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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:
January 16, 2018

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 Gordonsville

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:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • 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


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average rating of 4.7647057 based on 35 reviews

Peaceful, relaxing five-star experience!

  • 5 of 5

Shade Tree Cottage is beyond charming. The location is both beautiful and convenient to the many area attractions. If you enjoy rolling hills, peaceful pastoral views, like to visit vineyards, and tour historical places of interest such as Monticello, etc., then you can't find a better place to be. Midge and Tom are absolutely wonderful hosts. You will be delighted in every way. We can't wait to go back!

Thanks for everything Midge and Tom!

Kyle & Deb

Raleigh, NC

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kyle and Deb for that lovely review, you were wonderful guests!! It makes everything worthwhile when we have such thoughtful guests. Pet the beautiful doggies for me and hope to see you again. Midge
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Upper Marlboro, MD

Charming and warm; especially on a cold, rainy weekend

  • 5 of 5

Midge was very friendly and professional. She made sure we were taken care of and went over everything after our arrival. Her communications prior to the trip were awesome and I would recommend this place to any of my friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanks for the Memories!

  • 4 of 5

Midge and Tom were very welcoming and accessible during our stay at Shade Tree Cottage. We enjoyed the fresh eggs and English muffins that were thoughtfully provided for our breakfast. The cottage was clean, well-stocked and also filled with history dating back to the Civil War! Shade Tree was within easy reach of Monticello, the Waltons Museum, and the Blue Ridge Drive--all of which we enjoyed. We were surrounded by wine country, too, of course. Mother Nature was also kind to us and the weather was beautiful as were the autumn leaves and rolling countryside. We went home with many good memories!

Ray and Laura

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ray and Laura foe the lovely review, it is very much appreciated! If you are in this area of Virginia again, I hope you return to Shade Tree Cottage. Sincerely, Tom and Midge
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Great Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time during our weekend at Shade Tree cottage. We had 4 adults and 2 kids, and our boys loved the loft with twin beds. We enjoyed seeing the chickens, and Tom and Midge were great hosts, even providing fresh eggs upon our arrival. It's a beautiful area and very scenic drive through horse country to Charlottesville.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage - Midge (the owner) is great!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here while visiting the area for a family re-union. Loved the fresh eggs, bacon, cheese, and English muffins for breakfast. Midge is lovely and available if you need anything. The setting is beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing. The cottage is incredibly clean with a very well-stocked kitchen. We highly recommend the cottage and plan to stay there the next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property and cute house.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay here while visiting Skydive Orange. Lovely and peaceful property. The home is cute with lots of info about the area and attractions. Lots to do close by if you are staying for a few days. Midge the owner lives just down the hill and she is very sweet and there if you need anything. Loved the farm fresh free range eggs as well Midge thanks a lot again! We will definitely recommend your home to everyone down at Skydive Orange as well, hope to see ya soon.


  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $45
Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 2.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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