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Romantic Escape 1900 Cozy Village Farmhouse

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Living room with glass front stove.


Last updated: 10/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Sperryville house description


Enjoy romantic cozy elegance and total privacy in our renovated, 1900 village farmhouse located along the banks of the Thornton River in historic Sperryville, Virginia, in the foothills of the luminous Blue Ridge Mountains. This spacious four bedroom, two bathroom home is perfect for a getaway with friends and family…and only 60 miles from the D.C. Beltway.


Enjoy the stars in our dark skies while you sit on the front porch, lulled by the gentle sounds of the river. The historic village of Sperryville has no stop lights, no malls, but so much to do. Visit 8 wineries, all within a few minutes of The House on Water Street. Hike Shenandoah National Park. Dine at the famous five star Inn at Little Washington. Walk across the footbridge over the Thornton River to The Schoolhouse where you will find delightful shops with an exciting and exquisite collection of antiques, gifts, table gardens, unusual lighting fixtures, clothing, organic yarns and the Headmaster's pub. Stroll 10 minutes down to the other end of Water Street and immerse yourself in over 16 art galleries, explore 30,000 Sq. feet of antiques at Copper Fox Antiques, take a unique tour of Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, delight in professional photography at Old Rag Gallery and dine at El Quijote, a tapas and Spanish cuisine restaurant. Around the corner from The House on Water Street, on Main Street, enjoy gourmet, but casual dining at the Thornton River Grille and excellent pizza from Rudy’s. Also on Main Street peruse the artists represented at Long View Gallery and Sperryville Pottery. Drop in yoga is available at Stonewall Abbey Yoga in a converted exquisite historic church, also on Main Street.

Bring your cooler and shop at the farm store, Heritage Hollow famous for the finest grassed beef, pastured pork and lamb. Farmland for this store arm surrounds the heart of Sperryville.

Total privacy. You have full and private use of the entire house and do not share with other guests..We provide complete concierge services. Our services range from the most indulgent to the most exciting and challenging. Your weekend can be as active or restful as you desire. We offer guided hikes in Shenandoah National Park that range from easy to world class level canyoneering experiences. Our partner, Shenandoah Mountain Guides, was named Best in the South by Southern Living Magazine, Jan 2011. Enjoy hiking on your own and wild life viewing in Shenandoah National Park, just ten minutes away. Experience the peace of our hills and mountains with horseback riding. Enjoy lunch/dinner or Sunday brunch at the Thornton River Grille (two minute walk), newly renovated Blue Rock Inn or Griffin Tavern and the Public House, in Flint Hill (both are just minutes away).

WE have chefs who can provide your group with a gourmet catered Farm House dinner. Design your own menu which may include grass fed meats, fresh organic vegetables from local farm. The Corner Store, a step back in time, has basic groceries, excellent meat and an extensive wine and gourmet cheese selection.

The House on Water Street is a perfect setting for small family gatherings, weekend with friends or business planning retreats. We can help you schedule a variety of activities such as visiting award winning wineries, stained glass workshop, group party at Sperryville Pottery, yoga, massage and spa services, herbal discovery, creating art from nature, hiking, drumming circles. Pre-wedding activity: Ideal for peaceful alternative 'bachelorette' parties. Enjoy your stay at The House on Water Street where the bride and bridesmaids can just hang out, or schedule some of the activities above.

A self-serve continental breakfast is left in the house for you to fix at your leisure.

Extended Rental Available

Are you looking for an extended stay? Consider having the entire furnished house and property reserved just for you for one, two, three months…or more. You can stay full time or steal away from the city as often as you wish. Enjoy the quiet of winter in front of the glass window stove or explore the mountains in any season.

An extended stay will continue to include all utilities, tv, wifi, phone and yard maintenance. For only $2900 per month + tax (that is only about $725 per week + tax) The House on Water Street can be yours alone. Security deposit and check out cleaning fee required.

Keywords: Two-Story, Single-Family Home, 4 BR; 2 Bath, wineries, art, antiques, hike , Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Chauffeur
          • Concierge
          • Massage
          • Private Chef


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome:

            For very young children the stairs will present a challenge to parents for safety....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            This is a first floor bedroom....moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2: 1 double


          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            we have an extra twin bed that we can set up in this room....moreless

          • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1) Antique Brass Bed, Twin or Single Beds (2) Antique brass beds; an additional bed is available, if needed, Baby Cribs (1); one port-a-crib; high chair....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1


          • Bathroom 2


          • First floor bathroom has a ceramic tile shower in addition to the claw foot tub. Second floor bathroom has a conventional tub/shower. New tankless hot water system assures a continuous supply of hot water for baths and showers of all guests....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • New eliptical trainer for your use. Heart Pine Floors Two Bathrooms: second floor with conventional Tub/Shower; first floor w/Claw Foot Tub and custom built ceramic tile shower. The stairs in this house are steep, consistent with turn-of-the-century construction...moreless


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Dish TV- flat screen TV...moreless

              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Toys:

                Available on request....moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Massage Therapist

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

                We are located in the foothills of the luminous Blue Ridge Mountains....moreless

              • Village:

                Our village has a main street that is more residential that commercial. However, you will find there the wonderful Thornton River Grille, The Corner Store, Rudy's Pizza, Stonewall Abbey Yoga and art....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Tennis


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                Central heat and air conditioning...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                DSL with WIFI...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                Elliptical Trainer...moreless

              • Free Long Distance:


              • Garage:

                two car garage -open bay...moreless

              • Gas Fireplace:

                Glass front Vermont Castings Propane log stove - very cozy!...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet:

                Hi speed internet...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                Fluffy towels and satiny sheets...moreless

              • Living Room:

                Very comfortable furniture....moreless

              • Mobile Phone:

                Very, very limited. Only available in some parts of the county. Don't count on it. We don't have it. No cell towers....moreless

              • Parking:

                2 bay open door garage and parking lot adjacent to the house...moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Plenty of room in parking area...moreless

              • Telephone:

                You can make unlimited local and long distance (US) calls on the house phone. 540 987-9720 ...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Plenty of towels for your use....moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                WIFI is fully available for your use....moreless


              • Catering Available:

                Catered gourmet farm house dinners available. Our chefs use locally grown vegetables and fruit in season and local grass fed beef, lamb, pastured pork from Heritage Hollow Farm...moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Cuisinart coffee maker and espresso coffee maker...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Fully equipped with a utensils, dish soap, plastic wrap, etc....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Plenty of dishes and utensils...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Fully equipped kitchen with country sink. Tea/coffee and full self-sevice continental brakfast provided....moreless

              • Microwave


              • Gazebo:

                Better than a gazebo. This is a converted Spring House with double glass doors/windows. Great for sipping evening wine or morning tea....moreless

              • Golf:

                In Front Royal and Luray...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Available nearby on the Shenandoah River...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Comfortable furniture on the lawn under the shade of a large tree....moreless

              Payment Type

              • Mastercard
              • Visa


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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Jun 18 - Dec 15, 2015
              1 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Tax Rate 7.3%


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              Guests.........|.1 night..|.2 nights |.3 nights |.4-7 nights

              1-2 persons.|.$195.....|.$ 370.....|.$ 535....|.$ 690

              3-4 persons.|.$370.....|.$ 700.....|.$1000....|.$1200

              5-6 persons.|.$540.....|.$ 900.....|.$1200....|.$1300

              7-8 persons.|.$660.....|.$1150....|.$1300....|.$1400

              N.B. Rental is for the entire house.

              Rates vary with the number of guests and the number of nights. Visa and Master Card accepted. 50% deposit to confirm reservation. Balance due one week prior to arrival.

              No pets allowed.

              You do not share with anyone.

              Minimum two nights during certain months and holidays.

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              Last updated: 10/21/2014
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              0.1 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Thornton River Grille

              Car: Recommended

              Dine at the Inn at Little Washington. We can personalize your visit with visits to award winning wineries, massages, spa services, pottery classes, bark/clayworkshops, yoga, drumming circles, etc, All are within five minutes of Water Street, or at the house, Live performances and movies at The Theatre in Washington, Virginia, seven minutes from the house, Visit many art galleries, including Haley Fine Art Gallery, Middle Street Gallery, River District Art and Old Rag Gallery ...all just a stroll away. Copper Fpx Antiques houses 30000 sq. feet of treasures. Don't miss the tour of Copper Fox Distillery.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2003

              About the owner: Ray and Barbara, born and raised in Rome, N.Y., went off to Syracuse U and Georgetown U, respectively, and developed separate family and careers in Manhatten and Alexandria. We reconnected at our 40th HS reunion in 2000, began dating a few months later and married in 2004. Barbara continues a parttime psychotherapy practice and Ray, a retired engineer, pursues his photography with vigor. In addition to each other, our primary love in life is our children and grandchildren. We delight in introducing guests to the charm of life in Sperryville and Rappahannock County.

              Why the Owner Chose Sperryville:
              Our original intention was to perk up this old house and rent it out. As we gutted and renovated this village farm house in 2004, its charm, warmth and vitality revealed itself and captivated our hearts. We decided that sharing it with visitors suited this house more than a mere rental. So we hung my mother's chandelier in the dining room, set up her double brass bed upstairs and started from there. The rest is history.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              You will be totally comfortable in The House on Water Street. This quiet street is defined by the Thornton River, whose clean waters and trickling sounds calm all who stay here. Ray and I will help you arrange a weekend that suits your needs, if you like. Since we do not live there you will have total privacy, but we are but 1.5 miles and a phone call away if you need us. We have complete information on all the activities and amenities of the County. A complete continental breakfast is left in the house for you.

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              Speaks: english, french, italian

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • Living room with glass front stove.

                Living room with glass front stove.

              • The House on Water Street

                The House on Water Street

              • First floor bedroom

                First floor bedroom

              • Second floor bedroom with queen mattress.

                Second floor bedroom with queen mattress.

              • Bedroom with queen bed.  Above the bed, sheet embroidered 1940 by my Nonna.

                Bedroom with queen bed. Above the bed, sheet embroidered 1940 by my Nonna.

              • Relax in 'The Spring House'

                Relax in 'The Spring House'

              • The Spring House

                The Spring House

              • Fioncchio Salvatico growing in the garden

                Fioncchio Salvatico growing in the garden

              • First floor bedroom with queen mattress.

                First floor bedroom with queen mattress.

              • Second floor bedroom with queen mattress.

                Second floor bedroom with queen mattress.

              • Second floor bedroom with full mattress on antique brass bed.

                Second floor bedroom with full mattress on antique brass bed.

              • Spacious back yard

                Spacious back yard

              • Winter View

                Winter View

              • The Spring House from the back yard.

                The Spring House from the back yard.

              • Ray and Barbara in Staletti', Italy 2013.  Barbara's ancestral village. Calabria

                Ray and Barbara in Staletti', Italy 2013. Barbara's ancestral village. Calabria

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              Date last modified - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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              4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

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              Member since: 2004
              Speaks: english, french, italian
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