'Quietude' Charming Shenandoah Valley Cottage, Water Gardens & Artist Studio.
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- Minimum stay:2-3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Quietude Cottage offers privacy without being isolated. (See Quietude Cottage's FaceBook page for more photos of house and area.) You will love returning to the cottage after your day of exploring the Shenandoah Valley. Located in Mount Sidney, VA, Quietude is a 1920s seven room cottage style house, with original wood floors throughout. Partially open walls in the living areas create an inviting space. The cottage is located on 1 1/2 acres and there are 4 soothing water features. Take time to swing on the front porch or beside one of the goldfish ponds. (Keep watchful eye over young children around ponds. The ponds are up to two feet deep and the pond liners are extremely slippery.) Relax while watching the fish play or the birds at the feeders, you may even see a bullfrog. Or walk up the hill to the swing in the back yard and enjoy views of the neighboring fields & woods. Enjoy a meal or nap on the comfy sofa or in the hammock on the spacious patio and listen to the music of the waterfall. Flavor up your meal with a few leaves from the herb garden by the patio. (All bed, bath and kitchen linens provided.)
This is a no smoking property.
Pet policy. Sorry, no cats, strong allergy! Dogs considered, contact owner, pet fee for dogs is $10/night/pet.
New furnace, Fall 2013, fuels the central heat. New central air conditioning Summer 2014!
New solid maple kitchen countertops, March 2014
New solid oak dining room table, October 2014
The two bedrooms and the bath are upstairs. Linens provided. The front bedroom has a Queen bed, raised ceiling, ceiling fan and TV. The second bedroom has a double bed, TV and unique butler's stairs to kitchen. There is a shared full bath with tub/shower off the common hallway.
A twin daybed is available downstairs in the reading/game room. A twin size air mattress is also available (built-in electric plug in for inflating.)
Bring your favorite DVDs or watch a movie from my collection on the 40' Flat Screen TV in the living room. Basic DirecTV as well.
NEW!!! SONOS Play I added Sept. 2015 so you can play YOUR favorite music via your phone!
Washer and dryer are available for your use in the basement/cellar.
You are welcome to use one of my handmade quilts if the nights are cool. My original oil and watercolor paintings decorate the house.
The house and location is perfect for Cyclists, JMU/Bridgewater/EMU/MBC parents, Hikers, or Sightseers. The area is a favorite for road cyclists with an amazing number of paved backroads. A county road map is available at the house.
In the Area:
Nearby Staunton has been honored by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of 'America's Greatest Main Streets!'
Joel Salatin's PolyFace Farm is 1/2 hour away.
The American Shakespeare Company performs works of the Bard in a beautiful re-creation of the BlackFriars Theatre in downtown Staunton.
ShenanArts, stellar community theatre, presents shows throughout the year in Staunton.
Art Galleries, Restaurants & Wonderful Historic Architecture in Downtown Staunton.
Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park) meet atop Afton Mountain @ 30 minutes away. Appalachian Trail passes along those mountains too.
Keywords: Farmhouse, Country Community, Water Gardens, Artist's Studio, Central Air, Children Welcome, Dogs Considered (pet fee)
Member since: 2011
- 1500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
High chair, bouncy seat/walker & jogging stroller (unfortunately, not a Bob!) provided. Sandbox with trucks, etc. Inside toys, books, kid's DVDs Outside toys (old) include wagon, bicycle, big wheel, tricycle. Kids movies (DVDs) TVs in living room and in both bedrooms will pay DVDs. *** Not childproofed - crawlers, toddlers and young children will need constant monitoring around water gardens (newly installed picket fencing will help)and must not be allowed near the road. Not a lot of traffic, but people don't poke along on this road! ...moreless
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Relax by the water gardens and enjoy the goldfish, birds and sound of waterfalls. Inviting front porch with swing, rocking chairs and table for two. Nap or read on the great patio sofa! Three swings... on the front porch, by a water garden and at upper back yard. Washer and dryer in basement/cellar. Bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. Central heat (new furnace Oct. 2013) and central air conditioning (new spring 2014). I love to bake and cook in the kitchen, especially with all new appliances and most recently, new solid maple countertops, crafted and installed by my son-in-law....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
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DirecTV with DVR, 40' flat screen TV with DVD player in living room. 100+ collection of DVDs. TVs in bedrooms with DVD (NO DirecTV). Guests are responsible for PayPerView and any Internet data overage...moreless
- Sports & Activities
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
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- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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- Parking Off Street:
Home phone (wireless) with unlimited local and US long distance calling. Phones in living room and front bedroom. No more worries about cell phone coverage in the house. (Verizon cell gets 2-3 bars)...moreless
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Deck / Patio:
Large patio with table & chairs, large comfy patio sofa, glider, hammock, and patio wood stove. Patio has water feature & herb garden. Guests may snip herbs for cooking. A nice, new gas grill....moreless
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2017
2 night min stay
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $40 + tax
- Tax Rate 5.3%
Reservations are on a FIRST PAY, FIRST BOOK basis. Rates are subject to change until confirmed. All reservations require confirmation from owner.
Dogs only. No cats!
There is a refundable $250 security deposit to be paid by check. The check is not deposited, but simply returned if the house is left in the same condition as on arrival, no data overage & guests depart by 11 a.m. on checkout day.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Search for Quietude Cottage on FaceBook for more photos of property and surrounding areas.
Joel Salatin's PolyFace Farm is a half-hour from Quietude Cottage. This nationally known organic farm is open to the public. Several of Quietude's guests have reported enjoying visits to PolyFace.
Sunspots in Staunton, see glassblowing in the studio, browse or purchase beautiful, artful gifts. Try your hand at glassblowing too.
Nearby Staunton has been honored by various awards:
National Trust for Historic Preservation as a 'Great American Main Street'
Smithsonian magazine as #10 on their list of 'Best Towns in America'.
Travel + Leisure magazine as one of 'America's Greatest Main Streets!'
Nearby are Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington National Forest
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: I am an artist with many interests. I like to travel and paint. But I also enjoy home projects and gardening. I am retired and can choose what I want to do each day. I have grandchildren in Virginia and California, so I like to spend time on each coast. Hiking and kayaking are favorite activities. When you stay in my Quietude Cottage, you will see evidence of my varied endeavors and interests.
Why the Owner Chose Mt Sidney, VA, USA:
North Carolina natives, our family visited the Shenandoah Valley often when my children were young. My daughter lives about a mile from this house, so it is a natural, easy place for me to stay when I'm in Virginia. I love the beauty of the Valley and there are so many ways to enjoy your time here. Lots of wineries have developed over the past few years and they are fun to visit. Easy access to the Blue Ridge mountains, National Forests, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Charlottesville is a bonus.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Tranquility. I find it beside water. I like having the water features near the living room window so in warm weather, with the windows open, I hear the water falling into the pond and in winter I enjoy viewing the water or ice. Visiting birds like the water too! Bird feeders help assure lots of birds in spring & summer and some year round. The area is quiet and that contributes to the peaceful atmosphere. Again, the house and outside areas offer privacy without isolation. I think the house and yard are beautiful and have enjoyed projects that sustain and improve on that beauty. Have lots more projects on my list! Downtown Staunton is a favorite place to visit. I particularly like the art galleries and restaurants.
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Welcome to my cozy cottage in the country. Hope you enjoy it as I do
Kitchen update 2014 includes all new appliances and new solid maple countertops.
Living room has comfortable furniture, 40' flat screen TV, DVD & CD collections.
Front bedroom has raised ceiling w/fan, queen bed, TV, handmade quilts.
Full Bath with Tub/Shower is upstairs adjoining the bedrooms via a hallway.
Butler's stairs lead from kitchen to second bedroom. Kids love this!
Sun sails shade the patio.
Early morning light in the Secret Garden area just outsid the living room window
Goldfinches at the newest water garden.
Quietude (red roof) is in a quiet country community, built up over a century
Neighboring fields from swing at upper back yard.
A few outside toys, a sandbox with toys and an inside toy chest. Board games too
Come sit a spell on the porch Rockers or Swing. Rock your worries away!
New dining room table was made by my son-in-law. I made the baker's table (left)
Original wood floors throughout the house. Square cased openings in living room.
Back bedroom has double bed and access to butler's stairs to kitchen.
Game/reading room has twin day bed, puzzle table, toy bin and board games.
Large patio with comfortable furnishings, great place to relax.
BBQ ready! New Weber Genesis propane grill replaces old charcoal kettle grill.
Early morning quiet spot.
Back of house from wooded area of upper yard.
Son-in-law's cabinet shop (on left) in backyard. No employees or customer visits
Along Cider Mill Road. Farm view , near Quietude Cottage
Quietude Cottage, even quieter in the snow.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016
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