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Romantic Escape 1900 Cozy Village Farmhouse

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)



Flexible pricing varies with number of people and number of days. Contact us for fee schedule. vrbo instate quote is not accurate. or look here on vrbo:

Enjoy romantic cozy elegance and total privacy in our renovated, 1900 village farmhouse located along the banks of the Thornton River in historic Sperryville, Virginia, in the foothills of the luminous Blue Ridge Mountains. This fully furnished, spacious four bedroom, two bathroom home is perfect for a getaway with friends and family…and only 60 miles from the D.C. Beltway.

Enjoy the stars in our dark skies while you sit on the front porch, lulled by the gentle sounds of the river. The historic village of Sperryville has no stop lights, no malls, but so much to do. Visit 8 wineries, all within a few minutes of The House on Water Street. Hike Shenandoah National Park. Dine at the famous five star Inn at Little Washington. Walk across the footbridge over the Thornton River to The Schoolhouse where you will find Headmaster's Pub with live music every Friday and Saturday night and Schoolhouse Nine, a par three golf course. Stroll 10 minutes down to the other end of Water Street and immerse yourself in over 16 art galleries, explore 30,000 Sq. feet of antiques at Copper Fox Antiques, take a unique tour of Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, delight in professional photography at Old Rag Gallery. Bring your cooler and stock up on grass fed beef, pastured pork, etc., at Heritage Hollow Farm Store. Enjoy craft beer at Pen Druid Brewery. Around the corner from The House on Water Street, on Main Street, enjoy gourmet, but casual dining at the Thornton River Grille and excellent pizza from Rudy’s. Also on Main Street peruse the artists represented at Long View Gallery and Sperryville Pottery. Drop in yoga is available at Stonewall Abbey Yoga in a converted exquisite historic church, also on Main Street. Stop at Creekside Bakery to indulge your sweet tooth or for lunch or at Before and After for cappuccino and more.

Bring your cooler and shop at the farm store, Heritage Hollow famous for the finest grassed beef, pastured pork and lamb. Farmland for this store surrounds the heart of Sperryville.

Total privacy. You have full and private use of the house. We provide complete concierge services and a continental breakfast is left in the house for you. Our services range from the most indulgent to the most exciting and challenging. Your weekend can be as active or restful as you desire. We offer guided hikes in Shenandoah National Park that range from easy to world class level canyoneering experiences. Our partner, Shenandoah Mountain Guides, was named Best in the South by Southern Living Magazine, Jan 2011. Enjoy hiking on your own and wild life viewing in Shenandoah National Park, just ten minutes away. Experience the peace of our hills and mountains with horseback riding. Enjoy lunch/dinner or Sunday brunch at the Thornton River Grille (two minute walk), or Griffin Tavern and the Public House, in Flint Hill (both are just minutes away).

WE have chefs who can provide your group with a gourmet Farm House dinner. Design your own menu which may include grass fed meats, fresh organic vegetables from local farm. The Corner Store, a step back in time, has basic groceries, excellent meat/fish and an extensive wine and gourmet cheese selection.

The House on Water Street is a perfect setting for small family gatherings, weekend with friends or business planning retreats. We can help you schedule a variety of activities such as visiting award winning wineries, stained glass workshop, group party at Sperryville Pottery, yoga, massage and spa services, herbal discovery, creating art from nature, hiking, drumming circles. Pre-wedding activity: Ideal for peaceful alternative 'bachelorette' parties. Enjoy your stay at The House on Water Street where the bride and bridesmaids can just hang out, or schedule some of the activities above.

A self-serve continental breakfast is left in the house for you to fix at your leisure.

Extended Rental Available

Are you looking for an extended stay? Consider having the entire furnished house and property reserved just for you for one, two, three months…or more. You can stay full time or steal away from the city as often as you wish. Enjoy the quiet of winter in front of the glass window stove or explore the mountains in any season.

An extended stay will continue to include all utilities, tv, wifi, phone and yard maintenance. For only $3900 per month + tax. The House on Water Street can be yours alone. Security deposit and check out cleaning fee required.

Keywords: Two-Story, Single-Family Home, 4 Bedroom; 2 Bath, wineries, art, antiques, hike , Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park

More Details

Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2016

About Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc

Ray and Barbara, born and raised in Rome, N.Y., went off to Syracuse U and Georgetown U, respectively, and developed separate family and careers in Manhatten and Alexandria. We reconnected at our 40th HS reunion in 2000, began dating a few months later and married in 2004. Barbara continues a parttime psychotherapy practice and Ray, a retired engineer, pursues his photography with vigor. In addition to each other, our primary love in life is our children and grandchildren. We delight in introducing guests to the charm of life in Sperryville and Rappahannock County.

Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc purchased this house in 2003

Why Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc chose Northern Virginia

Our original intention was to perk up this old house and rent it out. As we gutted and renovated this village farm house in 2004, its charm, warmth and vitality revealed itself and captivated our hearts. We decided that sharing it with visitors suited this house more than a mere rental. So we hung my mother's chandelier in the dining room, set up her double brass bed upstairs and started from there. The rest is history.

What makes this house unique

You will be totally comfortable in The House on Water Street. This quiet street is defined by the Thornton River, whose clean waters and trickling sounds calm all who stay here. Ray and I will help you arrange a weekend that suits your needs, if you like. Since we do not live there you will have total privacy, but we are but 1.5 miles and a phone call away if you need us. We have complete information on all the activities and amenities of the County. A complete continental breakfast is left in the house for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing time here at the house! Everyone in the town welcomed a bunch of young, loud ladies like ourselves and it was fabulous! Thank you so much for inviting us into your wonderful place and we cannot wait to come back...when the town has recovered from our first visit that is...ha ha! Thanks again for a wonderful weekend that we ill remember for a lifetime! (Note: this group of women was here for a bachlorette party)
Mar 2011
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Romantic Escape 1900 Cozy Village Farmhouse
average rating of 4.959596 based on 121 reviews

50th birthday USA trip

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 7 from UK travelling in USA for. 50th birthday, we stayed in the House on Water Street for two nights. The location was great we enjoyed exploring the town and surrounding area before driving the Shenandoah to our next rental. The house was great just as the pictures show, Barbara was very helpful and it is just like home from home with lovely little touches like croissants and jams for breakfast and fresh orange. The house was just perfect for our group and we all mucked in at meal times and then chilled in the evening in the cosy lounge. Would definitely recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Fabulous Family Hiking Holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a glorious home away from home! We wanted to stay in a couple of rooms inside Shenandoah National Park, and calculated that this home was only marginally more expensive but included 4 bedrooms/2baths, and had such comfortable beds and seating all over property inside and out. Enjoyed quiet, lazy morning reading under the shade of glorious tree and took a nap on most comfortable outdoor furniture ever. No bugs--or at least very few compared to Chicago mosquitos! Sauntered into town for superb iced soy blueberry latte at "Before and After" which also had fabulous mini quiches made from eggs laid day before. Bakery further along that road served best donut of my life! I don't normally eat donuts. These were special! Also from that bakery, a loaf of black bread that was heavenly; my daughter said it tasted like cake! (Spread with blueberry jam Owner of house kindly supplied.) Owner also so sweet and came to house helping us plan our special hiking and nature trips. A gem of a vacation spot--one of the best of my life. We have lived in England/Surrey, and this was the first time I ever saw an area that rivaled its beauty. Sunshine too! Can't say enough also about proximity to so many things historic and cultural,obviously the park, and also just the restful feeling of staying put and relaxing at the house, or going for a very challenging hike. Friendly folks at pub! Great pool tables, food, drinks, educated bunch of down to earth people. Fun and beautiful trip. GREAT beds!!!! GLORIOUS GARDENS!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Upper Marlboro, MD

Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

I have long loved Sperryville for the great hiking and beautiful nearby wineries. Usually I stay in cabins tucked back in the countryside. However, for this trip I wanted to be in walking distance to some of the great places in the little town such as the Thorton River Grille, the cute little pizza place, the pub and the microbrewery. This house was perfect for being able to walk everywhere in town. The rooms were comfortable and the house was cozy! Barbara was also a great host in answering questions via phone or email.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Montgomery Cty, MD


  • 5 of 5

Well cared for historic home, nearby to hiking, restaurants, wineries. We had a wonderful relaxing time. Barbara was extremely helpful in arranging our in-home massages and suggesting places to go. we have already booked a follow up visit!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Hagerstown, MD

Awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife booked a weekend stay here and it was perfect. Close to good restaurants and great beer, this was a wonderful retreat. The owners take great care of it and we are planning to come back soon,

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Washington, DC

Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing house in a really nice town. Very conveniently located near much to do, and plenty of it accessible by foot. Hosts were very easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Headmaster's Pub
Nearest Golf
0.1 Miles
Schoolhouse Nine
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Route 211
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Thornton River Grille, Creekside Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Shenandoah National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Gadino winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Dining options
Car: recommended

Visit many art galleries, including Haley Fine Art Gallery, Middle Street Gallery, River District Art and Old Rag Gallery ...all just a stroll away. Copper Fox Antiques houses 30000 sq. feet of treasures. Don't miss the tour of Copper Fox Distillery, Pen Druid Brewery and Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works.....all three a short walk and you never have to worry about driving. Live music every Friday and Saturday at Headmaster's Pub (just over the foot bridge) and often Picking Parties at Pen Druid on Thursday evenings. Triple Oak Bakery, gourmet gluten free bakery, just 1.5 niles away. Dine at the Inn at Little Washington. We can personalize your visit with visits to award winning wineries, massages, spa services, pottery and photography classes, yoga, drumming circles, etc, All are within five minutes of Water Street, or at the house, Live performances and movies at The Theatre in Washington, Virginia, seven minutes from the house.


Rates & Availability

Sperryville House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.3%

Sorry, but the quote that VRBO sent to you is obviously not correct. The new VRBO “instant quote” system is totally incompatible with my flexible pricing system of eleven years. Our flexible rates vary with the number of guests and the number of days.

Guests.........|.1 night..|.2 nights |.3 nights |.4-7 nights

1-2 persons.|.XXX.....|.$ 400.....|.$ 600....|.$ 900

3-4 persons.|.XXX.....|.$ 700.....|.$1000....|.$1200

5-6 persons.|.XXX.....|.$ 900.....|.$1300....|.$1500

7-8 persons.|.$800.....|.$1200....|.$1600....|.$1900

State and local tax will be added to the fee above. Cleaning fee $100.00.

This includes a complete continental breakfast left in the house for you to prepare and enjoy at your leisure. Check in 4 p.m. and check out 10 a.m.

Visa and Master Card accepted. 50% deposit to confirm reservation. Balance due one week prior to arrival.
No pets allowed.

Minimum two nights.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Sperryville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • First floor bathroom has a ceramic tile shower in addition to the claw foot tub. Second floor bathroom has a conventional tub/shower. New tankless hot water system assures a continuous supply of hot water for baths and showers of all guests.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , This is a first floor bedroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , we have an extra twin bed that we can set up in this room.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1) Antique Brass Bed, Twin or Single Beds (2) Antique brass beds; an additional bed is available, if needed, Baby Cribs (1); one port-a-crib; high chair.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Eliptical trainer for your use. Heart Pine Floors Two Bathrooms: second floor with conventional Tub/Shower; first floor w/Claw Foot Tub and custom built ceramic tile shower. The stairs in this house are steep, consistent with turn-of-the-century construction

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