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Dan O'Neill

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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat

56 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms, Sofabed, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4 - 6)

Skyline Crest is a private mountain-top retreat high in the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Part of a 1,400-acre gated compound bordering the Shenandoah National Park, the property offers supreme privacy in one of the most spectacular natural settings in the Eastern Mountains. Deer, bear and turkey wander through the forests and open fields. Hawks soar overhead. An elevation of 3,200 feet ensures cool temperatures and constant breezes throughout the summer.

The views from the striking contemporary house are breathtaking - a 120-mile panorama from the level Piedmont in the east, over the near Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley to the distant Alleghenies, fading far into West Virginia. (See the video link on this page, or go to: Five decks, including a spacious rooftop deck, open onto the various daytime vistas - and at night provide for thrilling star-gazing under some of the darkest skies in the Mid-Atlantic.

The house itself (2 bedrooms, 2 full baths) features every modern convenience, including a state-of-the art kitchen, satellite TV and wireless internet.

Although it feels like a world apart, Skyline Crest is only 40 minutes from Charlottesville and Jefferson's University of Virginia, giving you easy access to all the cultural amenities that a cosmopolitan University community can offer. There are many distinguished vineyards in the vicinity, and wines from the Monticello American Viticultural Area (named for Jefferson's home) are considered among the best produced anywhere in the Eastern United States. Also nearby is Wintergreen, the renowned four-season resort, featuring two award-winning golf courses and some of the best skiing and snowboarding south of New England.

Two final notes:

1. Skyline Crest is located at the summit of Buck's Elbow Mountain, just above the town of Crozet. We like guests to know that the drive ends with a 5 mile ascent up a gravel road. It's a very good road, well maintained and, except in snow or ice, fine for 2-wheel drive. (See the picture in our Photos section.) It is, however, curvy and steep in places. In the winter months, because weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, we do recommend 4-wheel drive.

2. At the very top of the Mountain, about 150 yards behind our house, there is a small complex of FAA radio towers. These don't interfere in any way with our views, a 270-degree panorama facing entirely in the other direction. But you do see them as you drive up, and from the parking area at the rear of our property. There are 6 unlighted towers, all quite low compared to broadcast radio or cell towers. About 60 feet tall. The setting is very much like that of an oceanfront beach house, with a gorgeous, unobstructed view of the ocean – but perhaps with a radio or water tower behind the house on the other side of the road. The towers are very low wattage – used only to relay airline communications. In more than 20 years of renting the house (hundreds of parties), we have had only 4 or 5 guests tell us that the towers affected their enjoyment in any way. We believe that the view photos on our web pages and the testimonials from our guests speak for themselves, but if you’d like to have a clearer sense what you see from the back of the house we are glad to send a photo taken from the parking area.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the house, the setting, or anything else, please don't hesitate to email or call us before submitting your booking request. You can do this easily by using the "Contact the Owner" form at right.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dan O'Neill (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Dan O'Neill

I'm a Charlottesville/Albemarle County native. Both my parents' families were peach orchardists - my father grew up at the base of this mountain near the little town of Crozet. As boys, he and his brothers would often hike to the top - to take in the panoramic views and exult in the feeling of being on top of the world (a rare enough experience in the depression years of the 1930s). My wife and I built this house in 1986 as our weekend retreat (and completely remodeled it in 2009). We live in Charlottesville, where I'm a farm and estate broker and she is a professor of English at UVa. We have one daughter, who is a student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.

Dan O'Neill purchased this house in 1986


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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.857143 based on 56 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was the second stay at Skyline Crest for my family and it was amazing. The house is roomy and comfortable and the setting and view are gorgeous. Having great hiking so close by was a huge plus for us as well. Dan is super responsive and accommodating as well, which is much appreciated. We look forward to yet another stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Pretty Location - Significant Issues

  • 3 of 5

We have traveled extensively in many countries as well as within the United States. We are happy to pay top dollar charged by hoteliers for appropriate accommodations and have always been treated fairly. I must add that I have NEVER previously left a review on a lodging site.

FIRST: The home is located in a lovely setting. It is remote, ideal for a honeymoon or retreat, and the driving directions given by the owner were spot on.

SECOND: The 5-mile gravel road leading to the secluded home was extremely rough, and we were grateful we were not using our own vehicle, due to the extreme rattles and bumps.

THIRD: The furnishings need upgrading (for the price), the house itself needs maintenance, and the amenities were few. Linens, sofa, and beds were well worn, and many light bulbs needed replacing. We had to buy our own Kleenex and bathroom tissue by the third day. We saw dead bugs in the bathroom and found dirty dishes in the kitchen cupboard.

LAST: The power went out at 10:00 p.m. on our fifth night. That means no flushing toilets, no water for showers, no coffee the next morning, and no lights. When we talked to the owner the next morning, he told us the power would be restored between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Facing that time span, we packed up and left at 9:30 a.m. in order to have access to water and plumbing. We requested a refund for the lost night since we drove to a hotel, thereby paying twice for the same night. As of yet, no refund has been processed.

The power outage was NOT the owner's fault. HOWEVER, no reputable hotel would expect its guests to stay and pay for a rental in which there are no toilets, running water and lights. The instructions to power the generator were too complex for us, and we had no snake leggings to even access the generator! We feel our refund request for the lost night, given these circumstances, should have been honored.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Incredible views, perfect for hot summer weather

  • 5 of 5

Had the chance to stay here for a week during one of the worst weeks of 100 degree whether DC had seen. On the mountain where Skyline is located, it was a breezy 78 degrees during the day and dropped to ~60 at night. Hiking in the immediate area is wonderful, especially to Blue Hole (directions provided by Dan!) for swimming. At the foot of the mountain, there's Pro Re Nata brewery and King's Vineyards for a nice stop-off. Woudl definitely also recommend finding the Greenwood Market nearby, as it stocks all the luxury/organic/local things you might be looking for at Whole Foods (Harris Teeter is near also). As for seclusion, the rental is perfect - located at the top of the mountain, it's at the end of a private road. There are neighbors along the road, but spread out across several acres we didn't see any living thing but deer, cows, rabbits, and a bear while we were there. Kitchen is well equipped with every kitchen tool imaginable, and really enjoyed the master bedroom and quality of linens. Views from roof deck cannot be beat - make a point to be at home for the sunrise/sunset at least once and the stars every visible night. Would rent again in a heartbeat, or even buy it if it hit the market!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and best view you can ask for.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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The most beautiful place we've stayed in Virginia

  • 5 of 5

The four nights and days my partner and I stayed for a self-created writing retreat at Skyline Crest were pure magic. We arrived after dark, so the sunrise on the first morning blew our minds about 100 times as the sky turned blood red, then pink, then orange and yellow, revealing this stunning 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the valleys below, not to mention the beautiful fields surrounding the house. Sunsets: equally incredible. And the night sky is crazy with stars--especially nice to lie on the rooftop deck and look up at them. The house has a wonderful openness to the space, yet feels comfortable and cozy, highly lounge-able. We cooked many meals in the spacious and very well-equipped kitchen and enjoyed wine and coffee on the deck. The days felt fantastically long and full and rich, even though we were simply writing, reading, cooking, and taking hikes. The Appalachian trail was just down the road, and we also enjoyed walking around Buck's Elbow Mountain. We managed to hold out for three full days before we reluctantly needed to come down for provisions, and then we found the fabulous Greenwood Grocery at the foot of the mountain. This homegrown country story has one of the best beer selections I've seen anywhere, and amazing sandwiches and salads. All in all, Skyline Crest is a beautiful home in a stunning, singular location. I could not have imagined a more lovely, restorative, and inspiring place to spend my time, and would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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A beautiful house on a gorgeous, windy mountaintop

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent a weekend at Skyline Crest, and were very impressed with the settings and accommodations. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, living room with fireplace, and an amazing view of the mountains and valleys of the Crozet/Charlottesville area. The house has ample green open space adjacent, where you can fly a kite when there's wind. There's an easy hiking trail in the woods around the property (though we did get a bit lost when the trail seemed to peter out 2/3 of the way along its loop, and had to take the steep road short cut back).

The house was clean and well-maintained. Overall, our experience was great.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Car: necessary

Within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and its vast network of side trails within the Shenandoah National Park. The area around Charlottesville is host to many distinguished wineries, and there is a first-class micro-brewery right at the foot of the mountain. Local orchards offer peach picking in late summer, apples in the fall. Springtime is for ripe strawberries and raspberries.


Rates & Availability

Crozet House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day 2016
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.3%

Unless otherwise approved, weekly stays may not begin and end on a Saturday (as this removes 2 weekends from our calendar). Parties up to 6 considered upon request. A queen Aerobed can be made available. We will also consider requests for one-night stays, at a higher rate. Approval of one-night stays will depend on pragmatic considerations, such as the availability of cleaning services, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Crozet House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Please note that in addition to the 2 bedrooms, there is a queen sleepsofa in the LR. Occupancy of up to 6 considered upon request.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Unmatched panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain and Shenandoah Valley views - especially from the spacious roof top deck. Miles of hiking trails in the 1,600-acre compound of which this property is a part. Easy access to the Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail. Modern, fully equipped accommodations. Whole-house generator with automatic transfer switch.

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