Cozy 'For-Rest Retreat' by Nat'l Park, Resort, JMU


Entire guest suite hosted by Missy

3 guests, 1 bedroom, 3 beds, 1 bath
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One to three adults (or adult/s w/teen/s) will love our lower-level private entry suite located within the four-season Massanutten Resort in stunning Shenandoah Valley. We are 3-8 mins to the mountain's fun seasonal activities (trail rides, petting farm, slopes, golf, zip line, go-karts, etc.); 15 mins to Shenandoah National Park's Swift Run Gap entry; 18-20 mins to JMU; & 5-60+ mins to restaurants, wineries, antiquing, caves, hiking, biking, history sites, museums, shopping, country drives...!

The space
Your booking is suitable for no more than a total of THREE, any combo of adult/s plus including teen/s + babe-in-arms (we no longer feel the space is appropriate for toddlers to circa age 7). FOUR ADULTS ARE UNWELCOME (it will be too crowded!).

Your comfortable bright suite (a window in every room, and plenty of electric lighting) is on the lower level of our home, with its own private entry door, self-check-in combo lock for your autonomous comings and goings.

You have a deck overlooking a spring-into-fall forest; in winter, you will see a bit of the Massanutten mountain range to the north, and the Blue Ridge to the east. Year-round, you are welcome to use the stone patio/woodburning firepit adjacent to your deck.

You will hear us above, at times, and we may hear you below (so no arguments on either of our levels, okay?!). The older we get, the more unconscious noises we make! You will find disposable foam ear plugs in your suite bathroom, just in case. ;-)

The suite has one Queen bedroom (also with small Twin sleeper sofa), and a full bath, and a living room with a Queen Murphy (wall) bed.

You also have a petite full kitchen, with counter-top dishwasher, full 'fridge, small oven with stove-top range, and a combo washer/dryer. There's a Keurig with a variety of coffee, tea, cocoa station. We provide most basic necessities.

SUITE TEMPERATURE: We want you to be comfortable! do not have a thermostat in your basement suite, and since heat rises, the basement can be cool, 66-68 degrees year-round regardless of what is happening upstairs (or outside). NOTE: Our HVAC does "make noise" indicating the fan is blowing warm or cool air, and while we do not notice it at all (neither have our first 100+ guests mentioned it), we have had one European couple tell us that it disturbed their first night's sleep. To support your temperature comfort:
- close or open the wall/ceiling registers (they are all up high);
- there are extra blankets (just look in trunks and drawers to find them);
- the bedroom has an electric mattress pad on it with two controls on each side of the bed. There's an electric blanket in the bathroom closet, on the upper shelf. There's a tiny radiant "fireplace" with a remote that is a great heat generator (or just ambiance).
- in your living room fireplace, there is an electric "fire" with separate heater and fan controls that you must turn ON by switch (on its right side), then you can use the remote kept in the brown leather "faux book box" with the other remotes); it can generate heat (or just ambiance).
NO live fires permitted; the damper is CLOSED!
- there are two small space heaters in the bathroom closet, up high on the shelf, and a radiant space heater in a box in the bathroom towels shelves.
- IF you need additional air circulation, there is a small fan on the bathroom closet top shelf, left. There are ceiling fans in both the bedroom and living room.
- Open the windows if you like (year-round humidity may swoop in). Please be sure to close them before departure.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Security cameras on property


Getting inside

Well-lit path to entrance
Wide entrance for guests


Step-free entrance to the room

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4.98 out of 5 stars from 244 reviews


Where you’ll be

McGaheysville, Virginia, United States

Our hillside home is at the bottom of a cul-de-sac, in a Massanutten Resort residential neighborhood hugging the bottom of the mountain but *outside* the Resort's main gate. Just two minutes from/to Route 33, and 2-15 minutes from everything that the Resort has to offer. The house is in a hilly, lots-of-leafy-trees, more-suburban-than-rural, neighborhood.
NOTE: Your booking means that you agree to abide by our standard HOA (Home Owners Association) rules, including nouse limits, street parking, fire rules, etc.; see Rules on our listing; also located in the suite.
- Your suite sits "above" Resort Drive, not visible when there are leaves on the forest trees, but you *will* hear road traffic from your outside deck, and at the firepit.
- We are also within an hour of everything that the Shenandoah Valley offers, including just 15 minutes to the entrance of the Shenandoah National Park's Swift Run Gap and the Skyline Drive (MP65).
- Our neighborhood is a mix of full- and part-time residents, and many weekly and weekend rentals. Currently, the home on our east side is a short-term rental; the home on the west is a new neighbor with an agitated dog.
- During the winter season, when there is no foliage, our home overlooks Resort Drive and the entrance and "big blue sign" to the Massanutten Waterpark below (a 2-minute drive through the neighborhood); from your deck, you can see the Blue Ridge due east. During spring and summer, the lush forest foliage hides nearly everything, and you see only a view of the forest.
- We are a 5-minute drive into "downtown" McGaheysville which boasts a post office and old bank-now-fun-gift shop. Locals say "Mih-GAH-keys-vul" (named after c. 1802 surveyor Tobias Mih-GAA-key, a Scotsman).
- We are a 7-minute drive to small-town Elkton, VA, and a 15-minutes drive to Harrisonburg, VA. James Madison University (JMU) is 15-25 minutes away (depending on your destination in the broad campus). We are 40-55 mins from: Charlottesville, including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello; Orange, VA and James Madison's Montpelier; Staunton, VA and the Woodrow Wilson Home.
- We have several excellent eateries within 8 minutes, and farther afield in Harrisonburg and environs.

Please check out our Guidebook for so many more dining, museum, experiences ideas..."Places & Experiences We Love"!

Hosted by Missy

  1. Joined in January 2015
  • 244 Reviews
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I am actually "We," daughter and father, now sharing a life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Missy is a former museum professional (marketing and special events), now a sometimes employee and/or docent at local historic sites. Dad a.k.a. Dave is an Sc.D, a retired virologist; he lived in China for a few years and loves to recall that time. We both enjoy traveling, swimming, historic sites and homes, all kinds of museums, country drives, and easy hikes -- and will continue to do so until health does not allow! We are easy, flexible travelers and guests, and Airbnb hosts, who take care of your offered space, and we appreciate the same from our guests using our private guest suite.
I am actually "We," daughter and father, now sharing a life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Missy is a former museum professional (marketing and special events), now a someti…


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During your stay

- We are in and out with travel, day trips, or errands, so you may be without hosts during much or all of your visit. When we are home, we will be delighted to meet and/or assist you -- or leave you alone, as you direct. We will wave or chat 6-feet apart!
- When we are not in residence, we have a team of great neighbors and helpers (including an emergency contact should we not be immediately available).
- When we are at home, please do contact me if our sounds above your head disturb you (while we have only ever had one vague mention of that, we want you to tell us if needed!).
- We like to chat, so if you meet us outside doing yard work and haven't time for a visit with, please tell us, kindly, that you are under a time constraint. ;-)
- IF you hear or see someone outside when you know we are not at home, it's likely Samantha, our wonderful co-host/friend/neighbor/housekeeper, or "Lee," our great maintenance manager or one of his crew, or our excellent neighbors "Blake," "Katie," or "Joe" (fixing things, watering plants on the upper deck or doing yard work, blowing the decks, taking the trash to the curb, etc.). All good people!
- We are in and out with travel, day trips, or errands, so you may be without hosts during much or all of your visit. When we are home, we will be delighted to meet and/or assist…

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children (2–12 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
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Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal

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