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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:
September 18, 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
  • 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 19 reviews

The house was very clean, neatly decorated and well stocked with food, staples, towels, etc.

  • 5 of 5

The house was reminiscent of my childhood days growing up on a farm. It was great having the farm animals around with the opportunity to feed them. Having fresh eggs and garden produce was quite unique and considered a bonus. Although there was no air conditioning or wi-fi, the experience was restful and relaxing. The fans provided airflow in the day while the cool night air made it comfortable for sleeping. The configuration of the rooms in the house and the positioning of the house with respect to north were well planned by the original builder in 1885. As a historian, I especially enjoyed all of the history provided along with photos, names and dates. Observing the solar eclipse while there made this visit especially memorable. Robin and Nancy were very kind and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the Guest House. Our children loved being able to take care of the animals, play in the family friendly spaces in the house, and feel more connected to nature in the beautiful surroundings. The hosts were friendly and warm and made us feel welcome. Furnishings inside were beautiful and tasteful. It was also really nice being outside the range of cell phone reception! Would likely visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always glad when our guests enjoy their stay on the farm!
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A very, very special place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five, with teenagers aged 12, 14 and 17, stayed in the Country Guest House for 5 nights. We had an amazing time. This stay was part of a 3-week road trip through the northeast USA and was planned to represent the nature-part of the trip - it completely lived up to our expectations.

The booking process could not have been more smooth and the communication with Nancy was fast and easy. Instructions before arrival timely and clear.

Upon arrival we were greeted by both Nancy and Robin; we were shown around the grounds and inside the house, we also met all the animals. The children were then basically put to work (after Robin ensured they wanted to :)). They were allowed, and trusted, to look after the horses, cows, chickens and fish for the duration of our stay. They enjoyed that very much and took the responsibilities very seriously. Our oldest got to help Robin moving some hay around with the tractor.

The house is in perfect condition, it shows its history but not a single modern convenience is missing. Next to that Robin and Nancy were very welcoming and generous, e.g. with produce from the garden but even more so with their time and attention. I don't think we have ever felt more at home while on vacation.

The environment is green, spacious and quiet. There is plenty to do, but you need to plan it and drive to it. Apart from quite a lot of deer, young and old, we were lucky enough to see a black bear cross the road, encountered a raccoon on one of our hikes and heard, but not saw, coyotes.

The absence of a mobile network in the area takes some adjusting but is a breath of fresh air really. We stocked up on groceries in Harrisonburg on our way to McDowell, which is certainly something I would recommend (Staunton is an alternative).

Being from The Netherlands, it is quite unlikely that we will have the opportunity to return to McDowell, but should it present itself, we will not hesitate.

Thank you Nancy and Robin for a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time on the farm! We trust the rest of your trip was just as pleasant and rewarding. We're thankful you are safely home, and we do hope you have the opportunity to stay with us again!
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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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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.

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Because not all our guests use HomeAway/VRBO, 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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