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Loghouse on Stilts, Downtown Charlottesville

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom solid log, near Riverside Trail, on creek

Loghouse has a rustic, charming, casual country feel. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (upstairs bathroom is large with a double tub), spacious living room with wood stove, wrap-around porch furnished for relaxing with the birds in the afternoon.  Kitchen is fully equipped and stocked with tea, coffee, spices and condiments. Extensive book library.

There is a large yard with a creek adjacent.  We have 3 free-range chickens in the yard. 2 blocks from Onesty Water Park, and the Wednesday evening farmers market. 1 mile to the downtown pedestrian mall, which is full of restaurants and entertainment. Access to the lovely Riverside Trail is just across the street. Great place to walk dogs, bike and stroll.

Large gas grill on porch. WiFi. Pet friendly (but please ask first).

We will be transitioning the Loghouse from a guesthouse to a residence shortly, so there are some personal items in the closets.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2017

About Leora

She is an ESL teacher

Loves family, travel and dancing.

He is the owner of a wood stove/chimney restoration company.

Loves family, the outdoors.

Leora purchased this house in 2004

Why Leora chose Martha Jefferson

Built it in 2004. We enjoy meeting people from around the world.

What makes this house unique

Nice to walk along the riverside trail in the early evening or early morning hours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Pretty much the reason you are on websites like this is because you want to find gems like this that will make your visit to places like charlottesville a fun and memorable adventure.
Nov 2011
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Martha Jefferson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bathroom - toilet , tub , Large bathroom with double tub, washer, dryer.
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Downstairs - 1 queen
    Sleeping Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large futon on wonderful outdoor covered porch.
    Upstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 2 stacked single mattresses can be separated to 2 (on floor)
  • 3 bedrooms: one upstairs and two downstairs. Futon bed on outside porch.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Wrap around porch with furnished covered area to relax in the afternoon sun, large yard with creek adjacent, 3 free-range chickens in the yard.


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Loghouse on Stilts, Downtown Charlottesville
average rating of 4.230769 based on 17 reviews

Rustic home with a nice deck overlooking a creek and small garden. Musical instruments abound.

  • 4 of 5

We were surprised to find the longhouse in a small modern neighborhood. It was close to a nice river run. Another surprise were the beds on the floor but they slept fine and the host family was excellent at communicating helpful information. Just beware that the VRBO charges a $40 fee and $80 cleanup fee that is not reflected in the per night advertised charge.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super cool house, very cozy, warm and inviting, great location.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time in C'ville staying in the Log Cabin. The house was clean and in a great part of town, close to stores, the Downtown Mall and the river. The deck is a great place to relax and cook out on the huge gas grill. Leora is great to work with and extremely responsive. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Not exactly what we expected, but great back yard

  • 2 of 5

This house fell short of our expectations (especially surprising given the prior positive reviews).

1-- Things not in working condition: The cold water valve in the upstairs tub was broken making it impossible to turn off the water while we bathed. It required turning off the water at the source - and we only found the source when I was bathing the kids and the entire 12 by 12 inch stone tile from the side of the tub fell on my foot leaving a gaping hole under the tub. The handles of the faucet in the upstairs sink were completely missing. There were several lights in the bathroom and bedrooms in need of replacement.

2-- General state of the house: There was dust and dust balls accumulated on shelves, window sills, on furniture, in corners and under beds. Granted, this is a log cabin and it is difficult to maintain wooden floors free of dust, but given that we were originally charged a cleaning fee [which the owner graciously reimbursed], it would have been reasonable to think that the house would have been thoroughly and professionally cleaned prior to our arrival as well. The furniture was worn and faded, the toilets stained. In addition, there were safety hazards for children as well as adults throughout the house and deck area: little copper BBs all over the floor, tacks, and lattices with dozens of nails sticking out.

3 -- Good things about the house: The house is centrally located making it easy to get around and sight-see. In addition, the children enjoyed the backyard as well as the swing and spent quite a bit of time exploring outside. A nice touch: the owner had laid out carafes of water and glasses next to each of the beds.

Overall, not exactly in line with the many other VRBO rentals we've enjoyed over the years, but one that is centrally located.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry that these guests did not find the house up to their expectations. Honestly, I think these guests were quite picky, and were walking around with a magnifying glass. The cold valve upstairs was in fact broken during their stay, as it was working fine before their arrival. Perhaps another guest in her party was responsible? It has since been repaired. There were dustballs from a white rug in the upstairs bedroom which was tricky to avoid (it constantly shed white fluff, but we have since removed the rug), but I did look under their bed upstairs and she was right, it did need to be swept more thoroughly for dustballs. The toilet body does have a few small stains of tiling grout that is impossible to remove, but it is clean. It is not a perfect house, and the furniture is more casual than a fancy hotel, but you can see exactly what furniture we offer in the photos. The price is also more affordable than a fancy hotel. There is a lattice gate at the stop of the stairs which we placed there so that guests can keep dogs on the porch, and some staples were exposed. These guests had small children. I think it is normal when you have small children to child proof a space for them and make sure you take extra precautions for them that owners may have overlooked. I have since knocked out the staples. These guests also requested that I provide a crib for them, so I arranged for one to be brought especially for their arrival. They did not even use the crib, nor thank me. Now we at least do have a crib for future visitors. This was not a cheap endeavor, and a special favor for them. Frankly, I've had about 60 visitors to the house, and almost all have been very appreciative and grateful and have loved the place, but these guests and one other have been the exception. I think it's important that guests do not arrive expecting a fancy hotel, because it is a loghouse and is more casual, but also cozy.
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United States

Great family house

  • 4 of 5

We rented this place for 2 nights right before Christmas to visit family in c-ville. It was a great house for the kids to play, lots of musical instruments, with kid size tables and chairs available. We felt right at home and the coffee they left us was great!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay! Fun Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Leora was so nice, she was very hospitable. The house was in excellent condition and in a perfect location. We were sad to hear that they would be moving back into the house and only renting the treehouse in the future, we loved staying there and would certainly do it for our next DMB weekend in Charllotesville if available! Thanks for everything we really had a great time and a great stay!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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washington dc

No-frills fun getaway

  • 4 of 5

I rented this cabin to celebrate my sister's 30th birthday with 8 close friends.

Leora was very helpful and sweet during the planning phases. The loghouse was very inviting and cozy, reminiscent of the south west. We did some winery tours during the day which were very closely located, made an amazing meal together in the fully stocked kitchen (although I would suggest bringing a sharp knife), and slept very comfortably in the four separate bedrooms. It was a wonderful weekend and I would recommend the loghouse to anyone looking a no-frills fun getaway.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2012
  • Stayed: November 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Charlottesville Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Beer Run and the Black Market Moto Saloon
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 64
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Beer Run, Pad Thai, Moto Saloon, La Michuacana
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Wintergreen Ski Resort
Car: not necessary

10 minutes from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. 1 mile from downtown mall, Charlottesville. Many great restaurants within walking distance (Thai, Mexican, American, Spanish, etc..) On bus line.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $80

$25 per person surcharge over 4 adult guests.6 guest limit.

Please ask first if you would like to bring a pet. Some pets are permitted. A damage deposit may be required. Thanks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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