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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

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 2017

About Dick Bell

We are an empty nester couple in our 60s. Dick is a retired Realtor after 44 years. Veegie is 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 Central Virginia

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 350 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
  • 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 4.9261746 based on 149 reviews

Cozy Dog Friendly Cottage in the Moutains!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (and our dogs) spent five nights at this cozy cottage! It has a great location in which to visit wineries, breweries and restaurants in the area. The surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous!!!! It is very private and the owner is great! We so appreciate that it is super dog friendly and has a great yard in which the doggies can run! If you're looking for a home base in the area, don't hesitate to stay here!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, Relaxing, Dog Friendly Get-away

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at dusk to find soft music playing and the lights lit. This was a great welcome that reflected our entire stay. The cottage is very cozy with a comfortable living room and cook-friendly kitchen. We enjoyed the back deck for reading and watching the birds at the feeder. The rural, beautiful location proved perfect for walking our dogs, and people driving by exchanged waves with us. We were pleased to be in a rural location yet so close to Monticello, Montpelier and Monroe's Highland, along with the Shenandoah National Park. Dick made sure to ask if we had everything we needed. Our week was super relaxing. We recommend Afton Cottage highly!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This home is in a perfect location and is a wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved this Cabin. We stayed with my sister in law and brother in law and our fur kids. Everything that we needed was here and Dick came to make sure we had everything we needed. The location is great to see the sights in Charlottesville, Staunton, and all the wineries, breweries, and hard cider places around the area. If you are a hiker Crabtree Falls is just awesome to hike too. Also close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Parkway. Having internet and dish network is an added bonus. You will not go wrong renting this cabin. Thank you Dick and Veegie

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Afton Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Afton cottage and it feels like home. The cottage is always clean and cozy when we arrive. The small touches such as a hand written welcome note and treats for our pup are lovely. The cottage truly has everything you need with nice comfy beds, a well appointed kitchen, nice living room with very comfortable furniture and TV. Having said that, the setting is what really makes it stand out. It is peaceful and has beautiful mountain views as you approach. We love sitting on the deck with our morning coffee and watching the birds. Our dog loves the yard where he can safely explore and play and it is a great location for taking walks with him. The cottage is close to all sorts of great wineries, and breweries with tastings and good restaurants. We love to hike so and there are tons of options for great day hikes nearby. The cottage is an easy drive to Charlottesville with all sorts of fun places to explore. We will continue to come back to Afton Cottage as often as possible!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing getaway in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway at Afton Cottage. First impressions always are important. Arrived at the cottage with the radio playing softly in the background, a nice welcome card with the names of all guests (even our two dogs), and dog treats wrapped in ribbons. Made us feel at home right away. The cottage is clean and well appointed--nice open feel. Dick, our host, visited the morning after our arrival to make sure we had everything we needed.

While the weather didn't cooperate all the time, it didn't bother us a bit as the cottage had plenty of good reading material, including a current selection of a variety of magazines. Enjoyed sitting in the cottage reading with the fire going when we weren't out exploring the surrounding area. So much to see and do so close.

Will definitely stay at Afton Cottage again!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute, Cozy & Private

  • 4 of 5

Afton cottage was a cute, cozy and private getaway location. the cottage is well-stocked and in good condition. It was a good home base for exploring the area with easy access to Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Skyline Drive and Wintergreen. The owner was pleasant and professional and available if we needed him. Definitely a place to go back to.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
9 Miles
La Cucina Del Sol in Crozet
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

Afton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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.
Sun.-Thurs: $260.00 for 1-2 guests, $295.00 for 3-4
We do not accept single night reservations for Friday or Saturday.
Pets count as people for single nights.
$915/week...$1750/2 weeks...$3300/month


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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