About the property
- Farmhouse3600 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 5 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 3 Baths, (Sleeps up to 16 with five couples)
Located just minutes from Old Rag Mountain, Whippoorwill Manor Farm is a destination that affords the rare experience to rent your own farm for a week or a weekend. The house was completely restored in 2005 adding a new addition that houses a large modern kitchen, and 3 full baths (over 3,800 sq. ft). One of Washington's top interior decorators designed the home specifically with the idea of group/family use. Thus, the home has maintained its unique historical charm to include its wide hickory planked floors, log cabin rooms with stone fireplaces, and hand crafted wood work throughout the home. The original part of the house (log cabin) dates back to the 1700's and is the second oldest structure in Madison County. The farm even has a game building out back that's great to enjoy a drink while playing darts, foosball or shuffleboard. There is also a professional outdoor ping pong table. The house has all the modern conveniences to stay connected including, direct TV and wireless internet.
Great nearby outdoor activities such as: climbing Old Rag MT (the most spectacular hike in VA) or hiking White Oak Canyon to see its impressive upper and lower waterfalls, both parking lots are approximately 7 miles from the house both located in Shenandoah National Park. Whippoorwill Manor Farm is just minutes from Graves Mountain Lodge and both Prince Michel, Sharp Rock, DuCard Vineyards and Early Mountain.
Our objective is to treat our guests the same as we would our extended family/friends that come and visit the farm. Therefore, the important essentials are provided which includes: linens, towels, blankets, essential paper products, cleaning supplies, some laundry detergent, coffee, spices and condiments (no guaranteed stock), charcoal, lighter fluid and wood for fire place (some local cabins charge $40.00 just for the firewood). There is also a 25 pound a day ice maker. To assist in keeping the cleaning fee modest, you will need to make your own bed. Covers and blankets are on the beds with its sheets folded at the base. Finally, our Caretakers (Bill and Delores) live nearby and are available to personally address any concerns or questions you may have. Please be advised that the farm has the best available Internet in Madison County but it is not city speed and is not unlimited so we request you download videos prior to visit and not conduct gaming during stay.
The 110 acres with its miles of trails along with exploring the many restored barns provides the occasion to enjoy a real connection back to the land and history of our country. The Hop field next to the home adds an additional ambience to the grounds during the growing season. During the Colonial period, Virginia was known for its Hops. During the Civil War, the Farm was used as a camp by the Confederacy on several instances during the campaigns of 1862 and 1863.
The Farm is a wonderful place for family vacations and reunions as well as a quiet retreat for business strategy development and/or executive team building events, an ideal setting for cooking out or hosting an outdoor/catered event. The property is only 15-20 minutes from the historic towns of Culpepper, Madison and Sperryville, ideal for shopping and quality restaurants. Additionally, it serves as a perfect home vacation site to explore the many historic landmarks of the Shenandoah Valley and its vast natural beauty.
Come enjoy this truly unique and beautiful property for a peaceful and fun vacation or come with a group of friends for a long weekend to hike, bike, and enjoy each other with a number of local attractions and activities. On the property, there are a number of activities to enjoy such as volleyball and horseshoes along with a great skeet shooting area, a mechanical thrower is available that guests may use (guests responsible for clean up). In the evenings, the fire pit is a wonderful place to tell stories and share experiences year round. In the large field above the house fireworks are permitted (if not in drought conditions and guests responsible for clean up). The farm has an outdoor dry sauna (use at own risk and must follow instructions in welcome book) in the back yard and can be enjoyed year round. The house has a full back up generator in the event power is lost so your stay will not be disrupted if a major storm strikes.
The owners have great connections with local Civil War Historians, story tellers, musicians and even a terrific private chef that can be engaged to visit the farm during your stay. Chef Aubree can work with you on a custom menu or has fixed course menus that she can prepare for your group. She can also augment your group as direct support by the hour. Many have had her prepare the dinner and next day's breakfast and lunch
The farm can be enjoyed year round. The owners really like being at the farm during the winter months as the Mid Atlantic usually has fairly mild winters so during the day it's warm enough to be outside and hike without the bugs and thorn bushes scratching you and you come back at night and enjoy huddling around the fireplaces at night. During the winter months, the owners will provide a full refund if one of those rare snow storms hit the area and prevent safe travel.
For cycling enthusiasts from other parts of the country, the mountain scenery coupled with the quiet, safe, country roads are a national treasure to be experienced. The very popular Tour de Madison Bike Ride (held in mid-May every year), and the ride enjoys national stature. The Tour is not a race, but rather designed as a wonderful way to see the great scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have routes for the entire family; you can choose between 16, 40, and 62 miles along country roads. If you can't make the actual weekend, the owner will provide you with the specific routes of the Tour so can enjoy them during your stay. Your group could even do a different 'century' every day for a week and beyond the initial few miles leaving/returning to the house; you will not have to cover the same ground twice! The owners even several mountain and road bikes available for your use, both male and female bikes (use at your own risk).
Hosting "Events" are done by exception and involve additional fees and usually require renting of port a john and tent depending on the size of the group. Rental dates must include both set up and tear down as well. Any outside service hired to support the event must be insured.
Please go to the 'link to more information' section below for more detailed information on Whippoorwill Manor Farm from its own website. Be sure to read 'Three Splendid Days' for great ideas to explore the local area. The site has links to all the major attractions in nearby.
Keywords: Historic farm home with log cabin section, private retreat on 110 secluded acres with a HOP field, private mountain biking trails- ideal family reunion, hiking, active lifestyles
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About Eric Vollmecke
I'm Eric co-owner of Whippoorwill Manor Farm which part of it has been in our family since 1950. I've traveled to over 155 countries and all the states but believe that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth in a region full of great American history. We strive hard to maintain a park like atmosphere of the home and property. Our friends and extended family love to spend time together here as there is so much to do year round. You never need to leave the property. The farm also grows hops used by local craft brewers. A sample is provided for your enjoyment, my motto, beer not wine!
Eric Vollmecke purchased this Farmhouse in 1980
Why Eric Vollmecke chose Rapidan
Our family has been enjoying this area since my grandparents purchased the adjacent farm in 1950. In 1980 our father purchased this property and began working his dream to create a 'park like atmosphere' for his family and friends to enjoy. All the barns and buildings were refurbished in the 1990's, and finally in 2004, he began the complete renovation of the farm house. A new wing was added for the baths and the kitchen as prior to this time the house had no running water.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Despite the dramatic growth of the Washington metro area and the expansion of the suburbs, this property remains as quiet and beautiful a place as it was 50 years ago and yet it is only on average 1.5 hours from Washington DC. We are avid hikers and cyclists and we believe there is no better venue for enjoying both in the entire mid-Atlantic region.
Pool / Spa
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Incredibly well appointed, immaculately maintained, little piece of heaven on earth
This home and property are stunning. My family gathered here to fulfill my mom's wish to be scattered at Old Rag Mountain. The farmhouse gave us the space, solitude, and serene setting to bond, reconnect, and heal. The setting is surreal and the owners have thought of everything to make their guests feel comfortable. The attention to detail starting with the house manual to little notes throughout the house explaining what things are made us feel like we really connected with this family and their amazing heritage. We are exceedingly grateful that these owners are willing to share this idyllic space with outside visitors. Words cannot describe how this trip truly exceeded our expectations. Thank you to the owners and their caretakers.
Perfect spot for a family reunion
My family of 18 came together for the first time in 10 years to celebrate my father's birthday. Whippoorwill Manor was the perfect spot. All the guys made very good use of the shooting range. The kids loved the game room and darts. We cooked and ate endlessly! The kitchen was well-stocked and had everything we could wish for to make family meals. We look forward to when we can come back.
Amzing place to relax with family
Whippoorwill Manor Farm is a connection to the past fully enjoyed with all the modern conveniences, it’s an unique experience. Both the little and big kids had plenty to do with hiking trails and playing a whole variety of games inside and out. The owner is terrific to work with and takes great pride in his attention given both to the property and preparation for his guests. I very much appreciated the welcome bag and the sample beer made from hops grown on the farm. Looking forward to coming back soonest! Erik G.
Loved the place ,again. Minor issue with first floor heating unit not working after the first night
Never got above 64 F on first floor Great place, just bad timing for heat to faol.
We have 24/7 trades on call to address any problems. Guests did not inform us of any issues until after stay. We even then provided guests refund for the inconveniences. After 112 five star reviews and eight years, of service, we have the team to make sure your stay will be first rate! Respectfully, Eric - Owner
5th time to the farm, I fall in love with it more every single time.
This is my 5th visit to Whippoorwill and on this trip I made a pretty big life decision, I've decided that in my last will and testament my ashes will be placed at the top of the the trails*. We spent the weekend in front of the fire, running the trails, hiking, playing games, cooking, having coffee on the deck with amazing view, planning our next trip back and how we can pool investors to buy the farm one day**. My wife is pregnant and this served as our "baby moon" so the next time we come back our son will be climbing these trails with me. Please do not hesitate to come here unless you hate relaxing places with character and plenty of things to do all weekend, far from the clutches of technology, traffic and all things that tend to drive you insane.
*Probably not, my wife never finds my hyperbole funny so I'll probably end up being dropped in the woods somewhere.
**We pooled $277, so we're still short.
We love yellow house!
Our third time with the same group of friends and family did not disappoint. Eric, the owner, is fantastic at communicating details and Delores, the caretaker, is very sweet and polite.
The house is just a great place to relax, mingle, hike, cook, nap, play, and generally forget about other ‘stuff’ for awhile.
We left like we always do; sad to be leaving but planning our return.
Over four miles on hiking and mountain biking trails on the property to include a trail that leads to the second highest point in Madison County with a great view of Old Rag Mountain.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Holiday weekends min stay 3 days. Modest fee for numbers over 10 people staying, $25 per person extra per day, Children under 6 and infants are not charged as long as there is an equal number of adults. The total allowed for house which is 18 persons; Special events with rental by exception, extra fees and conditions apply. Rental dates for an event must include set up dates prior and post event clean up and pick up dates. Most local tent and Port a Potty companies do not pick up on Sunday which then requires extending rental until Monday or Tuesday depending on the company.