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Historic District - WINTER RATES - 4 Blocks from Creeper Trail & Barter

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This fully restored 1909 Queen Anne/Victorian cottage, located at the eastern edge of the Historic District on Main Street, is the ideal place to stay while visiting beautiful Abingdon, Virginia. Summers Cottage is located within 150 yards of two of Southwest Virginia's finest dining establishments, as well as Zazzy'Z Coffeehouse/Bookstore .

It is within five easy walking blocks of the Barter Theatre, the Virginia Creeper Trail, The House of Main Restaurant, the Martha Washington Inn, and Abingdon's antique shops.

The cottage has new two bathrooms, one with an enclosed shower and one with an original claw-foot bath tub. The restored kitchen has been fully equipped with all new appliances and cooking utensils.

As an additional feature, the cottage is decorated throughout with original works of art created by some of Southwest Virginia's talented artists.

A locked barn on the property is available for bicycle storage. There is broadband wireless internet throughout the cottage.

Come and relax at Summers Cottage. Sit on the front porch or screened-in back porch and enjoy small town pleasures.


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Ramsey White
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Ramsey White

I am a retired dentist and currently the Director of the College for Older Adults at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. My wife is a retired museum director and the author of two books on the material culture of our region - 'Great Road Style' (University of Virginia Press) and 'Back Country Makers' (University of Tennessee Press). We both love old houses and local art. This property reflects those interests.

Ramsey White purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Ramsey White chose Abingdon

Abingdon is a beautiful small town in Virginia's highlands. It has a large historic district with many restored 19th century homes and commerical structures. My wife and I live in the district and have restored several homes in it. When this adorable Queen Anne cottage came on the market 3 years ago, we could not resist. We have basically left the cottage as it was when built in 1906, but added modern amenities. We look forward to moving in it ourselves when we 'downsize' at some point in the future.

What makes this cottage unique

Located on the eastern edge of Abingdon's historic district, Summers Cottage is within easy walking distance of six restaurants, the Barter Theatre, the Virginia Creeper Trail (biking and walking)and other local attractions. One can take in Abingdon's historic district and Southwest Virgina's scenic beauty while staying in a home, and enjoying a small town, but cosmopolitan, atmosphere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This cottage could not be more charming....such a lovely place this is!"
Dec 2009
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Abingdon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , claw-footed tub orginal to cottage
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , can be made into a king sized bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The cottage is decorated with original works of art created by local artists featuring scenes of Southwest Virginia.


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Historic District - WINTER RATES - 4 Blocks from Creeper Trail & Barter
average rating of 4.647059 based on 23 reviews

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Great location for a weekend getaway! Walking distance to many places (although it was a little bit on the cold side during our visit). Very convenient to the Barter Theater, Olive Oil Co., and Zazzy Z's is the place to go if you love Coffee and sweets and it's just right down the road! (Best Coffee in town)! I loved the uniqueness of the cottage and enjoyed the art decor through out the cottage. The bed was very comfortable! The cottage is right on Main Street---that's why it's so convenient, so don't expect it to be quiet, you can hear the traffic, BUT it did not keep us up at night. (It's noticeable in the living room area the most). We would definitely stay for a weekend trip again---- we had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and super convenient cottage

  • 5 of 5

The house was in a great location! Could walk to restaurants, theatre and shops.

Also very close to Creeper Trail. We were a group of 4 and it worked out great. We had everything we needed. I loved the furnishings and artwork. Highly recommended for family, couple or small group of friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend get-away

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just love this cottage. We have stayed here before and couldn't wait to get back. Everything was so nice and comfortable. We had everything we needed. We really enjoyed sitting on the screened in porch to have our breakfast or to relax in the evening. The owner was wonderful to work with and is very accommodating. We highly recommend this cottage and will be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home. Very charming

  • 5 of 5

A sweet little cottage in the heart of downtown Abingdon. The owners were very friendly and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place but needs some cleaning

  • 3 of 5


-Couldn't ask for a better location. It's within walking distance of all major attractions. Only 50 yards to the closest restaurant(Rain).

-Very charming older home which is a good representation of the homes in town. I appreciated the history that came with the house and the 100 year old "barn" out back.


-We didn't have to look hard to tell the house hasn't had a "deep cleaning" in a long time. The shower was just flat out not acceptable. There was mildew/dirt on the door to the shower and the floor was pretty bad as well.

-The downside to the great location is the fact that it's right on Main st. I never would have thought such a small town could produce so much traffic. Road noise at night made sleep difficult at times. I can't fault the owner for this though. I should have considered this before booking.

With some cleaning I think most people would be happy but I will say that we would not stay here again. We paid over $600 for 2 nights and really didn't feel we got our money's worth. I will stay at The Martha next time we visit.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have vacillated whether or not to reply to this review, but decided I needed to because it is a pretty damning review. First, Mr. Mathews and his party appeared to be slightly out of sorts/unfriendly upon their arrival and I think this affected their view for the rest of the weekend. To say that the "shower was just flat out not acceptable" is a gross hyperbole and a matter of opinion - there is a drip tray 1/4" wide at the inside-bottom of the shower door that did have some mildew in it, but one literally had to go looking for it to find it, which I think Mr. Mathews did. And, his party appeared to have used the shower the entire weekend with no problems. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned after each guest and I do not know what Mr. Mathews means by a "deep cleaning". The house is over 110 years old and cannot be made to look like a sterile motel room. My housekeeper is incensed!!! His comments on the noise is the first time anyone in over seven years has ever mentioned it. And, I wish to break down what Mr. Mathews paid. He really paid $292.00 per night, but that was for two couples - $146.00 per night per couple for a five room house with a complete kitchen is, I feel, certainly worth the money. When his party of four goes to Martha Washington Inn next time, he will pay about twice that for two nights, and will not be able to haul in numerous coolers laden with food and drink. I wish everyone would love my Victorian cottage, but alas that can not happen. The Martha Washington Inn is a lovely place and I hope Mr. Mathews enjoys his next stay there. Ramsey White, owner
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Great weekend.

  • 4 of 5

Charming house perfect for the Creeper Trail. Able to walk for coffee at Zazzys in the morning. Highly recommend White Birch as well. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Glenorchie CC
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate I-81
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Rain, The Tavern, Figaredo's, 128 Pecan, Zazzy'Z
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Boone, NC

Summers cottage is located three to four blocks from the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Barter Theatre and the Martha Washington Inn.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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