Country Farmhouse Getaway

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Last updated: 09/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Beautiful renovations are complete and room by room, the house is opening up to guests. The entire first floor is ready for your visit, as is the second floor except for the last, small bedroom. We can now sleep 8, with two full baths. Scroll through the photos for a peak into this lovely old house. Then, book your stay for a relaxing weekend in the country.***

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 eight. 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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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/26/2016

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible party must be 21 or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Inside, doors are wide enough for wheelchair access to the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. Although there is no ramp, a wheelchair can enter the house by way of the side porch....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Parlor Bedroom, First Floor: 1 queen

    Ceiling Fan & Propane Heating Stove...moreless

  • Grandmommy's Room, 2nd Floor: 1 double, 1 baby crib

    Ceiling Fan & Baseboard Electric Heat...moreless

  • Lohr's Room, 2nd floor: 2 double

    Ceiling fan and electric baseboard heat....moreless

  • All linens and bedding are provided. A crib is available for the comfort of our youngest guests (and their parents!). ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Towels provided....moreless

  • Upstairs Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    Towels provided....moreless

  • Electric heat keeps the bathrooms cozy in cool weather. Blow dryer available....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books:

    A nice selection of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and magazines is ready for your reading pleasure....moreless

  • Games:

    Board and card games for old-fashioned fun, including Yatzee, Uno, Pente, and more. Lots of jigsaw puzzles for all ages....moreless

  • Toys:

    Jigsaw puzzles for all ages provide hours of entertainment....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Beautiful views from every window! Walk the property and surrounding areas for scenic vistas....moreless

  • Rural:

    Vance's Country Guest House is situated on a country farm with access to the Bullpasture River, hiking, fishing, and other country fun....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Ceiling fans and windows open to mountain breezes keep the farmhouse comfortable....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane gas stoves on first floor. All three of these stoves have glass doors that provide full view of the flames. Electric baseboards on second floor. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cozy room with sofa, chair, old-fashioned radio, and books. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Gravel parking area for two vehicles; more parking available in farm field....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is no cell phone service in this area. We have a land line phone with free, unlimited local and toll-free calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Guests are welcome to use the front-load washer and dryer....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    A full country kitchen, complete with dishes, utensils, cookware, and bakeware....moreless


  • Balcony:

    The house has a second-floor porch on the front, which provides beautiful views. It's a great place to sip your morning coffee, enjoy pretty sunsets, or stargaze....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Screened porches are great for relaxing. Gather fresh vegetables for your meals from our garden. Don't forget wading, swimming, and/or fishing in the river, plus all-around outdoor fun on the farm....moreless



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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $75
  • Tax Rate 7.3%


Rates listed are for one to four guests.

For five or more guests using both the first and second floors, the nightly rate is $175.00.

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

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44 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hot Springs, VA
44 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Staunton, VA
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Monterey: Mountain Hideaway & High's Restaurant
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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. He works as a herdsman for a purebred Black Angus herd of cattle. 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.

Why the Owner Chose McDowell, VA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
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.

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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/26/2016

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  • 'You're home at our place.'

    'You're home at our place.'

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Farmhouse Kitchen

    Farmhouse Kitchen

  • Sleep well in the first-floor Parlor bedroom.

    Sleep well in the first-floor Parlor bedroom.

  • First Floor Full Bath

    First Floor Full Bath

  • Grandmommy's Room, second floor.

    Grandmommy's Room, second floor.

  • Lohr's Room, on the second floor, has two double bed.

    Lohr's Room, on the second floor, has two double bed.

  • Second Floor Bath with whirlpool tub.

    Second Floor Bath with whirlpool tub.

  • Upstairs Hall

    Upstairs Hall

  • During the summer, guests can enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden.

    During the summer, guests can enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden.

  • During the summer, pick your own fresh veggies from the garden.

    During the summer, pick your own fresh veggies from the garden.

  • Enjoy a fire in the backyard.

    Enjoy a fire in the backyard.

  • Welcome to Vance's Country Guest House!

    Welcome to Vance's Country Guest House!

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Enjoy family meals in the dining room.

    Enjoy family meals in the dining room.

  • Sweet dreams await in the queen size bed.

    Sweet dreams await in the queen size bed.

  • Guests are welcome to use the washer and dryer.

    Guests are welcome to use the washer and dryer.

  • Crib available in Grandmommy's room.

    Crib available in Grandmommy's room.

  • Second Floor Bath

    Second Floor Bath

  • Second Floor Bath

    Second Floor Bath

  • Robin will show you how!

    Robin will show you how!

  • Digging potatoes in the garden.

    Digging potatoes in the garden.

  • Gathering Eggs

    Gathering Eggs

  • Twilight is a magical time at the Guest House!

    Twilight is a magical time at the Guest House!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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