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Ginkgo Ridge

· Gordonsville, Orange, Virginia
66 acres hosted by John J.
3 lodging sites
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Near Shenandoah National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is romantic.
With views over the ocean of trees and town below, we offer three private and very comfy Glamping Cabins. Each of them provides a terrific place to experience the outdoors in comfort. We make it easy and fun to experience nature. Here, you can enjoy the breathtaking vistas, watch the spectacular sunsets, chase fireflies, make a campfire, search for the Milky Way, and then sleep easy in your own queen-sized bed on this historic property. The two original, off-grid, Jefferson Sea Cabins are perched on the eastern side of Ginkgo Ridge, And the newest, the Boxwood Overlook, sits on top of the ridge and includes electricity, AC, heat and lights. Ginkgo Ridge sits on the eastern side of the Southwest Mountains, which is the first mountain range west of the Atlantic. The views are big and far. Some say you can even see Portugal! Wildlife, including eagles, hawks, turkey, fox, rabbit, deer, fireflies and more are abundant on the 66-acre property. If you are interested in history, ask John. He will tell you about the Civil War battle fought here and the tobacco baron who once owned the estate. Two of our cabins are off grid — no electric and no plumbing but with alternative water and light. The third and newest enjoys electric. While there is no "running" water, we bring you fresh spring water. And while there is no electric in 2 cabins we make up for it with solar and battery lights and fans. We also offer a propane heater in all 3 to keep you toasty in cooler weather. Both off-grid cabins are equipped with a comfy, luxury queen-sized bed and box spring with fresh linens and plenty of pillows, a chair, and tables. The cabins are approximately 12x14 of interior living space plus a semi covered 16’ x 8’ deck with chairs and table. The original cabin is slightly smaller interior than the lower cabin. The newest third cabin is called the Boxwood Overlook Cabin, because it is surrounded by huge boxwoods and overlooks the entire property. It sits where the original main house was located, but burned down in the 1920's. It is more luxurious that the other 2. It's 12x20, includes an organic queen bed, refrigerator, reclining chairs, interior and exterior lights. And you can drive right to the front door. Each cabin gets a propane heater which keeps you toasty even on the coldest winter nights. In warmer months, the 2 off-grid cabins have battery-powered fans with plenty of industrial batteries. They also enjoys plenty of solar powered torch lamps which offer a terrific ambiance. We do recommend you bring flashlights and or headlamps. If you forget, no worries, we got you covered. The Boxwood Overlook cabin has electricity with interior and exterior lights, refrigerator and AC in the summer. All the cabins enjoy 5-gallon containers of fresh spring water and their own private Loo House/bathroom. The Loo Houses or bathrooms are semi open air. They have roofs, a solar bag shower, and bedside commodes with large, disposable, biodegradable bag inside with special sand that solidifies your waste. You dispose of the bag at a nearby trash box off property, just like a diaper. Extra bags are available. Each cabin has its own fire pit and grill with everything you need to make a fire, including split wood, kindling, newspaper and lighter. Firewood is $7.50 per crate. And if you need help starting your fire, no worries, John will help you. The "Jefferson Sea" is a description many attribute to the nation's 4th President, Thomas Jefferson, who enjoyed the same ocean-like view (but better) of fields and trees below his home at Monticello, that is located 15 miles down the road. Enjoy giant Ginkgo trees (especially in the Fall), boxwood gardens, colossal Tulip Poplars, and Osage Orange trees, and wild organic raspberries in July. We support BIPOC and all are welcome to enjoy our property :) There is a 2-night minimum on weekends. Just down the hill is the historic town of Gordonsville with perhaps the best BBQ on the east coast, wine tasting room, two breweries, several cafes and restaurants, grocery store and liquor store. Within minutes are Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier and some of the nation’s finest vineyards, including Barboursville Vineyard and many others. The Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville are within 30 minutes. It’s just an hour to Richmond or Harrisonburg and less than two to Washington, DC, or 3 to We are very COVID-conscious! We comply with all COVID cleaning precautions which includes cleaning hard surfaces and fresh linens PETS We love dogs! Friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome but we have pet rules out of necessity. Prior to making your reservation, please email us and tell us about your dog, describing their breed, size, temperament, owners ability to control dog, confirm that dog will be leashed and under your control at all times and that all vaccinations and flea/tick meds are up to date. There is a $25 fee per dog with a maximum of 2 dogs. Please see separate Pet Policy for details. EXTRAS $20 weekend rental Kitchen Package includes Coleman 2-burner stove with gas; spatula, fork, tongs; tea kettle and French Press to make hot water and coffee; small & large pots & frying pan; cups, bowls, plates, silverware; sharp knife & mini-cheese grater; large bowl; wine/bottle opener; dish soap & sponge; & smattering of other items. Also available are additional are: crates of firewood for $7.50 per a large cooler fresh flowers in season Any of these can be purchased in advance or paid on site via cash or Venmo.
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81 ratings · 71 reviews
Mike V.recommends
June 16, 2024
Glamping Cabin, Gorgeous Views #2
Great little getaway
Excellent stay here at one of the tiny cabins!! It was very private and quiet with incredible views! It's a very close drive to downtown and main Street if you forget anything or want to pick up something. It was a nice little get away And it was nice to be able to let our dog run off leash!
Katherine B.recommends
May 28, 2024
Boxwood Overlook House
We had a wonderful glamping experience in the Boxwood Overlook House. Wonderful views over the Piedmont to the east and the sunset to the west. Our two dogs had the best time exploring. Little touches like the camp shower, water cooler, mini fridge, and drip coffee machine made this a convenient alternative to camping. The bed was comfortable and the A/C and fan worked great. And all was accessible with our sedan. I recommend you bring a sturdy trash or contractor bag for when you leave with your outhouse waste.
Roan B.recommends
May 24, 2024
Jefferson Sea Cabin on Ginkgo Ridge
Second time staying here and it was lovely both times! just as advertised, helpful host, beautiful location.
Katia A.recommends
April 28, 2024
Jefferson Sea Cabin on Ginkgo Ridge
This is a beautiful space. I highly recommend it. Close to the national park and many wineries. Excellent host.
Alex L.recommends
April 8, 2024
Jefferson Sea Cabin on Ginkgo Ridge
Awesome place to stay- super cozy and lovely view.
Tahnesha H.recommends
March 20, 2024
Jefferson Sea Cabin on Ginkgo Ridge
I had a great experience peace and quiet over looking the mountains..
Gordonsville, Orange, Virginia, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Monacan and Manahoac First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by John J.

Joined in July 2020
Response rate: 100%
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