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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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english, The 'lady of the house' is fluent in Spanish.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

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

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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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", ...


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
  • 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 ...
  • 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, 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, ...


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Secluded/Cozy Cottage, Wooded Subdivision, near Luray Caverns & Shenandoah River
average rating of 4.862069 based on 30 reviews

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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Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our last-minute getaway to the cottage. Many thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad we were able to accommodate these guests (due to a cancellation) at the last minute, and happy that they enjoyed their stay, and the amenities at Cardinal Cottage.
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Private setting close to plenty of hiking trails

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay at the cabin! The detailed description of what is there versus what we needed to bring was very helpful. The hot tub was great and we enjoyed the proximity to plenty of hiking trails nearby.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the kind words, and are happy that the guests enjoyed their stay, the weather, and got to do some serious hiking at nearby hiking trails, then relaxed and enjoyed the hot tub. Especially glad to again hear that guests appreciate the pre-visit info that we provide, which lists the contents of Cardinal Cottage, suggestions for items they might want to bring to make their stay most enjoyable, local area information, suggestions for the best driving routes into the area, detailed directions to help them locate Cardinal Cottage from the nearby towns of Luray and New Market, ... Additional info is available in the Cottage on local restaurants, vineyards/ breweries/ distilleries (legal!), area crafts and the local 'artisan trail', and local shopping, sightseeing, activities taking place in the area, historic locations, scenic overlooks, ...
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a weekend in Cardinal Cottage near Luray. Want to point out two things - first, the location of the cabin is wonderful. We didn't know much about the area before we arrived and we were happy to discover we were close to the town of Luray and historic Main Street and also close to several great hiking trails. The cottage was convenient to so much, but we also always felt we had our own secluded place. A great combination! Second, we have to give a shout out to the owner who was responsive and helpful. A couple times during our stay we needed information and assistance and both times he was responsive, helpful, and very gracious.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy that our recent guests enjoyed their stay at Cardinal Cottage, the amenities it offers, the privacy and its secluded location while still being close to the Shenandoah River, Skyline Drive, and the lovely town of Luray (and to the Caverns, the businesses and the restaurants), that they got to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, and had great weather in which to enjoy nearby hiking and the outdoors. I'm always happy to interact with our guests, and encourage them to phone me (and I do provide my cell phone number) with any questions or issues. (Have found that a quick phone call can often answer most questions, and/or generally resolve many of the issues that may arise prior to, and during a stay.) We welcome them (and their pets) back to Cardinal.
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Cozy and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this property justice! Super cozy, relaxing, and clean. The beds were comfortable and there are more than enough appliances to be able to cook meals. The hot tub is truly luxury and very well kept. The owners were helpful, attentive, and provided so much helpful information that I went into my trip knowing what to expect. Cannot think of anything bad to write. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to receive the great review from recent guests who obviously enjoyed their stay at Cardinal Cottage, and have indicated their plans to return for another stay. Glad that they were able to relax and enjoy the amenities at Cardinal, and we do appreciate their kind words for our "customer service". We attempt to make our guests feel welcome, and are happy to provide information to assist them in planning for their stay. We welcome them back to Cardinal.
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a great two-night stay. Me and two college buddies were looking for a place to just get away for a mini-reunion after not having spent any time together for more than a decade. Our "fishing trip" was the perfect getaway. The cabin is clean, secluded and has basically everything you need to "fish"... a fire pit, hot tub, nice screened-in porch, comfortable beds, good kitchen. Zory is great to work with; just an easy exchange of information. If we ever decide to go fishing again in this neck of the woods, we'll certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Three college friends from PA who got together for a "guys weekend" of relaxing, fishing and recalling the "good old days" (and away from the big city traffic, the "rat race", and without their respective families). Glad that they enjoyed their time together, the Luray area, the great weather, their time on the Shenandoah River, and the amenities at Cardinal Cottage. We will be happy to have them back, perhaps during another one of the great seasons in the Shenandoah Valley, and next time, perhaps with other family members. Appreciate their kind words, and their taking the time to submit a review.
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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.