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Shade Tree Cottage, A Southern Gem Located In The Heart Of Wine Country Near Uva

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Country Cottag, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Sleeping Loft with twins, 1 New Bathroom, Sleeps 6

Shade Tree cottage is a comfortable cottage located on a 22 acre farm in Historic Gordonsville, VA. Convenient to Keswick, UVA, Charlottesville, Barboursville, Wolftrap Farm Weddings, Castle Hill Cidery Weddings, Monticello and Montpelier. The Cottage is excellent for family get togethers, wedding guests who want an affordable, convenient and comfortable place to relax, and just a great place to wind down after the many historic activities and wine venues in the area. Nestled under 100+ year old trees on a shady knoll there's always a breeze from the Southwest Mountains here in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Birds galore call Shade Tree Cottage home and know that their feeders are always full and close by. Rabbits and deer also visit regularly and our resident ground hog can be spotted sunning himself in the pasture. Don't be surprised if the chickens come see you in the afternoon, they like to scratch around the bird feeders.

The Cottage has 2 Bedrooms, one with Queen bed and the other is a Double Bed (new) and a comfortable pull out sofa for extra sleeping options. With a sitting area this second bedroom doubles as a light filled side room for reading or lounging. An awesome sleeping loft (low ceiling) with comfy twin beds is overlooking the great room. A brand new bathroom with shower is located just off the main bedroom.

The large country kitchen is fully equipped and has a French door opening to the deck, which is great for morning coffee overlooking the pasture.

Laundry room is off the kitchen with stacked washer and dryer units.

Wireless Internet (booster from main house), TV, and strong Verizon cell signal.

If you need more space," The Little House" at Shade Tree Cottage may also be available for booking. It is located near the Cottage, has one queen bedroom, new bath, living room and eating area overlooking the covered porch and pasture.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Midge

Hello Tom and Midge here. We bought the farm in Gordonsville as a second home and to be close to our horses. Tom (a Richmond, VA city boy) loved the farm and Cottage so much that he didn't want to go home after spending weekends in Gordonsville, so we moved here in 2000. After retirement, we no longer have the Tennessee Walking horses, we built another house on the farm, and now our guests get to stay in the beautiful Shade Tree Cottage. Tom's new passion is raising chickens, so you will have farm fresh eggs during your visit.

Midge purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Midge chose Central Virginia

Gordonsville is a beautiful small town, a train goes over an overpass right in the middle of main street, the shops are busy and Restaurant Pomme is spectacular! Shade Tree Cottage is situated on a 5 acre knoll on the 22 acre farm. 100+ year old shade trees keep it cool in the summer and lots of squirrels, rabbits and deer call it home year round.

What makes this cottage unique

The Cottage is very private, but close to everything! UVA, Monticello, Montpelier, Wintergreen ski resort, award winning wineries, Civil War Museum and historic battlegrounds. Lots of local activities like horseback riding, apple and peach orchards, antiquing and farm visits. Did I mention that we are very close to lots of wedding venues; Wolftrap farm, Keswick Vineyards, Keswick Hall, Castle Hill Cidery, Barboursville Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, and at least 10 churches within 10 miles including the Historic Grace Episcopal? Shade Tree Cottage is perfect for the Bride/Groom's siblings and family to socialize in a private, affordable, comfortable and convenient place. If you need more space ask about the "Little House", a one bedroom cottage on the same property. Great for parents or grandparents or a couple with a baby.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved the really nice cottage in Gordonsville. It was an excellent Charlottesville location for all the sights and wineries that we wanted to see. Shade Tree Cottage was perfect, kitchen well equipped for just about anything we wanted to cook! The deck was used every morning to watch the wildlife while having coffee. Everything was great and so comfortable! Will be back.
Sep 2014
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Gordonsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vanity
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , A new double bed and a comfortable double pull out sofa
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , sleeping loft with twin beds designed to look like a paddock
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This is the main bedroom with new bath right next to it.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Shade Tree Cottage, A Southern Gem Located In The Heart Of Wine Country Near Uva
average rating of 4.72 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My daughters and I had a wonderful stay. The cottage has everything you need and it's spacious and cozy at the same time. Midge greeted us when we arrived and even gave us a pass for a free wine tasting! The fresh eggs and bacon for breakfast were an additional treat. I hope we get back here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Margaret for such a great review. Tom and I really try to think of what would make a guest's stay as enjoyable as possible. So glad you chose Shade Tree Cottage for your getaway with your daughters! Midge
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Very peaceful location.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our 3-day stay at the Shade Tree Cottage. The provisions were more than adequate and the property is private, clean, and comfortable. The owners live very nearby and were available if anything was needed. We appreciated being permitted to bring our two small dogs. The small town of Gordonsville is only minutes away with plenty of restaurants and large antique stores.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place in Historic Virginia

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in this beautiful cottage. Midge and Tom were very welcoming. We appreciated the eggs, bacon, English muffins, etc. Lucy, our dog liked walking in the fields. The bird feeders provided much entertainment with 8 different varieties through the day.

We plan on returning and we will recommend the Shade a Tree Cottage to friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much John and Cathy!! You left the cottage spotless! And thanks for the pizza in the freezer.....we loved it. Please come back, it's beautiful here in the summer. Midge and Tom
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  • 5 of 5

quiet, comfortable, wonderfully dog friendly, very reasonably priced. i will stay there again the next time i am in the area and will tell all my sheep herding friends about the shade tree cottage!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midge was great! Everything was as we expected and we especially enjoyed the fresh eggs.

  • 4 of 5

Great location for visiting multiple wineries and the town of Gordonsville. The information about places to visit that Midge supplied on the website was extremely helpful. The cottage was very homey. The only issue we had was that we were not comfortable using the loft for sleeping. Since we are all in our sixties, we were nervous about climbing down the open stairs in the middle of the night.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Demi, I'm 68 and so used to it that it doesn't faze me. Maybe I should post a pic of the stairs on the website. So glad you ladies came to Shade Tree Cottage for a birthday celebration in this beautiful part of Virginia.
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It was a charming cottage made all the more inviting by the owners small touches.

  • 5 of 5

It was a charming cottage in a great location for the venue at which the wedding was held-Castle Hill Cidery. It was made all the more inviting by the little touches that the owners made to make us feel welcomed such as fresh eggs and other breakfast items.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Charlottesville CHO
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Spring Creek
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrack, Charlottesville
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Barbeque Exchange, The Pomme
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Gordonsville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 4 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Cleaning $45

Rate is for 4 guests or less, for each guest over 4 there is an additional $20. per person per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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