|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our stay in the country guest house was perfect! The setting and history of this house is lovely. True love of family in this home. Nancy and Robin were wonderful hosts,nicest people you will ever meet. Cannot wait to go back.
After finishing up 3 grad classes and working 2 jobs I was looking to go nowhere and do nothing for a few days. The Vance Guest House was the perfect setting! Our 2 year old loved feeding the chickens and the baby chicks, she could barely sleep she was so excited to wake up and let them out of the coop. She also loved going down to the barn and petting Thomas the cat and watching the steers.
I enjoyed some very relaxing time walking around the property and sitting outside by the fire doing nothing. No cell service, no internet and no TV provides a great escape. And the local radio station adds to the ambiance. Within hours of arriving we were already trying to figure out how we could come back at a later date.
Robin and Nancy were great hosts and they've restored the portion of the house that is finished as a perfect country cottage escape. I imagine, based on what I've seen with the finished portion, that when they finish the rest of the house it will be equally charming.
I've seen others make a similar comment and I agree, when it comes time to write the review for this house you are torn. One part of you wants to let the world know how amazing it is while the other part knows that once people find out about it everyone will want to go here. It truly is a great experience and a very relaxing one at that.
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$75|
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