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

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Cardinal Cottage: warm, inviting, comfortable, hot tub, screened porch, private.


Last updated: 03/30/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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, 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.)
-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 GW 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 Virginia 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 (new ! , 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 small fire pit (w/ dry firewood available). Also, a clock radio & 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,
-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 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/ 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.
-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 them, 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), and a few brave, young, military recovering/ rehabilitating 'wounded warriors'. (We are retired military!) Please feel free to contact us (preferably by phone (301) 524-5143) to discuss your needs; we will do our best to try to accommodate, and will answer your questions honestly. Cheers!


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/30/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in outdoor areas only, please, as requested by Owner...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    With permission. No more than two small/ medium canine or feline pets....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Although the cottage is all on 1 level/ 1 floor, to enter cottage there are 3 steps up (from driveway) to front deck/ porch, then 1 step up into the cottage, or 5 steps up (from driveway) to rear/ screened porch. Door frame width into bathroom may be a barrier for wheelchair user; also the tub. Nevertheless, military 'wounded warriors' are always welcome, & have been guests. (Please note that owner/ operator is retired military.) We also welcome 'seniors' (and fit that description ourselves)....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    double and twin bed in same room...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    queen and twin in same bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen-size sleeper sofa bed located in living room....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    natural light and overlooks the hot tub...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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, ziplines, water slide, climbing wall, mini golf, sightseeing, farmers market, County Fair, volleyball, movie theatre, bowling, fireworks, ... available in the area, as is hot air ballooning, flight-seeing, fishing guides, ... Short-term fishing & hunting licenses available. Restaurants, BBQ, winery & 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, ......moreless


  • Books:

    At least 2 dozen (in closet above microwave oven). Also, magazines, & a loose leaf binder w/ local literature/ info on area restaurants, menus, attractions, activities, canoe rental, horse riding,......moreless

  • DVD Player:

    + Blu-Ray Disc player....moreless

  • Games:

    Assortment of board games, puzzles, books & magazines available. Large, level, grassy side yard suitable for outdoor sports (you will need to bring the desired/ necessary outdoor items), & pet walks....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sat w/100+ channels, & all standard broadcast chans, & 10 music chans. Pay-per-view (including sports specials, movie, adult material, ...) available (charged to your home phone or credit card)....moreless

  • Stereo:

    AM/FM stereo audio in LR. Also clock/ radio/alarm in bedroom #1, alarm clock in bdrm #2 (if really needed; after all, you are on vacation). Satellite TV also offers choice of 10 audio music channels...moreless

  • Television:

    In living room & bed room....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Drive to top of our 2 entrance roads (approx 1/2 mi; we're in foothills on Massanutten Mtn) for informal hiking access to Nat Forest/views of Shen Riv/the Luray Valley & across Valley to Skyline Drive...moreless

  • Rural:

    Located 5 mi W of Luray Caverns on 10+ secluded wooded acres close to Shen Riv in premier subdiv which backs up to George Washington Nat Forest, on all-season road in foothills of Massanutten Mountain...moreless

  • Village:

    Located approx. 6 miles from the town of Luray. Other close towns are Stanley, New Market, and Shenandoah. Approx. 25 miles from the city of Harrisonburg. Many quaint local villages are in the area....moreless

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


  • Dining:

    Adjacent to kit. Chandelier above oval wood table w/removable leaves; placemats, 4 chairs around table; extra chairs & swivel bar stools (w/ backs) in bdrms or closets. Windows (2) w/ shades &curtains...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window units (4). One unit in each bedroom, 1 in kitchen/ dining area, & 1 in living room. Each w/ filter, fan speed control & temp control....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    LP gas log fireplace w/ internal automatic(on/off) blower/fan, temp control thermostat. Mantle above/ around. Provides romantic atmosphere & heat. No need for firewood or to clean out ashes. No smoke....moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard (w/ individual thermostats) in each room. Wall-mounted electric space heater (w/ fan & thermostat) in bathrm. Wall-mounted LP space heater (w/ temp control) in Kitchen/Dining area....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free, secure, wireless. Works also on front deck & on screened back porch. Password provided....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Linens/ towels are NOT generally provided; however, they can be arranged (at moderate cost) if requested in advance. Recommend bringing extra towels for use @ hot tub. Clothesline for drying on porch....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Couch/sofa bd, Fireplace, TV on wood cab/swag lamp, coffee table, wicker chair, magazine rk, end tab, lamp (w/ timer), gooseneck reading lamp, ceiling fan, radio. Patio doors, window (shades & drapes)...moreless

  • Parking:

    Space for 4+ vehicles in the private driveway, adjacent to the cottage, and partially surrounded by trees....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free local calls. Note: your cell phone will probably work (most, but not all, do) at the cottage....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Two, drip type. Filters provided. Also, a tea kettle....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked kitchen with dishes & most common utensils....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    L-shaped counter, w/ cabinets (above & below) & drawers. Window over stainless steel double sink. Adjacent to dining area (w/ double windows). All windows have shades & curtains. Plenty of lights....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Counter-top microwave oven, and a separate toaster oven....moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric, full size. (Note that a recent guest at Cardinal Cottage cooked a 24 lb turkey in the kitchen oven for their family and their guests at Thanksgiving.) ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Pots, pans, dishes, cups, glasses, bowls, flatware, ice cube trays, ice bucket & tongs, serving tray, cheese cutting board, 2 coffee makers, toaster, miscellaneous cooking/ kitchen utensils, ......moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size, with full size top freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric cook stove (4 burners), w/ full size oven below....moreless

  • Toaster:

    2-slice. Also, a separate toaster oven....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Avail. for rent in Luray. Level, paved riding trail runs thru town along Hawksbill Creek. Participate in (or observe) many sanctioned bike races thru hilly, scenic countryside in the area. Exciting!...moreless

  • Boat:

    Public access for your boat (w/ramp/dock/free park) to deep part of Shenandoah Riv, located about 1/2 mile fm cottage. Canoe/kayak/raft/tube rental approx 6 mi, w/ river pickup @ end of your riv trip....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Sun deck/porch (w/ chairs, picnic table & lounge chairs) in front. Screened porch (w/ picnic table & chairs) at rear of cottage. Clothes line available on back porch for drying bathing suits/towels....moreless

  • Golf:

    Two courses (one of which is the Luray Caverns Golf Club) are located within about 12 miles of the cottage. Carts are available for rent. Other public courses are available in the area....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals on Shen Riv avail abt 6 mi fm cottage.They put you in (after safety orient.) & arrange pickup @ a designated spot (depending on amt of time you decide to spend on riv). Note: Rapids do exist !...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large, level, grassy side yard (ideal for lawn games*, kite* flying, horseshoe tossing*, croquet*, badminton*, ...) surrounded (on 3 sides) by trees. (* you bring) Deer often graze in side yard...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    2 Charcoal grills (in yard) & grill'n/ cooking tools (located under kitchen sink). Bring charcoal & starter fluid (if needed). Small fire pit also available (w/ small quantity of dry firewood)....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Water ski & jet ski rentals avail. in Luray area. Snow ski (downhill) & snowboarding opportunities (& rentals/ instruct.) available at nearby ski resorts. Cross country ski all around the Luray area....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Many public courts available in the area....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Outdoor/all-season/seats 4/Tiki torches Public Lake Arrowhead, w/sandy beach/swim/picnic/canoe/boat rental) located 10 mi fm cottage. Swim @ public access to Shen River 1/2 mi fm cottage Public pool...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
WinterSpring(Except Holidays)
Jan 4 - Mar 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$115 $135
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $125
  • Pet Fee $10 + tax
  • 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, 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:

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

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85 Miles
Nearest Airport
Dulles International (also Luray's small Airport)
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Outlanders (& others in/around the town of Luray)
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Luray Caverns Course (& 3 others in the area)
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate I-81 access@NewMarket VA, via U.S. 211
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many in/around the Luray area, casual to fancy
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bryce (also Massanutten Resort & Wintergreen)
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Arrowhead

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, additional caverns (3) are available to visit in the area; the small Luray airport, with flight instruction & scenic flight tours; enjoy the Shenandoah River; canoe/ kayak/ raft/ tube/ jet ski/ life vest rental; horse 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 Virginia State Park'; visit quaint relaxed towns & villages; antique shops; camping grounds; auto racing at a paved oval track, motocross, "off-roading"; ATVs, arts, crafts, pottery, 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, 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; county fairs; food, craft & heritage festivals; parades & fireworks; Indian/ Native Peoples & Civil War historical sites; local museums; historic properties (including 'Calendine", and a 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. Holiday decorations. Other nearby attractions/ events/ tours include: the Hawksbill Greenway, the Virginia Artisans Trail, the Blue Ridge Whisky & Wine Loop, Bluegrass Festivals, ...


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: -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. ;-)

Why the Owner Chose Luray, VA, USA:
-Purchased 'Cardinal Cottage' as an unfinished/ shell cabin, in '88 (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 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".

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We initially used the Luray property for camping, canoeing & enjoying 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, 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 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.

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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/30/2017

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  • Cardinal Cottage: warm, inviting, comfortable, hot tub, screened porch, private.

    Cardinal Cottage: warm, inviting, comfortable, hot tub, screened porch, private.

  • LP gas log fireplace in the Living Room.

    LP gas log fireplace in the Living Room.

  • Bed Rm #1 with 1 Queen bed, dresser and 1 Twin bed.

    Bed Rm #1 with 1 Queen bed, dresser and 1 Twin bed.

  • Comfortable bed room #2 with 1 Full/Double bed and 1 twin bed.

    Comfortable bed room #2 with 1 Full/Double bed and 1 twin bed.

  • Screened back porch for dining, reading or just relaxing. Hot tub in background.

    Screened back porch for dining, reading or just relaxing. Hot tub in background.

  • View from screened back porch of hot tub, park benches in wooded/ green space.

    View from screened back porch of hot tub, park benches in wooded/ green space.

  • Home located close to a deep part of Shenandoah River: jet skiing, sail boarding

    Home located close to a deep part of Shenandoah River: jet skiing, sail boarding

  • Shenandoah River near Cardinal Cottage w/  Massanutten Mountain in background.

    Shenandoah River near Cardinal Cottage w/ Massanutten Mountain in background.

  • Well-stocked, modern kitchen with everything needed for comfortable dining.

    Well-stocked, modern kitchen with everything needed for comfortable dining.

  • Living Room showing TV, queen sleeper sofa bed, patio door to front deck.

    Living Room showing TV, queen sleeper sofa bed, patio door to front deck.

  • Lot of bed space in Bed Rm #1 make this perfect for a family getaway.

    Lot of bed space in Bed Rm #1 make this perfect for a family getaway.

  • Spacious front deck w/ ample seating.  Relax & enjoy the beautiful wooded area.

    Spacious front deck w/ ample seating. Relax & enjoy the beautiful wooded area.

  • 5-person Hot Tub in peaceful secluded forest.  Park benches & Tiki torches

    5-person Hot Tub in peaceful secluded forest. Park benches & Tiki torches

  • Hot tub area behind Cardinal Cottage in a restful, park-like wooded setting.

    Hot tub area behind Cardinal Cottage in a restful, park-like wooded setting.

  • View Shenandoah River from SD road above Cottage.  Skyline Drive in background.

    View Shenandoah River from SD road above Cottage. Skyline Drive in background.

  • Spring beauty abounds in the woods near Cardinal Cottage.

    Spring beauty abounds in the woods near Cardinal Cottage.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 30, 2017

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