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Old Rag Mt Lodge Overlooking Mountains & Orchards

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Syria Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Sunny, Private Country Estate with Mountain Views and Lush Gardens

Whether you want serenity or adventure, this house has it all! This sunny Adirondack style home sits high up overlooking hundreds of acres of Apple orchards, forests, and mountains.

You can't beat our location! Hiking, fishing, festivals, biking, winery tours, waterfalls, apple picking, and more...all right here. You can walk or ride for miles right off our property. The Trout Heritage Waters of the Robinson River lay at our feet. Old Rag and White Oak Canyon are just up the road. Next door, the Graves Mountain Lodge offers horseback riding, hayrides, music festivals, camps, and a full service, country style restaurant.

Our great room soars 33' with a stone fireplace and looks out on the mountains. Wrap around porches with rocking chairs and a hammock await you. Curl up with a book, watch hummingbirds feed in our extensive gardens, or visit with friends and family. From every angle, you'll enjoy great views of sunrises, sunsets, and starry-skies.

Chicken coop on site. Fresh eggs laid daily! Imagine starting your day with a fluffy omelet in a light-filled window seat!

Hot-tub after a fun day hiking Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon and then tuck in under cozy flannel comforters for the quietest night sleep you can imagine.

A master bedroom, second bedroom, and studio office are on the second floor--all brimming with light, hickory log furniture, and charm. There are large window seats that serve as extra sleeping space and a shared full bath.

The first floor is handicap accessible via a ramp from the driveway--not ADA compliant.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Samantha Guerry
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Samantha Guerry

After years of living near DC, we were ready to get back to the quiet of the countryside--even if it wasn't full time. We also wanted our son to know the pleasures of a country community---the immense freedom and pleasures of the woods and fields.

Samantha Guerry purchased this chateau / country house in 1994

Why Samantha Guerry chose Virginia

We fell in love with this valley over 23 years ago when we came to Graves Mt. Lodge for a weekend. We found this property in 1992 and designed our dream house to go with it. We've created the gardens up and sense of place out of our vision of the ideal country life.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Our home is only 90miles from DC--a short and mostly beautiful 1.75 hr drive--also only 35 miles from Charlottesville/UVA.

It's just close enough to be satisfying for an overnight and just long enough to feel a LOT further away. This is a place you can really get away from it all! (BTW, cells phones don't work here--but we do have wifi for texting/email.)


based on 27 traveler reviews

Old Rag Mt Lodge Overlooking Mountains & Orchards
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful house...Awesome people!

  • 5 of 5

Oh my goodness....what a great vacation! The house is every bit as beautiful as it looks in the pictures (even more so)! We hosted a family reunion while there, and the layout was just perfect for socializing...There are great decks, a huge porch and lots of outdoor seating areas. And then there is Connie....She was our welcome committee, our concierge and just a tremendous help overall. THANK YOU for a fantastic time!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I loved every second! It was so nice,quite and relaxing!! The perfect stress free getaway. I will be staying here again. The owners and caretaker are absolutely wonderful.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Old Rag Mountain Lodge

  • 5 of 5

The experience was wonderful - very quiet and peaceful. Loved the Chickens and the Ducks that ran around the grounds. Was great to be able to go and check the chickens for eggs which made a great breakfast. Even though cell services was not existent and Internet was spotty it was probably for the best as you leave the outside world just relax. The amenities were exceptional and the care taker was great checking in from time to time to make sure that everything was ok or if had any needs.

They did have a pond but its not kept up very well, said we can fish but did not try and define toy can not swim.

Overall a Wonderful trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a wonderful stay! We hope you'll come again. As a note for future renters, the pond is a rustic country pond with a simple dock. We and other guests use it all summer and find it refreshing, but it's not for everyone.
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Lovely as always!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd time staying at Old Rag Mt Lodge. It is always a relaxing and fun weekend, and this time was no different. Hiking, biking, swimming, cooking, and even getting our own fresh eggs from the hen house. So fun! Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I felt like I was in a movie

  • 5 of 5

I kept expecting someone famous to walk in, that's how perfectly magical it was. The books, the chickens, the bear cub that walked in to the garden, the fish in the pond, the decor of the home, the porch swing, the birds nesting in a, it was all so perfect. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful home and property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home and property. If you are looking for a quiet place to get away and relax we highly recommend Old Rag Mountain Lodge.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 29 -- N. Seminole Trail Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Graves Mountain Lodge
Car: necessary

When the road ends, adventure begins! Drive, bike or ride a short way west on any road in our valley and you will be in the Shenandoah National Park. Hike Old Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon. Cool off in local waterfalls. Fish the beautiful heritage waters of the Robinson and Rose Rivers---or take your little ones to the stocked trout pond to let them catch some dinner.

If you just want to relax, you can curl up in our hammock for that overdue nap, take a swim in our community lake (just a short walk down the hill) or just pass the day on a raft reading and counting the hawks that fly overhead.

Our valley is home to the Graves Mountain Lodge, which hosts the nationally known Annual BlueGrass Festival, the autumn Apple Festivals, and many other wonderful events. If you don't feel like cooking, just drop in at Graves for a homestyle meal served family style in their lodge overlooking the mountains.

If you love horses, you can join a ride out of their stable or board your own horses in their stable space right at the foot of our hill. There are hundreds of miles of trails through fields and forests--you can go all the way to Skyline Drive from here.

For cyclists, our backroads are some of the most beautiful and least traveled in the region and the Double Top Wilderness area has lots of great mountain bike trails to take in as well.

So much to do in every season!


Rates & Availability

Syria Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Holiday Season
Nov 24 - Jan 5
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 5.0%

Check in time is 4pm. Check out is 11:00am---please respect these times.

We will consider early and late check ins/outs based on other bookings and reserve the right to charge a $75 fee for late or early checkouts that are in excess of 4 hours and therefore constitute a full day.

Other fees:
$25 per night for any additional people (Over 6 adults)
$25 per night/dog (only with owner permission)

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Syria Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom -First Floor - toilet , shower , Shower has handicap grab bars
    Bathroom - 2nd Floor - toilet , shower , Shared bath between upstairs bedrooms
  • Large showers. No indoor tubs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2nd Floor - 3 twin/ single
    First Floor 'Red Room' - 1 queen
    Master - 1 king , 1 child bed , Large Master Bedroom upstairs with King size bed and sleepin
  • Large Master Bedroom upstairs with great view, King size bed and sleeping window seat bed (size of twin, ideal for children). Deck off this room includes outdoor lounge we call the 'Stargazer' because it is perfect to layout and sleep under the stars and listen to the Robinson River just below. Shares full bath with another second floor bedroom with 2 twins beds and a window bed (twin). Bedroom on first floor has comfy queen and provides easy access and full bath. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Whether you just want some serenity or adventure, this house has it all.

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