3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-7
- english, french, Some Spanish.
About Adele Waugaman
As native Washingtonians, my husband and I have a deep appreciation for the beauty and serenity of the country surrounding the DC suburbs. We love escaping to this bucolic retreat for fresh air, expansive vistas, delicious local food, and the slower pace of country living.
Adele Waugaman purchased this Farmhouse in 2013
Why Adele Waugaman chose Marshall
Few houses exhibit the unique charm this property has. The home's original details dating back to the turn of the 19th century together with a substantial rear wing expansion make for a beautiful and spacious property. Exposed hardwood beams, random plank hardwood floors, and both a front and a rear staircase add undeniable character. Windows facing north, east, and west mean that there's always a sunny place in the house. Stunning views from the house and its large, covered front port include: a log cabin across the street, a babbling brook at the foot of the property, and horses and cows grazing along the adjacent property.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Area attractions include: wineries, horse shows, hiking trails, pick-your-own farms, stunning Virginia byways perfect for cycling, farm-to-table restaurants, a multi-million dollar hotel & spa in neighboring Middleburg, a number of new locally-owned restaurants and shops in nearby Marshall, and more.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
idyllic country getaway
We spent a spring weekend here when wanting a mini-break from DC and will definitely be coming back! The house is lovely, comfortable, and spacious. Big bright kitchen for family gathering during meal prep, spacious dining room, and one warm evening we ate in the yard under the bright stars. My kids delighted at seeing horses AND cows in the pasture behind the house, so close through the fence we could almost touch them! We loved the cozy "reading room" in back in addition to the larger living room.
The house is a peaceful, wonderful place to relax, but we also enjoyed the proximity to Middleburg and Marshall (we drove in one route and out the other), with great restaurants, quaint shopping, and our favorite place to shop, Gentle Harvest market.
Thank you Adele for making our stay like a home away from home!
A fantastic getaway
This house is a great getaway. It feels remote, but is an easy drive from DC and just a few miles from several tasty spots and shopping. The backyard is practically a field — ideal for letting kids run off steam (and a hilly game of frisbee).
Everything’s comfortable and cozy inside... the house is original, with secret stairways and old school charm. It’s the perfect place to unplug... or not. We had no problems with WiFi.
Good as a last resort
We would not stay here again.
The house was full of large spiders, smelled musty and in overall old condition.
If you want to watch TV, you will be limited to basic channels, and there was only only set in the house in a common area, so if you want to watch anything in your bedroom, you will be out of luck. Also, there is VERY limited WIFI in the house, so if you need to do any work, you will need to leave the house and find better reception. Agreed, not the fault of the owners, but something to know before you stay.
You will also be charged a fee if you do not take your trash away when you leave, yeah, any trash. Not sure why this is not included in the cleaning fee we paid.
The neighbor was very nice and helpful with restaurant suggestions. He was having work done, but went out of his way to make sure the contractor's vehicles did not block our access.
Hi Jane, I'm sorry to see that the stay wasn't to your liking. I get that the spiders would be unwelcome. I've seen the occasional 'daddy long leg' spider around -- they're harmless. Nonetheless we've had a contractor treat the house for spiders so this won't be an issue in the future. On the musty smell, this area had record-shattering rainfall in 2018. Since your stay we've installed a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air. On the WiFi and trash removal, being city folks ourselves used to trash pick-up and high-speed WiFi we've also had to make our own adjustments based on what's available in the country. We take the trade-offs of having to dump our own trash and limit our WiFi use to basic email and web browsing while at the house as part of the price of having access to that little slice of peace and natural beauty. On the TV, cable TV includes 120 channels, as advertised. In the house description, I suggest folks download their favorite movies and/or TV shows to bring with them; it's what we do when enjoying the house, in addition to channel surfing, getting out to enjoy the beautiful natural environment in which the house is situated, or cozying up by the fire. You may have noticed we also have board games available, including games for kids. Finally, I agree the house is old -- that's part of the reason why we love it! It has beautiful, graceful bones, and we've lovingly but sparingly decorated it with a combination of family antiques and new furniture, towels, and linens, so that it has character but is fresh and free of clutter. The house is as photographed, as you will see other travelers have indicated in their reviews. We want all travelers to enjoy their stay, and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy yours. Please reach out to me directly to discuss options.
Felt like home!
What a wonderful spot! We were in the area for a family get together and it was a perfect place for great conversations and family re-connections. The porch, living room, dining room, kitchen, and back den were all so inviting. The neighbors with two legs were very kind and welcoming, and the four-legged equines who visited across the fence were gorgeous, too.
There are lots of different levels in this old house--charming to able-bodied folk, but worth reconsidering if anyone staying can't manage stairs.
The kitchen is well equipped. The bedrooms and bathrooms are completely charming and comfortable. We absolutely loved our stay! Adele was wonderful to work with. Highly recommend!
Charming farmhouse with all the amenities for a weekend or longer!
Great place to stay for Upperville and Loudon horse shows. Convenient to the show grounds and everything we needed for cooking meals and a great night’s sleep. Owner was available and responsive to all questions. Hope to be back next year!
Wonderful place to get away
My family utilized this wonderful home for a Thanksgiving weekend gathering and it was perfect. It is easier to get here from Dulles than it is to get to Downtown D.C., and though it feels very remote, it's only about 10 minutes to town. The kitchen was very large, making the large Thanksgiving meal preparation a snap, and the large dining room was inviting, easily seating our 11 people for lunch. A den for football watching, and a more traditional sitting room, provided the perfect balance of gabbing and entertainment. The upstairs bedrooms were also ample in size and the trappings were gorgeous. Had it been a touch warmer, the front porch would have seen a lot of sitting, and the backyard firepit would have been used. I'm almost afraid to leave this review, because I want to keep this place to myself for next year and years beyond.
We found the wifi hotspot access to be sufficient for our needs, but I would not count on being able to stream movies/tv. Many thanks to our hostess.
Many thanks for this kind review. You all were wonderful guests and we’d welcome you back anytime!
Conveniently located a one-hour drive from Washington, D.C. and Dulles International Airport, Magnolia Hill is a charming and lovingly maintained farmhouse dating back to 1880.
Nestled into the rolling hills of Virginia’s horse and wine country, the house is situated within a 15-20 minute drive of several area vineyards. Neighboring Middleburg, Upperville and The Plains, which offer a variety of farm-to-table restaurants, high end shops, local butchers, a Civil War museum and a world-class spa facility, all also within and a 15-20 minute drive. Dozens of other area attractions, including Sky Meadows State Park and Shenandoah State Park, are a 20-30 minute driving distance away.
For lovers of the outdoors, the area offers spectacular vistas of rolling farmland and vineyards from meandering country roads—perfect for biking or afternoon drives. Nature enthusiasts can spot one of dozens bird types, as well as deer, rabbit, fox and other animals; hike some of the region’s best trails in Shenandoah; or enjoy the ever-changing symphony of wild flowers that spring up alongside the road in the spring and summer.
History buffs will enjoy learning about the historic district of Rectortown, in which the house sits. The Manassas Gap Railroad stop that John Rector, after whom Rectortown was named, was influential in creating still carries cargo trains by less than a quarter of a mile down the road. The old Rectortown railroad storehouse, visible from the stone bridge giving access to the property, is one of the many Civil War historic landmarks in the area.
A list of links to area restaurants, attractions and events—including twilight polo matches, horse shows, vineyards offering dinner and wine pairings, and seasonal festivals and fairs—is available to renters upon confirmation of booking.