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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat - 120-Mile Panorama

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4; 6 with Aerobed in LR)

Skyline Crest is a private mountain-top retreat high in the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Part of a 1,400-acre gated compound bordering the Shenandoah National Park, the property offers supreme privacy in one of the most spectacular natural settings in the Eastern Mountains. Deer, bear and turkey wander through the forests and open fields. Hawks soar overhead. An elevation of 3,200 feet ensures cool temperatures and constant breezes throughout the summer.

The views from the striking contemporary house are breathtaking - a 120-mile panorama from the level Piedmont in the east, over the near Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley to the distant Alleghenies, fading far into West Virginia. (See the video link on this page) Five decks, including a spacious rooftop deck, open onto the various daytime vistas - and at night provide for thrilling star-gazing under some of the darkest skies in the Mid-Atlantic.

The house itself (2 bedrooms, 2 full baths) features every modern convenience, including a state-of-the art kitchen, satellite TV and wireless internet.

Although it feels like a world apart, Skyline Crest is only 40 minutes from Charlottesville and Jefferson's University of Virginia, giving you easy access to all the cultural amenities that a cosmopolitan University community can offer. There are many distinguished vineyards in the vicinity, and wines from the Monticello American Viticultural Area (named for Jefferson's home) are considered among the best produced anywhere in the Eastern United States. Also nearby is Wintergreen, the renowned four-season resort, featuring two award-winning golf courses and some of the best skiing and snowboarding south of New England.

Some final notes:

1. Skyline Crest is located at the summit of Buck's Elbow Mountain, just above the town of Crozet. We like guests to know that the drive ends with a 5 mile ascent up a gravel road. It's a very good road, well maintained and, except in snow or ice, fine for 2-wheel drive. (See the picture in our Photos section.) It is, however, curvy and steep in places. In the winter months, because weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, we do recommend 4-wheel drive.

2. At the very top of the Mountain, about 150 yards behind our house, there is a small complex of FAA radio towers. These don't interfere in any way with our views, a 270-degree panorama facing entirely in the other direction. But you do see them as you drive up, and from the parking area at the rear of our property. There are 6 unlighted towers, all quite low compared to broadcast radio or cell towers. About 60 feet tall. The setting is very much like that of an oceanfront beach house, with a gorgeous, unobstructed view of the ocean – but perhaps with a radio or water tower behind the house on the other side of the road. The towers are very low wattage – used only to relay airline communications. In more than 20 years of renting the house (hundreds of parties), we have had only 4 or 5 guests tell us that the towers affected their enjoyment in any way. We believe that the view photos on our web pages and the testimonials from our guests speak for themselves, but if you’d like to have a clearer sense what you see from the back of the house we are glad to send a photo taken from the parking area.

3. Although the house has Wifi, we cannot allow video streaming (Netflix, YouTube etc.). Our internet service is through Hughesnet, a satellite provider - the only option in our remote location. Satellite internet speeds are marginal for video streaming. Also - like all satellite services, Hughesnet gives a fixed data allowance each month. We are on their highest-data plan, but, even so, just a few HD streamed movies will consume an entire month's allowance. We do have DirctTV satellite cable as well as a DVD player at the house.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the house, the setting, or anything else, please don't hesitate to email or call us before submitting your booking request. You can do this easily by using the "Contact the Owner" form at right.

More Details

Owner
Dan O'Neill
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 30, 2017

About Dan O'Neill

I'm a Charlottesville/Albemarle County native. Both my parents' families were peach orchardists - my father grew up at the base of this mountain near the little town of Crozet. As boys, he and his brothers would often hike to the top - to take in the panoramic views and exult in the feeling of being on top of the world (a rare enough experience in the depression years of the 1930s). My wife and I built this house in 1986 as our weekend retreat (and completely remodeled it in 2009). We also have a house in Charlottesville, where I'm a farm and estate broker and she is a professor of English at UVa. We have one daughter, who now lives in Washington, DC.

Dan O'Neill purchased this cabin in 1986

Why Dan O'Neill chose Crozet

Natural beauty. Seclusion. Staggering views.

What makes this cabin unique

One of the most expansive panoramic views east of the Mississippi.

Map

King Family Vineyards
Three Notch'd Grill -- CLOSED
Starr Hill Brewery
White Hall Vineyards
Stinson Vineyards
Mudhouse Coffeehouse
Fardowners Restaurant
Crozet Pizza
Car: necessary

Within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and its vast network of side trails within the Shenandoah National Park. The area around Charlottesville is host to many distinguished wineries, and there is a first-class micro-brewery right at the foot of the mountain. Local orchards offer peach picking in late summer, apples in the fall. Springtime is for ripe strawberries and raspberries.

Amenities

Crozet Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Please note that in addition to the 2 bedrooms, we have a high-quality queen Aerobed that can be set up in the living room. Occupancy of up to 6 considered upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Unmatched panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain and Shenandoah Valley views - especially from the spacious roof top deck. Miles of hiking trails in the 1,400-acre compound of which this property is a part. Easy access to the Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail. Modern, fully equipped accommodations. Whole-house generator with automatic transfer switch.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.888889 based on 90 reviews
4

Fantastic sunrise and sunset views

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here Oct 13-16. The house is exactly as described. Very comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, spectacular views for both sunrise and sunset. Dan was an accommodating host. He was prepared to come help with a glitch at the gate that was totally our mistake and he let us know that the International Space Station was flying over.

One of the negatives of this house is that it is isolated(a good 10-15 minutes to get to a paved road) and you have to contend with the gate every time you come and go. However, after the initial gate experience, it was all very easy. Just had to get in and out of the car to do it, once at the driveway and then again down the hill at the gate. We were pleasantly surprised that the unpaved roads were not very steep and we actually enjoyed seeing cattle.

We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this nice review, Margaret. I will say that most guests consider our private, mountaintop setting at the heart of a 1,400-acre gated compound to be, not a negative, but a strong positive - one of the main reasons they choose us. You're right, though, that people should understand that the house is relatively remote. About 20 minutes to the nearest supermarket. Please see our property description for full details on location, road access etc. And of course we welcome any questions pre-booking.
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5

Beautiful views when it was clear.

  • 5 of 5

Very private and like my Grandma's in Greenbrier county which was nice. Great view through windows, loved all the decks. Enjoyed the privacy and cows. Really is quite a drive to get too, glad they said to get your groceries and don't plan on quick runs to town. Loved the vintage furniture ( my Grandma's place was a log cabin with very similar furniture). Great kitchen and amenities. Did miss having a hair dryer, but otherwise, just a really nice place. Great to take walks also.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this nice review, Steve. And we do have a hairdryer at the house now!
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5

Beautiful and peaceful get-away

  • 5 of 5

We spent four days at Skyline Creat in early October and enjoyed the beautiful views and peaceful quiet. The house is remote, which suited us as our interest was in long walks with our Brittany and being disconnected for a few days. The house is lovely and well equipped.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Dan

Enjoyed everything about this property.

On our way up the mountain we saw two different bears and several deer.

Close to town and several attractions made this an enjoyable vacation.

Thanks

Arlen

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely mountain retreat with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay, very nice and comfortable home. The views of the mountains are spectacular! Home feels very secluded, it's a wonderful place to get away from it all and relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Sheer magic.

  • 5 of 5

This is such a uniquely restorative place -- the awe-inspiring vistas of mountain and sky, a silence that is rarely experienced, a canopy of stars that instills a childlike sense of wonder. I return to a hectic life with a renewed and grateful spirit.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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