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Eric Vollmecke

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Stunning Family/Group Retreat,110 Private Acres, Renovated Historic Home

72 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cabin, 5 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 3 Baths, (Sleeps up to 18 with five couples)

Located just minutes from Old Rag Mountain, Whippoorwill Manor Farm is a destination that affords the rare experience to rent your own farm for a week or a weekend. Many people have the desire to own a second house in the country to enjoy a secluded atmosphere with family and friends, and Whippoorwill Manor Farm provides this unique prospect without all the burdens and costs of ownership (we now enjoy hosting a number of regulars as a result). The 110 acres with its miles of trails along with exploring the many restored barns provides the occasion to enjoy a real connection back to the land and history of our country. The Hop field next to the home adds an additional ambience to the grounds during the growing season. The historic but completely modernized home provides a year round setting to enjoy. The original part of the house (log cabin) dates back to the 1700's and is the second oldest structure in Madison County. During the Civil War, the Farm was used as a camp by the Confederacy on several instances during the campaigns of 1862 and 1863.

The house was completely restored in 2005 adding a new addition that houses a large modern kitchen, and 3 full baths (over 3,800 sq. ft). The house has all the modern conveniences to stay connected including, direct TV and wireless internet (best available in Madison County but it is not city speed and is not unlimited so we request you download videos prior to visit and not conduct gaming during stay). The home has maintained its unique historical charm to include its wide hickory planked floors, log cabin rooms with stone fireplaces, and hand crafted wood work throughout the home. One of Washington's top interior decorators designed the home specifically with the idea of group/family use. The house even offers a 'pub' room that's great to enjoy a drink while playing darts or cards after a hard day of outdoor activities such as: climbing Old Rag MT (the most spectacular hike in VA) or hiking White Oak Canyon to see its impressive upper and lower waterfalls, both parking lots are approximately 7 miles from the house both located in Shenandoah National Park. Whippoorwill Manor Farm is just minutes from Graves Mountain Lodge and both Prince Michel, Sharp Rock and DuCard Vineyards.

It is a wonderful place for family vacations and reunions as well as a quiet retreat for business strategy development and/or executive team building events. An ideal setting for cooking out or hosting an outdoor/catered event. The grounds surrounding the house include the new Hops field with its vines growing on 12' trestles. Virginia was actually the Hops growing capital during the early colonial period of the country. The property is 15-20 minutes from the historic towns of Culpepper, Madison and Sperryville, ideal for shopping and quality restaurants. Additionally, it serves as a perfect home vacation site to explore the many historic landmarks of the Shenandoah Valley and its vast natural beauty.

Our objective is to treat our guests the same as we would our extended family/friends that come and visit the farm. Therefore, our goal is to allow you to walk in and find the important essentials to get you started. The farm provides the following: linens, towels, blankets, essential paper products, cleaning supplies, some laundry detergent, coffee, spices and condiments (no guaranteed stock), charcoal, lighter fluid and wood for fire place (some local cabins charge $40.00 just for the firewood). There is also a 25 pound a day ice maker. To assist in keeping the cleaning modest, you will need to the sheets on the bed. Covers and blankets are on the beds with its sheets folded at the base. Finally, our Caretakers (Bill and Delores) live nearby and are available to personally address any concerns or questions you may have.

Come enjoy this truly unique and beautiful property for a peaceful and fun vacation or come with a group of friends for a long weekend to hike, bike, and enjoy each other with a number of local attractions and activities. On the property, there are a number of activities to enjoy such as volleyball and horseshoes along with a great skeet shooting area, a mechanical thrower is available that guests may use (guests responsible for clean up). In the evenings, the fire pit is a wonderful place to tell stories and share experiences year round. In the large field above the house fireworks are permitted as well (guests responsible for clean up). There are very few opportunities to rent a place with so much charm with its old barns and well groomed fields all in a private setting which makes it both ideal and easy to host a week or weekend getaway with family and/or friends. The farm has an outdoor sauna (dry) in the back yard and can be enjoyed year round. The house has a full back up generator in the event power is lost so your stay will not be disrupted if a major storm strikes.

The owners have great connections with local Civil War Historians, musicians and even a terrific private chef that can be engaged to visit the farm during your stay. Chef Aubree can work with you on a custom menu or has fixed course menus that she can prepare for your group. She can also augment your group as direct support by the hour. Many have had her prepare the dinner and next day's breakfast and lunch

The farm can be enjoyed year round. The owners really like being at the farm during the winter months as the Mid Atlantic usually has fairly mild winters so during the day it's warm enough to be outside and hike without the bugs and thorn bushes scratching you and you come back at night and enjoy huddling around the fireplaces at night. During the winter months, the owners will provide a full refund if one of those rare snow storms hit the area and prevent safe travel.

For cycling enthusiasts from other parts of the country, the mountain scenery coupled with the quiet, safe, country roads are a national treasure to be experienced. The very popular Tour de Madison Bike Ride (held in mid-May every year), and the ride enjoys national statere. The Tour is not a race, but rather designed as a wonderful way to see the great scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have routes for the entire family; you can choose between 16, 40, and 62 miles along country roads. If you can't make the actual weekend, the owner will provide you with the specific routes of the Tour so can enjoy them during your stay. Your group could even do a different 'century' every day for a week and beyond the initial few miles leaving/returning to the house; you will not have to cover the same ground twice! The owners even several mountain and road bikes available for your use, both male and female bikes.

Hosting "Events" are done by exception and involve additional fees and usually require renting of port a john and tent depending on the size of the group. For weddings it requires a "3 Day" minimum rental as tent and port a John rentals won't pick up until Monday. Additionally, special event insurance must be purchased. For weddings, Whippoorwill Manor Farm requires a minimum of day-of-coordination assistance with the wedding coordinators of "Girls from Main Street," located in Culpepper. They offer a variety of levels of support from the minimum oversight of use of the farm for the wedding to comprehensive full-service event planning. We will connect you with Jessica you can provide you options and rates for their services beyond the rental.

Please go to the 'link to more information' section below for more detailed information on Whippoorwill Manor Farm from its own website. Be sure to read 'Three Splendid Days' for great ideas to explore the local area. The site has links to all the major attractions in nearby.

Keywords: Historic farm home with log cabin section, private retreat on 110 secluded acres with a HOP field, private mountain biking trails- ideal family reunion, hiking, active lifestyles

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Eric Vollmecke (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Eric Vollmecke

I'm Eric co-owner of Whippoorwill Manor Farm which part of it has been in our family since 1950. I've traveled to over 125 countries and all the states but believe that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth in a region full of great American history. We strive hard to maintain a park like atmosphere of the home and property. Our friends and extended family love to spend time together here as there is so much to do year round. You never need to leave the property. The farm also grows hops used by local craft brewers. A sample is provided for your enjoyment, my motto, beer not wine!

Eric Vollmecke purchased this farmhouse in 1980

Why Eric Vollmecke chose Central Virginia

Our family has been enjoying this area since my grandparents purchased the adjacent farm in 1950. In 1980 our father purchased this property and began working his dream to create a 'park like atmosphere' for his family and friends to enjoy. All the barns and buildings were refurbished in the 1990's, and finally in 2004, he began the complete renovation of the farm house. A new wing was added for the baths and the kitchen as prior to this time the house had no running water.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Despite the dramatic growth of the Washington metro area and the expansion of the suburbs, this property remains as quiet and beautiful a place as it was 50 years ago and yet it is only on average 1.5 hours from Washington DC. We are avid hikers and cyclists and we believe there is no better venue for enjoying both in the entire mid-Atlantic region.


based on 72 traveler reviews

Stunning Family/Group Retreat,110 Private Acres, Renovated Historic Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 72 reviews
Frederick, MD

Great Place for a Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we have stayed at this property. It is very clean well maintained and the beds were comfortable. We especially like the kitchen which has high quality tools and nearly everything you could possible need. We enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, the hiking trails, and the fire pit. We would recommend this property to anyone planning a gathering for family or friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, relaxing, perfect for large family getaways!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time celebrating my husband's graduation with all of our family. The kids especially enjoyed the bunk room! Highly recommend for a great family getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vienna, Virginia

Totally exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

My college friends and I stayed here for five days on our annual "boy's retreat" and we were absolutely amazed at the level of appointment and what is provided. It's really more like a resort. The house is much bigger in person and it's completely modern. Really every comfort you can think of is provided, from a spare USB phone charger to charcoal to tables and canopies to robes for the sauna. You don't have to bring anything but the food you want to eat and your personal toiletries. The grounds are beautifully kept with well marked trails, babbling creeks and rolling hills.

The owner is super responsive and very easy to work with. Makes you realize there are still good folks in the world who can take a person at their word. Really just a great experience all around. We'll be booking our next stay at this location very soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for a Work Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My organization of 7 people rented this house for a working retreat mid-May. It had the perfect blend of very nice indoor facilities in a more rural area of Virginia so we could feel like we were having a true retreat. If it hadn't rained so much we would have definitely used the outdoor space more as well. The owner is very easy to work with, and he was very responsive to the many questions I asked. It was difficult finding a rental that had enough beds and rooms to offer co-workers privacy in addition to space where we could all meet and talk. This house has both. We would all highly recommend the house, and all my co-workers would like to hold the retreat here again next year. I am thinking of trying to get my family there for a fun weekend, too!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, Virginia

Great location for Family get togethers!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Whippoorwill in late April. The farm and house are beautiful, flowers coming up every where and fantastic weather, especially for those coming from the far north. During sunny days the grassy hill and all the amenities offered (bikes, walking paths, sand box, volleyball, horseshoes, many lawn games) end less fun. Plus the property is close to many other National Park and historical sites. On the rain day that we had, we spent cooking in a nice, stocked and large kitchen, played cards, and darts. Ultimately you cannot get bored at Whippoorwill.

Our family reunion consisted of a group ranging from 1.5 to 94 years old. We were all very comfortable. The owners took great care in provided luxurious mattresses, bedding, and couches. You can pretty much sleep anywhere! The indoors and outdoors were kept immaculate. I mentioned cooking before but cooking was a lot of fun here because it accommodated 4-6 cooks at one time without any problem. The dining options indoor and outdoor are capable of seating large groups and are both very comfortable and nice. We tended to eat outside because the weather was so great.

I had feedback from my family requesting that I organize another gathering at Whippoorwill, we all love it. Thank you Eric for being such a great host.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I had been to Whippoorwill Manor Farm a couple of years ago with a group of girlfriends. This visit was with family. There were 12 of us in all, ranging in ages from 10-75. We all were very comfortable, thoroughly enjoyed the house and grounds, and loved having Chef Aubree cook for us for two dinners. All in all, it was a great weekend. The weather was also fabulous! We definitely want to come back and stay longer than 2 nights (since we didn't have enough time to hike the trails, try the sauna, or utilize everything the property has to offer).

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Madison Inn
Nearest Ski
44 Miles
Car: necessary

Over four miles on hiking and mountain biking trails on the property to include a trail that leads to the second highest point in Madison County with a great view of Old Rag Mountain.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $145 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Holiday weekends min stay 3 days. Modest fee for numbers over 10 people staying, $20 per person extra per day (infants don't count). The total allowed for house which is 18 persons;

Special events with rental by exception, extra fees and conditions apply. Rental dates for an event must include set up dates prior and post event clean up and pick up dates. Most local tent and Port a Potty companies do not pick up on Sunday which then requires extending rental until Monday or Tuesday depending on the company.

Pet fee is $30 a day, per pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Central Virginia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Downstairs bedroom, portable crib is available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upstairs - Yellow room, also room for inflatable beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs, Green Room
    Bedroom 4 - 4 double , 2 twin/ single , 3 bunk bed , Upstaris, The famous bunk room, sleeps 6
    Sunroom - 1 king , Downstairs, comfort sleeper is a regular bed, no springs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , Brown room, own stairs, sleeps 4 or a couple comfort sleeper
  • King size beds (3) one king bed is in the Sunroom and is a Comfort Sleeper which has a solid wood support base underneath the mattress, eliminating the metal bars associated with normal pull outs, Queen size Beds (1) located in the downstairs bedroom, Double Beds (4) There are two double sized bunk beds located in the bunk room, Twin or Single Beds (4) There are two single beds in the upstairs brown room, each with a separate pull out single bed.Additionally, the brown room has a queen sized comfort sleeper sofa thereby providing another couple room, Bunk Beds (1) Located in the bunk room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis

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