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Treehouse in Charlottesville Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Small two story house on stilts across the street from Riverside Trail

The 'Treehouse' is a small, charming, rustic, 2 story house on stilts. There are air conditioning window units, for the summer, and a woodstove and space heaters for the winter. Firewood provided. Each floor is 12 ft x 12 ft. Downstairs there is a queen sized futon bed, a woodstove, and a small kitchen (with refridgerator, toaster oven, and hotplate, and basic kitchen supplies including spices, tea and coffee), and a table. The upstairs is accessible by a steep staircase. It has a queen-sized bed, a dresser and a desk.

There is a wrap-around porch with a couch and a great view of the creek, and the surrounding greenery. The bathroom is located in an enclosed room on the porch (toilet and sink.) The hot, private outdoor shower is adjacent on the porch. Unusual! And yes, we do have guests in the winter! There is a heater in the bathroom adjacent, so you can go from the hot shower straight into the warm bathroom, while enjoying the fresh outdoor air!

We are located 1 mile from the downtown mall in Charlottesville, and across the street from a lovely riverside trail. A creek, black walnut tree with a swing, vegetable garden and 3 free-range chickens are in the large yard. (Sweet chickens sleep under the Treehouse in their coop.)

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is 10 minutes away, and many fabulous restaurants are in walking distance (10 minute walk.) Access to the lovely Riverside Trail is just across the street. Great place to walk dogs, bike and stroll.

Small 'Big Green Egg' grill on porch, on bus line, WiFi.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2017

About Leora

She is an English as a Second Language Teacher. Loves to dance and travel.

He is a former army helicopter pilot, and operates a Chimney/Woodstove business. Loves to spend time with family and the outdoors.

Leora purchased this cabin in 2004

Why Leora chose Martha Jefferson

Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live

What makes this cabin unique

Peaceful, green setting that feels like the country, but is 1 mile from downtown. Nice to watch the wildlife in the small, adjacent creek. On Wednesdays in the summer and fall the farmers market is set up 2 blocks away with fresh produce and handmade products. Wine country is around the corner, with lovely vineyards. The Blue Ridge Mountains and its scenic hiking trails surround us. Last but not least, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home is 15 minutes away - an endlessly fascinating and beautiful place to visit..

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have about 40 reviews on that website if you would like more info about the "Treehouse". Please submit booking inquiry through this www.vrbo.com listing however. Thanks!
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Martha Jefferson in Charlottesville

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen bed upstairs, large futon bed downstairs
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
You feel like you are in the country as you are up on stilts and can see trees from the windows, but you are right near downtown Charlottesville. Cozy woodstove. 3 hens in the yard are very friendly.


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Treehouse in Charlottesville Downtown
average rating of 4.423077 based on 33 reviews

Fun stay but a total gimmic

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I am a HomeAway/VRBO property owner in another state and I have a house in Charlottesville, which is rented, so I can't stay there while in town.

I have stayed at this property twice - 2013 and 2015. First was fun, an adventure. There were issues with a leaky sink faucet and circa 1980's polyester bed linens. The second-time, *nothing* had changed. The owner is making hand-over-fist income from this tree-house and putting nothing into basic upgrades. Oh, and I learned my lesson to bring my own firewood.

This is a cheap, tacky gimmick of an vacation rental.

I understand a tree-house rental experience should be fun and rustic. But smaltzy bed linens and nearly non-working sink faucet reminded me of the axiom: BUYER BEWARE.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry this guest had a poor experience. I wish he would have addressed me or let me know of his concerns while he was there. We have a huge pile of firewood for guests under the Loghouse. We moved the pile since 2013 so maybe he didn't realize that. If he had only asked. Since we have 2 space heaters at the treehouse and the temperatures were not that cold (Fall temperatures - early October) I presumed he was content with the space heaters. The sheets are actually organic cotton sheets, unless the cleaner used something different for him accidentally? I will double check. Anyway, this guest seemed like a nice enough person, I'm not sure why he didn't communicate any of his concerns. We have over 100 - 5 star reviews on Airbnb, so most guests have been very happy. I guess you can't please them all.
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Cozy and Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the Treehouse! It was cozy, well-equipped, and just what we were looking for in a weekend place in Charlottesville. We had easy access to everything we wanted to do in town. We were there during a heat spell but the window a/c units kept us quite cool. I absolutely adored the outdoor shower - such a pleasant experience! Would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yes! Small but Fun!

  • 4 of 5

This is not the Embassy Suites. As long as you aren't expecting that, and don't mind the liberating experience of showering outside, this is a great place. Don't plan on watching TV (there isn't one), but the WiFi is ample to stream some Netflix. The porch is great, and the wood stove is perfect for a cold C-Ville night. We did have one problem...black ants. Anytime we were eating, the ants were there. Also, if you have small children, the ladder to the loft might make you nervous. All said, I would definitely stay here again. Leora is a great hostess.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Stay in the Treehouse

  • 5 of 5

The house was peaceful and comfortable---in walking distance from old town, but also far enough to feel rural. There's a nice paved path nearby for running and walking. My favorite part of the property is the awesome porch. I have to admit, I spent most of my time on the porch reading, relaxing, and drinking wine. I slept wonderfully and am thankful for the a/c unit! The radio also was a nice touch. The outdoor shower is quaint and I really liked having the sheet dividers outside for additional privacy. I would recommend this property and also come back with friends!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty Treehouse

  • 4 of 5

We had a good stay here. The treehouse was rustic, cozy and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a fun adventure in our great town

  • 5 of 5

thanks to leora for the hospitality in this quiet and quirky corner of the town we love so much. we are grateful for the sense of adventure!

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Beer Run and the Black Moto Saloon
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Charlottesville Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Interstate 64 and route 250 bypass
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Beer Run, Pad Thai, Moto Saloon, La Michuacana
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Wintergreen Ski Resort
Car: not necessary

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is 10 minutes away. Wintergreen Ski Resort is a 40 minute drive, downtown Charlottesville is 1 mile away. ACAC gym and fitness center is closeby. Charlottesville and its surroundings offer most of the above activities and attractions


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £33.62

We donate $50 to charity for each stay with our "Treehouse for Charity" program. If you like, you can select which charity it will be given to if you like (from 3 selected charities). See binder in the Treehouse for details.

There is an additional charge for more than 2 guests = $25/person per night. We will add this fee when we send your payment request email. Children/pets are no extra charge!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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