Rockfish Valley Farm cottage
Stay in the heart of the Rockfish Valley
The Rockfish Valley extends from Afton to Horseshoe Mountain and Brent's Gap. That is 17 miles. Anchored by the Wintergreen Resort at the South end, the Rockfish Valley has become a tourist destination and a lodging for any who prefer it to the motels in Charlottesville and Waynesboro. The anchor to the Valley is the community of Nellysford area and it is a cool place these days.The venues along Rt 151 are discussed elsewhere. The Rockfish Valley Farm guest house is the most unique property along the 17 mile corridor. It's location and appointments deserve your consideration. It is special and will enhance your visit to Nelson County. Your hosts are very knowledgeable and interested in rural heritage tourism and through the Rockfish Valley Foundation have created the Nelson Scenic Loop. Their knowledge and interest will compliment your stay.
This farm manager cottage is located at 668 Rockfish Valley Highway on the 175 acre Rockfish Valley Farm, part of the historic ELK HILL in Nelson County. It lies on the East Side of the Blue Ridge 14 miles south of RT 250 and less than 1 mile north of Devil's Backbone Brewery and Restaurant This working farm is the perfect weekend rural retreat and is also available for WEDDINGS, REUNIONS, UVA EVENTS and good old fashioned ESCAPES. Your home away from home is at the hub of the Rockfish Valley and its Wintergreen Resort, Nelson County wineries and breweries, the Rockfish River trails and the NELSON SCENIC LOOP.
The 3 or 4 bedroom, 2 bath house is 1400 square feet and has been refreshed recently by its current owners. It is furnished much as a 1940s farm house would have been furnished with antique pine furniture, metal frame beds, but with a relaxed sophistication of oriental rugs and modern appliances and electronics.
Charlottesville, Nellysford, Wintergreen, Central Virginia, Virginia 22958 (35 minutes from Charlottesville.and 2 ½ hours from Washington, D. C.) Nellysford is part of the Rockfish Valley near Wintergreen Resort and Afton. The guest house is within a few miles of 6 Nelson County wineries and 3 breweries, 1 planned cidery, restaurants and shops. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Crab Tree Falls, George Washington National Forest, Appalachian Trail are at the back door. Wintergreen Resort with golf, tennis, and winter skiing are only minutes away.
Spectacular 360 panoramic mountain views of 3 Ridge, Black Rock, Horseshoe Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Unforgettable sun rise, sunset, and moon rise, big night sky and the Milky Way. The active farm includes Black Angus cows, renown LILLY the donkey, and two miniature Sicilian donkeys. Caromont goats, Scotish Blackface sheep and chickens in season.
A Bit of History
ELK HILL is an early 19th Century registered historic landmark farm and residence. At one time the estate was 22,000 acres and included the Big Survey known today as Wintergreen Resort. The Farm Manager House located across the road from ELK HILL is part of the Rockfish Valley Farm. It was built in 1945 and expanded in the 1970s. It was constructed by Arthur T Ewing Jr. the oldest son of A T Ewing who raised 6 children with his wife Nannie Noble Coleman Ewing at ELK Hill. Arthur Ewing managed over 10,000 apple trees at Elk Hill and later ran a beef cattle operation. The house was subsequently sold to Uel Gardner, the first snow maker at Wintergreen. Uel was also well known for his herd of belted Galloway cattle which grazed the farm. In 1993, Uel and Sandy Gardner sold the farm to the Holcomb’s who ran an organic farm. They sold the farm in 2005 to the present owners, Betsy and Peter Agelasto. In 2005 the owner put the farm into conservation easements and created the hiking and birding trails.
Keywords: friendly, spacious, updated and smart but historic like grandmother's house
Residents of Nelson County with interest in conservation and historic preservation. involved in community activities and founder of Rockfish Valley Foundation. which supports the NELSON SCENIC LOOP, the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center and Spruce Creek Park a mile away and 6 miles of river trails adjoining Rockfish Valley Farm.
Peter and Betsy Agelasto purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Cottage is the farm manager house located on the farm. In the 1850s ELK HILL consisted of 22,000 acres including Wintergreen Resort.
the view is hard to beat; very few places have access to river as we do; birding is some of the best in the entire state. Reception at ELK HILL and events at Spruce Creek Park are possible for additional charge.
We have been to the area many, many times and never stayed so comfortably! Our son had a great time on the grounds and we all loved spending time with LILLY! The layout of your house is just perfect. We hope to be back very soon and when we do return, we will have another little boy with us ! Thanks
My husband and I met our dear friends from Tennessee for a long weekend. We loved everything about the cottage, a great location! Loved being on a farm (loved "Lily"), close to area wineries and breweries, Sat. farmers market, the view, just a perfect place to get away from it all. We went to 4 area vineyards, 2 breweries, and a hard cider place (next to house). It was so nice being away from it all but close to so many things to do!
The house had everything we needed, and then some. We can't wait to go back, hopefully soon. Peter, the owner, was very helpful and accommodating. Didn't get to meet his wife, Betsy, but she was also very helpful (on the phone). We appreciate the opportunity to stay in their home.
This really is a special place. We brought our two year old son up, and we all had a perfect time. We have stayed in many places in the area and never loved the accommodations as much. The house is extremely comfortable. I always bring my own pillow and I did not even use it. The beds are very comfortable. Also, everything was very clean, which meant a lot to me! Loved everything about it! Our son is especially fond of Lily the Donkey! The layout of the house is great too. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on one side of the living area, and two bedrooms and a bath on the other side. Nice for two families. Can't wait to return!
birding, 1/4 mile is a vet clinic for boarding dogs, trails for walking dogs adjoin; property is located on NELSON SCENIC LOOP www.nelsonscenicloop.com and within 10 miles of 6 wineries, 3 breweries, numerous restaurants and Wintergreen Resort. bold Rock Cidery under construction less than 1/2 mile away.