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Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 157 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, Sofabed, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4 - 6)

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, or go to: https://youtu.be/ahsnmZwyT4A.) 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.

For current news, please visit our Facebook page by Googling "Skyline Crest Facebook".

More Details

Owner
Dan O'Neill
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

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 live 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 house in 1986

Amenities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 157 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • 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 1,600-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

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(72 traveller reviews)

Skyline Crest - Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 72 reviews
5

Great house, great view, great long weekend

  • 5 of 5

Skyline Crest was a great place to spend a long weekend in the blue ridge mountains! It is very close to the Appalachian Trail for hiking and just a short drive away from Skyline Drive. The house itself was very clean and well-appointed and the view is truly amazing.

Dan was super-responsive during the entire VRBO process and even went above and beyond in making sure the steep roads leading up to the house were passable after a big storm passed through the day before we arrived.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous house and view, worth the trip! Don't look any farther than this house.

  • 5 of 5

This vacation spot was the best! A stunning house with windows all around for a panoramic view of a stunning mountain ridge!

The house was very well equipped with every kitchen item you would need, and the beds were very comfortable with soft, luxurious bedding. There is a great whirlpool tub with a heat lamp in the ceiling!

This is on a private mountain near Crozet, Virginia, with trails to be explored. The gravel roads are not for the timid or easily daunted, but once you get the hang of the area, they are easily negotiated. And so worth the trip!

The owner, Dan, could not have been more helpful or gracious! Because we were fogged in in a storm, he gave us an additional two days for free! We will return, this place was so relaxing, you could only hear birds and the wind!!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for these kind words, Liz. I should clarify re: the extra nights that these were highly unusual circumstances. Multiple days of torrential rain and high winds. And we happened to have a couple of vacant nights just after your scheduled departure date. I wish we could do this for all guests who encounter rainy weather, but, alas, that's not possible.
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Chapel Hill
5

Secluded mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, amazing views and great place to disconnect. Bumpy road up the hill but worth the effort. Great yard for kids and dog. Big kitchen and great family room. Tons of outside space on decks and when the wind dies down easy to drink and watch the mountains. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic week my family had at Skyline Crest. The house was perfect - plenty of space, kitchen great for cooking, amazing views from every window and those decks are wonderful! We spent our days hiking the nearby area - so awesome to have the Appalachian Trail so close to the house - and relaxing or playing in the yard with the kids and the dog. We discovered your board games, and spent every evening having a game night with my teenagers! We saw a coyote, deer and turkey while we were there. It was a great week, and we would definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Top of the Mountain!!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to get away from it all this is the place. Last house on the top of the hill at the end of the road. Pictures are very accurate but don't do the property justice at the same time.

Well equipped. Comfortable. Bumpy road to get there was worth the ride.

Dan was very helpful anytime we had a question for him. Would definitely stay there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC
5

Crest is the best

  • 5 of 5

The house is great and has all the bells and whistles that you might need. The view and the escape is really what you come for--five stars.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 house in Crozet, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Memorial Day 2017
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$428
 
 
Independence Day 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$435
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$16 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$428
 
 
Columbus Day 2017
6 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$428
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$435
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$16 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
24 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$435
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$368
From
A$435
Fri,Sat
A$2,542
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens A$133.78
Pet Fee A$66.89
Refundable Damage Deposit A$334.45
Tax Rate 5.3%

Unless otherwise approved, weekly stays may not begin and end on a Saturday (as this removes 2 weekends from our calendar). Parties up to 6 considered upon request. A queen Aerobed can be made available. We will also consider requests for one-night stays, at a higher rate. Approval of one-night stays will depend on pragmatic considerations, such as the availability of cleaning services, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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