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The Ultimate Mountain Retreat

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Last updated: 10/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Elkton lodge description

Hensley Hollow Lodge is an authentic log mountain lodge, built in January 2005 on 23 acres of secluded mountain property that border the Shenandoah National Forest and now offers a one bedroom guest cottage. This beautiful log lodge is nestled along the slope of a mountain, overlooking Hensley Hollow and the Blue Ridge Parkway with incredible unobstructed views. Enjoy the rustic natural solitude & park-like environment. This Lodge has 8 locked bedrooms and can sleep 22 in beds. There are 4 bathrooms, 2 of which have jetted Jacuzzi tubs & showers. It is 4921 sq. ft. of luxury living area with 900 sq. ft. of decks & patios, including a patio for each of 4 of the bedroom suites. The kitchen is exceptionally appointed and has counter eating space for 6 as well as an adjacent dining table for 11 and an additional dining table for 4 in the game room. Activities in the area include Massanutten Four Season Ski Resort & indoor water park, horseback riding, wineries, antiquing, sightseeing (20 minute drive), tubing, kayaking, canoeing on the Shenandoah River (5 minute drive). We furnish all linens, cleaning supplies, paper products, firewood, propane gas, spice rack & some condiments.

ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED: This lodge includes (5) Direct TV receivers, 9 TVs (4 flat screen) with video & DVD players, 3000 video/DVDs library & stereo, PS2 & Nintendo w 50 games. The lodge has a 600 sq ft game room with gas stove, 1 arcade machine, 1 Large Air Hockey Table, 1 Foosball Table and an 8' pool table, several board games, an outdoor fire pit, dog kennel/house and board games.

Keywords: Luxury Log Home

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 4921 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            We do not sign a lease to guests under the age of 25. We strongly prefer Christian or family retreats....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Only 30 minutes from Massanutten 5 star ski resort with skiing, snow boarding, tubing and the largest indoor water park on the East coast. Public swimming pool and campground within 5 minutes....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No smoking inside!!...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            We have an outside dog kennel and dog house, and plenty of room for your dog to roam....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            We have 2 portable handicap ramps in our storage room, which can easily be set up....moreless

          Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24, Beds for 22-24

          • Bedroom 2: 2 bunk bed

            ground floor west side...moreless

          • main floor master bedroom: 1 queen

            with jacuzzi bath & shower, private deck & bistro table...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

            with private deck and bistro table, west side...moreless

          • ground floor master bedroom suite: 1 queen

            with jacuzzi bath & shower,private patio & bistro table...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            ground floor west side with private patio & double swing...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 1 double

            main floor, west side...moreless

          • Bedroom 7: 3 twin/ single

            loft, east side...moreless

          • Bedroom 8: 3 twin/ single

            loft, west side...moreless

          • Bedroom 9: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            loft, north wing...moreless

          • game room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            ground floor...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (8), Baby Cribs (2) We have (2) porta cribs on site., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) We have one full size sofa bed and one full size futon bed., Bunk Beds (1) We have one set of bunk beds...moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ground floor hallway...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

            ground floor master bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, jetted tub

            main floor master bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

            main floor hallway...moreless

          • Four (4) full baths

          Other Amenities

              • 2 Cozy decorative, open flame Gas Stoves, Central Heat and AC, 7 Ceiling Fans, 9 TVs, VCR & DVD players, 3000 Video/DVDS, boardgames, PS2 & Nintendo w 25 games, (2) Refrigerators with Water Dispenser and Ice Maker, Coffee Grinder and Maker, Blender, 24 item spice rack, Cookware, Table and Bar Seating, Gourmet Gas Grill, Outdoor Dining Furniture, 2 Indoor Jetted Garden Tubs, 8' pool table,1 Foosball Table, 1 Large Air Hockey Table,Horse Shoes, Tough Dudes arcade game, Game Closet, Outdoor fire pit, campfire & patio chairs & firewood, Dog kennel & dog house, kayak, and inner tubes. This is a Non-Smoking Home. One 17' Grumman canoe, (1) 3 person ocean kayak, (1) 2 person ocean kayak, (1) one person ocean kayak, a few inner tubes and other floatation devices....moreless


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Foosball
              • Game Room
              • Games
              • Pool Table
              • Satellite / Cable:

                over 2,000 DVD's and Videos...moreless

              • Stereo
              • Television:


              • VCR
              • Video Game Console:

                We have (2) play station 2's, (1) Nintendo 64, (1) Super Nintendo and over 50 games. ...moreless

              • Video Games:

                We have over 50 video games....moreless

              • Video Library:

                We have over 3000 Videos and DVDs....moreless


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    A million dollar view of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and the Hensley Hollow. Sometimes, the clouds are below you. Lots of cows and goats below the hollow. Few deers roam free, and sometimes you just might spot a bear....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Hunting
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Rafting
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Spelunking
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis


                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    additional dining table at the ground floor game room...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 11 people


                  • Air Conditioning:

                    5 Ton central air with electric heat...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    2 units...moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    outdoor firepit...moreless

                  • Free Long Distance:

                    Free unlimited long distance in the U.S.A....moreless

                  • Gas Fireplace:

                    (2) We have 2 decorative open flame gas heaters, with unlimited propane.And an outside firepit with unlimited firewood. ...moreless

                  • Heating:

                    2 open flame propane gas stoves for just the right atmosphere....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    All linens are furnished and linens are custom, not hotel white. Beds are made prior to arrival....moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Parking:

                    We have ample parking at the lodge for 6 vehicles and parking for 4 more vehicles available at the Owners Cabin (21575 Forest Homes Drive) before the gate at the bottom of the driveway....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Extensive parking is available, 6 vehicles can park at the lodge and 6 more along the driveway....moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Telephone:

                    (2) We have unlimited long distance in the U.S.A....moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine:

                    2 units...moreless


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Our kitchen is exceptionally appointed to accommodate visiting cooks....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator:

                    (2) We have (2) New full size refrigerators with water and ice dispensers....moreless

                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Balcony:

                    (4) A balcony connects three of the decks....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    (5) We have 5 covered decks, Four have a million dollar view of the Hensley Hollow and Sky Line Drive. ...moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Payment Type

                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Jetted Tub:

                        We have (2) inside heated and jetted Jacuzzi tubs. Each tub is a master bedroom suite bathroom and has a capacity of 2. ...moreless



                      Write a review 4.8
                      from 25 traveler reviews
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                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      2015 Summer Rate
                      Jun 6 - Aug 29, 2015
                      7 night min stay


                      Changeover Day: Saturday

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $300 $475
                      Fri, Sat

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Pet Fee $60
                      • Taxes Included


                      Holiday Rates: add 20% to daily or weekend rate or 10% to weekly rate

                      Pet Fee: $60/weekend or $120/week

                      Kids under 2 years old stays free.

                      All taxes and fees, reasonable cleaning, unlimited long distance in the U.S.A., cleaning and paper products (top), propane gas (for the grill and gas heaters) and firewood, are included in the rental cost.

                      Bookings will be confirmed and guaranteed after receiving ½ of the rental amount and the signed rental lease. The second half plus the refundable security deposit ($300 for 15 guests and below and $500 for over 15 guests) is due in 3 weeks prior to occupancy. We accept checks, money order, credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard) and PayPal.

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                      Last updated: 10/17/2014
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                      106.69 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Washington Dulles
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Massanutten Ski Resort & Indoor Water Park
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Route 33 & Mill Lane Road
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Massanutten Ski Resort & Indoor Water Park
                      200 Miles
                      Nearest Beach

                      Car: Necessary

                      The lodge is 5 miles from Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers Virginia’s best hiking, camping and sight seeing. The Massanutten Four Seasons Ski Resort is only 20 miles away, and offers snow sports, inside pools, golf, spa with massage and an 100,000 sq ft inside the water park. Massanutten River Adventures provides river trips, artificial wall rock climbing and tours to Washington, D.C. and local vineyards as well the Charleston Races and Casino. The Town of Elkton also offers a large assortment of antique shopping, thrift shops and yard sales.The Shenandoah River is 5 miles away and has free public boat ramps every few miles. It is excellent for picnicking, bass fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking. We provide river tubes and kayak, we too have an outdoor fire pit and campfire and we furnish unlimited firewood.

                      Area Interests

                      Hensley Hollow Cemetery: The Hensley family cemetery (1790-1870) located just at the bottom of our property. (The Hensley' s is the original settlers of the hollow. Benjamin Hensley Sr. and his family lived and died and were buried beside one another.)


                      Popular general Virginia tourism Web Sites:,,

                      Dining: The owners recommend Hank’s Smokehouse on Route 33

                      West, and El Paso on the town of Elkton

                      Skiing / Snowboarding / tubing: You can be on the slopes in 20 minutes; 14 trails open till 10 p.m. Tubing is also great family fun, but has to be booked one day ahead.

                      If your little ones have never skied before, consider the Slope-sliders program at Massanutten; you can sign up by phone the day before. They have a staff that caters to getting kids outfitted properly and coached in the basics. It covers most of the day, including lunch. They also have similar snowboard classes. Parents generally have a much better time, when their kids 10 are enrolled in Slopesliders.

                      Horseback Riding: Woodstone Meadows(540) 289-6152 (20 minutes) and Keezlenutten Farm (540) 269-2227

                      Hiking: The lodge is 10 minutes from popular Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail access points. You can actually see the lodge from the Hensley Hollow Overlook. There are a great number and variety of hiking trails just a few miles away. Happy Trails!

                      Caverns: Luray Caverns, a 35 minute drive, is a U.S. Natural Landmark, the largest and most popular in the east. There is a fun garden maze next door, and a good zoo close by.

                      Other caverns/landmarks:;

                      888-430-CAVE; Natural Chimneys: 888-430-CAMP

                      Kids: Dinosaur Land: A Kid’s Favorite (60 minutes)

                      Large-scale Action Water Park - Summer, 2005 – Massanutten Resort (20 minutes)

                      Public swimming: Shenandoah River and Campground on Rt. 33 (10 minutes)

                      Roller skating: Elkton on Rt. 33 (15 minutes)

                      Cinemaplex: Harrisonburg (40 minutes)

                      Bowling: Harrisonburg (40 minutes)

                      Family River Activities / Canoes / Tubes / Fishing: The Shenandoah River has multiple public access points, several of which are right in Elkton. If you have two vehicles, it’s a nice “float” downriver to the 2nd access lot. There are local facilities to rent canoes & tubes as needed. The best local fishing spot seems to be accessible right from the Rt. 33 overpass bridge in Elkton (we see cars frequently parked there and have seen them fishing (and catching) bass, while we have floated downstream.

                      Shopping: Antiques: There are several in downtown Elkton, and antique “malls” on both sides of Route 33 between Elkton and Harrisonburg (10 - 40 minutes). There are also signs along Route 33 for local flea markets.

                      Shenandoah Heritage Farmers Market: Old-fashioned Shenandoah Valley Home-made goods (50 minutes, Fine Department Stores: Harrisonburg (40 minutes)

                      Even Finer Department Stores: Charlottesville (45 minutes) in Harrisonburg, & well worth the trip!) (540) 433-3929. Also see Dayton Farmers Market

                      Primitive Folk Art: Route 33, next to Log Cabin Barbecue (10 min.)

                      Artisans: See,,


                      Apple picking (Sept – Oct)

                      Wineries:;/ There are 5 + in the Shenandoah Valley area

                      Golf:,, http://www.lakeviewgolf,net/,

                      Rockingham County Fairgrounds (lasts one week in August) (50 min)

                      James Madison University Sports & Events (50 min)

                      Historical Interests

                      Civil War Reenactment (usually the first weekend in October) (20 min)

                      Monticello: (50 minutes) Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Homestead

                      Washington D.C.: (2 Hours) Museums, National Zoo & The Smithsonian Institute


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2004

                      About the owner: I'm a senior nuclear planning specialist who loves to escape to the outdoors and experience nature. I love the Outer Banks but recently they were excessively crowded and frequently have bad weather and rip tides. So I decided to build a beautiful vacation home in the Shenandoah Mountain.

                      Why the Owner Chose Elkton:
                      We sought to build a vacation/rental home larger than any other, on a large piece of property away from others. This 23 acres of secluded land borders the National forest and faces the Massanutten Mountains. We placed our lodge type home on the most eminent part of the property and named it Hensley Hollow Lodge after the first settlers in this Hollow. The Hensley settlers rest in the cemetery next to our driveway. The cost and maintenance of a log home far exceed other homes, but we wanted to catch the log lodge experience.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
                      Nestled on the side of the mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, our Mountain Lodge offers incredible unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Hensley Hollow. Guests will love the beauty of nature, watch clouds form in the Hollow below, and see deer grazing in the yard and an occasional sighting of turkey and bear. The Hensley Hollow Lodge offers nearly 5,000 sq ft of luxury living area with 4 mountain-view walkout bedroom suites, (each with private decks), 1.5 kitchens, and a spiral staircase to the 1,300 sq ft loft area. Our 23 acre secluded location offers rustic solitude in a park like environment. Relax where you cannot hear another vehicle or person while you listen to the cows, goats, crows whip-o-will, owls and other animals. And the lodge is minutes away from traditional seasonal activities, the Shenandoah River, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Massanutten Four Seasons Ski Resort, Luray Caverns, antique stores, shopping malls and many fine restaurants and wineries. This home has something for everyone, especially suited for family reunions and retreats, with plenty of parking space on our property.

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, Filipino

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                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • Well stocked kitchen, is open to the living room and seats 6 at the bar

                        Well stocked kitchen, is open to the living room and seats 6 at the bar

                      • The loft is divided into 3 areas which are connected with 6 twin beds & a futon

                        The loft is divided into 3 areas which are connected with 6 twin beds & a futon

                      • South Facing patio doors accessing (4) bedroom suites & Hensley Hollow

                        South Facing patio doors accessing (4) bedroom suites & Hensley Hollow

                      • A photo from the kitchen bar showing dining area & hall to west wing bedrooms

                        A photo from the kitchen bar showing dining area & hall to west wing bedrooms

                      • Deers grazing on the side of the road.

                        Deers grazing on the side of the road.

                      • Lower ground east bedroom suite with jacuzzi bath and scenic patio with bistro table

                        Lower ground east bedroom suite with jacuzzi bath and scenic patio with bistro table

                      • Lower ground west wing bedroom with double swing and scenic view

                        Lower ground west wing bedroom with double swing and scenic view

                      • Winter, spring, summer & fall @ the Hensley Hollow Lodge

                        Winter, spring, summer & fall @ the Hensley Hollow Lodge

                      • games and movies

                        games and movies

                      • This second floor master suite has private jacuzzi bath & patio with great view

                        This second floor master suite has private jacuzzi bath & patio with great view

                      • A view of the rich plush living room, kitchen,stairway to loft & to bottom floor

                        A view of the rich plush living room, kitchen,stairway to loft & to bottom floor

                      • Bear eating walnut acorns below our driveway.

                        Bear eating walnut acorns below our driveway.

                      • Central living room with 60 inch flat screen tv and south facing windows

                        Central living room with 60 inch flat screen tv and south facing windows

                      • Second floor west wing bedroom with patio and scenic view

                        Second floor west wing bedroom with patio and scenic view

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                      Date last modified - Saturday, October 18, 2014

                      $300 - $475 per night (USD)

                      8 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 24

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                      Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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                      Member since: 2004
                      Speaks: english, Filipino
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