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Slate Hill Schoolhouse - Fort Valley, VA

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7

Fort Valley is literally a Valley within a Valley. Located at the Northern end of the Shenandoah Valley and cradled within the Massanutten Mountain and surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, Fort Valley is one of the most scenic and picturesque areas of Virginia. Perhaps that is why so many people travel from near and far to hike, mountain bike, fish and hunt on the numerous trails, roads, streams and forests. All of which can be accessed from the Slate Hill Schoolhouse without getting in your car. Other houses advertise their proximity to the Forest, we are literally surrounded by it.

From the property and through the adjacent Glenmont Farm (see photos of the farm on Facebook), owned by the same family as the Slate Hill Schoolhouse, you have direct access to the Mudhole Gap Trail which connects and provides access to the Signal Knob, Bear Wallow and Massanutten Trails and the Elizabeth Furnace Recreation and Campground. Cyclists love Fort Valley Road, the main road running through the Valley. Many operators feature a trip through Fort Valley as a highlight of their Shenandoah Valley tours. If you like to trail ride, bring your horses and we have stalls and paddocks available for an extra fee.

Opportunities for recreation and entertainment are unlimited. Whether it’s enjoying live music at the Mimslyn Inn in Luray, the Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes in nearby Woodstock, touring one or all of the numerous vineyards, caverns or Civil War Battlefields, golfing, skiing or simply enjoying the view and the fresh mountain air from the front porch, the location of the Slate Hill Schoolhouse is only outdone by the house itself.

Local records show the Slate Hill Schoolhouse started serving the local farming families before the Civil War. The original schoolhouse burned and was rebuilt in 1871. In 1939, the school closed and since then it has expanded to meet the needs of the growing families that called it home. A thorough renovation of the schoolhouse was completed in 2013. It is now tastefully furnished and equipped and the perfect location for a restorative getaway.

The three bedroom two bath home creatively retains its historic charm while offering the amenities and conveniences of modern living. The furnishings are a combination of new and re-purposed. The bathrooms have new fixtures and flooring, the bedding is new and the full kitchen is new. The home has a cupola with a school bell that can be rung from inside, a beautiful wrap around front porch, a living room/library, a dining room, a mud room, a bedroom with a double bed and a full bath with tub all on the first floor. The second floor has a loft seating area with sleep loveseat (twin), a bedroom with two twin beds, bedroom with a queen bed and a full bath with shower.

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Keith Stephens
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Keith Stephens

This is one of three properties that my wife and I are renting. All three properties are part of our 160 acre horse and cattle farm - Glenmont Farm. We live on the farm full time. I own and operate a hotel company so we understand hospitality.


Fort Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Slate Hill Schoolhouse - Fort Valley, VA
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

A beautiful mountain getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was a delight to stay in the Slate Hill Schoolhouse! I have nothing but praise to offer about the experience from start to finish. Keith was a pleasure to work with from the get go. He responded promptly and was able to answer all of my questions. The house is charming! The kitchen is well appointed, the rooms are tastefully decorated, the beds are comfortable, and the front porch has an unbeatable view of the surrounding countryside. We'll certainly be coming back when we need to get away from the city in the future. Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend, Keith!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leaf Peeping

  • 5 of 5

Our group of four friends has been traveling together for many years, and the Slate Hill Schoolhouse definitely ranks high on our list of Most Charming Accommodations. We loved all the old school décor (even some barely visible initials carved into the classroom woodwork!), and the house was spacious, welcoming, and well appointed. Keith was very helpful during the reservation process, and he was kind enough to stop by to say hello. The surrounding area is beautiful, especially during the time of fall colors. Being from Maryland, we had all been to several spots in the area, including Luray, Front Royal, and Skyline Drive, but the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was new to all of us. The Visitor Contact Station was a great place to start, and we did a self-guided audio driving tour that gave us some new insights and an idea of the scope of this battle that took place late in the Civil War. After all that history and all that leaf-peeping, what could be better than some ice cream on a warm day? We headed to Flotzie's Soft Serve in Luray and enjoyed every lick. All in all, it was a great getaway--we might be back someday!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very nicely decorated, equipped with everything we needed.

Owner was really helpful when we had an issue and went out of his way to help us.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Fun in picturesque Virginia valley

  • 5 of 5

r.The Slate Hill Schoolhouse was the ideal location for a laid-back meeting involving grandchildren and those who like the simple life. Located on a farm which feels isolated from the rush of more modern life, the home offered many amenities for happy times, including three bedrooms, a kitchen with all the conveniences, and a charm which connected us with its past and the lovely valley it so proudly represents. Great for hiking in the nearby hills and just spending quiet times together. Comfortable and very convenient for our far-flung family to gathe

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time at the school house! It was even better in person

  • 5 of 5

The slate hill schoolhouse was just what we were looking for. A wonderful place to go, slow down, and enjoy time together as a family without tv distracting everyone. Even the teens had a great time. We played plenty of board games (which plenty were provided in the house!) and enjoyed the outdoors. Couldn't ask for more. My son truly enjoyed seeing the different birds, bugs, and deer while he was there. Keith was so wonderful and helpful. This was a last minute trip and he was so helpful! Thank you for such a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week long stay at the Slate Hill Schoolhouse. It's in a beautiful location with a great view. The house is clean, comfortable and decorated nicely. No TV was a good thing for us - Wifi helped us to keep in touch when we needed to. The owners were responsive and helpful before and during our stay.

Our children enjoyed the walks to see the farm animals and all the local wildlife we would see each day as we ventured out. Skyline drive is fairly close and we spent several days hiking trails there.

I would definitely recommend the Schoolhouse! We are hoping we'll make it back there next year with our extended family.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The remote and picturesque setting is spectacular. It does bring a few minor inconveniences with it….limited cell coverage unless you have Sprint or AT&T. We do have wifi and a landline and no TVs. There is a small country store about five miles and the other chain stores and restaurants are about 20 minutes away in Front Royal.


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Fort Valley House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.0%

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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