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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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 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.)


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!


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.


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Old Rag Mt Lodge Overlooking Mountains & Orchards
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 37 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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Glad we came back

  • 5 of 5

This house is a treasure. If you have the good fortune to be able to stay here, do it. It is a gem hidden in the mountains. We stayed here 3 years ago and we were glad to come back. There's plenty of room, fantastic mountain views, and a hot tub which is essential after hiking Old Rag. Thank you Samantha for sharing your home with us once again.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cabin in the woods with plenty of space. Great location close to many hikes, horseback riding, and all sorts of back to nature activities. There is no cell service, but that is what we wanted - perfect for getting away from it all. Connie the caretaker is great - we enjoyed our time here while we visited Shenandoah National Park.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning in every way!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed this vacation so much! The cabin was gorgeous. It was such a joy to feel at home even away from home. The view was beautiful. We loved the wrap around porch equipped with a hammock and a great swing. Our family also spent a lot of time in the screened in porch area. The nearby town of Madison was a treasure, but, honestly we spent most of our time at the cabin. It was a wonderful respite for our family and we look forward to staying at this property again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful stay at Old Rag Mountain Lodge. It was perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home both for its own beauty and charm and its proximity to Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon. We spent six days on the property (would have loved more!) and hiked three of the days. We enjoyed a day in Charlottesville and two days relaxing at the house and pond. The fishing was fun for all ages and our dogs loved swimming in the pond. We spent one rainy day playing board games, listening to music (loved the selection), and reading. The house is warm and cozy but has enough room for everyone to find their own space too. We cooked four nights and found the kitchen well appointed. Though it sometimes took a few tries to locate an item, we ultimately found everything we needed. The window seats / day beds in the two upstairs bedrooms are comparable to the size of single beds which may be especially helpful to those families who need more space than the king, queen, and two single beds. When we first arrived, the hot tub wasn't working, but it was fixed the next day and Connie, the caretaker, was very helpful throughout our stay. Finally, I just want to add to the comments on the beauty of the grounds. The landscaping and flower combinations are simply lovely!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $125
Pet Fee $50
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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