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Beautiful Lake House in the Shenandoah Mountains

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Last updated: 05/08/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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.

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 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. This is very important to me since they are not just my neighbors but my dear friends. Bryce resort operates a large beach resort next door to 'my' beach. When you rent my house you get a pass that gives you free access to this facility for 6 people which is open for swimming etc. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you have more than 6 people, you can pay a small daily rate to use this facility -- it has diving platforms,canoes and paddle boats for rent, a protected, sandy 'toddler beach,' and a snack bar and lots of lawn furniture. Occasionally a local resident will use my beach to fish.

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 climbing wall,tubing and 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.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    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

  • Children Welcome:

    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

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely no smoking allowed ANYWHERE on my property....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    additional fees required for pets -- 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....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 queens in private bedrooms; 3 queen futons that have internal springs and are very comfortable. Down quilts for all queen beds., Baby Cribs (1) Home has a porta-crib in bedroom closet, along with other baby gear such as high chair and backpack carrier. All baby gear is for use at your own risk., Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 3 of the above noted 5 queen beds are futon beds. All futon beds are easy to lay flat and the futon mattresses have internal springs and are very comfortable. All have mattress pads and down comforters., Bunk Beds (2) 2 sets of bunk beds in a large room that can be divided into two separate spaces. Despite the number of beds, we have a maximum occupancy of 8....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • ...moreless

  • I renovated the downstairs bathroom in 2011 with new fixtures. It's lovely! The upstairs full and half baths are original but still clean, neat and fully operational....moreless

Other Amenities

  • family kayak, paddles and life jackets (for use at own risk), baby items -- portacrib, high chair, booster seats, (each for use at own risk). ...moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of books, especially on natural history & wildlife....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Small collection games from pre-school age to adult....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) One TV with cable, VCR and DVD players in great room; a second smaller TV with cable, DVD and VCR in 'playroom'....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    one TV upstairs in room with bunk beds that has a DVD and VCR only....moreless

  • Toys:

    Lots of toys for kids from toddler to adult....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    I have a huge collection of DVDs and VHS tapes. These include popular films for kids and adults, as well as a unique library of Emmy award-winning documentaries and TV programs....moreless


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Lovely view of Lake Laura at Bryce Resort...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    My property extends down toward lake. Little beach is short walk down hill from house. NOTE: This beach is shared with neighbors; large groups must please respect neighbors right to have shared and some private time on our 'beach'. Public can use my beach -- but if you park your folding chairs down there you can claim the space for yourself during visit. Kayak kept here -- please note that my kayak is green and covered with tarp; other boats kept on this little beach are NOT for your use -- they are my neighbors boats. Also, I am right next door to 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 strongly encourage large groups, and groups with children to use this option...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    At my house, you are in the midst of the Shenandoah mountains. You can see the range that forms border between Virginia and West Virginia from the house....moreless

  • Resort:

    Bryce Resort is a Four Season resort featuring Lake Laura in summer, a beautiful 18 hole golf course, a ski resort that also has summer activities -- zip line, tubing, climbing wall. Bar & Restaurant....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    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 grill...moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Plus there are fans in each of the bedrooms,a ceiling fan in the great room and one in the kitchen....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Highest speed internet available in house, including wifi....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet:

    highspeed wireless internet in house...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens included in the rates for up to 8 people only; NOTE: WE DO NOT PROVIDE LINENS IF YOU BRING A PET...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Lovely great room with stone fireplace, looks out picture windows to lake, mountains....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    just enough room for 3 cars only to park off the street; MUCH PREFER IF YOU KEEP CARS TO 2 MAXIMUM...moreless

  • Telephone:

    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

  • Towels Provided:

    bath towels & bath mats provided; towels for 8 guests max.; NOTE: WE DO NOT PROVIDE TOWELS IF YOU BRING A PET....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi works all over the house and on the decks outside....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    lovely stone fireplace and wood pile gratis....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee, but also have coffee grinder and coffee press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Beautiful pots and dishes and baking pans provided. Also have waffle maker, blender, cuisine art food processor, mixer, coffee grinder and coffee press as well as Mr. Coffee machine....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    plates and silverware for 8 people (with a few extras); lots of glasses, wine glasses, and serving dishes; turkey platter...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    new glass top stove in 2010...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Upper deck is off of one of the private bedrooms upstairs....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Large deck off living room/ dining room, overlooking lake....moreless

  • Golf:

    You can pay to use Bryce Resort golf course. It's a lovely 18 hole course; there's also a driving range and pitching/ putting range; resort has pro shop, carts, lounge/bar, dining room. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    'Family' size kayak comfortably 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....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    I have a sloping 'lawn.' But better yet, I have a trail at the base of my house that goes around the lake. Wonderful. And easy access to the lake itself from just 30 feet below my house....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large gas grill for renters use. YOU MUST CLEAN IT IF YOU USE IT....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    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



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 24 - May 27, 2015
3 night min stay
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
Thanksgiving 2015
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
$325 $325
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $35
  • Tax Rate 11%


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3 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bryce Resort Airstrip
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bryce Resort or 263 Diner
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bryce Resort
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 81
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
263 Diner
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bryce Resort
Bryce Resort
Nearest Beach
Lake beach 30 yards from deck

Car: Necessary

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 bungee jumping in summer; Famous caverns to visit in area;


Manager info

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 in post-production on 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 young boys, ages 12 and 15 years, and they love spending time here with me. I hope to give them the Lake House someday for them to enjoy with their families. 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'll 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 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.

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  • View of Lake House from trail

    View of Lake House from trail

  • Lake House great room/living room with fireplace

    Lake House great room/living room with fireplace

  • Lake House great room in afternoon sun

    Lake House great room in afternoon sun

  • My son enjoying a float on the lake.

    My son enjoying a float on the lake.

  • Beautiful Lake Laura with winter sunset

    Beautiful Lake Laura with winter sunset

  • dining room and deck/lake thru windows

    dining room and deck/lake thru windows

  • Trail around Lake Laura, winter walk

    Trail around Lake Laura, winter walk

  • Boys enjoying diving platforms on Lake Laura

    Boys enjoying diving platforms on Lake Laura

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