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Jacob Swartz House

574 Jiggady Road , New Market, VA 22844-2030 USA (Show map)

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Whether seeking a romantic retreat or a family adventure the ultimate in privacy is yours in this historic Shenandoah River cottage where nature and history combine forces to create a perfect setting for a delightful journey. Sharing the river-bluff grounds with the 1852 Swartz House, the two bedroom, two bath antique & traditionally furnished cottage features a living room, full kitchen, separate sun room, screened porch and terrace. Maintain a vigorous schedule or pass some idle hours of leisure in a country cottage that stands in a quiet garden setting. Where a slower pace is the norm and breakfast is ready when you are. Remember how good you feel and promise yourself to return again and again.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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31 Reviews

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Two wonderful visits

5 on January 27, 2014

We have stayed here twice in one year and found each visit an absolute delight. The cottage is well furnished and both times we enjoyed a relaxing evening by the fire. Our breakfasts were different all four times and prepared with a true love of providing her guest a fantastic start to their day. Virginia is a gifted inn keeper and she will do all to make your stay a very memorable one.

once you experience this place you will want to return again and again

5 on October 01, 2013

we have been coming here for many years, Virginia becomes like family very quickly and treats you like such. Everything about this place is relaxing from the quietness of the river to the singing of the birds and the sounds of the forest that surround you, everything you need is already there, the only thing missing is you, treat yourself to great breakfast and a nice little town to explore. We fell in love with this place the first time we were there, you will too.

Tranquil Oasis!

5 on September 09, 2013

From start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Jacob Swartz House! Virginia greeted us when we arrived with welcoming cheer. The cottage is all your and it is stocked with anything you might need. Milk, cream, condiments, spices, tea, coffee, etc. in the kitchen, and soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, curling iron, insect repellant, after-sunburn cream, otc meds, etc. in the bathroom. Upon arrival we found a chocolate cake waiting for us in the kitchen! Virginia also prepared a dessert for us on the second evening we were there! Weather permitting, you can have breakfast outside on the patio and watch the birds at the feeders. Virginia prepares the breakfast in courses and brings it from her house to the cottage. Simply delicious!!! She caters to your needs, whatever they are. We spent lots of time in the screened room off the bedroom that looks down over the river. You can walk the grounds and look at the plantings or climb down to the river for a closer look. BTW: another reviewer mentioned the constant noise from Rt. 81. It's not Rt 81 that creates the noise; it's the flowing river, which is not very loud. You are out in the country and it's peaceful and serene. JSH is an excellent value with a five star rating from me!

Delightfully relaxing!

5 on August 18, 2013

The Cobbler's cottage was delightful, so peaceful sitting in sun room overlooking the Shenendoach River. Hostess made us feel so welcome and so attentive to dietary needs - yummy goodies and breakfasts


4.4 on January 10, 2013

Superb simplicity. Beautiful setting,once you get past the maintenance shop, unique interface with nature's beauty and accommodating Innkeeper. Will definitely return this Spring.

Almost perfect

5 on October 25, 2012

From the moment of arrival until the moment of departure you will feel like a treasured guest of this remarkable proprietor. The guest house is literally a home away from home as it contains everything one needs. For example upon arrival we found not only a delicious cranberry pound cake but a fridge stocked with items like farm fresh milk and apple cider. The screened porch, the sun room and the master bedroom have a beautiful view of the river and one goes to sleep looking at the stars through the skylights and wakes to a sun rise view right from the bed. The outstanding stone patio is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and sitting by a fire. The only disappointment for me was the continuous roar of traffic emanating thru the trees from Interstate 81 that began at dusk and continued until dawn. If one can overlook that then this is an unprecedented experience

At the End of the Narrow Lane

4.0 on August 04, 2012

At the end of the narrow lane awaited our hostess who ushered us to our country cottage for 3 days. The cottage had much to offer -- sun porch, screened porch, kitchen, dining area, living room with a fireplace, 2 well-decorated bedrooms, and more. Breakfasts were a delight. Our hostess thought of everything.

Travels of the Sizzling Sisters

5 on February 27, 2012

Our own little "home" -- screened in porch, surrounded by trees, bird feeders, flowers. Virginia brought the delicious breakfast to our "home"! This B&B is a wonderful experience!

hidden gem

4.0 on August 22, 2011

Traveling with a 3 month old, regular B&Bs were out of the question. This super charming, incredibly peaceful house at the end of a long road, between a corn field and the river, was exactly what we needed.

Get Away From It All!

4.6 on June 24, 2011

This is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle. You'll enjoy listening to song birds and the rushing water of the Shenandoah River. The house is spacious and well decorated with many amenities in the bathrooms. Off of the ground floor bedroom is a screen porch which we enjoyed during an afternoon thunderstorm and later that night we listened to rain on the overhead skylights above our bed as we drifted off to sleep. Virginia is a gracious hostess and excellent cook. The generous breakfasts are of superb quality. One sunny morning we enjoyed ours on the lovely stone terrace, enjoying the view of the colorful flower garden.

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Location Type

Shenandoah River, Caverns, Civil War Battlefields, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 85 miles

Directions to property:

From I-81 New Market Exit #264 take US-211 West 0.6 mile right onto #953 Plains Mill Road, first right #617 River Road 1.4 miles, right onto #736 Jiggady Road 0.6 mile to right turn access lane, 0.4 mile to B&B property.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Mountains, Caverns, Natural Bridge, Civil-War Battlefields/Museums, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking , terrace fireplace, bedroom all season electric fireplace

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, tubing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 12 noon
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside/screened porch/terrace
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-Night Minimum On Weekends & Holidays
  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations confirmed upon receipt of a one night's deposit or availability
  • Cancellations: One week cancellation notice is required to receive a full refund.



Robin and Dave Gilbert

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About the innkeepers

Cooking, golfing, gardening and enjoying nature.

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  • Time Served: at your leisure
  • Serving Location: Terrace, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast
Homemade bread stuffed with mascarpone cheese and seasonal berries, grilled to perfection and topped with a homemade berry sauce. Served with center cut bacon or local sausage.



Special Package

Multiple Night Discount

10% nightly discount with reservations of three or more nights.

December Midweek Special

During the month of December stay 2 nights or move Sun-Thurs and receive a 20% discount.

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574 Jiggady Road , New Market, VA 22844-2030 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free gift card up to $150!