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Afton Cottage:UVA, Monticello, Shenandoah Nat Park, Hiking, Wineries

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

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PLEASE IGNORE THE INSTANT RATE QUOTE. IT IS USUALLY DIFFERENT FROM OUR ACTUAL RATE. Rents are based on a sliding scale; the longer you stay, the cheaper the nightly rate. Please read all rate information, including notes.

Afton Cottage is tucked in the woods and completely private. The design was inspired by a Japanese farm house.

Afton Cottage has Wi-Fi.

The kitchen is fully equipped. You will find Calphalon cookware and Sabatier knives.

The cottage is located 20 miles west of Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia and Monticello. It is 25 minutes from Wintergreen, which offers golf, and skiing.

Staunton, which is renowned for its Victorian architecture, is 25 minutes west. In Staunton you will find The Museum of American Frontier Culture, the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, and the Blackfriar's Playhouse, in addition to excellent restaurants and numerous other cultural and sightseeing opportunities.

The Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail are only 15 minutes away as are 3 breweries and 10, or more, wineries. We now have a distillery just down the road.

Numerous restaurants, offering everything from fine dining to good old country fare, are within 15 minutes.

Well behaved pets are always welcome. Please, no dogs under 1 year unless we have talked.

Our calendar below is current.

UVA Visitors: UVA Visitors, we are just 20 miles from Scott Stadium, John Paul Jones Arena and THE ROTUNDA. Most of that is Interstate 64.

Whether you are looking for a quiet retreat or a central location from which to explore Central Virginia, we think you will enjoy our little gem.

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, antiquing, touring the local wineries, or merely sleeping late, curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book or relax on the deck and enjoy the mountains and the stars in the dark night sky.

Golf: Afton Cottage is near 3 excellent golf courses. Wintergreen offers a course on the mountain and a course in the valley at Stoney Creek. Old Trail Golf course, the newest. is just 8 miles away. Special packages are available at each.

See our rate schedule or call for a rate quote. The longer you stay, the cheaper the nightly rate.

More Details

Dick Bell
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, Southern
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Dick Bell

We are an empty nester couple in our 70s. Dick is a retired Realtor after 46 years. Veegie was the Branch Office Administrator for a stock brokerage firm in Charlottesville.

We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren, 2 Cairn Terrierists, 1 hound named Louise.

We moved to Batesville Rd in 1994.

Dick Bell purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Dick Bell chose Afton

We built Afton Cottage in 1996 as a rental unit. In October 2007 we decided to market it as a vacation home online through VRBO. Since that time, we have had over 450 reservations by wonderful folks, many of whom have returned multiple times.

What makes this cottage unique

The great appeal of Afton Cottage is its location. It is located in a beautiful area and it is convenient to Charlottesville, Monticello, Staunton, & Wintergreen.

Close proximity to the Shenandoah National Park, Appalachian Trail, 10+ wineries,5 breweries. distilleries, and cideries make it an ideal home-away-from-home for hikers,bikers, sightseers and wine and craft beer afficianados.

The privacy and tranquility afforded by the cottage make it a wonderful getaway for those seeking a place to merely relax and unwind. It is a favorite of writers.


Afton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The cottage will accommodate 5, if someone wants to sleep on the couch. It has been described as, 'very comfortable' to 'not very comfortable.'
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Minimum age limit for renters. We do not rent to persons under 25 years without prior approval.


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Afton Cottage:UVA, Monticello, Shenandoah Nat Park, Hiking, Wineries
average rating of 4.924528 based on 159 reviews
Jacksonville FL

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This home is in a beautiful location and convenient to Monticello, Charlottesville, Staunton, numerous wineries, and the Shenandoah Parkway. Something for everyone- historic sites, antique and other shopping, hiking, gorgeous scenery, wine tasting..... The weather was cool when we were there so we were not able to enjoy the porch area but did see deer in the yard most nights. Kitchen is quite well equipped if you want to cook and Harris Teeter is nearby for groceries.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little cottage in wonderful location--close to vinyards, breweries, hiking,

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at Afton cottage--the cottage itself was well maintained and very comfortable. It was close to all of the local attractions and in a beautiful area of rolling hills and farmland. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home in beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family weekend getaway to Virginia. It was very clean and had everything we needed so we felt like we were at home from the moment we arrived. The kitchen was stocked with plenty of dishware and appliances. The beds were super comfortable and afforded us all a good nights sleep. The home has a beautiful view and is private, yet the location is extremely convenient to Shenandoah National Park and Charlottesville. We loved being able to bring our family dog and he enjoyed exploring the yard. We could tell that the homeowners give great attention to detail in caring for the home and providing a wonderful experience for their guests. They have a binder in the home that gives detailed information on the house and surrounding area, which we referenced for dining out and were not disappointed. This home definitely gets 5+ stars and we would happily return here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodations and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my week and the Fall colors and weather were excellent. The "book" created by Dick Bell, advising everything to know about the house, area, things to do, places to eat, etc was extremely detailed and helpful. Charlottesville is very close, with lots to see and do, and just staying cozy was just as much of a vacation as I wanted. I hope to return!

Tricia Laut

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tricia, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Afton Cottage. You get 10 stars for doing the laundry and leaving the cottage in such nice order. We are looking forward to seeing you again, soon!
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Perfect Quiet Setting

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, roomy house in a perfect, beautiful, quiet setting. On a quiet back road, but close enough to the main roads. Lots to see and do in the area. We saw more wildlife right outside the cottage than we did anywhere else. A herd of deer comes through a couple of times a day, we were visited one morning by a black bear, and our game camera captured night pictures of a fox and possum. The cottage has a great handbook full of info on the house itself as well as local attractions and restaurants. Dick is a perfect host.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ronnie & Al for taking time to write a review. We always appreciate 5 stars but, especially so when the reviewers are veteran vacation home renters. You get 5 stars for cleaning and doing the laundry. You are the best yet!
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Lovely place managed by a lovely couple

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect getaway for a couple or two. We visited wineries, orchards and Sherando Lake. There is tons to do in the area and the accommodations couldn't be nicer.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mint Springs Park
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Mint Springs Valley Park
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Frontier Culture Museum
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace & Presidential Library
Emilio's Italian Restaurant
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
LA Cocina Del Sol -- CLOSED
Three Notch'd Grill -- CLOSED
Fardowners Restaurant
University of Virginia
Ash Lawn-Highland
Aberdeen Barn
Crozet Pizza
Shenandoah National Park
Blue Ridge Parkway - North Entrance
Skyline Dr
Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Blue Mountain Brewery (also has great food)
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Old Trail
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Blue Mountain Brewery
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Car: necessary

Afton Cottage is in a rural area 20 miles west of Charlottesville. The area is served by good paved roads which pass farms, fields and woods.

Other Activities: wildlife viewing, shopping, snowboarding, rock climbing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A security deposit equal to half the rent, up to $225.00, is due at the time the reservation is made. The rent is due in full 30 days prior to arrival.Two nights during the week are $440.00. A two night weekend (Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun) is $530.00. An additional night on either side of a 2 night stay is $120.00.
We do not accept single night reservations.

$915/week...$1750/2 weeks...$3300/month


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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