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Magnificent Log Home,60 Private Acres--Stunning Mountain Views SUN DANCER

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms + Loft, 4.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Please call or email owner for a discounted rate.We now have internet and WIFI. Elegant, country escape overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mts. of VA, just off 231, one of America's ten most outstanding scenic byways(Great for biking). Our 60 private acres backs up to the Shenandoah National Park & Old Rag Mt., which offers many scenic hiking trials and activities plus we have our own private hiking trials on our property. After hiking, build a fire in the outside fire pit & enjoy the quiet serenity of the country.

View the wildlife or the spectacular star-studded sky. Watch the moon rise or take a drive on Skyline Drive. We have a stocked pond for catch & release & there's trout fishing close by. Pop some popcorn in our theater sized electric popper & watch your favorite movie on our large HDTV screen.

There's a 52'HDTV upstairs. Take along your choice drink from the downstairs bar & play a game of shuffleboard on our 9' table or go up to cocktail hill to enjoy the sunset. Don't forget the nibbles to put on the picnic table or inside the pergola. Visit the many wineries, Luray caverns, historic Monticello & Montpelier, UVA in Charlottsville, civil war sites, golf, horseback ride, antique shops, art galleries. Ski at Massanutten, 1 hour away, or enjoy their go carts, golf, bowling, or huge water park. Try fishing in our catch & release pond.

A massage therapist will come to the lodge for your spa needs. There are many organic farms and farmer's markets nearby. Pasture fed beef can be found at Rider's Backfield farm just around the corner. There are many scheduled events, festivals, & activities through out the year. There are world class (Inn of Little Washington) to down home restaurants within 1-25 miles. The lodge is ideal for family gatherings, corporate retreats, reunions, birthdays, girls/guys weekends & theme weekends: cooking, painting, photography, birding nature & much more.

There's a playhouse for the smaller ones which you can watch from the expansive front deck. So come & enjoy. You won't want to leave. MEMORIES ARE MADE HERE!!

Keywords: Lodge

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

The weather was fine,

We read the whole guestbook

We drank lots of wine.

We're reading departure

And eating some chips

Pete knows construction

He's giving us tips.

We like how the sky stretches out on all sides

The sun comes out sometimes

And sometimes it hides.

We like all the cacti

Antlers and masks

We even lliked doing

The clean up crew tasks.

But, Sun Dancer, baby,

We've gotta depart

But we leave behind

A piece of our......

I'm not sure how to end this.
Feb 2011
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Etlan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , sink
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , We have an outdoor shower in the back. Follow the brick walk
  • Half bath in hallway at bottom of loft staircase.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Bunk Beds (4) 2 twin & 2 queen built in beds
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
9' Shuffle Board, Chess Table, Darts, Games and Puzzles, 2 Large, flat, Screen TVs with HD, theater style popcorn popper, corner wet bar, internet, wifi, laundry room, screened in porch, 70' outside balcony deck w/gorgeous view of valley below & watch the wild turkeys, the grazing deer, or the magnificent sunrise! Enchanting playhouse for a child's imagination & for a parent's delight. Catch & release pond, marked trials on property. Great hill for sledding in winter.


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Magnificent Log Home,60 Private Acres--Stunning Mountain Views SUN DANCER
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 14 stayed at Sundancer Lodge for a long September weekend and had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect gathering spot

  • 5 of 5

The Sun Dancer property was exactly as pictured, spacious and well stocked, from kitchen items to toys & movies. It was an ideal location for our family gathering and included multiple activity options.

The surroundings were relaxing, full of wildlife, including widespread natural habitat for many birds, plus the view was amazing. Our family enjoyed hiking, fishing in the pond and exploring the surroundings. We enjoyed sitting around the fire pit each night, relaxing and enjoying our time together. We will keep this location in mind for future gatherings

The owners were very accommodating and responded to questions in a timely manner.

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you back in the future. Regards, Geri
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Pasadena, Maryland USA

Connecting the Dots

  • 5 of 5

Today we traveled to Etlan, Virginia where we spent the weekend at Sun Dancer. The property where Spirit Dancer, Sun Dancer and Star Dancer Lodges are located borders on the Shenandoah National Park. This weekend we had no cell phone or Internet connections.

These days, we are all used to instant connection via mobile phone or computer. It is technology that makes this possible but when technology is unavailable, we are forced to connect in ways that rely only on face-to-face time where spaces are filled with hugs, discussions and actually doing things together.

At night I went outside, listened to the silence above, and saw more stars than I could count. Looking up, I felt a connection to these distant bright balls of gas that inspired people long ago to create pictures and stories by connecting the dots in the sky. Other humans far away also look up at these distant points of light and, like me, are awed. In a way, during our lifetime, we are all our own stars secured to the earth by gravity and given the task of connecting the dots, the spaces among ourselves.

My father once asked my husband about his philosophy of afterlife. My husband told him he believes we are made of stardust and that when we die, we become part of the universe.

"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ~ Carol Sagan

What a gift we had this past weekend--millions of points of light.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love Sun Dancer and it is very gratifying when guests feel exactly the same. Thank you for your kind review. Geri and Gary
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Fantastic Fall Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a wonderful, relaxing, weekend vacation @ the Sun Dancer. The pictures on your website did not do justice to the gorgeous scenery views and lodge accommodations. Not only was the location perfect but the home owner, Geri, was perfect to work- so accountable and accomodating!

Our group had wonderful weather the entire weekend and enjoyed exploring Old Rag Mt, wine tasting at Sharp Rock Winery, sipping cocktails on the deck while playing board games, and meandering through the Copper Fox Distillery. A great time was had by all who attended and we all cannot wait to rent this location again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


We spent the weekend at SunDancer for my daughter and future son in laws "last fling before the ring". From the minute you drive up and see the house on the hill you know it's going to be good. But the minute you walk thru the door - just stunning.

The house is decorated beautifully. I can't even begin to describe the hand hewn walls, the amazing decorations in each of the rooms, the bathrooms are a decorator's dream. The knick knacks - and the game room down stairs - incredible.

The view is to die for. Sitting on the huge deck overlooking the valley and mountains is just breathtaking.

Did I mention the house is HUGE? we had 16 people and no one was on top of each other.

We'd love to spend another weekend at SunDancer - the house was stunning and the time there fabulous.

Girls went to a few wineries (Boot camp at Little Washington was perfect and then a private wine tasting at Quievremont) and the boys went tubing.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an exceptional experience, Cathi

  • 5 of 5

Wow!! What a wonderful weekend! Our daughter got married this weekend. We live out of state & were referred to this site. While we rented the house for the weekend, we also had the rehearsal dinner on Saturday. Our Bridal party, Grooms family extended members were taken aback by the whole experience! The lodge, the spacious rooms, more than enough seating for dinner and the decks with more stars than you could imagine. When you say a full kitchen, you are true to form.

My Husband leaving everything to me & was so happy with the outcome! From the views, the beautiful mornings & the hot tub as we were gathering our clothes, kitchen items, dishes and what-nots! (He really did most of that, so when he mentioned Hot Tub, I told him to take as long as he wanted!)

We bought solar lights and placed them on either side of the drive, which not only aided people up the drive, from the deck it made a regal impression for all.

My extended family were so impressed & said we should make it a yearly reunion spot!

Thank you so much! While the wedding was breathtaking, heart melting and unbelievably memorable, the stay at your lodge added so much. Our Daughter & new Son sent us a message that read: from minute one, our new life was magical!

Thank you a hundred times! If you want somewhere that offers every measure of the Shennandoah experience with warmth and comforts, come on down!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

If you want to visit a nearby city, Charlottesville, Flint Hill, Washington & Culpeper are close with many restaurants, movies, live theater, concerts & shops plus there are many other smaller 'country towns' which offer an inside peak of 'real' country life. Visit some of the many wineries, golf, horseback ride, historic sites & battlefields, Luray Caverns, Historic Monticello & Montpelier, antique shops, art galleries, University of VA in Charlottesville. Ski at Massanutten, 1 hour away, or enjoy their golf, go carts, bowling, or huge indoor/outdoor water park. A massage therapist will come to the lodge for your spa needs. There are many scheduled events, festivals, & activities throughout the year. There are world class (Inn of Little Washington) to down home restaurants within 5-25 miles. The lodge is ideal for family gatherings, corporate retreats, reunions, birthdays, girls/guys weekends & theme weekends: cooking, painting, photography, birding, book clubs, biking, hiking, relaxing, nature & much more

Other Activities: wineries, canoeing, cheese factories, historic sites & battlefields, caverns, wildlife viewing, shopping, Monticello & Montpelier, auctions, etc


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 10.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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