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The River Garden, Play, Relax And Renew, 15 minutes from downtown Abingdon, VA

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A Great Home With Great Space For Playing And Staying Together!

A new rental listing set in the mountains on the scenic banks of the Holston River in Abingdon Virginia, the River Garden is where you can feel at home, relax your mind and renew your spirit. It’s not only a great place to stay but a great place to play! For the outdoor enthusiast as well as the theater goers and antique collectors, the highlands has so much to offer, and you couldn’t find a better home base than the River Garden. With access to over 50 acres and hundreds of yards of river frontage, the River Garden is great for advanced hikers, kayakers, tubers and those who love to fish.

The home is located directly on the river bank.

The River Garden is a large ranch style home with 4 large bedrooms all with private baths and all opening onto covered decks overlooking the gentle rapids of the river below. One room is on the main level, convenient for family members who would like to avoid stairs.

It boasts a state of the art theater room with reclining chairs and 120 inch movie screen. Watch your favorite DVD’s or rent from a nearby redbox for an enjoyable movie night or watch the big game with all your friends. The theater also has an 8’ cherry billiards table. Directly off the theater is both an exercise room with a DVD player and a music room with a piano, both with panoramic views of the river and countryside.

The large galley style kitchen with tons of counter space is great for cooking with a crowd. It has a double convection oven and an oversized refrigerator with room for plenty of party food. It is also equipped with everything you need to prepare and serve a gourmet meal. With a dining table that seats 8-10 and a fireplace and more seating in the den off the dining room, the home is perfect for entertaining.

Enjoy the scenic vistas from any of the 3 decks, dine on the deck over the river, or just savor a cup of coffee in a rocker outside your bedroom. For the ultimate in relaxation unwind in the 8-person hot tub overlooking the river and gaze up at the hundreds of stars in a truly dark clear night sky.

More Details

Paula Hine
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Paula Hine

We initially opened the River Garden as a Bed and Breakfast 10 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed striving to exceed the expectations of every guest that stayed. We have made so many friends over the years and gratefully many loyal guests returned to the River Garden again and again, often with friends and family to fully utilize the homes entertaining space. Some recent changes in our family situation require us to limit the Bed and Breakfast availability but we still want to offer access to the home through rental opportunities.

We both have 10 years of Walt Disney World Resort experience and we try to bring our knowledge of guest satisfaction and attention to detail to our own guests' experience at the River Garden.

Paula Hine purchased this house in 2007

Why Paula Hine chose Blue Ridge Highlands

We fell in love with the home and area when Scott was offered a position in a local company 10 years ago. Purchased the home from a couple leaving the B&B after running it for 16 years. We made significant improvements and additions to the property to enhance our guests' satisfaction. The location is perfect as it is close enough to town to enjoy all Abingdon has to offer but just far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet and beauty of the country.

What makes this house unique

The River Garden is perfect for your family escapes (or escapes from the family) reunions with friends and families, and celebrations of all kinds. The home is great for visiting and has plenty of space to do so. But it also has four bedrooms available each with its own private bathroom and each opens out onto a deck overlooking the river. The theater room is the man cave guys dream about. Play some old family movies, the latest movie from redbox, or shoot some pool on the billiards table while you watch the big game. Off the theater is a piano/reading room with panoramic view of the river and countryside. The kitchen is great for preparing meals together with plenty of counter space and double oven. The upper deck over the river has a raised dining table and glass panels in the deck rails to truly enjoy the river view below.

The den with its stone wall wood-burning fireplace is perfect for playing one of our many board games or working on a puzzle, or just cuddling.

We even have an exercise room for those that have to burn those extra calories that vacations usually include.

We also have water tubes, a two person canoe and two person kayak at our guests disposal to truly take advantage of the river out your back door. Bring a Pick-Up Truck for transporting them and we will direct you of spots to put in and take out for a great time on the river. You will also will have miles of mountain trails at your disposal for the advanced hiker, but you only need to take a short walk across the road on our farm to get a beautiful mountain view or relax at our secluded spring fed koi pond. Visit in August and pick ample wild blackberries before the deer get them all.


Abingdon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • each bedroom has its own private full bath, one bedroom on main floor has step in shower. there is a half bath off kitchen on main floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • each bedroom has its own private bath
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Many previous guests have asked for meals to be brought in as they love the setting and would prefer to stay and enjoy it than go to town to eat. Ask about catering and we will provide options for you when available.


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The River Garden, Play, Relax And Renew, 15 minutes from downtown Abingdon, VA
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Very comfortable and pretty much everything you needed was there

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and would do it again

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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The River Garden is the most beautiful place we have every stayed in. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

The house is fantastic, the view of the river flowing by is mesmerizing, our host was gracious and helpful in every way. We hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Get-Away destination

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat visitors to River Garden which is located about 10-12 minutes from Abingdon, VA, equidistant between Roanoke, VA, Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. The setting is rural and relaxing on a bluff overlooking the Holston River. There are 4 BR's all of which open on to decks overlooking the river. For bird enthusiasts, we saw many pairs of common mergansers flying up and down the river and heard a symphony of birdsong every morning. The location is "ready" for kyacking or tubing on the river, biking or walking on the mostly level North Fork River Road, or just relaxing on the two level deck system. There is also a hot tub which is great after dark for star gazing and a very wide screen (dare i say "jumbo-tron..?) TV which was a hit for March Madness devotees. The BR's are very comfortable, each with its own private bath and equipped with all necessities. The kitchen is also well equipped and the hostess provides all manner of seasonings and condiments including the occasional freshly baked cookies. The hostess is close by but very unobtrusive. I would recommend River Garden for families, family reunions, girl-getaways, private retreats or accommodations for antique-ing in the area or attending the plays at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to reconnect with family.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the River Garden. We were looking for a place about half way between our home and Washington, DC to spend some time with family members who are usually stationed overseas. The home was spacious and comfortable with lots to do inside on a rainy weekend. Paula was a gracious host who made every effort to help our stay be an enjoyable one. The surroundings were picturesque. I would recommend the place to anyone looking to get away from the bustle for a time. Great place.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful last minute weekend away

  • 5 of 5

We planned our stay here very last minute when other plans fell through. The owner was wonderful in making sure we had what we needed. We spent the day Saturday in Abington visiting the farmer's market and wandering the pristine downtown during their Busker Festival. The afternoon was spent back at the house with a combination of playing in the river and watching football on the giant screen TV. It was a perfect way to spend a holiday weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Place, Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at River Garden B&B with my husband and two kids (ages 9 and 11) for four days over Memorial Day Weekend. We rented the whole house because the owners were out of town for the weekend. I can't say enough good things about it. First, the setting and location are absolutely gorgeous, overlooking a picturesque river with views from every part of the house. Even the drive to/from is beautiful and relaxing. The house itself is wonderful -- spacious, spotless, charming, updated, with extra "touches" everywhere. For those who rent individual rooms, each room has a private entrance, private bathroom, and its own access to a deck onto the river. The house is equipped with everything, from kayaks and water tubes, to board games and pool table. We did not expect breakfast since we knew the owners were out of town, yet they left a complete home-cooked breakfast for us (quiche, muffins, fresh fruit, etc.) that we ate happily during our stay. We are already planning our return trip in the Fall

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Virginia Highlands Airport & Tri Cities Regional
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Abingdon downtown
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
The Virginian - Glen Rochie , Bristol
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Abingdon downtown
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Ski Beech or Sugar Mountain NC

The River Garden is set in the perfect location for the outdoor enthusiast who also would love to just relax in a most picturesque setting or take in a great play and dine in a fabulous restaurant in Abingdon Virginia, a historic award winning small town. The house is set on the bank of the river but also on over 50 acres on mountainous wooded but trailed land with some breathtaking views. There is plenty to do right out your back door but also just 15 minutes away is the Virginia Creeper Trail head in Abingdon, with 34 miles of beautiful trail to mountain bike or hike, Or visit the Barter Theater with fabulous Broadway show quality theatre 11 months of the year, and great non-chain restaurants that won't break the bank. 5 miles up the road is Hidden Valley Lake, set on top of a 4000 ft mountain, it is a scenic wildlife management area with great hiking, fishing and hunting. Bristol, the official birthplace of Country music, on the state line with Tennessee is just 20 miles and has great antique shops and restaurants, as well as the Motor speedway to its credit.



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Deposit $500

Three night minimums may apply on holiday weekends. As the number of guests increases additional bedrooms are added. One rollaway is available. Prices are subject to change without notice. Once a reservation is made, price is held.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.