Our house is nestled on the eastern slope of Afton Mountain just below Rockfish Gap in the northern tip of Historic Nelson County on the “Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge” It’s just 3-minutes away from the where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets the Skyline Drive and 4-minutes to the southern gatehouse of the Shenandoah National Park. Hiking, skiing, golf, biking, sightseeing; the area calls to the outdoor enthusiast.
If history is your thing you're fortunate that we have that too! But if you are the type that prefers a quiet spot with a good book that's possible too; the house has two porches and outside of the occasional train rumbling through it’s pretty quiet. There are music and performance venues in the nearby communities of Crozet, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, and Staunton as well as the immediate area. In recent years Nelson County has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the age-old crafts of brewing, distilling, and viticulture; Nelson County's popular Brew Ridge Trail begins just three miles down the road where you can tour numerous breweries, cideries, vineyards and a distillery or two. Venturing further afield in Nelson County you will discover almost a half-dozen more breweries, wineries and at least two distilleries. Nelson County is also home to the Walton's Mountain Museum in Schuyler where the TV show's creator Earl Hamner once lived.
One section of our property was once the site of the freight station for the original Blue Ridge Railway which sits alongside the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Trail. Once opened this Rails-To-Trails addition will include Crozet’s nearly 4300-foot long tunnel dug 500 feet below Afton Mountain during the 1850’s. It was one of the longest tunnels ever built in its day and the first tunnel ever dug simultaneously from both sides. The tunnel/trail completion schedule has been delayed due to budget issues.
The house (our first home, we now live just 8 miles down the road) is a simple wood framed 2-story cottage with about 1200 sq feet of living space. We don’t know how old it is but 25 years ago we met a woman who told us she was born in the house in 1911; we believe it couldn’t be much older than that. Much of the house has been modernized and renovated. The upstairs bedrooms are small by modern standards and have sloped ceilings and the stairway was built for a time when people were shorter so you folks over 6’2 should watch your noggins. There are two bedrooms upstairs; one with a queen the second bedroom has two twin beds. There is a brand new bathroom with shower and a small sitting area.
On the first floor, you will find a nice kitchen, dining and living area in an open and well-lit floor plan. There is also a large den with a double futon and 2 single futon chairs. There is a full bath with tub.
The cozy open front porch faces east onto a small shaded front lawn. There are views to the east and south that open up in the winter. It is the best place to escape the heat of the day or to enjoy early morning coffee. The fully enclosed back porch is best when the weather is cooler or the heat of the day has passed.
We’re located just 25 miles west of Charlottesville, UVA, and Monticello, 4 minutes from I-64 exit 99 or 10 minutes from I-64 exit 107. It’s just a 15 min walk to the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Tunnel (it’s marked do not enter so go at your own risk). Wintergreen is a 15-20 minute drive down the Rockfish Valley or 20-25 minutes if you take the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway route. Enjoy the peace and quiet and yet be within minutes of all that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer.
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We moved to Nelson County from the Virgin Islands almost 40 years ago and soon "got hitched" at the local courthouse. A few years later we pulled up staked and moved south to FL then West to CA before returning to Nelson and buying this house when as we started our family. We outgrew the house 7 years later moving and moved 8 miles across the ridge to a nearby town where we still live today.
|Zip Code: 22920|
|Nearest Airport||Charlottesville CHO or SHD||30 miles|
|Nearest Bar||Blue Mountain Brewery, Heritage on Main||4 miles|
|Nearest Beach||Sherando Lake Recreation Area||18 miles|
|Nearest Bus Station||Greyhound in C'ville||28 miles|
|Nearest Golf||Swannanoa, Old Trail, Wintergreen||2 miles|
|Nearest Motorway||East Side Speetway||12 miles|
|Nearest Restaurant||Favorite is Rooftop or Fardowners in Crozet||10 miles|
|Nearest Ski||Wintergreen or Masanutten||20 miles|
|Nearest Train Station||Amtrak in C'ville or Staunton||28 miles|
The cottage is located on a private lane which forks off Afton Depot Lane. Turn off State Route 6 and then almost immediately turn right off the blacktop onto the private lane. Go past the bungalow on the left and up the hill to the cottage. The house has a tin roof which adds to the charm in rainy weather but can be noisy when the wind blows hard. The house is located 150 yards from an active Railroad line so there is noise at times. Most of it comes from empty coal car freights returning towards the western coal fields. They do not follow any schedule so there is no telling if or when they will pass but there's no mistaking their presence. The almost silent Amtrak passenger trains pass in both directions 3 days/week. Small local freight deliveries come through occasionally and road crews also work the line.
The house is located in the former mountainside rail stop summer resort Village of Afton. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 with a queen and the other with 2 doubles. Downstairs the original living room has a double futon and two single chair style futons. This room has doors so it can be closed off but it doesn't have any bedroom furniture. The house is equipped with a smart TV (guests provide their own Netflix or Amazon passwords) Ther is also a digital antenna for broadcast TV of the major networks and PBS.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$185 - $225||$1,019||$3,195||2 Nights||-|
|Pet fee per dog||Optional / Seasonal||$60||One time|
|Security, damage, excess cleaning deposit.||Required||$500||One time|
|VA State Sales (4.3%) & County Occupancy Tax (5%)||Required||9.3%||One time|
This cottage is the perfect location for a mountain getaway! It was incredibly spacious and the kitchen was stocked with all of the essentials. I highly recommend the sunroom at 4pm for sunset views with a glass of Veritas Petit Verdot in hand. Jackie and Tom are great hosts who make you feel right at home. Highly recommend this cottage and look forward to our next visit! Cheers!
Stayed March, 2018
Couldn't have been a better home to stay at for our girls weekend! The owners are beyond sweet and the house is adorable and fully stocked. We will be returning for sure!!
Stayed February, 2018
We had a wonderful time at Tom and Jackie’s cottage. It was so clean, cozy, and perfect for what we needed. We really enjoyed being able to bring the dogs with us and they had plenty of room to run and play. We hope to be back very soon.
Stayed February, 2018
We loved Tom's and Jackie's place in Afton. What a beautiful home. Everything is first class. Attention to detail is the theme...from the luxurious towels and linens, comfy beds, classy kitchen, and super clean interior to the house "book" which answered every question we had, even suggesting things to do in the area. Add to this that Tom was "on call" the entire time even though he was on vacation in the Virgin Isles (at another of their properties) while we were there. The location was perfect for us, too. We hiked, visited some wineries in the area and headed up to nearby Wintergreen Resort for lunch one day. Wish we had been able to stay longer. There is so much to do in this area. Highly recommend the Afton Station Cottage.
Stayed January, 2018
The house was setup perfectly for our family and we enjoyed our stay. It was very clean and had everything to make guests feel comfortable. We would definitely stay there again and recommend this to others.
Stayed December, 2017
A most beautiful cottage with comfortable surroundings throughout. Felt right at home the moment we walked in. Tom and Jackie are the best host who shared with us all the beautiful hiking trails and wineries around. I stayed at the Station Cottage with a girlfriend of mine to celebrate my 60th birthday and we had the best time, Happy birthday to me!!! We picked up the Appalachian Trail 40 minutes from the back door of the cottage and I strongly recommend you have a camera ready as you will pass some spectacular views and a donkey with his horse friend. Another day we took the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Appalachian Trail to hike to Humpback Rocks. The view from Humpback Rocks was amazing and every bit worthy of the hour and a half trail we took with switchbacks. You might pass a hiker or two but once you reach Humpback Rocks it’s an instant party. So many hikers around enjoying the view and absolutely everyone is friendly and conversations flow so easily. Afton and the Station Cottage will be our return destination spot for many years to come. Thank you Tom and Jackie for the memories we created during our stay and we look forward to our return visits to enjoy more hiking, more wine and a visit to the donkey with his horse friend. Best time ever!!!
Stayed November, 2017
Our family (2 adults, 3 teens and our dog) enjoyed a two-night stay in this well-appointed, well-located cottage. We love staying in a place that has been remodeled so well that it rivals our own home! Tom and Jackie have done a beautiful job on the bathrooms and kitchen in the cottage, as well as the furnishings. Nothing has been overlooked -- and they've thought of everything you might need! We enjoyed the proximity to great hiking, breweries, wineries, restaurants. We had a great meal at Green Leaf Cafe and spent an evening -- with our kids and dog! -- at Basic City Brewery, both in nearby Waynesboro. We hiked Humpback Rock at our hosts' recommendation and explored the trails closer to the cottage/tunnel. As mentioned, the cottage is right on the train track, and while there are not many trains that go by when they do, you know it. Overall, we loved our stay, and look forward to coming back!
Stayed November, 2017
We loved staying at Afton Station Cottage! The beds were very comfortable and the house was well stocked. It is super close to wineries, breweries, and restaurants. We also enjoyed the fabulous Mountain View. We will definitely be back!
Stayed November, 2017
The cottage was great. My wife and I were looking for a getaway with the dogs to do some hiking and biking in and around Shenandoah national Park and the blue ridge parkway. The cottage is awesomely sitiuated near the entrances of both. The leaves we're just changing colors making the parks beautiful. We hiked up a few mountains, saw some waterfalls, wildlife and put a few miles on the Appalachian trail without having to be too far from the cottage. We were able to visit many of the local wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, all within short a distance. From go out to eat in Staunton or Charlottesville to visiting Monticello, the Shenandoah valley area was a great time. The cottage had everything we needed to make sure our stay was memorable. Beautiful kitchen and bathrooms, small bar area and a realaxing three season room, made our stay enjoyable. The only caveat to some would be the train that passes nearby, but I like trains so it wasn't much of a bother. The hosts we're very easy to communicate with, which always makes a stay more relaxing when you know if something were to go wrong , the owners are only but an email or phone call away. It was a great relaxing trip to the Afton Cottage. Would stay again.
Stayed October, 2017
We had a blast. Relaxing, peaceful and room to relax. Cottage had everything we needed and then some. We will Be back! Thx for sharing this little piece of heaven with us.
Stayed October, 2017