Wake up to another beautiful morning in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Long weekend for two $440; four $550; six $660
Other options and rates depending on number of persons and length of stay. Book your stay.
Have a cup of local Trager Brothers coffee sitting on the front porch rockers or on the sofa on the back deck and enjoy the 360 degree surround of the mountains and the pasture land of the South Rockfish Valley. Call to Lilly, Semour, and Juliette, the three little donkeys, who will be standing along the fence waiting to wish you “good morning.” This charming, cozy guest cottage is located on the 175 acre Rockfish Valley Farm and adjourns the Rockfish Valley Foundation’s established walking and birding trails which are recognized by the Virginia Audubon Society as an Important Birding Area in the United States. Go for an early morning walk along the trails and the Rockfish River just outside your door. Look for the Black Angus cows and sometimes goats and sheep that live on this active farm.
The bungalow style one-story house is perfect for a family or for several couples on a weekend retreat or holiday. The house has 2 queen bedrooms, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, and 2 full baths. A comfortable living room is just the place to read a book, watch a ball game or stream a movie on the large flat screen television. Have a glass of wine from one of the local wineries and take a quick check on your emails with high speed internet WiFi. Spend a lovely day hiking, birding, skiing, wine tasting or sightseeing. Have dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants or cook a gourmet meal using local produce from the Saturday Farmer’s Market. After dinner, sit around the table and talk about your day in the country!
The setting might be private and rural, but the beautifully decorated house is definitely full of today’s necessities including DSL Wi-Fi Internet, Direct TV, Apple TV, and Verizon telephone with free long distance and voice mail. Central air conditioning cools in the summer. The kitchen includes dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, tea kettle and Crock-Pot. Since the owners love to cook themselves, the kitchen is fully stocked with high-end pots, pans, and equipment. Fitz and Floyd china, nice wine glasses, and place mats set a pretty table. A large gas grill and an outdoor sitting area with dining table and chairs call for an evening on the deck. A romantic cast iron fireplace with gas logs is in the living room. Original art work and country antiques. Ceiling fans. Superior mattresses, pillows and fluffy comforters. Linens and monogramed towels provided. Washer and dryer. Kid friendly with space to run outside.
It is a non-smoking, no pet property and requires a 2-night minimum.
You can experience this relaxing setting while being just minutes from the incredible opportunities offered in Nelson County. The house is located at the hub of the Rockfish Valley with its many breweries, wineries, and cideries. Less than a mile away are the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company and restaurant, the Wild Wolf Brewery and restaurant, and Bold Rock Cidery which serves picnic fare. The very popular Blue Mountain Brewery is just a few more miles away. Many of the best of the Virginia wineries are less than 15 minutes away including Veritas, Afton Mountain, Cardinal Point, Pollak, King Family, Flying Fox, Berry Hill, and Wintergreen Winery as is the new Silverback Distillery. The Natural History Center, which is great for children, is practically next door. Located about two miles away in Nellysford are an IGA grocery, pharmacy, ABC store, fresh seafood market, bank with ATM, post office, and hardware store. Also in Nellysford are Italian, Mexican, and seafood restaurants and Chirio’s pizza. Great pulled BBQ and smoked turkey croissants can be found at the Blue Ridge Pig. Another favorite is the much loved Basic Necessities wine shop where one can buy fresh bread, cheese, and wine, attend a wine tasting or have dinner. Or treat yourself to a special gourmet dinner at the Farmhouse at Veritas Winery about 15 minutes away.
A short 10 minute drive will take you to the four seasons Wintergreen Resort or to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and its entrance to the Appalachian Trail at Reid’s Gap. Other popular hiking trails are those to Humpback Rocks, the Priest, or Crabtree Falls. If the car suits you better, drive the 50-mile Nelson Scenic Loop circuit through beautiful Nelson County stopping for fried chicken at Mac’s Market on the way back. Wintergreen Resort offers skiing, skateboarding, or tubing in the winter and also has several restaurants.
Each season brings special opportunities all of which are nearby. Take in the splendor of the Virginia fall color with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pick apples or pumpkins or enjoy the fall festivals and apple butter making at the local apple orchards. Tap to the music at Festy, the annual blue grass music festival at Devil’s Backbone right around the corner. Cheer at UVA football games. In winter, go skiing, snowboarding or tubing at the Wintergreen Resort or bundle up and take a long walk along the trails. In the spring, enjoy the beauty of the dogwoods on the Blue Ridge Parkway or enjoy Historic Garden Week in Charlottesville or Staunton. May through October brings the immensely popular weekly Farmer’s Market about two miles away. During the season, pick peaches, blueberries or black berries at orchards close by. Enjoy the month long Wintergreen Performing Arts music festival in July. Dance to the music at one of the Starry Nights at Veritas Winery. Go back in time with a swim at the lovely Sherando Lake, a WPA project near Lynnhurst. Bike the Blue Ridge Parkway or the back roads of Nelson County. Shop for antiques at Tuckahoe Antique Mall and Covesville Antiques. Or perhaps you have even been invited to a wedding at one of the beautiful nearby wedding venues such as Veritas, Pharsalia or the Rhodes Farm.
Charlottesville and Staunton are 30 minutes away and Lexington and Lynchburg about an hour away. Trips are easy along the interstates. Visit Monticello, Ash Lawn, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, or Woodrow Wilson’s home and the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. Spend a day in Lexington and visit Washington and Lee University, the Lee House and Lee Chapel, the Stonewall Jackson House, Virginia Military Institute and the George Marshall Library. Or tour Thomas Jefferson’s Popular Forest outside of Lynchburg. Visit art studios on the Monticello Artisan Trail. And, of course, the award winning Virginia vineyards and wineries abound throughout the Charlottesville area! The Charlottesville area was named as one of the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The owners will be happy to answer your questions and suggest adventures for your visit.
Every vacation should be special. Nelson County should be high on your list. Come see for yourself!
RATE DETAILS (in US Dollars)
Two people for a long weekend $400
other rates depend on number of persons and number of days