THE HOUSE ON WATER STREET
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. Rate varies with number of people and number of days.
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 and organic yarns. Stroll 10 minutes down to the other end of Water Street and immerse yourself in art galleries, explore 30,000 Sq. feet of antiques at Copper Fox Antiques and take a unique tour of Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery and delight in professional photography at Old Rag Gallery. 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 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 famous farm store, Heritage Hollow, of the 800 acre Mt. Vernon Farm for grassed beef, pastured pork and lamb. This farm 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, in Flint Hill (both are just minutes away).
WE have two 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 farms. Our Ethiopian chef provides an exotic dinner with coffee ceremony. The Corner Store, a step back in time, has basic groceries, excellent meat and an extensive wine and 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
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.
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.
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.
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.