About the property
- Cabin1700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
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 White Hall
Natural beauty. Seclusion. Staggering views.
What makes this Cabin unique
One of the most expansive panoramic views east of the Mississippi.
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Mountain home - lovely setting
Beautiful home in isolated location at top of mountain. Highlight driving up to property in fog surrounded by grazing cows.
Million dollar views!
Loved being on the mountain! Hiking the trails on the mountain was fun. Great cabin. Recommend this place to anyone who likes to get away and be with nature. Thanks Dan for letting us share your vacation home!
Will be returning yet again, ASAP!!!
On top of the world
Our stay here was unforgettable and we can’t wait to return. The view is breathless and the house itself it beautiful and fully stocked with kitchen amenities, firewood, and charm. Book it while you still can.
Away from it all
If your idea of vacation is trendy restaurants, streaming movies, shopping, tourist activities, nightlife, and blazing fast internet, look elsewhere. If you enjoy solitude, peace and quiet, and gazing out at the ever-changing sky and weather from the vantage point of a snug, modern, well-designed and -maintained home, you've found the spot. We (a couple with two small dogs) stayed here in the dead of winter, with temperatures near zero and high winds at times, and it was a perfect setting to relax, hike, cook in the well-equipped kitchen, check out the eclectic bookshelf, read in front of the amazingly efficient wood stove, and catch up on sleep in great comfort. I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and now live in the Southern Appalachians, and I never get bored of these mountains, The views are forever, and even in winter we saw raccoons, rabbits, hawks, and deer, including the biggest stag I've ever seen. We did lose power at one point, but were unaware of it because the generator kicked right in. The owner is conscientious, thoughtful, and accommodating, and his house shows pride of ownership. This was a perfect setting for unplugging, unwinding, and just pondering the universe! Get your groceries on the way up (Harris Teeter supermarket in Crozet has all you need), and just cocoon.
Fantastic sunrise and sunset views
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.
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.
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.