2-Bdrm,1-full Bath,full Kitchen,Hot Tub,Fireplace,Screened Porch,SunDeck,FirePit
Zory R. Glaser
- english, The 'lady of the house' is fluent in Spanish.
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.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
We cater to families & small groups of friends.
Smoking in OUTDOOR areas only, please.
W/ permission. Limit of 2 small/medium dogs/cats.
We are grandparents & welcome well-behaved kids!
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
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!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Quaint getaway cottage
Quaint cottage in the middle of nowhere. Perfect for a weekend getaway. The hot tub and Wi-Fi were an added bobus.
Delighted to have these lovely guests, all the way from NJ! Pleasure meeting & chatting shortly following their arrival. Glad they enjoyed their stay, the local area, and that they enjoyed the amenities at Cardinal. We welcome them back, perhaps in another of our great seasons!
October Weekend Stay
My wife and I stayed at the property for a weekend in October. It was well kept and the communication from the owner was great. We enjoyed it thoroughly!
Happy to hear that yet another one of our guests enjoyed their stay at Cardinal Cottage. We appreciate that many of our guests take time to submit a review. Cheers!
Nice quiet house
We enjoyed a nice quiet reunion among friends in the Luray area. The property was not far from town but secluded.
Happy to be able to host these college friends for their annual reunion. They indicated that they enjoyed a number of activities in the Luray area, and looked forward to returning following each activity to Cardinal Cottage to relax.
Fall visit to Luray
Property was as advertised. Setting is very private but yet close to all that Luray and Shenandoah National park has to offer. Owner was very quick to respond to questions or concerns, truly seemed to make the visit comfortable and rewarding. Owner arranged for a neighbor to stop and verify accommodations were sufficient and to bring additional firewood for a cozy outdoor fire on a cold evening.
Thanks for the great review! It is always nice to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay, and that our efforts to help insure that they have an enjoyable experience are appreciated. We welcome them back!
Great house! Property is very secluded and clean. Hot tub was bonus too. We would stay here again!
Delighted to receive the great review! Guests indicated that they enjoyed the use of the hot tub, and their visit to the Luray Caverns, and also appreciated the admission vouchers we were happy to provide, They commented (above) "very easy". I believe they were indicating that Cardinal was very easy to book, and very easy to physically locate using the detailed information we provide prior to the arrival of guests. I also believe that they were indicating that it is very easy to relax at Cardinal, and very easy to deal with the owner/ operator. :-) We appreciate their kind words.
Easy to get to.
Of all of our guests, she was one! Requested early arrival, & late departure. Not sure what it would take to get 4 (or 5) stars from her. Goes to prove that you can't please everyone!
'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", ...