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Blackberry Morning: a Beautiful & Peaceful Mountain Retreat

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Summer Sunset: View down the valley from side deck of Blackberry Morning

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Last updated: 08/29/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Only 14 miles to Virginia Tech & Blacksburg. Yet a world apart! In the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Highlands on 268 private acres. Spectacular views of beautiful surrounding mountains & rolling valley below. Experience stilled time in the wonderfully peaceful solitude of nature. And the warm, inviting welcome of the comfortable, fully-furnished & well-equipped, cedar, fieldstone & glass house. Such a great place to gather family & friends for VT sports events, graduations, class reunions, & moving in your freshman; perfect for your family reunions, weddings, bride or groom's retreat, honeymoons; & awesome outdoor adventures nearby. Or just come and enjoy a relaxing & refreshing vacation with family and friends!

You are going to love being here! It is so very beautiful & so wonderfully peaceful! Listen to the creek flowing & the birds singing and the breeze blowing. The sunsets down the valley & the brilliant stars in the night-sky are awe-inspiring. You can hike anywhere on the land & there are spectacular views from every vantage point. Picnic on the meadows & explore the creeks & park-like woods.

Please Note: Britt Boucher, a naturalist/forester, and his ever-faithful fielddog, Jenna, are currently residing in the studio apartment in the basement of the house. The apartment has a separate entrance and is not connected to the main quarters. And Britt will always respect your privacy at the retreat. Britt is a joy to know and we’re lucky to count him as a friend, as well as to have him advising us in forest and farm management of Clover Hollow Farm. Britt's Bio: Britt is a private Forest and Farm Manager working for the planet to help maintain our farmland and forest health. A farmer & naturalist that spends most of his time “playing” in the dirt, growing food, assessing plant-community health, “listening” to trees, and counseling the forest. Like all true naturalists- quiet, humble, accommodating - he will be respectful of your desire for privacy. But, if you wish, and can catch him… he is always delighted to talk about farming and forest care... and the sounds of the forest at night.

While at Blackberry Morning, experience fun outdoor adventures! -- You can often see whitetail deer in the open pastures around the house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The wild turkeys are elusive, but you can sometimes see them in the pastures or crossing the road. You can hike the Appalachian Trail at the top of our property. It's a 2.5 mile moderate-hike to Kelly Knob overlook. Other nearby hikes are Angel's Rest, Wind Rock and Dragon's Tooth. The Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site waterfall is just 10 miles West -- a great place to picnic and fly-fish for native trout. There are other wild & stocked trout streams nearby, including Big Stony Creek. The New River has canoeing, kayaking & tubing less than 15 miles West. And there's white-water rafting in West Virginia on the New & the Gauley, about two hours away, and you can bungee-jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in WVA, too. There is also skiing at Winter Place and Snowshoe in W.V., one-two hours West. You can go sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing, swimming & picnicking at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Stop by Mikey's 7th in Newport and pick up a picnic lunch to take with you. And plan a special gourmet dinner at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston while you're here. Great fun!

Yet, we're just 14.5 miles, 25 minutes across two mountains, to Blacksburg & VATech University, where there are all kinds of things to do that you typically find in a university town. Enjoy VATech sports, graduation & special events. Picnic by the Duck Pond, walk on the paved trails around campus, go to concerts on campus and at the smaller venue of the Lyric Theater downtown (old, restored movie-house). And there is a brand-new Performing Arts Center. There are side-walk cafes like Gillie's & Caba Fish Taco where you can hear local music, & great local restaurants like Bull & Bones and Zeppoli's, as well as favorite chains. There are movie theaters and downtown small-shops & mall shopping. There's a year-round indoor pool at the Blacksburg Recreation Center on our side of Blacksburg, where they also have basketball courts, tennis courts, a skateboard ramp, & a hand-in-hand playground on a large open field with picnic shelters. They have great 4th of July fireworks there, too!

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children are always welcome at BMR! Please note that you will need to bring your own amenities for infants, such as high chairs, etc. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We are adamant about our No Smoking policy!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well-trained & friendly dogs may be considered with responsible owners and an additional pet fee of $100....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We sincerely apologize but the house's structure does not lend itself to easy wheelchair accessibility from outdoors to indoors. Also, the bathrooms would be a little tight for a wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom # 1; en suite bath: 1 king

    Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds...moreless

  • Bedroom # 2: Adjoining bath: 1 king

    Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds...moreless

  • Bedrooms #3 Shared bath: 1 king

    Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds...moreless

  • Bedroom #4: Shared Bath: 1 king

    Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds...moreless

  • Bedroom # 1: On main level of the house. En Suite Bath. Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; Bedroom # 2: On main level. Adjoining Bath. Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; Bedrooms 3 & 4: Upstairs. Shared Bath. Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; All bedrooms have a large window-wall overlooking beautiful mountain views, with ceiling fans & hardwood flooring. And all the beds are really comfortable! There are plenty of towels, plus extra blankets & pillows. See bathroom details below....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bedroom # 1, main level, en suite: toilet, shower

    Ceramic walk-in shower, no tub...moreless

  • Bedroom # 2, main level, adjoining bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Tub/shower combo...moreless

  • Bedrooms 3 & 4, Upstairs, shared bath: toilet, shower

    Ceramic walk-in shower, no tub...moreless

  • Bedroom # 1 Bath on main floor is private within bedroom suite; ceramic walk-in shower (no tub); wide marble countertop w/ single lavatory. Bedroom # 2 Bath on main floor has two entrances - from the bedroom and from the hallway; acrylic tub/shower combination; marble single lavatory. Upstairs Bath opens to a hallway shared by both bedrooms; ceramic walk-in shower (no tub); marble single lavatory....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Blackberry Morning Retreat is a stunningly beautiful destination retreat, wonderfully quiet and peaceful, yet within short distances of a university town & outdoor adventures! In the greatroom, enjoy conversation with family and friends by the fire, around the table, or while cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. In the library, read a book from the large collection or watch sports or a movie on the flat-screen TV. Watch the colorful sunsets & be awed by the brilliant stars. Hike the Appalachian Trail just above the house to Kelly Knob overlook. Just 15 miles West, canoe, kayak, tube or white-water raft the New River or visit the Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site. Go boating or swimming at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Or skiing, within one-two hours. We promise you'll love it! We are strictly a NO SMOKING location! Children are most welcome. Pets considered w/extra cleaning fee. We sincerely apologize, but we are not wheelchair accessible....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Lots of books, every topic & genre!...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • Stereo:

    Basic stereo in greatroom w/CD player; please bring own CD's and MP3 players...moreless

  • Television:

    Satellite widescreen TV in separate Media/Library room; including ESPN...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake:

    Claytor Lake is only 45 minutes. Boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing. Boat & jet ski rentals; sand beach; grass picnic grounds & shelters; camp grounds...moreless

  • Mountain:

    BMR is surrounded by beautiful mountain & valley views; adjoined by Jefferson National Forest and the Appalachian Trail. Only 0.75 miles to Kelly Knob trailhead (4.2 miles in & out)....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    BMR sits on 268 acres of private pastureland and woods surrounded by beautiful mountain & valley views....moreless

  • River:

    The New River runs 38 miles through Giles County with river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and swimming all within 30 minutes from BMR. Outfitters nearby. White water rafting in WVA, 2 hours....moreless

  • Rural:

    BMR is located in the rural area of Giles County; yet is only 14 miles N/NW of Blacksburg & VATech; adjoining Jefferson Nat'l Forest & Appalachian Trail....moreless

  • Town:

    Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech (VT), is only 14 miles from BMR, with easy access to VT sports events, university events, & VCOM. Shopping, restaurants, cultural events/activities, pools, & golf....moreless

  • Village:

    5.5 miles to village of Newport; Mikey's 7th grill; Super-ValU grocery & gas; post office;...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    The eight-person dining table is by the front window wall in the open concept greatroom with fantastic views....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Heat pump central full-house A/C...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Laundry area w/large-sized washer & dryer...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Fieldstone fireplace in greatroom; firewood is provided....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heat pump piggybacked with oil furnace, central full-house system...moreless

  • Internet:

    Unlimited high-speed broadband internet access included...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens, sheets, pillows & pillowcases, blankets and comforters are provided....moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    Open concept greatroom, glass walls on two sides, sitting area by stone fireplace, kitchen with large island, dining table for eight, study area with bookshelves; beautiful views of mountains & valley...moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    Limited parking beside driveway on grass for a few cars only....moreless

  • Study Room
  • Telephone:

    In-house telephone service, unlimited local and long-distance (within US)...moreless

  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of good towels, all sizes....moreless

  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry area w/large-sized washer & dryer ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Unlimited high-speed broadband internet access included...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip: Uses ground coffee. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Plenty of pots and pans & cooking utensils of all kinds. Good sharp knives. Electric hand mixer, blender, food processor, crock pot, cheesecake pan, cake pans, pie plates, quiche pan, loaf pans......moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Two sets of stoneware dishes and stainless flatware...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New 2013...moreless

  • Freezer:

    New 2013: large side by side refrigerator/freezer...moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is in open-concept greatroom with everything you need to cook gourmet meals & bake; lots of good pots & pans, cooking utensils & knives. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small countertop microwave; new 2013...moreless

  • Oven:

    Regular/convection oven slide-in electric range; new 2013...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Two rolls paper towels in kitchen & toilet tissue in each bathroom. Lots of spices, some sweetners, some tea and coffee. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New 2013: large side by side refrigerator/freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    New 2013: slide-in model with convection oven, electric. Also have both gas and charcoal grills....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wrap-around deck facing East & South with screened porch. Stone patio at front entrance. Two lounge chairs, two round tables with eight chairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large yard with grass lawn, with sun and shade...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Two grills: both gas and charcoal (filled propane canister provided, also some charcoal & lighter provided)...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
VATech/NC State Football
Oct 9 - Oct 11, 2015
2 night min stay
$495
VATech/UNC Football
Nov 20 - Nov 22, 2015
2 night min stay
$495
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2015
4 night min stay
$395
$1,595
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2016
4 night min stay
$395
$1,595
VATech Graduation 2016 Booked!
May 10 - May 16, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,995
flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$395
$1,495

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 5%

Notes:

We are strictly NON-SMOKING! Rental & Guest Policies Agreement emailed. Weekly rates, any 7 days. Monthly, any 4 weeks. Check-In 4:00PM. Check-Out: noon. Thanks so much for considering Blackberry Morning Retreat!


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Calendar

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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Roanoke, VA ROA
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blacksburg, VA
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Blacksburg Country Club
5.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
460W, Newport, VA
5.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mickey's 7th, Newport
55 Miles
Nearest Ski
Winterplace, WV
325 Miles
Nearest Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC

Car: Necessary

Blacksburg & Virginia Tech: Just 14 miles, yet a world apart! In the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Highlands. Blackberry Morning is a stunningly beautiful mountain retreat on 268 private acres, so wonderfully quiet and peaceful. Gather family & friends to enjoy great times just being together, to attend Virginia Tech graduations, football games & reunions, or to experience fun outdoor adventures.

You are going to love being here! Listen to the creek flowing & the birds singing and the breeze blowing. Be awed by the sunsets down the valley & the brilliant stars in the night-sky. In the greatroom, enjoy conversations by the fire, around the table, or while cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. In the separate library/media room, read a book from the large collection or watch sports or a movie on the flat-screen TV.

Please Note: Britt Boucher and his ever-faithful field-dog Jenna reside in the studio apartment in the basement of the house. Britt is a joy to know and we’re lucky to count him as a friend, as well as to have him advising us in sustainable forest management of Clover Hollow Farm. Britt is a private Forest and Farm Manager working for the planet to help maintain our farmland and forest health. A farmer & naturalist that spends most of his time “playing” in the dirt, growing food, assessing plant-community health, “listening” to trees, and counseling the forest. Like all true naturalists – quiet, humble, accommodating – he is respectful of all wildlife. Britt will always respect your privacy at the retreat. But, if you can catch him… he is always delighted to talk about farming, the forest, or the sounds of the forest at night.

You are welcome to hike anywhere on the land and enjoy the spectacular views from every vantage point. Picnic on the meadows & explore the creeks & park-like woods.

You can often see whitetail deer in the open pastures around the house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The wild turkeys are elusive, but you can sometimes see them in the pastures or crossing the road. You might even get to see a black bear. Or a timber rattler. You can hike the Appalachian Trail at the top of our property. It's a 2.5 mile moderate-hike to Kelly Knob overlook. Other nearby hikes are Angel's Rest, Wind Rock and Dragon's Tooth.

The Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site waterfall is just 10 miles West -- a great place to picnic and fly-fish for native trout. There are other wild & stocked trout streams nearby, including Big Stony Creek.

The New River has canoeing, kayaking & tubing less than 15 miles West. And there's white-water rafting in West Virginia on the New & the Gauley, about two hours away, and you can bungee-jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in WVA.

There is also snow skiing at Winter Place and Snowshoe in W.V., one-two hours West.

You can go sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing, swimming & picnicking at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Stop by Mikey's 7th in Newport and pick up a picnic lunch to take with you.

And be sure to plan a special gourmet dinner at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston while you're here. Great fun!

Blackberry Morning is just 14 miles, 25 minutes, across two mountains to Blacksburg & VATech University where there are all kinds of things to do that you typically find in a university town.

Enjoy VATech sports, graduations, reunions & special events. Picnic by the Duck Pond, walk on the paved trails around campus, go to concerts on campus and at the smaller venue of the Lyric Theater downtown (old, restored movie-house). And there is a brand-new Performing Arts Center that you must experience.

There are side-walk cafes like Gillie's & Caba Fish Taco where you can hear local music, & great local restaurants like Bull & Bones and Zeppoli's, as well as favorite chains.

There are movie theaters and downtown small-shops & mall shopping.

There's a year-round indoor pool at the Blacksburg Recreation Center on our side of Blacksburg, where they also have basketball courts, tennis courts, a skateboard ramp, & a hand-in-hand playground on a large open field with picnic shelters. They have great 4th of July fireworks there, too!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1969

About the owner: My husband and I purchased this property on our honeymoon! He was a new Assistant Professor in M.E. at VATech and I was a late-blooming student in English. We were blessed with the birth of our two sons six and nine years later. We are all VATech Hokies: Hal, M.E. 1960; Suzy, English 1974, Brooks, M.E. 1997, Shane, Biology & Political Science 2003.

Why the Owner Chose Blacksburg:
Hal & I fell in love with the farm on our first visit - looking for a place to make our home together. On that beautiful Spring day in April, we walked up the mountain, sat on a big rock and looked down the valley at that incredible view - and knew this was where we wanted to be - forever.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Stunningly beautiful views and wonderfully peaceful environment on a private farm (268 acres) - with a contemporary cedar, fieldstone & glass house that wraps you up in comfort - adjoining the Jefferson Nat'l Forest and the Appalachian Trail, yet close enough to all the people & culture of Blacksburg & VATech.


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Photos

  • Summer Sunset: View down the valley from side deck of Blackberry Morning

    Summer Sunset: View down the valley from side deck of Blackberry Morning

  • Fall 2014 View from front patio

    Fall 2014 View from front patio

  • Greatroom dining & sitting, window wall & fieldstone fireplace

    Greatroom dining & sitting, window wall & fieldstone fireplace

  • Greatroom living & study areas

    Greatroom living & study areas

  • Greatroom kitchen, new refrigerator & range

    Greatroom kitchen, new refrigerator & range

  • Greatroom view front window wall

    Greatroom view front window wall

  • Library/Media Room: Wrap-around leather sofa with recliners on both ends

    Library/Media Room: Wrap-around leather sofa with recliners on both ends

  • Bedroom 2: Main Floor, adjoining bath with tub & shower combo

    Bedroom 2: Main Floor, adjoining bath with tub & shower combo

  • View from side deck up mountain in back of house; two grills: gas & charcoal

    View from side deck up mountain in back of house; two grills: gas & charcoal

  • Fall 2014 Front Yard

    Fall 2014 Front Yard

  • Early Morning Valley View September 2014

    Early Morning Valley View September 2014

  • January snow, so beautiful!

    January snow, so beautiful!

  • Front Entrance

    Front Entrance

  • Early Fall on the mountain

    Early Fall on the mountain

  • Greatroom dining towards sunroom

    Greatroom dining towards sunroom

  • Greatroom Kitchen looking towards deck & side yard

    Greatroom Kitchen looking towards deck & side yard

  • Kitchen island towards dining & sunroom, new dishwasher

    Kitchen island towards dining & sunroom, new dishwasher

  • Library/Media Room w/Satellite TV, DVD, DVR, wrap-around leather sofa

    Library/Media Room w/Satellite TV, DVD, DVR, wrap-around leather sofa

  • Bedroom 1: Main floor, en suite bath, ceramic walk-in shower (no tub)

    Bedroom 1: Main floor, en suite bath, ceramic walk-in shower (no tub)

  • Upstairs bedrooms can be set up with either king or  twins; shared bath, ceramic walk-in shower (no tub)

    Upstairs bedrooms can be set up with either king or twins; shared bath, ceramic walk-in shower (no tub)

  • Rear of house in early Spring

    Rear of house in early Spring

  • Front entrance early Spring

    Front entrance early Spring

  • Winter Sunset over Snow

    Winter Sunset over Snow

  • Farm pastures behind house

    Farm pastures behind house

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