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1880's Farmhouse on Blue Ridge Parkway

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview


Details
Property
cabin
People
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cabin in Galax - Windy Ridge

Mountain views from front and back in restored charm

Relax or venture out to sample mountain culture or outdoors fun. Windy Ridge is a 3 chimney, 2 acre, 1 front porch, 1 back deck, 3 bedroom, 1 hammock, 1 grassy terrace beautiful home from which to sample the VA/NC line's relaxing natural beauty. While uniquely overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Windy Ridge is 1880's historic - it was once the post office and general store for 'Max VA.' Today its a place of relaxation and restoration. Contemplate mountains and cows all day from the front porch or back deck. Or adventure out to trails, rivers, caves, or small towns. Whatever you do, DON'T RUSH or you will violate the spirit of the place.

Master bedroom, Guest bedroom, Bunkroom (4 beds), Den with stone fireplace, Dining Room, Kitchen, Great Room (with great views). Note: Its an historic home, those with severe dust allergies don't do well at Windy Ridge. No air conditioning, which is no problem.

Full kitchen with staples; 2 fireplaces; firebowl; hammock; 'Harry Potter Memorial' Games Closet Under the Stairs (bb guns, tent, slip n slide, croquet, etc); foosball table; dvd player.

Across the street in the front is a farm. The yearling cows are skinny and skittish in spring, fat and sassy in the fall. Ditto across the Blue Ridge Parkway in the back. To the sides of the house are a few acres of woods that children can play in.

PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO FROM WINDY RIDGE:

MAYBERRY: If you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, you can drive 25 minutes to Mt. Airy NC where Andy grew up. The adorable old downtown has preserved the Snappy Lunch Counter where Andy ate a 5cent porch chop sandwich everyday all the way through school (EAT THERE), and has many shops, restaurants, and Mayberry experiences (tour the town in a Mayberry replica sheriff’s car, etc.)

WINERIES: This is a jumping off point for NC and VA wineries. Follow the NC winery trail in the Yadkin River Valley, centered upon the grandest winery east of California – Shelton Vineyards (25 minutes away – feels like Napa Valley). Travel thirty minutes up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Chateau Morissette, a lavish old-world castle with wine-tasting, etc. Multiple smaller wineries abound in this region.

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC CENTER: is ten minutes south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They feature DAILY mountain musicians sitting around playin’ and talkin’ in rocking chairs. Pull up a chair. Then walk through the MOUNTAIN AND COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM to understand the history and culture behind such music. Mountain music is the root for bluegrass and country music. One and three mile hiking trails circle from the Music Center.

REX THEATER: in Galax VA, 20 minutes away. Every Friday night there is a live local mountain music band that is also a live regional radio broadcast. The Rex is a grand old early 20th century restored theater. You will observe locals showing up after work, stomping their feet and sometimes moving to the front and demonstrating their original clogging and other indigenous dances.

SHOPS & DOWNTOWN GALAX VA: 20 minutes away. Barr’s fiddle shop is the hub of ‘mountain music’ and anchors downtown. Antique shops, a book store, an arts center, bbq restaurant, ice cream, coffee shop and more. Poke around, see what you find.

GALAX MOVIE THEATER, WALMART, ETC: The movie theater plays the current 2-3 most popular movies. Other typical stores are in the outer part of Galax.

HIKING: One of the best hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 15 minutes south of Windy Ridge. Cumberland Knob has a 2.5 mile gorge hike that goes WAY down, criss crosses a roaring stream (lots of spots for kids and adults to wade, swim, picnic), then hikes WAY back up. There’s also a gentle ¾ mile hike from parking simply to the knob. There are one or two gentle hiking trails at the Blue Ridge Music Center, 10 miles south of Windy Ridge. Multiple other hikes can be found along the parkway.

TUBING AND CANOING THE NEW RIVER: many outfitters will set you up for a long or short canoe or inner tube trip down portions of the New River, within a 20-30 minute drive.

BIKING: The NEW RIVER TRAIL is a bike trail formed from repurposed train tracks through the mountains, thus the grade is gradual at every point. The southern entry point is in downtown Galax VA, where there are also bike rentals. Another fun entry/exit/rental point is the river town of Fries, VA (if renting bikes, that’s where we usually begin).

VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL is a 50 minute drive away, ending in Abingdon, VA.

CAVING: THIS IS OUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH KIDS! DEVILS DEN CAVE and park is 15 minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Google directions. It’s a sparsely maintained park. Bring flashlights, clothes for getting dirty, and rope if you have it. Park the car, hike ½ mile down, and you will find a hole in the mountain. Free climb into any of the 4 or 5 openings within sight. Stay in pairs! We do not know of anyone who has yet defined the depths of these caves, and you are on your own (watch out for poison ivy on the trail down and up).

PEACEFUL HEART ALPACAS FARM: Five minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Along one of America’s most scenic roads, you will find Peaceful Heart Alpacas. Our 27 acre, alpaca farm is located at Mile Post 204 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from the Virginia/North Carolina border. We feel blessed every day to wake up to pastures full of beautiful animals and a fiber arts studio and store located in our 100 year old farm house. Our alpaca farm and store is always open to visitors, free of charge.”

MOUNTAIN GOLF. There are several golf courses within 5-20 minutes, varying according to price and quality. If you walk, you’d better be in shape!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Owner
Mike
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016

About Mike

We go back and forth between Charlotte NC and Windy Ridge frequently. We use VRBO for most of our own vacations, and now that our sons are in college we enjoy sharing our historic mountain getaway with others. Our children, relatives and friends consider it a sort of 'homestead' in all of our lives. The picture above is of one of our favorite things to do - have friends up and enjoy a long dinner under the oak trees beside the house.

Mike purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Mike chose Blue Ridge Highlands

Growing up our family took many Saturday drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping for picnics, hikes and playing in creeks. Later, we couldn't believe our eyes when this Virginia farmhouse was available when we started looking for a mountain place. Its been rewarding to fix up and enjoy the relaxing charm of mountain views and culture.

What makes this cabin unique

The charm of Windy Ridge is its historicity, gingerbread gables, 3 chimneys, two porches and gentle mountain views. On the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I stayed at Windy Ridge over 4th of July weekend, and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to get away, slow down, and do some relaxing, and maybe some re-assessing. I should say that I am one of those people who do not find relaxing very relaxing, if you get my drift, but this property worked its magic (a word I do not use often or lightly) on me.

Mike was extremely easy to communicate with, got back to me quickly and answered my all questions.

I loved the house and thought it had a really nice vibe, like I was kindred spirits with the people who owned it. It is comfortable and homey and, while I am glad it didn't rain while I was there, someday I would like to be in the 'great room' with the windows open while it rains.

Outside, there are many places to sit, with all kinds of comfortable chairs, and changing vistas and breezes from one side of the house to the other. The scenery, the cows, the changing sunlight on the hills is like looking at art--so moving and always saying something new. I found it hard to concentrate on reading it was so loud in its beauty, I just had to keep looking up and staring. The firefly grove (a wooded area seen off the back deck) was a sparkling delight I will remember next time I am in a dentist chair and need to "find my happy place".

My dog also enjoyed it, sitting under oak trees or the back deck and keeping a sharp eye on the cows making their way from one place to another. It was easy and safe to walk him down the road in front of Mike's house (just go to the left off the porch).

While I went with a friend, I do think it would be a great getaway for a family, there are lots of outdoor activities nearby. I have already recommended it to a family on my street, though their 10 year old might freak out with no computer access while there. But that might be good for him, right? I guess there is some sort of wifi there, but frankly that would have meant I would feel obligated to check work emails and work is something I came to the mountains to get away from, so did not investigate.

We didn't just sit around the house, we went to the Blue Ridge Mountain Music Museum (not its actual name) down the road which was really wonderful and into Galax twice (hotdogs/bbq) but for me the allure of the area is just the sitting and staring.

So bottom line, if you are a family, if you are by yourself, if you are a couple, if you and your best friend are having stressful times at work (as it was in our case), you'll find what you need
Jul 2014
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Reviews

5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

1880's Farmhouse on Blue Ridge Parkway
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
5

Beautiful, peaceful and the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

The house is well kept, spacious and inviting. The owner, Mike, was great. We arrived to open windows and fresh air coasting through the home. The family room was our hangout in the evenings and the pictures do not do it justice. We worked the Hillsville market for 4 days and were so greatful for the short commute and tranquillity at the end of our days. Five stars all the way.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special Ministry/ Special Blessing

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the simpler things in life this is the place for you. This place was truly a blessing for my family. We would love to go back. Leave the modern technology at home and you will be reminded why life is so precious. The owner of the house was extremely helpful with useful information about the house and great suggestions about the surrounding sites. We can not thank the Moses Family enough.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your family was a joy to host - thank you for recognizing and enjoying the nature of Windy Ridge as a gift-of-a-place. We'd love to have you back!
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Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time using VRBO. This was a perfect choice. The house was lovely and the location was quiet and peaceful. Thank you again for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Great place for a family stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a few days at Windy Ridge over Easter. We have 4 kids so having space is important to us. The house was perfect and the surrounding garden and fields were a great place for the kids to play in. The house is very cozy and we enjoyed the fireplace in the evenings and the back porch having sundowners. Note : there really is no phone signal or internet - but this meant we got to have a truly old fashioned weekend playing board games and talking !

A wonderful and charming house and very helpful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard - so glad the house and fields provided good space for your getaway. Thank you for the kind comments, please return sometime.
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A Great, Quiet Getaway on the Blue Ridge Parkway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Windy Ridge was exactly what we were hoping for; a quiet and relaxing time in a great location. The house is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway and has beautiful views of the surrounding hills. It has a large sunroom that is great for relaxing and just enjoying the view, as well as a big deck facing the Parkway. It's really difficult to describe the house adequately. It is old, but very clean and well furnished, has a lot of charm, and makes you feel at home as soon as you walk in. The photos of it on this site are very true to the place. It really does look that nice, both inside and out. It would be an excellent choice for a family as well, as it has two bedrooms with a double bed each, and another bedroom with two bunk beds. The yard is large and a great place for kids (or adults) to play.

We used the house as a base for daytrips around the area to include Galax, the Blue Ridge Music Center, a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway into North Carolina, a visit to the Floyd General Store (great music on Friday evenings), a trip to Abingdon, and just cruising the beautiful back roads and taking in the fall scenery.

All in all, this is a wonderful place to spend time and we definitely would like to stay here on future trips.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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Location

THINGS TO ENJOY IN THE AREA:

*Blue Ridge Music Center: On parkway. Mile marker 212. Windy Ridge is between mile marker 208-209. Very close. Saturday nights at 7pm are great times. There is also a great hiking trail at the center.

*Cumberland Knob: One of the best hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 15 minutes south of Windy Ridge. Cumberland Knob has a 2.5 mile gorge hike that goes WAY down, criss crosses a roaring stream (lots of spots for kids and adults to wade, swim, picnic), then hikes WAY back up. There’s also a gentle ¾ mile hike from parking simply to the knob.

*Galax-directions: Get on parkway behind house heading north toward Music Center. Pass Music Center and go to the first exit. You will see sign to Galax (right). Take this road and it becomes the main street into old Galax.

*REX Theatre: Most Friday nights they have live Mountain/Bluegrass music. Free but they ask for small donations. Very much worth the experience.

*Chestnut School of Arts

*Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. Won national awards *McAdoo’s Restaurant

*George’s Coffee-great sandwiches *Bogey’s- serve dinner only

*Walmart/Groceries (stay on main road till dead ends then turn right and go another 3-5 miles)

*Wineries: Chateau Morrisette and Appalachian Villa. Very close to each other. 30 mile drive into Virginia from Windy Ridge. Mabry Mill: on way to wineries. Follow the NC winery trail in the Yadkin River Valley, centered upon the grandest winery east of California – Shelton Vineyards (25 minutes away – feels like Napa Valley).

*Lakeview Restaurant-GREAT country breakfast. Take Parkway heading south and take exit onto Hwy 52. Turn left at bottom of exit. 15 minute drive from here.

PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO FROM WINDY RIDGE:

*Mayberry/Mt. Airy: If you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, you can drive 25 minutes to Mt. Airy NC where Andy grew up. The adorable old downtown has preserved the Snappy Lunch Counter where Andy ate a 5cent porch chop sandwich everyday all the way through school (EAT THERE), and has many shops, restaurants, and Mayberry experiences (tour the town in a Mayberry replica sheriff’s car, etc.)

*Tubing/Canoeing the New River: many outfitters will set you up for a long or short canoe or inner tube trip down portions of the New River, within a 20-30 minute drive.

*Biking: The NEW RIVER TRAIL is a bike trail formed from repurposed train tracks through the mountains, thus the grade is gradual at every point. The southern entry point is in downtown Galax VA, where there are also bike rentals. Another fun entry/exit/rental point is the river town of Fries, VA (if renting bikes, that’s where we usually begin). VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL is a 50 minute drive away, ending in Abingdon, VA.

*Amateur Caving: THIS IS OUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH KIDS! DEVILS DEN CAVE and park is 15 minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Google directions. It’s a sparsely maintained park. Bring flashlights, clothes for getting dirty, and rope if you have it. Park the car, hike ½ mile down, and you will find a hole in the mountain. Free climb into any of the 4 or 5 openings within sight. Stay in pairs! We do not know of anyone who has yet defined the depths of these caves, and you are on your own (watch out for poison ivy on the trail down and up).

Peaceful Heart Alpacas Farm: Five minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Along one of America’s most scenic roads, you will find Peaceful Heart Alpacas. Our 27 acre, alpaca farm is located at Mile Post 204 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from the Virginia/North Carolina border. We feel blessed every day to wake up to pastures full of beautiful animals and a fiber arts studio and store located in our 100 year old farm house. Our alpaca farm and store is always open to visitors, free of charge.”

*Mountain Golf: There are several golf courses within 5-20 minutes, varying according to price and quality. If you walk, you’d better be in shape!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Galax, Blue Ridge Highlands

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2 night minimum stay
£297
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£115
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£790
£2,063
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £47
Cleaning Fee £28

No smoking inside. No pets. Linens not provided. Bring own towels, queen sheets for master and guest room, singles (or sleeping bags are best) for bunk room. Linens can be provided for an additional small fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Galax in Virginia

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bathrooms upstairs and downstairs with shower in each.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom is double bed. Upstairs guestroom is double bed. Upstairs bunkroom has 4 bunks. Air mattress also available for bunkroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
This is a restored farmhouse with active fireplaces, well-used furniture, and a long history of use. People with severe dust allergies don't always fare well, so please consider. Note there is no wifi or air conditioning.

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