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The Hunt Box is located on our family farm where we raise Christmas trees, herbs and flowers, right in the heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country. In 2002 we built this house based on our studies of the architecture of Colonial Williamsburg. We gave it a tidewater story-and-a-half appearance with standing seam metal roof, clapboard siding, stone and stucco foundation, cozy front porch and second floor dormer windows. The interior is highlighted by the stone fireplace and rough beam mantel, large light-filled windows that overlook barns, woods and pastures. Most unique is the wide plank flooring of oak and chestnut which originated from a hundred year old barn in Sperryville, VA, which we had dismantled and made into flooring for the cottage. We are conveniently located 6 miles from Middleburg, 38 miles West of DC, 35 miles East of the Shenandoah Valley, on a quiet country lane in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This Williamsburg reproduction guest cottage is decorated as a traditional English Hunt Box, with equine art and memorabilia, lovely antiques, oriental carpets on wide-plank oak and chestnut floors, a stone fireplace and high-end bed linens. Enjoy the outdoors from two patios and a covered porch, with views of mountains and fields. Relax in the comfort of a fully-equipped modern house with a touch of our English heritage.
Our surroundings provide the opportunity to witness the traditional fox hunt, watch farm-related chores and animals, walk along quiet country roads, hike to Goose Creek, enjoy our extensive flowering trees and perennials, or simply relax on the porch swing while you watch the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests can enjoy watching our retired show horse cavorting with his miniature donkey buddy, our miniature goats frolicking in their field with the two Scottish Highland cows. Mother Nature provides the opportunity to experience: the flights of red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and the occasional great blue heron; our perennial pair of Canada Geese walking through the horse field; deer grazing in our fields and the nightly sounds of owls and spring peepers.
Our farm is located one hour west of Washington, D.C. and 40 minutes west of Dulles International Airport. We are in a rural area with farms 300 to 1500 acres nearby. Fine dining is available in every direction from Middleburg to Leesburg, Warrenton, Upperville and of course the D.C. area. Recreational activities exist all around with Vineyards and Wineries, Museums, Battlefields, hiking on local trails or the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding, tubing on the Shenandoah River at historic Harpers Ferry, WV. Loudoun and Fauquier Counties have the largest concentration of wineries in the state, providing the opportunity to spend full days touring and tasting a great variety of Virginia wines.
The cottage would be an excellent home base while visiting Washington, D.C. or for the business person doing an extended stay in the DC Metro area or the Dulles Corridor and wanting space for their family to visit on weekends. A great weekend escape for residents of the DC area, we welcome weekend foxhunters, couples on retreat, families seeking country pleasures, cyclists, writers seeking solitude or anyone wishing to immerse themselves in the mystique of Middleburg and the hunt country of Virginia. Those involved in fox hunting will enjoy our proximity to all of the local hunt meets; the Middleburg Hunt and The Snickersville Hunt pass through adjoining farms. We welcome riders in the numerous horse shows in our area, from the Hunter/Jumpers to Steeplechasers. Garden lovers and those following the spring garden tours will love our proximity to the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy, Oatlands Plantation, Morven Park, Long Branch, and numerous other historical homes and gardens.
Keywords: Antique-filled rental cottage on our farm in Hunt Country
We provide firewood for the stone fireplace FREE OF CHARGE. We also provide staples (sugar, flour, milk, coffee, tea, spices, gourmet honey and farm fresh eggs) for our guests AND an amenities bag. An iron and ironing board are provided in the laundry room. Hair dryer provided....moreless
Satellite / Cable
Local Services & Businesses
Sunsets over the Blue Ridge and a Southerly view of Bull Run Mountains....moreless
This beautiful stone hearth fireplace was built of rock and stone found here on the farm. The mantel is a simple. huge oak beam. We provide firewood FREE OF CHARGE....moreless
We are happy to recommend several fine local caterers....moreless
Fully equipped with KitchenAid mixer, cappucino maker, coffee bean grinder, coffee maker, tea, spices plus herb garden for fresh herbs in season!...moreless
Ice maker with extra capacity ice storage
Water, ice cubed and crushed in door dispenser...moreless
Deck / Patio:
(2) Two beautiful stone patios, one with wooden Chippendale seating and one with stone benches and verdigris metal round dining table and chairs. A stone-floored porch off of the Den provides great viewing of the pastures and sunsets from the comfy porch swing!
Prime rate season is April 1 to Oct 31 & all holidays. Maximum # of guests is 6.
Minimum two night stay, in season: $640 for 2 nights, off-season: $480
Three night stay in season:$840, off-season $630.
Weekly rate in season: $1,400, off-season $1,050
Monthly rate in season $3,500, off season $2,625
All rates subject to 6% tax.
Security/damage deposit required (refundable within 10 days of guest departure)
Cancellation Policy: Full refund given with at least 30 days notice.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Civil War Battlefields and monuments, Vineyards and Wineries, Wine Tasting Rooms, Historic Plantations and Quaker Villages, old-fashioned Country Stores, Mosby Heritage Area, Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy, Gourmet Food Shops, Shenandoah Valley, Horse Shows and Steeplechase Races
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: We have lived in Middleburg since 1977 and enjoy gardening, photography, kayaking, hiking, reading, antiques, architecture and travel. Rick is a life-long Washingtonian, while Karen spent part of her childhood abroad before coming to the D.C. area. Over the years, we developed our 66 acre farm to raise and market Christmas trees, herbs and horses. We built our home and barn first, then the guest cottage. We enjoyed years of escorting our son and daughter, and their numerous ponies and horses, to horse shows throughout the Eastern U.S. Our daughter, her husband and our four grandchildren live in their new home on part of our farm. Our son, an economist, currently lives in Chicago while attending University of Chicago Booth School of Economics working on his MBA. Rick has been in residential real estate sales for 22 years and Karen has developed and run a small gourmet food business producing herbed and fruited honeys and wine vinegars for the past 26 years. We enjoy numerous trips each year to the Eastern Shore, where we enjoy the island life at Eagle's View, our waterfront vacation home.
Why the Owner Chose Middleburg: The pastoral scenery, wildlife and quiet country roads are what drew us to Middleburg. We cherish the friendly hospitality of the hunt country, the traditions and history of the area. The serenity our quiet country farm setting provides is a delight, yet we are within an hour of the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museum, National Art Gallery, National Cathedral, Georgetown and all the cultural opportunities in our Nation's Capital.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: We enjoy the serenity...the absence of traffic sounds, the presence of bird calls, the expansive views, the walks through the tree field or up the gravel road. We spend relaxing time leaning on the fences, watching the horses, cows, donkey and miniature goats grazing in the pastures, often joined by a small herd of white-tail deer in the evenings. We enjoy birdwatching and identifying many species, hearing the call of the mourning doves and seeing hawks riding the air currents. We love to read on the stone patios, nap or read on the front porch swing, serve meals al fresco, and enjoy the fresh air! On a winter evening, a blazing fire in the stone fireplace encourages many happy conversations. The sunset view from the den and covered porch is quite spectacular! On the farm we have one retired show horse, a darling miniature donkey, miniature goats, chickens, Scottish Highland cows, our doggies, perennial flower gardens, a Christmas tree farm and endless quiet roads and hiking trails available....our definition of Paradise!