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Hunt Box-Antique Filled Cottage on Lowelands Farm-Middleburg

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Hunt Box is located on our family farm where we raise Christmas trees, herbs and flowers, right in the heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country. In 2002 we built this house based on our studies of the architecture of Colonial Williamsburg. We gave it a tidewater story-and-a-half appearance with standing seam metal roof, clapboard siding, stone and stucco foundation, cozy front porch and second floor dormer windows. The interior is highlighted by the stone fireplace and rough beam mantel, large light-filled windows that overlook barns, woods and pastures. Most unique is the wide plank flooring of oak and chestnut which originated from a hundred year old barn in Sperryville, VA, which we had dismantled and made into flooring for the cottage. The stone for the fireplace was unearthed here on the farm. The configuration of bedrooms is: the top floor (2nd story) has a large master bedroom with king bed, dressing table, dresser and sitting area, plus flat screen TV and walk-in closet, as well as a smaller bedroom with an antique iron and brass double bed and corner sitting area; there is a shared double vanity bathroom on this level. The first floor has an entry area leading to the formal 'great room' with the dining area. There is a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a separate mudroom/laundry room. The third bedroom is on this level, with a walk-in closet, full bath and flat screen TV. This serves as a sitting room/den during the day and uses a queen pull-out sofa for overnight. This room leads to a lovely covered stone porch with pastoral and sunset views from the old-fashioned porch swing. We are conveniently located 6 miles from Middleburg, 38 miles West of DC, 35 miles East of the Shenandoah Valley, on a quiet country lane in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This Williamsburg reproduction guest cottage is decorated as a traditional English Hunt Box, with equine art and memorabilia, lovely antiques, oriental carpets on wide-plank oak and chestnut floors, a stone fireplace and high-end bed linens. Enjoy the outdoors from two patios and a covered porch, with views of mountains and fields. Relax in the comfort of a fully-equipped modern house with a touch of our English heritage.

Our surroundings provide the opportunity to witness the traditional fox hunt, watch farm-related chores and animals, walk along quiet country roads, hike to Goose Creek, enjoy our extensive flowering trees and perennials, or simply relax on the porch swing while you watch the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests can enjoy watching our retired show horse cavorting with his miniature donkey buddy, our miniature goats frolicking in their field with the two Scottish Highland cows. Mother Nature provides the opportunity to experience: the flights of red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and the occasional great blue heron; our perennial pair of Canada Geese walking through the horse field; deer grazing in our fields and the nightly sounds of owls and spring peepers.

Our farm is located one hour west of Washington, D.C. and 40 minutes west of Dulles International Airport. We are in a rural area with farms 300 to 1500 acres nearby. Fine dining is available in every direction from Middleburg to Leesburg, Warrenton, Upperville and of course the D.C. area. Recreational activities exist all around with Vineyards and Wineries, Museums, Battlefields, hiking on local trails or the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding, tubing on the Shenandoah River at historic Harpers Ferry, WV. Loudoun and Fauquier Counties have the largest concentration of wineries in the state, providing the opportunity to spend full days touring and tasting a great variety of Virginia wines.

The cottage would be an excellent home base while visiting Washington, D.C. or for the business person doing an extended stay in the DC Metro area or the Dulles Corridor and wanting space for their family to visit on weekends. A great weekend escape for residents of the DC area, we welcome weekend foxhunters, couples on retreat, families seeking country pleasures, cyclists, writers seeking solitude or anyone wishing to immerse themselves in the mystique of Middleburg and the hunt country of Virginia. Those involved in fox hunting will enjoy our proximity to all of the local hunt meets; the Middleburg Hunt and The Snickersville Hunt pass through adjoining farms. We welcome riders in the numerous horse shows in our area, from the Hunter/Jumpers to Steeplechasers. Garden lovers and those following the spring garden tours will love our proximity to the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy, Oatlands Plantation, Morven Park, Long Branch, and numerous other historical homes and gardens.

Keywords: Antique-filled rental cottage on our farm in Hunt Country

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Karen Lowe
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Karen Lowe

We have lived in Middleburg since 1977 and enjoy gardening, photography, kayaking, hiking, reading, antiques, architecture and travel. Rick is a life-long Washingtonian, while Karen spent part of her childhood abroad before coming to the D.C. area. Over the years, we developed our 66 acre farm to raise and market Christmas trees, herbs and horses. We built our home and barn first, then the guest cottage. We enjoyed years of escorting our son and daughter, and their numerous ponies and horses, to horse shows throughout the Eastern U.S. Our daughter, her husband and our four grandchildren live in their new home on part of our farm. Our son, an economist, currently lives in Chicago while attending University of Chicago Booth School of Economics working on his MBA. Rick has been in residential real estate sales for 22 years and Karen has developed and run a small gourmet food business producing herbed and fruited honeys and wine vinegars for the past 26 years. We enjoy numerous trips each year to the Eastern Shore, where we enjoy the island life at Eagle's View, our waterfront vacation home.

Karen Lowe purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Karen Lowe chose Middleburg

The pastoral scenery, wildlife and quiet country roads are what drew us to Middleburg. We cherish the friendly hospitality of the hunt country, the traditions and history of the area. The serenity our quiet country farm setting provides is a delight, yet we are within an hour of the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museum, National Art Gallery, National Cathedral, Georgetown and all the cultural opportunities in our Nation's Capital.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy the serenity...the absence of traffic sounds, the presence of bird calls, the expansive views, the walks through the tree field or up the gravel road. We spend relaxing time leaning on the fences, watching the horses, cows, donkey and miniature goats grazing in the pastures, often joined by a small herd of white-tail deer in the evenings. We enjoy birdwatching and identifying many species, hearing the call of the mourning doves and seeing hawks riding the air currents. We love to read on the stone patios, nap or read on the front porch swing, serve meals al fresco, and enjoy the fresh air! On a winter evening, a blazing fire in the stone fireplace encourages many happy conversations. The sunset view from the den and covered porch is quite spectacular! On the farm we have one retired show horse, a darling miniature donkey, miniature goats, chickens, Scottish Highland cows, our doggies, perennial flower gardens, a Christmas tree farm and endless quiet roads and hiking trails available....our definition of Paradise!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was a great base from which to explore many historic as well as scenic destinations. It was an easy drive into DC and a great place to come "home" to and truly relax after a long day of walking and sightseeing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting this area.

Thanks for sharing your little slice of heaven with us!
Jul 2014
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Middleburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , this is on the main levle by the den/bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) We provide ALL linens in The Hunt Box. HIgh end bedding and personal towels., Queen size Beds (1) Queen-sized sofabed in den with full bath., Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
We provide firewood for the stone fireplace FREE OF CHARGE. We also provide staples (sugar, flour, milk, coffee, tea, spices, gourmet honey and farm fresh eggs) for our guests AND an amenities bag. An iron and ironing board are provided in the laundry room. Hair dryer provided.


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Hunt Box-Antique Filled Cottage on Lowelands Farm-Middleburg
average rating of 5.0 based on 91 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Lovely home in Middleburg. Owners very sweet and thoughtful. Home clean and beds great. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laurie~~~ Thank you for your great review! We were delighted to host you and your family during your horse events here in Hunt Country and we hope your daughter had a great experience during the Pony Trials. Your family is welcome back here at The Hunt Box anytime. Warmest regards, Karen and Rick
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Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, plus our two young children (1.5 and 3) and two grandparents had a lovely long weekend stay at the Hunt Box. The property is a dream for young kids. Our children loved going on little adventures to visit the cows and horse and donkey and eating crabapples right off the tree. The field with the Christmas trees was also magical for our children. The house itself is beautifully furnished (we immediately put the nice teapots, candles, etc. out of little hands' reach) and the kitchen was the best stocked vacation rental we've ever stayed at. In addition to every kind of pot, pan, and appliance you could think of, there were herbs/spices, tinfoil, sugar, even birthday candles if you needed them. We also loved the fresh eggs, orange juice, butter, local honey and bottle of wine greeting us when we arrived. And the super soft sheets! I plan to order them for our own home. Thank you, Lowe family, for sharing your beautiful cottage with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home Base for Busy Wedding Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Hunt Box allowed my husband & I to spend peaceful time together with 2 daughters & their growing families during a very quick and busy wedding weekend. The wedding events were 15 minutes away. We were able to enjoy a well equipped kitchen to fix & enjoy 2 meals together; a lovely living-dining room where we could all relax together; peaceful walks around the property. The house is well maintained and the hosts are genuinely helpful and welcoming. The hosts and this place helped make our weekend very special.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review, Susan, and we are so glad that you could relax and refresh at The Hunt Box for your very busy and brief wedding weekend. Wedding celebrations in Hunt Country are very popular and we host guests for them very frequently, providing a quiet retreat/escape from the busy schedule of events! I quickly learned to have safety pins and little sewing kits for our guests! I will ship those items you left behind very soon. Karen and Rick Lowe
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Sherborn, MA

Absolutely charming and the hosts could not have been more lovely. Will definitely book again!

  • 5 of 5

The property was fantastic. Beds were beyond comfortable and the hosts were more than accommodating. We were welcomed with fresh eggs, homemade bread, and a bag full of local gifts. What a pleasant surprise! I look forward to staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thanks for an easy stay at your restful, comfy, and well-appointed home. We loved it and would recommend it to anyone lucky enough to be in the area! Cheers, Moira

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Moira. We hope you will consider The Hunt Box as your home away from home now that you've moved to Colorado! You are welcome here always! Warmest regards, Karen and Rick
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Charleston sc

The house is precious. The property it's on Is Fantastic.

  • 5 of 5

Everything is super clean. The kitchen

Is organized and fully stocked. I would stay over and over in this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review, Elise. It was a delight to host you, your husband and your two daughters; we have a lot in common with dog rescue and horse showing. We wish the girls great success in the coming year. You four are welcome back to The Hunt Box anytime!
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Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Historic White's Ferry, Leesburg, VA
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Creighton Farms
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 15 or Route 50
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Many in town of Middleburg
Car: necessary

Civil War Battlefields and monuments, Vineyards and Wineries, Wine Tasting Rooms, Historic Plantations and Quaker Villages, old-fashioned Country Stores, Mosby Heritage Area, Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy, Gourmet Food Shops, Shenandoah Valley, Horse Shows and Steeplechase Races




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Ask us about discounted rates for January and February.
In winter months we provide firewood at NO CHARGE to the guest.
The refundable damage deposit check is simply held by the owners until guests check out and the owners inspect the house. Unless there is damage to the property, the check is voided and returned to owner within 10 days of check-out, or shredded in our farm office.
REFUND POLICY: Up to 30 days ahead of arrival, all funds may be refunded in the event of a guest cancelling. Within 30 days of scheduled arrival, only the Cleaning Fee and the Damage Deposit are returned to guest. Within 30 days ahead of arrival, no part of the rental fee itself is refunded unless we obtain another booking for the same dates. Email us if you have any questions.
CHECK-IN is 4:00 p.m. unless prior arrangements are made. CHECK-OUT is 11:00 a.m. We are not strict on check-out and want our guests to feel relaxed and ready to depart, not rushed out the door. We do have to enforce check-out time only if another guest reservation is same day arrival.

50% of the rental fee is due upon securing the booking.
The remaining 50% plus tax and the cleaning fee is due 30 days before check-in date. The refundable damage deposit is also due, in a separate check, 30 days before check-in.
We also accept VISA, MC, AMEX.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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