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One of Central Virginia's most historic Private Residences

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths Sleeps 4

2016 Fully Renovated Cottage, down to the the studs! This includes: new bathrooms, updated kitchen, refinished floors, paint, period furniture, plantation shutters, and all new linens.

This is your opportunity to spend a weekend at one of the most historic and private homes in Orange VA. This is the former residence of James Madison’s brother Ambrose Madison est 1783. The estate features 50+ acres of open fields and stream, 3 private ponds, walking trails, gorgeous sunset views, and was featured on the 2012 Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week Tour.

Come experience the country side in this modern guest cottage. Complete with full kitchen, 2 bedrooms featuring a king size bed downstairs and 2 twin beds upstairs, 2 full bathrooms with walk in shower, living room, screened in porch, patio, private parking, and media area with cable TV. The cottage will sleep four very comfortably, over 1000+ square feet.

Minutes from Woodberry Forest School and downtown Orange, 25 minutes from Charlottesville, UVA and Scott Stadium, this is an ideal setting for a private getaway. The property has a central location in the up and coming Virginia Wine region; quickly becoming the Napa Valley of the east coast. Property has great fishing in the private ponds, manicured grounds, guided hunting, golf outings, and Wine Tours. The owners are local and can serve as great advisers and historians of the area. There are many local museums such as Montpelier, civil war battlefields, restaurants, antiquing and history to explore.

Want to live on the wild side? Orange offers the opportunity to go sky diving! We look forward to your visit.

More Details

Property Manager
Richard Sanford
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Richard Sanford

The owners are native and have a vast knowledge of the area, including, restaurants, shopping, wineries, restaurants, history, museums, civil war batttlefields, and antique stores, and auctions.

Richard Sanford purchased this estate in 2001

Why Richard Sanford chose Orange

The history, the ambiance, the peaceful and quite tranquil clean air of country living. The home features all the modern amenities one would expect without the bother of people coming and going from a hotel setting. This is as private a setting as you will find in the area.

What makes this estate unique

Full Kitchen, hardwood floors, central location.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Orange

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) Master Bedroom features a king bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 in the second loft bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking


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One of Central Virginia's most historic Private Residences
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews

Wonderful, warm and comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three nights on our way home to Northern Virginia from visiting colleges with our high school sons in North Carolina. This house is wonderful. It is located in a beautiful and very historic area near Orange, Virginia. The owners have done an excellent job maintaining its authenticity while making it a comfortable getaway. We enjoyed walking around the property and our oldest son was able to practice casting with his new fly rod (too early in the year for catching) in two of the three ponds on the property.

There is also much to do in the nearby towns. We toured Montpellier, and the tour guide even shared anecdotes about the connections and history of this property to the larger Madison estate. We were also able to head up to the Shenandoah National Park for a day, which is not far from this location.

Our teenage boys even loved it - and they are teenage boys. We wanted to stay longer which is always an indication of how great a place is. We would recommend it to any family or couple interested in getting away for a peaceful vacation.

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely historic home in the midst of stunning scenery.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, we were caught up in the ambience of this relaxing beautiful oasis. All calls were promptly returned, and we felt very welcome. We loved how clean and thoughtfully decorated this sweet home was. The beds were incredibly comfortable, as well! We will certainly recommend this historic cottage and plan to return for the chauffeured wine tour!

  • Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and quaint!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the cottage and took advantage of walking the beautiful grounds! The hosts were quick and helpful and Kind!We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: 16-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVE this place! The bed in the master is better than our bed at home! The views in the fog were magical and the location can not be better!

  • Submitted: 6-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully refinished old summer kitchen

  • 4 of 5

Very nice accommodations. Lovely grounds & better than any hotel. We love history, wish there was more history of the cottage & pictures of before and after the renovation. Could have done a little better job clearing cob webs & spiders before stay our stay, but overall loved it.

  • Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the accommodations. We are also so sorry that our cleaning crew failed to prepare the cottage correctly. We certainly work for a deep clean between each guest and in this case we missed the mark. Should you ever stay with us again and do not find the cottage cleaned to your satisfaction please call and we will have someone right over to straighten things up. We strive for 5 star accommodations sorry in this case we missed the mark.
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Beautifully renovated historic home

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful stay from the minute you drive on to the property. The owners did a commendable job on updating the home to modern standards, but also keeping unique aspects of the original home. My favorite parts of the house were the porch and fireplaces. Would love to come back again!

  • Submitted: 4-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Willow Grove
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 15
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Willow Grove
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Virginia Beach
Car: recommended

The main house is potentially available for weekend rentals for Woodberry Forest Graduation, or a destination wedding. Please call if you have an interest.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Orange

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Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$127.61
Cleaning and Prep Fee C$102.09

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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