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Country Farmhouse Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Vintage Country Farmhouse With Modern Comfort

Enjoy the charm of a country farmhouse in the Bullpasture Valley, where a taste of the country life is right outside your door. Depending on the season, experience making hay, pressing apple cider, harvesting vegetables, gathering eggs, or making maple syrup. The Bullpasture River offers catch and release fishing for rainbow trout, brook trout and smallmouth bass, wading, swimming, and other outdoor fun.

Vance's Country Guest House is cozy enough for two and spacious enough to sleep nine. Amenities include a full kitchen, dining room, living room, two full baths (one with jetted tub), propane heat, ceiling fans, and screened porches.

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Nancy & Robin Vance
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Nancy & Robin Vance

Nancy and Robin Vance will make you feel right at home at Vance's Country Guest House. Robin has lived on the Bullpasture River all his life and is a wellspring of information on local history. Nancy grew up in Union, WV, graduated from Concord College in Athens, and came to Highland County in 1982 for her first job as an elementary school librarian. Thirty years later, in 2012, she retired from that same job!

Nancy and Robin thrive on the country life. They raise a garden every summer, and when February rolls around you'll find them busy tapping trees and making pure and delicious maple syrup. They live only two miles from Vance's Country Guest House.

Nancy & Robin Vance purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Nancy & Robin Vance chose Shenandoah Valley

Robin's great-grandfather built this house in 1885, and his father was born and grew up here. Nancy & Robin acquired the property from Robin's aunt and uncle in 2004 to keep the farm in the family and preserve its rural setting. They began work on the house in 2010 with a dual goal of restoration to preserve the historic integrity of the structure and renovation to provide modern comfort and convenience. Now, with renovations complete, folks can once again experience the peace and contentment of a country home.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Vance's Country Guest House is furnished with a comfortable mix of newer pieces and antiques, many of which have been in use here for generations. Beautiful views surround the house, and on a clear night, the stars provide quite a show without interference from city lights.


McDowell Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Towels provided.
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Towels provided.
  • Electric heat keeps the bathrooms cozy in cool weather. Blow dryer available.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Parlor Bedroom, First Floor - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan & Propane Heating Stove
    Grandmommy's Room, 2nd Floor - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Ceiling Fan & Baseboard Electric Heat
    Lohr's Room, 2nd floor - 2 double , Ceiling fan and Baseboard Electric Heat
    Helen's Room, 2nd Floor - 1 twin/ single , Ceiling Fan & Baseboard Electric Heat
  • All linens and bedding are provided. A crib is available for the comfort of our youngest guests (and their parents!).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Guests can enjoy a variety of country fun, including stargazing, fishing, wading, & swimming in the river, hiking, bird watching, gathering eggs, and seasonal activities like the vegetable garden pressing cider, making hay, and making maple syrup. Hiking trails on the farm provide hours of great time outdoors.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Just wonderful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Was a great experience for our children and grandchildren, the farm the home the scenery.

Loved it

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't begin to tell you how our stay at Vance's Country Farmhouse was the highlight of our trip!!! Believe these reviews, folks!! Immaculately clean, everything you need, in a beautiful setting with so much for the kids to do on the farm! Owner is sweet as can be, friendly, and helpful. We were welcomed with poppyseed bread and fresh eggs, and those thoughtful little touches were everywhere! The kids played with horses, chickens, "Star" the cow, dogs, a wandering cat or two....they were wanting to go back the moment we left! I hope we get to return there one day. Thank you so much, Vance family!!! We loved it!!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always glad when folks enjoy their time on the farm. Thanks for including us on your trip!
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about our stay. The house was beautiful, spotless, cozy, and so full of history. The owners were so friendly and lovely to talk to. We arrived to fresh baked goods and a welcome note on the table. Robin took the time to show us around the farm and introduce us to the animals. The kids loved milking the cow, feeding the chickens, checking for eggs, and visiting the horses. They would count down the minutes until it was time to do the next chore:-) The owners have put together a very thorough guest book with everything you might need to know about the house, its contents, and the area. The kitchen is very well stocked for those who like to cook. We even got fresh milk and eggs from the farm to use during our stay. This is really a top notch property and I would highly recommend it. Thank again Nancy and Robin!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful review! We're so glad you had a good time on the farm and hope the memories made will serve your family well as the years pass by. Do come again!!
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A chance to unplug and experience farm life

  • 5 of 5

What a special place. Our young children loved the many farm animals and beautiful open space to play. The landscape is gorgeous and the house is charming and well-kept. Great for a chance to unplug and get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy that you and your little ones enjoyed the farm! Hope you can come again sometime.
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A lovely property, accurately described and our hosts were very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four with two older 'children' and wanted a short break after a flight from the UK, before heading to a wedding in Washington DC. The property was delightful, beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable. Nancy and Robin were perfect hosts and let us explore the farm giving us a taste of Virginian farm life - literally - with lots of milk, eggs and freshly picked fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately the stay was too short, but even so we left well rested and we would love to stay again next time we are back in the USA.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that the house and farm met your expectations for a nice rest after a long journey and before a busy weekend. Thanks so much for staying with us!
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Gorgeous house and scenery

  • 5 of 5

This was so unexpectedly clean, comfortable and relaxing. Nancy and Robin are so welcoming, and have made this house the same. It's a fabulous place to just park the car and wander around exploring the fields and river, or just park yourself by the fire pit and enjoy the view. Imagine looking into the eyes of a red fox; it's a reality there. We saw newt in the pond, caught trout in the river, heard coyotes at night, and enjoyed watching and listening to the chickens and roosters. Being avid readers, and knowing there would be no TV, internet or phones, we brought four books. Never opened any of them. What a wonderful getaway! My biggest fear is that everyone will discover this place and we'll never be able to get another reservation.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! It sounds like the farm worked its magic on you. Hope you went home rested and refreshed. Hope you can come again soon!
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Hot Springs, VA
Nearest Golf
44 Miles
The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Staunton, VA
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Monterey: Mountain Hideaway & High's Restaurant
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Snowshoe Resort, Snowshoe, WV
Car: necessary

McDowell is located in eastern Highland County, in the western highlands of Virginia. Vance's Country Guest House is just two miles south of McDowell, a rural mountain community. A pristine Civil War battlefield is just east of the village, where Confederate and Union soldier clashed in May 1862. The Highland County Museum, also in McDowell, is a destination for genealogy and local history research.

The Highland Wildlife Management area is two miles from Vance's Country Guest House, where hiking and hunting are available to the public. Fishing is also an area attraction in clean mountain streams.

In Monterey, 12 miles west of McDowell, visitors will find shops, two restaurants, a swimming pool, and a weekly Farmer's Market during the summer.

Regionally, skiing, snow tubing, and summer activities are available at Snowshoe Resort in Pocahontas County, WV, along with Cass Scenic Railroad and the Green Bank Observatory. Bath County, VA, to the south, boasts The Homestead Resort where skiing, golf, and other resort activities are available. To the east, the historic city of Staunton, VA is less than an hour away.


Rates & Availability

McDowell Farmhouse Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Deposit $75

Until confirmed through a rental lease, rates are subject to change without notice. Email or call for more information.

Be sure to check the availability calendar on our official website to make sure the dates you want are open.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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