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Spacious Country Estate House and Grounds, only minutes from Downtown.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

sleeps 15, 3.5 bathrooms, 200 acres, private lake, pool & tennis

Gaie Lea means Happy Meadows as translated from old English. The name suits. Built in 1952, Gaie Lea was the dream home for a growing family. Situated at the center of an operational farm, the home remains in the care of the family who grew up inside its walls. The house is big with lots of room to have fun. The yard is big. The pool is big. The farm is big. The view, on the other hand, is absolutely grand.

This is a destination home with 16 rooms, 11 beds, 3.5 bathrooms, 200 acres, a private pond, private pool, private tennis court, and more on-site activities than you can shake a stick at. There's also an optional personal chef (separate fee).

If you're into sight seeing, local attractions include Shakespeare's Blackfriars Playhouse, PLENTY of vineyards, Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace, the American Frontier Culture Museum—and that's just within a ten minute drive. After dark, visit any number of restaurants and bars in downtown Staunton or just crank the volume on our turntable, and dance to Motown until the sun comes up. Be sure to check the bustling cities of Harrisonburg (I-81N, 20min) and Charlottesville (I-64E, 40min) for interesting activity. Check out our website. It's www.gaieleacom.

More Details

Property Manager
Becky Breeding
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Becky Breeding

Gaie Lea was built during the 1950s as the dream home of a growing family. Lovingly upgraded over the years, Gaie Lea exudes the casual elegance of the swinging 50s. Situated at the center of an operational farm, the home remains in the care of the family who grew up inside its walls. Availability is limited due to frequent family functions and events.

Becky Breeding purchased this estate in 1952

Why Becky Breeding chose Staunton

While there's an abundance of cultural and outdoor activities within minutes of Gaie Lea, we recommend making time to explore Bells Lane. Our little country road is 3-miles long and quite a popular dog-walking and jogging destination for locals. Even the local high school cross country team trains here!

The location just couldn't be better.

What makes this estate unique

Gaie Lea has something for everyone: ping pong, badminton, hike through the fields, canoe and fish in the stocked pond, take a dip in the luscious swimming pool overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains, or play tennis on the home’s private court.


Staunton Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • The Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , adjoining the Guest Bedroom (downstairs)
    The Green Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , (upstairs)
    Mother & Daddy's Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , (upstairs)
    The Powder Room - toilet , (downstairs)
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • John's Room - 2 twin/ single , (upstairs)
    The Guest Room - 1 king , with attached sitting area and fireplace (downstairs)
    Mother & Daddy's Room - 1 king , with sitting area (upstairs)
    Tootsie's Room - 3 twin/ single , two twins and a daybed (upstairs)
    Polly's Room - 1 queen , (upstairs)
    The Girls' Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , (upstairs)
  • The home is ideal for eight adults and seven children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gaie Lea is the heart of a 200-acre working cattle and vegetable farm. Our cows produce babies that they will protect and poo to dodge should you venture in to the fields for a hike. Beware...


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Spacious Country Estate House and Grounds, only minutes from Downtown.
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Perfect family retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, family home in charming Staunton, VA. Everything to keep kids and their adults entertained. Gorgeous setting. Plenty to do nearby, great grocery, restaurants and shopping close at hand.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you stayed at Gaie Lea and enjoyed all it has to offer as well as the City of Staunton.
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Greensboro, NC

Beautiful house and property for a stay in this area

  • 5 of 5

I got a larger group of family and friends together for a weekend to celebrate my brother's upcoming marriage. We had a wonderful weekend at this beautiful home on an even more beautiful farmland. I highly recommend this rental, if it suits your needs. Becky was super helpful, responsive, transparent and welcoming. There is so much to do and see just here. We didn't have to leave once we came stocked up. Even though this land seems isolated, it's very close to the town of Staunton and accessible to many stores, food, activities and sights nearby. This is not my first time to this beautiful part of the country and hope to return soon. Be sure to not only read all the information provided here, but also on the property's full website.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Come again!
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New Hampshire


  • 5 of 5

Three generations of my family shared this house and enjoyed a perfect vacation. The views from this very private estate are spectacular. The pool and tennis court were in constant use. The kitchen was well-equipped, and the bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and comfortable. Close to grocery stores and the lovely historic town of Staunton where we had some great meals. We rent vacation homes frequently, and this house is a favorite. Five stars for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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One of a kind family destination property... best family gathering house ever!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at this incredible property and hosted a rehearsal dinner at the pavilion. There are not words enough to describe the experience... beautiful, peaceful, convenient, intimate, welcoming, relaxing. I could go on and on. Over the week we stayed, every guest we hosted there, every family member that dropped by, every rehearsal dinner attendee, were awestruck with this property. From the pool to the tennis court to the lake, there was something for everyone to do. Many of us enjoyed bicycling and walking/running along Bells Lane, a beautiful destination in and of itself with bird sanctuary and park-like setting. We have rented many a house for family vacations and this one tops the list. Becky was always available for questions and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible House

  • 5 of 5

We had a week long family vacation at this wonderful property. The place is enormous and no one felt cramped despite having 7 adults and 6 kids. If anything, the pictures understate the house. The pool and accompanying view are spectacular and the patio is a peaceful place for meals and conversation. The kids loved their bedroom with the hidden staircase. The house is well stocked and Becky is a great host. We had a small water problem and she did everything possible to make sure it was resolved as promptly as possible.

There is much to do around Staunton. We alternated going to Blackfriars and watching wonderful performances of Shakespeare. There's hiking, breweries, vineyards, caves, and plenty of beautiful spots to picnic. Lots of good restaurants too, although we generally chose to grill at the house.

Can't say enough good things. This was a wonderful place to spend a week.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 4 night stay and had a great time. The house was big enough for 8 adults and 6 children. The house was very clean and well stocked. The views everywhere were amazing. We loved the pool, the tennis court and the pond. The house included fishing poles, a couple of tennis rackets, and 2 bikes. The kids loved the gum ball machine, bring pennies! It was a short drive to some great horseback riding and downtown Staunton was nice and very close. Everyone said they would love to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Hotel Staunton Golf & Conference Center
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak Station (STA)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-81, I-64 junction
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Massanutten Resort
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $450 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 12.0%

For Rental Terms and Rates, email Becky at

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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