My family of 5 (youngest 11 years old) and my mother and auntie booked Dave & Karen's cottage for a 3-night spring break getaway in the country. We hoped for peaceful and we got it. The huge picture windows in the back room overlooking the woods was a big draw for us. With 7 people the dining table seated us with room to spare, The bedrooms are large, beds comfortable. The kitchen is large and well-stocked. We cooked dinner every night and easily found what we needed. We grilled hamburgers one night--nice gas grill. Beautiful deck! The living room is a good size, with comfortable couch and two easy chairs. We brought our own Roku with HDMI cable to hook up to the tv so we could have the channels we subscribe to.
The grounds are great--Virginia bluebells were just starting to bloom in the front yard. Lots of other flowers promising to bloom later in the spring (we were there early April). The owner's pretty home is visible from outside the home, but not noticeable from inside. We walked on a path/old road behind the house. The owner told us we could have also walked on past his house to paths on that side that lead to sinkhole ponds where rare native plants are being conserved by a local organization (you can read about it in an article in the binder the owner provides about the house).
Dave is super nice--chatted with him right before leaving. He & Karen left special treats for us in the kitchen before we arrived, and put out a sweet vase of daffodils too.
We visited nearby Crabtree Falls, a not-too-strenuous hike up the side of a mountain with one of the tallest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi--each lookout a different view. My relatively in-shape 81-year-old mother made it up to the 3rd lookout (my favorite). We also enjoyed Grand Caverns, a tour of the oldest show caverns in the US. They have the only "shield formations" found in caves: large discs with flowstone draped over them. Nearby Staunton is also great to visit: Trinity Church with its Tiffany studios stained glass windows, yummy places to eat, and fun shops (most of which we found out are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays--not the church, though, and we still enjoyed a bookstore & the green room restaurant). Sweet Scoops is locally made ice cream in Stuart's Draft--that's where you'll also find a Food Lion and a quirky local market, Stuart's Draft Farm Market. If you're coming from Northern VA, stop on the way in historic Harrisonburg & Edith Carrier Arboretum for lovely trails.