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Shenandoah Crossing
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gordonsville
Reviewed January 2, 2010

My husband, three children, and I recently stayed at Shenandoah Crossing resort. As Bluegreen owners we are always interested in experiencing what each Bluegreen resort has to offer. This particular resort is situated on over 1,000 acres and its obvious the main draw is the horses. There are many different horse planned activities here, even in the winter. Depending upon the weather at the time, horseback riding is available. However, even with less than suitable weather they offer horse drawn carriage rides. This activity we did partake in and at $2 per person it was well worth it. We were taken on a 45 minute ride of the property.

Aside from horses this resort also has a full schedule of activities planned, even during winter. They offered wii tournaments, mini golf tournaments, tie dying, card tournaments, etc. We did not participate in any but they are offered. However, there are many things that still are available on your own if interested. They had mini golf, basketball and tennis courts, two game rooms, two fitness centers, and the indoor and outdoor pool. Believe it or not but the outdoor pool and hot tub were open at this time, despite the 30 degree weather. One word of caution: the indoor pool is rather small and at this time of year it was very crowded. We skipped swimming because it was just too crowded.

In terms of the cabin itself, we stayed in an older 2 bedroom/1 bathroom cabin. Other reviewers have said these cabins are not worthy of staying in but in all reality we saw nothing wrong with them. Yes they are older but they are rather nice considering this is like a campground. Where else can you camp and have a full kitchen that is stocked with all you need to cook? The living room has a pull out sofa and linens are provided for guests. The rocker in the living room is comfortable and the kids just loved sitting in it. There is also a comfy fireplace, tv and dvd player, and coffee table. In the master bedroom the bed is king sized and there is a small closet space, a tv and a nice armoir to store shoes, also equipped with a mirror on the inside. The smaller bedroom has two twin beds and a nightstand, as well as a dresser and radio. As for the kitchen, it is small in size but has everything that is needed to cook a nice meal. The table provided seats 6 people comfortably.

Finally, the resort itself is situated in a very rural area. If you expect to have a short drive to attractions and restaurants this is not the case. While Gordonsville itself is 10 miles or so away from the resort (where a Walmart and Food Lion are located), historic attractions and chain restaurants are not so close. Charlottesville is the closest city that offers more shopping and attractions but is about 20 plus miles away. We only ventured out once to see Thomas Jefferson’s estate. The tour was well worth it and provided some great history lessons.

Other than that, this resort is best for a relaxing getaway. If you are expecting a place where there are many attractions/amusements than this is not the place for you. It is a more family oriented resort that offers guests the ability to bond as a family.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2009

We had a week booked in an older cabin and we were disappointed. Many of the appliances and things, including the TV and DVR didn't work. Our second week was in a Yurt because the staff accommodated us because of our disappointment the first week. We loved the yurt! Plush tent living with a wonderfully large deck to relax on. I would love to go back for another week in a Yurt. The golf course is ok, not fabulous, but definitely ok.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2009

My husband and I recently purchased into Bluegreen Resorts and this was our first vacation at one of their sites. We stayed in a two bedroom cabin that was clean with a comfortable bed. All the kitchen amenities were perfectly adequate and both TVs worked well. The floors were a bit off-level so some doors tended to swing shut, but we consider these minor problems since it was an older cabin. A more comfortable couch in the living room would have been appreciated. On the plus side, the grounds were well kept and I was astounded at the number of outdoor activities that were available. Because we spent each day sightseeing we didn't have the time to fully enjoy the activities, but we did see several families with children using the facililties. We had a delicious and reasonably priced dinner at the Lake Izac Tavern at the main lodge. It would have been nice if the tavern offered breakfast daily instead of just weekends, but the new General Store carries a selection of necessities for purchase along with breakfast and lunch selections. Shopping and restaurants are a bit of a drive away from the resort. Everyone we met on the resort was friendly and accomodating. I would visit this resort again.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

We just returned from Shenandoah Crossing. We stayed in a yurt, it was very nice, very clean and had all of the anemities. However, we did not know that a grill would be available on our deck- or we would have taken meat to grill and other groceries too, as the nearest grocery store is several miles away. The speed dial buttons on our phone did not work (front desk, etc), one morning we took cold showers (no hot water). The resort does offer lots of activites. But, beware- you have to register for all of them, including horseback riding (all of the equestrian activities). The activities fill up very fast and unless you already know what you are interested in doing, you will likely be out of luck. The resort should send customers an activity schedule and info about the Marina and Equestrian Center. The Equestrian Center is closed on Tuesday and Friday. It is really a nice resort and has plenty for kids and family to do, however, it would be nice to have the opportunity to be better prepared for what is offered so you can plan your stay. Even in October the Horseback riding filled up fast and we never got to ride, or do any of the other things we tried to sign up for.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

I have been a bluegreen owner for a year, and have never been this dissapointed. There is not enough parking for the cabins, my husband had to drop myself and my 7mo old and 6yr old off near the cabin, and then go park in the treeline. There is not near enough lighting in ANY of the parking lots. The door to our cabin does not seal, and we had bugs and flies. The deadbolt did not lock when we got here, but it was fixed within hours. I can't believe I gave up my time and money for this. Extremely dissapointed.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2009

My husband and I just returned from Shenandoah Crossing where we LOVED staying in our own private paradise...a luxury 2 bedroom yurt with wonderful amenities! Can you envision a "tent" with granite countertop/stainless steel kitchen? How about an all-tile bathroom with granite tops and a copper vessel sink? 2 flat screen TV's? A private outdoor sink and cabinet next to a high-end gas grill on your own private deck overlooking the woods? A master bedroom with a king size bed sporting its own feather bed atop a deep mattress? It's all that and more!!!

The resort itself offers so much to do including a brand new general store which has a bit of everything including cooked to order food. Outside the store is a beautiful new pool area composed of 2 huge pools, 2 hot tubs, and a water spout area for the little ones lined all about with loads of comfy lounges. Across the street from the pools are the stables where you can sign up for trail rides, wagon rides, and even a hayride! Do you like to play putt-putt or race RC cars? How about playing tennis or volleyball or doing crafts or playing cards, or renting a pontoon boat or taking out a paddle boat for some exercise? It's all available...

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2009

We stayed in a 3 Bedroom lockoff townhome for 3 nights over the weekend from 8/28 - 8/31. Checkin was quick and easy. No line at 7pm Friday night.

The whole 3 bedrooms townhome was not big compare to other 3 bedrooms lockoff villa I visited in other resort, but it is cozy and neat. We have a total of 6 persons so we don't feel crowded at all. Even with the 10 person (max) capacity, it should be fine. The townhome was too close to many trees (literally like a tree house). Two of the three decks had branches you can raise your arm and touch. As a result, there were a lot of debris and bugs from the trees. But with the wilderness that we were looking for, the amount of bugs were tolerable. Just be real fast entering the unit at night cause quite a number of them gathered at the front door waiting to greet you (because of the always on front porch light). Bug spray would be your buddy like sun screen in a beach resort. Overall the unit is clean and everything is functional and adequate. They indeed provide more cleaning supplies (dish washing powder) than other high end resort (Westin and Marriott) provided. Althought the fixture and furnishing is toward the low end, but they are in decent shape. Both sitting room's flat screen TV were placed facing the left side of the sofa rather than the middle of the sofa because of the room configuration. There was a big propane grill by the townhome. Both electronic lighter was not working and I have to use a match to lit them. That may be the reason why no one was using it except me. Nice lake view from the grill.

Activities in the resort is plentiful. Their stable make this resort stands out from others, but they are under utilizing the horses. They offer only one trail ride (same path) for a couple round in the morning. They claimed it is 45mins ride, but I clocked it only 30mins, may be mine was smooth. With the wilderness in the resort, they could have create different trail ride. The Pony rides for kids (up to 7yrs) needs improvment too, the pony was leashed by a staff circling a 30 ft by 40 ft area for 3 rounds, yes, 3 rounds even there is no person waiting. When we requested one more ride since no one was waiting, we got one more round. Oh, the pony ride ends at 11am for the day. We did the hay ride (pull by tractor) at 11am which is offered only once a day at 11am. All the the stable activities has to be booked 24 hours in advance, except the pony ride.

The new pool by the general store is nice, big and clean. It has two hot tubs, two pools and an area for water play for little kids. It is not crowded at all and tables and chairs are plentiful.

The lake is not big but the availability of paddle boat, pontoon and jon boat make the little lake interesting. They rent fishing pole. We did not see any fish when we were boating.

Any activities that costs were not excessive and very resonable. I don't feel I am being nickel and dimed.

The resort staff is ok and they answered your question. The staff in the stable could use more smile. They would answer your question but that's about it. Many time they don't even look at you when answering. May be they are overworked and understaffed? All of them showed a stiff face.

Overall the resort is fun. The facility (except the new pool area) needs more maintenance, Comparing to other resort, I felt it is lacking staff to assist guest, especially in the stable area where people constantly look for help since there are no signs or instructions about any activities. The only sign they post in the stable is "they are not liable for your own safty and all activities you participate are at your own risk...blah..." I think the condition of the villa would go down faster because of the use of low end fixture and furnishing, e.g. laminated wood as the counter top need to be replace sooner than granite because of water damage. By the way, all the brushes by the grill has no more brush and was worn down. I did not see anyone cleaning the grill for the whole stay. I think they really expect the guest to clean up after themselve.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Address: 174 Horseshoe Cir, Gordonsville, VA 22942-7340
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Location: United States > Virginia > Gordonsville
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gordonsville
Price Range: $64 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shenandoah Crossing 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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