HEADQUARTERS FOR FABULOUS SIGHTSEEING (SPRING COLORS) AND ADVENTURE

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Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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HEADQUARTERS FOR FABULOUS SIGHTSEEING (SPRING COLORS) AND ADVENTURE

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Sleeps 10 comfortably - 4BR, 3.5 BA (includes 2 master bedroom)

Loads of space available at Aurora Manor includes 4 bedrooms (2 are en suite), 3.5 baths, living room, dining room, large eat-in kitchen and great room w/fireplace and another large conference room/game room. Aurora Manor can very comfortably sleep 10. The two master bedrooms have queen beds, the other two bedrooms have full beds and there is a queen sleep sofa in the great room. On the terrace lever there is a large heated (in season) swimming pool and hot tub. All this situated on a 50+ acre farm with a 3+ acre stocked lake for fishing. Hike around the farm or have a nice cup of tea in the gazebo while listening to the fountain in the goldfish pond or while relaxing and telling stories around the fire pit. When you look to the north you will beckoned by call of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view from aurora manor farm is fabulous. You may even feel like adventure is calling when you gaze at the Peaks of Otter Mountain. To answer this call it is only a 12 mile picturesque ride to the base where you can do the one hour hike to the top. Perhaps water sports is more your thing. If so, simply go 12 miles to the south where you will find Smith Mountain Lake with tremendous fishing, boating and lake swimming. Boats and jet skis are available for rent. Don't forget history... The land on which aurora manor farm is located has historical roots to the colonial farming days as evidenced by the two split log tobacco barns still remaining on the property. The internationally acclaimed D-day Memorial is only 4 miles away. Or perhaps the Civil War is more your cup of tea, then you should go 45 minutes to the east to Appomattox where our country was re-united. Lexington Virginia is a short drive to the north which is beaming with history. Aurora Manor and the city of Bedford is completely surrounded by tourism opportunities ranging from history to mountain hiking; from biking to lake swimming; from visiting quaint shops to large mall in nearby Roanoke and Lynchburg.

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

Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff

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We are Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff. It is our pleasure in life to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Here is part of our story. “Mitch a retired U.S. Navy man relocated to Roanoke Virginia with his wife of 30 years. His wife became ill shortly after their arrival and was hospitalized with the diagnosis of terminal liver cancer. Betty Sue, a widow and a nurse working at the cancer center became acquainted with Mitch’s wife by being her nurse and conducting bible studies with her. When Mitch’s wife realized that she would not survive, she urged him to marry again, and suggested that he consider someone like Betty Sue. After his wife passed away, Mitch was deeply depressed. His daughter who also knew Betty Sue through the bible study urged him to communicate with her since she was also depressed about the loss of her husband. With much hesitation, Mitch & Betty Sue finally met for coffee. It was at this point that The Lord intervened. After a short romance their hearts were united and Aurora (new beginning) was created for them. God is good.”

Our union has prospered now for 16 years during which time we have dedicated ourselves to serving the Lord. Our home (Aurora Manor) in Bedford County Virginia was built in 1999 and is dedicated to servings God’s people. The primary focus is on providing a place for traveling missionaries and their families. Although it’s proximity to Liberty University has generated a ministry to the University students particularly those who have goals to become missionaries. We are now looking to share our guest apartment with others as well. We host a fellowship gathering open to the community and college students from liberty on Thursday evenings where we provide dinner which is followed by a time of signing praise music, prayer and a devotional message. All our guest are invited to

Mitch and Betty Sue Ratliff purchased this estate in 1992

Perfect location for almost everything (mountains, lake, historical sites, quaint towns and numerous fall festivals). Ideal location for graduation parties, weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners in our large banquet room overlooking the pool with a fabulous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains Peaks of Otter.

Aurora Manor is a farm, where abundant wildlife can been observed (deer, wild turkey, geese, ducks and numerous small game animals) almost on a daily basis, yet close to two fairly large cities (Roanoke and Lynchburg) where an abundance of fine restaurants, arts (symphony, ballet, live theater, museums and even a zoo in Roanoke) are located. Mostly we just love being located in the hub where we can venture out and enjoy so many of the beautiful and historical sites available in Virginia.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

Headquarters For Fabulous Sightseeing (Spring Colors) And Adventure
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews
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Headquarters For Fabulous Sightseeing (Spring Colors) And Adventure
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445636vbi
(540)529-0101(Virginia, USA)
Bedford Central Virginia
Pace Florida
5

Perfect for family celebrations.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
This property is exactly what it says it is. Beautiful location, beautiful home. Thank You Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff for opening your home to us. We were all truly blessed to be able to gather here for our sons graduation. We would recommend seeing the D-Day memorial and also we had dinner and breakfast catered for us and we used To go catering., This was a blessing. great food and a wonderful person. And I didn't have to cook. Wal-mart is close enough you can stock up on all you need. I would highly recommend you make this your next VRBO.
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Headquarters For Fabulous Sightseeing (Spring Colors) And Adventure
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445636vbi
(540)529-0101(Virginia, USA)
Bedford Central Virginia
Canada
4

Country Living with City Convenience Nearby

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
Our cycling group descended on the lovely Aurora Manor in April. The home is exactly as described. Since we were a large group, we loved the convenience of the "meeting area" for our communal meals. The kitchen was well equiped with all of the necessities to make a great meal. The property was quiet and tranquil but within easy distance to groceries, restaurants and shops. The house does sleep 10 but we were a mixed group. That was no problem for us since the house was so spacious (with the apt downstairs), we had room for our extra portable beds. The hottub was perfect for tired cycling legs too. The owners were an absolute delight to deal with and I recommend renting their house if you are in the area.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review of Aurora Manor and Farm. It is always our pleasure to ensure that our guest have the opportunity to totally enjoy their time with us. We were delighted to see that you made good use of our recently completed large fire pit out in the back lawn . Perhaps when you return again it will be summer time and our large in-ground pool will be open for your enjoyment.
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Blue ridge mountains
The National D-Day Memorial
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals
Sharp Top Mountain
Clam Diggers Seafood
La Carreta Mexican Restaurant
Olde Liberty Station
"Rated as the # 1 place for a fantastic meal all served by excellent staff in the historic tr..."
National D-Day Memorial
"Fantastic memorial extremely accurate history of WWII"
Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Lynchburg Reginonal Airport
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Lynchburg Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 460 and US 221
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Liberty University Slopes
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Old Liberty Station (converted train depot)
Car: recommended

A better location cannot be found. Only 4 miles north to the world famous D-Day Memorial (Bedford lost more men during the invasion than other area). Blue Ridge parkway is 12 miles to the north with hiking and climbing to the top of the peak can be accomplished. Smith Mountain Lake is 12 miles south where boating, lake swimming, fishing, dinner cruises and shopping are available. Downtown Bedford is the home of many quaint shops where you can find that treasured antique or something uniquely Virginia made. Discover the civil war trails Appomattox and Lexington Virginia are an easy drive away. Appomattox you can tour the facility where Generals Lee and Grant rejoined our nation. An hour west you can drive to the top or Roanoke mountain and see the fabulous view of the city below. There are numerous other wonderful day excursions only a short drive away - ancient Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway; canoeing and fishing on the James river; visiting the farmers markets of Roanoke, Lynchburg or Bedford and Thomas Jefferson's summer home Popular Forest is only 15 miles away.

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Availability & Rates

Bedford Estate Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
ALL YEAR
Mar 15 2014 - Mar 14 2015
$250
$1,250
$3,500
3 nights
 
 
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$250
$1,250
$3,500
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
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Amenities

Bedford Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3771 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack & Jill Bath for Guest Bedrooms 2rd floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Located on Main floor with hard surface vanity
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Main floor master suite w/ double vanaties, handicap equip.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bath 2rd floor w/ hard surface double sink vanity
  • The two large master baths have his and hers hard surface vanities. The Jack and Jill bath also has a double hard surface vanity. The main floor handicapped equipped master bath has a jetted whirlpool tub which is ideal for a good relaxing soak after a day of hiking. All full baths are equipped with hard surface double vanities.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Guest bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Guest bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master bedroom main floor handicap equipped
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large master bedroom on second floor
  • Large master suite with full bath and two guest bedrooms with shared bath are located on 2nd floor. A very large master bedroom with handicapped capable bath including jetted garden tub and separate shower is located on main floor. There is also a queen sleep sofa in the great room.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 15 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
The 3 acre private fishing lake. Fishing gear is NOT provided. 50 acres farm land to explore.
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