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Secluded/Cozy Cottage, Wooded Subdivision, near Luray Caverns & Shenandoah River

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2-Bdrm,1-full Bath,full Kitchen,Hot Tub,Fireplace,Screened Porch,SunDeck,FirePit

-'Cardinal Cottage' is a cozy, lovely retreat located in a quiet, secluded, wooded area in the foothills of the north/ central section of the beautiful, rolling Massanutten Mountains, in the Luray Valley portion of the northern/central Shenandoah Valley.

-The 2-bedroom, 1-full bath, single-level, multi-season, fully-furnished cottage is located on 10+ wooded acres, accessed from a paved state road, by an all-season (well-graded, well-maintained, gravel) entrance road into a premier subdivision (SD), about 5 miles west of the town of Luray, VA. (Our SD's entrance road previously served as a logging and fire service access road up into the George Washington (GW) National Forest.) Note also that while we are located within an upscale residential subdivision, no other homes are visible from Cardinal Cottage. The Cottage is very private and mostly secluded.

-Cardinal Cottage is within 1/2 mile of a free, public river access/ boat landing/ launching ramp (with plenty of free parking) on the Shenandoah River (the South Fork, at a relatively wide and deep section), & is adjacent to the Geo Wash Nat. Forest (which is our Subdivision's back boundary/ property line, with informal hiking access). Nearby is a Forest Service/ fire service access road (with free access, but is unfortunately closed to the public during the snow season) up into the GW National Forest, with a number of well-marked/ blazed hiking, mountain biking & off-road vehicle trails, 2 great overlooks down onto & across the Shenandoah Valley, picnic areas, and plenty of free parking.

-We are close to: the world-famous Luray Caverns (approx. 4 miles); to an access/ entrance station of the Shenandoah National Park (approx. 10 miles) & the Skyline Drive (connecting to the Blue Ridge Parkway) & the Appalachian Trail; and only about 15 miles from the beautiful, new “Andy” Guest Shenandoah River State Park (with their wooded hiking/ biking trails, and tree-top ziplines) w/ miles of Shen. River access.

-Cardinal Cottage is Non-Smoking (please) within the cottage (ashtrays are provided on the front deck & on the back, screened porch).

-Amenities include: an all-season outdoor hot tub (seats 4, located close to, & directly behind the cottage); a screened back porch with picnic table & chairs; an open, front sun deck with picnic table, chairs & reclining lounge chairs; a full kitchen (with a full-size refrigerator w/ top freezer, a 4-burner stove and large oven, a toaster, microwave and toaster ovens, 2 coffee makers, ...) & a dining area; a gas-log fireplace in the Living Room; electric baseboard heat (with thermostats in each room); window A/C units (4); satellite TV (w/ many music channels); free, secure wireless internet access; phone (free local calls, & your cell phone will probably work, most do); AM/ FM stereo radio, DVD, Blu-Ray, VCR, audio-CD players; 2 charcoal grills (with 'grill'n' & 'smores tools) & a picnic table in the yard; & a small fire pit (w/ dry firewood available). Also, clock radios & 2 alarm clocks (if you really need them while you're on vacation).

-We generally have many "visiting" birds (including song birds, hawks, owls), deer, fox & other forest "critters", and many other shy wildlife, Bear have occasionally been seen in the Nat. Forest above our subdivision.

-Boating & fishing in the nearby Shenandoah River.

-Many scenic/ Indian/ native, historic & Civil War sites are nearby.

-Cardinal Cottage is an eco- & family-friendly/ energy efficient/ "green" building, w/ a level/ grassy side yard (for relaxing, tanning, outdoor games, dog walking, ...).

-Hiking access (informal) up into the GW National Forest. is close by. Many other hiking trails are also available nearby.

-Small pets are permitted (with permission, & for which a small charge is made).

-'Luray Caverns Packages' (which includes admission to the Caverns & most of their other attractions) are available, as well as discounts at some other local attractions, and with some local merchants.

-A REFUNDABLE loss/ damage/ security deposit is requested (if the optional VRBO-offered Property Damage Protection (PDP) plan is declined).

-The Bedroom setup: BdRm #1 w/ Queen bed + 1 twin bed; BdRm #2 w/ Double/ Full bed + 1 twin bed. Also, a Queen sleeper sofa-bed is in the Living rm. 1 full bath.

-Bed linens (sheets & pillowcases) & towels can be provided (by arrangement) at moderate cost (otherwise, please bring what you need + extra towels for use at the hot tub). A clothesline for drying is located on the screened porch. Blankets & pillows are provided.

-Shopping/ restaurants/ deli/ bakery/ food/ beverage/ pharmacy/ drug stores/ library/ post office/ movie theater/ coin laundry/ banks/ 24-hr access $$-machines/ used book store/ brewery/ wine & beer "tours & tasting"/ ... are located in/ around Luray, & in 2 shopping centers close to town (one of which has a large, 24-hr WalMart (w/ food & pharmacy departments), & a Food Lion (chain food store, with beer & wine sales), & an ABC state liquor/ package store). Also a large CVS Drug Store is close by, as are hardware, auto supply stores, & gas stations. A brewery & legal(!) distillery is located nearby. Many chain "fast food" outlets are available in & around Luray.

-Plenty of parking is available in the private, off-road driveway adjacent to the Cottage. The Cottage is set back from the SD entrance road, and is partially screened from the road by trees (as is the new hot tub (with 2 Tiki torches) behind the Cottage).

-A large, flat, grassy side yard exists (ideal for outdoor games), which is also partially screened/ surrounded by trees.

-While we do not claim to meet ADA guidelines, we are aware of the guidelines, and feel that Cardinal is "ADA-friendly". We have hosted some guests with physical limitations/ disabilities (and a number of wonderful senior citizens, most of whom are not disabled, but may need some extra accommodations or help), and a few brave, young, military recovering/ rehabilitating 'wounded warriors'. (We are retired military!) Please feel free to contact us (preferably by phone at (301) 524-5143) to discuss your needs; we will do our best to try to accommodate, and will answer your questions honestly.

-We try our best to make your visit most enjoyable. To that goal, we have responded to requests from guests, and have added the following:

-Arrangements have been established to provide flowers, chocolates, birthday and other "special event" cakes and cookies to guests from local merchants.

-A neighbor in the subdivision is a licensed massage therapist, appointments can be made at her house, and she is available to bring her portable massage table & equipment to Cardinal to provide relaxing massage(s) to guests.

-We have recently become associated with 'My Vacay Valet', a local service which can: unload luggage from your vehicle, deliver pre-ordered groceries, help set up special equipment (such as travel cribs), and load your vehicle upon departure. Please inquire to make arrangements.

- Cheers and enjoy!

More Details

Zory R. Glaser
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, The 'lady of the house' is fluent in Spanish.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Zory R. Glaser

-Retired member of the U.S. Navy (enlisted (aviation electronics technician) & commissioned (medical field)), & the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service; served in, widely traveled &/or visited many exciting locations around the world.

-Former federal government biomedical scientist/ engineer (@ NIH, NIOSH, FDA, USP).

-Presently (semi-retired): educator, medical research scientist/ engineer, infection control practitioner, & medical device consultant. Teach at Johns Hopkins Univ.

-Have adult children (of which I'm proud); 'Grandpa' to many.

-Grew up in a small town in SE Pennsylvania. Happy childhood (mostly)! Great parents & sibling.

-Educated in Philadelphia, NYC, Baltimore & the DC area.

-Gradually moved south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

-Resided for many years in the Bethesda/ Rockville/ Laurel/ Columbia, MD areas.

-Desired to escape the urban "rat race"; became a "weekender" in the Luray, VA area in approx . 1979.

-Built a (2-BR, + den, 2-Bath, w/ cathedral-ceiling living room) log home w/ full basement (from a kit!) & a separate 2-car garage (w/ workshop) nearby to Cardinal Cottage. Plan to retire there (soon?).

-Active outdoors in all seasons; many hobbies (but few real skills); e.g., downhill & cross-country skiing, sailing, photography (macro, high-speed & time-lapse), scuba diving/ wreck diving & recovery, & underwater photography, "ham" radio (emergency operations, DX, contesting/ community service/ community activity support), shell collecting, woodworking/ lathe turning, amateur astronomy, ....

-A recovering (at times) "chocoholic".

-Learning (slowly) to relax (& smell the roses).

Non-political, and (presently) too short, I'm told, for my age and weight. ;-)

Zory R. Glaser purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Zory R. Glaser chose Luray

-Purchased 'Cardinal Cottage' as an unfinished/ shell cabin, in '87 (after camping on, and then developing (as noted earlier) a near-by property), with the intent to bring my late mother-in-law "out into the country" (she loved visiting, and wanted to "get out of the city").

-Expanded and finished-off/ decorated/ landscaped the original shell cabin. Prior to mom relocating, she had an accident (& underwent multi-surgeries) from which she (unfortunately) didn't recover. Placed the finished/ furnished cabin/ cottage on the rental market, and had a number of interesting long-term tenants (including a writer/ novelist, the editor of the local newspaper, a landscape artist/ painter (and his girlfriends!), a National Park ranger, a local school teacher couple, ...).

-Recognizing (in approx. '97) a need for short-term rentals in the Luray area, we began to focus on the multi-season, short-term/ vacation rental visitors to the area.

-Many of our guests are "returnees", adult children of former guests, and/or "referrals" from former guests.

-We welcome young families, seniors & retirees, members of the military, and have also hosted some (very deserving & very appreciative) recovering/ rehabilitating military "wounded warriors".

What makes this cottage unique

We initially (1980) used the Luray property for camping, canoeing & enjoying the local water sports, horse riding, "communing" with nature, relaxing, hiking, nature photography, amateur astronomy, cross-country skiing, sightseeing, and as a base for day (and longer) -trips throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

-It was a wonderful way to interact with (and keep together) my active, growing, maturing children (especially as a single parent), and some of their friends.

-After "roughing it" for about 3 seasons, we began to construct a log home (as noted earlier) and a separate 2-car garage/ workshop on the property (with which we had, by that time, fallen in love). A few years later we purchased a near-by shell cabin (which, upon finishing, became "Cardinal Cottage") as described above. We love the quiet beauty and the "closeness to nature", and the beautiful, relaxed, scenic Shenandoah Valley area in all seasons, and enjoy showing family and friends around the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(The following is the text of a hand-written note (left in our guest book) by the departing guests.)

"We certainly enjoyed staying here over this weekend. Thank you! It was great to get away from all the traffic congestion of the D.C. area. We especially enjoyed the hot tub surrounded by all the large beautiful trees, with the birds around, and the great weather. We also enjoyed visiting the nearby town of Luray and the surrounding countryside. Thanks for giving us the 'senior discount'. Your place is great for us older folks. We liked very much all of the beautiful wildlife photos, books, pictures, and wall panels inside of your cozy, lovely house, and all of the information on the local area and on the Shenandoah Valley that you share. Thank you again. We will plan to return to Cardinal Cottage. 5 Stars!"
Oct 2017
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Luray Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No grilling on front deck/back porch. Fire hazzard & smoke setting off MONITORED fire alarms in house. (Fire Dept HAS responded to an automated call!)
  • Don't consume alcohol/smoke in hot tub. Drown haz/broken glass/pop tabs in tub Cig paper disintegrates wet. Tobac particles/ash plug filter/cloud H2O
  • Small bonfire ONLY in firepit w/ SCREEN COVER in place. No overnight blazes! Risk of wind-blown embers to surrounding woods/dry leaves causing fire!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , natural light and overlooks the hot tub
  • Large sink set into vanity (cabinet w/ drawers & doors), w/ lighted mirror/ medicine cabinet mounted on wall above sink. Full size tub/ shower w/ curtain & liner. Ceiling light fixture. Night-light. Natural light enters through a window (w/ shade & curtains) in the bathroom, which overlooks the outdoor hot tub, which is situated a floor below, down on the ground, outside, behind the cottage. Wall-mounted electric heater w/ fan & thermostat. Closet (w/ louver doors) contains the LP gas-fueled water heater. Another closet (locked) contains the water softener and the rest of the water treatment equipment. Door lock on the bathroom door.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , double and twin bed in same room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen and twin in same bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size sleeper sofa bed located in living room.
  • Queen & 1 twin bed, or Double/Full & 1 twin bed located in bedroom. Each bedroom has closet(s), & windows (w/ shades & drapes) on 2 walls. Sleeper sofa bed (queen size) located in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Arts (visual/gallery & performing), crafts, golf, antiques, pottery, library, historic/Civil War & native sites in the area. Civil War reenactments. Bicycle rental, canoe/kayak/tube/raft/paddle boat rental, horse riding, carriage rides, hiking, zip lines, water slide, climbing wall, mini golf, sightseeing, farmers market, County Fair, volleyball, movie theater, bowling, fireworks, ... available in the area, as is hot air ballooning, flight-seeing, fishing guides, ... Short-term fishing/hunting licenses available. Restaurants, BBQ, winery/brewery/distillery (legal !) tours & tasting. Trap & skeet shooting. Archery. Downhill Skiing (2 locations, each about 20 miles), & cross country ski. Auto racing/stock car (seasonal, 3/8 mile oval/paved/banked track) & motorcycle racing nearby. Bicycle races. Local Triathalon (swim, bicycle, foot race), "mud race", flea market, used book store, summer free outdoor concerts, play performances, coin laundry, banks, 24-hr $$ machines available, ..


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Secluded/Cozy Cottage, Wooded Subdivision, near Luray Caverns & Shenandoah River
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 35 reviews
Newark, DE

Peaceful, cozy, and absolutely relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

What a phenomenal Thanksgiving getaway we had at The Cardinal Cottage! The cottage is only about eight minutes from the shopping area of town and an easy drive (even in the dark) to and from. The cottage is as described and so much more. Because we like being outside, our favorite aspects of the cottage (other than those noted above) are the lovely screened in back porch and the spacious front deck. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the porch listening to the wildlife and then relaxed on the deck in the evenings with conversations that will last a lifetime. Even though it was a little chilly during our stay, we never had to turn up the heat; the cottage stayed warm and cozy without any effort at all. Beds were super comfortable and there were lots of extra blankets and pillows, too! We were so appreciative that our dogs could come with us and we couldn’t have been happier. They looked forward to our early morning hikes and were completely relaxed the entire time. We made a full Thanksgiving feast and had everything we needed to make it a wonderful and memorable holiday. Zory was wonderful to work with and very knowledgeable of the area and what it has to offer. He was thorough in every detail of our visit and available to answer any questions we might have. We opted to stay in this holiday and catch up on some much needed rest and relaxation – The Cardinal Cottage gave us exactly what we needed! We couldn't have been happier and hope to return very soon. Thank you for sharing your home with us; we will never forget the memories made during our stay at The Cardinal Cottage for Thanksgiving 2017!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a lovely review submitted by recent guests who are educators from DE. We are glad to hear that they relaxed, enjoyed observing the Thanksgiving holiday (while in the Luray area) together and with their pets, and thoroughly enjoyed their stay at Cardinal, and the amenities at Cardinal (as well as our hospitality). We are pleased that they got to enjoy the beautiful scenery, took walks in the woods, and also observed the local flora and fauna while relaxing on the screened porch and on the deck. Especially happy to hear that they plan to return. We welcome them back!
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Perfect cottage for a cozy and relaxing vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Cardinal Cottage for taking some time off and spend time relaxing in the woods during the Christmas holidays 2017. The Cardinal cottage turned out to be a perfect choice. It is a nice 2 bedroom cottage that is secluded enough to provide the relaxation we were looking for, at the same time not too far from the local market that is only 10-15 minutes drive. We found the cottage nicely clean and well arranged. We loved the back porch where we used to have our breakfast enjoying sounds of nature. As it was freezing temperature outside during our stay, front deck with a sliding glass door came to rescue and offered us great outside view from within the warm living area. The cottage has a small fire pit for bonfire and 2 barbecue grills for outside use. Despite the freezing temperature outside, we enjoyed doing barbecue.

It was great talking to Mr. Zory Glaser who is the owner of the cottage. He was very thorough in providing information about the cottage and neighborhood and was available to help with any issue we may face during our stay. Thanks to him for his warm welcome and hospitality. He also arranged vouchers for the local attractions (Luray Caverns and Car Meusium) that saved us time by skipping the ticket queue. Thank you for making our vacation a memorable one. We would love to plan for a return trip to the cottage during fall season which Shenandoah is well known for.

I will highly recommend it to my family and friends looking for a cozy and relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay, appreciate the positive review, and welcome these guests back.
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DO not stay here

  • 1 of 5

lovely home, but will charge you for damages to the house that did not occur when you stayed.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guest requested me to waive the 3-night minimum for her and "a few friends" for a 2-night stay over the New Year holiday (I agreed). Upon departure of the group, my housekeeper found: 1.a very sticky substance on the kitchen table & on the breakfast room floor; 2. many dried tree leaves left in the refrigerator, & dirty dishes/ silverware left in the sink; 3. electric clocks & some lamps in both bedrooms unplugged; 4. furniture in living room & on the screened porch moved/ relocated; 5. the folding closet door in the front bedroom off its track & 'hidden' in the closet; 6. straps (2) on the security cover of the hot tub torn & a snap-clip broken; 6. water level in the hot tub down by approx. 50%, and the tub heater & circulating jets turned to MAX and left ON. Explanation offered by renter: 1. "bottle of pancake syrup got spilled" (& obviously not cleaned up, requiring my housekeeper to wash the table & the place mats, & to wet mop the floor 3 times to remove the stickiness), and "we found a few dirty dishes in the bedroom as we were leaving, and just put them into the kitchen sink"; 2. "food items were placed on the ground when we unloading our cars upon arriving, & we must have picked up some leaves which then got into the refrigerator" (but they did not bother to clean/ discard the leaves & residue when departing); 3. "we unplugged things so we could charge our cell phones", 4. "furniture moved to give us more room to spread out and 'party'"; 5. "someone must have leaned on the folding door & it fell into the closet"; 6. "I guess someone tried to lift the hot tub cover without unsnapping the straps", 7. "we probably forgot to close the hot tub cover & turn the water jets off". Note that my housekeeper needed to phone her husband to come over & help her move the living room sofa bed, the tables & the other furniture back into their normal location. Because of the damage to the hot tub cover & torn straps, the broken hardware & bent track on the closet door & door frame (and the time & expense it took me to obtain the new hardware, and to repair the broken door hardware & overhead door track), the additional time the housekeeper needed for kitchen cleaning, dish washing, resetting the clocks, & replacing the furniture (for which I paid her for the extra time necessary), I refused to refund the renter's loss/ damage security deposit, and indicated that I would not rent to her and her group of 6 friends in the future, and would recommend the same to VRBO.
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Cozy yet convenient

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect getaway for city folk. Only a 20 minute drive from downtown Luray for easy comfort and convenience. But secluded enough to provide relaxation and peace. Recommended for anyone looking to escape the city for a few days.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay at Cardinal Cottage. In a note left for us, the guests stated, "We had a wonderful time. Your place is great! Thanks for allowing us to bring our pet dog. We are planning to return again in the Spring". We welcome them back.
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The property is perfect. It’s in a great location and has everything you’d need and more.

  • 5 of 5

Not only was the property amazing but the owner is truly helpful and gives you so much information. It was truly a magical cottage and I do hope to return sooner than later.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay at Cardinal Cottage, and might plan a return visit. We certainly welcome them back! They indicated that they enjoyed the opportunity to get away together, to relax in the hot tub, and to enjoy wine on the screened porch surrounded by the woods and nature, and in front of the fireplace. Also, they noted that they enjoyed the Caverns, the museums, and the shops, and the arts and crafts in the Luray and surrounding area.
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Great place in the woods for a getaway.

  • 5 of 5

I loved this place. Not too expensive and really relaxing. Would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay at Cardinal Cottage, and their time in the Luray area. It is a great time of the year in which to enjoy the beauty of nature, and especially the woods surrounding Cardinal. Guests, a young couple, mentioned that they had done some touring and shopping around the county, and took advantage of the great views from a few of the scenic overlooks on Massanutten Mountain, above our location. Glad they also got a chance to relax, and enjoy the many amenities at Cardinal Cottage during their stay, and happy to have them return.
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Dulles International (also Luray's small Airport)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Many in & around the town of Luray
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Luray Caverns Course (& 3 others in the area)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-81, via U.S. 211/340 Bypass, and VA-615
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many in & around the Luray area, casual to fancy
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Bryce/Bayse (also Massanutten Resort & Wintergreen
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Lake Arrowhead (in foothills of Skyline Drive)
Car: necessary

'Luray Caverns' (world-famous, largest caverns east of the Mississippi River) and their 'Luray Valley History Museum', the 'Antique Car & Carriage Museum', the 'Rope Adventure Park', the Carillon, & the 'Garden Maze' (all located on the Caverns grounds, and close to their golf course)); Also, 3 additional caverns are available to visit in the area; the small Luray airport, with flight instruction & scenic flight tours; enjoy the Shenandoah River; fish/ canoe/ kayak/ raft/ tube/"run" the rapids/ jet ski/ life vest rental; horseback (& mule) riding & hay wagon rides close by; short-term hunting & fishing licenses are available; Also, gun, ammo, camo, gear, bait & tackle shops; 'Skyline Drive'; hiking on the 'Appalachian Trail'; the 'George Washington National Forest' (informal hiking access from our subdivision's back property line); scenic overlooks of the Valley; the '"Andy" Guest Shenandoah River State Park'; visit quaint relaxed towns & villages; antique shops; camping grounds; auto & motorcycle racing at a paved oval track, motocross, "off-roading"; ATVs, arts, crafts, pottery, "Artisan Trail", dance, art gallery, ziplines, climbing wall, water park, skate park, performing & visual arts; many good restaurants (wide variety of styles & cuisines, from take-out, sit-down-casual, to many 'stars' dress-up), BBQ, vineyards, brewery, winery and (legal !) distillery tours & tasting; a bakery, great ice cream, Italian flavored ice cones, & frozen custard, swim & boat at Lake Arrowhead (with its sandy beach, picnic grounds & shelters, paddle boats), swim/ boat in the Shenandoah River with nearby free public boat launch areas; public/ community pools & recreation facilities, picnic grounds; hiking; scenic & wildlife viewing; photography; a small local zoo with many interesting animals; an active (and talented, almost-semi-pro) baseball league with lighted playing fields; tennis, volleyball, a covered bridge nearby; kite flying; motorcycle, motocross & bicycle racing; archery; skeet & trap shooting available in the area; Local airport, sightseeing, flight lessons; county fairs; food, craft & heritage festivals; parades & fireworks; Indian/ Native Peoples & Civil War historical sites; local museums; historic properties (including 'Calendine", and an authentic 1-room schoolhouse), Autumn leaf "color-change" viewing; winter activities; wildflowers; bird watching; garden club; an active amateur/ "ham" radio club; a model railroading club & museum; library; movie theater (with 1st- run movies); used book store; farm markets, cannery, visits to local farms, barnyard animals, bison, llama, beekeeping, commercial chicken & turkey raising, sheep shearing, needlepoint & wool shop, orchards, harvest activities, 'pick-your-own' opportunities; ... ; Hospital (brand new!) & healthcare facilities; Senior center; active VFW & American Legion posts; Veterans Memorial; Court house; County Government Center (very new!); antique tractors/ farm equip., steam engines, log/ wood cutting/ planing mill; flea market; many churches & religious facilities, the 'Mauck Meeting House' (dating from about 1770 ! ); county historical society and their local restored Calendine museum, and other close-by sites, a restored 1-room schoolhouse (moved from another part of the County, where it was used until about 50 yrs ago); modern volunteer fire departments (and some of their beautiful, restored antique equipment), and well-trained, well-equipped, very effective emergency medical/ rescue squads; ... During the Summer, there are free, open-air musical performances/ concerts (the 'Evenings on Main St.' Music Series) at Ruffner Plaza (located in the center of Luray), and the Luray Performing Arts Center (PAL). Also, local performing stage groups. The annual County Fair, local heritage festival, street festivals, holiday parades & 4th of July fireworks. Veterans Day events, Holiday decorations. Other nearby attractions/ events/ tours include: the Hawksbill Greenway, the Virginia "Artisans Trail", the Blue Ridge Whisky & Wine Loop, Bluegrass Festivals, "Cooters in Luray", ...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $125
Tax Rate 10.3%

* Two (2) night minimum stay. (* Three (3) night minimum stay for "Holiday Weekends".) * Additional nights may be discounted (depending on the season).
* Pet Fee: $10/pet/day (discounted for longer stays); limited usually to 2 well-behaved pets. Additional (refundable) loss/ damage security deposit may be requested when guest brings pet(s).
* Discounts: 10% for members of the military & their family members (w/ appropriate ID); * 10% for guests age 55+. (Please note that the owner/ operator is retired military, and became age 55 many years ago.)
* We welcome and try to accommodate guests with limited mobility, those disabled, or otherwise challenged/ handicapped. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs. We will do our best to answer your questions respectfully and honestly. While we do not claim to be "ADA Compliant", we believe that we are at least "ADA aware".
* Recovering/ rehabilitating military "wounded warriors" are always welcome, and special arrangements are available. (We have hosted many members of the military, have had them as returning guests, and always appreciate the referrals they provide among their teammates, shipmates, coworkers, family, friends and associates.)
* Mid-week/ Weekday Special: stay 4 nights for the price of 3 (excluding holidays and special/ peak season, discounts excluded). * Mid-week "nights" may be discounted (depending on season).
* Discounts are available to Returning-guests (of which we have many).
* Referrals are always welcome, and will get you entered into an annual drawing for a free, 2-night, mid-week stay, at a date of your choice. (Please inform us of the name of your referred party, and ask them to mention your name when they contact/ reserve with us. They will find a complimentary bottle of wine cooling upon their arrival.)

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.