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Turn of the Century Victorian

Bedrooms 3
Space 260 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Step back in time to 1914, to a lovely solid brick Victorian. Enjoy the spacious rooms; the wrap-around porch; the summer porch overlooking the Victorian garden; and much more. The setting is Ranson, West Virginia - the neighboring hamlet of Charles Town,WV. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, The Robinson House guest home offers an alternative to a motel and to the bed and breakfast inns. Our guests have the enjoyment of the entire home. If you are a business traveler; vacationing in the historical Shenandoah Valley; or just in the area for a get-away weekend, you can enjoy the amenities and privacy of your home away from home.

The Robinson House is the perfect setting for the couple wanting to experience the historical flavor of the area; for a family attending a wedding, or reunion; the business traveler; or a writer needing quiet inspiration. We can also accommodate your business retreat; meeting; party; or small reception.

Keywords: Two Story Brick Victorian

More Details

Joyce Garrison
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2017

About Joyce Garrison

A native of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Joyce was educated at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She has made West Virginia her home for 44 years. She and her husband purchased The Robinson House in 2005 from the former owners who were moving to a retirement community. The plan was to make the home into an extended stay. After working on the home for over a year, Joyce decided she wanted to share the history of the area and house with others. Thus was born the idea of the 'guest house' - a home away from home. The home is Joyce's version of a bed and breakfast without actually serving breakfast. Gourmet food is stocked in the refrigerator and guests enjoy the home and food at their leisure.

Joyce Garrison purchased this house in 2005

Why Joyce Garrison chose West Virginia

Too many old homes are destroyed to make room for parking or offices buildings. I wanted to preserve an example of quality craftsmanship and character that is lost on newer homes today. The Robinson House has the original woodwork and varnish; plaster walls; light fixtures and bathrooms. It does have updated electric, plumbing and heating (heat pumps).

What makes this house unique

One could say The Robinson House is my doll house! I love the wrap-around front porch with the rocking chairs; the rose garden; the old flower beds filled with perennials from a by gone era and the fish pond. The home represents to me a special time in history where life moved at a slower pace and people cared about their friends and neighbors.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality! The Robinson House is absolutely beautiful and everything was perfect for our stay. We really appreciated how you went out of your way to prepare for our stay and to make us comfortable while we were here. Your definitely went above and beyond! God Bless,
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Charles Town

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 260 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Features one queen poster bed; one queen iron bed;, Double Beds (1) Features one brass double bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is additional attic bedroom complete with a day bed and trundle for additional charge
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Walking distance of historical areas; one mile from Charles Town Races and Slots; approximately six miles to Summitt Point Raceway; eight miles from historical Harpers Ferry Nat'l Park; half hour to Antietam Nat'l Battlefield; Approximately one hour to Gettysburg, PA


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Turn of the Century Victorian
average rating of 4.862069 based on 31 reviews

Very Nice Historical Home

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at the Robertson House. If you love older homes this one is for you. The owner has worked to keep it original but with modern convenience. The casino is within walking distance. Owner Joyce has provided everything you need. We arrived with fresh muffins and cookies. Let me not forget the fresh ice tea and lemonade. Joyce even brought bacon, eggs and English muffins for breakfast for the next morning. Beds were very comfortable and my husband loved the soft bed sheets. Joyce and her husband also gave us a history tour of their other home that they a currently renovating. Highly recommend staying at the Robertson House.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always is a pleasure meeting our guests and sharing their experiences when visiting the area. Our guests become part of The Robinson House family. Until we meet again, we wish you good health, happiness and abundance of joy! Joyce
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Relaxing home base for West Virginia get away!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Robinson House feels more like being welcomed into a beloved home rather than a rental. Every room is filled with lovely details and the porch and gardens are nicely designed to help you relax. It's the perfect "home base" for fun day trips. We enjoyed the white river rafting only fifteen minutes away and spending the day at Harper's Ferry. And the pool is a pleasant diversion for when you just want to stay in and relax.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a small (5-person) family get-together. This house was perfect for that. All those porches to sit out on; the pool; the gardens. And lovely inside too, but because it was beautiful summer weather, we spent a lot of time on the porches! Joyce was VERY nice and provided wonderful breakfast treats and cookies and milk and many many other things! Ranson is a charming town; lot of old beautiful houses. And of course, the racetrack/casino is right there; Harpers Ferry is very close; the park and battlefields are close by. And the rivers!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home! Period details, nicely appointed.

  • 5 of 5

The beautiful home is complimented with the southern charm of the hostess and host. They were very welcoming and accommodating. The home and neighborhood are clean and safe and there is plenty to do nearby.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love meeting our guests and consider them our extended family. So plan to visit and sit a while in a rocker on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea. Bring a few stories and a good sense of humor - you won't be disappointed! Thanking our guests for making The Robinson House a home.
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  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully maintained. Everything you need is there for you. No need to travel with extras because the owner has already thought of it. It is a great place to relax. Drinks by the poolside are a must. It is also a wonderful "home" base for day trips. Much to do. Harpers Ferry and all things historical. Frederick, Maryland was a beautiful walking town only about 1/2 hour away. Shops, antiques, restaurants and of course history. And don't forget D.C. It is a little farther but not too far for a day trip.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure to share my home with guests who love history and enjoy an old Victorian home. Whether in a rocking chair on the front porch or by the pool with a cool drink, taking time out to relax from life's cares is great for the mind, body and soul. Thank you again for taking such great care of my old home. Come again soon!
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Thoughts on the Robinson House

  • 2 of 5

The owner was very helpful and keep the house in good order with a personal touch. For us, the lack of proper TV's was a negative along with the number of cats allowed to stay on the premises.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In my description of The Robinson House I state the old Victorian is like stepping back in time - 1914. I do have two televisions and high speed Internet which I would considered more than adequate for just a couple. There are four feral kitties that live on the property but will not go near or interact with guests (photos of the home shows one of them). Cats do help the keep mice and other rodents from the area. The owner is part of a growing movement in the community to trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate and release. We also are educating people on being responsible pet owners. Our past guests have not only enjoyed the Robinson House immensely, but admired and respected the owner's vigilance in trying to assist the community in its efforts. Over the years repeat guests bring treats to the kitties and have sent them Christmas cards!
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Dulles Int'l
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Harpers Ferry
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt 340
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Charles Town
Car: necessary

The Property is Sixty Minutes W. Of Dulles Int'l Airport

Other Activities: White water rafting; Charles Town Races and Slots- Hollywood Casino; Historical Harpers Ferry; Outdoor Adventure Center

Golf: Locust Hill; Sleepy Hollow; Cress Creek




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$378.33
Cleaning Fee $50 - $100 A$63.05

Rates are subject to change until confirmation of the reservation is made. A cleaning fee may be applicable for two or more guests. Guests who plan to entertain unpaid guests or host an event would need prior written consent and may incur additional fees. The monthly rate includes up to four guests. Please note this is a non-smoking property - in and on the premises.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.