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

(13 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    The upstairs Bunk Room is a great place to bunk down the kids. The farm is wonderful for children. Rope swings, hiking, ponds, wildlife, horses, cattle, room to run. However, electronic gaming systems are NOT welcome. You may tell the kids that the owner forbids them on site....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Two large screened porches and patio are great smoking areas!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Call for details. We prefer to limit larger pets to the Suite and its sleeping porch....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Other (See Description)


  • Dolley Room: 1 queen

    Uses Hall Bath...moreless

  • James Room: 1 queen

    Sitting Area and Bath within room...moreless

  • Suite: 1 queen

    Huge bath, kitchen, porch....moreless

  • Bunk Room: 4 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Great for the kids or singles....moreless

  • Two rollaway beds. Pak-n-play.

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Hall Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Dedicated to Dolley Room guests...moreless

  • James Bath: toilet, shower


  • Suite Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub


  • Bunk Room Bath: toilet, shower


Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    One with each television set....moreless

  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Game Barn shared among all guests at the farm, with ping pong, pool table, foosball, cornhole, bikes, croquet, darts, etc....moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Televisions in 3 of the four bedrooms and in Den. No satellite: Excellent digital reception on about 12 local channels....moreless

  • VCR:

    One with each TV....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Good selection of movies....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Watch the sun set behind the Southwest Mountains....moreless

  • Rural:

    This is a farm, but an elegant one. You are a mile from the nearest paved roads....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Six additional places at the kitchen table. Patio is also great place to eat when weather permits....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air with Separate zones....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In Basement....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Furnace for downstairs; heat pumps for upstairs....moreless

  • Internet:

    Mobile hot spot for normal web access only. Download your movies at home before you come, and leave the gaming systems at home. We have to pay by the gig; not unlimited data....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    In Basement....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Mobile hot spot shared with cottage guests....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    One in living room. One in dining room. Wood supplied. There is also a firepit by the patio....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker:

    Each refrigerator has an automatic ice maker....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Main Kitchen is spacious, plus kitchennette in Suite (which is actually a full kitchen also)....moreless

  • Microwave:

    One in each kitchen....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Paper supplies and basic condiments usually on hand. Check the kitchens before heading to grocery store....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    One in each kitchen....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Adult bikes and children's bikes. Also, we offer a 4-person golf cart with all-terrain tires for an additional fee....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Huge lawn areas, plus the farm's 600 acres of woods and pastures....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Shared Hot Tub:

    On Patio. If we have guests in the Cottages, they may also use the hot tub, but usually do not do so....moreless



from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$460 $695
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 7.3%


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:

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

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Silk Mill Grille
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Spring Creek
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
U.S. Highway 15
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Le Pomme, Fabio's, Bar-B-Que Exchange

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Gordonsville, VA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Wolftrap Farm Manor House

    Wolftrap Farm Manor House

  • Patio and Hot Tub At Back of Manor House.

    Patio and Hot Tub At Back of Manor House.

  • The James Room

    The James Room

  • The Suite

    The Suite

  • Den


  • Main Kitchen

    Main Kitchen

  • Our Historic Barns

    Our Historic Barns

  • Mountain & Pastoral Views

    Mountain & Pastoral Views

  • Kids Love the Farm!!

    Kids Love the Farm!!

  • The Dolley Room

    The Dolley Room

  • Bunk Room (two sets of trundle beds & a sleeper sofa)

    Bunk Room (two sets of trundle beds & a sleeper sofa)

  • Dining Room (seats 10, Table in Kitchen seats 6)

    Dining Room (seats 10, Table in Kitchen seats 6)

  • View of Manor House and Barns from Back Pasture

    View of Manor House and Barns from Back Pasture

  • Play Barn (pool, ping pong, bicycles, etc.)

    Play Barn (pool, ping pong, bicycles, etc.)

  • Bass From One of Our Ponds - State Citation Winner

    Bass From One of Our Ponds - State Citation Winner

  • Misty morning.

    Misty morning.

  • Training Ring.

    Training Ring.

  • Haying time.

    Haying time.

VRBO #90926

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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