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1856 Manor House on 600-Acre Working Horse/Cattle Estate

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type estate


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14)

Our historic Manor House (circa 1856) was completely renovated and refurnished in 2004. From its hilltop location, you enjoy commanding views of the Southwest Mountain range and of our vast pastures. Children and adults alike are transported far from the world of the city to life on an old Virginia estate, immaculately restored, situated on land once owned by President James Madison, whose Montpelier home is just on the other side of the mountain.

This is a wonderful place to gather several generations of family in a locale where all ages will be contented. Adults savor the peace and quiet, the views, the local historic sites, museums, fine restaurants, wineries, antique shops and art galleries, scenic drives and quaint villages. Children are endlessly fascinated by having 600 acres on which to run wild, explore nature, skim rocks and fish in ponds, watch horses and cows and wildlife, peer down old wells, smell manure, chase lightening bugs and frogs, and have rural adventures of all sorts. If you can get them off the farm, they can trail ride on a neighboring farm, go rafting, see UVA, visit three former Presidents' homes within a 30 mile radius, or go to a livestock auction, horse show, or other local summer event.

It is no exaggeration to describe Wolf Trap and its environs as idyllic. Spend some time on a Virginia estate, and see why so many celebrities and jet-setters who could choose to live anywhere have chosen this part of rural Virginia for their country retreats.

We have two separate cottages. The Servants' Cottage is 30 yards behind the Manor House and sleeps up to four (see vrbo #442721). The Pond House is 150 yards away and sleeps up to 7 (see vrbo #90883). Visit the farm's website using the link at the end of this listing.

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More Details

Keith Cuthrell
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Keith Cuthrell

My wife and I live in Virginia Beach, where we have engaged in buying and renovating properties for many years. In 2003, while looking for a mountain 'getaway' property, I stumbled upon a rundown horse farm that looked like it needed me. At 584 acres, it was about 20 times more than we were looking for, but we dove in. Only after we completed the purchase did we learn that the Manor House predated the Civil War. After 18 months of rehab work on the 3 homes and 2 barns, we opened two of the houses for guests.

Keith Cuthrell purchased this estate in 2003

Why Keith Cuthrell chose Gordonsville

Charlottesville is one of the most beautiful areas in America. The terrain is beautiful - rolling, with mountain views, and beautiful farms (including Wolftrap). You have all the amenities of civilization (including great restaurants), but you are in a rural area dotted with small towns and villages. There's a reason Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Governor Barbour and other historical personages picked this area, and why some modern day jet setters chose this area for their East Coast hideaways.

What makes this estate unique

We enjoy the beauty of the farm itself. Everywhere you look, you are seeing the mountain range, beautiful pastures with horses or cattle, or the woods. The house is great when we have family or friends sharing it with us. The best thing about the house itself is the number of places where people sit and talk. Somehow, the size and configuration of the rooms and furnishings just make people want to sit and talk. This happens at the kitchen table, in the den, the living room, on the upstairs porch, at the horseshoe pits, on the patio, and in the hot tub. Our grandchildren love the rope swing and the ability to roam the trails.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a great week on this beautiful farm! The boys had fun exploring the woods, falling in the creek, chasing frogs & lizards, fishing, feeding the horses (Radar & Will) and swinging on the rope swing behind the house. Several hikes in the nearby mountains & a fun visit to Charlottesville & Monticello. Hope to return to this amazing place sometime soon.
Apr 2011
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Gordonsville Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dedicated to Dolley Room guests
    James Bath - toilet , shower
    Suite Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Huge.
    Bunk Room Bath - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Dolley Room - 1 queen , Uses Hall Bath
    James Room - 1 queen , Sitting Area and Bath within room
    Suite - 1 queen , Huge bath, kitchen, porch.
    Bunk Room - 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Great for the kids or singles.
  • Two rollaway beds. Pak-n-play.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • tennis
The real amenities are provided by Wolf Trap's remarkable setting atop the last foothill, affording a close-up view of the first range of mountains, And you are out of earshot of traffic, in the middle of 600 acres of verdant rolling pastures and woodlands, with 9 ponds, numerous creeks, abundant wildlife, with the elegance of horses serving as living adornments to the landscape. Fishing gear provided to fish our well-stocked ponds.


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1856 Manor House on 600-Acre Working Horse/Cattle Estate
average rating of 4.8125 based on 23 reviews

Wonderful views, great setting, very comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in this house and third time on the property. We were so lucky to have this property available to us in this area since we had family here we wanted to visit. But this property is worth a stay no matter what your reason. The house has modern amenities but has time past with a slower pace atmosphere. We had extended family with 3 generations (6 adults and 4 young children) and there was lots of room for everyone. We loved the setting on a hilltop and with the horses seen from the house for the young grandchildren to feed. Sitting in the front yard with a glass of wine watching the sun set was the adults' favorite activity. We also enjoyed the hot tub and fire pit at night. We all love this place and we have stayed in VRBOs from Cape Cod, the Keys, Austin to Washington state, and British Columbia, CA.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for telling how the Manor House works for all ages.
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Evergreen, CO

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had 10 people (4 adults and 6 kiddos) stay at the manor house and could not have been happier. Thank you so much! We hope to be back some day!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We are so happy your group enjoyed the farm.
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Rockville, MD

Great for a wine tasting getaway weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The house had plenty of space for 10 adults and we enjoyed the fire pit and hot tub with the beautiful mountains in the background!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the five star review. Glad you had such a good time.
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United States

We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

I love the freedom you give us to just roam and explore the farm. The golf cart and hot tub were a big hit with the kids and the house was great. We love the country and the peace.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family got the full experience of the farm.
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Christmas for our family

  • 5 of 5

We chose this location because it was close to Gordonsville where my father-in-law lives and we were so lucky because of that. It is a wonderful place. Our children and their families came from Florida and Texas and everyone had a wonderful time. The house was very comfortable and accommodating for our extended family. Meals at the large dining table were wonderful with the fireplace crackling. The fire pit outside was great for the s'mores at night for the grandchildren. Our children even got to enjoy the hot tub. Feeding the many horses apples and carrots was a highlight for the grandchildren as well. We are so grateful that the owner updated the home in such a nice manner for modern use and shares it as a VRBO.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that the farm worked so well for your family, especially for a holiday gathering of your extended family. That's great to hear.
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Northern VA

Wonderful property. Loved our 2nd stay here as much as first.

  • 5 of 5

This is my second year returning to the WolfTrap farm. The entire property is a fantastic place to spend a weekend amongst beautiful scenery and with great access to local attractions. The manor home and cottage are both well equipped and extremely comfortable. Our group of 30somethings really enjoyed the entire visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Silk Mill Grille
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Spring Creek
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
U.S. Highway 15
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Le Pomme, Fabio's, Bar-B-Que Exchange
Nearest Point of Interest
Oakland Heights
Nearest Point of Interest
James Madison's Montpelier Home
Nearest Point of Interest
Barboursville Winery & Horton Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Gordonsville's Great Restaurants
Nearest Point of Interest
30 Minutes to Monticello
Car: necessary

While at the farm, adults enjoy long walks on our woodland trails, watching the constant wildlife activity around the ponds, rocking and swinging on the porches, playing horseshoes, and chilling out on the patio, If there are young children, the adults will be constantly helping them explore nature at the farm, and swinging them on the rope swings. The older boys love the ponds, with the fishing, frog hunting, groundhog holes, snakes, and other wild stuff, The girls often can't take their eyes off the horses, And when everyone is worn out, they sit and talk on the porches, on the patio, in the den or around the kitchen table, Wolftrap is the setting where your family can create its favorite memories. Great for family reunions. Combine with our Pond House and/or Servants' Cottage for larger groups. Be sure to visit the farm's website, using the link at the foot of this listing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Winter Rates not applicable at holidays. Two night minimum on week-ends except while winter rates are in effect. Exceptions made if a week-end is not booked less than two weeks out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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