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GlenBrook, built circa 1840 by Asiel Snow, the cabinetmaker for whom the community is named. Listed on the National Historic Register, this Victorian farmhouse with two large cathedral windows is nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains near I-81. Renovated in 2006, there are two staircases. One is a winding staircase from the living and sleeping area on the first floor, leading to a second floor landing and a private bedroom with light streaming in from the east, north, and south. From the second floor landing, guests may continue to the third floor attic where a long window seat (sleeps two) offers cozy quiet time perfect for reading or napping. The other staircase from the eat-in kitchen on the first floor leads directly to the upstairs sitting room and the two upstairs bedrooms, each with their own bath.
This rambling old home, furnished with antiques and 'finds' from local auctions and yard sales, is a very comfortable and inviting space for a family reunion, girls weekend,, group of men fishing on the New River or boating on Claytor Lake, or bicyclists whose often use Route 693 directly in front of the home for their scenic bike outings.
Ample room is available for parking your RV, fishing, or pontoon boat, or horse trailer. Space is available to tie up your horses (no barn or outbuilding) after a ride on the New River Trail nearby.
The first floor layout includes an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, foyer, bedroom (Queen), bath, and private patio. The kitchen includes an enclosed laundry area and informal dining for 4-6 people. The formal dining room,for your very special celebrations, leads to the living room or you may open the French doors where a small patio is located behind the kitchen. This patio immediately off the kitchen and formal dining area offers a nice gathering place for a barbecue or summer lunch with seating for four. The patio is especially suitable for light lunches or afternoon drinks. In the front of the farmhouse, the living room leads to a porch, perfect for sitting a 'spell' and rocking or drinking your morning coffee. One bedroom is located downstairs, immediately off the foyer and may also be used as an office, with WiFi, an HP printer, and ample work space. The bedroom downstairs is near the full bath and it also looks out in the back to its own patio accessed from the hallway.
You may also decide to treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon in the hammock under the shade trees near the small brook running through the front of the property. The hammock may be easily accessed from any one of the three front doors to the home.
The second floor boasts three of the four bedrooms. A smaller bedroom has its own walk-in entrance from a separate driveway behind the house. It also has a bath that adjoins it. This bath is routine shared with the larger bedroom and there is a second entry to this bath. A second bedroom, with adjoining bath, overlooks the front lawn and has a private deck/porch porch--an intimate place to lie in the afternoon sun or to watch the stars late at night. This bedroom's full bath may also be accessed from the sitting room. The third bedroom, the largest, is located at the top of the spiral stairwell from the living room and has its own second floor foyer. It is very quiet and private--nice for relaxing with a good book,or snuggling in for a nap while listening to rain on the tin roof. As mentioned previously, this third bedroom has access from the second floor hallway to the full-bath adjoining the smaller bedroom with the private entrance.
One of the nice features of the home is the number of nooks or special places for 'me' time. For example, the second floor deck or porch off the upstairs front bedroom is perfect for stargazing or sunning. The patio off the downstairs hallway behind the first floor bedroom is very private and hidden away from the bustle of the traffic inside the home.
Your family may be arriving for the weekend to drop off or pick up your young Scout at either the Powhatan or Ottari Blue Ridge Scout Reservation or the Aquatics Center less than 10 minutes away. Come and relax after dropping off or picking up the Scout.
Wildlife is plentiful. Often, when you are gazing out of the kitchen window, you may see a deer or a herd of deer meander from the small brook through the yard and bound into the forest behind the house. We also have all kinds of four-legged visitors from raccoons, possums, and skunks to an occasional bobcat and bear sighting by neighbors. Birds are plentiful right outside the kitchen window. Birdseed is readily available if you or your children would like to replenish the feeders. Enjoy sitting on the front porch or on the patio and listen to their chirps and calls! George, the outside cat, often suns at the back of the kitchen and curiously greets visitors. At night, it is not unusual to hear coyotes up on the ridge.
For those who prefer activity, a corn hole game, croquet, a basketball goal, and a couple of tubes are available for floating down the Little River a half mile from the house. Fishing is also great. DeHaven Park, a public boat landing for Claytor Lake, is less than a 10 minute drive from the house. You can also plan day trips from the house via a meandering drive through Indian Valley to Morrisette Vineyards and the town of Floyd.
I-81 is about 8 miles away in the opposite direction; however, the drive is NOT 8 minutes. The mountainous terrain and road into this part of the Blue Ridge Highlands requires that you take your time and enjoy the scenic views on the river and the mountains in front of you! A word of Caution: GPS does NOT work or works very poorly, with instructions to turn left or right when there is no road! Cell phone coverage is very spotty and this house, with its thick walls and the mountain rock all around significantly reduce your use of a cell phone. A land line is available, however, and you may make free long-distance calls anywhere in the U.S.! WiFi is readily available throughout the home-just bring your iPad or laptop! For those who enjoy television in the evening, DirecTV is available.
Come stay in my mountain home, relax, and enjoy the beautiful starry nights and cool days. Although the home has two heat pumps/ACs, air conditioning is seldom needed. Use this home as your home away from home, for Virginia Tech Football and Basketball games (30-40 minute drive);visits to your student at Radford University (20-30 minute drive); business with the Volvo Heavy Trucks Plant or some of its suppliers; or hunting and fishing nearby.
Note: This is not the place to be if you like to stay up late partying in town or bar-hopping. These unfamiliar roads can be very treacherous and unforgiving late at night. This is the place to sit back and enjoy your beverages with friends and family. I hope you love GlenBrook as much as I do!
Small card table, chairs and rocking chairs for children plus board games. Lots of space for children to play outside on the lawn. Toddlers must be supervised closely due to stairs and placement of windows...moreless
Because of the uneven terrain, it may be difficult to maneuver a wheelchair. Inside, the stairs make it difficult to travel from one floor to another, however, there is a bedroom on the first floor. There are also uneven levels on the first floor that may require some effort to get into and out of the bath....moreless
Equipped with flatware for 36-40 people, casual dishware in the eat-in kitchen for 12; Seasonal casual dinnerware for winter; Holiday China for 12 plus 22 Dishwasher safe holiday china dinner plates...moreless
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Radford Univ Graduation 2015
May 7 - May 10, 2015
3 night min stay
VT Graduation 2015
May 13 - May 17, 2015
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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Changeover Day: Sunday
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Blue Grass jams on Thursday night at the local Ruritan Club 1/2 mile from GlenBrook feature locals from 5-8. Hot dogs, chips and drink less than $2.00 plus homemade desserts. On Monday night, drive into Radford to the River City Grill for a large gathering of Blue Grass musicians from the valley and a nice dinner. During the day, visit the Draper Mercantile and Blue Door Cafe for a step back into yesteryear. Specials for lunch each day and the cafe will also prepare a picnic lunch for you and yours to take with you on the New River Trail, right outside their door. The New River Junction next door has bikes to rent as well. Make a day of it! The Sportsman near the 105 Exit on I-81 is a great stop for fishing supplies, worms, etc. and you can also arrange for a guide. Canoe and Kayak enthusiasts, along with area fisherman put in their boats about a quarter of a mile away on Little River Dam Road. This is a free boat landing. Finally, on selected weekends, the likes of Ralph Stanley, Dailey and Vincent, and other groups may be heard at McNeil's Barn on your way from GlenBrook via Little River Dam Road to the Sportsman and I-81. Signs are usually posted for upcoming events.
About the owner: I am a native North Carolinian, and retired early from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, returning to these Blue Ridge Mountains where I was employed for ten years by AT&T. Having lived in New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Carolina, the mountains render a sense of peace and renewal that I find rejuvenating. I love to travel, have stayed at lodging through VRBO, B&Bs, and the routine hotel chains. I continue to teach as an independent contractor, occasionally with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health, and more frequently with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management where I love working with citizens and teaching communities how to prepare more effectively for disasters. I also am an instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation where I teach first responders (firefighters, medics, law enforcement, chaplains) individual and group interventions so that they may support their brothers and sisters after a particularly traumatic call. I also serve on the Radford University Crisis Response Team and occasionally teach at VA Tech as a visiting lecturer for faculty,students, and staff who participate in Community Emergency Response classes and have a desire to be 'ready' in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. My family instilled in me at an early age the importance of service to the community and 'giving back.' I am particularly fond of antiques, quilting, blue grass music, country and rock music, concerts and...quiet time, reading a great mystery by one of my favorite authors or cross-stitching. In the summer, I love to work in my little flower garden and I religiously feed the birds year-round! They are particularly colorful in this area. I am fond of southern history, especially the War Between the States.
Why the Owner Chose Claytor Lake:
While attending a Bluegrass jam, I learned about the renovation of historical GlenBrook. It was fascinating! The house had not been occupied for a couple of year. When I first saw it, the walls were bare and there were no floors in some of the rooms. This old house has so much history and characterizes the work ethic and the bustling activity in this area almost 150 years ago. Many of the Snowville citizens in the 1800s have passed their land, their legacy, on down through the generations, most of whom still live here in the area. Being the best neighbors in the world, Snowville folks are very gentle about describing anyone who was not born here as a 'Comer' rather than an outsider. So--I am a 'Comer' and glad I arrived when I did!!!
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The herd of deer in the mornings in the yard, a bevy of yellow finches, indigo blue buntings, cardinals, house finches are all enjoyed from the kitchen window. I never tire of the still life or memorable snapshots captured from each of the windows to my world. Each spring as the underbrush/overgrowth is cleaned, I find beautiful examples of what an earlier generation left here--the buttercups and daffodils in the front yard, forsythia in early spring and iris in the summer out back, and a lone perennial welcoming visitors at the beginning of the driveway year-after-year despite the sweet smelling honeysuckle that tries to choke it out ! The song by Eric Church, 'My Hometown' brings forth the pride felt in this little community.
GlenBrook on a summer day.
GlenBrook, ready for Fourth of July Celebration
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