Cabin Fusion - Mid-Century Modern meets Rustic Vibe
Delina (Dee) Papit
About Delina (Dee) Papit
Your hosts are Michael and Dee Papit We live just down the road in a renovated 1936 Sears Kit House. Michael is an architect, and Dee is a marketing consultant. Purchasing Windward House in 2017, led us to put our combined sills to use as creators of physical spaces, and, managers of customer experiences.
Delina (Dee) Papit purchased this House in 2017
Why Delina (Dee) Papit chose Fairfield
We've stayed at vacation homes with no vibe, terrible beds, poorly equipped kitchens, rickety chairs, and terrible views. We decided to do it differently — going from fussy guests, to obsessive hosts. Our approach is all about the visitor's experience — from the minute you drive up, to the deep sigh of content when you sit on the front porch to take in the beautiful mountain vistas, to waking up feeling rested, yet adventurous — its all been specially designed for you. The house was purchased just to be hosts for travelers who like what we like: a good vibe, carefully appointed rooms, good art, a well-equipped kitchen, a great nights sleep, cozy corners, and wonderful spaces to be still, be creative, have fun, and feel like you are miles away from your daily grind. Dee's Note: We do not hire someone else to care for our place. We personally care for the house, and our guests. We clean (my Italian grandmother taught me the value of a sparkling house, and how to make it that way, when I was young), mow the lawn, manage the house workings, decorate (it's fun with an architect at your disposal ; ) by handpicking every single item from bed linens, to espresso cups, that we hope our guest will enjoy. And we live just down the road, so we're close by if you need us, yet will totally respect your privacy while you are visiting.
What makes this House unique
In a word, the view and peaceful vibe. The minute you look out over the mountain vistas you feel like you are on top of the world. We fell in love with this little house on the hill the minute we saw the view and envisioned the potential to welcome other's here too. Plus, we love this location, you are a short hop over from the interstate, so no meandering miles through back roads to get to your destination. Yet you are about half-way between two charming towns, Lexington (about 12 minutes south) and Staunton (about 20 minutes north). So come, relax, enjoy, and be at home.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Guests only. No parties or events on the property.
No smoking inside or outside of the house.
With approval- $20 per pet, per night, 1 pet limit
Children not allowed
Adults only, please.
Minimum age of primary renter:23
Max guests:2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
If you rent the house, you must be the one to stay at the house. You cannot rent for another person.
Pets are allowed with permission. Please contact owner before booking. Guests must agree to the Pet Policy.
While there are many lovely family rentals in the area, Windward House is an "adults only" property, and is not suitable for children under 18.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Style in Shenandoah
Windward House is one of top VRBO properties we have ever stayed in. The property is peaceful, serene and beautiful. The house matches the beauty of the surroundings - it is decorated in a wonderful way that is somehow modern yet perfectly suited to the pastoral setting. The highlight of the gorgeous home are the original paintings done by the owner. This, coupled with the property's "furry ambassadors" (two donkeys and a horse) make it tempting to stay there the whole time, but Lexington, Staunton and Shenandoah National Park will be calling your name, and Windward House is a perfect home base for exploring them. The hosts of this very special property, Dee and Michael Papit, are friendly and responsive but also respectful of your privacy. We have never stayed in a place where the guests' needs were so perfectly anticipated and provided for - everything you need for a pleasant stay is there. The house was also immaculately clean upon our arrival, and full of special thoughtful touches. We highly recommend Windward House and hope to visit again soon!
April, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay, and especially honored that you have placed Windward House on your list of "top VRBO properties". I'm also delighted that you were fond of Michael's paintings. His ability to colorfully capture the essence of the Valley, and the essence of the many animals featured in his paintings, is inspired. And as an architect, the style of the home is to his credit as well. We love sharing this place with our guest, and we love sharing our sense of its beauty — be they in paintings, furnishings, or suggestions for what to see and do — from this unique setting. We hope to see you again. — Dee
Loved it so much we came back for a second trip in 2019
Second time renting the Windward House because we loved the first visit so much! Dee takes such good care of us when we visit, even having emergency flashlights and water available in case of a power outage during a nasty storm. Thankfully we didn't need it, but that is just how thoughtful the owners of the house are!
We feel right at home at the Windward House, and even our dog enjoyed all of his usual comforts of home. We arrived this time to find a note saying "welcome back" instead of just "welcome" like the first time. It is just the little attention to detail things like that that made the house so welcoming. Tastefully placed notes of where to find extra items, even having extra toiletries in case you forgot something, comfortable beds, and a well equipped kitchen! It is all simply perfect!
We look forward to our future visits because we have found a new, peaceful oasis in Lexington/Staunton area. Lovely wineries and breweries, great food, beautiful views, and close enough to anything you need but secluded enough to enjoy the sounds of nature!
We will certainly be visiting again! Thanks for the wonderful stay!
Julie, we are always happy when folks return. To me, it means the house resonates in a special way, and that is our every intention with this place, and for our guests. I am really happy that your pup settled in so well. Our critters are rescues too, even the donkeys, and to have a rescued animal find a peaceful place away from their comfort zone, is a wonderful thing indeed. (Honestly, I think watching the cows gives them an occupation.) It makes my day for sure to read your note. You guys are wonderful guests and we look forward to seeing you again! — Dee
Great weekend in Fairfield
This was our second time staying at Windward House...and we’ll be back. We love everything that Dee and Michael have done, and are doing for their quests.
Beautiful cabin with amazing valley views
Perfect location for our stay while motorcycle riding the Blue Ridge Pkwy, Skyline Drive and surrounding areas. The quaint cabin, cozy accommodations, wildlife, valley views...AMAZING! Owners, Dee and Michael, met every need and then some! We highly recommend this property.
My wife and I and our baby girl came up for a wedding. The cabin and property could not have been more beautiful. The owners were very easy to communicate with and we had every amenity we needed in the house. They even left a bottle of wine and a sweet note to our baby girl when we arrived. My wife didn't want to leave and wished we had rented it for a couple more days to just hangout. We will definitely be back in the near future.
Imagine staying in a landscape painting with all the serenity you want.
This property is the perfect mix of log cabin with modern amenities while located on the top of a hill overlooking a vista of rolling hills to mountains. The kitchen is perfect as the windows look out in to hilly fields of cows while having everything you could possibly need. I have never stayed in a VRBO that was so well equipped for guests. The living room offers a place to relax and read a book but if you want to see what is happening in the world, a tv with cable and network channels is available. An original fireplace with gas logs are a click of a button if you want to add warmth to the already cozy. The beds are comfy and with the quiet of country living, you are likely to get a great nights sleep.
All I can say is you will love your time in this peaceful retreat sandwiched between two lovely Virginia towns, Lexington and Staunton. Both offer first class to casual dining and artisan shopping.
In the country, but with close access to the interstate. Half way in-between Staunton and Lexington, VA.