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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:
March 22, 2018

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 Syria

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.


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Old Rag Mt Lodge Overlooking Mountains & Orchards
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 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: June 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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A wonderful weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay! We took a long weekend at Samantha's home and enjoyed every minute of it! It had a very warm and welcoming feeling right when we stepped in the door! The "operating instructions" and recommendations for the area that Samantha provided were very helpful during packing/planning and once we got there. Our group had 4 adults and 3 children (5 & under) and the house was a great space for playing and hanging out. We had all four seasons in one weekend so we took advantage of a variety of opportunities. Connie was very kind - she called to check and make sure we arrived and to see if we needed anything while we were there. We took advantage of the opportunity to use the certificate they gave us and visit the winery at the bottom of the hill (the kids were welcome) when we weren't snuggled up in the house or hanging out on the porch. The kitchen was large with tons of supplies and the seating area had plenty of space for all of us. The Great Room was beautiful and we loved having fires (firewood was provided), looking out the huge windows and relaxing (note: there is no TV here). It was very convenient that I was able to take the mattress from the "window bed" in the kids' room and put it on the floor so that my 2.5 year old could sleep safely with the other two kids. The kitchen, bathrooms and common area were all very well stocked. They were apologetic that the hot tub was not working when we were there (due to recent extreme cold weather). However, we were able to use the grill (no need to bring your own supplies) and collect the chicken eggs for meals which was fun. The large grassy area in front of the house was great for the kids to kick a ball around when it was sunny and collect snow for snowballs after the snow! Overall, we had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend staying at this Mountain gem! Thanks Samantha!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a great stay! It's rare to get snow, so that was special. Hope you'll come back to stay with us again. Thank you for letting us know about your stay. We appreciate it!
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This property and hospitality exceeded our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do into justice. The decking and atmosphere are charming, and the kitchen was well equipped. We were sad that the hot tub wasn’t working but enjoyed our stay immensely. We felt like family at this property and hope to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutly lovely weekend

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home in a great location. We (a group of 5 adults and an infant) had a fantastic time. The kitchen was so well stocked, we didn’t want for a thing - the fresh eggs were an additional bonus! We visited the local vineyards as well as James Madison's Montpelier – I would definitely come back. I can only imagine how great this house would be in the warmer weather.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful time! Hope you'll come back in the warm weather and enjoy all the things our valley and mountains offer. Thanks for coming!
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Lovely, wooded, peaceful setting for our group to do winery touring.

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 6 adults enjoyed this peaceful setting in the woods after each day of touring local wineries! We had one in the group in a motorized wheelchair and the downstairs bedroom and bath were set up to be accessible. Was really handicapped! Lots of places say they are but not to the extent of the needs for a person confined to a wheelchair.

Connie, the caretaker, was a great help if we had any issues.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: October 2017
  • 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!




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.