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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 260 m²
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Nestled down a 1/2 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 beautiful 3 BR / 3.5 Bath country retreat comes with all the amenities of modern life such as HD Dish TV (3 flat screen TV's) with surround sound, high speed wireless internet, Blu-ray player. 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.

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 basement there full size pull out sofa bed complete with its own full bath and glass enclosed tiled shower. All full bathrooms are supplied with salon grade shampoo, conditioner, 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 a large sink, dishwasher, disposal, gas range and an assortment of cookware such as Calphalon pots/pans, Henkel knives and cooking essentials.. For coffee lovers there is a new Keurig Machine (bring your own k-cups) or for bigger crowds there is a 12 cup Cuisinart Percolator which makes fantastic coffee and does not require a filter. 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 for the casual meals or you can wander out the back door and relax in the screened in porch. The kitchen overlooks the dining room which comfortably seats six (although you could squeeze eight) and this room is also surrounded by windows.

The basement features two separate walk out sliding glass doors and the couch in this room pulls out to a full size bed. In addition there is a dart board, poker/game table, 46 inch Flat screen TV with surround sound, wood stove and a full bathroom with tiled shower. This is a great area for board games, dart competitions or just to settle in to a movie.

Much of the nearby land behind the house is all under conservation easement and you may enjoy taking one of the many walking/logging trails. Or you may enjoy inspecting the full garden which is surrounded by fruit trees and berry trellises which I carefully maintain. Or you may simply relax with a cocktail or book in the outdoor seating area by the fish pond to the sounds of babbling water in the background while the afternoon sun relaxes you under the tall oak trees.

This is truly a 'get away' retreat and you will leave feeling relaxed and recharged!

Check in time is 4pm and checkout is 11am, 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

Carters Mountain Orchard - 5.5 miles

Downtown Charlottesville - 6.8 miles

Trump & Blenheim Wineries - 6.7 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 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About James Dunton

I grew up on a farm in very rural eastern 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 chateau / country house in 2011

Why James Dunton chose Central Virginia

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 chateau / country 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 chateau / country house rental in Charlottesville, Virginia

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 260 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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 $750 damage deposit in place of the non refundable $59 damage protection fee if desired. The $750 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 4.9264708 based on 68 reviews

Beautiful woodland retreat for a girls' weekend

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing stay at this relaxed and refined property. Four of us have been taking a weekend trip together for many years. This house was by far our favorite! We have already talked about coming back again.

James has provided many lovely and personal touches to ensure his guests feel welcome and comfortable, from the bottle of wine to the vase of fresh flowers. The property is a quick drive to Monticello and local wineries and only a 15 minute cab ride to dinner in downtown Charlottesville.

I highly recommend this rental!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderful time at this house! We easily found everything we needed, and the layout and decor are lovely. It is in a beautiful, quiet location that is very close to Monticello and the drive into town is very easy. We were so comfortable and content, and I would certainly return if I'm ever staying in Charlottesville again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying at this property during my brothers wedding around the corner at Ash Lawn. The young children played outside in the morning and loved catching little frogs and watching the fish in the pond.

The house was well equipped and very comfortable. The owner has done a wonderful job and we all loved our "cabin in thewoods."

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was gorgeous. Everything we expected and more. The house looked just like the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was amazing! The house was beautiful and it is located just enough outside of town to get away from the city. Super close to everything around the city and very close to the wineries. This whole experience was out of this world and if we ever do come back to Charlottesville for a reunion, this would be the only place we would stay. Hands down, one of the best experiences.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country perfection

  • 5 of 5

A group of girlfriends came for a weekend away and felt at home immediately. We used the screen porch for hours every night, had a morning yoga class by the outdoor fountain, picked a ripe tomato from the garden and slept amazingly in the comfortably beds. The house has every modern amenity (new kitchen & beautiful bathrooms!) and yet you also feel like you have stepped back into a slower time. The woods behind the house has a winding path for you to explore and I can only imagine the joy of the wood burning fireplace in the winter. James was incredibly easy to work with, went out of his way to help and responded to messages quickly. Will ABSOLUTELY stay here again!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and the location was perfect for our weekend in Charlottesville; definitely will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance A$75.41

Guests can opt to pay a fully refundable $750 damage deposit in place of the non refundable $59 damage protection plan (non-refundable) if desired. The $750 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 canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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