'Pond House' - on Huge Horse Farm; Great for Young Families

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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).

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Perfect for families with younger children. The Pond and the horses, the woodland trails are all endlessly fascinating. The kids will not want to leave....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs are frequent guests, but owner reserves right to limit. Discuss when booking....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Plenty of outside smoking places, particularly the screened back porch....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 bunk bed

    Bunk bed with double on bottom...moreless

  • Den: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen-sized sleeper sofa...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pac-n-Play available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-sized sleep sofa in Den., Bunk Beds (1) Double Bed Below....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Note that the Pond House can sleep 7, but there is only one bath.

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    We have a 'Game Barn', with ping pong, pool table, foosball, darts, cornhole, bikes, croquet, etc....moreless

  • Games:

    Board games, Rope swing, fishing (equipment provided); Cornhole; Firepit;...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table:

    In Game Barn...moreless

  • Television:

    Local reception only. You will NOT be watching much TV at the farm....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lakefront:

    Actually, its a very large Pond, full of fish and surrounded by wildlife....moreless

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    The farm features views of the first range of the Southwest Mountains. It is situated on the last ridge of foothills....moreless

  • Rural:

    You are on a REAL FARM, with horses and cattle and a huge woods with trails....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Rafting
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Within the Pond House...moreless

  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace:

    Outside fire pit with wood supplied...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat...moreless

  • Internet:

    mobile hotspot available....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Local landline; good mobile reception for AT&T & Verizon...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Within the Pond House...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Mobile hotspot works fine....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of dishes, cookware & utensils....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen; plenty of cookware. Kitchen table can seat 6....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Paper products and common condiments and some standard ingrediants are on hand....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Adult and child bikes stored in Game Barn near Pond House....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Screened back deck overlooking the Pond with eating area, ceiling fan, lighting. This is where you will want to sit and eat anytime the weather allows....moreless

  • Golf:

    Spring Creek course is 15 miles away....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    LARGE back lawn leading down to the pond. Plus there is the 600 acres of farm & woods. Outdoor firepit....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Nice gas grill....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Large screened back porch, with lighting, ceiling fan, and great eating table and chairs. This is where you will take your meals and spend lounging time whenever the weather permits....moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    There is a hot tub up the hill at the Manor House. Pond House guests may arrange to use....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub


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Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2016
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$220 $295
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  • Tax Rate 7.3%


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Discounts offered for 3 night stay and for 5 nights and longer.

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • A

    Monticello View on map

    Jefferson's famous home, Monticello, is a gorgeous 30 minute drive from the farm. While there, you can also visit Michies Tavern, Jefferson Vineyards, and James Monroe's home.

  • B

    Madison's Montpelier View on map

    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.

  • C

    Exchange Hotel Museum View on map

    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.

  • D

    Gordonsville Restaurants View on map

    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?).

  • E

    Oakwood Heights Trail Riding View on map

    Our friends at Oakwood Heights offer guided trail rides up the mountain. It is about 1/2 mile from our front entrance.

  • F

    Skydive Orange View on map

    If skydiving is on your bucket list, you can do a tandem dive at the Orange airport with Skydive Orange.

  • G

    Barboursville Winery; Horton Vineyards View on map

    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.

  • H

    Floridise Orchids View on map

    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.

35 Miles
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Silk Mill Grille
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Spring Creek
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
U.S. Highway 15
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Pond House

    The Pond House

  • Interior. Den is through that doorway.

    Interior. Den is through that doorway.

  • Bedroom in Pond House.

    Bedroom in Pond House.

  • Den, with sleeper sofa.

    Den, with sleeper sofa.

  • State citation large-mouth bass, from the Pond behind the Pond House.

    State citation large-mouth bass, from the Pond behind the Pond House.

  • 18" Bass drug out onto the bank with a cane pole baited with a worm.  Priceless!

    18" Bass drug out onto the bank with a cane pole baited with a worm. Priceless!

  • Mama goose.

    Mama goose.

  • Rope swing near the Pond House.

    Rope swing near the Pond House.

  • Woodland Trails.

    Woodland Trails.

  • Back Side of Pond House.

    Back Side of Pond House.

  • Fully equipped kitchen of Pond House.

    Fully equipped kitchen of Pond House.

  • Second Bedroom; double on bottom.

    Second Bedroom; double on bottom.

  • Front of Pond House

    Front of Pond House

  • "Teach a kid to fish . . . "  Do this before they grow up!!

    "Teach a kid to fish . . . " Do this before they grow up!!

  • View from the front door of the Pond House.

    View from the front door of the Pond House.

  • View of our little mountain range out the front of the farm.

    View of our little mountain range out the front of the farm.

  • Goose family.

    Goose family.

  • Foot bridge over the pond overflow and onto the dam.

    Foot bridge over the pond overflow and onto the dam.

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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