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Blackberry Morning: A Beautiful & Peaceful Mountain Retreat near Blacksburg/VT

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8; comfortable family home with incredible views

Blacksburg & Virginia Tech just 14 miles. In the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Highlands on 268 private acres. Spectacular views of beautiful surrounding mountains & rolling valley below. Experience stilled time in the wonderfully peaceful solitude of nature. And the warm, inviting welcome of the comfortable, fully-furnished & well-equipped, cedar, fieldstone & glass house. Such a great place to gather family & friends for VATech sports events, graduations, class reunions, moving in your freshman & visiting your upperclassman; perfect for your family reunions, bride or groom's retreat, honeymoons. Or just come and enjoy a relaxing & refreshing vacation with family and friends! With awesome outdoor adventures nearby.

You are going to love being here! It is so incredibly beautiful & wonderfully peaceful! Listen to the creek flowing & the birds singing and the breeze blowing. The sunsets down the valley & the brilliant stars in the night-sky are awe-inspiring. You can hike anywhere on the land & there are spectacular views from every vantage point. Picnic on the meadows & explore the creeks & park-like woods.

While at Blackberry Morning, experience fun outdoor adventures! -- You can often see whitetail deer in the open pastures around the house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The wild turkeys are elusive, but you can sometimes see them in the pastures or crossing the road. You can hike the Appalachian Trail at the top of our property. It's a 2.5 mile moderate-hike to Kelly Knob overlook. Other nearby hikes are Angel's Rest, Wind Rock and Dragon's Tooth. The Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site waterfall is just 10 miles West -- a great place to picnic and fly-fish for native trout. There are other wild & stocked trout streams nearby, including Big Stony Creek. The New River has canoeing, kayaking & tubing less than 15 miles West. And there's white-water rafting in West Virginia on the New & the Gauley, about two hours away, and you can bungee-jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in WVA, too. There is also skiing at Winter Place and Snowshoe in W.V., one-two hours West. You can go sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing, swimming & picnicking at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Plan a special gourmet dinner at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston while you're here. Great fun!

Yet, we're just 14.5 miles, 25 minutes across two mountains, to Blacksburg & VATech University, where there are all kinds of things to do that you typically find in a university town. Enjoy VATech sports, graduation & special events. Picnic by the Duck Pond, walk on the paved trails around campus, go to concerts on campus and at the smaller venue of the Lyric Theater downtown (old, restored movie-house). And there is a brand-new Performing Arts Center. There are side-walk cafes like Gillie's & Caba Fish Taco where you can hear local music, & great local restaurants like Bull & Bones and Zeppoli's, as well as favorite chains. There are movie theaters and downtown small-shops & mall shopping. There's a year-round indoor pool at the Blacksburg Recreation Center on our side of Blacksburg, where they also have basketball courts, tennis courts, a skateboard ramp, & a hand-in-hand playground on a large open field with picnic shelters. They have great 4th of July fireworks there, too!

More Details

Owner
Suzy, Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Suzy, Owner

My husband and I purchased this beautiful farm property on our honeymoon! He was a new Assistant Professor in M.E. at VATech and I was a late-blooming student in University Honors/English. We were blessed with the birth of our two sons six and nine years later. Our family shared many wonderful years together in this sacred place. We are all VATech Hokies: Hal, M.E. 1960; Suzy, U.H./English 1974; Brooks, U.H/M.E. 1997; Shane, U.H./Biology & Political Science 2003.

Suzy, Owner purchased this house in 1969

Why Suzy, Owner chose New River Valley

Hal & I fell in love with the farm on our first visit - on our honeymoon - looking for a place to make our home together. On that beautiful Spring day in April, 1969, we walked together up the mountain, sat on a big rock and looked down the valley at that incredible view - and knew this was where we wanted to be - forever.

What makes this house unique

Stunningly beautiful views and wonderfully peaceful environment on a private farm (268 acres) - with a contemporary cedar, fieldstone & glass house that wraps you up in comfort - adjoining the Jefferson National Forest and the Appalachian Trail, yet convenient to the people & culture of Blacksburg & VATech.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Suzy, Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us. We had a fantastic time even when it rained and especially when it snowed. We were ecstatic with the accommodations and appreciate your follow-up to ensure everything was ok. I am an avid reader so I especially enjoyed your library since it contains such a variety of subjects. My daughter and family are hikers so they were very happy to have the Appalachian trail so close.



We could not have asked for a more peaceful, lovely, inviting home and setting to spend our week and we hope to return soon.



Thanks again for providing us with a wonderful place to spend the week and for being so attentive to our needs.
Dec 2014
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Amenities

Newport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Study Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bedroom # 1, main level, en suite - toilet , shower , Ceramic walk-in shower, no tub
    Bedroom # 2, main level, adjoining bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tub/shower combo
    Bedrooms 3 & 4, Upstairs, shared bath - toilet , shower , Ceramic walk-in shower, no tub
  • Bedroom # 1 Bath on main floor is private within bedroom suite; ceramic walk-in shower (no tub); wide marble countertop w/ single lavatory. Bedroom # 2 Bath on main floor has two entrances - from the bedroom and from the hallway; acrylic tub/shower combination; marble single lavatory. Upstairs Bath opens to a hallway shared by both bedrooms; ceramic walk-in shower (no tub); marble single lavatory.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom # 1; en suite bath (walk-in shower/no tub) - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
    Bedroom # 2: Adjoining bath (tub/shower combo) - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
    Bedrooms #3 Shared bath (walk-in shower/no tub) - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
    Bedroom #4: Shared Bath (walk-in shower/no tub) - 1 king , Set up with your choice of King or 2 TwinXL beds
  • Bedroom # 1: On main level of the house. En Suite Bath (walk-in shower/no tub). Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; Bedroom # 2: On main level. Adjoining Bath (walk-in shower/no tub). Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; Bedrooms 3 & 4 (identical): Upstairs. Shared Bath (walk-in shower/no tub). Can be set-up with your choice of King or 2 Twin-XLong beds; All bedrooms have a large window-wall overlooking beautiful mountain views, with ceiling fans & hardwood flooring. And all the beds are really comfortable! There are plenty of fluffy towels, plus extra blankets & pillows. See bathroom details below.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Blackberry Morning Retreat is a stunningly beautiful destination retreat, wonderfully quiet and peaceful, yet within short distances of a university town & outdoor adventures! In the greatroom, enjoy conversation with family and friends by the fire, around the table, or while cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. In the library, read a book from the large collection or watch sports or a movie on the flat-screen TV. Watch the colorful sunsets & be awed by the brilliant stars. Hike the Appalachian Trail just above the house to Kelly Knob overlook. Just 15 miles West, canoe, kayak, tube or white-water raft the New River or visit the Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site. Go boating or swimming at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Or skiing, within one-two hours. We promise you'll love it! We are strictly a NO SMOKING location! Children are most welcome. Pets considered w/extra cleaning fee. We sincerely apologize, but we are not wheelchair accessible.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Blackberry Morning: A Beautiful & Peaceful Mountain Retreat near Blacksburg/VT
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
5

A Place Set Apart

  • 5 of 5

"We had a glorious time at your fabulous home. We thought Blackberry Morning was perfect for our group of 4 couples. We appreciated the really fresh sheets and towels as well as the four king beds. We cooked like crazy in the well-equipped kitchen. The property and view were stunning. Killer sunset! The freshly mowed grass made it look like a beautiful park. It was surely a place set apart...the quiet privacy was delicious! The guys found the huge leather couch [in the library] so comfy, they pretty much stayed glued to the televised football games!"

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely Mountain Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this property as a mini- reunion to allow family members who live in three localities the opportunity to get together. The home worked very well for 5 adults and 3 children. The very large and recently mowed lawn allowed for baseball games, learning to ride a bike and wading in the creek. The three young boys had a great time. Though easily accessible on a very well maintained gravel road, we were comfortable allowing our dog to spend time unsupervised in the yard because of the very infrequent traffic.

The kitchen and main living and dining area allowed plenty of space to both eat and socialize. All needed kitchen equipment was readily available. Cooking for a large group presented no special challenges. Both a propane and charcoal grill were in the back and worked well.

My wife and I arrived a day early and were hammered by a steady stream of thunderstorms that blanketed the area. We did lose power, but had just sat down for dinner. Unlike at home, we did not have to listen to a steady stream of generators. We found candles and flashlights, opened the windows and doors to watch the show. After turning in, the sounds of the rain and the creek serenaded us to sleep. Being in the mountains made for a cool, delightful night. I did call the owner who reported the outage on- line to Appalachian Power. They tried to restore the power unsuccessfully that night, but returned and had all working by noon the next day.

As we drove away, my wife said, "We need to come back!"

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Property - Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented Blackberry Morning for a long weekend with a group of friends for the VT vs. NC state game. We had a wonderful experience at the home and with the owner. The owner is extremely organized and went out of her way to ensure that we had everything we needed for our stay. The house was very clean and the views are spectacular. We would definitely stay again and hope to very soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago, IL
5

Where Peace and Understanding meet Sacred Ground

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to bring our oldest to start his college career at Virginia Tech. A rather stressful time prepping and actually making it to Blacksburg from Chicago.

Upon reaching Blackberry Farm Retreat - truly all stress melted away. It is a stunning 5 mile drive off 42 to reach the Farm - each mile closer to the farm your blood pressure drops.

The "Home" not house has been lovingly maintained and prepared for each visit. Your only concern could be - do I ever have to leave? Kitchen is well stocked as are the bathrooms - every thing has been thought of for your stay. (ps - the kitchen knives are truly sharp - very uncommon in rentals).

Once you nestle in either the family room or on the screened in porch - a sigh will escape your lips - you are home.

Most of all, this home embraces and pulls you into its heart. The connection with the land just soaks into your soul.

Bring family and relax, play and enjoy - Blackberry Farm welcomes you.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fredon, NJ
5

Perfect for Family gatherings.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for our son's wedding. Suzy was a pleasure to work with and the Home was perfect for the 4 generations and 2 dogs that gathered there. I strongly recommend this rental if you have a need for a large group of people and want a peaceful, comfortable, clean and well kept home in the Blacksburg area.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful, Relaxing & Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

My sister was getting married in Radford so my family and I flew in from San Diego and met up with my parents and my nieces, whom drove down from Northern VA. We all stayed at Blackberry Morning and couldn't have found a better, more peaceful, clean, well-kept mountain house to host us! The home is very spacious, the views are stunning and the grounds are just vast and well-kept. We had 4 kids ranging in age: 1 1/2, 4, 7 & 10 all of whom ran around to their heart's content outside EVERYDAY! They played near the streams (caution though, there is poison ivy so beware) and ran around outside every day! It was a rainy week but we welcomed it and it only rained mostly at night. The mountain cool air makes the a/c not a necessity, we cranked open the bedroom windows at night and enjoyed the fresh, cool air. The kitchen was fully stocked, the laundry room equipped w/ newer appliances and the verizon booster worked for our cell phones since that is our cell carrier. The TV room and games were great as was the big living room/kitchen area that has the stellar views of the mountain ranges and their property. We saw deer, 1 wild turkey, rabbits & lots of lighting bugs:) My husband went out several mornings and ran along the Appalachian Trail which is up the road from the house. If I ever return to the area, maybe for one of my Alma matter's football games (VA Tech) and I was staying for more than a few days, this would be my destination. You will not be disappointed, I promise. The ONLY thing I would change is a little bigger signage on the drive up to get to the house, the GPS doesn't exactly know where it's at and kept telling all of us it was to the left, but in fact it is a SHARP right turn. I'm not sure what type of restrictions there might be w/ re: to signage, but since all of us drove in at night looking for it, we definitely all had to turn around and really search for it.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for such a great review and for choosing to stay at Blackberry Morning Retreat. I'm so glad you had a great time and I hope you'll be back again soon. Those views really are stunning, aren't they?! I didn't know about the poison ivy by the creek. I'll have the yard maintenance people take care of that. And thank you for telling me about your difficulty in locating the driveway at night. I'll definitely get a larger sign up, with maybe a solar light, and make sure I restate the "visual" directions for the driveway's exact location in the body of the check-in email I send to guests. Thanks so much, Suzy
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Roanoke, VA ROA
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Blacksburg, VA
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Blacksburg Country Club
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Miles
460W, Newport, VA
Nearest Restaurant
13.5 Miles
The Palisades, Elliston
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Winterplace, WV
Nearest Beach
325 Miles
Myrtle Beach, SC
Car: necessary

Blacksburg & Virginia Tech: Just 14 miles, yet a world apart! In the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Highlands. Blackberry Morning is a stunningly beautiful mountain retreat on 268 private acres, so wonderfully quiet and peaceful. Gather family & friends to enjoy great times just being together, to attend Virginia Tech graduations, football games & reunions, or to experience fun outdoor adventures.

You are going to love being here! Listen to the creek flowing & the birds singing and the breeze blowing. Be awed by the sunsets down the valley & the brilliant stars in the night-sky. In the greatroom, enjoy conversations by the fire, around the table, or while cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. In the separate library/media room, read a book from the large collection or watch sports or a movie on the flat-screen TV.

You are welcome to hike anywhere on the land and enjoy the spectacular views from every vantage point. Picnic on the meadows & explore the creeks & park-like woods.

You can often see whitetail deer in the open pastures around the house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The wild turkeys are elusive, but you can sometimes see them in the pastures or crossing the road. You might even get to see a black bear. Or a timber rattler. Please be aware that all of these occasionally venture into our yard, sometimes close to the house.

You can hike the Appalachian Trail at the top of our property. It's a 2.5 mile moderate-hike to Kelly Knob overlook. Other nearby hikes are Angel's Rest, Wind Rock and Dragon's Tooth.

The Cascades Nat'l Recreation Site waterfall is just 10 miles West -- a great place to picnic and fly-fish for native trout. There are other wild & stocked trout streams nearby, including Big Stony Creek.

The New River has canoeing, kayaking & tubing less than 15 miles West. And there's white-water rafting in West Virginia on the New & the Gauley, about two hours away, and you can bungee-jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in WVA.

There is also snow skiing at Winter Place and Snowshoe in W.V., one-two hours West.

You can go sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing, swimming & picnicking at Claytor Lake, just an hour away. Stop by Mikey's 7th in Newport and pick up a picnic lunch to take with you.

And be sure to plan a special gourmet dinner at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston while you're here. Great fun!

Blackberry Morning is just 14 miles, 25 minutes, across two mountains to Blacksburg & VATech University where there are all kinds of things to do that you typically find in a university town.

Enjoy VATech sports, graduations, reunions & special events. Picnic by the Duck Pond, walk on the paved trails around campus, go to concerts on campus and at the smaller venue of the Lyric Theater downtown (old, restored movie-house). And there is a brand-new Performing Arts Center that you must experience.

There are side-walk cafes like Gillie's & Caba Fish Taco where you can hear local music, & great local restaurants like Bull & Bones and Zeppoli's, as well as favorite chains.

There are movie theaters and downtown small-shops & mall shopping.

There's a year-round indoor pool at the Blacksburg Recreation Center on our side of Blacksburg, where they also have basketball courts, tennis courts, a skateboard ramp, & a hand-in-hand playground on a large open field with picnic shelters. They have great 4th of July fireworks there, too!

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Rates & Availability

Newport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter Special Rates
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$395
$1,295
$2,495
 
 
Late Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
$425
$1,595
$3,495
 
 
2017 VATech Graduation BOOKED
May 8 2017 - May 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,495
Flat fee
 
 
Summer 2017
May 15 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$425
$1,595
$3,495
 
 
2017 Fall Football Weekends
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
$525
 
 
2018 VATech Graduation
May 7 2018 - May 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
$2,495
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$425
$1,595
$3,495
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

STRICTLY NON-SMOKING! Standard Rate: $425.00 first two nights (2-night minimum). Football Game Rate: $525.00 first two nights (2-night minimum). Nightly rate reduced to $300.00 after minimum nights are met. Weekly Rate (any 7 days): $1595.00. Monthly Rate (any 30 days): $3495.00. VATech Graduation Flat Rate: $2495.00 (up to 7 nights included). Winter Special Rates January 4-March 31: $395.00 first two nights; $1295.00 weekly; $2495.00 monthly. Cleaning included in all rates! Friendly, well-trained dogs considered; if accepted, $100.00 pet fee applies. You may pay by snail mail with a personal or company check or by credit card online through HomeAway or PayPal. Check-In 4:00PM (Early check-in sometimes possible; ask.) . Check-Out: noon. Rental & Guest Policies Agreement will be emailed. If you have any questions at all, please just ask. I'd be happy to answer them. Thanks so much for considering Blackberry Morning Retreat!

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