Fair Hill Farm, Charlottesville VA

House - Entire home/apt · Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Charlottesville, VA 22903, United States
Your host, Jo
24 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
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The Space

Fair Hill Farm is an historic house located on a 44 acre forested wildlife reserve near Crozet, Virginia, USA. The house, built in 1878, was the family home of Thomas Woodroffe, builder of Miller School. The members of the Woodroffe family were talented musicians and gave concerts in the great room at the back of the house for the Mechum River community during the 1880's. This room has continued to be used for recitals, meetings and workshops. The price is $100 per day.

The house is fully furnished with 2 queen size beds, 2 single beds, a pull-out sofa bed , several air mattresses, 2 baths, kitchen and laundry room. The house itself is smoke-free, but there is a smoking area on the porch. TV is not available, but there are many books, VHS tapes and DVDs for the entertainment of tenants. There is also wireless Internet available for those that bring a laptop or smartphone. It is available year-round as a short term vacation rental for up to eight people. The house is not suitable for toddlers. Children age 4 years and older or infants with their own carry cot are welcome.
The price is $50 per person per night.

We are located less than 5 minutes by car from restaurants and shops in Crozet, VA. It is less than 20 minutes from Charlottesville, Virginia and the University of Virginia. Historic treasures like Monticello, Ash Lawn and Michie Tavern, as well as the natural splendour of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, are all within a half-hour drive.

Tenants have found it a convenient location for day trips to Williamsburg, Shenandoah National Park, Washington D.C. and more.

Our visitors have also enjoyed exploring Fair Hill Farm, checking for wildlife at the pond and by the river on the bottom land. Animals sighted on the reserve include black bear, deer, red and gray fox, coyotes, bob cat, wild turkey, snapping turtle, black snake, water moccasin (non venomous), bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, heron, raccoon, opossum, skunk, ground hog and others.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $50 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My wife and I had a wonderful time at Fair Hill Farm! Jo was an excellent host, sent us great directions and made us feel so welcome with fresh farm eggs in the fridge. Its a beautiful spot with lots of room, quiet and serene.

    July 2014
  • This is my second visit to Fair Hill Farm, and it is the perfect antidote to city living, though with easy access to shopping & restaurants in nearby Crozet & (website hidden) is a wonderful and attentive host & it is always a pleasure to stay here. The house is comfortable, clean and well appointed. The grounds are teeming with wildlife, especially song birds. I dislike air conditioning. Even in late June, the large shady trees and high ceilings meant that I could leave the windows open an use a fan rather than the AC.

    I hope to return in the Fall, and make Fair Hill Farm the base for hiking in the nearby Shenandoah Nat'l Park, as well as cycling in the area.

    June 2014
  • I'm only sorry I didn't get to spend more time at Fair Hill Farm. Sadly I was only there to sleep: arriving late at night and leaving early in the am. But it was a wonderful and perfect place to rest my weary head. Thank you, Jo, for being so flexible with my needs and schedule. I hope to get to return someday.

    June 2014
  • We stayed at Fair Hill Farm for three nights & felt right at home from the very (website hidden) met us there to give us the key & show us around a bit. The house is super interesting & the property is lovely. It feels like you're out in the country but you have the advantage of not being very far from town. The bathtub upstairs is a special delight with a wonderful view of the side yard. A very relaxing place!

    June 2014
  • Our stay at Fair Hill Farm was (website hidden) was a gracious and accommodating host. She even gave us eggs from her chickens. The house is reasonably priced and exactly what we were looking for. The setting is beautiful.

    May 2014
  • My mother, sister, and I stayed at Fair Hill Farm for three nights over Mother's Day weekend. The house and premises are lovely -- and just down the road from Charlottesville. Moreover, Jo is the consummate host: she's attentive, thoughtful, and never intrusive. We look forward to staying here again!

    May 2014
  • The place was wonderful and Jo a wonderful host. We found the house to be comfortable, functional, spacious and lovely, just perfect! It was great to spend time in the woods on the property and the bathtub was also a big hit!
    We would both love to return and stay longer.
    Thanks Jo!

    April 2014
    Response from Jo:

    Thanks for the rave review, Rosie. You will be welcome whenever you have time to return, Jo

    April 2014
  • I love coming here. I use the farm as a central location for work and writing retreats. The house is ver comfortable and full of history. I adore Jo! She is the worlds best host!!! Attentive, caring, but gives full privacy. Thanks, Jo for another great stay!!! :-))

    April 2014
    Response from Jo:

    Thanks for the rave review, Cate. It's always a joy to see you. I hope your injured hand is healing nicely.
    Thanks, Jo

    April 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay at Fair Hill Farm! It was quiet and relaxing, which is what I was hoping for. The large house is charming and reasonably priced (especially for one person). I found it to be exactly as advertised. The first morning of my visit, I called to let the host, Jo, know that the stove/oven was not working. She arrived within a couple minutes. As it turns out, the breaker had tripped. Problem solved! I enjoyed hiking down to the river and watching the birds fly around the large trees outside my bedroom window. It was super convenient to have Pizza Hut and a Chinese restaurant less than a mile away (Harris Teeter, too). I sure hope to return to Fair Hill Farm again; maybe it could be a yearly event! For now, I'm telling all my friends about this great spot for a peaceful retreat!

    March 2014
  • What a find! My wife Carol and I booked a ten-day stay and lived every minute. The house is charming and comfortable, and of special appeal to us because of its history (which is thoroughly documented and beautifully displayed so tenants can read all about it) and, because I am a composer, the wonderful 'music room.' Jo gets 5 stars for excellent communication and for thoughtfully providing many amenities, including fresh eggs from her chickens. Its location made it an easy-to-get-to base for us for our activities at the University of Virginia, and the lushly wooded property gives a nice sense of 'getting away from it all' (and was spectacularly colorful during our late October visit). If you are looking for something out of the ordinary and with the feeling of stepping back in time (without giving up modern convenience), we can highly recommend Fair Hill. Kudos to Jo for making this delightful place available-- we can't wait to return!

    November 2013
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I'm a retired teacher who still volunteers in schools. I've been fortunate enough to have lived in some wild, beautiful and extremely interesting areas of the world (Mindanao, Philippines; Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon; Kenya E.A.; Brunei, Borneo; Colombia, S.A.). I found Charlottesville to be equally beautiful and interesting when I first moved here, and have been happily settled on Fair Hill Farm for the past 30 years. These days my travel is by car, visiting family and friends and exploring new areas of the U.S. I keep busy volunteering, weaving baskets from wild vines , photographing the wild life found on the farm, and raising chickens and guinea fowl. I enjoy meeting new people, so I look forward to visitors to Fair Hill.
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