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

People6
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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Crozet in White Hall

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
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
  • Hob ...
  • 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
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Wood 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

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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5

Peace and quiet, and so much more!

  • 5 of 5

Dan's home is nothing short of amazing. The views, the wildlife, the peacefulness. We couldn't have asked for a better getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The panoramic views are breathtaking. If you're not an early riser, I would highly recommend you make an exception to view the sunrise over the mountains--it's one for the books. During our trip, we were also lucky enough to see wild turkeys, foxes, deer and, our favorite, black bears. Cubs and all! I'd have to say, though, the cows were the highlight of our trip. Watching them surround the house and roam the mountain with their calves by their side was truly delightful. Our pup was fascinated as well. While it's easy to love this home on its own, Dan made it all the more easier, even for just a few short days. Make this trip--you won't regret it!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise up high

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at Skyline Crest. Such a beautiful, peaceful place with 360 degree views. The house was spotlessly clean, comfy beds and linen and the kitchen was well stacked with everything you could want to cook a great meal. We used the house as a base for the best mountain biking and road riding you could ask for. I highly recommend staying here for cyclists, walkers, wine lovers or just someone needing a break from their busy lives.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous Mountain Escape with Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location, the views, the wildlife and the house. We had such a relaxing trip with our dog. Dan was so accommodating and helpful. I really couldn’t recommend it more!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

What a Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Between the house, the area, the view, and the wildlife , we cannot have had a better time. We'll be back soon !!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views, quiet, and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

We visited this home for 3 nights during our vacation. The views from all the decks and windows were amazing. The house was comfortable and quiet, The kitchen was very nicely done and spacious. We saw many rabbits, some deer, and a mother bear with 3 cubs while we were driving up to the house, On the down side, the master shower was very small, about the size of a phone booth, and there were some areas inside and out that were a bit worn (peeling paint and broken tiles), but other than that it was very nice. We enjoyed a hike in the National Park and we visited the peach orchard each day for some delicious treats. We would recommend bringing all your groceries because the drive to the store is quite long and slow. If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely return. Dan was very helpful and quick to let know about anything we needed,

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lois. I just wanted to let everyone know that the paint damage is from a storm we had back in the spring. We've completed almost all of the repairs, but there are still a few minor things to finish up and scheduling the work becomes tougher during our peak rental season. (We do tell our guests about this before arrival.) Re: the upstairs shower - you're right, it's not spacious like the one downstairs. We'd love to replace it with a larger one, but haven't yet figured out how to do that while keeping the 6-foot whirlpool tub, which is also in that bathroom.
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Amazing romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing and the views cannot be beat! Secluded and romantic; exactly what we were looking for our mini honeymoon. Dan gave great instructions to us. We hope to come back again sometime!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Crozet, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Labor Day 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2018
21 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2018
24 Dec 2018 - 26 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
New Years 2018/19
28 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£554
for 2 nights
From
£238
From
£281
Fri,Sat
£1,722
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning and Linens £78.44
Refundable Damage Deposit £196.1
Pet Fee £39.22

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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