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

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Eric Vollmecke
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

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 155 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.


Madison Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(89 traveler reviews)

Stunning Family/Group Retreat,110 Private Acres, Renovated Historic Home
average rating of 4.988764 based on 89 reviews

It's an amazing place to share with your dearest friends

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time to explore the blue ridge. Whippoorwill was the ideal retreat for our group of friends. It just has everything you might think of...

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Year round Pleasure!

  • 5 of 5

Whether you visit in the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer; this property offers something for everyone! Hiking or biking around the beautifully maintained trails on the property, cooking in the fabulous kitchen, or relaxing while gazing at the peaceful views; everyone will want to come back! We have been at least 7 times and have had a wonderful time with our large family (6 children, 3 spouses, 6 grandchildren) each time! The firepit and s'mores is always a hit for the younger ones and Suana is a treat for the older ones! Everything you might need and more for your comfort is supplied too! A must stay if visiting the beautiful Virginia mountains!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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There is a reason why this property has received raving reviews- we had a marvelous weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The home was comfortable, cozy, and spacious all at once. Wverything was incredibly organized and easy to access. We hiked a few trails, played yard games, and thoroughly enjoyed using the kitchen and grill for all of our family-style meals. Would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Gem in the Hidden Valley

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we turned off of Route 29 on to Hoover Road and drove toward the property we knew we were going to enjoy a much needed get away. The house and property are so beautiful, words really can't describe it, even pictures don't do it justice.

The amenities are top notch. It has every kitchen utensil, gadget, pot and pan cooks would love to use. The owners have thought of everything.

Bring your bathing suit and go sit in the sauna. Climb up the side of the hill and look down the valley. Watch a sunset, hike the trails, mountain bike, bring a book, take a nap. This place allows for any activity you want.

We love this place!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Every time I come here I love it a little bit more.

  • 5 of 5

This is a special place. It's a special house, in a special town, in a special valley. It's a quiet, peaceful refuge harmonious with it's surroundings and the space it occupies. From the moment you pull into the driveway off of the dirt roads that snake through the hills like a stream in a river, you feel a level of peace and relaxation unrivaled by most places I've been (and that's a lot of places). I've shared some of the most memorable times in years on the deck at the top of the hill with a glass of whiskey and some lifelong friends. The trails offer a workout, but a workout that can be enjoyed without feeling like I need a protein shake and a massage after. I would do indescribable things to put that kitchen in my own house. It's laid out efficiently and we've prepared some meals in that kitchen I won't soon forget. I've slept in every one of the bedrooms but one, and I've slept as good there as I have in my own home. I love this place more and more every time I pull in the driveway, and can't wait to come back more and more every time we leave.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at the house and we love it. Every bedroom in the house is lovely, and the kitchen is the best rental house kitchen I've ever used- stocked with high-quality items by someone who actually cooks!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 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

Madison Farmhouse Rental Rates

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

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
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, Children under 6 and infants are not charged as long as there is an equal number of adults. 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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