The Gilpin Willson House . . . The Carriage House . . . The Craftsman-Style House


Virginia Christian Retreat Properties

~ Three Vacation Rental Properties, with a Special Focus offering Christian Retreat Accommodations for Individuals, Couples, and Small Groups ~

Staunton, Virginia - in the very center of the Shenandoah Valley -

Phone:  540-885-6556


"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped."  Psalm 28:7

"We serve a Risen Lord!"


We offer a variety of accommodations for personal retreats:


You may want to choose one of our vacation rental houses. "The Craftsman-Style House" is a popular choices for small Bible Study Group Retreats of no more than 6 people.  "The Gilpin Willson House" will sleep up to 8 people and "Traveler's Rest" (which is behind The Gilpin Willson House) will sleep up to 3 - 4 people.

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No matter which accommodation works best for you -- and we'll help you determine which one might best suit your needs -- we hope you'll have a wonderful stay and leave feeling refreshed and renewed, having grown closer to God, and having learned to trust Him more completely and to love Him even more!


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Each property has central air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, beautiful yards, nice linens, pretty dishes, and many other special details -- and each house is decorated with antiques to suit the age and style of the house.  We really hope you'll enjoy staying in one or more of our houses.


Property 1 -- "The Craftsman-Style House" (below):


Three different views of the Living Room (electric logs in the fireplace).


The Blue Bedroom and two views of the Gold Bedroom (queen beds).  All the bedrooms have queen beds, as well as either two or three chairs, and they all have large closets.


Two views of the Pastel Bedroom (queen bed) and the upstairs Bathroom.


Two views of the Kitchen, including a glimpse into the Breakfast Nook.  The Dining Room seats six people.


More views of the Dining Room and the front-to-back Center Hallway.


Looking down the stairs from the landing.


The small enclosed Back Porch (with two tables) and one end of the Front Porch.

Oakley, one of our favorite guest dogs.

The Craftsman House is PET FRIENDLY

with a large back yard -- and since the yard is so large, part of it is

completely fenced in for your dog.

Some restrictions apply.

Property 2 & 3 --  The Downtown location consists of 2 properties:  "The Gilpin Willson House" and "Traveler's Rest" (see below):


The Gilpin Willson House (sleeps up to 8)  AND  The Carriage House (a two-story separate building sleeps up to 3 - 4) -- above.

Below are a few photos of The Gilpin Willson House:






 The Dining Room (which seats up to 10 people) is shown above.



The Center Hallway in The Gilpin Willson House -- above.

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Below are some of the bedrooms in the Main House:


The second floor has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms.  There are three queen beds and two single beds on the second floor.    You will have 3 full bathrooms for your use in The Gilpin Willson House.

Below are a few photos of Traveler's Rest, the carriage house located behind The Gilpin Willson House:


The bedroom (which has a king bed in the upstairs bedroom) provides sleeping for two people.   There is also a sleeper sofa downstairs in the living room providing sleeping for two additional people.  There are two TVs in this suite, one upstairs in the bedroom, and one on the first floor in the living room.


"I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears."
(Psalm 34:4)

Girlfriend Getaways ~~ Bible Study Groups ~~ Couples Weekends ~~ Christian Retreats

"I am the door: by Me if any man/woman enter in, he/she shall be saved." 
(John 10:9)

Come and enjoy!

Call:  (540) 885-6556


"We hope you'll  come and enjoy a wonderful stay at one of our Retreat Properties."   -- Carolyn and Ralph, Owners/Innkeepers

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Things to Do:

* Fixing dinner together.

* Going out to dinner together (we have approximately a dozen very fine restaurants in downtown Staunton!).

*Enjoying quiet time on our porches or in our gardens.

* Eating healthy foods.

*Exploring Downtown Staunton -- taking the TROLLEY, which costs 25 cents, around town and over to the park, or walking to everything from the B&B location -- including 8 art galleries, 4 coffee shops, several antique shops, many specialty stores, and over a dozen restaurants as well as several coffee shops.

* Hiking on the Skyline Drive.

* We can arrange for your tickets at The Blackfriars' Theater (the world's only historically-correct re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater) -- at a special hospitality price of $25.00/seat.


Call:  (540) 885-6556

"We serve a Risen Lord!"

 "As for us, we will serve the Lord and His name is Jesus Christ, not our higher power, universal force, or something else.  Our Lord's name is Jesus." 

We supply all your sheets and towels.  We have very comfortable beds and soft linens, plenty of luxurious blankets and pillows, down comforters as well as alternative down comforters, and throws to keep you cozy and comfortable.


And when your visit is over, we hope you will have enjoyed a wonderful relaxing time and that you will feel refreshed and renewed, having had an opportunity to draw closer to God. 

"My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."  Exodus 33:14

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Things to Do in Historic Downtown Staunton:

We have over a dozen dining restaurants (4 with outdoor seating),  several coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, a gourmet pizza place and others.

There are 2 movie theaters downtown PLUS the Shakespeare Theater.

There are 8 art galleries downtown.  Receptions on Friday evenings are very special and you can meet the artists.  Fourth Fridays in Downtown Staunton are lively events.  The art galleries are open late and some provide live music, food, and of course beautiful art.

Enjoy live glass blowing at one of the galleries downtown.

There is a FREE walking tour of the historic downtown area on Saturday mornings.

There are special guided tours of historic Staunton, available by appointment.

The Farmers' Market is located downtown:  Saturday mornings from April - October.

The stops at the corner near our B&B, over to the city park, and all around downtown (about a 25-minute loop, which runs continuously throughout the day)!

There are FREE concerts in the park in July and August (Monday - Thursday evenings).

There are many other special events in Downtown Staunton throughout the year!

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Things to Do in and Around the City of  Staunton:

Visit The Frontier Culture Museum at the edge of town (approximately an hour walking tour of 1600's, 1700's, and 1800's farmhouses, barns, and gardens from several European countries as well as an African home and an early American home).

Tour the gardens of Andre Viette's Farm and Nursery

Wade's Mill is an interesting place to visit and the drive through the country is beautiful

There are many vineyards to explore including a recently-opened one just outside of Staunton.

There are numerous antique shops between Staunton and Harrisonburg.  Enjoy the drive and stop all along the way.  (One antique center has over 100 dealers and it is the largest antique mall on the East coast!)

There are antique shops in Stuarts Draft and Waynesboro, which are neighboring towns.

There is another Farmers' Market on Wednesday mornings in Verona, a neighboring town (in addition to the Farmers' Market which is downtown on Saturday mornings).

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Things to Do within a 30-minute to 45-minute drive from Staunton in the Beautiful Shenandoah Valley:

There are many wineries (we have a coupon for free wine tastings at one of them) to visit throughout the Shenandoah Valley and others are just across the mountain in Central Virginia.

Beautiful caves are throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Drive along the Skyline Drive and/or The Blue Ridge Parkway.

There are hiking trails along the parkways (with beautiful vistas and lovely waterfalls).

Monticello is about a 45-minute drive (Charlottesville).

The Virginia Horse Center is about a 30-minute drive (Lexington).

Cross the beautiful mountains west of Staunton for a special scenic drive.

The annual Maple Festival in Monterey is quite special.

Visit the P. Buckley Moss Museum and meet her in person at one of her Barn Days.

There are many colleges and universities in all the towns and cities nearby.  Staunton is centrally located between Harrisonburg and Lexington, with Charlottesville to the east, and Monterey to our west.


Call for information and/or reservations:  (540) 885-6556



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