View from the front of the cabin (where you will park). Steps go up to the door in the back. Door seen is just the basement door.Back side view of the cottage.
Stone Ridge Cottage Trails & River in Nat'l Forest
Stone Ridge Cottage Trails & River in Nat'l Forest


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2 bedrooms

3 beds

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This listing is for the whole house. This is NOT a shared space. You get the whole house to yourself. Weekends (Friday & Saturday nights or Saturday & Sunday nights) require a 2 night stay unless there is only one night available for the weekend you would like to book. All Holiday and JMU special event weekends require a 3 night reservations.

The space

Please make sure you read the whole description and listing and see all the photos prior to booking. :)

This listing is for the whole house. This is NOT a shared space. You get the whole house to yourself. This is a vacation rental house... not a house that someone lives in. There is nothing left out of this description. Anything less than a 5 star review for this property is 100% unwarranted. We cannot make anyone read the description... if you are picky... we have other cabins and cottages that are much much nicer. Don't book this cottage trying to save money and then complain about it... that is why the price is so low!!! We have had several hundred happy guests stay at this cabin. It is only the ones who don't read this description that are not happy with this cottage. At booking please provide a non-Airbnb email address so the rental agreement can be sent in advance.

We have had incredibly detailed information and photos in this description since we first listed this cottage for rent... please read the whole description... nothing is left out... so those who have left 4 stars or less regarding the accuracy simply did not read this description. You will not find another listing anywhere on Airbnb or any other site that is more honest and open than this listing. :) Other listings and hosts hide their rentals faults. You will NOT find a more honest listing anywhere!

This cute cottage (and yes, it is still a cute cottage) borders the George Washington National Forest and is ideal for walking to the hiking trails, trout fishing and other activities in the national forest. There are two streams/rivers that converge about a 5 minute walk from the cottage. This cottage is located within walking distance of all of our other cabins here in Rawley Springs. The other properties on the road this cottage is located on are not fixed up yet they all need some work (some more than others). The cabin right (to the right when facing the cottage) next door to this cottage is in very bad shape and very ugly. We own it though and plan to remodel it as soon as we can. There is another cabin on the other side of this cottage that we just bought and we are currently remodeling, so there is going to be some construction work (most likely no noise, but most likely construction material laying around outside and the cabin next still has an unfinished exterior at this time).

Because this is a real cottage/cabin in the forest, there are things you should expect to find in a real cabin such as spider webs (we clean them for every guest but they do reappear quickly), ladybugs, ants, critters, flies, insects or stink bugs during certain times of the year. We have preventive pest control measures in place, but no place is perfect and we make no guarantees whatsoever that it will be perfect. This is a cottage that borders the national forest, meaning this is where all of the outdoors bugs, critters and the like live. If you are not okay with that then you should not book this property. If you like the woods... then this place is for you. :)
The cottage has 2 bedrooms (master bedroom has a queen bed and the other bedroom has a full size bed) and there is 1 bathroom (sink, stand-up shower, and toilet). The cottage has a stone exterior and wooden steps leading to the back door (which is you enter the house currently). The kitchen has a older stove (1970's), newer toaster, newer microwave and full size refrigerator. The sink, counter-tops and cabinets are very old and not in great shape. The cottage has been newly painted (2013), but has not been remodeled or updated yet. The kitchen and bathroom, while fully functional are very out of date. The kitchen was probably last updated in the late 1970's. The kitchen floors are by no means in perfect shape. They are from the early 1970's. They (the kitchen floors) will inspire random disco moves due to their vintage status though. The stove and the sink are not placed in the most convenient places either (right in front of one another). The bathroom which has not been updated at all, has an older stand-up shower, small sink and toilet. Everything is fully functional though.

The cottage does have original hardwood floors in all of the rooms except the kitchen and bathroom and nice old real plaster walls. We updated the ceiling fans (one in each room) and the sconces on the walls as well (in 2013). There is an unfinished basement and this is not a space that is meant for guests. This is an unfinished basement space and it has a lot of old items and junk present. Again, guests are NOT renting the basement, but it is not blocked off from guests. The basement does not get cleaned by the cleaners... it is an unfinished basement.

The photos actually make the cottage look nicer than it is in my opinion (this disclosure has been in the listing since day one).... that is why we've chosen to write such a detailed description on here. All the photos were taken with a cell phone and nothing at all is/was photo-shopped.

It is still a nice place to get away and enjoy the woods and the national forest. Harrisonburg and lots of shopping and restaurants are a short 12 minute drive from the cottage.

Pets are welcome at all of our properties. There is a pet fee of $50 per pet if you are bringing a pet(s) with you. If you choose to pay the pet fee(s) via credit card on Airbnb they will charge you a service fee. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival. We make no guarantee as to what the cottage will smell like. We don't use heavily scented cleaners or incense or the like, but other guests staying prior could possibly use these products. No refunds will be given should any guest have an issue with the scent of the cottage. Firewood is available for a fee and must be bought on site. Remember, this cottage has a real working fireplace, which means the cottage will have that smell even if you choose to not use the fireplace (since other guests will have used the fireplace). This is true even in the summer months.

Weekends (Friday & Saturday nights or Saturday & Sunday nights) require a 2 night stay unless there is only one night available for the weekend you would like to book. All Holiday and JMU special event weekends require a 3 night reservations. The guest booking the property is required to sign a rental contract & provide a copy of valid drivers license or passport either prior to or upon arrival. It always the guests' responsibility to understand where this property is located and the listing clearly states where the property. We are not responsible for guests' booking a property in an area that they didn't mean to book in or in a location that they didn't intend to book. We are also not responsible to determine how far the property is from any other location or area (including not responsible for drive time or distances to and from where the guests will be traveling). Guests acknowledge that they understand and accept where the property is located prior to booking. Please note that I (Steven) personally took every photo for every single one of our listings. Many of our properties are within walking distance of each other so the photos for one cabin will still apply to other cabins too since this is the view and scenery you'll find while hiking the roads and trails nearby. Other photos are of the local Shenandoah Valley scenery and these are the scenes you can expect to find while driving around the Shenandoah Valley.

We have different rates for each of our properties and our rates change multiple times a month and there are different rates for each week of the month as well. All pet fee(s), early check-in or late check-out, firewood or extra person fees are not refundable once paid. This property is on a cistern. If something is left running; sink, toilet, shower; you can deplete your entire water supply. Guests will be responsible to pay for any repairs should they not notify us of an issue or if they use so much water that they run the cistern dry. Paper towels are not provided, but everything in the "essentials" is provided.
Heaters must be left on in winter months to avoid frozen pipes. Failure to leave heaters on will result in guest paying for damages. If you or someone in your group is allergic to pets or anything else (detergent, air fresheners, etc), please let us know in advance so we can discuss this prior to your booking and then also prior to your arrival. We do not use any scented products but we cannot be responsible for what other guests right before your stay may have used. Different cabins and different houses have different scents. Those with fireplaces will have the scent of a wood burning fire. Those with wood will have the scent of wood. We cannot be responsible for determining what you will or will not be sensitive to though. This is truly impossible to determine ahead of time. And yes, this is in here because people complained about the smell of a fireplace in a cabin with a fireplace and the smell of cedar in a cabin with cedar walls. Each cabin and house will have its own unique scent.

Also, no refund will be given for mechanical, water-well or cistern, weather, Electric, appliances, cable, internet or similar issues or other circumstances. Owners will fix or resolve problems within a reasonable amount of time. Owners or owner's agent is not held responsible for any noise due to water work, road work, cable work, phone work, any utility work, or any other noise or vision pollution at our properties, other properties adjacent to owner properties, or other properties near owner properties
Guest are not permitted in basements, storage closets, attics, sheds, garages, or the like. Guest are not permitted to move furniture including, but not limited to, couches, beds, tables, coffee tables, end tables, etc.
Guests are required to pickup after their pets. Pets are not permitted on any beds or furniture. All pets are required to have current rabies vaccinations displayed on their collars per county and state law. Pets must remain under immediate control of their owners at all times. Guests must not permit any pet to bark or disturb any neighbor or guest at an adjacent property. Pets must be on their leashes while on walks on the roads or off the property at which they are staying. Guests are responsible to wash their own dishes, silverware, pots and pans and run the dishwasher (if the property has one). Because of this all of these items will only be as clean as the last guests left them. There is no possible way for us to check every single thing in the kitchen between every guest. Imagine trying to check every single thing in your kitchen cabinets, while washing all linens, towels and comforters and cleaning the whole house all within 5 hours (the time between check-out and check-in). Linens may still be in the washer or dryer at check-in. We wash all linens, towels and comforters after each reservation and therefore all wash may not be done by the time you arrive for check-in. Also, while all linens, towels and comforters will be washed, we cannot guarantee perfection. We have high end washers and dryers at most properties, but even after being washed and dried it may still be possible to find hair on the linens (this is why pets are not permitted on beds or furniture). Properties are deep cleaned, but not for every reservation. If you look, you will be able to find things that are not perfect, but we cannot deep clean a property between every guests' stay (we only have 5 hours between check-in and check-out to clean the whole house and wash all linens).

The guest booking the property is required to sign a rental contract & provide a copy of valid drivers license or passport either prior to or upon arrival. For this reason, the person who makes the reservation has to be the there at the time of check-in, unless the contract is signed and arrangements are made for someone else to check-in in advance.

Illegal drugs will not permitted on our properties under any circumstances. Smoking is not permitted inside any house or cabin or on any screen porch. There will be a $750 charge for any smoking in either of these areas. Drugs being used anywhere on the property will result in a $750 charge. Kegs and hookahs are not permitted anywhere on property under any circumstances. There will be a $500 charge should either of these items (kegs or hookahs) be found on the property (this includes outside areas too). If smoking (inside or on screen porches), illegal drugs (meaning what is illegal in Virginia), keg(s), hookah(s) or fireworks (there is a $250 fine for having fireworks at a property) are found on the property the guest will be asked to leave and there will be no refund whatsoever for any portion of the stay (including any future days/nights). Guests failing to check-out by 11 am agree to pay $50 an hour for a late check-out beginning at 11:01 am. If the guest is still there at 12:00 noon then then the charge is another $50 and so on with each additional hour the guest overstays their reservation. Late check-outs require prior written permission and applicable late check-out fees to be paid.
By clicking on pet, child, or infant you are saying you are bringing them. But, the website doesn't charge for them at booking. Payment is still required.
Firewood is not permitted to be removed from the property when you check-out. It is also not permissible to gather firewood from the woods at the property. Either of these will result in a $50 charge. All bed linens and towels are washed after every single guest. This does not mean that every single hair, piece of lint, etc will come off in the wash. We wish that washing machines got every last thing off the linens, but that is not always the case. Also, detergent, well water and the linens themselves may bleed causing stains. (Well water may also stain toilet, tub, and sink.) If there is a problem with the linens just let us know, and we'll do our best to get you new ones as soon as possible. We give you our promise that everything is washed after every single guest, but that doesn't mean that washing machines and dryers are perfect at removing every last thing from the linens and towels. If there is an issue with the cleanliness of the property just let us know and we will send someone to fix it within a reasonable amount of time. We truly want everything perfect, but please know that nothing is perfect and no cleaner cleans perfectly. Likewise, the floors are swept and mopped after every single guest. Sometimes we sweep the floors 3 or 4 times and still find things on them. We again, promise that they are swept after every guest, but that doesn't mean that they will be perfect. If you search you will surely be able to find something wrong. There will be no refunds for these issues, but rather we will work to fix anything that needs to be fixed within a reasonable time. Again, this is a real cabin, and while there is heat, that does not mean that the cabin will be as warm as your house on very cold days/nights. Likewise, it may not be as cool as your house is in the summertime as well, although the A/C unit does very well in our opinion. We are just stating what should be obvious... that a real cabin is not going to be the same as your house. But then again, isn't that why you booked a real cabin in the forest... because it is unique and different. :)
HEATERS MUST BE LEFT ON IN WINTER MONTHS TO AVOID FROZEN PIPES. Failure to follow will result in guest paying for damages. Guests staying more than 14 days will charged for utilities during their stay.

Guests agree to all of the terms of this entire listing and there will be no refunds whatsoever (including unused days/nights), if any of these terms are not followed and the guest chooses to either cancel, not check-in, leave early or is asked to leave the property due to violating these terms.
Long Term Guest, staying more than three weeks, will be required to pay utilities.

Guest access

The cabin offers direct access to the George Washington National Forest. All linens, blankets, towels, full kitchen (minus dishwasher) and kitchen items (minus food) are provided. You may have some items left in cabinets or fridge from previous guest. The cabin also has a flat screen tv's, and free high speed wifi.

Interaction with guests

We'd ask that you really read this profile, preferably before you book... we believe it will help our guests better understand who we are and set proper expectations for your stay as well. We challenge you to find more honest listings on this site (or any site). We list the faults of our properties and have extremely detailed listings (and we ask that our guests would take a few minutes to read them). When you rent one of our properties, you get the whole house (not a shared or private room). Again, we never rent out shared spaces, you get the whole house, cabin, inn or cottage.

We are not a big company. In fact, we're not a company yet. We are just a husband and wife who are trying our best to create great places for people to vacation or staying while traveling through the area. We do have a couple of cleaners now and someone who helps with check-ins, but we are in the process of hiring a reservations person, a cleaning supervisor and someone to live on site in Virginia and do maintenance for the Virginia properties. When you stay at one of our properties, know that we (Katie & I) are not even at the point of drawing a salary yet and you will be partnering with us to restore these properties. We put every last cent right back into our properties and live much more modestly than anyone else we know. Because of this, please don't book one of our properties if you intend to cancel or if you cannot stay for some reason. We count on the money from the bookings to pay our bills and mortgages and we just cannot afford to offer refunds or alter reservations once they've been made. This is our livelihood and not extra spending money like it is for most Airbnb hosts.

We have four daughters and another baby on the way. Our oldest is 7, we have another who is 4, one who is 3, our 4th daughter is now one, and an infant. We always wait to find out if we're having a boy or a girl. :) We came to Virginia from Texas for me (Steven) to finish my college degree and Katie was a middle school teacher until 2013. We fell into the vacation rental business accidentally when we bought the cabin next to our house to keep it from falling into disarray and had to figure out how to make the mortgage payment on it. So we started by renting out that first cabin in June of 2011 and we now both do this full time while raising our girls. This is far harder than anything either of us has ever done and we are now at 5+ years without a single day off. The term, "the innkeeper never sleeps" is how I would describe our lives (it is 2:43 am when I writing this). This is all we do every single day of the year. If you need something (even on Christmas or any other holiday) we (or our staff) is almost always available to help, but keep in mind that there are only two of us right now that respond to all emails and phone calls. We do have some cleaners and another employee who helps check-in guests though. And please be kind... we never get a day off (and we mean never) and the demands of what we do is nearly overwhelming. We'd also like to make sure that our guests know that Katie & I both run Fire/Rescue as volunteers in our "spare time" so there may be times when we are unavailable due to being on an emergency call. As soon as we are done with whatever emergency call we're on, we'll be happy to assist you though.

When you rent one of our properties, know that your money is going to toward future renovations and improvements. Also, if you plan on cancelling at some point before your stay, please think twice before booking one of our properties. We count on the rental income to pay or mortgages and all of the other bills associated with the properties, which are extensive. Our goal this year is to hire a full time business manager to help us out. :) Also, please note that Airbnb's messaging system does not always work... and even if it is working, there are just two of us... two... answering every message and inquiry and responding to guests. We're not always on the computer and some of our properties and the areas we travel through to get to them, are in areas where some of our cell phones don't work, so we are not always available due to technological reasons and even when we are available... there are just two of us right now...

Again, with that in mind, please know though that we're not a big company and we have no outside investors yet... Meaning, things are not going to be perfect (although we sincerely hope to get everything perfect in the future). We personally own every property that we rent out. Again our cabins, cottages and houses are not perfect, but they do have character, history & warmth. And we've listed them with lots of details and descriptions about what to expect. Our listings are accurate. Your staying with us helps us further the restore all of our properties to their original condition (with appropriate modern updates that are appropriate in keeping with the history of the property). We believe that we are far more honest than any of the competition when it comes to our properties' listings. You will find full descriptions of each property that list the good and the bad (again, our properties are not perfect, but that is only because we do not yet have the finances to make them perfect... they will all get there though as funds permit). Our properties are always improving though since we put every last dime back into the business to keep improving things. We say all of this, because quite a few of our past guests seem to have the impression that we're "loaded"!

If you are looking to stay someplace that is unique then you'll love it here. If you are looking for perfection or prone to finding things to complain about, then this may not be a good fit for you. Our cabins, cottages and houses are real cabins, cottages and older houses. In many cases our properties are historic and require a lot of thought about how to make improvements, while maintaining the historical characteristics. There are lots of improvements we would like to make if money wasn't an issue, but the character of most of our places is difficult to find elsewhere. Katie says I'll never be satisfied and keep wanting to make improvements to our rentals (and she is most likely correct). :) As I said above, none of our properties are perfect, but we believe our service is second to none (but please keep in mind that there are only two of us). All we really ask is of our guests is that you be kind and understand that we are only two people and we promise we're doing our best.

We believe in treating others as you want to be treated. And in most cases, if you cannot say anything nice, it is better to say nothing at all. Extend grace generously. That being said, we're not going to back down if we believe we are right and we'll call it as we see it. Again, we have all of our listings described in far more detail than any other Airbnb listings we've ever read. We will be super hospitable and respond to all requests that are "reasonable", but that doesn't mean that we will allow ourselves to be pushed around or taken advantage of though either. Our listings are honest and extremely detailed.

Also, we cannot fix problems that we do not know exist, so please let us know if there is something we can do to make your stay more enjoyable. And please do this before you check-out. Leaving comments in a review about something we could have fixed while you were staying is extremely frustrating and disappointing and will most likely result in us leaving a negative review in response. Be fair and give us the opportunity to fix whatever is wrong. But please make sure that you read the listing before complaining. We have cleaners who are available most days during normal business hours to assist you if something isn't right if we aren't available. Again, if there is something we can do something to make your stay more enjoyable.... please let us know. :) But we ask that you be polite in asking... making demands is not the way to go about it... be nice to us and we'll gladly be nice in return. It's sad that we even have to put all of this in here and it only a small portion of guests who have unreasonable expectations, but we felt the need to include this in our profile.

Katie & I personally own every cabin that we manage. We or a member of our staff check-in all of our guests personally. Check-in is 4 pm to 10 pm without a fee of $20 an hour and checkout is 11 am or earlier without a fee of $20 an hour. Prior approval, before booking, is required. $30 an hour without approval and possible cancellation of reservation.
When you arrive, you will be welcomed and shown around the cottage.
Managing our properties is far harder than anything either of us has ever done and we are now at 5+ years without a single day off. Neither of us had ever heard the term, "the innkeeper never sleeps" and now we live it everyday. This is all we do every single day of the year. If you need something (even on Christmas or any other holiday) we're always available to help, but keep in mind that there are only two of us right now. And please be kind... we never get a day off and the demands of what we do is nearly overwhelming. We'd also like to make sure that our guests know that we both run Fire/Rescue as volunteers in our "spare time" so there may be times when we are unavailable due to being on an emergency call. As soon as we are done with whatever emergency call we're on, we'll be happy to assist you though.
Late check-ins, after 10 pm, without prior approval in writing on the message thread come with a fee of $30 an hour.
A running toilet can drain the cistern in a matter of hours. This can cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage. We need to know right away if the toilet runs.

Other things to note

Weekends (Friday & Saturday nights or Saturday & Sunday nights) require a 2 night stay unless there is only one night available for the weekend you would like to book. All Holiday and JMU special event weekends require a 3 night reservations.
Pre-approvals do not include pet, infant, or late check-in fees.
The person who made the booking is required to sign a contract and has to be the person to check-in. Kids are counted in the amount of people no matter their age. Each person is charged for not each adult. By clicking on the pet(s) or infants tab at the time of booking, you are saying that you are bringing a pet or infant. However, there is no charge added for a pet(s) or infant at that time. You will still need to pay the pet fee(s) and extra person fees. Please, no pets on the furniture...beds, couches, etc. All pet fee(s), early check-in or late check-out, firewood or extra person fees are not refundable once paid. All extra fees are the cash or check prices. Airbnb charges extra fees to pay these charges using their site and this is not something we can control. Checks are welcome but there is a $5 charge to use a check due to past problems we've had with accepting checks. Returned checks will be assessed a $50 returned check charge as well as any other applicable attorney fees or court costs required to collect the payment along with the original amount of the check that was returned. Guests are not permitted to trespass on any land that we do not own or any other property owners land to access the rivers or the national forest. Guests are staying at our cabins are not permitted to access/go to "Blue Hole" (a local swimming hole), whereas the only way to access that site is by trespassing on other property owners land. We own numerous places to access the rivers and the national forest and must stay on our land or on national forest land at all times. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in termination of the rental agreement.

We have different rates for each of our properties and our rates change multiple times a month and there are different rates for each week of the month as well. We do not take reservations more than 90 days out on Airbnb without prior approval... so using the instant book option on Airbnb for reservation dates more than 90 days away may result in a cancellation since Airbnb's software has been continually been deleting our rates and changing them to the standard nightly rate (which is always lower than what our actual rates are). If your dates are more than 90 days away please contact us to make sure the rates are correct.
The guest booking the property is required to sign a rental contract & provide a copy of valid drivers license or passport either prior to or upon arrival. The agreement states you will be responsible for damages done and that you will follow all rules. No parties, no hookahs, no under aged drinking, quiet hours after 9 om or before 9 am. We do not refund for problems with a/c or heaters, electrical or water issues, bad weather, neighborhood work being done including roads or noise, etc.

Dear Guest (_________________) ,
Thank you for choosing our cabin for your visit. We hope that you have a pleasant stay. The property is located at:
Your confirmation is as follows:
Check-in date: ________________________________ after 4:00 pm EST

Check-out date: _________________________________before 11am EST

Number of adults: _____

Number of children: ______

Pets: ______ pet fee will be assessed if bringing any pets

Your deposit of $ ____________is due currently.

Payment in full of the following fees were paid according to the Reservation Manager payment schedule.

Pet Fee $_________
Property Damage Protection $________
TOTAL Paid is according to the Reservation Manager Payment Schedule $________

Website Service Fee $________
Websit(URL HIDDEN)______Airbnb

Rental Agreement
This Short Term Rental Agreement is made by and between: Steven Robert Jones/Katie Pitre Jones

(“Homeowner”) and _______________________ (“Guest”) effective upon accepting the conditions, terms and agreements agreed to upon initially submitting either the deposit or the full payment amount at the time of booking. For good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is acknowledged, the parties hereby agree as follows: 1. Property: The property is furnished and includes: refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven combo, coffee maker, toaster, silverware, dinning utensils, plates, cups, bedding, and towels.
2.Rental Party: The rental party shall consist of Guest and the following persons:

Name:________________________, Address:__________________

Name:_________________________Address:__________________

Name:________________________, Address___________________

Name:________________________, Address:__________________

Name:_________________________Address:__________________

Name:________________________, Address:__________________

Name:_________________________Address:__________________
3.Maximum Occupancy: The maximum number of guests is limited to 6 non-related persons or 6 related persons with at least 3 being children. An additional charge of up to $35 per person per night for guests in addition to 2 may be applied to the cost of the stay. If extra guests are found to have spent the night without prior approval, the lease will be subject to termination immediately and no refund shall be given.
4.Term of the Lease: The lease begins at __4:00 p.m. On _______________________, 201 __ (the

“Arrival Date”) and ends at 11 a.m. On ________________________________201 ___(the “Departure Date”).
5.Minimum Stay: This property requires a either a one to 4 night stay depending upon the season. Longer minimum stays may be required during holiday periods and weekends. If a guests ends up staying for less than 1 day, the guest will still be charged for the entire length of time that they reserved the property. There are no refunds, discounts or credits for late arrivals or for early departure.
6.Rental Rules: Guest agrees to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this rental agreement at all times and shall cause all members of the rental party and anyone else “Guest(s)” permits on the property to abide by the following rules at all times while at the property. It is the “Guest(s)” legal responsibility to inform anyone that they allow to access the property of all terms, conditions and rules regarding all/any use of the property, including use of ingress and egress to the property.
7.Access: Guest shall allow “Homeowner” or any other authorized agent of the Homeowner to access to the property for purposes of repair and inspection for any reason at any time. Homeowner and/or their agent shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner. Homeowner has right to access barn yard, driveways, basements, garages, and storage units without informing renter.
8.Rental Rate and Fees:
Payment is required according to the Reservation Manager payment schedule. Last minute reservations are accepted but full payment is due at the time of booking. (exceptions may be made for same day bookings. Full payment is always due though access to the property shall be given.) If the premises appear dirty or damaged upon Arrival, Guest shall inform Homeowner immediately (within 15 minutes) of arrival.
9.Cancellation Policy: Cancellation policy is:
If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation the deposit/payment for stay will be refunded as follows: 50% if canceled 90 days prior to arrival
25% if canceled 60 days prior to arrival
0% if canceled 45 days prior to arrival
No refunds for JMU Events or Holiday Bookings (No refund or credit for stay shall be given due to early departure or for failure to show up and/or check-in by 12 am on the arrival date). The property will be locked upon your arrival. The owners will meet you at the property to let you in whenever possible, so YOU must contact owners in advance to let them know when you are arriving (4 pm or later check in.) If no contact is made in advance by email and/or no call by midnight the day of arrival, then the reservation will be duly cancelled. Failure to contact owners to set up check-in time prior to arrival date or failure to show up before midnight the day of arrival without contacting owner constitutes a cancellation. Homeowners reserve the right to re-book the property for the dates guest reserved the property for if no contact has been made or if guest fails to show up by midnight the day of arrival. (Guest are permitted to arrive after mid night but must confirm the time in writing with owner prior to the arrival.)
10.Insurance: We encourage all renters to purchase traveler insurance. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)/(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) offers insurance for as little as $39 at the time of booking. You hereby acknowledge that this option has been presented to you before booking.
11.Payment: Payments must be made via the Reservation Manager payment request email or the by using the Book It Now option. Credit cards and checks are both acceptable. Checks may not be used for reservations that are less than 10 days away from the time of booking. Credit Card must be paid through the payment request email, Book It Now option or we can process payments for you by phone. For reservations more than 20 days away we may accept checks via the mail. Please make checks out to Katie Pitre Jones or Steven Robert Jones
Rental Rules:
1.Smoking is NOT allowed inside the cabin or porches. Any smoking items must be extinguished and then disposed of properly. No remnants of smoking shall be left at cabin or anywhere on the grounds or surrounding areas. Any evidence of smoking in cabin or improperly disposing of cigarettes or cigars shall be cause for immediate termination of this rental agreement.
2.People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may stay overnight in the property with the prior approval of the owners. Any other person in, on, near the property or any adjacent property is the sole responsibility of Guest. Guest shall not cause or allow unreasonable loud noise or activity that might disturb the comforts of other persons renting or living in the area. Homeowner or Homeowner's Authorized Agent shall notify any Guest of any excessive noise. Noise shall be kept to a minimum at all times. Special care shall be taken to be very quiet during quiet hours. Failure to respect either quiet hours (9 p.m. To 9 a.m.) or to adhere to Homeowner's/Homeowner's Authorized Agent's request to lower the noise volume shall be cause for termination of the rental agreement.
3.All of the properties are privately owned; and the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on any premises, facilities or on roads, trails or any property whatsoever. Homeowners/Homeowners Agent(s) are not responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to/of personal belongings, vehicles or valuables of the guest or any member of their party. By accepting this rental agreement it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from any use of the premises by themselves or by others in their party. Party shall be defined as any person(s) who stays overnight, visits, or accesses the property in any manner, whether such person is invited by the Guest or not.
4.Guest agrees to keep the property and all furnishings in good order (same as are when they arrived). Any damage or issue with the property must be immediately reported to the Homeowner upon Guests arrival.
5.Only use appliances for their intended uses.
6.PETS are permitted only with prior approval. A pet fee of up to $89 may applied to cost of stay. Failure to disclose or obtain prior permission to bring pets may result in immediate termination of the rental agreement. This includes not disclosing the correct number of pets and/or the type of pet prior to arrival.
7.Parking: PARKING PASSES – Parking passes are located inside the unit. Renters must display parking pass in the car at all times. Failure to display may result in towing of vehicle at renter's expense. Leave the parking passes inside the unit upon departure. Parking is limited to 3 vehicle(s). Vehicles are to be parked in designated parking areas only. Parking on any road is not permitted. Any illegally parked cars are subject to towing; applicable fines/towing fees are the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner.
8.Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the property for nightly or weekend rentals only, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate.
Sorry; we do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the cabin under any circumstances.
9.Fireplace: The fireplace is a wood fireplace. If you are unfamiliar with how to start a fire, please contact owner for instructions. Fireplace screen must remain in front of fireplace at times except when loading wood into the fireplace. Please don't put anything in the fireplace other than wood or newspaper to start the fire. No wood other than wood bought from owners is allowed in fireplace. Only certain, properly seasoned, hard wood is to be used in the fireplaces, so guest may not bring their own wood. There is also a disease from the Ash Borer Beetle that can spread to the forest if wood is brought from outside areas. We spend a lot of money to make sure we have the proper wood to use. If you are found using wood other than that from owner, you will be charged for using fireplace and may be asked to leave. If any damage is done due to improper wood, guest will pay for all damages. Burning Laws in Brief Regulating the burning of woods, brush, etc.; penalties.
No burning until after 4:00 p.m. February 15 through April 30 of each year, if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or field containing dry grass or other flammable material. Fire shall not be left unattended if within 150 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass.
No new fires set or fuel added after midnight.
Law applies to campfires, warming fires, brush piles, leaves, household trash, stumps, fields of broomstraw and brush or anything capable of spreading fire.
The law provides for a penalty of up to $500, plus payment of court costs and fire suppression costs if the fire escapes.
10.Water and Septic: The cabin is on a cistern and septic systems. The water from the cistern is completely usable. Although, it may smell like iron and have an orange tint at times. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. Please DO NOT flush any wipe or moist towelette of any kind even if it says flushable. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that feminine products or other improper material have been flushed and clog the septic system, you will be charged damages of the cost of repair.
11.Guest represents that he/she is more than 21 years old and that this entire agreement has been reviewed.
12.LEFT ITEMS: A $25.00 fee, plus shipping cost, applies to any Lost and Found items that are requested to be returned to Guests. Items found and not claimed within 30 days will be disposed of at the owner's discretion.
13.Storms: In the event that the authorities order a mandatory evacuation order during a Winter Storm
Warning for central western Rockingham County, Virginia, or a mandatory evacuation during a Hurricane Warning for western Rockingham County, Virginia, we will refund: Any unused portion of rent from a guest currently registered; Any unused portion of rent from a guest that is scheduled to arrive, and wants to shorten the stay, to come in after the Hurricane Warning or Winter Storm Warning is lifted; and any advance rents collected or deposited for a reservation that is scheduled to arrive during the "Hurricane Warning" or "Winter Storm Warning" period where a mandatory evacuation has been ordered.
14.Mountain roads are curvy and steep. Gravel drives are rough at times; we highly recommend 4wheel drive and/or chains in case of snow. VDOT plows everything but the last several hundred yards to the cabin. The cabin is almost always accessible by car, but if you do not have 4WD or chains, we have a 4WD and would be happy to drive you to the cabin on the rare occasion when there is too much snow for you to make it. Guests are more than welcome to park at other property owned by the Homeowners if they are not able to access the cabin in their vehicle.
Sorry there are no refunds due to road conditions or any other weather conditions other than what is stated above. We do not refund due to power outages.
15.Emergencies: If there is an emergency, the renter will first contact the local authorities via 911. Then contact the owners. If there is a non-emergency issue, contact owners directly as soon as issue occurs.
16.ZERO TOLERANCE: Guest and the members of his/her party shall not use or permit to be brought onto the property any illegal controlled substances, firearms, or items hazardous to persons or property.
Hunters are more than welcome at the property. Hunting is permitted in the national forest only. Hunting guest are allowed to take firearms to the property and across the property to access national forest land. (National Forest land begins where either yellow forest signs are posted and/or red rings are marked around trees, (about 200 yards behind the cabin). Once you cross that boundary, you are on national forest land.) Firearms are not permitted to be discharged on property other than national forest land or within 300 yards of Homeowners property even if Guest or members of their party are on national forest land. Hunting with firearms must follow the guidelines of national forest rules and regulations. If unlawful or illegal use of firearms, illegal substances, or hazardous items is found, it will result in termination of rental agreement.
Guest agrees to: Leave the premises in the same order as found; to return keys to OWNER/AGENT on departure and not to exceed the maximum number of people, cars, pets or other limits as agreed to herein. Water and lights must be turned off at departure. If more than the pre-approved number of people are found to occupy the premises, or excessive cleanup is required additional charges for linens and maid service will be levied against the GUEST. Such determination will be made at the sole discretion of the Homeowner/Homeowner's Authorized Agent. Guest agrees to the reasonable costs of collection, including attorney fees, if necessary to collect money in the event of damage to the property. Visitors of the GUEST will be the responsibility of the Guest and must follow all the same rules as the Guest.
17.Also, no refund will be given for issues with weather, water… cistern, city or well, mechanics, appliances, heater, air conditioner, cable, internet or other such items or other such circumstances. If electricity goes out, air conditioner or heater breaks or runs incorrectly, well or cistern runs dry, appliances breaks, etc. owners will get item(s) fixed as soon as possible but no refund will be given for these instances in any case. Owners will fix or resolve problems within a reasonable amount of time. Owners or owner's agent is not held responsible for any noise or traffic due to water work, road work, cable work, phone work, any utility work, or any other noise or vision pollution at our properties, other properties adjacent to owner properties, or other properties near owner properties. Guest acknowledges that he/she and/or their party needs to use water very sparingly to not deplete well/cistern resources. No refund shall be given if well/cistern is depleted or runs dry due to overuse.
Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.
We reserve the right to remodel, makes changes, alterations, improvements, redecorate and rearrange the cabin at any time. The cabin may not appear exactly like it does in the photos when you arrive for check-in due to these possible changes.
This is a real cabin in the woods. There may be critters, bugs, spiders, flies, snakes, lady bugs, stink bugs or animals in or around the cabin. We do our best to ensure the cabins are free of these things, but we cannot guarantee it. Please let us know if critters are found in the cabin.
Owners are not held liable for any injury due to the animals. Renters agree that they are feeding or petting animals at their own risk. Animals are not to be ridden on.
The parties agree to the terms of this Short Term Rental Agreement, as evidenced by the signatures set forth below (or by electronically accepting this agreement).
Not responsible for errors on the Airbnb listing. The contract is the sole representation of the cabin and all information regarding how the cabin is described. Please read the entire contract carefully.
By my signature below (or by checking the box at the time of payment and electronically accepting this agreement), I hereby agree to all of the payments, terms and conditions of this rental agreement. I agree that all rental monies are non-refundable per cancellation policy above. I have read my rights to purchase travel insurance.
Please Provide Copy of Driver's License, Passport, or Government issued ID.
Please also provide Make, Model, and License Plate Number of vehicle

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The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: 7PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 22 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 19
Weekly Discount: 24%
Weekend Price: 109 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 7PM - 10PM

No smoking inside the cottage or on front porch. No beer pong or Hookahs.
You must email the owners your expected time of arrival. If time changes, you must notified owners by email if previous to date or by text day of arrival.
Heaters must be left on in winter months.
Failure to show up/check in or contact the owner before midnight on the day of arrival will result in cancellation. Host reserve the right to rebook property if guests do NOT contact the owner.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
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Jane User Profile
June 2017
Nice, quite idyllic location. Clean and has everything that you need . Everything is in good working condition. Easy to check in and out .Exactly as described or even better!!!!

Kimberly User Profile
May 2017
The cabin is very rustic and in the country, so it is quiet. It has a kitchen which helps for longer stays and a good amount of space.

Emily User Profile
April 2017
The privacy and quietness is refreshing. A nice little cabin in the woods. Pretty close to town so while it's secluded, it's not far from any activity you could want to do. About 20 minutes from restaurants and grocery stores. Would definitely come back.

Ben User Profile
March 2017
The house was described accurately, and is in a great location on the outside of the GW forest. Hosts were communicative, and had no problems checking in or out. It was a little frustrating that they require you to buy their firewood (at exorbitant prices, especially for a short stay) as the fireplace would seemingly be one of the key features of staying in a cabin in the woods. But the location is great and we know what we signed up for.

Dino User Profile
March 2017
I really liked the stay, it was quiet and enjoyable. The location is convenient, close enough to the town and the nature but far enough to enjoy the silence. Great place to get away from the noise. The WiFi worked great. The cottage is nice and clean. Some cosmetic issues around, but it is getting done. Everything was as described. I didn't have any complaints.

Lisa User Profile
February 2017
Cute cabin with everything you need to get by; comfy beds, functioning bathroom, kitchen and fireplace. I didn't use the tv but I assume it works. Check in was easy, and their assistant made sure I had plenty of firewood. The two cabins on either side are in various states of being fixed up but that didn't bother me at all. On a clear night, grab your blanket and look up at the stars - it's awe-inspiring. Hiking and finding the old stone foundations to the original building was great too. The shower is a little weak but you're on a mountain so it's to be expected. I would highly recommend staying here. It's comfy and cosy.

Luis User Profile
January 2017
Small secluded cabin, exactly what we where looking for.

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Katie & Steven Robert User Profile

We'd ask that you really read this profile, preferably before you book... we believe it will help our guests better understand who we are and set proper expectations for your stay as well. We challenge you to find more honest listings on this site (or any other site for that matter). We list the faults of our properties and have extremely detailed listings (and we ask that our guests would take a few minutes to read them). When you rent one of our properties, you get the whole house (not a shared or private room). Again, we never rent out shared spaces, you get the whole house, cabin, inn or cottage.

We are not a big company. In fact, we're not a company yet. We are just a husband and wife who are trying our best to create great places for people to vacation or staying while traveling through the area. We do have a couple of cleaners now and someone who helps with check-ins, but we are in the process of hiring a reservations person, a cleaning supervisor and someone to live on site in Virginia and do maintenance for the Virginia properties. When you stay at one of our properties, know that we (Katie & I) are not even at the point of drawing a salary yet and you will be partnering with us to restore these properties. We put every last cent right back into our properties and live much more modestly than anyone else we know. Because of this, please don't book one of our properties if you intend to cancel or if you cannot stay for some reason. We count on the money from the bookings to pay our bills and mortgages and we just cannot afford to offer refunds or alter reservations once they've been made. This is our livelihood and not extra spending money like it is for most Airbnb hosts.

We have now have 5 daughters. Our oldest is 7, we have another who is 4, one who turns 3 in 2017, another who turns 2 in 2017 and then a new baby born in 2017. We came to Virginia from Texas for me (Steven) to finish my college degree and Katie was a middle school teacher until 2013. We fell into the vacation rental business accidentally when we bought the cabin next to our house to keep it from falling into disarray and had to figure out how to make the mortgage payment on it. So we started by renting out that first cabin in June of 2011 and we now both do this full time while raising our girls. This is far harder than anything either of us has ever done and we are now at 6+ years without a single day off. The term, "the innkeeper never sleeps" is how I would describe our lives (it is 2:43 am when I writing this). This is all we do every single day of the year. If you need something (even on Christmas or any other holiday) we (or our staff) is almost always available to help, but keep in mind that there are only two of us right now that respond to all emails and phone calls. We do have some cleaners and two employees who helps check-in guests though. And please be kind... we never get a day off (and we mean never) and the demands of what we do is nearly overwhelming. We'd also like to make sure that our guests know that Katie & I both run Fire/Rescue as volunteers in our "spare time" so there may be times when we are unavailable due to being on an emergency call. As soon as we are done with whatever emergency call we're on, we'll be happy to assist you though.

When you rent one of our properties, know that your money is going to toward future renovations and improvements. Also, if you plan on cancelling at some point before your stay, please think twice before booking one of our properties. We count on the rental income to pay or mortgages and all of the other bills associated with the properties, which are extensive. Our goal this year is to hire a full time business manager to help us out. :) Also, please note that Airbnb's messaging system does not always work... and even if it is working, there are just two of us... two... answering every message and inquiry and responding to guests. We're not always on the computer and some of our properties and the areas we travel through to get to them, are in areas where some of our cell phones don't work, so we are not always available due to technological reasons and even when we are available... there are just two of us right now...

Again, with that in mind, please know though that we're not a big company and we have no outside investors yet... Meaning, things are not going to be perfect (although we sincerely hope to get everything perfect in the future). We personally own every property that we rent out. Again our cabins, cottages and houses are not perfect, but they do have character, history & warmth. And we've listed them with lots of details and descriptions about what to expect. Our listings are accurate. Your staying with us helps us further the restore all of our properties to their original condition (with appropriate modern updates that are appropriate in keeping with the history of the property). We believe that we are far more honest than any of the competition when it comes to our properties' listings. You will find full descriptions of each property that list the good and the bad (again, our properties are not perfect, but that is only because we do not yet have the finances to make them perfect... they will all get there though as funds permit). Our properties are always improving though since we put every last dime back into the business to keep improving things. We say all of this, because quite a few of our past guests seem to have the impression that we're "loaded"!

If you are looking to stay someplace that is unique then you'll love it here. If you are looking for perfection or prone to finding things to complain about, then this may not be a good fit for you. Our cabins, cottages and houses are real cabins, cottages and older houses. In many cases our properties are historic and require a lot of thought about how to make improvements, while maintaining the historical characteristics. There are lots of improvements we would like to make if money wasn't an issue, but the character of most of our places is difficult to find elsewhere. Katie says I'll never be satisfied and keep wanting to make improvements to our rentals (and she is most likely correct). :) As I said above, none of our properties are perfect, but we believe our service is second to none (but please keep in mind that there are only two of us). All we really ask is of our guests is that you be kind and understand that we are only two people and we promise we're doing our best.

We believe in treating others as you want to be treated. And in most cases, if you cannot say anything nice, it is better to say nothing at all. Extend grace generously. That being said, we're not going to back down if we believe we are right and we'll call it as we see it. Again, we have all of our listings described in far more detail than any other Airbnb listings we've ever read. We will be super hospitable and respond to all requests that are "reasonable", but that doesn't mean that we will allow ourselves to be pushed around or taken advantage of though either. Our listings are honest and extremely detailed.

Also, we cannot fix problems that we do not know exist, so please let us know if there is something we can do to make your stay more enjoyable. And please do this before you check-out. Leaving comments in a review about something we could have fixed while you were staying is extremely frustrating and disappointing and will most likely result in us leaving a negative review in response. Be fair and give us the opportunity to fix whatever is wrong. But please make sure that you read the listing before complaining. We have cleaners who are available most days during normal business hours to assist you if something isn't right if we aren't available. Again, if there is something we can do something to make your stay more enjoyable.... please let us know. :) But we ask that you be polite in asking... making demands is not the way to go about it... be nice to us and we'll gladly be nice in return. It's sad that we even have to put all of this in here and it only a small portion of guests who have unreasonable expectations, but we felt the need to include this in our profile.

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