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Private Retreat on 10 Acres Minutes from Monticello, Wineries & Charlottesville!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Nestled down a half mile gravel road you will find a peaceful serene home sitting on 10 acres without another house in sight. Conveniently located only 6.8 miles from downtown Charlottesville this charming 3 BR / 3.5 Bath country retreat comes with all the amenities of modern life. There are four wineries within 6.5 miles of the house as well as historic sites such as Monticello & Ash Lawn which are each about 5 minutes away. The house is bright and airy, features all hardwood flooring throughout, a large kitchen, screened in porch and separate outdoor seating area by a babbling fish/frog pond. Below the house is a fire pit surrounded by 8 Adirondack chairs with plenty of stacked wood at your disposal.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms. The master is very spacious and bright with a queen bed and its own full bathroom and tub. The second bedroom features a queen bed and is very bright and airy surrounded by windows . The third bedroom features two twins and both of these bedrooms share a full bath which features fully tiled and glass enclosed shower. Finally, in the walk out basement there full size pull out sofa bed, gaming/poker table, TV, dart board and complete with its own full bathroom with glass enclosed tiled shower. All bathrooms are supplied with salon grade shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, towels and washcloths.

On the main floor there is a TV/sitting room with large bay windows, a piano and wood burning fireplace. The kitchen is bright and large and well equipped with a large sink, dishwasher, disposal, gas range and an assortment of high quality cookware/knives. For coffee lovers there is Keurig Machine (bring your own k-cups) or a 12 cup Cuisinart percolator. Also provided are a large variety of spices and basic cooking necessities such as sugar, flour, salt, pepper, cooking oils, vinegars, etc. The kitchen has its own breakfast seating area or you can wander out the back door and relax in the screened in porch. The dining room, visible from the kitchen, comfortably seats six, although you could squeeze eight.

Much of the nearby land behind the house is all under conservation easement and you may enjoy taking one of the many walking/horse trails which are quite extensive. There is a full vegetable garden and small orchard on property which I maintain. You can relax in the outdoor seating area by the fish pond to the sounds of babbling water in the background or lounge in comfortable Adirondack chairs under the tall surrounding oak trees while enjoying the fire pit. This is truly a ‘get away’ retreat and you will leave feeling relaxed and recharged!

Check in time is 4pm and checkout is 12 noon, although special arrangements can be made if the schedule allows for it.

Nearby Attractions include:

Jefferson Vineyards - 1.3 miles

Jefferson's Historic Monticello - 2.6 miles

James Monroe's Ash Lawn - 2.6 miles

Michie Tavern - 3.9 miles

Clifton Inn - 4 miles

Carters Mountain Orchard - 5.5 miles

Gabriele Rausse Winery - 5.6 miles

Downtown Charlottesville - 6.8 miles

Trump Winery - 6.5 miles

Blenheim Winery - 6.5 miles

Keswick Vineyards - 12.8 miles

Notes to mention:

A complimentary local bottle of wine is included with each booking!Maximum of 8 adults (No parties or events permitted without authorization of owner)

Fresh Bed Linens/Pillows/Towels are all provided.

Shampoo, conditioner, soap are provided in each bathroom

Firewood is split and stacked outside the doors during the winter for use.

The 1/2 mile gravel road leading to the house is private and therefore not plowed in the winter. The road is flat but you may wish to have a 4 x 4 in the event of winter weather.

More Details

James Dunton
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About James Dunton

I grew up on a farm in very rural eastern tidewater VA (northern neck) learned to find pleasure in life of very simple things. After graduating from college I left for the big city down south (Atlanta) where my eyes grew wide as I approached the skyline and knew this was going to be home for the next phase of life. There I stayed for a very fast 8 years and did a quick stint out in San Diego for 2 years before feeling the call to return back to the home state of VA. Charlottesville was a completely new experience but one that I was quite certain would be a very welcomed change which it was. Since moving I have completely fallen for this town, the way of life here, the culture, people and the proud sense of community.

James Dunton purchased this house in 2011

Why James Dunton chose Charlottesville

As I approached my mid 30's I couldn't disregard the calling to return to a rural setting and embrace slowing things down a bit. I was anxious to get my hands in the dirt and grow my own food and hear the crickets and frogs at night and leave the lights of the big city behind. After buying the property I quickly realized this was exactly the perfect fit!

What makes this house unique

Spending just a few days here always recharges my batteries for new challenges or traveling for work. Whether I am working in the garden, cutting wood, cooking a fresh grown meal or just relaxing outside soaking up the afternoon sunshine this place is the perfect getting away and enjoying the simplicities of life.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Charlottesville, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • STRICT MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY! This is our family home and we don't permit parties, events.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Upstairs Guest Bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Main Floor Guest Bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , Basment Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Full Size Pull out Sofa Bed in Basement
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Guests can opt to pay a fully refundable $1500 damage deposit in place of the non refundable $59 damage protection fee if desired. The $1500 damage deposit is due by 30 days prior to check in and is refunded within 7 days of checkout.


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Private Retreat on 10 Acres Minutes from Monticello, Wineries & Charlottesville!
average rating of 4.94382 based on 89 reviews

Wine weekend in the forest

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a weekend away with 4 couples. The house is very well styled and we had everything we needed. We loved cooking breakfast on the grill, eating out near the pond and sitting by the fire at night. The house was in a great location,10 minutes from Charlottesville and close to wineries. We would recommend this place and would stay here again if we come back to Charlottesville.

  • Review Submitted: 16/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

We were three couples from the west coast visiting the area for a wedding at Jame's Monroe's Highland property, just down the street. The weather was miserably hot and humid, so it was a great retreat to return to the house and it's welcoming air conditioning. The house and the grounds were stunning--you could tell they were renewed, remodeled and well cared for. We wished we had a longer stay and cooler weather to enjoy the property more, as it would have been a great place for outdoor activities on the large lawn and around the fire ring. Instead we relaxed in the full kitchen, dining and living room areas which were bright and tastefully furnished. We also enjoyed the basement--playing a few games of poker and relaxing in front of the TV. Lots of room in this place for sure. Hope we get to come back and visit again some day. Love it! 10 out of 10!

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property and a fun weekend

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here to celebrate a bachelorette party. The property was so beautiful. Everything looked exactly like the photos. The house was amazing and felt very homely. I appreciated what was provided in the bathrooms and kitchen. The beds were comfy. The owner was super responsive and very kind. I would definitely stay here again. We had such a fun time.

  • Review Submitted: 12/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home -- perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying in this house for UVA Law reunions! We were 4 couples -- the house was beautiful & spacious, the was well-stocked, the screened-in patio was the perfect place today relax and coming home + being able to build a fire in the fire pit was awesome. We had an amazing time, and I look forward to renting this property again for a future trip!

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home ... Wonderful Host !!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in this home for the UVA graduation and absolutely loved it! The home was just a beautiful as the photos show. I wished we could have stayed longer. I was fortunate enough to meet the owner, James, and he was extremely helpful and courteous. The home is located conveniently to several wineries and easy access to the University and downtown area. This home made our graduation weekend much more special. I would highly recommend this property to all.

  • Review Submitted: 22/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for our girls getaway weekend! James was very accommodating and made us feel at home. His place was comfortable, clean, relaxing and refreshing! It's also conveniently located and sits on a beautiful piece of land. James was always quick to respond. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Train
7.8 Miles
Charlottesville Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 64
Nearest Ski
47 Miles
Wintergreen Resort


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance AU$79.53

Guests can opt to pay a fully refundable $1500 damage deposit in place of the non refundable $59 damage protection plan (non-refundable) if desired. The $1500 damage deposit is due by 30 days prior to check in and is refunded within 7 days of checkout.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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