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Private, 2-bedroom Garden Apartment Just 15 Minutes From Charlottesville

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Lovely, newly decorated, beautifully furnished garden apartment, with its own entrance and parking, in private gardens and a picturesque woodland setting. Two bedrooms, bathroom and comfortable large sitting room.

Home away from home in a historic former schoolhouse just minutes from downtown Charlottesville. The luxurious private apartment, which has its own entrance, is decorated with the owner's antique furniture and 18th and 19th century natural history prints. and includes a microwave, refrigerator and Keurig coffee maker. There are also complimentary snacks, fruit and breakfast items on hand. The sitting room has plenty of seating and a flat-screen monitor with a selection of several hundred DVDs (please note that there is no cable television service available here). There is also a large built-in desk if you need to get some work done. Both spacious bedrooms have seating and plenty of closet space. The comfortable beds have memory foam mattresses and there are towels and linens from Pottery Barn. The house is in a woodland setting and has a mountain view in the winter. The 4-acre grounds and gardens around the house are fenced and there is an electric gate for your security.

There is plenty of parking available and a private path to your apartment. The apartment has a separate entrance, which means you can come and go at your convenience.

The apartment is professionally cleaned and serviced with high quality fresh linens and towels before each arrival. The bathroom is stocked with complimentary, skin-sensitive cosmetic items, including shampoo, conditioner and shower gel by Beekman 1802.

The property is conveniently located for downtown Charlottesville (about 15 minutes by car) and UVA, as well as Crozet and Ivy, and many local attractions, including historic Monticello, numerous wineries and vineyards, Starr Hill brewery, western wedding venues, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton.

There are two extremely friendly dogs living on the premises.

More Details

Simon Banner
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

About Simon Banner

I'm a writer who has lived in many different places -- Oxford, London, the French Pyrenees, Los Angeles, and now lovely Charlottesville in Virginia -- and I enjoy travelling and meeting the travellers I host. I am passionate about writing, books, film, art and nature, to name a few things, and I love to practise speaking French.

Simon Banner purchased this apartment in 2014


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Private, 2-bedroom Garden Apartment Just 15 Minutes From Charlottesville
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Comfy, stylish Garden Apt in quiet area close to Charlottesville

  • 5 of 5
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The Garden Apt at the Old Schoolhouse is delightful. Beautifully appointed, with lots of extra amenities that enhance the peaceful, country atmosphere.

The bedrooms are very comfortable with elegant linens, and the three beds provide lots of flexibility. We were a group three friends and it was the perfect arrangement. The pantry was generously stocked with fresh fruit, coffee, beverages, and snacks of all kinds. The lovely sitting area and crisp, stylish bathroom round out a perfect cottage atmosphere. In addition to proximity to Charlottesville, the surrounding towns offer diverse activities, including wine tasting, interesting restaurants, and historical sites. Our winter visit discouraged outdoor activities, but the gorgeous scenery would truly lend itself to hikes and other sports in warmer months. No problem with lack of television as the enormous CD collection includes just about every movie and TV series of note. We immediately wished we had several extra days to spend just to take advantage of that treat!

Saving the best feature of the Old Schoolhouse til last, Simon Banner is a terrific host! He provided every detail needed for a smooth arrival, gave excellent recommendations for local activities, and graciously handled our barrage of questions about his home and experiences. We are already looking forward to a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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First Christmas in Virginia

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to stay over Christmas while visiting our family. Simon was there to greet us when we pulled in late the first night, walking us through the basics of our apartment. He has created such a warm and inviting spot for his guests with all the special "treats" to make you feel at home. The website pictures are true to what you can expect. Both bedrooms are quite spacious, with plenty of room for hanging clothes or unpacking your personal items on shelves or in the dresser. Everything is clean, crisp and very refreshing. Simon was always available, working outside in his gardens, and of course, we became good friends with Snowy and Pebbles. The location is great for getting around to the many surrounding areas of interest. We highly recommend this Garden Apartment to anyone looking for a lovely atmosphere on their next get-away. You won't be disappointed. We've made a new friend in Virginia, and yes, Simon, we will be back. Until the next time, thank you for a wonderful experience. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and nice place

  • 5 of 5
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My friends and I came up for a fun weekend of wineries and relaxing; this was the perfect place! Simon was so nice, and both dogs (Pebbles & Snowy) were very sweet! Very impressed and will recommend this house to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a good time, Kristen! It was lovely having you and your friends here.
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Cute and welcoming

  • 5 of 5
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We were warmly greeted by Simon and his two friendly dogs when we arrived. Simon went over all we needed to know about the apartment and gave us a quick tour. The apartment was tastefully decorated and meticulously clean. We visited Monticello while we were there and were grateful for a homey place to return to after a long day. We chatted with Simon about the area and he had a few recommendations for dinner that were nearby. There was quite a large selection of DVDs from which to choose when it was time to wind down for the night. I would definitely recommend the property.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing, relaxing weekend in a beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 2-year-old son, and I stayed in Simon's Garden Apartment for the weekend while visiting Charlottesville, just a few miles away. We had a great time. Simon was a wonderful host. The fridge was stocked and the shelves were overflowing with movies to watch. His home and guest apartment are beautiful. We can't wait to return again to see the gardens next year. Our son and Simon's dog Snowy became buddies. Both she and his older brother Pebbles were very sweet and a joy to be around.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely peaceful place

  • 5 of 5
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We will definitely stay here again. We visited the area for wine tastings and an event at Veritas Winery. This location was perfect. 4 adults and a baby, and we fit fairly comfortably (after figuring out that the pack n play fit into the closet!) Simon was an absolute delight, and a very gracious host! There was a multitude of snacks and coffee, and more dvds than I have ever seen. (This is because there is no actual tv service. The WiFi was spotty, which made streaming the Olympics a bit difficult, but we managed!) There is no kitchen, so you have to wash dishes in the bathroom sink (when we were leaving Simon told us to just leave them!) The window in the bathroom could use a better covering as it looks out to the main path/ garden, and you feel a little exposed. Again, we had a great time and will stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and helpful comments, Carlos. It was lovely meeting you all (especially baby J.) and I hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Charlottesville, Central Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £40

Please note that check-out time is 12 p.m. and check-in is from 4 p.m.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Charlottesville in Virginia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

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