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Caretaker Cottage at Burnshire Dam

SuperhostWoodstock, Virginia, United States
Entire house hosted by Elaine & Michael
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds2 baths
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A tranquil refuge from modern stress. The sounds of the Shenandoah River, mountain views both east and west, and wide vistas of open fields farmed for generations, take one back to a simpler time. Perfect for exploring this historic area.

The space
The house dates from early in the last century when the operation of the Burnshire Dam hydroelectric plant, which supplied electricity to the town of Woodstock, required a resident full time caretaker.

The heart of the cottage is the country kitchen where the Glenwood coal/wood cook stove is still an imposing presence. And although we love to preserve the past, we know that most of our guests will not have the patience to build a fire in order to brew their morning coffee. Yes, there is a Keurig! (And a selection of coffee and tea.) And a modern electric range, a standard coffee maker, a French press, and a microwave. (There is also a charcoal grill for cooking on the back patio.) The kitchen also has a walk-in pantry with wide shelves made from beautiful native pine. Although it is no longer needed for modern life and seems to call out for neat rows of quart jars of peaches, green beans and tomatoes, the space is starting to fill with books, building a resident library. Stop and browse!

If you arrive during cold weather, a fire may be burning in the living room wood stove, or we may just lay one in for you to light when it suits you. A large alcove off the living room features a romantically cozy love seat, piano and record player. Put on one of the old records to complete the ambiance of times gone past.

The formal dining room can seat up to six people. And there are plenty of wine glasses in the built-in dining room cupboard. Feel free to use anything you find here.

When you are ready to retire, there are two upstairs bedrooms, one a large master (the Green Room - no pets in this room, please) and the other a small suite (the Magnolia Room) both with double beds and views of the mountains to the east and west. The Magnolia Room also has a sofa in its little sitting room.

There is also a tiny bedroom on the first floor with a pretty, antique 3/4 bed in case someone needs a little extra sleeping space. But please note that that only one person would be comfortable in this bed.

There are two bathrooms, one upstairs with a tub, and one downstairs with a newly remodeled shower. The upstairs bathroom is one of the peculiarities of the house as it was apparently intended originally for Hobbits. We have no explanation for it, but all who see it are charmed.

There is a laundry room with a washer and dryer that you are free to use. Also note that the refrigerator is in the laundry room.

The front porch, which faces the Alleghenies to the west, is perfect for sipping wine and watching sunsets. You may also catch sight of a hot air balloon hovering on the horizon in the morning or evening, and don't be surprised if a hang glider lands in the field right in front of you!

We have started using the same vegetable garden plot where the Burnshires gardened for many years. We are told that people came from all over the County to purchase Virginia Burnshire's beautiful vegetables. We are not ambitious (or particularly competent) vegetable gardeners, but we enjoy trying things every year on a very small scale.

Guest access
The cottage is adjacent to woods, open fields , has lovey views of the river, and is an ideal area for birding. Access to the river is limited to the front of the dam. The owner of the dam has asked that we restrict access behind the dam (which I can explain in more detail when you arrive).
Please note that we have free-range chickens on the property and if you bring a dog, it must be on a leash at all times when outside.

Other things to note
The restoration of the Burnshire Dam has been ongoing for several years. The turbines deep under the Shenandoah River are now quietly generating electricity again much as they were when caretaker Bill Burnshire tended the dam until the early 1950's. Access is limited without express permission of the owner. Please respect the "no trespassing" signs that are posted around the dam infrastructure. We may be able to arrange tours upon request.
A tranquil refuge from modern stress. The sounds of the Shenandoah River, mountain views both east and west, and wide vistas of open fields farmed for generations, take one back to a simpler time. Perfect for exploring this historic area.

The space
The house dates from early in the last century when the operation of the Burnshire Dam hydroelectric plant, which supplied electricity to the to…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

Amenities

Air conditioning
First aid kit
Wifi
Dryer
Heating
Fire extinguisher
Essentials
Private entrance
Free parking on premises
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Woodstock, Virginia, United States

Our bend of the Shenandoah is a joyful and peaceful place to live or visit. Activities of interest in the area include hiking in the nearby George Washington National Forest (you can walk to it!), antiquing, flea marketing, artisan shopping, cafes, civil war sites and reenactments (Battle of New Market in the the spring and Battle of Cedar Creek in the fall), wineries, caverns, canoeing, scenic back roads and byways, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in the summer, and stars at night! And don't forget a trip to the Woodstock Tower which is at the top of the mountain behind the cottage. From that vantage point you can see the famous seven bends of the Shenandoah River, weather permitting.
Our bend of the Shenandoah is a joyful and peaceful place to live or visit. Activities of interest in the area include hiking in the nearby George Washington National Forest (you can walk to it!), antiquing,…

Hosted by Elaine & Michael

Joined in January 2015
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Elaine - vintage diva, decorative painter, food enthusiast, beginning birder; Michael - musician and composer, retired educator, and personal development coach. We are both thrilled to meet new people. We love gardening, hiking, birding, canoeing, flea marketing and antiquing - always looking for treasures. And, the best treasures are wonderful people and pleasant times.
Elaine - vintage diva, decorative painter, food enthusiast, beginning birder; Michael - musician and composer, retired educator, and personal development coach. We are both thrille…
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Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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