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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat - 120-Mile Panorama

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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) 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.

Some 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.

3. Although the house has Wifi, we cannot allow video streaming (Netflix, YouTube etc.). Our internet service is through Hughesnet, a satellite provider - the only option in our remote location. Satellite internet speeds are marginal for video streaming. Also - like all satellite services, Hughesnet gives a fixed data allowance each month. We are on their highest-data plan, but, even so, just a few HD streamed movies will consume an entire month's allowance. We do have DirctTV satellite cable as well as a DVD player at the house.

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.

More Details

Dan O'Neill
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

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 now lives in Washington, DC.

Dan O'Neill purchased this cabin in 1986


Crozet Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • 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 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Please note that in addition to the 2 bedrooms, we have a high-quality queen Aerobed that can be set up in the living room. Occupancy of up to 6 considered upon request.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 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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average rating of 4.888889 based on 81 reviews

Hands down, one of the most spectacular experiences we have had on VRBO!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome modern home perched on top of a mountain with 360 degree views! Staying here was a rare treat -- we look forward to our next visit here!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Mountaintop Experience

  • 5 of 5

Literally on top of a mountain near Crozet, VA with some of the best Blueridge Mountain views ever! Home is comfortably furnished, very private and quiet. Wildlife is abundant including deer, black bears (3 sightings), rabbits, and a variety of birds. Crozet is very quaint and there are numerous breweries, wineries, antique shops and country stores nearby. Very close to Skyline Drive and a short drive to Charlottesville, Waynesboro, and Wintergreen. The drive to the home, at roughly 3,200 ft elevation is a 4 mile narrow and steep gravel road but you will have a hard time finding a more beautiful mountaintop setting. We plan to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing View

  • 5 of 5

We had wind, rain, clouds, and starry nights. All were amazing. The views are spectacular, even being up in the clouds. The house is very clean and comfortable, making sitting inside and looking out the windows enjoyable. My husband didn't want to leave, but if you do, there are a lot of things to do. We were lucky to hit peach season and pick fresh peaches at the orchard at the bottom of the hill. Probably best not to arrive at night because the drive up the mountain is narrow and twisty. (but I'm from Louisiana) After you know where you are going, it is not that bad, and so worth the view when you arrive.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona

Fabulous mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a magical time renting skyline crest for a beautiful week in June. The views were absolutely stunning as is echoed here in many of the reviews. The weather and the sky changes throughout the day and is truly a wonder to watch from the many decks and the large open living room. The kitchen is well appointed. The bedding is comfortable.

Of note the drive up the mountain, although takes a little bit of time to go an appropriate speed, is not as onerous as it may seem. Do allow time to travel to activities in Crozet and Charlottesville.

Finally, the owner Dan was very quick to respond in communication and helped facilitate a marvelous VRBO experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glen Allen, VA

Want a good view?? I mean a really exceptional view? Look no farther.

  • 5 of 5

These were the most interesting 3 days I've spent in a long time. The picture, believe it or not almost doesn't do Skyline Crest justice. Over the course of our stay the weather changed constantly. Warm and sunny, you could watch the clouds racing over the mountain and within minutes the whole area would be enveloped in fog and 5 degrees cooler. 10 minutes later the fog cleared and the sun returned. And then it happened all over again. The thunderstorm on our last evening was impressive!

The great room faces the mountains with a wall of floor to ceiling windows. The built in seating allows you to sit in the windows. You can see for miles. The room is comfortably furnished, full of interesting books and a large t.v. The open kitchen has everything you need to cook a feast, appliances are all in great working order and of high quality. And you have the view here as well. There were excellent beds in both bedrooms, a beautiful soaking tub in the upstairs bath and a good sized shower downstairs.

The decks are great. The rooftop deck makes you feel like you are on the top of the world; you can take wonderful pictures! The deck on the main level is large with a picnic table, this was where our dog spent his time. The yard is partially fenced so he stayed on a lead when exploring the yard. You do need to be mindful of the electric fence but it is obvious.

The cattle were around and enjoyable to watch, deer also. The highlight were the black bear sightings our first night, this was a thrill!!

The road to Skyline Crest does need to be slowly and carefully driven. It is bumpy, rough, at times very narrow and takes tricky maneuvering when you encounter a vehicle coming the opposite direction. We had no problems in a Subaru Forester but some cars would be challenged to drive it.

We would gladly return to Skyline Crest and plan to!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tina. We're so glad you had a good stay. Sorry the road was a bit rough the week you were here. We had had some heavy rains, which had washed the State's portion a bit. (Our private stretch of Buck's Elbow Mountain Road was virtually unaffected.) The State should be coming to smooth things out soon. The road is still fine for 2WD, but, as you say, you have to take it somewhat slowly - we recommend 20 mph max.
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Amazing mountain views, mixed with the allure of charlottesville

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for an extended trip for UVA reunions with wife and two school age children. what a blast, the only problem is that we wanted to do too many things, with so much going on at reunions, friends in town, old stomping grounds and restaurants to visit, and this amazing place to hike and chill with the family, it was a very pleasant torment of how to spend our time. our stay was fantastic

we absolutely loved the house, very kind neighbors if you happen to meet them, saw 3 bears (without any danger) during our treks up and down the mountain which does take about 20 minutes but is full of wildlife and well worth it, saw tons of deer and several turkey

would definitely stay here again but with less of an agenda away from the house because it, the views, the stars, and the wildlife are amazing

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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King Family Vineyards
Three Notch'd Grill -- CLOSED
Starr Hill Brewery
White Hall Vineyards
Stinson Vineyards
Mudhouse Coffeehouse
Fardowners Restaurant
Crozet Pizza
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $12 per person per night
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.