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If you're looking for a place to have a fun family vacation or a peaceful, romantic getaway an easy 2 hour drive from Washington DC, this is it. It's also an ideal writer's retreat.
My beautiful lake house features a wall of picture windows looking out at the lake and mountains beyond. You can enjoy a cozy evening in front of a gorgeous stone fireplace in the great room, or a family dinner at the big wood table in the dining room. Peaceful and secluded, the house also boasts a large deck with loads of lounging chairs so that you can relax and enjoy the view, or watch the kids play on the little beach below the house. There's also a private deck off one of the bedrooms where you can read a book or enjoy a morning coffee.
The lake house is not like most rental properties -- it is my home. As such, it features a very well stocked kitchen for those who like to cook; loads of books and videos (I'm a wildlife filmmaker so if you like movies or books about animals, I've got them), and lots of toys for kids. All I ask is that you treat it like your own home and leave it as you found it, or better!
The lake is pure bliss -- in the summer months it's warm and clean for swimming; my family kayak allows you to access the lake's hidden corners and to meet the local beavers. And, there's a hiking trail around the lake that makes for a lovely walk. If you're lucky you'll see deer in the late afternoons, or a bald eagle or osprey swooping over the lake.
Please note that my neighbors on either side of my property share 'my' little beach in front of my house, keep their boats there (for their use, not yours -- I have one, family kayak that is for YOUR use) and they appreciate larger groups respecting their privacy and their need to have some private time on the beach. Occasionally a local resident will use my beach to fish. But they're usually gone by 9 AM.
Bryce resort operates a large beach resort next door to 'my' beach, just a 2 min. walk from my back deck. It's a great place to spend the day for $6/person. That gives you access to the diving platforms, and docks. They rent canoes and paddle boats, and have a protected, sandy 'toddler beach,' and a snack bar and lots of lawn furniture.
If you're looking for fun activities, Bryce Resort offers many, a short walk to some, or 5 minutes drive to others -- golf, mini-golf, swimming and paddle boats, as well as a world class mountain biking park (with bikes for rent), tubing, a climbing wall, and Euro-bungee jumping facility in the summer ; skiing and tubing in the winter. The resort has full restaurant and bar, too, which is a fun place to watch sporting events with the family. Nearby towns feature antiquing, wonderful restaurants, and a movie theater. The area is famous for civil war sites, caverns, and mountain hiking... and of course there's the beautiful Shenandoah valley which is spectacular any time of the year.
To see lots of photos of my home and the area, please check out my flickr site. I am '1birdy' on flickr.
Keywords: Lake House
25 years minimum age rental. Regardless of your age, this is NOT a 'party' house. I rent to families looking for a child-friendly, dog-friendly vacation, or couples wanting a peaceful getaway....moreless
The house offers many toys, games, puzzles and DVDs/videos for kids from toddlers to teens. There are also booster seats, kids placemats, and other baby gear. Lots of kids lifejackets and swim toys. However, please note that if you have toddlers, you should bring two baby gates to protect them from interior staircase that is steep. Lake gets precipitously deep and extra care must be taken with children near or in lake. Bryce Resort beach has special area for toddlers with sand and a fence to keep them safe from the deep waters....moreless
additional fees required for dogs -- additional $275 damage deposit per pet (fully refundable after visit if no damage from your pet) plus non-refundable $35 additional cleaning fee per pet. Please note: we do not provide linens (sheets and towels for any beds) if you bring your dog. This rule is set by the company that manages my home and it is firm. (people abused their linens by allowing shedding dogs to sleep in & on linens, and washed their dogs with the towels. It ruined too much expensive linen so they set this policy. ) Additional cleaning fee is to clean up pet hair. Please tell me your dog breed when you contact me -- if yours is a non-shedding breed and doesn't like to swim, I might waive the pet cleaning fee. ...moreless
I used to keep a lot of toys at the Lake House. So many people abused them. No one managed to ever put them away properly. Alas, I've had to remove most of them since it was a nightmare for cleaner...moreless
My property extends down toward lake. Little beach is short walk down hill directly below house. Although this "beach" "feels" like my property, it is public space from water's edge, up about 10 feet. So please share with neighbors and (very) occasional public use. My green kayak is kept here, locked to tree; other boats kept on this little beach are my neighbors'. Right next door is Bryce Resort's beach area where you can rent canoes, paddle boats, dive from dock or floating platforms, lounge on grass, and use snack bar. I encourage large groups, and groups with children to try out the Bryce Beach $5/admission/person -- it's fun!...moreless
Bryce Resort operates four seasons featuring Lake Laura, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, a ski resort that also has summer activities -- zip line, tubing, world class mountain biking trails. Dining....moreless
Large, rustic wood table sits in front of sliding glass doors onto deck. It has 2 leaves. Can seat 8 comfortably, 10 if necessary; outdoor picnic table just off the main deck area beside gas grill...moreless
Lovely great room with two couches, stone fireplace, big wood table, and TV/VCR/DVD; Alcove off living room houses books, DVDs and queen futon bed; room looks out picture windows to lake, mountains....moreless
There is a semi-circular driveway in front of house; can accommodate 3 cars maximum. There is no street parking -- the roads are narrow with ditches or drop offs; Do not park in neighbor's driveway...moreless
telephone allows incoming calls, including answering machine, and free local calls; you need a calling card to make calls outside of immediate area of Bryce Resort. NOTE: cell phones do not work in the house, or anywhere in the immediate area around Lake Laura. But you need drive only a few minutes into Basye to use a cell phone....moreless
Beautiful pots and dishes, including pirex 9x11's and pie plates, and baking pans provided. Also have waffle maker, blender, mixer, coffee grinder and coffee press as well as Mr. Coffee machine....moreless
'Family' size kayak accommodates two adults, and one small child in between, in a pinch. Use at own risk. Life jackets in shed. Boat must be properly stowed and locked after use.(lean against tree)...moreless
Large gas grill for renters use. YOU MUST CLEAN IT IF YOU USE IT. You must provide your own propane gas. There are 3 tanks -- you just need to refill. You can buy refills at store in Basye, 2 mile...moreless
There is an outdoor pool you can access using the 'pool & resort beach' pass that comes with my house during summer. Pool and lake resort beach are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Pass allows 6 guests to access for free. Others cost $5/person. In winter there is an indoor pool near Bryce Resort that you can pay to use. Has a hot tub too!...moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
4th July week
Jul 3 - Jul 10, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Jul 11 - Sep 3, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 4 - Sep 8, 2015
3 night min stay
Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015
3 night min stay
Dec 23 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Please note on all the above rates -- base rate is the minimum nights charged at higher rate, plus each additional night above the minimum of 2or 3 nights, charged at $150.00/night. The VRBO format doesn't allow this to be explained clearly. Please call if you need clarification on our rates!
Partly refundable damage deposit for house (you put down $240; $200 is refundable, $40 covers fee for short term renter's insurance policy; and additional pet damage deposit of $275 if bringing pet. Call Four Seasons Rentals for details on damage deposit policy, or check at http://www.brycerentals.com/DamageDeposits.php
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Airstrip at resort for private plane access; Championship 18 hole golf course, driving Range with pitching and putting area 5 min drive; Bryce operates zip line, climbing wall, summer tubing, and world class mountain biking trail system; Famous caverns to visit in area. Fantastic wineries to visit and Civil War history to absorb. Historic, beautiful Orkney Springs and "Shrinemont" just a stone's throw; feature's Shenandoah Music Festival on summer weekends.
Year Purchased: 2003
About: I am an independent wildlife filmmaker with about 20 years experience making films for National Geographic Television, the National Geographic Channels, Animal Planet, PBS, and other networks around the world. My career in wildlife filmmaking got started while working for National Geographic Television, first out of Los Angeles, and then in the DC headquarters. I was there for 15 years and left a couple of years ago to make my own films. I work as an Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Writer. I have won two, National Emmy awards and many other awards for my productions. I have a specialty in African wildlife films, but have worked on wildlife films all over the world. Currently, I am working on distribution of a feature documentary called 'DOEVILLE' which tells the story of a local farmer who lives only 5 min. from the Lake House. I always encourage my guests to visit Gail's lovely organic farm for eggs and organic vegetables. The LAKE HOUSE, my home out at Bryce Resort in the Shendandoah Mountains, is my special retreat. It is full of treasures from my travels, and many special memories from visits times spent here with family and friends. I have two boys, ages 14 and 17 years, and they love spending time here with me. Alas, my dream of giving them the Lake House is not going to come true -- I must sell it this year. Some of my fondest memories of the Lake House are of times when I've ventured out on the lake in my kayak very early in the morning to find the beavers. A family lives on the lake and in summer when their kits are learning about the world, the adults have introduced them to me in the kayak. I also love being on the lake at twilight. Just before the sun dips below the mountains, swallows perform aerial acrobatics catching insects over the still surface. Then in an instant, when the sun goes below the mountains, they are replaced by bats. It is magic to experience. I hope you enjoy visiting my beautiful lake house as much as I do.
Why Bryce Resort:
Bryce Resort is a little known secret hideaway just two hours from DC. This is truly a 4-season getaway. It's an obvious winner for hiking, swimming, boating & golf activities in the summer and skiing, snowboarding and tubing in winter, but few people realize how special it is in spring and fall too! Some of the best vacations I've had at the Lake House have been during spring -- when the lake is bursting with wildlife activity, and in fall, when the leaves are gorgeous. The valley is absolutely lovely, and the lake is pure bliss. My home offers access to year round recreation opportunities including swimming, golf, boating and skiing, tubing etc.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
My boys and I always seem to enjoy a different experience while out at the lake house -- there are so many things to do in the Bryce Resort and Shenandoah area. During the summer, we always enjoy swimming, kayaking and hiking around the lake. I love taking my boys to the driving range at Bryce Resort, or golfing on the award-winning 18 hole course. In spring, fall and winter, we can still kayak unless the lake is frozen over -- which doesn't always happen each year -- and can hike and explore the nearby mountains any time of year. When temps are low enough, Bryce Resort makes snow. Both my boys have learned to ski at Bryce Resort's lovely little mountain. We love going to Shrinemont, either for a hike, or for the Shenandoah music festival that runs during summer weekends. We also enjoy the Edinburgh area. I love going to 'Sal's Bistro' for Italian food, or to the little British tea room in the town of Edinburgh. One of my favorite experiences with the boys, or with guests, is to visit Gail Rose's organic farm on Crooked Run Road near Basye. The kids love to feed the wonderful heritage breed chickens, or to collect eggs, while I pick my own organic vegetables & fruit. Gail raises an awesome collection of heirloom tomatoes. (you can see photos of kids at the farm on my flickr site, please ask for the link.) When I go out to the Lake House with my girlfriends, we usually go antiquing in the local towns, or to some of the local wineries. And we always enjoy cooking in my wonderful kitchen, and a glass of wine on the deck at sunset. Pure bliss.
View of Lake House from trail
Lake House great room/living room with fireplace
Lake House great room in afternoon sun
This is one of two full baths in Lake House; there's also a half bath upstairs.
My son enjoying a float on the lake.
You can rent canoes and paddle boats at the Bryce Beach Resort next door
early morning down at my little beach, Lake Laura
Lovely on the lake in the early evening; great adventure with kids; bats swoop!
Kids enjoying breakfast at Lake House
Great Blue Heron fishing at Lake Laura edge
Big picnic table for outside dining next to large deck
In autumn, there's a corn maze near the covered bridge -- great fun!!!
Beautiful Lake Laura with winter sunset
dining room and deck/lake thru windows
The "Blue Room" with snow outside (one of the queen-sized bedrooms upstairs.)
Lake House Kitchen is well stocked with pots, baking equipment etc.
Boys enjoying diving platforms on Lake Laura
The diving platforms are a big hit with kids; also nice for sunning oneself!
This is my family kayak; you can park at lake edge during stay; lock after use
This is "My little beach in summer when the lake level is a bit low. my kayak
Smiley's in Basye is a big hit in summer!
In spring, American Toads lay eggs in lake; males will climb on your hand
Covered Bridge over N. Fork Shenandoah; near Mt. Jackson about 20 min.from house
Beautiful main building at historic Orkney Springs/ Shrinemont.
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