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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.

More Details

Keith Stephens
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 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:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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


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Slate Hill Schoolhouse - Fort Valley, VA
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Only regret is not having a week or more here! What a charming place! Everything plus that is needed for your stay. We will be back but for longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad we could accommodate you and your group and are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the house. Hope to see you back again soon.
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Cute home for a weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The schoolhouse was amazing! The design of the house is perfect for 6 people and very tastefully designed for an enjoyable stay. The light is a bit dim in the kitchen for cooking, but otherwise the setup is perfect. Excellent location for walking/hiking around the area, and Keith was very responsive and helpful in giving directions to explore the farm area. The donkeys and goats were so cute! Overall, a great time...would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy home in beautiful surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the school house. The house is comfortable and the surroundings are gorgeous. Great way to spend the weekend. We loved the fire pit and sitting under the stars each night, after hiking every day.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really enjoyed it.

  • 4 of 5

Went hiking and enjoyed the peacefulness of the valley.

Wanted to watch a movie after dinner then realized there was no tv.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home with many details to make your stay relaxing. Beautiful views, wonderful fire pit, great hiking into the national forest right from the property. Keith was wonderful at answering questions and giving suggestions on anything we needed. We will definitely try to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the old schoolhouse. The house is exactly as described, and the scenery is beautiful. Go visit Shenandoah National Park! It's definitely worth a trip.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.3%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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