The SpaceGreat mountain and valley views at this 4BD/2.5BA rustic private retreat. The first floor has a large great room with vaulted ceiling, skylights, and picture windows to take in the scenic views of the Shenandoah River Valley, woods, and beautiful sunsets. Even the storms are fun to watch.
The kitchen, dining table, and living area are all in the great room. The kitchen is partially divided from the living/dining area by a large brick fireplace in the middle of the great room.
The living area has two large couches, which can comfortably seat eight, a coffee table, a 42" LCD TV w/ Comcast Xfinity HD programming, and a sound bar, which can play music wirelessly from bluetooth enabled devices.
The dining table comfortably seats up to eight people.
The kitchen area has an electric range (the top has Two Burners and a griddle), dishwasher, microwave, toaster, garbage disposal, standard refrigerator (no ice maker, just ice cube trays), coffee maker, percolator, 4 cup coffee maker, and a Keurig (some k-cups are provided). There are enough plates, silverware, glasses, and wine glasses to serve eight. The kitchen has a fixed bar table with four stools for quick meals.
The four bedrooms are all located off of the great room; two on each side. The three king bedrooms each have a 32" LCD TV with Comcast HD programming. The fourth bedroom has two twin beds. Each bedroom has an analog alarm clock.
The master bedroom has a full bath with walk-in shower. The remaining bedrooms share the second full bath, which has a regular bathtub. Each full bath has soap, shampoo, a hair dryer, some hand-towels and washcloths. We'll provide enough bath towels for each guest on the reservation to have one, and extra bath towels will be provided for stays of three days or longer.
The rear of the house has three decks. Two decks are covered and screened and can only be accessed via the rear bedrooms. Each deck has some porch furniture. The main deck has a large propane grill.
The basement has a pool table, bar table, washer, dryer, iron and ironing board, and a half bath. The driveway has a basketball hoop (guests need to bring their own basketball). Guest AccessFor June 3rd, 2016: Check-in not available until 5:30pm.
Guests have full use of the house during their stay. The driveway can accommodate up to five cars (three in the lower driveway, which is next to the front entrance, and two at the top of the driveway) without blocking anyone's ability to arrive/leave.
Camp fires are currently prohibited along the mountain. Please do not use the fire pit in the yard. The deck has a nice propane grill if you would like to cook outside.
There is a very small patch of yard. However, we discourage outdoor activity (children playing) on it because it has a downward slope, is rocky, and there is a very steep downward slope at the edge of the yard. Interaction with GuestsI'll plan to meet guests when they arrive to provide a quick tour of the house and welcome. If I'm not able to be there by the estimated arrival time, then I'll provide the lockbox code so you'll be able to let yourself into the house. It is our goal to be nonexistent after check-in, but available by airbnb messaging or phone if needed. The house does not have a landline, but the wifi is very good for communications via your devices. The NeighborhoodThe house is located along the top of the Shannondale community. Shannondale started as a weekend retreat for DC residents in the 50s. It is a serene community, but still has plenty to do nearby. However, once you settle in Skyview's great room, or one of its king bedrooms, you're probably going to just want to sit back and relax.
From the Skyline Retreat guests have:
- a short but somewhat steep and rocky uphill hike to the Appalachian Trail (AT), which runs along the top of the mountain ridge. There is a utility line right of way across the street from the house. Take the right of way up. It stops near the AT conservation easement, but just continue hiking straight up to intersect the AT. Once on the AT, it is easy hiking. (If you really like to hike, then plan an all-day round trip hike from the house taking the AT to the Loudoun Heights Overlook, which has amazing views of Historic Harpers Ferry. The hike is approximately 21 miles round trip (pack a picnic to enjoy along with the great overlook).
- For a shorter and easier AT hike to the Loudoun Heights overlook, drive 6 miles to Keys Gap, which has a little parking area right off of Route 9 near the VA-WV state line. The roundtrip hike is approximately 9 miles.
- a very short 2.5 mile drive (6 minutes) to the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area, which has several walking trails. The river trail, which starts to the left of the river access and parking area, is an easy mile long walk (two mile roundtrip).
- short drive to the Bloomery Plantation Distillery (6 miles / 10 minutes). You'll want to plan to attend one of their delicious and entertaining SweetShine tastings, where you can try each product. It is an experience. It also has live music on Saturday night.
- Historic Charles Town (8 miles / 16 minute drive).
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (8 miles / 16 minute drive).
- Harpers Ferry National Park and many other activities in the historic lower town (12 miles / 26 minute drive). Getting AroundOther than hiking up to the Appalachian Trail, you'll need your vehicle to get places.
The last three roads up to Skyview are narrow, curvy, and at some points a little steep. My sedan does fine on the roads, but you do need to watch out for potholes or bumps. Slow and steady wins the race. Other Things to NoteThe last several roads to the house are a little steep, curvy, narrow, and bumpy. Take your time until you're familiar with them.
There are four steps from the lower driveway to the front door. There is a long flight of steps from the first floor to the lower level.
The house has a tankless hot water heater. It takes a little longer for hot water to get to the faucets, especially to the shared full bath (because they are at opposite ends of the house).