Come experience a quiet, historic, gorgeous respite from the modern world, while still retaining all the conveniences of modern living. This lovely retreat is available for a minimum seven-night stay for family vacations or as a romantic getaway. It can also be reserved for reunions, weddings, and company events (overnight accommodations available as needed). The rental includes the main house only, with a maximum number of 10 guests (additional charges apply for parties more than 8). The fully-restored main farmhouse has 5 bedrooms (3 queen, 1 full) and a child's bedroom (1 twin), 3 bathrooms, living room, formal dining room, and a working fireplace in the library (full-size pull-out sofa). The main house is wired with high speed internet (HughesNet) and satellite (Dish Network) services and boasts a wonderful four-oven AGA cooker (only for use October - May) in a beautiful country kitchen with a bay window, a full separate canning kitchen, and a hand-made wooden spiral staircase. This house also offers central air conditioning, heating by heat pump, and a large in-ground swimming pool (18' x 36') on the grounds.
Restored Farmhouse on 144 Acres with Gorgeous Mountain Views!
Patricia McAdams Gibbons
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 17, 2018
Why Patricia McAdams Gibbons chose Monroe
The farm was originally settled in the late 1700’s and borders a land grant issued by the King of England. Handsome appointments through the residence include original mill work sawn at the beginning of the 20th century by a steam-driven sawmill, crafted in Lynchburg, and hauled to the farm by horse and wagon. The original owner was Hattie Bell Watts. The history of this farm would be incomplete without mention of the connection to the Monacan Indians. The farm is situated at the foot of High Peak Mountain. The mountain closest to High Peak is Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain is the ancestral home of the Monacan Indians. The Monacan tribe is a part of the Siouan Indian tribe and in 1607 they numbered over 10,000 in Virginia. They were an agricultural people and lived in small villages. They buried their dead in mounds and because of that fact their habitat can be traced. As the colonists came, the Indians moved and/or were displaced, however, many of the Monacans remained in Amherst County in the mountains. In 1831 William Johns purchased 52 acres of land near Bear Mountain. In 1833 he bought another 400 acres and this land became a settlement for Indian families related to him. Today, the descendants of the initial Monacan tribe still live in this area. They have great reverence for the land and they have been very helpful to those who live here. They make many contributions to the fabric of this community.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great house located on combination of rolling hills and wooded hills and mountains
We took our daughter and 3 grandchildren here while our daughter was enrolled in a week-long intensive at nearby Liberty University. There are two aspects of this property that are incredibly positive and, really, no negatives aspects. The first - the house itself. The bedrooms and beds are numerous, comfortable, ceiling fans for those of us that like a nighttime breeze above us, kitchen easy to use, counter and tabletops free of too many knick-knacks so that you actually have plenty of room for your own items. The pool is kept up well and one end is shallow enough that it worked well for a 6 year old. There is a piano in the living room that kept the 13 year old enthralled and allowed me to engage in some long-neglected play. A front-porch swing is delightful, the tv and internet work well, and there are enough common rooms for different groups of people to engage in different activities simultaneously. The second aspect of this house is the location – over 100 acres of both cleared rolling hills and wooded areas, surrounded by stunning hills and mountains. The clouds are even unique in their appearance as you sit poolside and enjoy the view. Probably the best home we’ve ever rented and the owner among the most gracious. We actually didn't want to leave after our daughter's class had ended and the owner worked with us to stay a bit longer. Aside from the house and land the area is also beautiful, shopping, restaurants, historical sites, and the school within reasonable distances.
Thank you Nancy. You were great guests. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay
My house need a happy family. Pat Gibbons
A gem close to Lynchburg!
I lucked out being referred to this rental by another B &B which was fully booked. Definitely a case on one door being closed to another opening wider and brighter. Visiting my daughter at Lynchburg College over the years, I've stayed in many places. This is by far the best! The 10 minute drive off Rte. 29 goes through some truly beautiful country. What is most appealing about this place is its' exquisite setting. Beautiful meadows and woods surround it. Walking at night, the stars are beautiful because there's no ambient lighting. I love a quiet low-key country setting and this place provides it in spades. The historic house is handsome and well maintained. No, no fancy kitchen or baths, just perfectly serviceable spaces, AND large comfy rooms with hardwood floors, lots of natural light and wonderful views out of every window.
I appreciate your history of the house mentioned on the website, and especially acknowledging the Native American role in the area. Thank you for having us; I made my daughter dinner and we ate by candle light. A weekend not to be matched soon, I'm afraid.
I am so very pleased I was able to help you out in your "time of need." I am honored to be able to share my little slice of Heaven with others, and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your very kind words, and please keep me in mind when you come back to the area. I'll keep the porch light on!
This is an absolutely stunning property at the foot of High Peak Mountain. The house is loaded with historic charm while still offering the modern amenities one expects. The pool is beautiful and the outdoor space is vast making it a great place for kids to run and play or for a relaxing stroll to take in the view. The owner takes great pride in the property and is happy to answer all questions and accommodate requests as needed. The property is located just a short drive from various tourist attractions, while providing a quiet and secluded get away making it perfect for those who want to explore the area while taking time to relax and enjoy the scenery in the evenings. Our sleep-challenged infant slept great here which was a very pleasant surprise. For us, it truly felt like home! Book this property and you won't be disappointed!
I am so very pleased to hear your little one was able to rest well! Heart of High Peak definitely offers a peaceful, serene environment - all while being close enough to historic sites and other places of interests. Thank you for staying at Heart of High Peak, and we look forward to hosting you in the future!
We loved this property and would give it six stars (if there was the option). The house was like renting a museum. It had tons of charm inside and out and you could see that the owner (Pat) really put her heart and soul into the care of this house. The in ground swimming pool was awesome and warm. Definitely a top, top rental. Thank you, Pat.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to review your stay! I have, indeed, poured much love and sweat into Heart of High Peak and am pleased that others can now enjoy this little pastoral paradise as much as I have. Let me know when you'd like to put your feet up by the pool again - we'll have the lounge chairs ready!
The high life at High Peak
During our stay at this attractive venue, we particularly enjoyed many walks around the property. It was private and relaxing especially using the in ground pool. The front porch was perfect for evening cocktails. The rooms were spacious and well appointed. Our family took day trips to historic sites such as Monticello in nearby Charlottesville, and then to Appomattox Court House. We would happily return to the Heart of High Peak.
Thank you for considering Heart of High Peak for your stay. We are blessed to be near so many historical sites, as well as wonderful hiking trails and parks. Please keep us in mind in the future - we look forward to hearing from you again!
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Natural Bridge (Virginia Safari Park)
James Madison's Montpelier
James Monroe's Ash Lawn
UVA / Sweet Briar Colleges
James River State Park
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Appomattox Courthouse and Battlefield
Old City Cemetery
Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum
Opera on the James
Academy of Fine Arts
Point of Honor
Percival's Island Natural Area
Blackwater Creek Natural Area
Maier Museum of Art (Randolph College)
Daura Gallery of Art (Lynchburg College)
Avoca Museums & Historical Society (Altavista)
Rise Up Climbing
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center
Lahaye Ice Center
Putt-Putt Fun Center
Funquest Entertainment Center
Tiny Town Golf
AMF Lynchburg Lanes
Regal Cinemas River Ridge Stadium 14
Jump Lynchburg Trampoline Park (projected in Fall 2016)
Peaks of Otter Lodge / Winery (restaurant and hiking)
Craft Beers (Nelson County - Blue Mountain Brewery; Devil's Backbone
Veritas Vineyard and Winery
DeVault Family Vineyards
Monticello Wine Trail
Crabtree Falls (George Washington National Forest)
Riverview Park / Rivanna Trail
Additional information about rental rates
Holiday weeks (i.e., Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) are offered at a different rate. Contact owner for details. The property is also available for events (i.e., weddings, reunions, corporate activities). Contact owner for specific rental details. Event contracts must be signed at least 60 days prior to the event date. Cancellation Policy: If the reservation is cancelled at least 20 days before the arrival date, 50% of the payment will be refunded. If the reservation is cancelled 19 days before the arrival date, no refund will be given. IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTE: If you are traveling from North to South, it has been reported that several GPS systems have been taking travelers over the mountain instead of by highway, which can be very treacherous. Please be sure to make your way to Route 29 South (somewhere near Charlottesville, depending on what you would like to do). Continue on to the Route 29 South Business exit (Madison Heights) and bear to the right (you will also see a sign for Sweet Briar College). Once you get onto Route 29 South Business, travel about 3.8 miles, taking a right onto North Five Forks Road. Travel .52 miles, taking a right onto High Peak Road. Travel 3.87 miles and you will see the sign for Heart of High Peak on the left (at the top of a steep hill).