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Serenity and Adventure on Historic Blue Ridge Farm

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

New Upscale 2 BR, 1BA Barn Loft with Spectacular Views!

Escape to the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains and experience the magic of Virginia country living in our brand new 2 bedroom Barn Loft. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a special place to celebrate, or a week-end retreat, you've come to just the right place!

Take advantage of all that nature has to offer by exploring our 130 acres of mountain forests, pastures, gardens, ponds, and historic structures. Watch the fireflies light up the starlit sky as you relax on the porch or on the magnificent covered dock. Hike our mountain trails. Swim, canoe, or fish in our fully stocked, 3 acre pond. Or roast marshmallows around the campfire and listen to nature's brilliant nighttime chorus!

Experience the amazing beauty of the surrounding countryside by visiting Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, and 'Old Rag' Mountain only minutes away. Bike some of the most scenic country roads in the Mid-Atlantic region, visit award winning wineries, marvel at the Blue Ridge by horseback, and take home treasures from the many local art galleries and antique stores. If that isn't enough, expand your abilities with yoga lessons, art classes, and drumming circles. And, if relaxation is your primary goal, we will help you to arrange a massage, beauty treatment, or catering on the premises!

Enjoy the wide range of local dining options, from country bakeries, quaint diners, and gourmet eateries featuring local produce and meat, to world class dining at the Inn at Little Washington only 10 minutes away. If you'd rather prepare your own meals, you can do it in your modern, fully equipped kitchen featuring granite countertops and new cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Dining options on the farm range from picnics in the woods to romantic, candle lit meals on the dock or screened porch with views of the pond and the Blue Ridge.

Our new upscale Barn Loft features a modern kitchen with stainless appliances, soapstone counters, and slate floors opening into a great room with a Vermont Castings wood stove to keep you cozy in the winter. A large deck adds a very special outdoor room with magical views of the mountains, ponds, and pastures below. Two cozy bedrooms with queen and full beds welcome you after a day of hiking, swimming, or just relaxing. Ceiling fans in every room make the central air conditioning necessary only in the hottest days of summer. The Loft comes equipped with a laundry room and is easily accessible for those with physical limitations.

Finally, if you would like to fully experience rural life, you are welcome to help us with the many projects that farm living offers, from gardening to caring for our farm family of goats, horses, mules, chickens, ducks, guineas, cats, and dogs. We will make every effort to customize your stay so that your experience is memorable!

Friendly, well mannered, animal and people friendly pets are welcome. We are a non-smoking property.

Visit Cardinal Springs Farm on Facebook for additional photos and Listing 141702 for information about our historic Farmhouse. Special occasion packages--Wine Tasting, Birthday/Anniversary, Girls' Week-end, Yoga, and more, are available on request.

Keywords: Farm, Farm House, Cottage, Barn

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Andrea Wooten and Steve Ray
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About Andrea Wooten and Steve Ray

Originally from Texas (Andrea) and California (Steve), we consider ourselves 'refugees' from the Washington, DC suburbs, where we lived and worked for 18 years. We first visited Rappahannock County in 2002 for a retreat, and immediately fell in love with the Blue Ridge and all the area has to offer. After several years of looking at real estate, we bought the historic 130 acre county 'Poor Farm' in 2002 and began an extensive remodeling of the old farm house and barn. We also added ponds, roads, a dock, fencing, an orchard, extensive flower and vegetable gardens, and animals (2 mules, 2 horses, 11 goats, 25 chickens, 3 dogs, 5 barn cats, 20 guineas, 45 ducks, with more planned!). In 2010, we moved to our new home on the farm--a Virginia farmhouse with a big wrap around porch. And in 2012, we restored the old chicken coop and added chickens to our little menagerie. We also completed work on a new barn that includes a new 'Barn Loft' to accommodate additional visitors. Our farm is our little slice of heaven, and we feel blessed to share it with those who stay with us!

Andrea Wooten and Steve Ray purchased this barn in 2004

Why Andrea Wooten and Steve Ray chose Sperryville

The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are one of the most beautiful places on earth to us! And Rappahannock County embodies values that we hold dear: close friends, strong sense of community, amazing commitment to conservation and stewardship of the earth, and a rural lifestyle that allows us stay in touch with ourselves and live our priorities. The area also has a vibrant arts community, world class hiking, excellent restaurants and inns, including the Inn at Little Washington, interesting shops, art galleries, and antique stores, and holistic medicine options. It is also close to Washington, DC and Charlottesville, Virginia, and a little over an hour to both Dulles and Washington Reagan airports. We could not think of a more ideal place to live and work!

What makes this barn unique

Our property is secluded, at the end of a lovely country lane only 5 minutes from the little town of Sperryville. It is a place where the star lit sky sparkles so clearly at night that you almost lose your breath in awe...where lush flower and vegetable gardens and views of the Blue Ridge feed our soul...where fish jump in the pond and the birds and frogs compete in a chorus...where the only sounds are those of nature. Our cozy, completely remodeled farmhouse provides an ideal place to relax and unwind, and our 130 acres of forest, pastures, and ponds provide endless hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, biking, and exploration opportunities. Our friendly farm animals will love and entertain you. If you are looking for a place to relax, unwind, and get away from it all, this is just the place!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your hospitality over this extended Memorial Day week-end. We had a wonderful time relaxing, enjoying family, and getting to know all the friendly animals that share this beautiful farm with you. The Loft makes getting away to the outdoors a truly luxurious getaway too! Everything was wonderful and we will be back.
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Sperryville

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Bath with slate floors, all new. Tub/shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
  • Gorgeous views from both bedrooms. Sleeps 4 adults in beds. Can accommodate additional guests if young children and you bring bedding. If additional space is needed, we also rent our historic 2 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse. See
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Farm animals: mules, horses, goats, chickens, ducks, guineas, cats, dogs, fish, and more! Fire pit for roasting marshmallows and evening enjoyment. Lush flower gardens, prolific vegetable and herb garden, four ponds, and historic significance as the Rappahannock County Poor Farm established in the 1800s to care for indigent women and children whose husbands and fathers did not return from the Civil War. We provide basic toiletries and hairdryers for guests. Group and private yoga available.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews

The kids had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

Your farm is fabulous! The kids loved waking up in the morning and getting fresh eggs from the chickens to cook breakfast. The goats and horses were a bonus. Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: 31/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the farm. Thanks for taking such good care of the Loft. So sorry I missed you! Warmly, Andrea
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Love it but not sure we want to let too many know about it :)

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't ask for better views of the mountains and hills. The loft was so pretty and comfortable. We loved having a deck to enjoy watching the animals on the hills and the beautiful sights. The goats are the sweetest and the horses and mules were fun to feed. I also loved hearing the rooster crow and watching the younger goats play "King of the Hill" on the pointy rock. We regret not spending time down at the pretty pond but enjoyed so many other things. We were close enough to enjoy Skyline Drive as well. You could honestly have a wonderful week without going anywhere else. The owners were kind and it was fun learning from Andrea about how they acquired their animals. So many people wanted to know where our beautiful photos were taken that we're wondering if maybe we should keep this place our little secret so it doesn't book up on us :) We do hope to go back again. It was a great place for toddlers as they loved seeing the animals every day.

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, unique experience

  • 5 of 5

Staying in the barn loft is an amazing, unique experience! Cardinal Springs farm is absolutely beautiful and relaxing. Sipping my morning coffee on the deck while looking over the rolling hills and mountains was surreal. The apartment has an at home feel with everything you need. When booking it I was concerned my 11 and 13 year old would get bored after a day or two without the constant stimulation they are used too. They were in heaven. They spent hours playing with the goats and catching the chickens. They loved helping to bring the baby goats in at night. They fished off the dock everyday catching too many fish to count. The owners were away while we were there. The farm hand was beyond friendly. He taught my children some basics and even set up a camp fire for us. Shenandoah National Park and the Luray Caverns are a short ride away and both worth spending time at. We also rented a raft and went down the Shenandoah river and visited Jefferson’s Monticello. The area has so much to offer. I highly recommend staying at Cardinal Springs Farm and hope we have the opportunity to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 28/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you and your family had such a good time at the farm and were sorry to have missed you! Come see us again soon. Warmly, Andrea and Steve
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This was the definition of getting away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Andrea and Steve are very gracious hosts and very willing to share their knowledge of their farm and animals. It was a real treat I. A perfect location to detach , relax and center yourselves. I enjoyed learning about goats and chickens and then 15 minutes down the road is a 6 Star Michelin restaurant and there is Luray Caverns, the numerous vineyards and the quiet. There are fantastic art galleries, one of the best was Jackie Bailey Labovitz’ gallery, Cottage Curator. The barn loft is excellent accommodations, well appointed and very comfortable to start and end your days. They did a great job renovating the loft.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us! We hope to see you again soon.
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Kid (and adult) Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Barn Loft could not have been better. The adults loved walking, canoeing, fishing, fantastic views, and a lovely, comfortable home. The kids were so happy feeding and petting the goats, holding the chicks, catching their first fish, and making friends with the kitties. Andrea and Steve are amazing hosts, gracious and helpful. We were all so comfortable and happy that we never wanted to leave. Great restaurants nearby and beautiful hiking in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. This place is a gem!

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind comments. We loved sharing our farm with you and your family and hope to see you again soon! --Andrea and Steve
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Enjoyable retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time, great location away from everything but also convenient to Sperryville dining and shopping. The farm fresh eggs were a great and welcome surprise for our morning breakfast. Looking forward to our next trip!

  • Review Submitted: 17/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Washington Dulles (major) and Charlottesville
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
VA 231 FT Valley Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Thornton River Grill and Pizza

Yoga and other exercises classes are available 5 minutes from the farm and on site by request. Massage therapists will come to the house. The Inn at Little Washington is 10 minutes away, Old Rag 25 minutes.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee AU$34.3
Pet Fee AU$54.89

See VRBO listing 141702 for rental of historic Farmhouse on the property.
Extra $25 pp/per night each guest over 4, excluding infants.
Three night minimum on holiday week-ends and $285/nt. 10% discount applied on 7 night stay.
First pet $40 per say, second pet $50. Rollaway bed fee $25.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.