Beautiful, converted cottage in the heart of Afton

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1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets
In-Room Dining
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Beautiful, converted cottage in the heart of Afton

Entire home

Beautiful, converted cottage in the heart of Afton

4.9/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Sheets and towels washed at 140°F
Afton, VA

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSilverback Distillery6 min drive
  • Popular LocationCardinal Point Vineyard and Winery10 min drive
  • Popular LocationHill Top Berry Farm & Winery10 min drive
  • AirportCharlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle)45 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
800 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed

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About this area


Located in Afton, this cottage is in a rural area and in the mountains. While the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway North Entrance can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can check out Wintergreen Resort. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching. Guests appreciate the property's location for the sightseeing.

What's nearby

  • Silverback Distillery - 6 min drive
  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery - 10 min drive
  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery - 10 min drive
  • Veritas Vineyard and Winery - 11 min drive
  • Stoney Creek Golf Course - 14 min drive

Getting around

  • Staunton Station - 35 min drive
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) - 45 min drive


  • Paulie's Pig Out — 5 min drive
  • The Blue Toad Pub — 7 min drive
  • The Fountain Room — 9 min drive
  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery — 10 min drive
  • Margaritas the Flavor of Mexico — 12 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Beautiful, converted cottage in the heart of Afton

Romantic cottage in Afton
Located in the George Washington National Forest, Gracewood is a retreat from the mental and emotional activity of everyday life. The house was recently remodeled as a comfortable setting for couples or small families who want a break. We hold meditation retreats here twice a year, so it would work well for a writer or artist or a contemplative. Yet it is relaxing and healing for anyone.

Upstairs is a full modern kitchen with new appliances. We made the cottage so nice that one of us could live there comfortably if we chose to do that. There is also a dining set and a comfortable full size futon couch. (Many futons are not that comfortable. We own an organic mattress company, so the mattress and frame are the best.)

Downstairs is a queen size mattress and two comfortable Ekornes chairs (stressless chairs). We use Savvy Rest organic bedding.

Within 12 minutes are several breweries, wineries, and a cidery.

The property is 39+ acres, with 1/2 mile along Meriwether Creek. The volume of water varies with the season, but the feeling of energy is always powerful, calming, and clearing. There are about two miles of well maintained, private trails suitable for hiking or running. Trails are well marked, and a map is available.

Over the course of eight years we have seen a few bears, raccoons, groundhogs, bats, lots of box turtles, a few snakes, a wide variety of birds, along with plenty of deer and other wildlife. We took pictures of what appeared to be bobcat tracks one winter, but we haven't caught sight of the nocturnals.

Please note that there is no television, although we do have fiber optic for internet which is pretty fast and reliable. Cell service inside the cottage is intermittent, although right outside it is usually pretty reliable. So it's relatively easy to unplug.

Also note that the main queen size bed is downstairs, and the bathroom is upstairs if you get up in the night.

There are wonderful musical events spring to fall. Skiing at Wintergreen in the winter.

Live music at our charming farmer's market in Nellysford on Saturdays May to November.

For COVID prevention we wash the soft materials. For hard surfaces where COVID can survive longer, we thoroughly wash them and then disinfect them with natural disinfectants. We pay our cleaning help well, and they do an excellent job.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this cottage offer coffee/tea makers. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Michael and Heather Penny
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Towels provided


  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location

Things to do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 2
  • Unit size: 800 sq ft (74 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Beautiful Remodeled Heart
Beautiful Remodeled Heart Afton
Beautiful Remodeled Cottage Heart
Beautiful Remodeled Cottage Heart Afton
Beautiful, Remodeled Cottage in the Heart of Afton Afton
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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 37 out of 39 reviews
5 - Excellent 95%
Rating 4 - Good. 2 out of 39 reviews
4 - Good 5%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 39 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 39 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 39 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Quiet, updated and clean
2 adults in the area for 4 night hiking and mountain biking adventures. Perfectly comfortable, clean and quiet. Owners super kind and helpful but not at all intrusive. Beautiful property conveniently located near the BRP and SNP and city conveniences but tucked away in a private mountain setting. Thanks so much for sharing your home.

5/5 Excellent

Excellent stay
I’ve stayed at this property twice and it’s been lovely both times.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2021

5/5 Excellent

Almost perfect
Nicely appointed cottage in quiet neighborhood. The surrounding nature is inviting to step outside the door. Close-by trails for walking or local roads for biking are the nice supplement to SNP or Blue Ridge Mountains area. The cottage is well equipped, but is missing common time thieve (TV). Almost everything is in good working condition. The only one item (old smelly dehumidifier) causing musty air can be switched off, and air can be replaced by opening windows (providing it is not humid outside).

5/5 Excellent

Great stay
We really enjoyed this little cottage. The location is beautiful. There's walking trails right off the property. It couldn't have been any cleaner. No issues at all, it was the perfedt stay.

5/5 Excellent

Quaint, beautiful, friendly
These are the words to describe this wonderful place. The hosts were incredible, communicative, and really wanted to ensure we had a good stay. They kept a very clean and well maintained cottage. The cottage is separate from their personal residence and, with all the plants and shrubbery, you really feel like you're in your own world. Great town, covinent location, got around just fine in a Jetta, and loved every moment of our stay. We will be coming back. 5-star.
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2021