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Vacation on our 600 acre horse and cattle farm and stay in our Pond House, on the shore of one of the most beautiful ponds you can imagine. Children and adults enjoy fishing, hiking the woodland trails, watching the constant activities of nature around the pond, watching the horses and cattle, and horseback riding with our neighbors at Oakland Heights. Newsflash: We just added a fantastic rope swing near the Pond House, and it will hold large adults!
The Pond House was totally rebuilt and refurnished in 2004. It has two bedrooms (one queen, one bunk bed with double bed on bottom), plus a den with queen-sized pull-out couch. It is professionally decorated and altogether charming.
The best feature, however, is the screened back deck overlooking the gorgeous pond.
Be sure to visit the farm's website using the link at the foot of this listing. Also see our Manor House (vrbo #90926) and Servants' Cottage (vrbo #442721).
Note that the Pond House can sleep 7, but there is only one bath.
Fish for Bass & Bream (gear provided). Hiking on extensive trails on the farm. Trail Rides at neighboring farm. View horses, cattle, wildlife on farm. Rent our all-terrain golf cart for leisurely exploring of the farm. Complete peace & relaxation. And yes, it is romantic because it is so very private....moreless
We have a 'Game Barn', with ping pong, pool table, foosball, darts, cornhole, bikes, croquet, etc....moreless
Two night minimum on Friday/Saturday nights except when winter rates are in effect. Winter rates not applicable at holidays.
Discounts offered for 3 night stay and for 5 nights and longer.
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James and Dolley Madison's home, Montpelier, is a 15 minute drive from the farm. The farm is on land that Madison once owned. Montpelier was restored and reopened to the public just a few years ago. The steeplechase track from the era of the Dupont ownership still adorns the front lawn.
Gordonsville was a railroad crossroads, and the Exchange Hotel was where people stayed when transferring from one rail line to another. During the Civil War, the hotel became a Confederate Hospital. Now, the Hotel is a museum showing how Civil War soldiers were treated medically.
Gordonsville has more fine restaurants than anyone should expect. Le Pomme (French, of course); Fabio's (Northern Italian); Tolivar House (Fine American Fare); the Inwood (traditional American Roadhouse); and the Bar-b-que Exchange (the chef from Keswick Hall does bar-b-que?).
Barboursville Winery is sort of the grandaddy of Central Virginia's wine industry. It has a wonderful tasting room, award winning wines, and a fabulous restaurant on site. While there, see the Barboursville ruins and visit several nice art galleries in the village. If you have a designated driver, make a second winery stop at Horton on your way back. You will pass it.
Just before the Gordonsville traffic circle, Floridise Orchids will be on your right. The greenhouse is packed with beautiful orchids at reasonable prices, and yes you can keep an orchid alive and see it bloom year after year.
Fishing (cane poles and a few bass rigs provided), Horseback riding on Neighboring Farm, Oakland Heights, Explore the ponds (nine total) and creeks on the farm's 584 acres, Hiking and biking on miles of forest trails (adult and child bikes on site). Great New Rope Swing near Pond House. Watch our on-site trainer work her mounts. Watch cows and other farm activities that happen to be going on. Hot tub at main house available to Pond House guests, Lots of nearby wineries, antique shops, historic sites (Monticello - 25 miles, Montpelier - six miles, Wilderness - 20 miles), museums (Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum - three miles, Madison Museum - six miles), and shopping, However, most families have trouble getting the kids to leave the farm, Forty minutes to Skyline Drive.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: My wife and I live in Virginia Beach, where we have been buying and rehabbing run down properties for many years. In 2003, I was looking for a small 'getaway' property close to the mountains. I overshot and ended up purchasing a rundown old horse farm (584 acres), with three houses and two big barns. After 18 months of rehab work, we opened the houses for guests.
Why the Owner Chose Charlottesville: The Charlottesville area is one of the most beautiful parts of America. The landscape is just wonderful. You enjoy all the amenities of civilization, but in an area that is rural and dotted with small towns and villages. There is a reason why Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Governor Barbour, James Monroe and many other historical figures chose to live in this area, and why a number of modern jet setters have hideaways in the area today.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: We love the back porch and pond. Its one of the most pleasant places on earth. The table and chairs out there get lots of use, both at mealtimes and whenever we wish to read or write. Our grandchildren love to stay at the Pond House because its so easy to step out the door and down to the edge of the pond, where they see lots of pond life (turtles, geese, fish and minnows, dragonflies, frogs, crayfish, red-winged blackbirds, hawks & eagles (yes we have golden eagles), etc.) and where they can depend on the fish to bite.