you should expect to find on occasion in an older real cottage such as spider webs (we clean them for every guest but they do reappear quickly), ladybugs, tiny critters and the occasional stink bug during certain times of the year.
All pet fee(s), early check-in or late check-out, firewood or extra person fees are not refundable once paid.
Failure to show up/check in or contact owner before midnight of day of arrival will result in cancellation. Host reserves the right to rebook property if guest does NOT contact owner.
We came to Virginia from Texas so I (Steven) could finish my college degree, but got into the vacation rental business by accident. :) We have four daughters under the age of 5. We have68 rescue dogs, 3 rescue cats, 3 ponies, 10 goats & about 50 chickens.
We believe service is what sets us apart in the vacation rental industry. Katie & I personally own every cabin that we manage. We check-in all of our guests personally (sometimes even as late as 2 or 3 in the morning). When you arrive, the lights will be on and you will be welcomed and shown around the cabin, unlike most other rentals where you access a lock box and walk into a dark cold house. This is all we do 24/7 and we want all of our guests to have an amazing stay. We would be honored if you would allow us the opportunity to serve you.
Katie and Steven Robert Jones purchased this cottage in 2013
This cottage is on the same mountain as all of our other rentals so buying this just made sense. :)
This is by far the least expensive rental in the Shenandoah Valley. It is not very updated, but it allows guests who do not want to spend a lot access to the beautiful surrounding of the George Washington National Forest.
As described in the description we were prepared for a dayed cottage. Nothing fancy just a quaint get away. What we did not bargain for were the dilapidated cotages to either side of it. They were boarded up and falling apart. Trash look like itd been toased there for months or longer. There was absolutely no view to be had which was what we really wanted. At night the not so far neighbors could be heard hooping and a hollering and shooting off a gun. The tiny covered porch/ covered stair well had a terrifying drop. No railing just a concrete stairwell and a black hole that a kid could easily fall down. We decided to tough it out and except at night it wasnt too bad. The living room was cozy if you dont mind the smell of a wood fire. Tv with plenty of channels, and internet, it was a good way to be completely away from everything. The owner seemed a bit harried but nice
We ended up leaving a day early due to a sick pet that needed to go to a vet no refund but a i supposethats normal. Just go into it aware of the price and what you are getting.
If you are looking for a place to get away from noise, people and just escape from stress, then this is it. If you're looking for someplace perfect than this is not for you. The description in the listing and the photos was spot on. No surprises at all. We're very easy going so this was exactly what we were looking for. If you are picky though, this is not for you. Beds were super comfortable. Cute old kitchen. Older appliances, but everything worked perfectly. Loved hearing only the sound of crickets at night. The nights were so cool we didn't even need the a/c. Great hiking trails right out the front door. And great fishing in the river right down the hill. Owners were great.
We will admit that having our newborn with us may have swayed our opinion of this rental. We were looking for a simple first getaway with our newborn. We have rented from VRBO/Homeaway quite a few times by ourselves and with friends. We have even stayed in cabins from the 1800s. On almost every description of a cabin they state it is rustic, cobwebs etc. However, this was the first time we have ever encountered that they really meant it. This being said, the cabin/shack to the right of the cottage (which is not pictured) is creepy. There was a large pile of trash and debris next to it. If my kid was mobile, I would consider this a serious hazard. The rental cabin overall is simply an old hunting cottage with new bed sheets and curtains. This was the first rental we simply left and forfeited our money. We did not make it one hour. We just did not feel comfortable setting our baby down anywhere except the beds, which did look nice. Once again, we will admit that having our newborn with us may have swayed our opinion of this rental. If the description was not so upfront and accurate, this would have been a one star review.
I loved it and it felt like home. Best of all it was dog friendly. Wonderful hiking trails and scenery, secluded but not too far away from everything. Cottage was clean and had everything that was needed. Nice fireplace but if you don't like stairs this isn't the place for you. Not fancy by any means but that wasn't what I was looking for. I will go back on my next vacation. Myrna from Maine
Have you ever walked into a house and just knew it was a home? This stone cottage was that home for me. I had all the basics essentials covered and more. Steven and Katie greeted me like I was an old friend. Everything was clean and the furnishings were well laid out. Thank you for providing this wonderful retreat. I will be back time and again.
Our family of 5 (children age 4,5 & 6) stayed here in Aug. 2015 for 2 full weeks. We love the mountains and hiking, and were excited about our stay with Katie and Steven. They were friendly, personal, and eager to make our stay right. We were greeted on our arrival and reminded to call immediately if there was anything we needed. Also, this was easily the least expensive cottage in the woods that we found anywhere in northern Shenandoah.
CONSIDERING A LENGTHY STAY - we feel obligated to clarify some important points. First, Katie and Steven are very up front about the quality level of this property. It is not posh, but functional. The beds in the two bedrooms are comfortable but the rooms themselves are very small. Our family had one clothing bag each, and with 3 kids in one room and mom and dad in the other that pretty much filled up the space. The kids had a dresser, but no place for parents' clothes. We spent our time stepping over bags on the floor. (Nighttime bathroom runs were interesting) No AC made some nights muggy. Bugs made open windows not optional. As mentioned, the kitchen is functional but quite a challenge. Families cannot eat together comfortably, and cooking was very difficult. There just isn't enough space. Taking a shower was also a challenge as there was almost no water pressure. Dad at 5'8" had to brace his feet on the wall sides and do a back bend to rinse shampoo out of hair. If you're 6'+ - I don't know.
Finally, and most important, if you have a problem with the consistent presence of critters you should not stay here. Again, we love the mountains and know what that means. However, we could not get comfortable during our stay because of this problem. There are spiders everywhere: bathroom, bedrooms, kitchen, living room. None are poisonous, most are small, but some bigger ones we had to kill. We also killed one 6" non-poisonous snake in the kitchen, and two mice with traditional traps under the sink. Thinking of our children and ourselves made it difficult to sleep. Finally, due to the growth surrounding the building we were not able to enjoy the small back porch because of bees. There is no doubt that you are in the woods here, but our evenings were challenging because of "critters."
If the above issues do not bother you then this is a great place - close to everything outdoors, cozy, quiet, secluded, and inexpensive. However, larger families will feel quite cramped.
|Property Damage Insuranc||$50 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
We do allow for a one night stay Sunday through Thursday nights. There is a two night minimum over weekends though. Meaning your stay can be for either Friday & Saturday nights or Saturday & Sunday nights.