Sparta House Rental Photos and Description
5 Star Country House , 2 Bedrooms Sleeping Porch + kids alcove, 2 Baths
MLS 3029376 This house is part of a 5 lot subdivision on the New River. 3 additional riverfront lots are also for sale. So close you can throw a rock into the river. In the summer 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the South. Stroll the grassy river walk alongside the New River. Hike miles of trails through open meadows and forested hillsides. Savor ridge top views of farmland stretching into distant mountains. Enjoy the weather, typically 15-20 degrees cooler than the Piedmont area in the summer.Close to music festivals, the Blue Ridge Parkway with the historic New River in the front yard. Or just kick back on the porch, listen to the tinkling brook that runs directly beneath the wood-paneled open-air deck with its soaring cathedral ceiling, and watch the sun go down over the river. In the Fall enjoy a roaring fire and very comfortable furniture in jewel of a cabin. This new new, two-story, post-and-beam house sits on 43 pristine acres of grassland and woods, directly overlooking the New River, the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere. Though relatively compact at 1,800 square feet, the house has five distinct sleeping areas, including two generous bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed; a charming children's alcove with big inflatable air bed; a living room (with stacked-stone fireplace) overlooking the river, that is furnished with a large convertible sofa and large futon; and finally, two adjoining side and front porches and decks (where the futon can be re-located in mild weather for a cozy night's sleep under the deck's cathedral ceiling, or onto the porch beneath the stars).
The modern kitchen with built-in island has windows overlooking the raspberry patch and wood ferns in back of the house; separate dining room overlooks the river.
Outside, the immediate surrounds are lushly landscaped with willows, raspberry bushes, silky dogwoods, and roses. Beyond, on three sides, pastures and wooded hillsides studded with striking rocky outcroppings and caves are home to abundant wildlife including geese, hawks, deer, wild turkey, fox, and beavers. Ridgetop views stretch across picturesque farmland leading to distant mountains.
Perfect for families, individuals, or small groups wanting to get away from it all; yet the spacious setting and privacy provides a congenial site for small weddings and reunions.
Ten miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the property straddles the NC and VA state line, about 30 miles north of I-77 on U.S. Hwy. 21. Neighboring settlements within driving distance include little Sparta, NC (good groceries and a handful of restaurants), and tiny Independence, VA (quaint courthouse, compact downtown good for an afternoon stroll).
Come for a quiet, peaceful retreat, or, if you prefer, get active and hike, fish, canoe or kayak the river; in warm weather, you'll want to go tubing and swimming in the clear cold water. The Blue Ridge Parkway and several gorgeous state parks are easy drives. Blue-grass festivals and local artists abound; junk stores and antiquing are there for those so inclined; and some very fine potters, especially, have set up shop in bohemian-style settlements nestled in the rolling farmland outside Sparta.
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- alternative lifestyle
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- smoking allowed
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
About Buck Winfield
Buck: Native of Charlotte, NC. Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Emory University. Lifelong summer resident since 1955. Alice Alexander, native Atlanta and writer, Vanderbilt, Jane and Kyle, Manhattan, educators, Michigan & SUNY
Buck Winfield purchased this house in 2002
Why Buck Winfield chose Sparta
Largest privately owned riverfront property on the New River in the Sparta, NC, area. Generally considered one of the best riverfront homes in the NC's New River Valley. 41 acres, pet-friendly. Lots of privacy. Available year-round, great for families, children or a couple looking for peace and quiet.
What makes this house unique
1,100 ft of riverfront with grassy trails; two creeks (one lushly landscaped and directly under the deck); beautiful meadows and valley; forested hillsides with striking rock outcroppings and caves. Easy access to river directly in front yard.