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By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging

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491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8409
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We offer premier Harrisonburg, Virginia short-term vacation rental properties to serve your Getaway Lodging needs in a unique and beautiful nine-acre “Oasis in the City.” Find your home away from home in one of our five cottages or one cozy apartment located on the nine-acre grounds of a 1789 Manor House with a large fishing pond and deck. All of our properties include the amenities expected in a high-end getaway lodging accommodation – luxury bedding and linens, spa tubs or multi-faucet shower rooms, mini kitchens, gorgeous décor, with privacy and intimacy. Our cottages are just minutes away from dozens of eateries offering gourmet menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night food for sit-down or take-out. Formerly an award-winning bed and breakfast, established in 1999, our Vacation Rentals are fully licensed, insured, and inspected to guarantee a professionally operated and maintained destination for your two-day or two-week “stay-cation”!
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Free parking
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Chinese, Japanese
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Pluses: bathroom, bed comfort Minuses: traffic noise outside; HVAC noise; while not a deal-breaker, the "fireplace" was as about as cheesy as they come; maybe if it had had a heat output component, might've not been quite so cheesy. whoever the manager was, didn't seem to interested in welcoming us.
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Response from BytheSideRoadLodging, Owner at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are always concerned when we receive a review such as yours. Our goal is to offer a lovely accommodation in a relaxing atmosphere of comfort and privacy. Yes, we named our establishment relative to our location. Our website offers a revealing aerial view to help you determine where on property you might choose to stay. Occasionally we receive a complaint about traffic noise; but, very seldom, and we are sorry your were disturbed by it. "Cheesy" is a painful critique. Your cottage was originally designed without a fireplace as it overlooks our pond and was imagined to be more appealing in warm weather. Our others have either woodburning or gas log fireplaces. The electric fireplace, which does produce heat and a relaxing display, we added later because so many guests like a fireplace. Again, this was not appealing to you and contributes to your low rating of your stay. Finally, we do not know to whom you may be referring as "manager" - we don't have one, and since your identification is unknown to us, we can't address that complaint. Many of our guests arrive and depart without every interacting with us, as is the case with most vacation rentals. Given how rare getaways can be, we sincerely regret that yours was spoiled by a stay "By the Side of the Road." Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald, Owners
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Very comfortable and cozy. Owners thought of all of the comforts of home. Would recommend for a quiet weekend or weekday stay. Beautiful bathroom and shower, comfortable bed and linens. Nice porch on the back with pond and sunset view.
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Response from BytheSideRoadLodging, Owner at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Responded Oct 16, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to provide such a helpful review of our Spring Water Cottage studio. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Please come again! Best regards, Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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A romantic getaway spot. Elegant accommodations. There were many little extra touches in the room that enhanced the ambiance. Lovely view of the pond from the private porch. We highly recommend this place!
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Response from BytheSideRoadLodging, Owner at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Responded Oct 16, 2019
Your recommendation is sincerely appreciated. Thank you! We hope you will come again. Best to you...Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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Feels like home right away! Quiet, peaceful, pretty decor and well accommodated. Nice grounds with a small pond and seating area that apparently you can fish in! Nice selection of DVDs to watch, new kitchen appliances and gorgeous bed and bath rooms. Loved it!
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Response from BytheSideRoadLodging, Owner at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Responded Aug 6, 2019
Thank you so much for taking time to share your most recent experience at By the Side of the Road. We learned from you guestbook note that this is one of many return visits. This is the best compliment you can pay to us and we are very happy to know that we continue to meet your expectations. We can't wait for your next visit! Best regards, Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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Pathetic experience. The guest house was very old with stinky smell and dust all over the place. No lighting.inside the house.All bedrooms were upstairs and scary to get In. One of our friend fell down from stairs and had broken leg. Won’t recommend at all. Worst of them all is: After giving quote the owner called us and increased $100 more and advised us to book the house directly without VRBO in between. With No other choice at that time we booked the house and had worst experience. After 2 days of nightmares, The owner charged us $300 more for the cleaning fee apart from the cleaning fee he charged upfront. Gave adamant reply emails. I am going to disputed the additional fee.
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Response from BytheSideRoadLodging, Owner at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Responded Jul 20, 2019
Please evaluate the authenticity of this review in comparison to all others on TripAdvisor. Multiple photographs of the Manor House, all three floors and every room, are available on our website. In twenty years of innkeeping no other guest has ever disrespected our property to the degree of this reviewer. We have photographic documentation of the condition of the Manor House when they checked out that substantially justifies the additional housekeeping fees imposed. Following is the Trip Advisor review from previous 2019 guests, offered in defense of this scathing commentary about our beautiful Manor House: "We rented the full Manor house for our family and bridesmaids for our daughter’s wedding, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! It was homey, comfortable and roomy. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning soon!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Which popular attractions are close to By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Nearby attractions include Explore More Discovery Museum (1.9 miles), A Dream Come True Playground (3.0 miles), and Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (2.7 miles).
Which room amenities are available at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Conveniently located restaurants include BoBoKo Indonesian Cafe, Grilled Cheese Mania, and Joshua Wilton House.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Japanese.