BLACKBERRY MORNING: A BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL MOUNTAIN RETREAT

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Suzy, Owner

Speaks english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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BLACKBERRY MORNING: A BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL MOUNTAIN RETREAT

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4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Only 14 miles to Virginia Tech & Blacksburg. Yet a world apart! In the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Highlands on 268 private acres. Spectacular views of beautiful surrounding mountains & rolling valley below. Experience stilled time in the wonderfully peaceful solitude of nature. And the warm, inviting welcome of the comfortable, fully-furnished & well-equipped, cedar, fieldstone & glass house. Such a great place to gather family & friends for VT sports events, graduations, class reunions, & moving in your freshman; perfect for your family reunions, weddings, bride or groom's retreat, honeymoons; & awesome outdoor adventures nearby. Or just come and enjoy a relaxing & refreshing vacation with family and friends!

You are going to love being here! It is so very beautiful & so wonderfully peaceful! Listen to the creek flowing & the birds singing and the breeze blowing. The sunsets down the valley & the brilliant stars in the night-sky are awe-inspiring. You can hike anywhere on the land & there are spectacular views from every vantage point. Picnic on the meadows & explore the creeks & park-like woods.

Please Note: Britt Boucher, a naturalist/forester, and his ever-faithful fielddog, Jenna, are currently residing in the studio apartment in the basement of the house. The apartment has a separate entrance and is not connected to the main quarters. And Britt will always respect your privacy at the retreat. Britt is a joy to know and we’re lucky to count him as a friend, as well as to have him advising us in forest and farm management of Clover Hollow Farm. Britt's Bio: Britt is a private Forest and Farm Manager working for the planet to help maintain our farmland and forest health. A farmer & naturalist that spends most of his time “playing” in the dirt, growing food, assessing plant-community health, “listening” to trees, and counseling the forest. Like all true naturalists- quiet, humble, accommodating - he will be respectful of your desire for privacy. But, if you wish, and can catch him… he is always delighted to talk about farming and forest care... and the sounds of the forest at night.

While at Blackberry Morning, experience fun outdoor adventures! -- You can often see whitetail deer in the open pastures around the house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The wild turkeys are elusive, but you can sometimes see them in the pastures or crossing the road. You can hike the Appalachian Trail at the top of our property. It's a 2.5 mile moderate-hike to Kelly Knob overlook. Other nearby hikes are Angel's Rest, Wind Rock and Dragon's Tooth. The Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site waterfall is just 10 miles West -- a great place to picnic and fly-fish for native trout. There are other wild & stocked trout streams nearby, including Big Stony Creek. The New River has canoeing, kayaking & tubing less than 15 miles West. And there's white-water rafting in West Virginia on the New & the Gauley, about two hours away, and you can bungee-jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in WVA, too. There is also skiing at Winter Place and Snowshoe in W.V., one-two hours West. You can go sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing, swimming & picnicking at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Stop by Mikey's 7th in Newport and pick up a picnic lunch to take with you. And plan a special gourmet dinner at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston while you're here. Great fun!

Yet, we're just 14.5 miles, 25 minutes across two mountains, to Blacksburg & VATech University, where there are all kinds of things to do that you typically find in a university town. Enjoy VATech sports, graduation & special events. Picnic by the Duck Pond, walk on the paved trails around campus, go to concerts on campus and at the smaller venue of the Lyric Theater downtown (old, restored movie-house). And there is a brand-new Performing Arts Center. There are side-walk cafes like Gillie's & Caba Fish Taco where you can hear local music, & great local restaurants like Bull & Bones and Zeppoli's, as well as favorite chains. There are movie theaters and downtown small-shops & mall shopping. There's a year-round indoor pool at the Blacksburg Recreation Center on our side of Blacksburg, where they also have basketball courts, tennis courts, a skateboard ramp, & a hand-in-hand playground on a large open field with picnic shelters. They have great 4th of July fireworks there, too!

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Suzy, Owner

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Speaks english

My husband and I purchased this property on our honeymoon! He was a new Assistant Professor in M.E. at VATech and I was a late-blooming student in English. We were blessed with the birth of our two sons six and nine years later. We are all VATech Hokies: Hal, M.E. 1960; Suzy, English 1974, Brooks, M.E. 1997, Shane, Biology & Political Science in 2003.

Suzy, Owner purchased this house in 1969

Hal & I fell in love with the farm on our first visit - looking for a place to make our home together. On that beautiful Spring day in April, we walked up the mountain, sat on a big rock and looked down the valley at that incredible view - and knew this was where we wanted to be - forever.

Stunningly beautiful views and wonderfully peaceful environment on a private farm (268 acres) - with a contemporary cedar, fieldstone & glass house that wraps you up in comfort - adjoining the Jefferson Nat'l Forest and the Appalachian Trail, yet close enough to all the people & culture of Blacksburg & VATech.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Blackberry Morning: A Beautiful & Peaceful Mountain Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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Blacksburg Blue Ridge Highlands
5

Wonderful place and beautiful mountain views.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Suzy, we had a wonderful time!!! The house was perfect for us. My husband and I from Birmingham, AL, our older son, his wife and two girls (ages 2 and 5) from Huntsville, AL, and our younger son, his wife and 1 yr. old daughter from Rockville, MD. We had plenty of room for the children to play inside and outside, and room for the adults to sit and talk after the children went to bed. We celebrated a late Christmas together which was so important since we live so far from each other.

Thank you for making our time together so enjoyable. We hope to be able to come back to Blackberry Morning again.
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5

Just beautiful inside and out!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
To say this is remote is an understatement. Surrounded on three sides by the Jefferson National Forrest, your view just goes and goes and goes. We came for a family (adults only) 50th birthday party for my husband and I wasn't really sure I was going to get them to leave. The joke was that I put in an extra order for light snow in the mornings because it just looked so beautiful.

There is a movie room that is great for really watching a movie or show but I couldn't get myself out of the comfy chair by the living room window. Could have stayed forever. Beds were soooo comfy. Fluffy towels. Kitchen was well appointed. We were talking about the next stay before we left. Hope we can come back soon!
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Blacksburg Blue Ridge Highlands
42477 Radevormwald
5

Our second home - far away from Europe!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
After having stayed here in 2012 we gladly returned to this outstanding place! Everything is so peaceful and timeless, giving us time for recreation - the perfect home far away from Europe. The house is very well furnished and Suzy, our landlady, is a very warmhearted host taking care of all our needs. Walt, the very talented artist, and his dog Traveler have just conquered our hearts! We would love to return!
Christiane and Ewald from Germany (near Cologne)
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Blacksburg Blue Ridge Highlands
42477 Radevormwald
5

Unsere zweite Heimat!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Nach unserem Aufenthalt 2012 sind wir nun erneut in dieses wunderschöne Haus gerne zurück gekehrt. Die wohltuende Stille, der traumhafte Blick und das so gemütliche und bestens eingerichtete und ausgestattete Haus begeistern uns immer wieder! Suzy ist eine wundervolle Gastgeberin, die alles tut, um unseren Aufenthalt unvergesslich zu machen! Und der Künstler Walt, der im Souterrain wohnt, hat mit seinem Hund Traveler unsere Herzen erobert! Wir möchten bald wiederkehren.
Christiane und Ewald aus Deutschland (nahe Köln)
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Blacksburg Blue Ridge Highlands
Jefferson, WI
5

Perfect Appalachian Trail Locale

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
My husband, 18 yr old daughter and I drove from Wisconsin to have a long weekend with our 21 yr old son who is walking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Not only was the house beautiful, immaculately clean, well-stocked and with gorgeous views but it is only 3/4 of a mile from an AT crossing! My husband and son sat at the trail one day for six hours as "trail angels", handing out "trail magic" (very welcomed brats, burgers, beer and soda for the passing hikers), my son knowing many of them. My daughter and I walked part of the trail and had a wonderful time. All you need to bring is whatever you want to eat and drink...the house has everything you would need! 2 recommendations to put the house beyond perfect....comfortable reclining chairs and a hot tub on the terrace...watch the stars at night...AAHHH! Walt, the artist in residence living below, and his dog Traveler are great...not intrusive in the least...gave us good advice on a restaurant in Blacksburg called The Cellar...very good. Enjoy!
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Roanoke, VA ROA
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Miles
460W, Newport, VA
Nearest Beach
325 Miles
Myrtle Beach, SC
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Blacksburg, VA
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Winterplace, WV
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Blacksburg Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5.5 Miles
Mickey's 7th, Newport
Car: necessary

Blacksburg & Virginia Tech: Just 14 miles, yet a world apart! In the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Highlands. Blackberry Morning is a stunningly beautiful mountain retreat on 268 private acres, so wonderfully quiet and peaceful. Gather family & friends to enjoy great times just being together, to attend Virginia Tech graduations, football games & reunions, or to experience fun outdoor adventures.

You are going to love being here! Listen to the creek flowing & the birds singing and the breeze blowing. Be awed by the sunsets down the valley & the brilliant stars in the night-sky. In the greatroom, enjoy conversations by the fire, around the table, or while cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. In the separate library/media room, read a book from the large collection or watch sports or a movie on the flat-screen TV.

Please Note: Britt Boucher and his ever-faithful field-dog Jenna reside in the studio apartment below the house. Britt is a private Forest and Farm Manager working for the planet to help maintain our farmland and forest health. A farmer & naturalist that spends most of his time “playing” in the dirt, growing food, assessing plant-community health, “listening” to trees, and counseling the forest. Like all true naturalists – quiet, humble, accommodating – he is respectful of all wildlife. And he will always respect your privacy at the retreat. But, if you can catch him… he is always delighted to talk about farming, the forest, or the sounds of the forest at night. Britt is a joy to know and we’re lucky to count him as a friend, as well as to have him advising us in sustainable forest management of Clover Hollow Farm.

You are welcome to hike anywhere on the land and enjoy the spectacular views from every vantage point. Picnic on the meadows & explore the creeks & park-like woods.

You can often see whitetail deer in the open pastures around the house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The wild turkeys are elusive, but you can sometimes see them in the pastures or crossing the road. You might even get to see a black bear. Or a timber rattler. You can hike the Appalachian Trail at the top of our property. It's a 2.5 mile moderate-hike to Kelly Knob overlook. Other nearby hikes are Angel's Rest, Wind Rock and Dragon's Tooth.

The Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site waterfall is just 10 miles West -- a great place to picnic and fly-fish for native trout. There are other wild & stocked trout streams nearby, including Big Stony Creek.

The New River has canoeing, kayaking & tubing less than 15 miles West. And there's white-water rafting in West Virginia on the New & the Gauley, about two hours away, and you can bungee-jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in WVA.

There is also snow skiing at Winter Place and Snowshoe in W.V., one-two hours West.

You can go sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing, swimming & picnicking at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Stop by Mikey's 7th in Newport and pick up a picnic lunch to take with you.

And be sure to plan a special gourmet dinner at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston while you're here. Great fun!

Blackberry Morning is just 14 miles, 25 minutes, across two mountains to Blacksburg & VATech University where there are all kinds of things to do that you typically find in a university town.

Enjoy VATech sports, graduations, reunions & special events. Picnic by the Duck Pond, walk on the paved trails around campus, go to concerts on campus and at the smaller venue of the Lyric Theater downtown (old, restored movie-house). And there is a brand-new Performing Arts Center that you must experience.

There are side-walk cafes like Gillie's & Caba Fish Taco where you can hear local music, & great local restaurants like Bull & Bones and Zeppoli's, as well as favorite chains.

There are movie theaters and downtown small-shops & mall shopping.

There's a year-round indoor pool at the Blacksburg Recreation Center on our side of Blacksburg, where they also have basketball courts, tennis courts, a skateboard ramp, & a hand-in-hand playground on a large open field with picnic shelters. They have great 4th of July fireworks there, too!

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Availability & Rates

Blacksburg House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring 2014
Apr 1 2014 - May 30 2014
$395
$1,495
2 nights
 
 
Summer 2014
May 31 2014 - Sep 4 2014
$1,495
$3,495
7 nights
 
 
VATech Football 2014
Sep 5 2014 - Nov 16 2014
$495
2 nights
 
 
Holidays
Nov 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
$1,495
7 nights
 
 
VATech Graduation 2015
May 12 2015 - May 18 2015
$1,995
7 nights
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 8 2015
$1,495
$3,495
7 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$395
$1,495
$3,495
2 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250.00
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes ADDITIONAL DAYS AFTER TWO-NIGHT MINIMUM IS MET: $250.00; WEEKLY = ANY 7 DAYS; MONTHLY = ANY 4 WEEKS
To hold your reservation: Deposit of 50% of rental + 5% tax, payable at time of reservation. Balance, plus tax and security deposit, due 14 days prior to arrival; VATech graduation, football & monthly rentals: 30 days prior to arrival. Please see Rental & Guest Policies Agreement. Thank you!

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Blacksburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • River ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Town ...
  • Lake ...
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Study Room
  • Vacuum System
  • Living Area
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telescope
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Internet ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Stove ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Blender
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bedroom # 1, main level, en suite - toilet , shower , Ceramic walk-in shower, no tub
    Bedroom # 2, main level, adjoining bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tub/shower combo
    Bedrooms 3 & 4, Upstairs, shared bath - toilet , shower , Ceramic walk-in shower, no tub
  • Bedroom # 1 Bath on main floor is private within bedroom suite; ceramic walk-in shower (no tub); wide marble countertop w/ single lavatory. Bedroom # 2 Bath on main floor has two entrances - from the bedroom and from the hallway; acrylic tub/shower combination; marble single lavatory. Upstairs Bath opens to a hallway shared by both bedrooms; ceramic walk-in shower (no tub); marble single lavatory.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom # 1; en suite bath - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
    Bedroom # 2: Adjoining bath - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
    Bedrooms #3 Shared bath - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
    Bedroom #4: Shared Bath - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
  • Bedroom # 1: On main level of the house. En Suite Bath. Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; Bedroom # 2: On main level. Adjoining Bath. Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; Bedrooms 3 & 4: Upstairs. Shared Bath. Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; All bedrooms have a large window-wall overlooking beautiful mountain views, with ceiling fans & hardwood flooring. And all the beds are really comfortable! There are plenty of towels, plus extra blankets & pillows. See bathroom details below.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Television ...
  • Stereo ...
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Attractions:
  • museums
  • playground
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Blackberry Morning Retreat is a stunningly beautiful destination retreat, wonderfully quiet and peaceful, yet within short distances of a university town & outdoor adventures! In the greatroom, enjoy conversation with family and friends by the fire, around the table, or while cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. In the library, read a book from the large collection or watch sports or a movie on the flat-screen TV, DVD or BlueRay. Watch the colorful sunsets & be awed by the brilliant stars. Hike the Appalachian Trail just above the house to Kelly Knob overlook. Just 15 miles West, canoe, kayak, tube or white-water raft the New River or visit the Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site. Go boating or swimming at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Or skiing, within one-two hours. We promise you'll love it! We are strictly a NO SMOKING location! Children are most welcome. Pets considered w/extra cleaning fee. We sincerely apologize, but we are not wheelchair accessible.
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