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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, Sofabed, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4 - 6)

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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 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

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
  • 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 1,600-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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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: Sep 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: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Morrisville, NC
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: Sep 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: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville IN
5

Tranquility with Nature's beauty.

  • 5 of 5

We spent three day's traveling in the fog and rain without ever seeing any scenery and then entered into the mountain house without being able to see where we had chosen to spend four days at. It wasn't until the first morning waking up with our coffee at the house the weather had broken and we could see we was on top of the world with the best view that could be offered in the state. The house was clean and ready for our stay. The owners directions and requirement were all spelled out with politeness and easy to understand instructions. On a side note: On our second day at the house while trailing back up the mountain from the valley, we had a once in a life time chance to see a black bear crossing the road that could have stood better than 10ft tall. After entering into the private gate of the house on any given day you could not count the deer roaming the pasture. If the house is available in ten years it will become our anniversary destination. Thank you Dan.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The best!

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking views from three outside decks and interior panoramic windows. Spacious, comfortable living/working spaces. ( I hung out in the upstairs office and caught up on all sorts of reading -- if that sounds good to you, stop by Over the Moon Books in Crozet for something special ). Well-stocked with dishes, cookware, glasses -- you'll find whatever you need for everything from simple breakfasts to splendid suppers. There's easy access to hiking. So many nature photo ops! And speaking of photos, the photos you're looking at here are accurate. Maybe even a little understated.

Even if the weather isn't great -- and we were fogged in one day, felt like living in a cloud -- you won't mind. There's plenty of space for working a tricky jigsaw puzzle, and a fine DVD collection for inside evenings.

Things to know: The drive up the mountain requires careful attention the first time you do it -- there may be cows in the road, but no worries, they move. Before you arrive, think about how often you want to make the drive. Whether you want to visit local wineries and/or Harris Teeter for supplies before you arrive or during your stay is all about personal preferences and travel style, but if you're like us you'll be glad you don't have to drive back down because you ran out of milk. Just sayin.

The upstairs shower takes awhile to warm up. Have faith.

Dan, the owner, is gracious, helpful, and happy to work with you.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

Photos

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.