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Beautiful Home Overlooking Shenandoah River

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 4 nights


Boyce House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms/3.5 baths, sleeps 7...or up to 11 if renting additional guest house

The Play Garden is a charming newly renovated country home located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in historic Clarke County, Virginia. Nestled in the heart of Horse/Hunt country, the house is surrounded by wineries and historic sites lying just over an hour west of Washington, DC, 10 min from Millwood, 10 min from Berryville, 20 min from Upperville , 25 min from Middleburg, VA and 20 min from Winchester, VA. The Main house was built in 1908 as the primary residence of a local family. It has had two family owners subsequently who have maintained it with loving care, and is completely renovated...

Amenities include a large stone terrace with a million-dollar view of the curving Shenandoah River, as well a swimming pool and total privacy from the outside world. The Main house has three bedrooms (one King, one queen, and one with twin beds), a sleeper sofa in the den, two full baths, two half baths, and a large kitchen with double oven, electric range, etc

The optional Guest house has one full bath, a king bedroom and 2 sleeper sofas. Both are tastefully furnished..Guest house can not be rented by itself, rather in addition to Main house..the property is equipped with wireless internet, satellite tv, net flix, plastic kayaks for adults and kids, inner tubes, games for adults/kids, and more...

There is easy access to horseback riding for all ages, horse events (Blue Ridge Hunt and Upperville Horse Show) many wineries, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, tubing, Civil War battlefields, great restaurants, lots of antique stores, as well public tennis and golf.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Will Robinson
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About Will Robinson

I'm one of the family owners, including my brother and 4 cousins

Will Robinson purchased this house in 1920

Why Will Robinson chose Shenandoah Valley

was my great uncle's house

What makes this house unique

the view and the general area


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Home Overlooking Shenandoah River
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

This is the place to be if you want to truly relax

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Play Gardens. The house is fantastic, the grounds are beautiful, the pool is refreshing and the porch has million dollar views. Everything about this place is peaceful...

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Play Garden is an exceedingly comfortable, character-filled home with sweeping views of the Shenandoah River. The home is complete with everything you need to entertain and relax. Its close proximity to the charming towns of Millwood and Middleburg, as well as a myriad of local recreational activities make it appealing for groups with wide-ranging interests. Unforgettable getaway!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a place!

  • 5 of 5

Wow. The Play Garden in early spring: there never was such a sweet place, clad in the fragrance and soft beauty of mid-April in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. It was cold when we arrived. No matter. We felt warm and loved. We watched as winter was shed a little more each day, and wild flowers bloomed and trees greened. There was much to do around the neighborhood, and we especially enjoyed several visits to Art at the Mill (Burwell-Morgan Mill in nearby Millwood). Old and new friends joined us during our ten-day stay, and they promptly fell in love with The Play Garden. Who can blame them? We will return.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marriage Proposal

  • 5 of 5

We spent four days at The Play Garden for the occasion of the surprise proposal and engagement party for our daughter. It was absolutely beautiful!!! Everything turned out perfectly - even the rain stopped right before. The house is AMAZING. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the pictures and seeing the family history throughout the rooms. The house is remarkably well stocked with everything you would need and the view is absolutely breathtaking. We will have such great memories of our daughters engagement - such the perfect setting for such a special occasion. We would love to come back to visit when the pool is open and the gardens are in bloom. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Retreat with Incredible Views

  • 5 of 5

My third visit to the Play Garden did not disappoint. This place has something for everyone. You can spend the day lounging in the pool or just relaxing on the massive veranda overlooking the beautiful Shenandoah River. Those of the group who needed a more active stay, floated and kayaked down the river and hiked part of the historic Appalachian Trail. One of our days we ventured into Washington DC to sight see. It was an easy drive in and we were back with plenty of time to entertain guests with dinner on the porch.

Delightful stay filled with great memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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A truly special place

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week at the Play Garden and it was certainly the best week of a very good summer. The setting is perfect. We so enjoyed the house, the pool, the riverside, Millwood and its friendly denizens. We are definitely considering returning next year. It's a place that you can really feel at home.

The weather during our visit at the Play Garden was perfect. Cool enough at night to open the windows and sleep restfully under a quilt The days were usually sunny and warm but not hot. Such a refreshing difference from DC. And only an hour away.

The owners were all polite, generous and helpful in their dealings with us. What a treasure they possess and what thanks we have for being able to visit it. Here's to hoping the Play Garden is available next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Ashby Inn and Restaurant
Car: recommended


harper's ferry

civil war battlefield tours

revolutionary war sites

horse shows

horseback riding

skyline drive





fine dining


Rates & Availability

Boyce House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Nov 16 2016 - Apr 14 2017
1 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Eve
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 5.3%

Rates do not include the guest house. Additional rate of $85 - $110 per night depending on date or $510 - $660 per week plus additional $50 for cleaning. Guest house is only available for rent to people who are already renting the main house. It will not be rented out without the main house.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Boyce House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    bedroom, separate guest house - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • MAIN house: 1 King size bed, 1 Queen size bed, 2 single beds , and 1 sleeper sofa GUEST house which can be rented in addition has 1 King size bed and 2 sleeper sofas..ask about rate for guest house if interested
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
wine/beverage cooler, hairdryer, game closet for kids of all ages, 7 plastic kayaks, inner tubes, 2 bikes

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