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The Ultimate Mountain Retreat

Bedrooms 8
Space 4,921 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Lodge, 8 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, Sleeps 24 people comfortably

Hensley Hollow Lodge is an authentic 8 bedroom log home, built on 21 acres of secluded mountainside land that border the Shenandoah National Forest. This beautiful property is conveniently located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Elkton VA, and the South Shenandoah River and 20 miles from Massanutten Ski Resort and 4 Season Indoor Water Park, and 25 miles from Luray Caverns. This incredible log lodge is nestled along the slope of a mountain, overlooking Hensley Hollow and the Blue Ridge Parkway with incredible unobstructed views. Enjoy the rustic natural solitude & park-like environment. The property also includes a one bedroom owner’s or guest cottage, an 1800 sq. ft. barn and 3 new out buildings.

This 4921 sq. ft. lodge has 4 bathrooms and 8 locked bedrooms and can sleep 24 in beds. Additional sleeping arrangements may be possible for a few other guests with prior approval. There are 2 master suite bedrooms with private bathrooms, semi-private patios and jetted Jacuzzi tubs & showers. The lodge has 900 sq. ft. of decks & patios, including a semi private patio for each of 4 of the bedroom suites. The kitchen is exceptionally appointed and has counter eating space for 8 as well as an adjacent dining table for 11 and an additional dining table for 4 in the game room, 6 on patios and 18 on outside picnic tables.

Activities in the area include sightseeing, hiking and camping along the Shenandoah Parkway and trail (10 minute drive), Snow tubing skiing, go cart racing, golf, swimming and horseback riding at the Massaunutten Four Season Ski Resort & indoor water park, wineries, antiquing, sightseeing (20 minute drive), tubing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, and fishing on the South Shenandoah River (10 minute drive). Explore the Luray Caverns (30 minute drive).

We furnish all linens, cleaning supplies, paper products, unlimited firewood, Propane gas, spice rack & some condiments as well as unlimited long distance service. Our beds are made with our linens prior to your arrival. Our maintenance and cleaning team are available if needed.

ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED: This lodge includes (5) Direct TV receivers, 9 TVs (4 flat screen) with video & DVD players, 3000 video/DVDs library & stereo, PS2 & Nintendo w 50 games. The lodge has a 600 sq. ft. game room with gas stove, 1 arcade machine, 1 Large Air Hockey Table, 1 high quality Foosball Table (in the loft) and a very nice 8' slate bed pool table, several board games, an outdoor fire pit, and a dog kennel/house.

Keywords: Luxury Log Home

More Details

Ed & Meshiel Shorter
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, Filipino
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Ed & Meshiel Shorter

I'm a retired senior nuclear planning specialist who loves to escape to the outdoors and experience nature. I love the Outer Banks but recently they were excessively crowded and frequently have bad weather and rip tides. So I decided to build a beautiful vacation home in the Shenandoah Mountain.

Ed & Meshiel Shorter purchased this lodge in 2004

Why Ed & Meshiel Shorter chose Shenandoah Valley

We sought to build a vacation/rental home larger than any other, on a large piece of property away from others. This 21 acres of secluded land borders the National forest and faces the Massanutten Mountains. We placed our lodge type home on the most eminent part of the property and named it Hensley Hollow Lodge after the first settlers in this Hollow. The Hensley settlers rest in the cemetery next to our driveway. The cost and maintenance of a log home far exceed other homes, but we wanted to catch the log lodge experience.

What makes this lodge unique

Nestled on the side of the mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, our Mountain Lodge offers incredible unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Hensley Hollow. Guests will love the beauty of nature, watch clouds form in the Hollow below, and see deer grazing in the yard and an occasional sighting of turkey and bear. The Hensley Hollow Lodge offers nearly 5,000 sq ft of luxury living area with 4 mountain-view walkout bedroom suites, (each with private decks), 1.5 kitchens, and a spiral staircase to the 1,300 sq ft loft area. Our 23 acre secluded location offers rustic solitude in a park like environment. Relax where you cannot hear another vehicle or person while you listen to the cows, goats, crows whip-o-will, owls and other animals. And the lodge is minutes away from traditional seasonal activities, the Shenandoah River, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Massanutten Four Seasons Ski Resort, Luray Caverns, antique stores, shopping malls and many fine restaurants and wineries. This home has something for everyone, especially suited for family reunions and retreats, with plenty of parking space on our property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

12/19/06, The Davis, The Billers & Mr. Meyer. Thank you for making you lovely home available for our use. We had a lovely Thanksgiving week. Thanks for keeping the memory of our kin down in the cemetary.

11/17/06-11/18/06, The Taylors, We had an amazing time, We'll be back.

11/08/06-11/11/06- The Austrians, Being Austrians, we have an idea about log homes and yours is great!! It's a pity it's just too far away for coming back again, But who knows...,

11/03/06-11/05/06, T & T R. Everthing was great, thanks for allowing us to stay at your beautiful house.

We enjoyed our weekend, your cabin is amazing.

We had a wonderful time, the house is amazing, along with the views.

10/26/06-10-29/06, The Burning Bush Christian Church. We had an awesome time. Thank you for allowing God to use you and your resources. There was so much room to utilize and all 11 women enjoyed the great view.

10/19/06-10/21/06, The Annex, We came at a great time to see the fall foilage. Everthing was beautiful.

10/13/06-10-15/06, The Martellas, Radeckes & Stievators, Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend. The house met all of our needs & desires, and the location was great for hiking at Skyline Drive. We hope to visit again.

10/05/06-10/08/06, The Wathen Family, We had a good time. Played lots of games and cards adn traveled to Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Waynesboro & played mini golf at Massanutten. We saw a few dear, no bears, and some lady bugs. Your cabin is very spacious and pretty.

09/28/06-09/30/06, Lisa & Family, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for opening your home to us. All had a wonderful time. Many memories created.

09/22/06-09/25/06, The Bryants, We had a great time again coming to your cabin. We did not want to leave. Bless you.

09/15/06-09/17/06, I appreciate your divine witness of the Bible through Scriptures on the wall, and the generosity of opening your home. Truely enjoyed our girls weekend. The architecture and decor are so harmonious with the gorgeous landscape. Thank you for sharing your blessings with others. You have a beautiful home and I will never forget my experiences here. Only complaint "no bears".

08/19/06-08/26/06, The Andrilenas Family, Family gatehring for our 50th anniversary. Everyone enjoyed the quiet and the views.

08/12/06-08/19/06, Thank you for sharing the gift of your hospitality. It has been said that Christian hospitality is "creating sacred space for another's soul". The grandeur of God's majestic w
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Elkton Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4921 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Lower Ground Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , lower ground floor hallway
    Lower Ground Floor Master Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Main Floor Master Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , main floor master bedroom
    Main Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , main floor hallway
  • Four (4) full baths
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Main Floor North West Bedroom - 1 double
    Main Floor West Bedroom - 1 queen , w/ private patio
    Main floor East Master Bedroom Suite - 1 king , with jacuzzi bath & shower, private deck & bistro table
    Lower Ground Floor East Master Bedroom Suite - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , with jacuzzi bath & shower,private patio & bistro table
    Lower Ground Floor West Bedroom - 1 queen , with private patio & double swing
    Lower Ground Floor North West Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , twin over full trundel bed
    Loft East - 4 twin/ single , with TV and DVD/VHS player
    Loft West - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , with TV and DVD/VHS player
    Loft Central Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft open area
    Game Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , lower ground floor game area
  • California King Bed (1), Queen Size Beds (4), Full Size Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (7). We have (2) porta cribs on site, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), Bunk Beds (1) and a Twin over Full trundle bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
2 Cozy decorative, open flame Gas Stoves, Central Heat and AC, 7 Ceiling Fans, 9 TVs, VCR & DVD players, 3000 Video/DVDS, boardgames, PS2 & Nintendo w 25 games, (2) Refrigerators with Water Dispenser and Ice Maker, Coffee Grinder and Maker, Blender, 24 item spice rack, Cookware, Table and Bar Seating, Gourmet Gas Grill, Outdoor Dining Furniture, 2 Indoor Jetted Garden Tubs, 8' pool table,1 Foosball Table, 1 Large Air Hockey Table,Horse Shoes, Tough Dudes arcade game, Game Closet, Outdoor fire pit, campfire & patio chairs & firewood, Dog kennel & dog house, kayak, and inner tubes. This is a Non-Smoking Home. One 17' Grumman canoe, (1) 3 person ocean kayak, (1) 2 person ocean kayak, (1) one person ocean kayak, a few inner tubes and other floatation devices.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


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The Ultimate Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.92 based on 51 reviews

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

12/25/05-01/01/05,The Sanchez Family, Thank you for opening your doors to our family. We had a wonderful time. May God continue to bless you, your family and home.

01/07/05-01/08/05, Thanks so much for allowing the Virginia Beach Masters commission to get away with God for a weekend. It has been a refreshing time for all of us and we look forward to visiting again. May the Lord richly bless you as he has blessed us.

01/29/05-02/01/05,The Redmon Family, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mountain retreat with us. We had a completely relaxing long weekend! We would love to return in the summer to see the beauty of the area during that season.

02/04/05-02/06-05. The girls from Stafford, We had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing your home with us. We never left the whole weekend. We ate and played games (who could ask for more !). The view is incredible and we look forward to coming again. Your home is beautiful! We wish you much success!

02/11/05-02/13-05 We had a wonderful time here. It was so much more than we have ever imagined. You truely have a beautiful home and we are anzious to come back when it is finished. The view is to die for! Truely heavenly. Take care and God bless.

02/15/05-02/17/05, S & P Windsor,Pastors S & G Gregg, What a beautiful home the Lord has blessed you with...,And what a blessing you are to make it available to others. We had a wonderful time. The presence of the Lord was so awesome! May the Lord bless you a hundred fold for your generosity.

02/17/05-02/24/05 The Coates family, We had to leave in a hurry because snow was falling fast! We had an excellent stay in your beautiful Lodge. Great family reunion and get-a-way.

02/25/05-02/28/05 Nine people arrived, friends all, friends new, one about to return to UK. Thanks to the calm and tranquility that abounds around your home nine friendshipos were reaffirmed and strengthened.

03/04/05-03/06/05 Best Friends Weekend, Thank you so much for a "dog gone" blessed weekend. Heavenly views!

03/12/05 R & S Adkins, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mountain retreat with us. We had a wonderful get-a-way.

03/19/05 T Bennet, Thank you for opening your wonderful home to us. We had a much needed break from city life, and this was just the spot for it.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2006
  • Stayed: Nov 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Come and stay awhile!

  • 5 of 5

Don't hesitate and book this lodge! The views and the lodge were gorgeous. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful weekend away. The lodge has everything you could possibly need and then some. The hot tub and fire pit are just the cherries on top. The owners were easy to work with and very communicative. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Incredible weekend. Fit 28 comfortably. Will stay again!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Need one more bathroom on top floor

  • 5 of 5

The owner of cabin mr ed shor he's very nice person this 2nd time we went in this cabin

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Wow! What can i say... Had an excellent time! The lodge is in a perfect location with tons of stuff to do skiing, hiking,national parks,rivers ect. And i took advantage of it all! Was worried that i would need equipment but everything was there at our disposal, and i mean everything! A group of 6 us went for the weekend and not once had a dull moment. My room had hot tub and a 8 person hot tub outside where we all enjoyed a glass of wine in the mountain snow! Would recommend this place to anyone. Didn't take the kids this time but definitely will next time the entertainment is amazing, with pool tables air hokey game systems and more plenty of fun for the whole family! EVERYTHING was included just bring cloths and food.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay. Peaceful with endless things to do. Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
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Nearest Airport
106.69 Miles
Washington Dulles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Massanutten Ski Resort & Indoor Water Park
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 33 & Mill Lane Road
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Massanutten Ski Resort & Indoor Water Park
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Car: necessary

Hensley Hollow Lodge is a secluded 21 acre mountainside resort and is conveniently located 5 miles from Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers Virginia’s best hiking, camping and sightseeing. The Massanutten Four Seasons Ski Resort is only 20 miles away, and offers snow sports, inside pools, golf, spa with massage and a 100,000 sq. ft. inside Water Park. Massanutten River Adventures provides river trips, artificial wall rock climbing and tours to Washington, D.C. and local vineyards as well the Charleston Races and Casino. The Town of Elkton is 10 minutes away and also offers a large assortment of antique shopping, thrift shops and yard sales. The South Shenandoah River is 5 miles away and has free public boat ramps, restrooms, and picnic tables every few miles. It is excellent for picnicking, bass fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking. These picnic pavilions may be reserved through the town website. We provide river tubes, a 16 foot canoe, and kayaks. We have an outdoor fire pit with unlimited firewood.

Hensley Hollow Cemetery: The Hensley family cemetery (1790-1870) is located just at the bottom of our property. (The Hensley’s is the original settlers of the hollow. Benjamin Hensley Sr. and his family lived and died and were buried beside one another.)

Dining: The owners recommend Hank’s Smokehouse on Route 33 West for Cajun and El Paso on the town of Elkton for Mexican

Skiing / Snowboarding / tubing: You can be on the slopes in 20 minutes; 14 trails open till 10 p.m. Tubing is also great family fun, but has to be booked one day ahead. If your little ones have never skied before, consider the Slope-sliders program at Massanutten; you can sign up by phone the day before. They have a staff that caters to getting kids outfitted properly and coached in the basics. It covers most of the day, including lunch. They also have similar snowboard classes. Parents generally have a much better time, when their kids 10 are enrolled in Slope sliders.

Horseback Riding: Woodstone Meadows (540) 289-6152 (20 minutes) and Keezelnutten Farm (540) 269-2227

Hiking: The lodge is 10 minutes from popular Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail access points. You can actually see the lodge from the Hensley Hollow Overlook. There are a great number and variety of hiking trails just a few miles away.

Caverns: Luray Caverns, a 35 minute drive, is a U.S. Natural Landmark, the largest and most popular in the east.

Other caverns/landmarks:

888-430-CAVE; Natural Chimneys: 888-430-CAMP

Dinosaur Land: A Kid’s Favorite (60 mins.) Large-scale Action Water Park – Summer – Massanutten Resort (20 mins.)

Public swimming: Shenandoah River and Campground on Rt. 33 (10 mins.)

Roller skating: Elkton on Rt. 33 (15 mins.) Cinemaplex: Harrisonburg (40 mins.)

Bowling: Harrisonburg (40 mins.)

Family River Activities / Canoes / Tubes / Fishing: The Shenandoah River has multiple public access points, several of which are right in Elkton. If you have two vehicles, it’s a nice “float” downriver to the 2nd access lot. There are local facilities to rent canoes & tubes as needed. The best local fishing spot seems to be accessible right from the Rt. 33 overpass bridge in Elkton (we see cars frequently parked there and have seen them fishing (and catching) bass, while we have floated downstream.

Antiques: There are several in downtown Elkton, and antique “malls” on both sides of Route 33 between Elkton and Harrisonburg (10 - 40 minutes). There are also signs along Route 33 for local flea markets.

Shenandoah Heritage Farmers Market: Old-fashioned Shenandoah Valley Home-made goods (50 minutes, Fine Department Stores: Harrisonburg (40 minutes)

Even Finer Department Stores: Charlottesville (45 minutes) in Harrisonburg, & well worth the trip!) (540) 433-3929. Also see Dayton Farmers Market

Primitive Folk Art: Route 33, next to Log Cabin Barbecue (10 min.)



Apple picking (Sept – Oct)

Wineries:/ There are 5 + in the Shenandoah Valley area


Rockingham County Fairgrounds (lasts one week in August) (50 min)

James Madison University Sports & Events (50 min)

Historical Interests

Civil War Reenactment (usually the first weekend in October) (20 min)

Monticello: (50 mins) Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Homestead

Washington D.C.: (2 Hours) Museums, National Zoo & the Smithsonian Institute


Rates & Availability

Elkton Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 4 2017 - May 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 10 2017 - Nov 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Feb 15 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $60

Daytime guests for events and occasions: $10/person
Pet Fee: $60/weekend or $120/week
Kids under 2 years old stays free.

All taxes and fees, reasonable cleaning, unlimited long distance in the U.S.A., cleaning and paper products (top), propane gas (for the grill and gas heaters) and firewood, are included in the rental cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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