Experience the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A place to unplug and unwind. A great room with soaring two story windows brings nature close. Raft the Shenandoah, visit wineries, or just hunker down and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Renovations! There is now beautiful laminate in the great room, a tiled entry and laundry, new washer, dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator, new carpet in all bedrooms, and renovated main bath.
Serenity is a cabin/chalet mix. The greatroom is 35' x 35' with 25' soaring ceilings and 2 ceiling fans to keep the air circulating.
The kitchen has beautiful hickory cabinets and a Jenn-Aire gas cooktop with electric convection oven to accommodate cooks in the group. There are enough dishes, glasses, and cutlery for a large group. Additional dishes and serveware are in the sideboard. Glass wine glasses and drinking glasses for use inside. Plastic wine glasses and drinking glasses for use outside. Standard supplies include paper dinner and appetizer plates, napkins, paper towels, heavy duty plastic cutlery.
Water is supplied from a well. There is a large holding/pressure tank and 65 gallon hot water heater to ensure uninterrupted water supply. All water in the house is filtered and softened with a state of the art filtration system. Shower towels, pool towels, and river towels, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, bath soap, and hair dryers in each bathroom are provided.
Washer, dryer, wash soap, fabric softener, iron, and full size ironing board are provided.
Serenity is stocked with emergency sundries as well, including but not limited to: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, allergy tabs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, makeup remover, nail polish remover, hairspray, mousse, hair pins, feminine hygiene products, safety pins, and needle and thread.
Serenity is a work in progress. The original owners made some interesting choices when building this house. The fireplace is gas fired, even though we are in the middle of the woods ...go figure. (However, it is extremely convenient! Flip a switch and there is fire. During the hot months we turn the pilot off. ) There is beautiful rustic laminate in the greatroom and new carpeting (as of April 2017) in all bedrooms and the upper level.
There is a cypher lock on the door. You will be given a code that will be active beginning on the first day of our stay and it will deactivate on the last day of your stay.
Guests have access to the entire main floor and loft, the hot tub, laundry room, and grounds including fire pit. Use of the fire pit is, of course, dependent upon the current fire threat level. There is a standing rule prohibiting fires before 4PM. Please check on line for the current conditions and additional constraints in Clarke County. (Full disclosure - there is a full basement with which is NOT included in the rental. This is our personal space. Our clothes will be in the closets but we have made room for you. Our toiletries will be in the bathroom but there are guest toiletries and space for you. We may be on the premises during the rental to work on the yard or other projects on the grounds. We are cognizant of your privacy will not cause undue noise too early or late in the day.)
There is a gas barbeque for guest use. Barbeque tools are provided. There is an oak swing, 2 five foot picnic tables with benches, two patio lounge chairs, 4 nice sling chairs, and some small tables on the deck. There is a hammock and stand that you can set up where you like and 5 or 6 resin chairs that are easily toted to the firepit.
Общение с гостями
You will receive an email roughly two weeks prior to your stay. It will include directions (with pictures of the turns), your personal code for the cypher lock, and a soft copy of the house rules. The house rules will also be available during your stay in a tabbed binder at Serenity.
We may be on the premises to tend to chores on the grounds as the weather doesn't always cooperate during the week. We will say hello and stay out of your way.
There will be a short (30 minute) phone call to review the House Rules in advance of your stay so there are no misunderstandings in our expectations of our guests.
Другие важные подробности
There are more than 40 vineyards, 2 breweries, and a distillery within an hour's drive.
The Appalachian Trail passes within a quarter mile of the house. There are convenient access points on Rt. 7 and Morgan's Mill Road.
The Hollywood Casino and Race Track is 30 minutes away.
Watermelon Park and Campground offer kayaks and rafts to rent for just hanging around in the Shenandoah or for half day and full day river trips.
Check (URL HIDDEN) There is a lot of information about activities in the area. I can't hope to stay as up to date on activities and places of interest as they do on this site.
Three of the bedrooms have changeable bed configurations:
BR1, Master Bedroom: King bed, Pillow top mattress, upstairs, in the master suite.[ 2 persons. 16' x 20'] An extra air mattress (or two) could be put in here.
BR2: King bed, Sleep number mattress. One of the twin trundles could be in here as well. [2 or 3 persons. 12' x 12']
BR3: 2 day beds with pop-up trundles, can be 2 twins, 3 twins, or 1 king and 1 twin. [2 or 3 persons. 12' x 12']
BR4: 1 day bed, can be 2 twins or one King. [2 persons. 8' x 12']
Bonus (5th bed)room This is an odd little upstairs room far to the side so the ceiling of the room is never flat, it tapers from the tall left side, where it touches the wall about 12 feet up, to the floor on the right side 12 feet away. (Picture a tall right triangle.) Two twin mattresses (with box springs) or these can be pushed together to make a king. These mattresses are light enough to haul around and put them where you want/need them to be. (Perhaps in the master suite for children.) [2 persons. 9' x 12']
We have this room set up as a TV room/hideaway. There is a 32" LCD TV and DVD player. Perfect for anyone needing quiet space.
Overflow: La-Z-Boy Sofa and love seat each have two very comfy recliners that fold nearly flat. 4 persons.
BR1 - King
BR2 - King or King & 1 Trundle
BR3 - King & Twin or 2 Twins or 3 Twins
BR4 - King or 2 Twins
BR5 - King or 2 Twins
Couch & Loveseat- 4 recliners
Floorspace - Limited only by your imagination ;-)
Some housekeeping items to consider before you make your final decision:
There is NO CABLE.
There is NO BROADCAST TV.
Wi-Fi is LIMITED TO NON-STREAMING ONLY.
No turkey fryers. No aerial fireworks. No one under 16 in the Hot Tub. NO exceptions.
There are no curtains over the window in the master bath. These windows are 2.5 stories off the ground, you can't see the house from the private lane because of the trees, and there are 5 acres between our house and the nearest. I don't intend to put any more curtains up. (Just adding the disclosure because the lack of curtains flustered a recent guest.) The bath on the main level is equipped with privacy film on the window.
•Serenity is not child proof. The yard is not fenced.
•Please talk to me in advance about your pet.
•Do not run dishwasher, washing machine, or shower between 1am and 5am as the water system is regenerating.
•Nothing goes in the toilet except human waste and toilet paper. (No face wipes, wet naps, tampons, napkins, diaper wipes, personal wipes, etc…)
•No smoking in the house or on the deck. Do not leave butts on the ground.
•No food in the bedrooms.
•Please remove shoes upon entering the house.
•WiFi is limited to non-streaming only.
******* Tub is use at own risk. ******
We will not be responsible for damage to phones, ipods, jewelry, clothing, or persons.
No one under 16 in the Hot Tub. No exceptions.
No one tubs alone.
No one tubs inebriated.
No toys, beverages or food in the hot tub. Water in plastic only.
( $500 minimum fee to drain and refill tub should there be evidence of non-compliance.).
Hot Tub shall be covered when not in use.
•Rinse off before using tub, lotions (including daily moisturizers) will make a nasty scum on the water and the side of the tub.
•Any loose articles of clothing should be left out of the tub. If it can't stay attached to your body don't take it in the tub.
Due to unfortunate circumstances I find it necessary to specify penalties for failure to comply with house rules. These fees are IN ADDITION to the cleaning fee.
•Parking or driving on the lawn to the front side or back of the house: $150.00 (May be assessed multiple times depending on the amount of damage.)
o ANY beverage other than water in plastic or food in the hot tub:
$500.00 + the cost of parts.
•Dirty dishes left in the sink, on the counter, or anywhere in the house other than in the dishwasher: $25.00/item
•Cigarette butts found ANYWHERE on the premises: $25.00/each
THESE FEES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE.