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Our farmhouse, built in 1900, is situated in a valley on five acres in the Lost River area. We describe its style as "rustic modern," meaning that it retains much of its century-old character, but has been renovated into a loft with a two-story window looking out on the pasture, a barn and the mountains beyond. The first floor has a dining and living area, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, laundry area and a bedroom with a queen-sized bed. The dining area opens to a large deck that looks on to the mountains. There is a fire pit, charcoal grill, and loungers, perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine in the evening while gazing at the amazing stars that are visible on any clear evening. The kitchen opens to a screened-in porch with a table and chairs. The second floor has a living area loft that overlooks the dining room and the two-story window and is furnished with a sofa and television. There is also a second bedroom with a queen-sized bed.
We bought this farmhouse and the five acres it sits on in 2010 to escape the hustle and bustle of our lives in Washington, DC. It's a special place to kick back, open up a good book, a bottle of wine, and find peace.
Close to the Lost River community, with state park for hiking, horseback riding and swimming; a yoga studio; the Lost River General Store, which makes great lunches; the Lost River Trading Post in Wardensville, which was featured in the New York Times; and much more! The community is small but wonderfully progressive, and offers something for everyone -- a great spot for relaxation or social activities.
Driving down to the house is a thrill in itself, the dreamy landscape welcomes you at all times of the day. It was the perfect spot for me to focus on my photography skills and shut my brain off slightly more than I'm capable of in the city. The house was clean and definitely had a 'You Are Home' vibe which we adored. The big windows in the dining room filled me with joy each morning as I woke up to get some tea and make breakfast while dancing to music.
Since this is a restored farmhouse and we're from D.C. we had a bit of a learning curve which is expected. We had to turn/run the water system back on, the wood burning stove took us awhile to master bc the wood wasn't catching so we were constantly relighting it (however the house also has space heaters that handle the job just fine), the houseflies definitely found their way in but luckily were only really prevalent during the hottest part of the day (2-5 pm). And when we ran a bath, for some reason the stopper wasn't keeping the water in so we had to leave the spigot running and then it turned cold fairly quickly but if you take a shower you'll be perfectly fine.
Lost River is a bit further from the house than we expected so we didnt venture out too much except for getting lost in George Washington National Forest literally...once we found a town with service we realized we were almost 2 hours away from the house! (traveler tip - there is no service in the town so make sure you have your gps ready to go before leaving the wifi in the house). If you dont mind venturing out for food (30 mins) I would recommend it - I brought enough food to cook most meals but unfortunately we also spent a lot of our weekend vacay washing dishes and cleaning up. This has no poor reflection on Eric's place (it was a lovely stay) but more my lack of country living haha. We did past Lost River on the way back (Monday) but most of the places were closed or possibly out for lunch.
We enjoyed seeing the cows grazing during the day and the roosters saying hello in the morning. It was quaint, wonderful and secluded. I would strongly consider renting this farmhouse out again with maybe a few extra days to fully take in the area and relax. Thank you Eric for creating such a gem :)
Loving the Lost River area, we have rented vacation homes for several years, often choosing mountaintop locations for the views. We opted this year for the wonderful farmhouse. The extraordinary gift of this location was the "reverse view" - the breathtaking perspective of the sky. We watched dramatic clouds, weather fronts, storms and stars. We deeply appreciated this, and will definitely stay again.
The location of this vacation home also proved convenient, as we enjoy biking, hiking and swimming. It is very close to Lost River State Park, providing easy access to the deliciously cool swimming pool. My husband enjoyed bike-riding on the Cove Roads loop, while I hiked numerous trails in the George Washington National Forest.
The house itself is designed in a way that we felt we were outdoors even when we weren't. The large window that was added when the house was renovated, and the upstairs "living room" both bring the skies indoors. The place is bright and cheerful.
As noted in the descriptions, this is a renovated old farmhouse in the country. When we arrived, there were houseflies, but we dispatched them with fly swatters, and after that we weren't bothered. Also, as noted in the descriptions, the water is mineral-y. Anyone who has stayed in the Lost River area knows this is true at just about all the rental homes. As with other places we have stayed, we brought enough clothes so we didn't need to do laundry, and we also brought in several gallons of drinking water.
The house was clean, nicely furnished with very, very comfortable beds and couches, plenty of books, and a welcoming farmhouse table for computers, dining, puzzles and games.
I want to emphasize that this is not a cookie-cutter vacation home. It is a lovingly and innovatively renovated old farmhouse with lots of character.
We will return for all of these things, but especially the sky.
Everything was perfect from the communication with Eric, the little details in the house, and the beautiful scenery surrounding the farm house. The house was bigger than what we were expecting from the pictures and the two large windows really allowed us to enjoy the rolling hills and mountains from inside the farmhouse . We arrived late on Thursday(actually about 3am Friday) and watched the Perseid meteor shower for about an hour. We never saw so many shooting stars in our lives. Then we awoke a few hours later to the beautiful scenery that surrounds the home. Wow! Between all of us we did some running, cycling, reading and sightseeing. We appreciated Eric opening his wonderful home to us. We had a great time in this little slice of heaven. We plan on coming back!
Eric's farmhouse is an ideal escape for those who need to reconnect with nature and who long to feel immersed in the simple life. My stay there was sublime. Every time I looked out one of the many large windows of the house - or walked out onto any one of three lovely porches - I was sure to see either deer, rabbits -- or even more exotic little creatures like skunks (from a distance!), foxes.... and beautiful indigenous birds (goldfinches were magical). The farmhouse is enchanting and positive -- and every direction you look in you see only mountains and meadows - as well as a distant barn and one small farmhouse a football field away. There is a state park only 5 minutes away by car... where you can hike in the mornings or any time of day on your own -- or horseback ride - and there is even a great outdoor pool in the state park open every day where you can swim laps (it's a good size pool) or just splash around for $3! There are several places to go and eat out -- that range from sophisticated to folksy/ local -- and the people are nice. It couldn't have been more ideal in terms of rural simplicity and a feeling of suspended time - old style living, literally: a piece of heaven. (Also Eric has a wonderful local couple who manage the property so if you need anything - whether it be advice or an ace bandage when everything is closed -- they do their best to help you).
My husband, Tom, Max (our elder golden retriever) and I fell in love with Cold Comfort Farm. The mountain views, farm setting and beautiful home provided the perfect getaway for us to recharge. We stargazed in the evening, woke to the symphony of birds singing, enjoyed the timely morning call of the neighbors' rooster, said good morning to the beautiful cows as we enjoyed our morning coffee on the deck. We explored the area, visiting the friendly nearby community of Wardensville, ran on the awesome hillside roads, visited Lost River State Park and played croquet while enjoying our evening wine- that was so much fun! We love how warm and friendly the neighbors were ~ everyone waves to you.
We highly recommend visiting Cold Comfort Farm.
Be prepared to bring drinking water & taking your trash and recyclables with you.
Doreen, Tom & Max
My husband and I rented this cottage over March break and drove down from Canada with our 15 year old daughter for a relaxing getaway and to do some hiking. It was well worth the drive!
The farmhouse was absolutely beautiful and a perfect location to get out walking. It is a very well equipped cosy home and although we had great weather while we were there it wouldn't have mattered if it had been bad as with the woodburner going it is such a gorgeous house to chill out in, which was the main aim of our trip.
We had a lovely time and were very sad when we had to leave. We would definitely stay here again.
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2 night minimum stay
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* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.