You will find yourself humming Over the River and Through the Woods... With spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in every direction, and a big country breakfast with fresh eggs from our free range chickens, you won't want to leave. Sleeps 6.
Mountain House Getaway Retreats don't get any better than this! What better place to relax and unwind than immersed in the beauty of the fall season. The gentle breezes and beautiful foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains keep us peaceful, far away from the pavement of the city. The Appalachian Trail threads its way over Bluff Mountain right behind the house, so if you are looking forward to doing some hiking, this is a great jumping off point for an escape from real life.
Perfect for avid outdoors-folk, the Old Parsonage is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park, both national treasures. Close to the James and Tye Rivers and a quick drive to the George Washington National Forest, this is a sportsman's paradise.
In 1897 this wonderful house was built as the Parsonage for the local Pastor. It has been receiving guests ever since. Now renovated and turned into a rentable retreat, you can host your next friendly gathering in this homey and comfortable farmhouse with a magnificent view of the Blue Ridge.
With three bedrooms, the house comfortably sleeps 6 and has 2 full baths, a large living room and a full eat in Kitchen. There are laundry facilities, a dishwasher, and central heat and air conditioning. The front bedroom has a queen bed, the middle bedroom has a queen bed, and there is a loft bedroom off the middle bedroom that has two twin beds.
We believe in great old fashioned country breakfasts, so we leave plenty of breakfast goodies for you to cook up during your stay. Bacon and Fresh Eggs anyone?
But best of all is the great outdoors - incredible views surround the house which is situated in the village of Pleasant View, Virginia. This is an authentic farming community. Most of the residents have lived here all their lives, and why not? After living in Pleasant View, where else could you go that would be so - Pleasant? The quiet, laid back lifestyle in this village has been nearly lost in much of America.
If you are interested in experiencing a bit of country farm life, we can bring a small flock of 6 hens over to the barn coop for you to enjoy during your visit (weather permitting). Our girls are great fun and come in every color under the sun.
Pleasant View is very horse friendly, and people still ride horses on the highway here, as well as on the nearby horse trails off of Route 60. A simple stable and nice pasture on the property make a pleasant place to tie out your horse during your stay.
The Old Parsonage makes a great place to stay for Parents and Graduation weekends or for mid-year visits to see your favorite students.
Half Hour Away: Lynchburg is home to five of Central Virginia's Colleges and Universities, including Liberty University, Sweet Briar College, Randolph College, Lynchburg College and Central Virginia Community College. In addition, Amherst is home to a premier artists' retreat, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA.
Also Half Hour Away: Lexington is home to VMI, Washington and Lee University, the Lime Kiln Theatre and the famous Virginia Horse Center.
An Hour and a Quarter: Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community Colllege. (The route to Charlottesville passes through winery country, and you can spend a day tasting local micro-brew beer, hard cider and wines at more than a dozen venues between the Old Parsonage and Charlottesville.)
Forty Minutes away: Oak Ridge Estate, home of the Nelson County "Lockn" Music Festival
Nearby in Lynchburg:
The James River Batteaux Festival launches from Lynchburg headed for Richmond, VA, every June. The launch festival is quite memorable with boaters dressed in period costumes and hand crafted vessels manned by both men and women of all ages.
Ghost tours in Downtown Lynchburg.
The Harry Potter festival in Scottsville, VA. This year my husband was persuaded to play Hagrid for the event, and boy did we have fun!
The Downtown Christmas parade, usually including horse-drawn carriage rides in early December.
With so much to see and do in the area, you can use the Old Parsonage as a hub to go in many different directions and enjoy all Central Virginia has to offer.
The entire house is yours for your stay. Towels and Linens are provided along with terrific breakfast options for you to cook up when you are ready. Rates quoted are for up to four guests, with additional charges for any guests over four. All guests must be included on the reservation, except children under one year of age that have their own sleeping beds such as "pack and play" cribs. We welcome well behaved pets, but we charge a $30 pet fee, payable on arrival.
We have recently added some baby friendly items, including a sleeping playpen, and a clamp on baby feeding chair. Let us know if you will be needing them.
We will greet you and make sure you are settled in, then leave you to enjoy your stay. We are nearby and can pop over if you need any assistance or recommendations for activities in the area.
We hope that our guests will enjoy this house and treat all its contents with care and respect, as they would treat their own. Compensation for damaged property will be the responsibility of the airbnb member who makes the reservation. We have implemented a moderate cleaning fee in the hopes that guests will attempt to leave the house in a similar condition as found upon arrival. Please wash all dishes, pile all used linens on the floor in the laundry room / pantry, close all windows and lock doors upon departure.
I am an art lover, an entrepreneur and a renovation enthusiast. I have spent my life surrounded by art, power tools and customers.
In 1980 I purchased Creative Framing in Charlottesville, Virginia and learned the care and preservation of art from the experienced staff. In 1997, we began adding art supplies to the store, and in 2000, The Art Box, our art supply division was opened. In 2003, we opened a second art supply store in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 2009, The Art Box purchased a building in Downtown Lynchburg, and added 9 studios and a classroom to create an art center - Art on 12th - where artists explore the creation of art and interact with other artists. In 2012, we opened a third store in Crozet, Virginia, a wonderful town just west of Charlottesville.
In 1985, I decided to try my hand at painting, and I jumped into oil painting. Over the years I have experimented with many different mediums including clay, watercolor and encaustic, but I always return to oil painting. Working now with R&F pigment sticks, which are oil paint in a hand held stick, I enjoy making bold marks directly on the canvas from the paint stick, without the use of a brush. The size of the stick, and the lack of color mixing prior to application prevent me from getting too tight, helping to keep the painting loose and vibrant.
I am inspired by the Group of Seven painters, a Canadian art association that worked in the early 1900's, and used bold colors and strong line to portray their majestic surroundings. I seek to capture my view of the Virginia landscape in saturated colors and energetic marks.
I have a passion for renovation, and with my husband, Raleigh, have renovated several structures. My greatest joy is finding wonderful doors and windows, and building a space to fit them. Whether updating a bread factory to be art studios, a parsonage to be a country retreat, or a food trailer to house our rare breed chickens, the hum of power tools, and the smell of paint make me giddy.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Central Virginia. It is a special place where the joys of a peaceful life can still be enjoyed to the fullest. Don't forget to bring your paints, and dash off a few pictures while you are here.