Gaie Lea

Staunton, VA
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Happy Meadows

Built in 1952 and nestled in the heart of the historic Shenandoah Valley, Gaie Lea translates to Happy Meadows in Old English. The bucolic family country estate opens up to panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an expansive 200-acre farm, a pavilion overlooking the lake, a private hilltop pool, tennis court and a spacious estate home sleeping up to 15 guests.

The magical Staunton, Virginia venue is a short drive from Charlottesville and a refreshing respite from the city wrapped in abundant Southern charm. Host a private poolside welcome party, curate an enchanted woodland ceremony and design your dream reception celebration around farm-to-table fare in the picturesque pavilion. Treat guests to bourbon and cigars on the porch, connection and conversation around stone fire pit campfires, photos among the formal English boxwoods and strolls along treasured trails.

Orchestrate unforgettable photo shoots around the magical farm's panoramic pastoral views, glorious mountain colors and sparkling clean air. Plan pre-wedding-day activities like tennis, bike riding, volleyball, fishing, canoeing, swimming, a scavenger hunt, or a walk through the woods. Invite friends and family to stay the weekend in the 16-room grand estate home with a formal dining room, casual outdoor patio and cozy farm kitchen.

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The Location


This 200-acre farm is situated at the heart of an operational farm in Virginia’s historic Shenandoah Valley.

Things To Do

Charlottesville is home to thriving orchards, farms, and more than 40 wineries that inspire unforgettable restaurant experiences. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park, renowned river kayaking, and championship golf offer thrills while a celebrated theater and local live music scene entertain. Our stages are well stocked with highly coveted acts. In fact, Charlottesville is where Dave Matthews Band and Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management — the largest independent music management company in the world — got their start. For a taste of history, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland offer guided glimpses into the Founding Fathers’ legacies.


48 mi to Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
43 mi to Downtown Mall
43 mi to Monticello
38 mi to UVA
20 mi to Shenandoah National Park

267 Bells Lane, Staunton, VA 24401

The Details

Amenities & Services

  • 200-acre farm
  • Pavilion overlooking a lake
  • Private hilltop pool
  • Tennis court
  • Stone fire pit
  • Estate home with accommodations for 15 guests

By the Numbers

  • 250 seated guest capacity for reception
  • 250 seated guest capacity for ceremony

Make it Yours

  • Gather around rustic campfires in the stone fire pit overlooking the lake as the sun sets on the day
  • Host a bridal tea party amongst stunning English boxwoods
  • Welcome guests to a private poolside cocktail hour soiree for specialty drinks and hors d'oeuvres

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