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Cozy Mountain Cottage
Cozy Mountain Cottage
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Discover country life in this charming cottage located on the circa 1817 Balcony Downs plantation and nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains. With stunning panoramic views, rivers, streams, abundant wildlife and hiking expeditions for the beginner to the expert, this country retreat will not disappoint!

The space

If you love history, outdoors, wildlife or just the peace and quiet relaxation of the Blue Ridge country, this family run property is just for you!

Nestled on a 50 acre equestrian estate in the Blue Ridge, and surrounded by National Forest, you can walk to crystal clear spring fed streams, climb to the top of the mountain ridge for even more spectacular views, enjoy our abundant wildlife, explore all the wonders of the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, kayak the James and Maury rivers or fish on the farm's own pond.

Our guests are invited to collect and enjoy farm fresh eggs each morning from our free range hens, meet our horses and watch Henry, our free roaming peacock, as he struts his beautiful Indian Blue feathers.

The cottage is a converted space once used as the icehouse. With much of the original stone and 2' thick walls, this cottage is well insulated to provide a cozy winter getaway or a cool summer retreat.

The kitchen is stocked with all the essentials and we strive to accommodate special requests or needs.

Guest access

There are many options for exploring both on and off the farm. Some of the local attractions include:

Natural Bridge and museum
The Natural Caverns
The Blue Ridge parkway
Local wineries and breweries
River expeditions
Local artisan and antique shops
Kayaking and canoeing
World class cycling
ATV and motocross trails
Horse trail riding
Virginia's Equestrian Center
Goshen Pass
Glen Maury Park and events
Ghost tours

Interaction with guests

Although I do not live on the property full-time, I am frequently on the farm and enjoy meeting guests as often as possible. Additionally, there are wonderful residents on the property who care for the farm and the needs of our guests when I am not there.

While I cannot personally meet every guest, I am always available by text or phone.

Other things to note

Towels, bed Linens and basic toiletries like toilet paper and hand soap are provided. The kitchen is stocked with all the basic cooking essentials. Although guest may leave additional items behind, we do not provide shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, spices or other foods. All guests should pack according to their needs and preference.

There is not reliable Wi-Fi in this location, with exception of Verizon cell services. However, our jetpack hotspot through Verizon rarely picks up signal but verizon cell phones do well here. If you do not have personal Verizon hotspot capabilities, please consider your Wi-Fi and other cellular needs before booking.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

No smoking is permitted in the cottage and each guest is expected to be respectful of the property and residents of Balcony Downs.

Hunting is not permitted.

There are historical structures and ruins on the property that are fun to see and photograph. For your safety, we require our guests to keep a safe distance and refrain from entering or climbing on those structures; specifically, the brick barn and the old wood granary.

There are other vacation rental structures on the property in addition to the main home. Guests should be respectful of the privacy and belongings of the other guests and residents therein and not trespass their space.

While there is a pool on the property, due to safety regulations, it is not offered for guest use. Children must be supervised at all times and safety of the guest is the sole responsibility of the guest.

As this is our home, we reserve the right to have any guest removed from the property who is rude or disrespectful to other guests, residents, animals and/or property or those who are not willing to comply to house rules.


98 Reviews

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Christine User Profile
November 2017
This place was perfect for us! I booked it for a surprise getaway, it was nice and quiet but not too far from town. We enjoyed exploring the property but wished there was a map of how far we could go in all directions, it was hunting season and you could hear the occasional shot in the distance. We hope to book this place again in the spring and bring our kids!

Trisha User Profile
November 2017
Property out in the midst of some beautiful country. It is the country, expect to not have resources like internet/cable. There were places in Glasgow that you could easily obtain basic needs. Very breath-taking view as you pulled through the gates seeing the old farmhouse with colonial columns. Thought We were in the wrong place. It was a nice comfortable place. Horses and chickens were friendly and the trail up into the hils was nice! Wish I would have been prepared for such cold weather, I would have explored more.

Kelsey User Profile
November 2017
Rustic and relaxing! The perfect respite from a busy wedding weekend.

Sara User Profile
October 2017
Staying at Celeste's cabin was fantastic. If you are looking to unplug, this is a great choice. We stayed here as part of a tour down the western part of Virginia. The cabin was a great secluded spot. We just stayed one night so we didn't see the caretakers. We explored the grounds just a little bit and got to say hi to their beautiful horses, peacock, and one friendly sweet dog. Our phone and internet connection was pretty low here, so keep that in mind before you visit. We had great access to the Blue Ridge Parkway which we loved. I definitely recommend this spot!

Barbara User Profile
October 2017
Buena Vista Cottage has the best views of Mountains. Its Peaceful and serene and has the feeling of being back in a different era. We love coming to this quaint Cottage and feeling welcome and coming home refreshed. Thank you Celeste for sharing your special slice of heaven with us.

Helen User Profile
October 2017
That house offers bare minimal. It was overpriced for location and amenities. The generator was so loud that I couldn’t sleep.

Kiley User Profile
October 2017
Celeste and her family were very thoughtful and welcoming. We went to the cozy cottage for a quiet girls weekend and we're not disappointed. The horses roaming the property were so friendly and beautiful. All around a wonderful weekend! We will be back!

Buena Vista, Virginia, United StatesJoined in January 2016
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