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Virginia farms offer idyllic countryside getaways

Virginia farms offer idyllic countryside getaways

SCOTTSVILLE—With scenic views, farm animals and vibrant greenery, farm stays offer guests the benefits of farm life without the work.

Some Virginia farms have opened to the public in the form of a vacation getaway, and accommodations come in all sizes and shapes, from Colonial farmhouses to contemporary cottages.

Many visitors to Woodhaven Farm in Buckingham County come to escape the rat race and rejuvenate in the calm countryside. Others visit for nostalgia—reminiscing about the farms of their childhood.

“People are amazed at how gorgeous it is,” said Tom Woodward, who operates the 250-acre working cattle farm alongside his wife, Alicia.

With 360-degree vistas showcasing stunning sunrises and sunsets, Woodhaven Farm merges natural beauty with a serene slice of farm life. Guests can relax and immerse themselves in agricultural experiences by collecting freshly laid eggs, visiting the cattle herd and observing milkings. Firepits and sitting areas allow stargazing in the clear night sky, and trails meandering throughout the sprawling landscape offer strolls for quiet contemplation.

The Woodwards transformed the farm’s 150-year-old grain shed into a cozy one-bedroom cottage. The four guest houses’ traditional red barn motifs harmonize with the farm’s ambiance and feature decorative accents made from antique farm materials and tools found on the property.

At Honey Tree Hill Farm’s Airbnb in rural Charles City County, guests enjoy both the barn loft architecture and the biscuits and jam for breakfast.

Visitors enjoy the quiet, said Honey Tree’s host Marylouise Fulton. “The stars, sunrises and sunsets are amazing. Guests are coming to get away—and they like the animals.”

Fulton and her husband, Thomas, started with a quarter horse barn and pasture on 57 acres and later added a loft to the design.

Just off the barn aisle among horse stalls, a small store showcases Fulton’s handmade creations, plus farm-sourced honey, flowers and soaps, offering travelers mementos of a unique Airbnb experience.

Located in the heart of Virginia wine country, Silverbrook Farm in Loudoun County offers more than a quick drive to bountiful vineyards and Washington, D.C.—featuring vibrant history, endless gardens and unforgettable scenery.

“It really is a getaway,” said Dotti Shetterly, owner and caretaker of the property, who enjoys her morning coffee with a front porch view of rolling hills, grazing cattle and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Now operating as a bed-and-breakfast, the circa 1750 stone farmhouse pairs historic charm with the comfort of modern amenities, including three levels of bedrooms and living spaces adorned with antique furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and a back porch with stunning sunset views.

Silverbrook Farm also operates as a wedding venue, offering a variety of packages.

Media: Contact Woodward at 434-566-7891; Fulton at 757-477-0254; or Shetterly at 703-999-8689.