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Guest House 3 miles from W&L and VMI. Walking distance to Virginia Horse Center!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Large family style home with beautiful yard and Mountain views.

1920's Guest House situated in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.

We are conveniently located approximately 10-20 minutes from most of the wedding venues in the Lexington, Va area.

This gracious home has three bedrooms upstairs, all with private bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have sunny, sleeping rooms. One with a single bed and the other with two twins.

There is an additional Queen bedroom with half bath, downstairs off the kitchen.

The house sleeps a total of 11 people.

We have a large, fully equipped kitchen and large sunny dining room for all of your cooking and entertainment needs.

********New for 2016 is our beautifully remodeled Sunroom. This sunny space is located across the rear of the house. It is perfect for a lovely breakfast or enjoying the afternoon with a good book. ***********

Our property is within walking distance to the Virginia Horse Center and just across the street from the VHC Cross Country course.

We are conveniently located just three miles from Historic Lexington and 10 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Guesthouse is adjacent to Carol's Cottage which is also listed on VRBO. The total capacity for both properties is 17 combined.

Please note, we charge a flat rate. There is no "extra person" charge added. The Guesthouse sleeps 11.

More Details

Bernie or Carol Shaw
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Bernie or Carol Shaw

Bernie is originally from the Northwest of England and has lived in Lexington at the Guesthouse since 2002. He ran this property as a successful Bed and Breakfast, Rider's Rest, until 2014.

Carol is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. She moved to Lexington and purchased Carol's Cottage in 2011. The Cottage is next door to the Guesthouse.

Bernie and Carol were married in the Gazebo of their beautiful property on June 1st, 2013.

Bernie or Carol Shaw purchased this house in 2002

Why Bernie or Carol Shaw chose Lexington

Bernie visited Lexington in the 90's through a invitation from a fellow Brit and fell in love with the place instantly. It reminded him of his birth place in Lancashire, North West England, more than any where else he had visited in America. At that time he was living in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and although the sun was a nice change from the British weather, he missed the scenery and seasons of home. In 2002 he had the opportunity to purchase this 1920's Colonial house, totally remodeling it in 2002 - 2003. The house was updated while retaining the old world charm of days past.-- Every morning we awake feeling so lucky to have found our piece of paradise.

What makes this house unique

The view from the front porch overlooks 300 acres belonging to the Virginia Horse Center with Hog Back Mountain in the back ground.

Down town Historic Lexington is only 3 miles from our door featuring arts and crafts, clothing and book shops and two Antique malls.

There are restaurants in the area for all tastes and budgets.


Lexington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3 full bathrooms and one 1/2 bath downstairs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , There is a sleeping room off the bedroom with a single bed.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , There is a sleeping room with two twins off the bedroom.
  • 3 bedrooms upstairs, with private bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have sleeping rooms. One with the single and one with two twin beds. One bedroom downstairs off the kitchen.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
If you are interested in having an event during your stay, please contact us in advance. There may be additonal fees involved. Thank you.


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Guest House 3 miles from W&L and VMI. Walking distance to Virginia Horse Center!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Caldwell, West Virginia

A wonderful home for our son's wedding.

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Guest House and Carol's Cottage for all of our family. It was great, as we could go back and forth from house to house. The homes were so clean, neat, everything you needed and more than you expected. Carol and Bernie were a delight to work with.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Judith!
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Very cozy and cute terrific yard gorgeous views good front porches

  • 5 of 5

Terrific place to stay, close to everything but quiet peaceful,in town for a family wedding and our family enjoyed the stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Karen and best wishes to your family!
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We came for a horse show and this place was wonderful. Plenty of room for all of our group. Well equipped kitchen and we enjoyed cooking each night. Beds were comfy and everything was thought of. Bernie is a super host and there if you need anything.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Julie. We look forward to hosting you again!
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Wonderful home and location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend stay at The Guest House to attend a horse show at the Virginia Horse Center. The house accommodated our large group perfectly! Everyone had an actual bed to sleep in and we were able to have nice dinners together as a group.

The proximity to the horse center allowed us to easily make trips back and forth for those in our group not competing. It was nice to have a place to sit and relax, especially on the beautiful porch.

I highly recommend this location and we will definitely be back again.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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house and yard were perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a decent sized house close to VMI for graduation weekend. this house was perfect! Roomy, comfortable, lots of bathrooms, comfortable beds and awesome porches, both front and back. The location is really convenient when you are running back and forth to either VMI or Washington & Lee. The kitchen has anything you could need, along with the best electric kettle I have ever seen- and used constantly over the 3 days we were there. The hosts were very accommodating and helpful. The yard is great and includes a hammock we were dying to use but didn't get the chance to try out.

I would recommend this house to anyone who is spending time in the Lexington area.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christi, You and yours were great guests. The Russell Hobbs kettle is the best. We highly recommend! Many congrats to your VMI graduate! Carol and Bernie
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West Carrolton, OH

The Guest House

  • 3 of 5

Our family spent four nights over the Thanksgiving holiday in the Guest House. The location was convenient to the Lexington area. We enjoyed the Lexington area including the local 5k Gobble Wobble.

We had plenty of room both inside and out for our family of 8 adults and 5 children. The sleeping rooms off two of the upstairs bedrooms work well for travelers with young children, and each of the three upstairs bedrooms having their own private bathrooms was a bonus for each of these rooms. However, it should be noted that the downstairs half-bath that is listed in the rental description was just a toilet--no sink for hand washing or oral care--as you need to use the kitchen sink or go upstairs, so keep this in mind if you are renting this home and plan to use the downstairs.

The dining room accommodated 10 chairs plus 3 high chairs. The kitchen was stocked with enough dishes and pans. We found ants on the kitchen countertop which the owner was apparently aware considering the ant traps present.

Our main issue was the fact that two members of our family had rather severe respiratory reactions when indoors such as they experience when exposed to cats. One member felt she was going to have to leave as she was having breathing difficulties. We were surprised since we looked at booking only places that did not allow pets. Once home, we contacted the owner regarding this issue with no response.

For the above reason, we would not consider another stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As this is a 90 year old home and we live in the country, we sometimes have ant problems depending on the time of year. We have monthly pest control services to alleviate as much of that problem as possible. The downstairs toilet is indeed a toilet and is directly off the kitchen. There are an abundance of full baths upstairs. There are two cats that live on the property with us. They are not present during guest stays. For this reason, we do not allow other animals on the property.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Car: necessary

The Guesthouse is located across the street and within walking distance to the Virginia Horse Center.

Lexington Virginia city center is 3 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $600

Please contact us in advance of your stay if you are interested in having an event. There may be additional fees involved. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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