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Lots of natural light, 2 porches, private lane on the eastern slope of Afton Mountain. 5 min. from Blue Ridge Prkwy, Skyline Drive/Shen Nat Park. Hiking, skiing, golf, biking, sightseeing, brewpubs, and wineries. the B.R. Mtns. call to the outdoor enthusiast, history buff or solace seeker. Property borders soon to be renovated Blue Ridge Tunnel/Trail; an engineering marvel of the 1850’s & the C&O RR
Located 3 minutes from The Nelson 151 Trail. The trail provides a convenient way to sample Nelson County's many wineries, cideries, distilleries and breweries along scenic Route 151 and there are even more scattered around Nelson County.
For best pricing, when making a booking request please describe the total # in your party, the number, and ages of any children traveling with you and if you intend to bring a pet - please describe - we have a crate kennel we'll set up for you (pet bedding not provided) if your pet is crate trained and you would prefer to leave yours at home.
The house is over 100 years old and has been thoroughly modernized. The unincorporated Village of Afton was established in 1859 with the opening of a train station and Post Office. Richmond families escaped the heat of summer at the nearby Afton House Hotel. Airconditioning changed habits and the building was converted to a home which unfortunately burned to the ground in 1963. The freight station shipped tons of fruit from the surrounding orchards. The Albermarle (or Newton) pippin apple was made famous by Thomas Jefferson and was one of the first apples exported to the U.K. when Queen Victoria lifted import duties on Virginia fruit to encourage the availability of her favorite apple.
The train station closed and demolished more than 50 years ago with a replica built as an attorney's office. The original rail line to Crozet's tunnel was replaced in the early 1940's with another line about 50 feet to the south. Amtrak's Cardinal still comes through 3 times a week in both directions during the afternoon making its way between NY-Chicago and unscheduled empty coal trains move westward with varying degrees of frequency. We estimated from 0-3 times per day on average and most often during the day but they also come through at night, there is, as stated, no schedule. The active track lies about a football field's length below the house.
We live just 15 minutes away and are available in case of an emergency up or to answer questions: local history, hiking, biking, restaurants etc.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests have access to the entire house and property with the exception of the crawl space and the large utility shed. There is a small storage shed that may be used by guests to store items like skis or bicycles.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We're invisible if that's your wish and available if needed. After booking, if you are interested we can discuss the potential of making ourselves available to provision the house prior to your checking-in, shuttle bike riders/hikers or prepare a meal prior to your arrival or for a special occasion.
There is no internet or phone service currently at the location but cell and data service signals are very strong. Streaming Netflix movies into the smart TV is easily accomplished with most cell providers.
- Although the nearest neighbor is 50+ yards away we ask that you limit noise outside between 10PM and 7AM
- A well behaved housebroken pet will be considered on a case-by-case basis and with payment of an additional fee (minimum $50). Please describe your pet and expectations when making your reservation inquiry.
My wife and I own a small town restaurant in rural Virginia. New to Airbnb in 2013 but I have been renting our St Thomas apartment via another popular vacation rental by owner site for many years and still do..
Chicagoan by birth, moved to NY at 8, some college in VT, the Virgin Islands for 5 fun years in the 70's then met and left the V.I with my future wife for Virginia, Florida and Lake Tahoe for about 2 years each before settling back into the mountains of central Virginia to raise and launch our two kids. Son is in the Navy as a nuke on a sub and our daughter works at a nearby university she also graduated from. We are non-smoking dog people and we are considering Airbnb for our home since it's now too large for just the two of us. I have a brother in Aspen who's Airbnb listing ranks in the top 5 and he's been suggesting I give it a try.
My favorite spot on the planet is probably St Thomas. I had an uncle move there in the 50's and as a family I made my first trip in 1966. I enjoy every aspect of the water: on - in - above or below. I have two cousins born, raised and still living in STT along with a number of friends from the "old days" The favorite part of my "job" renting this place is the great connections I've made with some of my guests. I take my lead from their needs; I give as much or as little of myself as they want. I' have met 2 face-to-face but have had a couple ongoing pen-pal type exchanges with more than a few.
That covers enough about me, how about you?