This charming cottage on three acres is located 8 miles south of Middleburg near the picturesque village of The Plains, VA. We are in the heart of Hunt Country (wine and horse country) in the foothills of the Appalachians - 50 miles west of DC on 66. The home is perfect for a quiet getaway. Renovated thoughtfully, it retains its charm and 19th century stone foundation. The fully equipped kitchen/dining room have an open plan while the sunroom opens to a large deck overlooking the expansive lawn.
Three of the beds are trundles which pull out from the twin beds (all real mattresses). The one downstairs is a pop up. The location of the property is ideal for hiking (close to the Appalachian Trail), biking, and horseback riding. Artists will appreciate the rolling hills, historic architecture and miles of old stone fences. Enjoy the many surrounding wineries, antiquing, orchards and fine dining establishments nearby, or pack a picnic (we provide a basket and blanket) and enjoy "Twilight Polo" up close every Saturday evening throughout the summer in The Plains' own Great Meadow where the VA Cup steeplechases are held annually. The farmer's market in The Plains is each Sunday spring to fall. Horse boarding and horseback riding lessons are possible across the street at Madcap Farm. Horses neighing or roosters crowing in the distance will remind you that it is time to relax and take in the country air.
You will have the entire house (first and second floor) and, of course, the deck and the large lawn. The basement may be used for laundry purposes only and is off limits to children. The barn will be available soon for artists to use as a studio. Although we have sleeping for eight, it is a cottage, so we recommend no more than six adults, or it can feel a bit tight if everyone is in one room... at least when the deck is unusable due to weather.
Although we may not always be there to greet you, we are always a text or phone call away. I have provided a list of recommended restaurants and some very cool (and close) coffee shops. Another list tells you about parks and outdoor activities in the area. We have also listed amenities in the house and where you will find them and, finally, a safety card with emergency info.
We love staying at the house when time allows so you will find that we leave some basics there for our use - and for yours if needed. For example, the kitchen cupboards have some staples and spices, oils, etc. In the refrigerator, you'll find condiments, salad dressings, etc. Feel free to use something if you need it. Likewise, in the bathroom medicine cabinets you will find some necessities, so if you need a band-aid or tums or an ibuprofen, for example, you won't need to run to the store for that little thing you forgot. Also, we do have a security camera in the driveway since the property is not always occupied. And since wifi is, at best, slow in the area, we rely on our cell phones using a phone as a hotspot if needed. We welcome guests planning a relaxing weekend and ask that binge drinkers and wild partiers book elsewhere.