Hike our trails, and explore local restaurants, wineries, & breweries.
Michael and Heather Penny
About Michael and Heather Penny
Heather and Michael met in a yoga ashram in 1976 and were married in 1982. We have always had an interest in what makes everything work, particularly human nature. Although we have both started successful businesses, we are teachers at heart. We love meeting like minded people and sharing the beauty and serenity of our property. It has been transformative for us and many friends. We have two wonderful adult children--one a hydrologist and one self-employed in IT.
Michael and Heather Penny purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Michael and Heather Penny chose Afton
We had been looking at property for years. Heather was on retreat in Brazil when this property came on the market; but once we had both seen it, we gave up looking anywhere else. Nelson County is so beautiful, and being in the George Washington National Forest is like Eden. It's so easy to calm the mind and relieve emotional stresses here.
What makes this Cottage unique
2 Miles well maintained walking trails, 1/2 mile along a bubbling creek. Serenity beyond words. Breweries and Wineries galore. Nice restaurants nearby. 4.5 mile walk to Humpback Rocks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 2.5 miles to Shenandoah National Park. Ekornes Stressless chairs from Norway. Savvy Rest organic bedding throughout, although the main mattress on the Murphy bed could not tolerate the weight of an organic mattress. The bedding on top is all certified organic. Low EMF Environment: Cell phones don't work in the cottage, and you can unplug the wireless router. Environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. Real china dishware & mugs. Stainless steel pots and pans.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We truly enjoyed our stay at this property. The location was perfect for traversing Nelson County and the house was very clean with more than enough space for the two of us. The solitude and the hiking options exceeded our expectations. Thank You Heather and Michael.
Thank you, Ed and Karen, for choosing Gracewood. If you decide to spend more time in this area, please contact us and maybe we can get together someplace.
Michael & Heather
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The cottage was immaculate and the grounds were beautiful !
The perfect place to rest, experience the fullness of nature. The home reflected a lifestyle of respect. The owners were phenomenal 😊
Lin and Barry were wonderful guests. They left the cottage in perfect order, and we would welcome them back anytime.
The Best Ever!
Totally pleased with everything. Isolation at its best. Owners were extending and warm. If we have the opportunity, we’ll be back.
It was in a great location for the hikes and vineyard we wanted to tour. We really enjoyed our stay.
Nicole and her husband were wonderful guests. We would be happy to rent to them again anytime.
Spotlessly clean, everything you could want or need
Such a beautiful location! The garden greets you with butterflies flitting through hydrangeas. The cottage is situated on a gracious piece of land that is hidden in the trees. At night, the lightening bugs glow. In the day, the birds are abundant. There is a cardinal in the bushes by the kitchen window and he will look at you as he flits about! The home is spotlessly clean, the appliances are top notch. There are all sorts of cooking tools. Even a muffin tin! The queen bed is very comfortable. Abundant towels, soap, shampoo, etc. This is the best home we have rented through home away and we highly recommend it. The owners are wonderful!
Ruth and Rich were wonderful guests. They recognized the love and effort that we put into making the cottage safe, welcoming, and inviting. We would have them back anytime.
Many Wineries & Breweries within 15 minutes.
Cidery 12 minutes.
Wintergreen 25 minutes
Blue Ridge Kombucha 25 minutes.
Humpback Rocks 1 hour hike.