Vintage Country Farmhouse With Modern Comfort
Nancy & Robin Vance
About Nancy & Robin Vance
Nancy and Robin Vance will make you feel right at home at Vance's Country Guest House. Robin has lived on the Bullpasture River all his life and is a wellspring of information on local history. Nancy grew up in Union, WV, graduated from Concord College in Athens, and came to Highland County in 1982 for her first job as an elementary school librarian. Thirty years later, in 2012, she retired from that same job! Nancy and Robin thrive on the country life. They raise a garden every summer, and when February rolls around you'll find them busy tapping trees and making pure and delicious maple syrup. They live only two miles from Vance's Country Guest House.
Nancy & Robin Vance purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Nancy & Robin Vance chose McDowell
Robin's great-grandfather built this house in 1885, and his father was born and grew up here. Nancy & Robin acquired the property from Robin's aunt and uncle in 2004 to keep the farm in the family and preserve its rural setting. They began work on the house in 2010 with a dual goal of restoration to preserve the historic integrity of the structure and renovation to provide modern comfort and convenience. Now, with renovations complete, folks can once again experience the peace and contentment of a country home.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Vance's Country Guest House is furnished with a comfortable mix of newer pieces and antiques, many of which have been in use here for generations. Beautiful views surround the house, and on a clear night, the stars provide quite a show without interference from city lights.
Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 4:00 PM
Some events considered (weddings, reunions, etc.)
No pets, no exceptions, please don't ask!
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Wonderful Farm House!
Loved this farm house! A genuine farm house, beautifully restored with lovely antiques. A fully equipped kitchen with all the conveniences. Peaceful, scenic!
Relaxing farmhouse in Highland County
This house is a spectacular find for families and those wanting to get away from it all! Beautiful views of the mountains in every direction. House is tastefully decorated with a mix of antiques and modern farmhouse bathrooms. Our kids absolutely loved the rare chance to collect eggs, milk the cow, gather vegetables from the garden, and feed the horses with Robin. Great hosts who have thought of every detail!
A Unique and Completely Wonderful Experience
This lovely and perfectly decorated 19th century farmhouse provides an inviting setting for getting to know the Vance family through the generations, as photos in each room inform the visitor of the persons who once called this place home. What makes a visit here especially delightful for families with children or grandchildren is the opportunity for hands on experiencing of farm life, including milking a cow, gathering eggs from the hen house and vegetables from the garden, holding baby chicks, pumping water, ringing the dinner bell, and feeding fish in the pond. Hostess Nancy has even provided, for guests to enjoy in the house’s library, a beautifully photographed and written children’s book about the workday of Red the dog, who still greets guests alongside his human friend, Robin. The hosts are as kind, friendly and generous with their time as any we’ve encountered anywhere: this is a real wonder and Highland County, the least populated county east of Mississippi, is a hidden, glorious, and uniqueness rural treasure.
2nd Year Staying and Perfect
Everything you need - great get away from the electronics.
Robin and Nancy are such great hosts. So kind and welcoming. We went there for our mothers 60 year birthday. And she couldn't ask for a better way to celebrate.
My 6 year old daughter loved helping around the farm, feeding the fish, chickens , horses. She had so much fun. My 2 year olds loved watching their favourite old Mac Donald come to life!
Watching the moon rise, sitting by the fire, playing with Yoda, staying on on a rainy day while monarchs fluttered by, birds chirped and roosters crowed was simply blissful.
The house itself was so well appointed with antique furniture including a fully equipped kitchen.
Overall it was a great stay and we cannot wait to come back
Quite Country Comfort
My friend and I loved our stay at the Vance home! We felt so safe and comfortable all weekend. The peace of the country is something city girls need every now and then and this place had it! Coffee in the morning on the porch was the best. We couldn't have been happier with our stay.
Thanks Nancy & Robin for hosting!
McDowell is located in eastern Highland County, in the western highlands of Virginia. Vance's Country Guest House is just two miles south of McDowell, a rural mountain community. A pristine Civil War battlefield is just east of the village, where Confederate and Union soldier clashed in May 1862. The Highland County Museum, also in McDowell, is a destination for genealogy and local history research.
The Highland Wildlife Management area is two miles from Vance's Country Guest House, where hiking and hunting are available to the public. Fishing is also an area attraction in clean mountain streams.
In Monterey, 12 miles west of McDowell, visitors will find shops, two restaurants, a swimming pool, and a weekly Farmer's Market during the summer.
Regionally, skiing, snow tubing, and summer activities are available at Snowshoe Resort in Pocahontas County, WV, along with Cass Scenic Railroad and the Green Bank Observatory. Bath County, VA, to the south, boasts The Homestead Resort where skiing, golf, and other resort activities are available. To the east, the historic city of Staunton, VA is less than an hour away.