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Large Beautiful Home and the Birthplace of Texas legend Sam Houston

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Large Historic Home On 75 Acres of rolling land

"Church Hill'" is a large home siting on 75 acres that was built in 1848. This recently renovated historic home has over 4,000 square feet with five bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Located just 5 miles North of Lexington Church Hill is very convenient to VMI, W & L, the Virginia Horse Center and downtown Lexington.

The home features new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, wonderful sun room for relaxing and visiting with family and friends. A grand dining room with seating for 13, 5 large and charming bedrooms, a separate TV room for the kids to hang out while the adults catch up or to watch the big game, outdoor fire pit, patio with 4 picnic tables, gas grill, the back patio and yard is the perfect area to watch the sun to go down, play corn hole and then watch a movie and eat pop corn out back of the house. We have enough outdoor seating on hand to host a small wedding with plenty of areas for family and friends to gather and talk and spend time together in an amazingly historic environment. Church Hill has plenty of room for parking! There is so much room and land you could set up tents out back. The farm is the birthplace of Texas Legend and historical figure Sam Houston. "Remember the Alamo" Three of the rooms in the home were used in scenes from the civil war movie "Gods and Generals" in 2001. Our guests have told us that a few days here is just not enough. Church Hill is a wonderful and unique place to spend time with family and friends and guests continue to leave in awe of the feeling of the history of the home. The property is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Registry. If you are coming to Lexington or the Shenandoah valley to gather with family or friends, Church Hill is a must stay. Perfect for graduations, family reunions, wedding receptions, Our goal is for when you stay at Church Hill, you will feel like you are at your own private retreat for you, your family and guests. We want your guests to say, "This home is amazing, how in the world did you ever find it!" Book your stay today!

More Details

Melinda Thompson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 28, 2017

About Melinda Thompson

Church Hill has been in the Thompson Family since 1837 and is currently owned by siblings Melinda and Mike Thompson. Church Hill is our child hood home. We remember growing up there when people would come from all around the country just to take pictures of the home and property. Seems like most Sunday afternoons were spent talking to folks who had come to see the birthplace of Sam Houston and were interested in the history of the home. We are pleased today to share it with others in the spirit of our grandparents who graciously invited guests to their beloved "Church Hill" manor!

Melinda Thompson purchased this house in 1837

Why Melinda Thompson chose Shenandoah Valley

Church Hill is a grand historical home regardless of what part of the United States our guests come from and anyone who visits will appreciate that. But for anyone interested in the history of the state of Texas or the Civil War or the history of Washington & Lee college or Virginia Military Institute, this home is absolutely one of a kind!


Lexington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main - toilet , tub
    Jackson room - toilet
    Houston room - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • State room - 1 king
    Lee Room - 1 queen , 1 double
    Jackson room - 1 queen
    Houston Room - 1 king
    Horatio Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Sun Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full size futon in the sun room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Large Beautiful Home and the Birthplace of Texas legend Sam Houston
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Fort Mill, SC

Fantastic Property

  • 5 of 5

I was fortunate enough to have an extended stay recently at Church Hill with several friends and their families. There were 12 people in our group and the home was very accommodating and comfortable. The dining room and table were large enough for everybody to sit and enjoy meals together, share great memories and make many new memories that I'm sure will be cherished for years to come! The home and property are beautiful and filled with history. The owners are super friendly and attentive. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very glad you enjoyed your time at Church Hill and look forward to having you back! Mike and Melinda Thompson
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Sharon E.

  • 5 of 5

Before light bulb and telephone Church Hill existed in the Shenandoah valley. My stay in November at this authentic pre-civil war home was filled with 19th century history and artifacts alongside modern amenities. Time spent in the sunroom was punctuated with routine visits at dusk from a 6 member white tailed deer family. Historical value is everywhere in the home and on the grounds transporting one back to a more genteel era. The only thing more remarkable than my stay was meeting the gracious current generation/owners of the ancestral Thompson home, Mike and Melinda Thompson. Everything about this location surpasses a 5 star rating.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Met several friends at Church Hill for an extended weekend to enjoy the outdoor activities the area has to offer. Loved the historic atmosphere of the home and grounds. The home is very beautiful and well maintained. The views from the property are outstanding. We are definitely planning a return trip. I'm looking forward to it already!

5 Stars...Top Notch!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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western Virginia

Beautiful house and grounds!

  • 4 of 5

The Sam Houston house was a great place to meet for our family reunion. Our family is scattered up and down the east coast, and Lexington, Virginia was a do-able drive for all of us. We enjoyed the history of the place, and it was quite comfortable for such an old house. We plan to come again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your visit and kind words. We are constantly working to make Church Hill even better! We hope you come back again soon!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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