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Old Rag Mt Lodge Overlooking Mountains & Orchards

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sunny, Private Country Estate with Mountain Views and Lush Gardens

Whether you want serenity or adventure, this house has it all! This sunny Adirondack style home sits high up overlooking hundreds of acres of Apple orchards, forests, and mountains.

You can't beat our location! Hiking, fishing, festivals, biking, winery tours, waterfalls, apple picking, and more...all right here. You can walk or ride for miles right off our property. The Trout Heritage Waters of the Robinson River lay at our feet. Old Rag and White Oak Canyon are just up the road. Next door, the Graves Mountain Lodge offers horseback riding, hayrides, music festivals, camps, and a full service, country style restaurant.

Our great room soars 33' with a stone fireplace and looks out on the mountains. Wrap around porches with rocking chairs and a hammock await you. Curl up with a book, watch hummingbirds feed in our extensive gardens, or visit with friends and family. From every angle, you'll enjoy great views of sunrises, sunsets, and starry-skies.

Chicken coop on site. Fresh eggs laid daily! Imagine starting your day with a fluffy omelet in a light-filled window seat!

Hot-tub after a fun day hiking Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon and then tuck in under cozy flannel comforters for the quietest night sleep you can imagine.

A master bedroom, second bedroom, and studio office are on the second floor--all brimming with light, hickory log furniture, and charm. There are large window seats that serve as extra sleeping space and a shared full bath.

The first floor is handicap accessible via a ramp from the driveway--not ADA compliant.

More Details

Samantha Guerry
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Samantha Guerry

After years of living near DC, we were ready to get back to the quiet of the countryside--even if it wasn't full time. We also wanted our son to know the pleasures of a country community---the immense freedom and pleasures of the woods and fields.

Samantha Guerry purchased this chateau / country house in 1994

Why Samantha Guerry chose Old Rag Mountain

We fell in love with this valley over 23 years ago when we came to Graves Mt. Lodge for a weekend. We found this property in 1992 and designed our dream house to go with it. We've created the gardens up and sense of place out of our vision of the ideal country life.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Our home is only 90miles from DC--a short and mostly beautiful 1.75 hr drive--also only 35 miles from Charlottesville/UVA.

It's just close enough to be satisfying for an overnight and just long enough to feel a LOT further away. This is a place you can really get away from it all! (BTW, cells phones don't work here--but we do have wifi for texting/email.)


Syria Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom -First Floor - toilet , shower , Shower has handicap grab bars
    Bathroom - 2nd Floor - toilet , shower , Shared bath between upstairs bedrooms
  • Large showers. No indoor tubs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2nd Floor - 3 twin/ single
    First Floor 'Red Room' - 1 queen
    Master - 1 king , 1 child bed , Large Master Bedroom upstairs with King size bed and sleepin
  • Large Master Bedroom upstairs with great view, King size bed and sleeping window seat bed (size of twin, ideal for children). Deck off this room includes outdoor lounge we call the 'Stargazer' because it is perfect to layout and sleep under the stars and listen to the Robinson River just below. Shares full bath with another second floor bedroom with 2 twins beds and a window bed (twin). Bedroom on first floor has comfy queen and provides easy access and full bath. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Whether you just want some serenity or adventure, this house has it all.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Old Rag Mt Lodge Overlooking Mountains & Orchards
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews

Everyone's Favorite - We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our time shared in this lovely vacation spot in the Virginia mountains with beautiful gardens and views. The home provided an anchor for our multi-generational group to gather. It was a big hit with everyone from the young children and their parents to the grandparents and aunts. Rain did not bother us as there are so many cozy spots to read, play games, nap, etc. We did enjoy the proximity to great hiking and fishing and visiting the farm animals nearby. The highlight of the mornings was gathering eggs for breakfast! We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that you all had a wonderful time!! We look forward to having you back again soon.
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Beautiful property with potential

  • 3 of 5

Overall, this is a nice property. Samantha was extremely nice and accommodating prior to our arrival. The house itself is clean and in good condition. Unfortunately, there were a few small things that started adding up to a not stellar experience.

- The place was infested with stink bugs. You are warned about this ahead of time but we didn't realize how bad it was. As an example, we killed 10 just during dinner that were buzzing around our heads. They are everywhere. You can't sit in the quiet because you constantly hear buzzing. We ended putting on the stereo most of the time to avoid hearing it. If bugs bother you (it bothered some in our group), this isn't the place for you.

- There are a ton of carpenter bees. Again, you are warned. They are harmless but it's really annoying trying to sit outside with a bee almost in your face. There is a covered patio area on the back, which was really nice but you are swarmed by stink bugs.

- There is a separate upstairs/downstairs HVAC and the upstairs one wasn't working. We didn't realize it the first night and just thought the place was taking time to cool down. But by the next evening when we came back from a day out, it was up to 86 degrees. We called the caretaker, Connie, around 7pm. She got back to us by 9pm and was very nice. She brought us fans and confirmed something seemed wrong with the AC. We made the best of it but it was extremely hot and uncomfortable. One person ended up sleeping on the downstairs couch.

- Something not in the host's control but you should know, this place is extremely hard to find. The street sign is bent so far that you don't even see it. One person came later, at night, got lost (there is no cell reception) and was lucky enough to get a local to help her. We do NOT recommend trying to drive here at night alone.

- There is no tv. I missed that in the description. There is a stereo with an auxiliary cable so we were able to play music.

- Adequate lighting is lacking. The bathrooms are very dark. Light switches are hard to find as they are hidden behind photo frames, etc.

Overall, this property has great potential. I think perhaps coming in non-bug season - is there such a thing? :) - this property would be perfect!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate honest feedback and strive to give all our guests a first rate experience, however we take some offense at this misleading review: (1) Our house is certainly not "infested" with stink bugs, carpenter bees, or any other pests. There are some stink bugs in the house at this time of year-- as forewarned-- but that is life in the woods. Our house manager does a thorough inspection and cleaning prior to every guest's stay to insure these benign pests are kept to a minimum. (2) The second floor A/C unit was working just prior to this guest's stay, so we were surprised that it failed and we felt badly that it allowed the upstairs to warm up that much during that first hot day of the season. However, the weather was in the 60's that evening and the first floor A/C unit was working fine, so a few open windows and the additional fans should have made the house comfortable overnight. To prevent future issues and ensure our summer guests do not encounter A/C problems, we are replacing the whole unit this week. And for the record, we did give these guests a partial refund for the inconvenience. (3) The directions we provide guests are very specific and have guided hundreds of people to our home safely and soundly. It is a rural area, without street lighting, and we are on a gravel road. Typically, the rare person who has trouble finding it is the one who doesn't read the directions or uses GPS against our advice, but we can understand how driving there for the first time in the pitch dark could make it more of a challenge. (4) The house has ample lighting. In the Great Room alone there are six reading lights, a 10-light chandelier, and recessed bookcase lighting! Every bedroom has reading lights by the beds.The bathrooms all have bright halogen lights above the sink. (Perhaps these guests didn't understand how to use the dimmers that control the brightness.)
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Feels like home!

  • 5 of 5

Old Rag Mt Lodge was truly amazing! The house was really well built with a lot of thought to design. Kitchen fully equipped, wrap around deck with lots of tables and seating. Breakfast nook was super cozy. We loved the screened-in porch, but it was too cold for us to enjoy. Master bed with king bed has a deck attached to it...bonus! The vaulted ceiling in the living room with antler chandelier truly makes you feel like you're in a high-end country cabin. Sam and Connie (the manager) were super attentive and responsive to emails prior to our arrival. Super bonus...fresh eggs provided by the hens on the property. We were a group of 6 adults and everyone got to sleep on a true bed. You can fit 4 more people if you really need to (2 on the living room couches and 2 on the upstairs window sill cushioned areas. You can tell that this house is well cared for and maintained as it feels like a "lived-in" home. Thank you, Sam, for being an amazing host! We hope to come back again in the summer if you'd allow us!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review! We really appreciate you taking the time to do that. We have a max guest occupancy of 8--no sleeping on couches : - ) We are so happy you had a great time and look forward to having you as a guest again in the future!!
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Coziest Lodge Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the lodge for a long-weekend and absolutely loved it! Even though it was only February, the weather was spring-like, warm, sunny, wonderful. The lodge was a perfect combination of rustic appearance and modern comfort. The kitchen was stocked so well that we couldn't stop cooking (.... and eating)! :-) This property is beautiful and secluded - great if you'd like to escape civilization for a few days, yet be within an easy reach from DC. There were so many spots to relax and so many things to do at the lodge that we MUST to go back to cover them all!! The chickens were so much fun too!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Old Rag Mt Lodge over the Thanksgiving weekend! The home is beautiful, clean, well-stocked, and we enjoyed the added bonus of being able to go collect eggs every morning which led to great breakfasts. The local caretaker was extremely helpful throughout our stay, even calling to check on us when the power went out and home switched over for a brief period to generator.

The home is very close to many hiking options and we hiked White Oak Canyon and Old Rag. We also took a walk down to the community pond and up the road to the top for local walks. Some of our group also did the horseback riding half day trail ride offered nearby at Graves Mountain Lodge and it was a beautiful ride, crossing a few streams and going up along ridges with amazing views.

We hope to book a return trip to this special place! Everything from booking the house through our departure was easily handled.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome 40th Bday Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I surprised my husband with a 40th bday boys' weekend near his favorite hike, Old Rag. My husband and his friends LOVED the place. They loved sitting by the fire, hanging out and listening to music. They enjoyed getting fresh eggs and grilling out. And they really enjoyed hiking! It was so easy to reserve and get into the place and we knew exactly what to do with great welcome directions. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 29 -- N. Seminole Trail Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Graves Mountain Lodge
Car: necessary

When the road ends, adventure begins! Drive, bike or ride a short way west on any road in our valley and you will be in the Shenandoah National Park. Hike Old Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon. Cool off in local waterfalls. Fish the beautiful heritage waters of the Robinson and Rose Rivers---or take your little ones to the stocked trout pond to let them catch some dinner.

If you just want to relax, you can curl up in our hammock for that overdue nap, take a swim in our community lake (just a short walk down the hill) or just pass the day on a raft reading and counting the hawks that fly overhead.

Our valley is home to the Graves Mountain Lodge, which hosts the nationally known Annual BlueGrass Festival, the autumn Apple Festivals, and many other wonderful events. If you don't feel like cooking, just drop in at Graves for a homestyle meal served family style in their lodge overlooking the mountains.

If you love horses, you can join a ride out of their stable or board your own horses in their stable space right at the foot of our hill. There are hundreds of miles of trails through fields and forests--you can go all the way to Skyline Drive from here.

For cyclists, our backroads are some of the most beautiful and least traveled in the region and the Double Top Wilderness area has lots of great mountain bike trails to take in as well.

So much to do in every season!


Rates & Availability

Syria Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Holiday Season
Nov 24 - Jan 5
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 5.0%

Check in time is 4pm. Check out is 11:00am---please respect these times.

We will consider early and late check ins/outs based on other bookings and reserve the right to charge a $75 fee for late or early checkouts that are in excess of 4 hours and therefore constitute a full day.

Other fees:
$25 per night for any additional people (Over 6 adults)
$25 per night/dog (only with owner permission)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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