About This Listing
Blue Flower Hill exists as the remaining few acres of an old farm located a mile and a half from Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall with all it's offerings, including restaurants, cafes, live arts and film theaters, music venues, bookstores, galleries, gift shops and yoga studios, etc. It is a quaint park-like property with a lush landscape, including a large meadow, 200-year old oak and poplar trees, dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, rhododendron, blue spruce and a kitchen herb and flower cutting garden; all situated on a private lane in a seven-acre neighborhood consisting of just a few cottage-style homes. There is a contracted home security system in addition to an active neighborhood watch. Of the 1,800 interior square feet of living space here, the 235 square-foot guest bedroom with queen size bed, bedside tables and chest of drawers, a sitting area and adjoining study, provide privacy, as does the back patio accessed via a sliding glass door off the study. The dedicated 50 square-foot guest bathroom with soaking tub is located next to the guest bedroom. The fully equipped kitchen and dining room are yours to share, as is the great room for relaxing. While a full breakfast is not included, you will find coffee, tea, granola, fruit, yogurt and coconut milk for your consumption. The wrap around patios and covered porch have numerous chairs, tables, a hammock and, for cool evenings and mornings, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace will be loaded and ready to ignite. Wireless DSL is present. If you desire to check-in an hour or so earlier than specified herein, let it be known well enough in advance and an attempt will to accommodate your need will be made. There are wild animals which pass through from time to time, too, not the least of them being a nice variety of birds (including pileated woodpeckers) deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, foxes and the occasional woodchuck. Welcome to Charlottesville!
Master bedroom with attached bonus room (study) and access to back patio via double sliding glass doors. A master bathroom with soaking tub, sink and toilet dedicated to the guests. Additionally, there is a second (non-dedicated) bathroom with a walk-in shower which can be utilized, too but not on an exclusive basis, i.e., this is the bathroom the host uses and where the laundry (washer & dryer) is located; which, by the way, can be utilized upon request. Of course, the living room, dining room, kitchen and outdoor porches are available to guests, too.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy all animals, including humans and interact with guests to the extent they wish to do so :-))
It's quaint, a haven for birds and other wildlife, yet easily accessible and just over a mile from Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall, aka, Main Street.
There is public transit but it does not stop at Blue Flower Hill. It stops about a quarter mile from Blue Flower Hill, the latter of which is located just over a mile from Main Street.
Other Things to Note
Life is good at Blue Flower Hill and I like to share it with others of kindred spirit. Cheers :-))
Please, be kind and considerate. The Golden Rule is adhered to at Blue Flower Hill. Also, this is a non-smoking home. Thanks, folks.
Have you ever spent time in someone's home and noticed that, no matter where your gaze landed, you were looking at something beautiful? That was my experience at Bu's lovely homestead. His space is filled with art, decorative pieces, and hand-crafted furnishings, most of which were created with love by friends and family. I could have spent the entire weekend perusing the books and magazines in his library. Two very contented cats allow Bu to share their home with them. The place simply radiates positive energy and peace.
And then there is Bu. He is a congenial and warm host, a world traveler with amazing stories to tell, and a musician whose life has been a work of art. He made me feel at home the instant I stepped through the door. He has an inn-keeper's sixth sense about what a guest needs at any given moment throughout the day.
My arrival was on Friday evening, after a stressful drive from Yorktown. The minute I turned off the main road onto the long and winding driveway I breathed a sigh of relief, for I knew I had landed at a secluded oasis in the city. Bu greeted me in his kitchen as though I were an old friend. I had a perfectly restful night (best down-filled pillows ever!) and on Saturday morning, I found that Bu had left a yummy spread so I could prepare my own breakfast. This included farm fresh eggs, artisan cheese, English muffins, pumpkin bread, veggies, and excellent coffee. The weekend flew by and my only regret was that I wasn't able to stay for a few more days.
I was somewhat torn between my desire to explore downtown Charlottesville, which is just a mile-and-a-half away, or spending as much time as possible de-stressing at this amazing retreat. Due in part to the 90+ temperature outside, it didn't take much internal debate to decide where I needed to spend most of my time.
This was my first time booking lodging through Airbnb, and it could not have been a more positive experience.
We traveled to Charlottesville to attend our son's graduation at UVA and decided to try Airbnb for the first time. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. We stayed for 5 nights. The property is absolutely beautiful. It's hard to believe that this oasis exists just minutes from the downtown pedestrian mall. The house is in a beautiful natural setting. We were able to see deer, squirrels, and a variety of birds. We enjoyed our early mornings by sitting on the porch, with resident cat Tico, listening to the birds and other wildlife start their day.
The home is spacious and beautifully decorated. The guest accommodations include a large bedroom with dresser and large closet. Adjoining the bedroom is a private study with desk and sliding doors that open to a private patio. A dedicated guest bathroom is also provided. The home is spotless.
And now the best part about this property - the host, Bu. Since this was our first Airbnb experience, we were not sure what to expect. Bu immediately made us feel at home. We enjoyed great conversations and a laugh or two. Bu has truly figured out what is important in life. We started out on this trip just looking for a place to stay. We ended up with a terrific experience in a beautiful location and, most importantly, a wonderful new friend.
You won't find a more gracious host than Bu. He is truly a joy. In fact, by the end of the visit, I felt more like I was staying with a friend than staying in a bnb.
The house is beautiful, very clean, and on a pretty piece of land. Even though it feels rural, the location is great. We were a stones throw from everything we wanted to do in Cville.
My husband and I felt so welcomed in Bu's home we were sad to leave. But, definitely we'll be back...
Absolutely beautiful stay! By and Terry are the perfect hosts! They are generous with their time, helpful in every way imaginable. They are really fun & interesting, so not only does one get clean, comfortable, lovely interior space, and lush secluded grounds, but the opportunity to make two new friends! They are centrally located in Charlottesville yet "away from it all":) Delightful!
Bu and Terry couldn't have been more warm and welcoming! My husband and I had a wonderful stay with them. They're charming, intelligent, funny and interesting and were a great resource about the best things to do in the area. We felt like we were visiting friends even though we'd just met them. We'll definitely keep in touch and hope we meet again soon.
This was our first Airbnb experience and we could not have been more pleased. Bu and Terry were wonderful hosts. They were warm and inviting, and welcomed us into their home like we were old friends... and even joined us for dinner at a wonderful local restaurant. The have a beautiful home nestled in the woods about 2 miles from the UV campus. The house is beautifully designed and built by Bu. We had a spacious private bedroom and were treated to coffee when we woke in the morning. As an added bonus, a small family of deer meandered around the property in the evening and morning as if they were a part of the family. It was the perfect place to end our vacation!
About the Host, Bu Poates
Many call me by my two middle names, Bu (pronounced "boo") or Poates (like "boats") or both. I've retired from a few decades long international environmental career but continue public speaking occasionally by invitation on the topics of mindful leadership and social entrepreneurship. I'm still learning to play guitar, about organic gardening and the practice of yoga.