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'Pond House' - on Huge Horse Farm; Great for Young Families

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7)

Vacation on our 600 acre horse and cattle farm and stay in our Pond House, on the shore of one of the most beautiful ponds you can imagine. Children and adults enjoy fishing, hiking the woodland trails, watching the constant activities of nature around the pond, watching the horses and cattle, and horseback riding with our neighbors at Oakland Heights. Newsflash: We just added a fantastic rope swing near the Pond House, and it will hold large adults!

The Pond House has two bedrooms (one queen, one bunk bed with double bed on bottom), plus a den with queen-sized pull-out couch. It is professionally decorated and altogether charming.

The best feature, however, is the screened back deck overlooking the gorgeous pond.

Be sure to visit the farm's website using the link at the foot of this listing. Also see our Milker's Cottage (vrbo #766635), Manor House (vrbo #90926) and Servants' Cottage (vrbo #442721). These are all on the same farm. The Milker's cottage is similar in size and price to the Pond House, so if the Pond House shows unavailable, please be sure to check the Milker's Cottage.

Keywords: Cabin

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Keith Cuthrell
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Keith Cuthrell

My wife and I live in Virginia Beach, where we have been buying and rehabbing run down properties for many years. In 2003, I was looking for a small 'getaway' property close to the mountains. I overshot and ended up purchasing a rundown old horse farm (584 acres), with three houses and two big barns. After 18 months of rehab work, we opened the houses for guests.

Keith Cuthrell purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Keith Cuthrell chose Gordonsville

The Charlottesville area is one of the most beautiful parts of America. The landscape is just wonderful. You enjoy all the amenities of civilization, but in an area that is rural and dotted with small towns and villages. There is a reason why Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Governor Barbour, James Monroe and many other historical figures chose to live in this area, and why a number of modern jet setters have hideaways in the area today.

What makes this cottage unique

We love the back porch and pond. Its one of the most pleasant places on earth. The table and chairs out there get lots of use, both at mealtimes and whenever we wish to read or write. Our grandchildren love to stay at the Pond House because its so easy to step out the door and down to the edge of the pond, where they see lots of pond life (turtles, geese, fish and minnows, dragonflies, frogs, crayfish, red-winged blackbirds, hawks & eagles (yes we have golden eagles), etc.) and where they can depend on the fish to bite.

Guestbook comments from the owner

To celebrate M_______'s 60th birthday, we chose the Pond House. It was so relaxing and peaceful. The guys enjoyed fishing, while the ladies rode bikes and interacted with the horses. Seeing the baby horse was a highlight! The wineries were awesome, especially Barboursville! This is exactly what we needed!
May 2012
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Gordonsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Note that the Pond House can sleep 7, but there is only one bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed with double on bottom
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-sized sleeper sofa
  • Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pac-n-Play available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-sized sleep sofa in Den., Bunk Beds (1) Double Bed Below.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • rafting
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Fish for Bass & Bream (gear provided). Hiking on extensive trails on the farm. Trail Rides at neighboring farm. View horses, cattle, wildlife on farm. Rent our all-terrain golf cart for leisurely exploring of the farm. Complete peace & relaxation. And yes, it is romantic because it is so very private.


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'Pond House' - on Huge Horse Farm; Great for Young Families
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Amazing! Great views!

  • 5 of 5

I surprised my wife with a random overnight trip. She had a blast and was super happy! Can’t wait to go back! Horses everywhere which was really awesome! We definitely didn’t want to leave! The farm was nice to walk around with our morning coffee and take it all in! Such a relaxing place to visit

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it worked out well for you and your wife. Hope you get to come back during warm weather months, on when everything is green.
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Great property especially if you enjoy shore bass fishing and a relaxing campfire

  • 5 of 5

All around excellent. Staff was very nice and property was well equipped.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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McLean, VA

Serene Location

  • 3 of 5

The Pond house is beautifully set by a pond. The attractions are the hikes in the woods, the horse paddocks to say hi to horses (bring carrots and apples), and the serenity of it all.

The house is nicely decorated, and well appointed. There is wood for the fire in the evening, so the hosts are thoughtful.

I marked down two stars because of the following:

(1) the property listing says it has a hot tub, which is true, but the hot tub is at the manor house up the road a ways, and reserved for the guests of the Manor. So, its not very practical in the winter.

(2) Most important. The property listing says Wifi, but again that is for the manor house, and not always available for the Pond house. We expected to use it but were told it was not available.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our vrbo and Homeaway listings have the boxes checked for "Hot Tub" . It shows up in the listing like this: Pool/Hot Tub: Hot Tub . . . When you hover over this, there is a pop up box that states ""There is a hot tub up the hill at the Manor House. Pond House guests may arrange to use." The box for "Shared Hot Tub" is also checked. On this, I feel we are being penalized for the way vrbo and Homeaway display (or does not plainly display) the accurate information we provided. Perhaps we should remove all reference to the potential to use the hot tub, given the way the information displays. We felt it was something we could offer for free as a benefit to Pond House guests, but if the information we provide about it is not being discovered, we will delete it from the listing. Regarding the mobile hot spots for internet access, that is our fault for not adding more of them. We now have 5 homes on the farm, and we have to add more hot spots to keep up with demand. We added another one this week. We are glad you liked the Pond House and the farm itself.
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Chesapeake, VA

weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The Pond House was wonderful and just what we needed to relax and unwind. The horses were the lucky ones while we were there, plenty of apples and carrots were enjoyed by them. The golf cart was a great addition to exploring the property. A wonderful weekend indeed.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most relaxing and enjoyable vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

We (myself, my husband, 2 children and our puppy) stayed at the farm for 6 nights. From the minute we drove in we thought we died and went to Heaven! The Pond House was beautiful, the horses, the farm, the pond, the woods, the view, all so beautiful. As well, the owner, Keith, the hostess, Katie and the groundskeeper, Kenny were all so nice. We fished every day, my husband caught a few big bass and one huge one. Went horseback riding nearby, went sight-seeing among other things. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and can't wait to return next summer. Thank you for a wonderful place to make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Virginia Beach

Something for Everyone!

  • 5 of 5

My daughters and I recently enjoyed two idyllic days on the farm. We stayed in the Pond House, and

everything about our stay was perfect. My youngest daughter enjoyed fishing, exploring the farm and the woods in the golf cart, visiting the horses in the fields and the barn, smores on the fire pit at night (Keith even thoughtfully left firewood for our use) and playing outdoors! My city-slicker teenager enjoyed resting and reading in the clean, comfortable and well equipped house (she even had Wi-Fi!), relaxing under the stars in the hot tub and even swinging away on the two rope swings. The farm brought me back to my childhood - it was so great to be outdoors, and I haven't seen that many butterflies in years! It was the best of both worlds - the relaxing atmosphere of the farm, with all of the modern conveniences and amenities very close by. Keith's restaurant recommendations were great - we had an incredible lunch at the nearby French restaurant and a wonderful Italian dinner just up the street.

My kids would not leave until I promised that we would come back again - that was an easy promise

to make! Thank you, Keith, for an incredibly relaxing mini-vacation. We hope to be able to come back


  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Light Well
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Spring Creek
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
U.S. Highway 15
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Le Pomme
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Madison's Montpelier
Nearest Point of Interest
Exchange Hotel Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Gordonsville Restaurants
Nearest Point of Interest
Oakwood Heights Trail Riding
Nearest Point of Interest
Skydive Orange
Nearest Point of Interest
Barboursville Winery; Horton Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Floridise Orchids
Car: necessary

Fishing (cane poles and a few bass rigs provided), Horseback riding on Neighboring Farm, Oakland Heights, Explore the ponds (nine total) and creeks on the farm's 584 acres, Hiking and biking on miles of forest trails (adult and child bikes on site). Great New Rope Swing near Pond House. Watch our on-site trainer work her mounts. Watch cows and other farm activities that happen to be going on. Hot tub at main house available to Pond House guests, Lots of nearby wineries, antique shops, historic sites (Monticello - 25 miles, Montpelier - six miles, Wilderness - 20 miles), museums (Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum - three miles, Madison Museum - six miles), and shopping, However, most families have trouble getting the kids to leave the farm, Forty minutes to Skyline Drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.3%

Two night minimum on Friday/Saturday nights except when winter rates are in effect. Winter rates not applicable at holidays.
Discounts offered for 3 night stay and for 5 nights and longer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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