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Last updated: 07/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Bedford estate description

Loads of space available at Aurora Manor includes 4 bedrooms (2 are en suite), 3.5 baths, living room, dining room, large eat-in kitchen and great room w/fireplace and another large conference room/game room. Aurora Manor can very comfortably sleep 10. The two master bedrooms have queen beds, the other two bedrooms have full beds and there is a queen sleep sofa in the great room. On the terrace lever there is a large heated (in season) swimming pool and hot tub. All this situated on a 50+ acre farm with a 3+ acre stocked lake for fishing. Hike around the farm or have a nice cup of tea in the gazebo while listening to the fountain in the goldfish pond or while relaxing and telling stories around the fire pit. When you look to the north you will beckoned by call of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view from aurora manor farm is fabulous. You may even feel like adventure is calling when you gaze at the Peaks of Otter Mountain. To answer this call it is only a 12 mile picturesque ride to the base where you can do the one hour hike to the top. Perhaps water sports is more your thing. If so, simply go 12 miles to the south where you will find Smith Mountain Lake with tremendous fishing, boating and lake swimming. Boats and jet skis are available for rent. Don't forget history... The land on which aurora manor farm is located has historical roots to the colonial farming days as evidenced by the two split log tobacco barns still remaining on the property. The internationally acclaimed D-day Memorial is only 4 miles away. Or perhaps the Civil War is more your cup of tea, then you should go 45 minutes to the east to Appomattox where our country was re-united. Lexington Virginia is a short drive to the north which is beaming with history. Aurora Manor and the town of Bedford is completely surrounded by tourism opportunities ranging from history to mountain hiking; from biking to lake swimming; from visiting quaint shops to large mall in nearby Roanoke and Lynchburg. Many parties (birthday, graduation, anniversary and wedding events) have been held at Aurora Manor and Farm

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Estate
  • 3771 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            Fantastic place for children of all ages...moreless

          • Pets Considered
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Events Allowed
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Bedroom 4: 1 double

            Guest bedroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 double

            Guest bedroom ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Master bedroom main floor handicap equipped...moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Large master bedroom on second floor...moreless

          • Large master suite with full bath and two guest bedrooms with shared bath are located on 2nd floor. A very large master bedroom with handicapped capable bath including jetted garden tub and separate shower is located on main floor. There is also a queen sleep sofa in the great room. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Jack & Jill Bath for Guest Bedrooms 2rd floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet

            Located on Main floor with hard surface vanity...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

            Main floor master suite w/ double vanaties, handicap equip. ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Master bath 2rd floor w/ hard surface double sink vanity...moreless

          • The two large master baths have his and hers hard surface vanities. The Jack and Jill bath also has a double hard surface vanity. The main floor handicapped equipped master bath has a jetted whirlpool tub which is ideal for a good relaxing soak after a day of hiking. All full baths are equipped with hard surface double vanities....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Additional eating space for 6 in kitchen. Special events in conference area can seat up to 40. Chairs and tables can be relocated to outside for special events....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Kitchen is fully equipped. Large serving pieces available for banquets, parties, etc.....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Refrigerator with ice maker is located in kitchen. ...moreless

          • Stove:

            Smooth center island cook surface with wall oven. ...moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            There is a dishwasher in the manor house kitchen. ...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Totally open concept for kitchen and dining. ...moreless

          • Microwave:

            There is a microwave in kitchen...moreless

          • Toaster
          • Ice Maker
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Washing Machine:

            Washer and dryer located in half bath on main floor....moreless

          • Living Room seats 9:

            family room and parlor seating for 15. ...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Pool and spa towels are not provided....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking

          Other Amenities

              • The 3 acre private fishing lake. Fishing gear is NOT provided. 50 acres farm land to explore....moreless


              • Television:

                A television is located in each Master bedroom and one in the Great/Family room. ...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                In Great/Family Room...moreless


              • Telephone:

                No land line available. Bring your cell phones....moreless

              • Internet:

                WIFI (wireless only) is provided....moreless

              Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool:

                Pool is private for use of Manor House. Will be heated during cooler periods of swimming season (normally open Memorial Day to Labor Day)...moreless

              • Hot Tub:

                Located on the patio near the pool. Hot Tub is available all year....moreless

              • Heated Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Approximately 20 giant ancient oak trees are on the immediate lawn. numerous flowers are bedded in their season. Fresh vegetables available from vegetable garden during summer....moreless

              • Golf:

                Located nearby in Bedford, Smith Mountain Lake, Roanoke or Lynchburg...moreless

              • Bicycles:

                Two bicycles are available for use. Helmets are not provided...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Bring you own and use the private 3+ acre lake...moreless

              • Garden Chairs:


              • Deck / Patio
              • Lanai / Gazebo
              • Outdoor Grill


              • Adventure
              • Romantic
              • Family
              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Budget
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

              • Lake View:

                Private lake stocked with large mouth bass, catfish and bluegill fish....moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Fabulous view of the Blue Ridge mountains - Peaks of Otter...moreless


              • Library
              • Hiking
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Mountaineering
              • Mountain Biking
              • Fishing
              • Cycling
              • Hunting
              • Swimming
              • ATM/Bank
              • Medical Services
              • Massage Therapist
              • Laundromat
              • Hospital
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Groceries
              • Sight Seeing
              • Scenic Drives
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Shopping
              • Bird Watching
              • Walking
              • Antiquing
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Winery Tours
              • Restaurants
              • Churches
              • Playground
              • Museums
              • Fitness Center
              • Hunting Small Game


              Write a review 4.8
              from 4 traveler reviews
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              ALL YEAR
              Mar 15 - Mar 14, 2015
              3 night min stay
              $1,250 $3,500
              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay
              $1,250 $3,500
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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              • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
              • Tax Rate 10%

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              Last updated: 07/20/2014
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              18 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Lynchburg Reginonal Airport
              25 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Lynchburg Amtrack
              4 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              US 460 and US 221
              18 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Liberty University Slopes
              6 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Old Liberty Station (converted train depot)

              Car: Recommended

              A better location cannot be found. Only 4 miles north to the world famous D-Day Memorial (Bedford lost more men during the invasion than other area). Blue Ridge parkway is 12 miles to the north with hiking and climbing to the top of the peak can be accomplished. Smith Mountain Lake is 12 miles south where boating, lake swimming, fishing, dinner cruises and shopping are available. Downtown Bedford is the home of many quaint shops where you can find that treasured antique or something uniquely Virginia made. Discover the civil war trails Appomattox and Lexington Virginia are an easy drive away. Appomattox you can tour the facility where Generals Lee and Grant rejoined our nation. An hour west you can drive to the top or Roanoke mountain and see the fabulous view of the city below. There are numerous other wonderful day excursions only a short drive away - ancient Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway; canoeing and fishing on the James river; visiting the farmers markets of Roanoke, Lynchburg or Bedford and Thomas Jefferson's summer home Popular Forest is only 15 miles away.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1992

              About the owner: We are Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff. It is our pleasure in life to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Here is part of our story. “Mitch a retired U.S. Navy man relocated to Roanoke Virginia with his wife of 30 years. His wife became ill shortly after their arrival and was hospitalized with the diagnosis of terminal liver cancer. Betty Sue, a widow and a nurse working at the cancer center became acquainted with Mitch’s wife by being her nurse and conducting bible studies with her. When Mitch’s wife realized that she would not survive, she urged him to marry again, and suggested that he consider someone like Betty Sue. After his wife passed away, Mitch was deeply depressed. His daughter who also knew Betty Sue through the bible study urged him to communicate with her since she was also depressed about the loss of her husband. With much hesitation, Mitch & Betty Sue finally met for coffee. It was at this point that The Lord intervened. After a short romance their hearts were united and Aurora (new beginning) was created for them. God is good.” Our union has prospered now for 16 years during which time we have dedicated ourselves to serving the Lord. Our home (Aurora Manor) in Bedford County Virginia was built in 1999 and is dedicated to servings God’s people. The primary focus is on providing a place for traveling missionaries and their families. Although it’s proximity to Liberty University has generated a ministry to the University students particularly those who have goals to become missionaries. We are now looking to share our guest apartment with others as well. We host a fellowship gathering open to the community and college students from liberty on Thursday evenings where we provide dinner which is followed by a time of signing praise music, prayer and a devotional message. All our guest are invited to

              Why the Owner Chose Bedford:
              Perfect location for almost everything (mountains, lake, historical sites, quaint towns and numerous fall festivals). Ideal location for graduation parties, weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners in our large banquet room overlooking the pool with a fabulous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains Peaks of Otter.

              The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
              Aurora Manor is a farm, where abundant wildlife can been observed (deer, wild turkey, geese, ducks and numerous small game animals) almost on a daily basis, yet close to two fairly large cities (Roanoke and Lynchburg) where an abundance of fine restaurants, arts (symphony, ballet, live theater, museums and even a zoo in Roanoke) are located. Mostly we just love being located in the hub where we can venture out and enjoy so many of the beautiful and historical sites available in Virginia.

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              Speaks: english



              • Front of Aurora Manor Spring time flowers

                Front of Aurora Manor Spring time flowers

              • Aurora Manor house kitchen

                Aurora Manor house kitchen

              • Main floor master bedroom

                Main floor master bedroom

              • Main floor master bathroom

                Main floor master bathroom

              • Jack & Jill Bath

                Jack & Jill Bath

              • Formal dining room w/ library in background

                Formal dining room w/ library in background

              • Swimming Pool for exclusive use of guest

                Swimming Pool for exclusive use of guest

              • Gazebo in front

                Gazebo in front

              • Redbud and Dogwood Trees line the entry drive

                Redbud and Dogwood Trees line the entry drive

              • Canadian geese taking a break from flying. Note Great Blue Heron on lake bank.

                Canadian geese taking a break from flying. Note Great Blue Heron on lake bank.

              • Aurora Manor Lake in a rare snow storm

                Aurora Manor Lake in a rare snow storm

              • Aurora Manor house family room

                Aurora Manor house family room

              • Queen sized bed in main floor master bedroom

                Queen sized bed in main floor master bedroom

              • View from main floor master bedroom window

                View from main floor master bedroom window

              • Aurora Manor Master Suite

                Aurora Manor Master Suite

              • Aurora Manor house Jack & Jill Bedroom 1

                Aurora Manor house Jack & Jill Bedroom 1

              • Jack & Jill Bedroom #2

                Jack & Jill Bedroom #2

              • Conference/Banquet Room

                Conference/Banquet Room

              • Early Fall view from Patio of Aurora Manor Conference room w/lake in foreground

                Early Fall view from Patio of Aurora Manor Conference room w/lake in foreground

              • Hay ride at Aurora Farm

                Hay ride at Aurora Farm

              • Springtime Blooms with lake and Aurora Manor House in background

                Springtime Blooms with lake and Aurora Manor House in background

              • Wild Turkeys dining on acorns in back yard.

                Wild Turkeys dining on acorns in back yard.

              • D-Day Memorial (4 miles to the north)

                D-Day Memorial (4 miles to the north)

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              Date last modified - Saturday, July 26, 2014

              $250 per night (USD)

              4 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 10

              View calendar: Updated 07/20/14
              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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