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Servants' Cottage on 600 Acre Working Horse/Cattle Estate

Gordonsville, VA, USA
  • Cottage600 sqft
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Cottage, Studio, Bath (Sleeps 4)

The foot-wide, hand-sawn boards that make up the ceiling reveal this cottage's original time of construction (1856) and its original purpose (housing for house servants of the Manor). Renovated in 2012, it now boasts a modern full kitchen and bath, split-system heat pump, and charming furnishings selected by our professional interior designer. Best of all, the cottage is on our 600 acre horse and cattle farm, where you have beautiful views in all directions, no sound of traffic, endless woodland trails, and quick and easy access to all the attractions of the Charlottesville area. Plus, it has a huge covered patio on the back side, with ceiling fans, lights, a gas grill, very comfortable furniture and views of several of our horse paddocks.

At Wolf Trap Farm, we have been offering our Manor House and Pond House to travelers since 2004 - to rave reviews. This new offering is ideal for couples or families with a few small children (who can use the queen-sized sofa bed) or even for two couples who do not need privacy (the sofa bed is at the opposite end of the room from the queen-sized bed).

Our guests are always thrilled by the opportunity to enjoy such a large and beautiful pastoral setting. Our entry road is almost a miles long, and you pass ponds, cattle pastures and through cedar-lined sections. At the top of the hill, you find our farm complex, with the Manor House (with this Servants' Cottage snuggled in behind), our bell-roofed barn (former dairy barn), our 1856 bank barn, and other farm buildings. The Pond House and the Dairyman's house are also within view, as is the training ring for our stables. There is a wonderful fishing pond full of bass and bream, and we supply the fishing equipment. And there are miles and miles of woodland trails, two impressive rope swings, horseshoe pits, a hot tub, views of the mountains, ancient boxwoods, and horses and cows to watch. Our wild residents include geese, turkeys, deer, fox, badgers, racoons, coyotes (sadly), thousands of frogs, and the occasional snake, skunk. and field mouse.

So come enjoy the farm, and create a memory that will last forever.


Keith Cuthrell

Member Since 2006
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Keith Cuthrell

I have been a lawyer in Norfolk, VA since 1979. For the past 20-some years, we have also bought and renovated run-down properties. We have three adult children and four grandchildren so far.

Keith Cuthrell purchased this Cottage in 2003

Why Keith Cuthrell chose Gordonsville

In 2003, while searching for a little mountain getaway cottage of some sort, I overshot and ended up buying this 600 acre rundown farm. The Charlottesville area has special charm for anyone who knows Virginia, and the village of Gordonsville is just impossible to beat. Also, at the time, I was riding quite a lot, and this area boasts some of the best fox hunts in America.

What makes this Cottage unique

This farm has the beautiful rolling landscape that is suitable for picture postcards. It is so secluded, but you are also just a few minutes from civilization of the best type (quaint villages). Everywhere you drive in this area you are passing gorgeous historic estates. Having restored one of those estates and being able to offer it to the public for vacation use is quite a thrill.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, No privacy partition between 'bedroom' area and sleeper sofa
      • This living area, dining area and bed area are all one large room.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Located atop the last foothill before the Southwest Mountain Range. Close-up view of three modest peaks 2 miles away.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Mitsubishi Split-System Heat Pump. Top of the line and very quiet.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Mitsubishi Split-system; top of the line and very quiet.
                      • Internet
                        Mobile Hot Spot, shared with other guests is for normal web access. Download your movies at home before you come, and leave the gaming systems at home. We have to pay by the Gig.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Available in basement of Manor House.
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Sleeper sofa. Recliner. Flat-screen TV and DVD player.
                      • Parking
                        At side of Patio.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Available in basement of Manor House.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Of course.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Kitchen is more than adequate. Full size refrigerator and stove; microwave, toaster, all dishes and cookware. (no dishwasher)
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                            Paper products provided.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Table with 6 sturdy chairs inside. When weather allows, patio is great place to eat.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Foosball
                                  • Games
                                    Board games, horseshoes, cornhole, rope swings.
                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Pool Table
                                    In Game Barn
                                  • Television
                                    Watch from the living area or from bed. Local channels only (you won't miss it).
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Bicycles
                                        Several adult bikes and children's bikes stored in shed.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Former 3 car carport converted to covered patio, with lights, ceiling fans, night noises, great views.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large lawn area, and 600 total acres.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas Grill.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • smoking allowed
                                            Outside only. Plenty of room on patio.
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Staff


                                                  • churches
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • horseshoes
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • massage therapist

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • cycling
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting


                                                                  • Cozy cottage getaway for a couple, or farm adventure for the family with a few younger children. Great for visiting Monticello, Montpelier, the Wineries, UVA. Fish in our ponds. Walk in our woods. Go trail riding at a neighboring farm. Go tubing or rafting on the James. Go tandem skydiving or hot air ballooning. Eat at fine restaurants in the village of Gordonsville. Pretend you live on this beautiful and vast estate.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    21 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    What a GREAT last minute get-away!

                                                                    Michael P.

                                                                    We found ourselves with a couple of days off from our crazy-busy lives and were looking for some place to get away to, for the President's day weekend. We checked with our previous hidden treasure cabin and it was booked so we searched for something similar; fairly secluded, farm setting, semi-close to wineries and breweries, and low and behold Wolftrap Farms popped up at a really reasonable price, only a 1 night minimum, and we jumped on it! Absolutely, exactly what we were looking for. We have a 7 year old daughter and she loved being in the presence of the horses. The farm hands were super nice and provided us with "horse cookies" to feed the horses with, and the short hike we took through the woods nearby was nice as well. If you're going to use the fold out bed bring an extra comforter. There was plenty of seasoned firewood and kindling so the fire lit up quickly and was perfect on a cool February evening for roasting a few marshmallows. We're already planning for another get-away, only for more days, and with friends.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for your kind review. Not sure whether you checked in the right places to find the extra blankets for the sofa bed, but they generally stay in one of the chests. We have plenty of them.

                                                                    Nice quiet get away

                                                                    MIke S.

                                                                    We enjoyed our weekend at the cottage. Quiet stay on a nice rural farm.

                                                                    The cottage was clean and comfortable and plenty of space for couples or small families. Our lab Maya enjoyed roaming the grounds and taking walks in the surrounding woods.

                                                                    Location is great for getting away from it all but still near wineries and quaint small towns. It was a bit of a drive to get to Charlottesville for some nightlife.

                                                                    Overall I would recommend the location for those looking to relax, take in the history of the area and the wineries.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for the review. So glad you enjoyed Wolftrap Farm.

                                                                    The cottage and property was wonderful!

                                                                    Jonathan M.

                                                                    It was great! Thanks!

                                                                    Lovely casual environment great for families.

                                                                    Christy C.

                                                                    We just returned from a wonderful week at Wolftrap Farm. The accommodations were just what we needed and the suroundings couldn't have been better. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. My boys loved petting the horses and we had great fun

                                                                    in the game barn.

                                                                    Weekend Getaway

                                                                    William H.

                                                                    We had a great time at the cottage. We live nearby, but it was a great place to escape for the weekend. The farm is beautiful!

                                                                    Perfect Getaway

                                                                    kristin b.Virginia Beach, VA

                                                                    We truly loved the Servants Cottage and it fit our needs exactly! We were able to bring our two dogs, who happily ran and roamed and explored to exhaustion. The tiny cottage is perfect for two people and we spent the majority of our time on the covered patio, where we had a view of the horse fields and horses. The kitchen is fully stocked with updated appliances and everything you need to cook, including a gas grill. We hoped to rent the golf cart to explore the property but unfortunately it was being serviced during our visit. We were pointed to a trail instead and ended up taking a nice walk around the property with the dogs. One thing we appreciate while traveling is that we were totally on our own. Katie, the host, was accessible anytime we needed her via phone, but otherwise we were left to our own, which made it that much more relaxing. This place will definitely be bookmarked should we return to the area!

                                                                    A couple points worth mentioning:

                                                                    • Cottage was very clean upon arrival

                                                                    • Plenty of wood is provided along with a fire pit. We recommend a fire pit under the open sky at dusk until dark to watch all of the stars show up. Beautiful

                                                                    • Bring your own lighter along with any misc cooking items that can often be forgotten (i.e. oil, butter, foil...)

                                                                    • TV has just basic channels but there is also a DVD player with a few DVDs. We barely turned it on, so really a non issue

                                                                    • We weren't able to pick up the Wifi signal. We never called and asked about it though b/c we didn't really need it for the couple days we were there.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for your thoughtful review, Kristin. The WiFi is a Mobile Hot Spot. We have several of them and they are shared among the houses at the farm. When you ask for one, we put it in the house you are using, and they work great.

                                                                    Hope you are able to return soon.


                                                                    Gordonsville, VA, USA

                                                                    Thirty minutes from World Heritage Site - Monticello. Fifteen minutes from restored home of James & Dolley Madison - Montpelier. Numerous award-winning wineries, including Barboursville, Horton, Keswick, Jefferson. Outstanding scenic drives in heart of Virginia's horse country. Local trail riding. Charlottesville area is one of the top places to retire & live in the entire country. Gorgeous countryside.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Tax Rate

                                                                    Winter Rates do not apply at holidays. Discounts offered for 3 night bookings and for 5 nights or longer. Special rates offered if you are filling an unbooked date less than a week from the date of your reservation. Single night bookings on Fridays or Saturdays generally allowed only while winter rates are in effect or within one week of your booking.

                                                                    21 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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