Purple Haze farm house (circa 1908) was totally renovated in 2006. We are a 200 acre working farm with cattle and crops, fronting the South River, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can see the house from overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The view from the house will cure high blood pressure in a minute.
Because it is an old farm house with additions (total of around 3100 sq ft} the floor plan is unique. Downstairs includes all the public rooms plus a full bath. Upstairs includes three bedrooms (one queen and two doubles), a bunk room with a single and bunks which sleeps 3, and two full baths. One of the baths is off a central hall, the other is off one of the double bed bedroom. The upstairs rooms are on three levels, often requiring a step or two between rooms and the hall. If you are a person easily disoriented when you wake up at night, you may want to stay in the room with the ensuite bath with no steps. Also, it has a metal roof, so you will hear rain and wind storms if one arises.
While only a few miles from the interstate, we are in a lovely rural setting. With 3/4 mile frontage on the South River, we have lovely paths for hiking and gentle water for canoeing (no rapids) and fishing. Lots of bass and trout. This area is particularly nice for biking, with many rural roads, and excellent mountain biking trails nearby in the national forest. With 24 wineries within 25 miles,you can enjoy a grand tour or just visit a couple only 10 minutes away. Lake Sherando is 15 minutes away for swimming. We also have pool passes at two nearby hotels so you can swim indoors or out.
In the Fall the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley are amazing. There is no extra charge for them.
We have a one week minimum for july 4, thanksgiving and christmas.
Special note to fall 2014 visitors. October 25 is our annual haunted barn party. We have an elaborate haunted barn on the lower level and a big party on the upper level of the barn. There will be lots of people and lots of fun. If you stay with us that weekend you should be prepared for noise Friday night when we have about forty kids over to rehearse and eat pizza. Sat night there will be about 300 to 400 people at the party. If you have kids, they can be zombie actors/actresses in the barn, or you can just come to the party. If you are a group of adults looking for a peaceful weekend in the country, you would find it quieter at Walmart.
You'll have a full modern kitchen, or many restaurants nearby for dining. The den features a card table and a large HD TV with DVD. In the barn there is foosball, air hockey , basket ball, ping pong and a skate board halfpipe (at your own risk.)
Behind the house there is a patio with a wonderful view of the property and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have recently expanded the patio to include a firepit and a hottub.
If you are so inclined, you can visit our chickens and three miniture donkeys, Fiona,Fergie and baby Olive. You can win their hearts with an apple or carrot, or by brushing their coats.
We are less than 30 minutes from Charlottesville (Monticello and University of Virginia), Wintergreen(golf and skiing) and Staunton(Frontier museum and Shakespeare Theater). 45 minutes from Harrisonburg, Masanutten with it's waterpark and skiing, Lexington and the Safari zoo. About 2 hours from Richmond, Williamsburg, Jamestown and 3 hours from Washington DC and Virginia Beach.
Dulles airport is 2.5 hours and Richmond airport is about 90 minutes.
Come settle in on our farm for a week, take in all the fun activities in the area, and then relax with the comforts and room of home.
We had a delightful group of French Canadians here for a week in May 2012. They made a video montage of their trip here, which captures the feel of our farm and the area very well. Just paste this link in your browser. All the scenes with cows, and many others, are on the farm. Roads with a rock wall are on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roads with no side white line are in our neck of the woods.
We also have a large 100 year old barn, picnic area and lawn area available for events. We rent the barn, picnic area and farm house as a bundle for weddings, etc. Cost is $3000 for the weekend (4 nights in the house, with use of the picnic area and the barn) which gives you time to decorate and take down your event leisurely. We only schedule on wedding per month, May through October. If you are interested in a wedding on the farm, please write us
Beginning in 2015 the farm house will be available on a more limited basis. We will be hosting one wedding per month, and the house will be rented one additional time each month. The house will become available to reserve after a wedding is scheduled for the month. Please write us for availability after Jan 1 2015, as the calendar is not accurate after that time.