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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat - 120-Mile Panorama

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4; 6 with Aerobed in LR)

Skyline Crest is a private mountain-top retreat high in the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Part of a 1,400-acre gated compound bordering the Shenandoah National Park, the property offers supreme privacy in one of the most spectacular natural settings in the Eastern Mountains. Deer, bear and turkey wander through the forests and open fields. Hawks soar overhead. An elevation of 3,200 feet ensures cool temperatures and constant breezes throughout the summer.

The views from the striking contemporary house are breathtaking - a 120-mile panorama from the level Piedmont in the east, over the near Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley to the distant Alleghenies, fading far into West Virginia. (See the video link on this page) Five decks, including a spacious rooftop deck, open onto the various daytime vistas - and at night provide for thrilling star-gazing under some of the darkest skies in the Mid-Atlantic.

The house itself (2 bedrooms, 2 full baths) features every modern convenience, including a state-of-the art kitchen, satellite TV and wireless internet.

Although it feels like a world apart, Skyline Crest is only 40 minutes from Charlottesville and Jefferson's University of Virginia, giving you easy access to all the cultural amenities that a cosmopolitan University community can offer. There are many distinguished vineyards in the vicinity, and wines from the Monticello American Viticultural Area (named for Jefferson's home) are considered among the best produced anywhere in the Eastern United States. Also nearby is Wintergreen, the renowned four-season resort, featuring two award-winning golf courses and some of the best skiing and snowboarding south of New England.

Some final notes:

1. Skyline Crest is located at the summit of Buck's Elbow Mountain, just above the town of Crozet. We like guests to know that the drive ends with a 5 mile ascent up a gravel road. It's a very good road, well maintained and, except in snow or ice, fine for 2-wheel drive. (See the picture in our Photos section.) It is, however, curvy and steep in places. In the winter months, because weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, we do recommend 4-wheel drive.

2. At the very top of the Mountain, about 150 yards behind our house, there is a small complex of FAA radio towers. These don't interfere in any way with our views, a 270-degree panorama facing entirely in the other direction. But you do see them as you drive up, and from the parking area at the rear of our property. There are 6 unlighted towers, all quite low compared to broadcast radio or cell towers. About 60 feet tall. The setting is very much like that of an oceanfront beach house, with a gorgeous, unobstructed view of the ocean – but perhaps with a radio or water tower behind the house on the other side of the road. The towers are very low wattage – used only to relay airline communications. In more than 20 years of renting the house (hundreds of parties), we have had only 4 or 5 guests tell us that the towers affected their enjoyment in any way. We believe that the view photos on our web pages and the testimonials from our guests speak for themselves, but if you’d like to have a clearer sense what you see from the back of the house we are glad to send a photo taken from the parking area.

3. Although the house has Wifi, we cannot allow video streaming (Netflix, YouTube etc.). Our internet service is through Hughesnet, a satellite provider - the only option in our remote location. Satellite internet speeds are marginal for video streaming. Also - like all satellite services, Hughesnet gives a fixed data allowance each month. We are on their highest-data plan, but, even so, just a few HD streamed movies will consume an entire month's allowance. We do have DirctTV satellite cable as well as a DVD player at the house.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the house, the setting, or anything else, please don't hesitate to email or call us before submitting your booking request. You can do this easily by using the "Contact the Owner" form at right.

More Details

Owner
Dan O'Neill
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About Dan O'Neill

I'm a Charlottesville/Albemarle County native. Both my parents' families were peach orchardists - my father grew up at the base of this mountain near the little town of Crozet. As boys, he and his brothers would often hike to the top - to take in the panoramic views and exult in the feeling of being on top of the world (a rare enough experience in the depression years of the 1930s). My wife and I built this house in 1986 as our weekend retreat (and completely remodeled it in 2009). We also have a house in Charlottesville, where I'm a farm and estate broker and she is a professor of English at UVa. We have one daughter, who now lives in Washington, DC.

Dan O'Neill purchased this cabin in 1986

Why Dan O'Neill chose Crozet

Natural beauty. Seclusion. Staggering views.

What makes this cabin unique

One of the most expansive panoramic views east of the Mississippi.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Crozet, Virginia

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
    Full 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Please note that in addition to the 2 bedrooms, we have a high-quality queen Aerobed that can be set up in the living room. Occupancy of up to 6 considered upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wooden decking
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • jacuzzi
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Unmatched panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain and Shenandoah Valley views - especially from the spacious roof top deck. Miles of hiking trails in the 1,400-acre compound of which this property is a part. Easy access to the Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail. Modern, fully equipped accommodations. Whole-house generator with automatic transfer switch.

Reviews

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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat - 120-Mile Panorama
average rating of 4.8958335 based on 96 reviews
Richmond, VA
5

Great views from inside and out

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Skyline Crest. We enjoyed it so much the first time my wife and I had to return again with friends to share the experience. This is a very relaxing place to stay with extraordinary views day and night. The surrounding area has plenty of nice places to visit and see, but we brought enough food so that we wouldn’t have to venture out and miss a moment of time away from this beautiful location. We most definitely will return for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 25/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Mountain home - lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in isolated location at top of mountain. Highlight driving up to property in fog surrounded by grazing cows.

  • Review Submitted: 20/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Simply amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

Will be returning yet again, ASAP!!!

  • Review Submitted: 26/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Million dollar views!

  • 5 of 5

Loved being on the mountain! Hiking the trails on the mountain was fun. Great cabin. Recommend this place to anyone who likes to get away and be with nature. Thanks Dan for letting us share your vacation home!

  • Review Submitted: 25/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

On top of the world

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was unforgettable and we can’t wait to return. The view is breathless and the house itself it beautiful and fully stocked with kitchen amenities, firewood, and charm. Book it while you still can.

  • Review Submitted: 05/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oak Ridge TN
5

Away from it all

  • 5 of 5

If your idea of vacation is trendy restaurants, streaming movies, shopping, tourist activities, nightlife, and blazing fast internet, look elsewhere. If you enjoy solitude, peace and quiet, and gazing out at the ever-changing sky and weather from the vantage point of a snug, modern, well-designed and -maintained home, you've found the spot. We (a couple with two small dogs) stayed here in the dead of winter, with temperatures near zero and high winds at times, and it was a perfect setting to relax, hike, cook in the well-equipped kitchen, check out the eclectic bookshelf, read in front of the amazingly efficient wood stove, and catch up on sleep in great comfort. I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and now live in the Southern Appalachians, and I never get bored of these mountains, The views are forever, and even in winter we saw raccoons, rabbits, hawks, and deer, including the biggest stag I've ever seen. We did lose power at one point, but were unaware of it because the generator kicked right in. The owner is conscientious, thoughtful, and accommodating, and his house shows pride of ownership. This was a perfect setting for unplugging, unwinding, and just pondering the universe! Get your groceries on the way up (Harris Teeter supermarket in Crozet has all you need), and just cocoon.

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Car: necessary

Within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and its vast network of side trails within the Shenandoah National Park. The area around Charlottesville is host to many distinguished wineries, and there is a first-class micro-brewery right at the foot of the mountain. Local orchards offer peach picking in late summer, apples in the fall. Springtime is for ripe strawberries and raspberries.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Crozet, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Memorial Day 2018
25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest
 
Independence Day 2018
2 Jul 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2018
21 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2018
24 Dec 2018 - 26 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest
 
New Years 2018/19
28 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$364
From
AU$431
Fri,Sat
AU$2,517
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens AU$132.49
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$331.22
Pet Fee AU$66.24

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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