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The River Garden, Play, 4 bedrooms with private baths, 15 minutes from downtown

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!

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:
March 31, 2018

About Paula Hine

We initially opened the River Garden as a Bed and Breakfast in 2007 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 no longer run the Bed and Breakfast but instead 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 Abingdon

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 and a futon couch for an additional sleeping arrangement. 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, 4 bedrooms with private baths, 15 minutes from downtown
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Lovely Retreat

  • 5 of 5

There were 4 couples of us so the house was perfect for us. Would love to go back when the weather is warmer as it has 2 large decks overlooking the river with several rocking chairs. A short drive to town which offers lots of restaurants and of course The Barter.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Nice home with several rooms—perfect for several couples or for a family get together. Our host had everything ready and up to date. The house is fully equipped and there is a lot to do in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place with all you need. Abingdon has a lot to offer, but the house would be just the perfect place for a restful getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Plenty of space for several families, Relaxing & Fun! Will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

My family & I stayed at this gorgeous property and enjoyed everything about it! The owners were very accommodating. Beautiful & serene area to take a vacation. Will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Nicely furnished, comfortable accommodations, wonderful experence

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River Garden, yes on the river but a bit of a stretch on the Garden.

  • 3 of 5

Needs abit of attention, but was a good size for 8 people. The theater room was a big hit. The air condition did not seem to work all that good. Place should had been swept on the decks and cleared of all the cobwebs before we arrived. The vanity in the trailblazer room wasn't even sealed to the wall. The toilet in the bathroom beside the kitchen rocked when you sat on it. Over all it worked for 4 couples.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathy C for bringing these details to our attention. We will be sure to have the housekeeper keep an eye out for cobwebs on the decks and try to keep them swept, although the fall is a difficult time to ensure they stay constantly clear. One of the water gardens is being dismantled and replaced as it became structurally compromised. The loose toilet will be repaired immediately and the air conditioning evaluated. We do wish however that you made us aware of these things during your stay so we could have addressed them in a more timely manner to ensure a more comfortable stay for you. But as they say, better late than never. We try to do our best to make our guests happy. Thanks again for giving the River Garden a try.
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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 $100
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.