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Heavenly Acres


2010 Madison Rd
Stanardsville, VA 22973
434-985-6601
No Email Address
http://www.heavenlyacres.net/
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I am almost hesitant in writing a review for Heavenly Acres, only because I'd like to keep it all to myself. We've always camped with a trailer, but decided to rough it (read: tent only) this year for the weekend. They do have a limited number of choo-choo trains converted to lodgings. When we drove around the campground my kids wanted to stay in one of those. Would really be a special treat for young and old. Reservations were made online and with ease. We selected Heavenly Acres because the campground was situated between two places we had to be that weekend; James Madison University/Bridgewater College (45 min drive) and Grave's Mountain Lodge (20 min drive) Boy, are we glad we stumbled upon this hidden gem! Gary, the proprietor, was a dear man, both over the phone and at check in. Check in was easy and simple. We had 4 adults, including teens and paid $48. total w/taxes for 2 nights. No electric or water. Gary mentioned he had quite a few tent site cancellations due to inclement weather coming in. It was very cold and snow was expected. Anyway, Gary said "Find a lot you like, the only lot unavailable is lot #4." Again, we were tent camping so we had no water or electric at our site. We unanimously selected lot #7. Just being able to go *lot searching* versus having a lot assigned was loads of fun! The camping area is set at the back of the main house property in the woods- and you do feel like you are almost all alone. Small hills and a bumpy road to the sites make it a fun ride to your site. Our site was fully wooded and had a rather large stone fire pit. Each site has a removable heavy iron grill/grate you are able to throw over the pit, if needed. We did see trailers, pop ups and pull through sites, too. After leaving the office/store/recreation area, and upon entering the site you see, behind the restroom/shower house, a pool to the right; closed for the season. I can picture a boat load of fun there in the summer months. The bathrooms are within a 5 minute walking distance but still a tad ways off, in my opinion- but I am older. There are a few restrooms situated in the campground, but I can't comment on those since we only used the one up front. The bath house has 3 showers/ toilets and is set up nicely. Our ONLY complaint was the shower water never felt hot enough. It was warm, but with the freezing weather a hot shower would have made our morning. We skipped a shower the 2nd day. I'm sure in the summer months the shower water temperature would be just fine. To conserve water, you have to pull down a cord coming from the shower head. Across the street from the pool and since it is October/ Halloween, Gary has set up a small, but very cute, haunted trail. The kids (teens) loved it. They had tiki torches burning for that extra eerie feeling- All over the campground they'd set up blow up Halloween decorations and signs. Nothing to scare the little ones, but just letting you know Halloween is drawing near. On the bathroom door a notice was posted for a hay ride at 9pm. Oh, what fun! I was so surprised my teens were excited about taking a hay ride. They had no cell phones, ipods or computers with them since this was a family vacation... Loved it!! Anyway, that had to be the longest ride ever! We were all over the property and slipping and sliding on our bales of hay while going up and down the hills on the property. It was pitch black out so you couldn't see anything but the air was crisp and everyone was laughing. Such fun and even my picky teens had a blast! We went back into the lodge area and played a few games of foozball. They have a game room, so there's always something to do. We will be staying here again. I can't say enough nice things about this campground. Overall, you will miss much if you are looking for an mom and pop campsite and don't select this one. Their website doesn't even come close to how nice it really is. Thank you!

Received from Anne Hewitt for visit in Oct 2009


Site Number: 7
Stay Again? YES



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