Gorgeous Mountain Views, Lush Gardens, and Fresh Eggs from flock on site
About Samantha Guerry
After years of living near DC, we were ready to get back to the quiet of the countryside--even if it wasn't full time. We also wanted our son to know the pleasures of a country community---the immense freedom and pleasures of the woods and fields.
Samantha Guerry purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1994
Why Samantha Guerry chose Madison
We fell in love with this valley over 30 years ago when we came to Graves Mt. Lodge for a weekend. We found this property in 1992 and designed our dream house to go with it. We've created the gardens up and sense of place out of our vision of the ideal country life.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Our home is only 90miles from DC--a short and mostly beautiful 1.75 hr drive--also only 35 miles from Charlottesville/UVA. It's just close enough to be satisfying for an overnight and just long enough to feel a LOT further away. This is a place you can really get away from it all! (BTW, cells phones don't work here--but we do have wifi for texting/email.)
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Absolutely no smoking at property--inside or out
Pet fee required when permission is given.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
Do not exceed maximum number of people. No airbeds or people on couches.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Experiencing this cabin was a privilege. Beyond the gorgeous property that the cabin sits on, it is very clear that you are in a well-cared-for home. Being able to have (free) fresh eggs from chickens on the property was a nice treat, as was such close proximity to some of the best hikes Shenandoah National Park has to offer. We look forward to returning!
Lovely property and lovely hosts. Our kids particularly enjoyed checking on the chickens every morning and fishing in the river. We enjoyed sitting on the screened porch with a beautiful view of the mountains. Would love to return.
Family trip to the woods
The house is unique and in a beautiful location. We had a great visit with our family!
We had the best time! What a unique spot. My kids had a ball with their new feathered friends. Very comfortable, secluded, beautiful! We could not have asked for more. Many adventures- we especially loved the 9 mile Old Rag hike. Our 9 and 11 yo’s will never forget it. The bolder scramble is not to be missed.
Gail was great with the chickens and ducks. The eggs delicious. Thanks for all the wonderful books - you all have a real zest for life- inspiring to say the least!
Beautiful and fun location.
We really enjoyed our stay! The location was beautiful and close to lots of fun. The chickens were great fun, and the kids loved the climbing wall, hammock, and collecting eggs every morning from the chicken coop. The hot water tank broke while we were there, and the property manager was incredibly responsive. She fixed the problem as quickly as possible. And even shared veggies from her garden with us.
I didn’t give 5 stars because the sleeping arrangements weren’t as we expected. The house sleeps 6 (maybe 7) comfortably. I know the description suggests using the large window seats or the lovely patio, but there were no extra sheets or mattresses to accommodate. The window seat cushions were really dusty too.
Overall our trip was great. Thank you for sharing your home with us!
Amazing location in beautiful lodge
When the road ends, adventure begins! Drive, bike or ride a short way west on any road in our valley and you will be in the Shenandoah National Park. Hike Old Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon. Cool off in local waterfalls. Fish the beautiful heritage waters of the Robinson and Rose Rivers---or take your little ones to the stocked trout pond to let them catch some dinner.
If you just want to relax, you can curl up in our hammock for that overdue nap, take a swim in our community lake (just a short walk down the hill) or just pass the day on a raft reading and counting the hawks that fly overhead.
Our valley is home to the Graves Mountain Lodge, which hosts the nationally known Annual BlueGrass Festival, the autumn Apple Festivals, and many other wonderful events. If you don't feel like cooking, just drop in at Graves for a homestyle meal served family style in their lodge overlooking the mountains.
If you love horses, you can join a ride out of their stable or board your own horses in their stable space right at the foot of our hill. There are hundreds of miles of trails through fields and forests--you can go all the way to Skyline Drive from here.
For cyclists, our backroads are some of the most beautiful and least traveled in the region and the Double Top Wilderness area has lots of great mountain bike trails to take in as well.
So much to do in every season!