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The Barred Owl Lodge: Perfect for Couples, Small Groups!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful & Private yet close to everything!

Couples & small families looking for peace and privacy in a beautiful, newly constructed cabin: you've found your getaway! The Barred Owl Lodge is meant for mountain and nature lovers who want to get away from it all but be close to so much: Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive, quaint downtown Luray w/Luray Caverns, unique shops, markets, restaurants & theatre, wineries/breweries, historic sites, fun on the Shenandoah River, horseback riding, ATV rentals, and the winter fun on the slopes of Massanutten Resort.

Nestled on its own acreage facing Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, you will enjoy the peaceful location and peek-a-boo mountain views. Outdoors you can soak in the hot tub, relax around the stone fire pit, grill on the Weber propane grill, or just sit and watch for wildlife (owl, deer, hawk & even an occasional bear are not uncommon here!). Indoors, you will feel pampered with the beautifully finished all-pine construction, 2 bedrooms fitted w/high quality Egyptian cotton linens, 2 full baths, natural stone fireplace, high speed WiFi & much more. This home is meticulously maintained, super comfortable, and truly has all you need to enjoy your time in the mountains, including games, books & puzzles! Guests need to only bring their clothes, their toiletries, and their groceries as the owners have supplied all the comforts of home so that you only need to come, relax, and enjoy the mountains!

(Please note: max 4 guests)


• Private & secluded with wildlife sightings common

• Newly constructed in May 2014

• 2 bedrooms (2 queen), both fitted w/ luxury Egyptian Cotton linens

• 2 full bathrooms including an oversized tub in master bathroom

• Hot tub, privately nestled under the cover of the porch

• Outdoor stone fire pit (under the stars!)

• Weber gas grill (outdoor)

• High speed WiFi

• Fully equipped kitchen w/stainless appliances, refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher & microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cooking, baking & cleaning supplies, linens, and a variety of pantry items & spices

• Great Room w/natural stone fireplace

• Fully covered and furnished wrap-around deck

• Large flat screen TV

• Satellite TV (DirecTV w/Pandora)

• High speed WiFi

• Weber gas grill (outdoor)

• iPod docking station

• 2 acres of privacy

• Puzzles, games & library of books

• All linens, bath & hot tub towels provided

• Laundry w/full size washer & dryer, iron and board,n laundry supplies

• Central heat and A/C as well as ceiling fans throughout


• Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive

• Luray Caverns

• Quaint downtown Luray w/Hawksbill Creek and Greenway, gift & antique shops, cozy coffee & bakery shops, fine and casual dining, a local brewery, live & movie theatre, biking & walking trails, historical sites, and more.

• Shenandoah River - tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming

• Lake Arrowhead - swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking

• Winery/Brewery tours

• Horseback riding

• ATV riding

• Golfing - 18 hole and mini golf

• Zip Lining

• Shooting ranges

• Massanutten Resort - winter sports and year-round water park

• Civil War Sites

• Historical Sites

• Explore nearby towns & villages - antiquing, dining & more!

More Details

Jim and Lisa Franceschini
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Jim and Lisa Franceschini

We have been mountain lovers since we married 25 years ago and are realizing our dream of building and renting mountain cabins in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Last year we met a gifted and extraordinarily talented builder who has built three cabins for us. The Barred Owl Lodge is the 2nd of these cabins and we feel truly blessed to call it ours and are excited to be able to share it with others!

Jim and Lisa Franceschini purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Jim and Lisa Franceschini chose Stanley

This property is nestled half way up Roundhead Mountain, offering both wooded privacy and seasonal mountain views. It satisfies the vacationer looking for a wooded retreat as well as the vacationer looking for views of and access to all that the Shenandoah Valley offers.

What makes this cabin unique

This property is nestled half way up Roundhead Mountain, offering both wooded privacy and seasonal mountain views. It satisfies the vacationer looking for a wooded retreat as well as the vacationer looking for views of and access to all that the Shenandoah Valley offers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your cabin was lovely. We are entering a new chapter with our blended family. The "kids" are now young adults and it was really nice being able to meet up with my husbands 2 kids who live in Roanoke, Va and have all 3 kids together, spending time and making really great memories. Your home was warm, inviting and filled with everything necessary for a great mini vacation. Thanks for the wonderful experience. At some point in the future, we will be back : )
Jul 2014
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Stanley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guest can see full list of house rules in the Rental Agreement, which supersedes all other stated policies.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 LL Bean rollaway beds also available.
  • Master BD has a queen bed w/Egyptian Cotton linens, a large walk-in closet & en suite full BA w/tub. The 2nd bedroom also has a queen bed w/Egyptian Cotton linens & oversized closet. For extra sleeping space, there are two twin LL Bean foldaway beds with linens located in the BD closet (200 lb limit).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This home offers a fantastic combination of seasonal mountain views and wooded privacy that make it a truly unique property. It is new construction (finished May 2014) and impeccably maintained for our guests. We hope to see you soon!


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The Barred Owl Lodge: Perfect for Couples, Small Groups!
average rating of 4.875 based on 42 reviews

Outstanding cabin in every way!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was outstanding in all aspects!. Just as the previous reviews state, it is obvious that the owners take great pride in providing the guests with the best stay possible. Lisa told me that we didn't have to bring anything, and she was right!. Everything was exceptional from the comfortable beds and nice towels, to the kitchen staples and cleaning supplies. We've stayed in several other cabins over the past and have never found better comforts and supplies. The cabin binder was very well put together and provided us with a lot of good information regarding the cabin and the surrounding area. Thanks again to Jim and Lisa for getting it right!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very quiet, well kept cabin

  • 5 of 5

Working with Lisa was great. You can tell Lisa and Jim care about their guests as much as their property. I highly recommend the Barred Owl for anyone looking to get away in the Shenandoah region. My wife and I would definitely stay here again.

Jim R.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cabin is fabulous. Clean and well stocked. The owner is great and made recommendations for things in the area. It will not disappoint!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent Home

  • 5 of 5

Hi, we just returned from an amazing trip to the Shenandoah Valley. And we could not have selected a better home, than the Barred Owl Lodge. It is beyond what we expected ! A beautiful log home, on beautiful property, on top of a hill, with a lot of privacy, in the middle of nature (with other homes close by). Coming off the mountain, the views are spectacular.

The home is so new, and fresh, filled with amenities, and Lisa's special touches (loved all the owl decor !). We loved the fire pit, relaxing on the porch, and taking in all the sounds of nature.. One day we decided to stay back and enjoy the home and property. If you're thinking of renting this home, you will not be disappointed. This was the nicest home that I've ever stayed in on vacation.. Steph S.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean & quiet

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is new and clean. All amenities were generously provided. Easy access to attractions in Luray; a little bit of a drive to Shenandoah National Park.

My family and I stayed the weekend for the Shenandoah Half Marathon and had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and for choosing us for your getaway! You were wonderful guests and we hope to see you again. For those of you who are looking to come to Shenandoah National Park, this property is closest to the Thornton Gap Entrance (about 15 miles...a beautiful drive to and through the Park).
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  • 4 of 5

We loved the Barred Owl Lodge. The place was spotless and the kitchen had all the amenities that we wanted. It was such a relaxing place after a full day of hiking. Unfortunately the hot tub is right outside the bedroom, so when it kicked on, it was loud and woke us up. Thanks for the detailed instructions on the hot tub, otherwise I would've thought there was something wrong with it (I didn't know it would periodically kick on). I was a bit surprised that we were responsible for bringing the trash to the landfill and for stripping the beds when we left. At least we had the option of texting the housekeeper to pick up the trash. Considering the price we paid per night, one would think those things would be taken care of. Overall we did have a great stay in a very pretty home, beautifully decorated and incredibly clean.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Victoria, and we're glad you enjoyed the home and the area! We ask guests to take a moment to strip the beds so that we know which linens are dirty; we regret that you found that to be inconvenient. And the trash... there is no trash pick-up in this rural area which is why we offer the option for our guests to take it with them or text the housekeeper to pick it up. She's always happy to do so, so I'm glad you took advantage of that option. We will look forward to seeing you again!
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Dulles International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 81
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Car: necessary

There are a million things to do in the Shenandoah Valley area!! Luray Caverns (10 minutes from the home) and Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive (15 minutes) are 'must do' items. The Park offers gorgeous drives, overlooks, hiking, biking, and ranger-led activities.

Luray (10 minutes) offers the Hawksbill Greenway (fantastic walking/biking along a rushing creek), plenty of shopping and dining, mini golf, 18 hole golf courses, zip lines, horseback riding, and more. Lake Arrowhead (10 minutes) offers fishing, boating, BBQ facilities, and swimming/relaxing at the beach area. Hawksbill Recreation Area (5 minutes) offers an outdoor pool and BBQ area. Spectacular canoeing/kayaking/tubing along the Shenandoah River (up to Class 2 Rapids) is available on your own or through several area Outfitters. Wineries (closest is 2 miles away from the cabin), antique shopping, shooting ranges, jet skiing, off-roading, outdoor concerts and festivals, and even a zoo are all within half an hour or less. Want to drive a little further? Presidential homes, Civil War sites, and Harrisonburg and Charlottesville are all 30-60 minutes away. Of course, if all you want is to stay at the cabin and relax with good food, a good book, and beautiful scenery, downtown Stanley (2 miles) offers a grocery store and a couple great restaurants.

The Visitor's Center in Luray is an excellent source of additional area information.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.3%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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