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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:
September 19, 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 4.962963 based on 27 reviews
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Wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home. It is quiet, private and filled with fun. We played tennis, swam, listened to old records and just enjoyed lounging and being with family. The home is roomy and there are many different spaces to inhabit. We loved the study and the little terrace off the kitchen. The home is very close to grocery stores and wonderful restaurants in downtown Staunton. Having the cows periodically roam around at the edge of the yard and pool was surprising, at first, but they are perfectly lovely companions. (My husband even played guitar for them and they seemed to enjoy it!) They are perfectly easy to ignore, but funny to observe. We hope to return to this quiet place in the future (and maybe invite more family). Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved hosting you and indeed, hope you return soon!
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Beautiful home and setting

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a more beautiful location for our family gathering of 13, ages 1 to 93. We had planned to visit surrounding historical and hiking areas but were beyond content to stay on site and enjoy the pool and the grounds for our four days at Gaie Lea. We loved the vintage decor, and the connecting bedrooms were perfect for young families. Kitchen, game room, and linen closets were well-stocked and the owners and staff made check in and communication effortless. Thank you, friends at Gaie Lea, for a memorable visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Loved the Mountain views while relaxing at the pool. Very thoughtful owner provided just about everything we needed and a lot of extras you wouldn’t expect. The tennis court, pool and kayaks have us a lot to enjoy. Groceries close. The restaurants we found were average.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved hosting your group. Come again!
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Lovely Home

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful vacation at Gai Lea. The house was perfect for our family reunion. There were 11 of us and there definitely was room for a couple more. The house was extremely comfortable and nice and it was large enough for all of us to have our own space should that be needed. The decor was fun and whimsical which enhanced the experience. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because the wifi was poor. Make sure to spend some time looking at the art work as they are done by the owner and some of her pieces are for sale.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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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

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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