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5 * Riverfront on New River NC's Blue Ridge Mtns 6 adults Snow sledding 42 acr

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Riverfront Home 2 Bed/2 Baths, Winter sports, Total privacy, lots of fun PETS OK

This house sits directly on the New River and has 42 acres on the N.C. and Virginia state lines. Summer at its best, floating, kayaking, swimming & Hiking , cozy and a wonderful fireplace .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 COOL weather.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

Property Manager
John Winfield/Alice Alexander
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

About John Winfield/Alice Alexander

John Winfield: Native of Charlotte, NC. Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Emory University. Lifelong 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

John Winfield/Alice Alexander purchased this house in 2002

Why John Winfield/Alice Alexander chose Sparta

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); cross country skiing in the winter, 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


Sparta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • No outdoor fires or grills during Fire Season. No Hunting of any kind allowed.
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 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 Seasonal Sleeping Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeping porch available during WARM WEATHER ONLY.
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • 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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5 * Riverfront on New River NC's Blue Ridge Mtns 6 adults Snow sledding 42 acr
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews

We got what we wanted...GREAT VACATION

  • 5 of 5

We loved the quiet, peaceful and very private location.This was just what our family needed.

The cabin was very cozy, well furnished, clean and comfortable inside&out.

The river is truly peaceful and breathtaking.We enjoyed the fireplace every night(we had plenty of firewood),walking/hiking on the property(saw so many deer)and our dogs loved every minute as much as we did.

We will definitely try to come back!

To the owner's, thank you so much for sharing your cozy cabin and being very helpful !!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. The cabin's privacy allows us have great windows.that overlook the river. plus we really enjoy when guests take walks all around our 42 acres and the dogs have lots of options for nature's good shiffing. We do hope you can return... May thru Oct. offers a totally different magical trip of playing in the New thought to be the oldest in the world.
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Wonderful property and a great get away!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 2 night stay! Great for relaxing and absolutely beautiful! A treat for us to have the dogs with us! LOVED the fireplace!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, the fireplace's stone and mantle were in our first cabin my Dad built 60 years ago. It held so many great memories we had to include them when we built the new cabin. So glad you brought your dogs, I'm sure they have a great time sniffing all 42 acres. Hope you can return...the Summer is magical.
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous property with outstanding views of the new river. Saw wildlife daily! The perfect cabin rental!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. We wish we could but we can't take any credit for the beautiful New River, it's the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere and predates the Ice Age. The nice thing about being there in the Winter is that is indeed easier to see the wildlife... so glad they visited you. Happy New Year.
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Gorgeous property, relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

I have been looking for a long time for just the right spot on the New River, which is one of my favorite places on earth, and I think we have found it. The property is at the end of a road and extremely private, and the river is just gorgeous here. There are acres of land to hike through and a hilltop view that is incredible. Buck and Alice are the best of hosts and very responsive.

The house itself is quite pleasant - not luxurious but suited our needs. The kitchen is well equipped and the internet worked well when we followed the instructions. We really enjoyed the sound of the little waterfall while laying in the hammock on the covered porch in the rain. And our dog enjoyed the trip so much that when we got home and she realized where we were, she got back in the car and didn't want to come out.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kinds words. The waterfall by the porch becomes a natural air conditioner during the Summer and what a great place for a nap. We hope you can come back, it's really a great place to get snowed in with a fire in the fireplace and bread baking. .
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A most beautiful view of the New River.

  • 5 of 5

You are in for a treat if you rent this wonderful cabin. We really enjoyed the layout of the cabin, Each room has a fabulous View of the river. And there is plenty of seating wherever you are. Also the kitchen has plenty of cooking utensils that allowed us to make delicious breakfasts of eggs and pancakes. We brought canoes and asked at the nearby canoe rental where to put the canoes in and so we were able to take a 5 mile run down the river. We also put the canoes in at the cabin and were able to go from it down the river about two miles to a landing where we took the canoes out, be sure to bring shoes to wear in the water. We had a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW sounds like a wonderful time and that makes us very happy. We are so glad the weather was good and that you brought the canoes. Hope you can come again, winter is also a treat. Alice & Buck
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a 3-day weekend with our children and the break away from life was amazing. We all had an amazing time and John and Alice were wonderful to us. We look forward to another weekend getaway!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 -- CLOSED
"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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + 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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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