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Romantic Escape 1900 Cozy Village Farmhouse

Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Bedrooms 4
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Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc

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Romantic Escape 1900 Cozy Village Farmhouse

Bedrooms 4
Property type house


Sperryville House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)


Enjoy romantic cozy elegance and total privacy in our renovated, 1900 village farmhouse located along the banks of the Thornton River in historic Sperryville, Virginia, in the foothills of the luminous Blue Ridge Mountains. This spacious four bedroom, two bathroom home is perfect for a getaway with friends and family…and only 60 miles from the D.C. Beltway.


Enjoy the stars in our dark skies while you sit on the front porch, lulled by the gentle sounds of the river. The historic village of Sperryville has no stop lights, no malls, but so much to do. Visit 8 wineries, all within a few minutes of The House on Water Street. Hike Shenandoah National Park. Dine at the famous five star Inn at Little Washington. Walk across the footbridge over the Thornton River to The Schoolhouse where you will find delightful shops with an exciting and exquisite collection of antiques, gifts, table gardens, unusual lighting fixtures, clothing, organic yarns and the Headmaster's pub. Stroll 10 minutes down to the other end of Water Street and immerse yourself in over 16 art galleries, explore 30,000 Sq. feet of antiques at Copper Fox Antiques, take a unique tour of Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, delight in professional photography at Old Rag Gallery and dine at El Quijote, a tapas and Spanish cuisine restaurant. Around the corner from The House on Water Street, on Main Street, enjoy gourmet, but casual dining at the Thornton River Grille and excellent pizza from Rudy’s. Also on Main Street peruse the artists represented at Long View Gallery and Sperryville Pottery. Drop in yoga is available at Stonewall Abbey Yoga in a converted exquisite historic church, also on Main Street.

Bring your cooler and shop at the farm store, Heritage Hollow famous for the finest grassed beef, pastured pork and lamb. Farmland for this store arm surrounds the heart of Sperryville.

Total privacy. You have full and private use of the entire house and do not share with other guests..We provide complete concierge services. Our services range from the most indulgent to the most exciting and challenging. Your weekend can be as active or restful as you desire. We offer guided hikes in Shenandoah National Park that range from easy to world class level canyoneering experiences. Our partner, Shenandoah Mountain Guides, was named Best in the South by Southern Living Magazine, Jan 2011. Enjoy hiking on your own and wild life viewing in Shenandoah National Park, just ten minutes away. Experience the peace of our hills and mountains with horseback riding. Enjoy lunch/dinner or Sunday brunch at the Thornton River Grille (two minute walk), newly renovated Blue Rock Inn or Griffin Tavern and the Public House, in Flint Hill (both are just minutes away).

WE have chefs who can provide your group with a gourmet catered Farm House dinner. Design your own menu which may include grass fed meats, fresh organic vegetables from local farm. The Corner Store, a step back in time, has basic groceries, excellent meat and an extensive wine and gourmet cheese selection.

The House on Water Street is a perfect setting for small family gatherings, weekend with friends or business planning retreats. We can help you schedule a variety of activities such as visiting award winning wineries, stained glass workshop, group party at Sperryville Pottery, yoga, massage and spa services, herbal discovery, creating art from nature, hiking, drumming circles. Pre-wedding activity: Ideal for peaceful alternative 'bachelorette' parties. Enjoy your stay at The House on Water Street where the bride and bridesmaids can just hang out, or schedule some of the activities above.

A self-serve continental breakfast is left in the house for you to fix at your leisure.

Extended Rental Available

Are you looking for an extended stay? Consider having the entire furnished house and property reserved just for you for one, two, three months…or more. You can stay full time or steal away from the city as often as you wish. Enjoy the quiet of winter in front of the glass window stove or explore the mountains in any season.

An extended stay will continue to include all utilities, tv, wifi, phone and yard maintenance. For only $2900 per month + tax (that is only about $725 per week + tax) The House on Water Street can be yours alone. Security deposit and check out cleaning fee required.

Keywords: Two-Story, Single-Family Home, 4 BR; 2 Bath, wineries, art, antiques, hike , Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french, italian
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2015

About Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc

Ray and Barbara, born and raised in Rome, N.Y., went off to Syracuse U and Georgetown U, respectively, and developed separate family and careers in Manhatten and Alexandria. We reconnected at our 40th HS reunion in 2000, began dating a few months later and married in 2004. Barbara continues a parttime psychotherapy practice and Ray, a retired engineer, pursues his photography with vigor. In addition to each other, our primary love in life is our children and grandchildren. We delight in introducing guests to the charm of life in Sperryville and Rappahannock County.

Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc purchased this house in 2003

Why Barbara Adolfi and Ray Boc chose Sperryville

Our original intention was to perk up this old house and rent it out. As we gutted and renovated this village farm house in 2004, its charm, warmth and vitality revealed itself and captivated our hearts. We decided that sharing it with visitors suited this house more than a mere rental. So we hung my mother's chandelier in the dining room, set up her double brass bed upstairs and started from there. The rest is history.

What makes this house unique

You will be totally comfortable in The House on Water Street. This quiet street is defined by the Thornton River, whose clean waters and trickling sounds calm all who stay here. Ray and I will help you arrange a weekend that suits your needs, if you like. Since we do not live there you will have total privacy, but we are but 1.5 miles and a phone call away if you need us. We have complete information on all the activities and amenities of the County. A complete continental breakfast is left in the house for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing time here at the house! Everyone in the town welcomed a bunch of young, loud ladies like ourselves and it was fabulous! Thank you so much for inviting us into your wonderful place and we cannot wait to come back...when the town has recovered from our first visit that is...ha ha! Thanks again for a wonderful weekend that we ill remember for a lifetime! (Note: this group of women was here for a bachlorette party)
Mar 2011
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Romantic Escape 1900 Cozy Village Farmhouse
average rating of 4.962025 based on 101 reviews

Special Memories

  • 5 of 5


Some special memories from our weekend—

* Talking to Anthony at Haley Fine Art, Main Street

* Spacious and cozy rooms in The House on Water Street

* Sitting around the warm wood stove after our gale winds walk back from El Quijote (and loved running into Barbara and Ray)

* Small community mass at St. Peter’s with wonderful Father Tuck

* Budddha in the bedroom

* Loving company and plenty of couch space for all 5 of us

* Convenient location, and able to walk every where, even in snowy conditions

* Valentine’s novelty lights were a lovely addition to our Valentine session

And most of all, closeness and love of our family/birthday escape to Sperryville.

Thanks so much Barbara and Ray. Your love is evident here. Lovely time.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This mom brought her three daughters and a niece to celebrate her 75th birthday with her. Whole house rental provides a family with the opportunity to gather for special occasions. We were happy to be able to provide them a comfortable home where they could have this loving time together.

Perfect place for a reunion of longtime friends!

  • 5 of 5

I recently reserved the House on Water Street for a reunion of great friends, who came in from all over the country. Boy, was I the hit of the party! Everyone was so thrilled with the house and all that it had to offer, including myself. (Of course, all the credit goes to the owners, Barbara and Ray!) The house is the perfect combination of historical charm and modern amenities. The house is fully stocked with everything that one might need or desire, including a completely outfitted kitchen, wonderful soaps and toiletries in the bathrooms, comfortable beds and nice linens, etc. The temperatures were freezing outside, but the newly installed heaters throughout the house kept the inside toasty warm and comfortable. We especially loved sitting in the comfortable living room near the stove fireplace and laughing and visiting for hours. In the morning, we were thrilled to find the refrigerator stocked with an assortment of coffees and teas, orange juice, croissants, bagels, and an assortment of delicious jams for our consumption. We enjoyed walking to nearby art galleries, artisan shops, and cafes. There are several wineries nearby as well although, unfortunately, we did not have sufficient time to visit them.

The owner, Barbara, is absolutely delightful. She was incredibly helpful in suggesting restaurants and nearby places to visit, and she was very responsive to any inquiries. She left helpful, detailed notes throughout the house regarding where various things are located, so if one is ever unsure of where to find something, you're likely to find a thoughtful note posted somewhere in the kitchen. Barbara is very personable and goes out of her way to make sure a visitor's experience is special. The House on Water Street is a reflection of all the effort Barbara and Ray have put into it and, indeed, the House on Water Street is a unique and remarkable place. Thanks for a lovely and memorable weekend, Barbara and Ray! I can't wait to visit there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is the combination of your efforts to bring your group together, the charm of our little village and the warm energy that one feels in this special house that unite to create an almost magical weekend for our guests.Thank you for your very kind words about your stay at the house.
Falls Church, VA

Great Moms' Weekend Away!

  • 5 of 5

The House on Water Street was perfect for our girls' weekend away. The house accommodated all 7 of us perfectly! Barbara was very helpful in recommending places/events and setting up our weekend. The massage therapists, designated driver to the wineries and restaurants were awesome. If we were to make one change, we would have added another day to the trip for more relaxation at the house. Thank you Barbara and Ray for making our weekend a memorable one!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These moms took self care to a new level by taking off for a weekend together before the winter holiday season! Seven massages at the house, dinner and Flamenco performance at El Quijote followed by live music and dance at Headmaster's Pub filled their Friday. Saturday included a winery tour, dinner at Tula's in Little Washington and a reception at an art gallery in Sperryville. Hats off to this resourceful and fun loving group of moms!

Fantastic Thanksgiving retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The House on Water Street was a truly comfortable and delightful place to stay for our family Thanksgiving visit to Sperryville. The owners thought of every detail--including stocking the kitchen, providing tourist information, and checking to make sure all was well. The House is charming and cozy, roomy and comfortable. The kitchen has every piece of equipment you might want if you prefer to cook. We would absolutely stay here again if we come to the area again. It truly helped set the stage for one of the best weekends ever.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have tried to furnish this home just as we would want it if we lived there so that guests can arrive and settle in with out any fuss. Sounds like this family found a "home away from home" for the Thanksgiving weekend while they were visiting relatives that live in Sperryville.
Mechanicsville, VA, USA

Best Ever Girls' Weekend Accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home base for our annual girls' weekend - the best accommodations EVER in 18 years of trips! Plenty of room for the four of us, plus a warm and cozy gas stove in the den which quickly became our evening gathering spot after taking in all the adventures that Sperryville offers. Barbara & Ray have a real treasure in this house, and their warm hospitality & knowledge of the area was a bonus as this was our first stay in Sperryville. Barbara put together a fun itinerary for us for our three days there, and her attention to detail was impeccable. Farm fresh dairy products, baked goods, gourmet coffee in the kitchen, including gluten-free scones for one of our group with celiac disease. Within a short walk from the house, we discovered great shopping, cozy restaurants and a unique yoga studio in an old church. Lots of antique shopping sprinkled throughout the many art galleries, and a short 10 minute drive to Shenandoah National Park, where we hiked Mary's Rock and enjoyed beautiful views. Barbara even set up a wonderful personal chef to come to the house and cook a meal for us, and it was delicious! A unique experience - we will definitely come back and highly recommend this house for a weekend getaway. Barbara was the ultimate host!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sperryville offers a variety of small, family owned businesses which are just delightful. These women took advantage of what I call "the hidden treasures of Sperryville" and Shenandoah National Park. Ray and I love to introduce folks to our community and this wonderful group of women were enthusiastic guests. They have an 28 year tradition of getting together and we were happy to help them enjoy themselves.
Lewisburg WV

Long Birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

We discovered The House on Water Street as we were planning a special birthday celebration at The Inn at Little Washington. The town of Sperryville is charming and The House on Water Street was the perfect place to stay. The weather on our Saturday was cold and blustery so we stayed in and turned on the stove which kept us nice and toasty. Barbara provided lots of information to help us plan our weekend including suggestions for restaurants. The home was perfect for the two of us. A continental breakfast was provided which was plenty. We enjoyed Barbara stopping by and introducing herself. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it highly to anyone who is considering visiting this area.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have tried to make The House on Water Street enjoyable for all seasons. The reliability of our log/propane stove inevitably ensures that folks feel comfortable and cozy. We are delighted that this couple enjoyed the house, the variety of restaurants and shops in the village of Sperryville and the elegance of the Inn at Little Washington for this special birthday weekend.


Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Thornton River Grille
Nearest Point of Interest
Shenandoah National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Gadino winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Dining options
Car: recommended

Dine at the Inn at Little Washington. We can personalize your visit with visits to award winning wineries, massages, spa services, pottery classes, bark/clayworkshops, yoga, drumming circles, etc, All are within five minutes of Water Street, or at the house, Live performances and movies at The Theatre in Washington, Virginia, seven minutes from the house, Visit many art galleries, including Haley Fine Art Gallery, Middle Street Gallery, River District Art and Old Rag Gallery ...all just a stroll away. Copper Fpx Antiques houses 30000 sq. feet of treasures. Don't miss the tour of Copper Fox Distillery.


Rates & Availability

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Sperryville House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 18 2014 - Dec 15 2015
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.3%
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Guests.........|.1 night..|.2 nights |.3 nights |.4-7 nights
1-2 persons.|.$195.....|.$ 370.....|.$ 535....|.$ 690
3-4 persons.|.$370.....|.$ 700.....|.$1000....|.$1200
5-6 persons.|.$540.....|.$ 900.....|.$1200....|.$1300
7-8 persons.|.$660.....|.$1150....|.$1300....|.$1400
N.B. Rental is for the entire house.
Rates vary with the number of guests and the number of nights. Visa and Master Card accepted. 50% deposit to confirm reservation. Balance due one week prior to arrival.
No pets allowed.
You do not share with anyone.
Minimum two nights during certain months and holidays.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Sperryville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • First floor bathroom has a ceramic tile shower in addition to the claw foot tub. Second floor bathroom has a conventional tub/shower. New tankless hot water system assures a continuous supply of hot water for baths and showers of all guests.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , This is a first floor bedroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , we have an extra twin bed that we can set up in this room.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1) Antique Brass Bed, Twin or Single Beds (2) Antique brass beds; an additional bed is available, if needed, Baby Cribs (1); one port-a-crib; high chair.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
New eliptical trainer for your use. Heart Pine Floors Two Bathrooms: second floor with conventional Tub/Shower; first floor w/Claw Foot Tub and custom built ceramic tile shower. The stairs in this house are steep, consistent with turn-of-the-century construction

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