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Richard Smith

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Old Rag View Horse Farm with Log Lodge and Treehouse

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Madison Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Chateau / Country House, 6 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Chestnut Oak Farm is a luxurious western-style lodge retreat on a 90 acre horse farm near the base of Old Rag Mountain. The lodge was constructed in 2009 using granite blocks from the farm and huge Virginia pine logs in a western style of rustic elegance. The lodge is surrounded by decks and porches to take in the magnificent view over Hidden Valley, Old Rag Mountain, the farm's twin ponds, and the horses grazing in the fields. The lodge is equipped with a Chef's Kitchen, huge dining room (we have seated sixteen), double-sided fireplace, baby grand piano, screened porch, and covered porch. The main lodge house has three Master Bedrooms, and two other large bedrooms with a shared bath. Downstairs is a walkout game room with foosball, ping pong, bar, and a fire pit/movie pit with 52' screen TV. The outdoor 8 person hot tub is steps away, overlooking the pond.

150 feet down the hill below the pond is the 'Guest' Treehouse. The treehouse is a cedar sided two level cabin-style house which sleeps six, with full bath and kitchen--and an optional fire pole exit for the adventurous. This treetop aerie has to be seen to be believed!

The farm has a small herd of horses, two alpacas (Mike and Ike), and a growing assortment of other farm animals including peacocks. We have hiking trails on the property. A fantastic network of both gravel and paved roads fans out from the farm for incredible short and long distanced cycling routes. Or you can leave the farm to hike the incredible local trails or fish the local streams, or visit some of the local wineries or organic farms. We are 35 miles from Charlottsville, and 82 miles from Washington DC.

Caretakers live onsite and can help out with questions, firewood, directions, and even with provisioning if desired. They are happy to arrange spectacular custom-guided trail rides from a local stable in the surrounding mountains--even overnight camping trips.

Keywords: Farm, Horsefarm, Estate

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Richard Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Richard Smith

Our family has cherished this special farm since we bought in 1995. Since building the new house, we have shared it with numerous friends and families who come out to regroup, renew, and get inspired by the natural beauty of the place.

Richard Smith purchased this chateau / country house in 1995

Why Richard Smith chose Central Virginia

Most beautiful place we had ever seen in Virginia. We had been camping, hiking, climbing and biking in this area for years, and fell more in love with it every time we visited. We bought it to create a place for families to bond. Great place for family reunions and get-togethers.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The area is uniquely rich in character. The edge of the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge is flush with beautiful organic farms, wineries, and incredible cycling and hiking. Great base to visit Charlottsville and Monticello (35 miles), Luray (30 miles), Skyline Drive (18 miles), Sperryville (12 miles), Little Washington (15 miles), Flint Hill (17 miles),Orange (15 miles) and to take advantage of countless small antique shops and artist galleries that are close by.


based on 24 traveler reviews

Old Rag View Horse Farm with Log Lodge and Treehouse
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 24 reviews

Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We are group of 11 people who spend 3 days at Richard's farm for the holiday, which is really nice place!!!

Don't be fooled by the photos which seem a little bit outdated. The actual place is way better than those photos. I think lots of improvement were made after those photos were taken. I hope Richard could upload some new photos to prove I'm not lying :)

There are lots of activity you could do on the site such as Ping Pong, fishing, BBQ outside. The stereo is really good. There are also two ADORABLE alpacas which are not mentioned in the overview section!!!! They are just so cute.

Anyway, it's really great experience for me and my friends, I wish I could visit here again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You all were wonderful guests, and thanks for leaving the place so shipshape. You are 100% correct that the photos are outdated, and we will be re-shooting the property and posting them on VRBO shortly. Glad you enjoyed Mike and Ike!
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  • 5 of 5

Family, friends and I just spent a week at this beautiful country estate/horse farm. Although there are many wonderful sights and activities to enjoy in the surrounding area, none of us felt the need to do so. The "Chateau" itself is beyond words in regards to its rustic elegance. The tree house was great! Almost every possible convenience is available throughout the house and property and if you experience any trouble with anything, the wonderful Ms. Penny is an efficient, personable caretaker who can solve any difficulty you may, but probably won't encounter. I could go on and on but the visceral experience is what really counts.

One more thing, our group's age ranged from 20 to 84 years old and if you have the heart of a child, I recommend this to any and all.

Sincerely, Ron

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ronnie - Thanks so very much for your warm and enthusiastic review for the farm and your stay there. We do try to make the place and the expereince memorable, especially our Caretaker Penny, who works hard to ensure that visitors have the same welcoming relaxing time we do when we're down there. You really got the essence of the place with your comment about the heart of a child! Please come visit again soon! Richard .
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"Glamping at its finest"

  • 5 of 5

Our two families loved it - kids 3, 6, 7, 8 all had a good time, plus the parents. Onsite hosts were great as we called them more times than we hoped.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway...and Extra Special Memories!!

  • 5 of 5

It was such a wonderful weekend! The house was just perfect for our large family gathering. Plenty of room for everyone to be comfortable and relax in. The views!!! The views were just incredible, and made the memories (photos) of our extra special weekend just that...extra special. Each of the rooms were great, but the kitchen was extra nice as several cooks could be there at the same time without bumping into one another. It made for some great family meals. The kids also really loved the tree house!! We look forward to returning one day and enjoying this wonderful home.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jennifer, s glad you all could visit again!
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Wow. All we could say the whole weekend was, "wow!"

  • 5 of 5

House was incredible. Couldn't find anything we did not like. We never left the property. Just soaked in the views of the Old Rag and the horse farm below us, the incredible interior of the log home and the huge double sided fireplace. Everything was great!! Kitchen was fully stocked. We loved the two dishwashers and the icemaker was "key". Richard was wonderful to work with on the setup for our vacation. Can't say enough, in fact we are already setting up our next visit!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind remarks Jeff. Come back and see us in the fall or winter!
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Lovely getaway, but know that you can't work from vacation

  • 4 of 5

The farm was lovely... we gathered there with our extended family for the week after Christmas. The house was spacious for all of us (eight adults, two kids, and two babies). One thing we didn't expect from the information online was how little cell service we'd get. Regardless of your carrier, you will NOT get service. You'll need to drive 15-20 minutes to be able to make a call on your cell (but the landline is available, which was nice). The house has wifi, but it is beyond slow. It's not the owners' fault... I don't think there are any alternatives. Just know that you can't really have a working vacation there!

The other important thing to note (that wasn't in any of the information we were given) is that, if you have a dog with you, the caretaker's dogs have free-range access to the property. They are sweet dogs with people, but I wanted to make sure they were friendly with other dogs, so I checked and the caretaker said "no, they aren't." I'm so glad I checked! It would have been awful to be out with our sweet, friendly dog only to have her attacked by the other larger dogs... especially since the closest vet is MILES away.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to Kirsten's input we have upgraded the Wifi and router at the house. New system is better with longer range and better download speeds. She's right about the cell service--if you drive 1 1/2 miles south on Whippoorwill Road there is a gap in the ridge where you can get 2-3 bars of service (you'll know because your phone begins to ping with all the undelivered messages). However the cell service in the whole valley is non-existent so plan on using the landline if you really need to call. On dogs, we have many many guests who bring their dogs and have a wonderful time. Our dogs love the place, and roam free as do most visitors'. Our caretaker now has only Winston, an old Blue Heeler who stays at her house and does not venture out to patrol the whole farm. If you do meet him with Penny (or without), he is quick to make friends after getting acquainted. If you're at all concerned, as Kirsten was, please let Penny know and she will be absolutely sure that her dog Winston stays inside her house for the duration of your visit.
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Nearest Point of Interest
Old Rag Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
Whiteoak Canyon
Nearest Point of Interest
Camp Hoover and Rapidan River
Nearest Point of Interest
Hughes River


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning and Linen Renta $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Madison Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • King size beds (1) 2 King Beds, Queen size Beds (1) One Queen Bed, Double Beds (1) One double bed in Bedroom #5, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds in Bedroom #4. Two twin beds in treehouse upper level., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) Two sets of bunk beds in the treehouse main level
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Barn with 4 stalls, tackroom, hay loft and indoor climbing wall. Vegetable gardens, small stream, lots of hiking opportunities located on the property.

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