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Review 5340: AirBnB, The Forest Haven
Studio apartment near Charlottesville, Virginia
October 2011, 2 weeks
In October of 2011, we visited our daughter near Charlottesville, Virginia, for two weeks. For such a long stay, we looked for a Bed & Breakfast. We were delighted to discover The Forest Haven through AirBnB.com .
Forest Haven was accurately named. This is the lower level of a family home located among the beautiful woods of Virginia. Looking out the sliding glass door, which is the entry to our lodging, we were charmed by the beautiful change of autumnís colorful leaves. We could also hear bird calls and occasionally see wildlife emerge from the woods. On our last morning, as we ate breakfast, we watched in awe as first one, and then another, and then another deer began to graze at the edge of the woods, not more than 100 feet from our window. As four does and a little one nibbled the earth, the stag regally watched us.
Kim, her husband, and their son live in the upper two levels of the house. They were very helpful and friendly, but not intrusive. They were good hosts, who made us feel welcome, and who immediately responded to any requests we had. They only recently established their B&B and were open to suggestions.
Our space consisted of a large room with a sleeping area, a sitting area, an eating area, and a separate bathroom. The bed was a comfortable king-size, covered with family quilts.
The eating area hadnít been finished as a full kitchen, yet. There was a table and two chairs, a dorm-sized refrigerator (no freezer), microwave, toaster oven, and coffeemaker. Some food was provided in the beginning (bagels, milk, orange juice, cream cheese, fruit), but we went shopping for breakfast items during the rest of our two-week stay. Since our stay, the owner tells me they have put in a full sized stove, kitchen sink, dishwasher, cabinets and counter-top, which complements the existing microwave, coffee maker, and toaster oven. They currently have a dorm sized refrigerator with no freezer but intend to install a full sized refrigerator soon.
There was a radio and a large TV with cable.
At the corner of Highway 250 and Owensville Road (County Road 678) is an excellent neighborhood restaurant called Dunerís, 4372 Ivy Rd. Dunerís is the kind of restaurant that everyone would enjoy having in their own neighborhood back home!
The Blue Ridge Mountains are nearby with many recreational options. The countryside is deliciously beautiful and I understand why our daughter chooses to live among the gorgeous trees of middle Virginia. There are many wineries in this area, as well as apple orchards and other farmerís delights. Charlottesville, about 15-20 minutes away, is a progressive college town with a variety of cultural, historical, and gastronomic options. In Barracks Road Shopping Center (Emmet St/Route 29, 22905), be sure to visit the delicious eat-in/carry-out deli Hotcakes (1137 Emmet Street, 434-295-6037), next door to shop for organic food and toiletries at Rebeccaís (434) 977-1965.
I highly recommend The Forest Haven.
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