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5 Star Riverfront Home on New River in NC/VA Blue Ridge Mtns. Now FALL Colors

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 - 3 nights


Sparta House Rental Photos and Description

Riverfront Home 2 Bed/2 Bath/ Huge Porch/deck Total privacy, lots of fun..smores

This house sits directly on the New River and has 42 acres on the N.C. and Virginia state lines. The New River, which predates the Ice Age is at its widest part here over 300 ft. wide and is quite different from the nearby Little River, which indeed is little. The house is so close to the river you can throw a rock into it. In the summer it is 15-20 degrees cooler than the rest of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, ie Asheville, N.C since it gets its weather pattern from Canada rather than the South . . Stroll the grassy river walk alongside the New River. CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. Hike miles of trails through open meadows and forested hillsides. Savor ridge top views of farmland stretching into distant mountains. Enjoy the weather, typically 15-20 degrees cooler than the Piedmont area in the summer.Close to music festivals, the Blue Ridge Parkway with the historic New River in the front yard. Or just kick back on the porch, listen to the tinkling brook that runs directly beneath the open-air deck with its soaring cathedral ceiling, and watch the sun go down over the river. In the Fall enjoy a roaring fire and very comfortable furniture in jewel of a cabin. This new new, two-story, post-and-beam house sits on 43 pristine acres of grassland and woods, directly overlooking the New River, the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere. Though relatively compact at 1,500 square feet, the house has five distinct sleeping areas, including two generous bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed; a charming children's alcove with big inflatable air bed; a living room (with stacked-stone fireplace) overlooking the river, that is furnished with a large convertible sofa and large futon; and finally, two adjoining side and front porches and decks (where the futon can be re-located in mild weather for a cozy night's sleep under the deck's cathedral ceiling, or onto the porch beneath the stars).

The modern kitchen with built-in island has windows overlooking the raspberry patch and wood ferns in back of the house; separate dining room overlooks the river. Both the house and its kitchen are fully furnished and linens are provided.

Outside, the immediate surrounds are lushly landscaped with willows, raspberry bushes, silky dogwoods, and roses. Beyond, on three sides, pastures and wooded hillsides studded with striking rocky outcroppings and caves are home to abundant wildlife including geese, hawks, deer, wild turkey, fox, and beavers. Ridgetop views stretch across picturesque farmland leading to distant mountains.

Perfect for families, individuals, or small groups wanting to get away from it all; yet the spacious setting and privacy provides a congenial site for small weddings and reunions.

Ten miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the property straddles the NC and VA state line, about 30 miles north of I-77 on U.S. Hwy. 21. Neighboring settlements within driving distance include little Sparta, NC (good groceries and a handful of restaurants), and tiny Independence, VA (quaint courthouse, compact downtown good for an afternoon stroll).

Come for a quiet, peaceful retreat, or, if you prefer, get active and hike, fish, canoe or kayak the river; in warm weather, you'll want to go tubing and swimming in the clear cold water. The Blue Ridge Parkway and several gorgeous state parks are easy drives. Blue-grass festivals and local artists abound; junk stores and antiquing are there for those so inclined; and some very fine potters, especially, have set up shop in bohemian-style settlements nestled in the rolling farmland outside Sparta.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Property Manager
Buck Winfield/Alice Alexander
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Buck Winfield/Alice Alexander

Buck: Native of Charlotte, NC. Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Emory University. Lifelong summer resident since 1955. Married to Alice Alexander, native Atlantan and a writer, Graduate of Vanderbilt, Our daughter Jane and son-in-law Kyle, live in Manhattan, are educators, and graduated from Univ. Michigan & SUNY & CUNY

Buck Winfield/Alice Alexander purchased this house in 2002

Why Buck Winfield/Alice Alexander chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

One of the LARGEST PRIVATE RIVERFRONT PROPERTY ON HE NEW RIVER IN THE SPARTA< NC AREA.. Generally considered one of the best riverfront homes in the NC's New River Valley. 42 acres, pet-friendly. Lots of privacy. Available year-round, great for families, children or a couple looking for peace and quiet. Has 1100 ft of riverfront and 2 cross country ski slopes, 25 mile Vistas from the mountaintop and 20 acres of valleys with creek and pasture for horses, Credit cards accepted

What makes this house unique

Total privacy with 1,100 ft of riverfront with grassy trails; two creeks (one lushly landscaped and directly under the deck); beautiful meadows and valley; forested hillsides with striking rock outcroppings and caves. The river is directly in the front yard.Fishing, canoeing, kayaking etc. from the front yard. Shuttle buses for 2 & 5 mile river trips. Private 2000 ft +slopes for Cross country skiing and sledding. Wildlife Preserve and Pet Friendly. Housekeeping available. Music Festivals and golf nearby


based on 17 traveler reviews

5 Star Riverfront Home on New River in NC/VA Blue Ridge Mtns. Now FALL Colors
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Thoughtful accommodations and service

  • 5 of 5

We will be back! Customer service was top notch, with a guest-first attitude and quick replies. It's easy to see that the owners love this place and sharing it with guests. Accommodations were immaculately clean and simply tough to beat, as was the setting. Spent lots of time by the fireplace and on covered deck area. Saw an eagle swimming upriver. The brook alongside the house is the best white noise out there, not that it's necessary-- there's no highway noise. Very peaceful. Can't say enough how pleased we were with this experience. Great for 2 couples. Nice to have the town of Sparta within a 10-15 min drive for groceries and beverages. We were looking for something closer to the Creeper Trail, but I'm glad we didn't find it-- this was a worthwhile destination in its own right, for those looking to unwind. Know before you go: the gravel driveway gets pretty steep as it approaches the house and seems doable with a regular car, but I'm glad we had an SUV. If no SUV, no problem (see: pictures of Prius at house)-- there's also a parking area at the bottom of the hill. Also, there's a security deposit not mentioned on the VRBO listing that we had no issues with. Cell reception is non-existent for ATT and minimal with Sprint, even in Sparta, but GPS still worked if downloaded beforehand, wifi worked fine, and house has a land line. Also- read the house information that the owner sends you so you know a) how to get into the house and b) how to turn off the home security alarm. ...still picturing this place/experience...

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it worked out. I liked what you said about the creek and the best white noise ever. We actually will be building a new driveway for the house soon so it will easier next time. June & July are magical, the river is always plenty full and cooler than most of the South. Come again.k
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This is a beautiful place on the New River.

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful place to stay. We really enjoyed everything about it. Buck was very accommodating during our stay there.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks glad you enjoyed it.
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  • 5 of 5

This was just great! It was quiet, cooler than home, and very relaxing! Home was great, very clean, neat and the fabulous porch was a great place for our 4 lb dog to play. Great large yard to watch the water. Canoeing 5 minutes away which was wonderful. 42 acres to discover. We saw deer, rabbit and wild turkey. This is also about an hour from Mt. Airy and Boone. We will definitely want to go back in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks it very rewarding to know that our guests found peace and quiet in the cool mountains. Likewise I bet you pooch enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of the woods. So glad that you were able to take a canoe trip and we hope that you can return.
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful place. Everything was perfect. The house had everything you could possibly need. The views were amazing. The only thing negative was that we had to leave :(

The owner was so responsive and easy to work with. We will definitely stay here again!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With guests like these fine folks... it's joy to able to share the beautiful New River Valley. Thank you
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Vero Beach FL

Family Wedding Weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful relaxing family Wedding weekend! We we're so relaxed and felt so comfortable here. Beautiful views, plenty of room. Highly recommend this place and the owners are very nice & accomodating! Since family lives near by, we will most likely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you, We are glad that your family enjoyed the cabin like we do. We were very fortunate to have such a wonderful builder of our house in an unspoiled natural setting that predates the Ice Age. We do hope you can return when the New River in the Summer becomes magical and wildlife walk around as if the own the place....Buck & Alice
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Brevard, NC


  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for solitude, peace/quiet, and amazing surroundings, this is it. A very comfortable home with all the amenities. Great deck (covered and uncovered) with a beautiful view and access to the New River. We enjoyed watching a young male eagle fishing several times. Walk along the river or hike up the road to the top for breathtaking views. Several nice restaurants in Sparta, near Stone Mountain State Park (nice trails and a waterfall), and a beautiful drive to West Jefferson for a visit to Mt. Jefferson and the New River State Park. The home itself is immaculate and well-maintained. The owner is most helpful and responsive and provides tons of information on what to do in the area. We spent a wonderful 10 days here and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you and its a joy to be able to share this wonderful retreat with great guests. The family of eagles are a new addition... I think they arrived just in time and for your pleasure.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
Mount Rogers
New River Trail State Park
Blue Ridge Music Center
Alleghany Memorial Hospital
Alleghany Wellness Center Inc
"Full Fitness Center, indoor Pool $5/day"
River House Country Inn
"Outstanding, on the river, 4 star restaurant, 25 minutes from Cabin"
Browns Restaurant
"Where locals eat, excellent seafood & pies"
New River Country Club
"Beautiful 18 hole course, 2 miles from the cabin"
Olde Beau Golf & Country Club
"18 jole course, open to public, 16 miles away"
Crouse Park
"Fun Festivals, events, Farmer's Market"
New River Campground and Canoe
"Canoe & kayak rental with shuttle service upstream for 2 and 5 hour float trips, 2/3 mile fr..."
Grayson County Tourism Info
New River State Park
"Wide variety of outdoor & nature programs"
Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Greensboro, NC and Charlotte, NC, Roanoke, Va
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Sparta, NC
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
High Meadows, Olde Beau, New River and Roaring Gap
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC shuttles to Sparta,
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
I-77 and I-81
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
many in Sparta & Independence, Va
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
2 Private cross country ski slopes on property
Nearest Beach
225 Miles
Many on NC and SC Shore
Car: necessary

New River in NC and New River in VA , Blue Ridge Parkway in NC, Many Bluegrass and Country Western Music Festivals close by. River is in practically in front yard. In the winter, cross country skiing is available on the 42 acres.In the summer kayak, canoe, fish and swim in this wonderful pristine and historic river. .

Golf: New River Golf Club and Olde Beau Golf Club are nearby and both are public courses.


Rates & Availability

Sparta House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
FALL 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 29 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & NewYears
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 25 2017 - Sep 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

$1200-1750/wk US Plus Taxes and cleaning, Credit Card accepted
$175-250/nigh+ local & state taxes.Rates are somewhat higher on Holidays
Includes firewood,linens, full kitchen + W/D;
Pet Friendly; Rates are higher on
Plus $75 cleaning fee, Dates Available: Year- round, All rates include firewood in the winter and inner-tubes in summer. includes all linens and paper products. CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

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Sparta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 2 - toilet , shower , large 2 person shower
    Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The 2rd bedroom is 'family style' with a separate children's nook with an electric inflatable mattress
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Very private and and located in a wildlife and marine sanctuary

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