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5 Star Riverfront Home on New River in NC's Blue Ridge Mtns & Parkway sleeps 6

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

SPRINGTIME ion the river in the NC mountains This house sits directly on the New River and has 42 acres on the N.C. and Virginia state lines. Winter at its best, cross country skiing, cozy and 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 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

Property Manager
John Winfield/Alice Alexander
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

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 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); 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

5 Star Riverfront Home on New River in NC's Blue Ridge Mtns & Parkway sleeps 6
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

Excellent Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked this cabin one week before our stay. Mr. Winfield was very easy to work with and very accommodating. It was our anniversary weekend and he allowed us to have an early check-in and late check-out. The cabin was very easy to find. It is located in an area with lots of privacy and a bird's eye view of the New River. The cabin is beautiful inside and out. We spent a lot of time on the huge deck. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals. We cooked our breakfast and dinners both nights. My husband built a fire on our arrival and we kept one going until the morning we left. It was so cozy that we ended up sleeping in the living room both nights. We drove to Galax on Saturday and did some shopping and then had lunch at Scoot's downtown Galax. It was like a step back in time which we adored! We will definitely rent this cabin again if it's available. I want to go back in the fall if not before.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review and we too feel it's a perfect place for an anniversary. It's amazing just how many couples decide to sleep in front of the fireplace. So glad you enjoyed it. In the Summer you can sleep on the porch with the creek running below you...what a sleep. Best, Alice & Buck
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  • 5 of 5

Loved the views, the stars, fireplace (and abundance of firewood to feed it). Little bit cold on our stay but we didn''t care due to the fire and accomodations. Just really enjoyed the place.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Winter is so special, we are so glad that you could come. Thanks
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What a beautiful piece of property, location, scenery. Everything was wonderful inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

We loved relaxing in the beauty of nature. We went to Stone Mountain which was close by. We drove on back roads and saw beautiful scenes. We were able to have our dog with us. We loved our visit.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks its a treat to have friendly people who enjoy all the mountains have to offer, And we're glad your dog had fun. Come again in the Summer when the New River becomes magical. Buck
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Beautiful Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at he cabin. Well taken care of, beautiful location and well stocked with what we needed. Thank you for such a wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, even though it's not Summer I too lived the place in the Fall & Winter. Hope you can come back, this winter when you can cross country ski & sled. Thanks
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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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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
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 25 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years Eve
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 2 2018
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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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