Enjoy a secluded week or weekend in this classic farmhouse, surrounded by fields. Guests who sign a liability waiver can also have access to our full mile of private sandy beach on the Rappahannock River, just down the road. In the winter, cozy up to the wood stoves. The interior is newly renovated, with central A/C and a kitchen stocked with everything you might want for a barbecue or dinner party--we love to entertain!
This farmhouse has been part of our family's farm—formerly a working dairy farm—for the better part of a century, but this is the first time we've set it up for ourselves and our guests. We hope you like it as much as we do! Sit on the back deck and listen to the birds as you look out over the fields. Make an elaborate dinner and serve it on china with cloth napkins in the formal dining room, or grill burgers out on the deck. We've got a few books and toys and a pac n play (BYO sheets for it) for kids. There's a full-size sofabed in the living room. The hardwood stairs to the second floor are beautiful but a bit steep, as is typical of houses of the era.
Just down the road is the main entrance to the former dairy farm, and if you sign a waiver promising to stay away from all the old farm buildings and silos and such, we'll give you permission to open the gate and drive through the old dirt roads at the farm to the path that leads to our mile of private, sandy beach. (About 2.5 miles from the farmhouse; takes about 10 minutes since you have to drive so slowly.) Local boaters sometimes visit our beach, especially on weekends and holidays, and we are currently not prosecuting the trespassing, as they are generally respectful. But most times, and especially mid-week, you will likely have the whole beach to yourself.
There's a boat ramp nearby and many marinas, one good hipster restaurant and plenty of places to get you some hush puppies and crab cakes. :) There are some cute small towns nearby, like Urbanna and White Stone, but the main attraction is the rural environment and of course the wide tidal Rappahannock river. We have redone the interior of the farmhouse completely, including new heating and central A/C.
The exterior painting is still to be done, and the landscaping is still "country," the shed is quite rustic and ramshackle (though filled with beach chairs, a baby pool, a badminton setup, and more), but we think it's hard to beat being able to look out over acres of corn and wheat rustling in the wind! The farmer who rents our fields depends on the crops for his livelihood, so we ask that guests stay within the 2.2 acre house lot, and leave the trampling of the fields to the deer.
We've tried to furnish it with everything you might want, because we want it too: two pillows for each person; comforters; a blow dryer; a gas grill; microwave; toaster; a portable dishwasher that hooks up to the sink; martini, wine, and margarita glasses; an array of herbs and spices; even a gravy boat! No big parties, please (sound carries over the fields to our one neighbor and we don't want damage to our newly renovated home), but we hope you have friends over for dinner. There's no wifi yet but cell service, at least for AT&T, is excellent.
An important note: We've heard from friends of friends that they have been discriminated against as vacation renters based on race. So we want to make it very clear that we warmly welcome guests of any race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We simply want you to enjoy our home and treat it with care!
We're foodies, so we usually stay at home and cook, but Merroir Tasting Room is a wonderful restaurant nearby, recently named one of the best in the state by People magazine. There's also local favorites like Taylor's Restaurant and the Galley, where you can get good hush puppies, liver n' onions, burgers and more. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown are all an easy day trip, and there's also a Busch Gardens amusement park there (all about 45 miles away, 1 hour drive on the country roads). Locally, there's a steamboat museum, a Maritime museum, and the Urbanna Oyster festival (late fall), and a few wineries a short drive away. We're more of the "pack a picnic and hang out all day on the beach" type, so if that's you, we've got you covered.
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