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Phyllis Cave

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english

New Years- 4 Nights $399. Dogs free. Sleeps 6. Wood burning fireplace, private

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Fishersville holiday chalet

3 BR, 2 1/2 bth for 6. Elegantly cozy . 1700 sq. ft. of peace and quiet. 3 flrs.

I am committed to offer 5 star sleep for 3 star cost! Dogs are free. I prepare my home as if you are my cousins arriving for a visit.. You will be greeted with hand ironed 500+ ct. cotton pillowcases. My shelves offer beautiful dishware. Full basement newly redone and furnished. Air conditioned. Clean, spacious, decks all around! I just invested in luxurious (550 ct. new)bedding for all guests. Brass bed.Second TV in Master. Grand piano fully restored. 55" tv in living room with premier channels. Wood burning fireplace wood provided. Quiet luxury. Very romantic! Ground level cozy seating and pingpong/hockey table. Fully refurbished ground level. Outside firepit. Front and back decks. Gas grill. I have moved some of my good furniture(Bernhardt Grand Savannah) here to make Master BR very special. Basement recently redone. Mold free.Ping pong table. Newer washer and dryer in basement. Also, new deep soaking tub in main floor bath. This area is blessed with everything. Hiking, theater, great restaurants, antiques, and beautiful vineyards along fantastic country roads. Only 40 minutes to great ski resorts: Wintergreen and Massanutten. Stay here and save! Many updates including 55" TV and air-conditioning..Dogs free. Hillside retreat awaits you. Decks front and back. Newly stained. Air-conditioned, big screen TV. 4 acres of wooded privacy. Wood burning fireplace. Great beds. Bedrooms recently painted. Ceiling fans in each br. Comfy. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. Twenty minutes to Afton wine trail on Hwy 6. Give your dog a great vacation.! Enjoy wonderful grilling while relaxing after wine tasting jaunts. This region was recently called 'Napa East' by the prestigious Virginian magazine. Drive into Charlottesville for culture and shopping on the quaint downtown mall(35 min). Explore caves and civil war museums(10 to 40 min). Visit P. Buckley Moss Gallery depicting the old-order Mennonite community nearby(Waynesboro). Antique mall in Verona(10 min) is one of the largest on the east coast. Rockies sells gently used silver at amazing prices(20 min). Staunton(15 min) has wonderfully reviewed restaurants, antique shops, and Shakespeare Theater to write home about. This location has it all except noise, traffic, waiting lines, and trash. I am prejudiced, but I rejuvenate regularly in this most beautiful and peaceful setting. Private. Quiet. Secluded. Wooded. Enjoy the beauty of any season from this comfortable cozy A-Frame nestled all alone in the woods. Plenty to do for all members of the family. Or, just walk in my woods(4 acres and more adjacent) and hear the stillness of nature. Premium TV channels, internet, air hockey table. Something for everyone. Home size best for 2 couples or a family. Water heater is residential. Animals very much welcome at no additional charge. Shopping, , and groceries within 5 miles. Cable. Lexington, Charlottesville, and Harrisonburg are each within 40 minutes. Visit Natural Bridge and shop in the quaint village of Lexington(30 min). Like new washer and dryer. You can pack light. This property has been loved by my family for 25 years. Now, we have decided to share it with you. I LOVE this home. You will too!

SECLUSION: Wonderful privacy. Entirely wooded 4 acres on a hill.

Great privacy for up to 6 guests.: Bring friends. House trained pets welcome.

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More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Phyllis Cave (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Phyllis Cave

I greatly enjoy hasting families a nd couples to this area. I am a retired consulting psychologist providing tranquil space for families to home base and explore the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

I am the 9th generation in my family to live facing the Massanutten Mountain. I spent my primary career years in private practice in Minnesota. I am so happy to return to my roots.

Phyllis Cave purchased this chalet in 2009

Why Phyllis Cave chose Virginia

Comfortable-like home. Many updates. New furniture, hardwood floors.1700 sq. ft. VERY private. Big screen TV. Air conditioned. Ceiling fans. New grill. Gas provided. Fire pit. Dishwasher, mirowave, Keurig coffee maker. Very private. Cannot see from the road. Wifi. Galley kitchen. Linens provided. Like new washer and dryer. Game table with ping pong and air hockey. Wood provided for fireplace. 3 levels. Perfect for family or several couples.

What makes this chalet unique

Flexible dates and pricing. I take payment by Paypal and personal checks. Very private. Many updates. 3 bedrooms for the same as a hotel room! Cute. Spacious. Clean. Homey. Close to so many highlights of the Shenandoah Valley, a wonderful vacation destination in any season. Note: If you invite more guests than you contract for, I can not guarantee water supply.


based on 19 traveller reviews

New Years- 4 Nights $399. Dogs free. Sleeps 6. Wood burning fireplace, private
average rating of 4.263158 based on 19 reviews

Rented for 4 nights-left after the first night!

  • 1 of 5

We rented the cabin for 4 nights. It was raining when we arrived, the gravel road was washed out, the windows were OPEN, TV on, and a bag of personal belongings inside. Upon texting the owner, she told us she left the windows open for fresh air (that should have been a clue) and the TV on, since the last renters had trouble with it. Also that she would pick up the personal belongings in a couple of days.

We noticed a strong musty smell as we entered through the lower level, but that was a basement, so we did not think much of it. Living level was a comfortable layout so we settled in. We noticed the smell creeping upon us, so we turned on the ac units (there was no central air) , on fan setting, to bring in fresh air, they were FILTHY and did not help. We also noticed that the living room sofa and chairs all smelled bad, like wet pets. We attempted to get fresh air into the upstairs bedrooms. Even with windows open and fans on, we could smell and taste that musty mildew odor all night. It was awful, woke to headache and sore throat. (the upstairs beds were poor quality, not level, and sheets clean but had stains). We ate our breakfast cereal out on the deck the next morning, standing up, since all was wet; just to breathe some fresh air.

We agonized about staying or leaving but decided for health reasons to abandon this cabin. After decision was made, it was a HUGE relief even though we had already paid for the stay. No dollars are worth our lungs' health. We had been told to place our trash in the out building and in doing that, noticed that there was a mountain of trash bags in that building! Yuck.

We had to drive away with the car windows open, to air the smell out of our luggage and belongings. We have stayed at many homes and condos and this was the only one that was unsafe air quality. This place should NOT BE RENTED or lived in until the air quality is remedied. Although we do not suffer from either, anyone with asthma or allergies BEWARE! We have owned multiple properties and are familiar with maintenance procedures and this cabin does not have the maintenance it needs.

The owners response was that she wished we had called, "the heat pump would have cleared the air." I am sure it would NOT have remedied the mildew/musty situation or the smelly furniture.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sad you experienced my home so negatively. As you can see, most of my guests in the last year have enjoyed their stays immensely. You arrived on a rainy evening after a week of rain here including a downpour that damaged my lane. I installed a heat pump ac/heater a year ago that does a good job with air quality. My basement is mold free as all walls were replaced in February after a broken pipe ruined the basement in January during a blizzard. I have an invoice that shows 23K was paid to remove all mold and replace with fresh wallboard. Even so, it smells a little musty sometimes. The basement level is a tuck under. I wish you were arriving today. As I write this response, I am enjoying sunshine(my home faces south), a clean breeze, and chirping birds. I attract visitors because I am entirely surrounded by woods and privacy. If any guests are unhappy, which is very rare, I am glad to try to problem solve. I assure you, my air quality is NOT unsafe. I appreciate that amidst pouring rain your experience was less than you hoped for. A musty smell permeates from the woods after many days of rain and no sunshine. I allow animals so I can imagine some awareness of that reality can be apparent in damp weather. The week you spent on the east coast was very unusual in this way. My home rents at a modest price because it is not perfect. In retrospect, I should have closed up the house and turned on the heat pump and fan. I wish you had given me a chance to make it right for you. God bless. Regards, Phyllis Cave
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Hilton Head Island

Great location and very peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

Our family met for a short vacation. Property was a good fit for us. Some toured Monticello, some golfed and some hiked in the Blue Ridge trails. The house was clean and had plenty of sleeping areas. Close to Stauton which had some very good restaurants that we dined at. The property is not right on the main road. It was a good thing I had a GPS or you would drive by the driveway. I would recommend this property for your stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful,peaceful home located in beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We are a family of four and one dog and we had plenty of room to spread out. We especially enjoyed the deck in the mornings and evenings. We felt very much at home here.The location of this house was superb. Shenandoah National Park and The Blue Ridge Parkway were about twenty minutes away,where we enjoyed beautiful scenery and excellent hiking. The house is a little over a half hour away from Charlottesville. We highly recommend visiting Monticello. Phyllis, the owner,was a joy to work with. We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoy providing a peaceful retreat. I have upgraded the property in numerous ways without making it "stuffy". It is still a relaxed, laid-back house/cabin in the woods with many amenities including comfy beds and upgraded linens. I take pride in ironing my pillow cases for each new set of guests. I have installed a new tub 19" deep on the inside. My lower level is mold-free, recently refurbished. I even share several sets of nice dishes including bone china cups for tea. My grand piano will be tuned this month. I have raised my prices but not a lot. It is important to me that my visitors feel they receive an excellent value. Please come and experience for yourself!
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Spectacular - Private & Convenient

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely house for 4 nights in April so that my best friend and I could attend our high school Alumni Weekend (Stuart Hall) in Staunton - my husband came along as chauffeur. The house was plenty big, arranged over 3 floors - sitting area & air hockey downstairs (1/2 bath); Master bedroom on 1st floor (full bath); 2 bedrooms upstairs (full bath). The huge deck out front was delightfully warm, even on chilly April days, and the small deck off one of the upstairs bedrooms is very private. We didn't use the back deck, as we were mostly busy in Staunton, but it was inviting and would have been a fun place to grill. Food Lion is <4 miles away in Fishersville; Barren Ridge Winery is about 2 miles, on the way to Food Lion. Staunton is only 15 minutes away, so it was very convenient for going back and forth. Our dog loved our time there, and pretty much wanted to go for walks all the time. Phyllis, the owner, was very helpful, and had the house in perfect condition when we arrived, and we are planning to rent the house again for a full week next year. O - the house is decorated with a lot of artwork by P. Buckley Moss, a local artist, for whom my best friend used to work - a happy coincidence!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My home has come a long way since my first review 3 years ago. I pride myself for cleaning floors on my hands and knees and for hand ironing all my pillow cases. I have updated furniture and bedding. I still have modest pricing so I believe 5 stars will be the typical rating going forward. I now have a cadre of workman who make repairs regularly. Even basement is very clean and fresh with cute seating. I prepare for each set of guests with all the caring I would offer visiting family. During the month of May the main "eyesore" left, main level bath, will have installation of deep soaking tub, new vanity, and new floor. Upstairs bath is newer and fully functional for guests in the interim. As my basement was completely redone recently, it makes a very comfortable alternative area for teenagers and older children. No tv on this level, however. Air hockey and ping pong. Seating for cards or board games. I live here half time. I love this place. It is whimsically comfortable with plenty of room. TV's are newer both in Master and living room. Upstairs small deck great for quiet reading or journaling. Don't take my word for it. Book and see for yourself!!!!!
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Great place to relax !

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 4 days over Thanksgiving. It was very enjoyable and relaxing. We had guests for traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, ( our son, his girl friend and her parents). There was plenty of room for everyone in Dining/Living room space. There is a lot to see and do in the area; we went for a hike on Humpback Rocks off the Parkway, and visited Swannanoa Palace amongst other things. We enjoyed staying here so much that we plan on staying a week here this coming April. Our yellow Lab enjoyed the walks through the woods and neighborhood. Ms. Cave was very helpful and answered any and all questions . For the price of a hotel room; you get 3 bedrooms, numerous open deck space, 4 acres of land, peace and quiet and plenty of parking area. Very good deal....very good place to stay......The property is as described, and made for the best of holidays for my family and dinner guests.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Haddonfield, New Jersey

Very Affordable Vacation Home

  • 4 of 5

The house was just as described. We stayed there in August 2014 with two families, four adults and four teens. The boys pitched a tent and had a great time sleeping outdoors. The rest of us stayed in the house and enjoyed the 2.5 bathrooms, never a wait even with 8 people. :-) We had a fire every night in the outdoor fire pit which the teens loved. Our Madrid exchange student was especially enthralled with the fire as outdoor fires are not permitted in Spain.

The house is very close to a great winery which we sadly didn't visit until our second to last day. Make sure you visit earlier. Staunton is a a cute little town only a short drive away with a fabulous gelato place (three visits in one week).

The house was so affordable we had vacation dollars to spend on horseback riding and zip-lining.

The only drawback is that the house is an hour to the nearest entrance to Shenandoah, so we spent a bit of time driving the days we visited the park. Overall it was a great vacation and we would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you enjoyed my home. My mission is to provide great respite at an affordable price. I am sad that you did not find the entrance to the Blue Ridge on Afton mountain, only 20 minutes away. Please come again and I will show you the more convenient entrance. Again about affordable, I'll wager a free night's stay(3 night minimum) to anyone finding a better deal elsewhere as large and convenient to both Skyland Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks for your enthusiastic review!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Shenandoah Valley Regional
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Staunton, VA
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Staunton, VA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Exit 225 on I-81
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton, VA
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
180 Miles
Virginia Beach
Car: necessary

Guests love this property. Quiet, clean, secluded. Sunbathe on the deck in little or nothing. It is that private! Reserve June thru September weeks at $ 525 Reserve now as this is a very desirable location and price. Great vineyard within one mile, Barren Ridge..Enjoy the Blue Ridge from this conveniently located area 20 minutes SW from Harrisonburg. Nestled in the woods between Staunton and Waynesboro, this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath A-Frame will make you feel at home in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Easily sleeps 6-7 guests. Pets are welcome. Large, sturdy front and back decks will be perfect for listening to nature as you grill. The Valley hosts many festivals, antique shops, and civil war battlefields. Only 35 minutes across the Blue Ridge is Charlottesville. Visit Monticello, vineyards, and Ash Lawn. Lexington is about a half hour south of 'Tree Top House'. Serve yourself your own breakfast in exchange for the privacy of 4 treed acres. Fireplace(wood burning) for cooler evenings. Hate motels? This alternative will offer you a wonderful ''home away''.


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Available for extended stay at $1250. per month. Utilities not included.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Fishersville

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Upper level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Lower level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower)
  • 2 Full bathrooms. 1/2 bath in basement older, small, but functional.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Upper
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Upper
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sofa bed/futon , In family room.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , 1st Floor. Great mattress!
  • Bedrooms are small but adequate. Walkout lower level offers separate space for your teens. Game table. Single pull out bed in living room. Rollaway in basement. Couch sleepable as well.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wooden decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Many activities close by. Civil War museums, many excellent vineyards. Many options for antique shopping. A TON of value at budget price. Great location for wonderful outdoor activities, shopping, art, antiques. Excellent Shakespeare Theater in nearby Staunton. Enjoy. You will want to return!