The SpaceThe house has been decorated & outfitted to serve as a therapy retreat location, and all guests can enjoy this warm, welcoming, & whimsical atmosphere which will stay with you long past the time you spend here.
There is comfortable bedding, high thread count sheets, & extra luxuries you'd expect in a fine hotel, yet with many of the comforts of home like a fully outfitted kitchen, for cooking and entertaining, with granite counters and a built-in China cabinet from the 1930's. There Is seating for at least 8 in the spacious kitchen and 8 more in the adjacent formal dining room, as well as outdoor dining option on large, covered deck.
High ceilings, original moulding, wood floors, architectural details, some lead glass windows, and exposed brick preserve the character of what was originally a Mennonite farmhouse, while two full modernized bathrooms (one on each floor,) and recently updated appliances ensure comfort & convenience. Each bathroom has shower and tub, the upstairs bath has a heat lamp and mountain views; the downstairs bath is very spacious with a double vanity. The water pressure is quite good and makes for enjoyable showers.
There are two queen-bed rooms, one upstairs and one down, a small bedroom with a twin bed downstairs, and a fourth bedroom with its own entrance on main level that can be configured with queen bed and/or used as an additional gathering room with sectional sofa, games, and television. (Please inform in advance if you'll use this fourth room as a bedroom, so it can be prepared accordingly. In photos, it is the room with turquoise & tan decor.)
In addition to the large, rear deck with mountain views, there is a side porch with porch swing and an enclosed garden area with old well-pump. Original stone work paths and garden accents are being restored around the property, and there is ample off-street parking for a number of vehicles. There is a tree-fort which will be repaired this spring. Please do not use it while this notice is up, but once warm weather returns, it provides a lovely spot for relaxing and looking out over the meadow and into the 10 acres of woods behind the house.) Guest AccessGuests have access to full, private home and gardens: almost an acre of land, 1,800 square feet indoors, large parking area, deck and porch.
There is Wifi throughout, and there are three flat screen/HDMI port televisions with DVD players & at least one TV with Cable & Netflix capability, as well as a small library of DVD movies. There is a Wii game system set up with some games available in the Family Room/4th bedroom. There are also a number of books, fiction and non-fiction, as well as a nice selection of children's books, for guests' use, and a number of board games & puzzles for your enjoyment.
The kitchen is completely outfitted for cooking and serving full meals, with glass-top electric range and oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, blender, dishwasher, double sided fridge with ice-maker, and numerous, high quality pots & pans and ample dishes for serving a large group. Spices and basic staples are kept in the house, and you are welcome to use them as needed. If there is something you know you'll need in terms of cook-ware, etc., please feel free to inquire about whether it is there.
Laundry room has Whirlpool washer & dryer. (Please use only High Efficiency detergent products.) There is also an ironing board and iron.
There are plenty of extra towels, linens and blankets for your comfort. And for guests with infants or young children, please request in advance if you would like the high-chair and/or pack & play, etc. brought out of attic storage & prepared for your use. Interaction with GuestsOwner can interact with guests via email as needed, and is very available, unless otherwise noted on infrequent occasions, to respond to your needs. But the owner lives out of town and will most likely not meet you in person. Rather, a caretaker will be available if needed to make sure you are checked into the house and to assist if there are any needs during your stay. But, unless you need assistance, you will be able to enjoy privacy and seclusion while being close to everything the "Queen City of the Shenandoah" has to offer.
The owner has prepared a thorough notebook/manual with all sorts of information about the house, as well as a thorough assortment of brochures, maps, menus, etc. regarding local attractions, services, restaurants & shops. And if there is anything that's not covered; don't hesitate to ask.
Information available in fluent English & Spanish, & limited German. The NeighborhoodI lived in this neighborhood for over 10 years and have held onto my beloved home here for several years since moving away. I've been to 49 of the 50 states and twenty some countries thus far, and still consider Staunton, Virginia to be one of the loveliest places I've ever encountered due to its scenic beauty, historic charm, and the genuine warmth and friendliness of so many residents. Work has moved me a few hours away, but I visit and enjoy staying in my house often, and plan to retire here. I cannot say enough good things about the town and neighborhood; I suggest you visit and you might just fall in love with it all yourself; as I did many years ago.
The house has been decorated & outfitted to serve as a therapy retreat location, and all guests can enjoy this warm, welcoming, & whimsical atmosphere which will stay with you long past the time you spend here. Getting AroundThe house is located less than a mile from the center of historic, downtown Staunton, and is quite walkable, though the hill up to the house is steep and you might feel it if you're not in decent shape. It's one mile from the Amtrak train station, and less than a quarter mile to the nearest public trolley stop. Just a few blocks off of historic Route 11, it's easy to find by car as well. Other Things to NoteThe house is less than a mile from Mary Baldwin College and Stuart Hall Boarding school. It is located 30 minutes drive from James Madison University to the north, Washington and Lee University & Virginia Military Institute to the south, and 45 minutes to the east is the University of Virginia. So, it's a great location for college, parent and alumni visits, graduations and reunions.
Pets are allowed on an individual basis; please give me a description of your pet(s), and I'll let you know if I think the property is a good fit for your needs. There is a fenced in area, and some basic pet supplies on hand (dishes, small pet bed.)
The house is a great place for children, though toddlers/pre-schoolers will probably not be a good match as the house is not child-proofed and there are a lot of breakable decor items. Older children who can follow their parents' directions and be careful with others' belongings will find games, books, and DVD movies they should enjoy, as well as wonderful outdoor space for playing. I've also provided some basic items to make it easier to visit with infants. Please don't hesitate to inquire about your specific needs.