Entire cottage
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
Incredibly spacious, bright, cozy, clean, and homey. Nicely stocked kitchen & mountain views. “Larger than we expected. Great beds &linens.”

Awesomely located Minutes from Shen. Nat. Park, Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Pkwy, wineries and the Brew Ridge Trail. Hike – Bike – Relax.
We like questions: Can we bring our dog? May we just rent 1 night midweek? Do you charge full price for kids under 10? Make a detailed inquiry -you may like our answers.
Alongside the future Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

The space

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 dog(s)- 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. There is a pet fee.

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 Hotel 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 Pippin (or Newton) 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.

The hosts live just 15 minutes away and are available in case of an emergency up or to answer questions: local history, hiking, biking, restaurants etc.

10.3% Tax is included in the rates, 10.3% (State Sales Tax 5.3% + 5% Local Transient Occupancy)
Discounted special offers may be sent for mid-week getaway visits and for visits of 5+days. 30+ night rates are custom quoted and are limited as to occupancy and scope. Stays of 90+ days are exempt from sales tax, contact us for information, occupancy and other terms are subject to change for any 30+ day guests; please make a detailed inquiry.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire house and 1 acre +/- property with the exception of the crawl space and the large utility shed. There is a small storage shed with combo-lock available for guests to store items like skis or bicycles.

Other things to note

Afton is considered quiet countryside, however, the house is 120 yards from an active rail line.