Orchard House Bed & Breakfast

9749 Thomas Nelson Hwy Route 29, Lovingston, VA 22949 USA (Show map)

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Welcome to the Orchard House B&B! An historic farmhouse built in 1874, it was once the location of a thriving apple orchard for many years. Start your visit with a glass of wine and homemade cookies on our front porch. Stroll around our picturesque 14 acres and watch for the resident bunnies scampering across the lawn. While at the Orchard House, you can choose to be as busy or as relaxed as your mood decides. Enjoy our chauffeured wine tours, hike the famous Crabtree Falls, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, tour Monticello, explore the various antique shops nearby, visit the local orchards or swimming quarries, check out the multitude of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Or choose to lay in the comfy hammocks gazing up at the endless skies, take a dip in the pool, stroll through our one-acre vineyard, relax in the new gazebo, listen to the frogs chirping from the pond, identify the beautiful birds that flit from one birdfeeder to the next, read a book in one of the many Adirondack chairs that graze the front lawn, rock on the sprawling front porch while soaking up our amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No matter what you choose to do while visiting us at the Orchard House, we guarantee your time will be rejuvenating, memorable, and filled with good food, good memories, and new friends.

Reviews

Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Orchard House review

4.8 on August 13, 2016

The service was wonderful. They checked on me for anything I needed. Young lady open the front door when I got there-before I could. It was very quiet & peaceful. All the amenities I needed-and more! Only thing I would ask is since it is in a small town and not many places to eat at for lunch or dinner that maybe have a small Fridge with cold cuts or something to make sandwiches. It was my first bead & breakfast stay and it was wonderful!


Great time

4.8 on August 08, 2016

Great experience. Great hospitality


Great Country Getaway

5 on August 05, 2016

I spent a weekend in May 2016 at the Orchard House. It is well kept, clean, and the staff was friendly and attentive to guest needs. The breakfasts were excellent. It was a very good experience overall in a lovely country setting.


Nice visit

3.4 on August 04, 2016

We stayed at the farm house. It was very nice and quiet. The grounds are lovely. The banana bread was delicious. We had it for breakfast as there was little else unless you like cereal and bagels. The wifi was not working but was not critical for us. Overall it was a nice visit.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad you had a nice visit! Thanks for the opportunity to clarify the two different types of venues we offer. The Apple Blossom Farmhouse is a more independent option, with self check-in. These guests do not participate in the formal seated breakfast. We provide basic breakfast items in the stocked kitchen. Many of our farmhouse guests prefer the independence and flexibility. Our main house, The Orchard House, offers a multi-course seated breakfast each morning, homemade goodies each afternoon, and many other forms of pampering. Our guest room prices for both options reflect the variety of amenities. We would love to have you come back and stay in the Orchard House, so that you could experience our onsite dining firsthand! Thanks again for staying with us!


We came as strangers and left as friends

5 on August 01, 2016

Home from our wonderful anniversary weekend getaway at Orchard House Bed & Breakfast in Lovingston, VA. It started with our arrival at 4pm Saturday at the Apple Blossom House. Awaiting in the Cascade Room was a beautiful cheese, cracker, and grape platter with a bottle of wine and homemade banana bread. We then met our wonderful hosts for the weekend Deb and Mike who made us feel so welcomed and at home. On Sunday our 17th wedding anniversary we had breakfast on the front porch with Mimosas. Which was nothing short of amazing. The little details and love that went into making it special will never be forgotten or Mike's breakfast because it was so delicious. Deb set up our room for in room massages. And a picnic dinner with wine to follow. We ended our night with chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling mascato. Monday morning we got to enjoy another fabulous breakfast by our host Mike. And once again were just in awe of how delicuous it was. We were on mountain island time for 2 days, in a beautiful area, in clean, well decorated and beautiful rooms, with the best accommodations and hosts. It was relaxing and just what we needed after a long deployment and to celebrate our anniversary and it was all thanks to Deb, Mike, and their children who made it so perfect. We highly recommend the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast. So if you want attention to detail, friendliness, special arrangements, or to feel cared for stay at the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast because they do nothing short of spectacular for you to enjoy your get away or make your celebration perfect.

Innkeeper Response
It was truly our honor to be part of your anniversary and reunion weekend! We had a great time brainstorming different special packages for your visit, and even more fun orchestrating them all while you were here! Thanks so much for choosing us for your weekend getaway, and we surely hope you will return soon and often. We loved making new friends!


Awesome weekend getaway.!!!

5 on August 01, 2016

My husband and I decided to get away for the weekend about 3:00 on a Friday afternoon. We called to verify room availability and talked to a lovely woman on the phone, who turned out to be Deb Verplank, the owner. She was very flexible considering we would be arriving after 10 pm at night. When we arrived there were brownies awaiting us -- she always has goodies out on the main table in the entrance. The next morning we were greeted and served a fantastic breakfast -- one of the best ones I've had at a bed and breakfast. They were always around when we needed anything and were flexible with our breakfast time on Sunday morning since we have to leave early. The room was great -- the sink was in the bedroom, which was very convenient. The view out the window was to a tree-studded side yard. The B&B is situated on lovely acreage and not too far from Charlottesville and close to wineries. We have definitely fund our go-to B&B in the Charlottesville area!

Innkeeper Response
We were so happy you found us and are already looking forward to your next visit! Thanks for being such wonderful guests and it was our pleasure to pamper you both during your impromptu getaway. Please keep in touch!


Our 1st Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

4.4 on July 21, 2016

This was our first stay at a Bed & Breakfast and we loved the experience. It was perfect for a romantic get-a-away as my husband and I we were celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary. Mike and Deb were very personable and made us feel right at home without being invasive. The beds were fantastic, with luxury linens and we truly impressed with the cleanliness. Although the breakfast was well prepared, we were disappointed it wasn't the full Traditional Breakfast we looked forward to of Eggs, bacon, waffles and sausage and we were given no choices, so if you're a picky eater you might want to ask ahead of time what's being served. They had maps, locations and advice on all the best local spots and we were not disappointed. We really enjoyed visiting the wineries and getting fruit from the nearby Orchards as well as Dr Ho's Humble Pie (The best pizza I ever had!). We will definitely be coming back again

Innkeeper Response
It was such a great visit and it all went too fast! We so enjoyed celebrating not one, but two special anniversaries with four amazing people! We hope you will return soon...as you witness firsthand, there is so much to do in this area, you need more than just two days to explore! Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us.


All-Around Wonderful Accommodations!

5 on July 14, 2016

My son and I recently traveled from Rhode Island through Virginia as we visited potential colleges in the region, and our journey led us to a two-night stay at Orchard House. The location was perfectly situated between multiple universities, and the tree-lined drive for miles and miles was absolutely gorgeous! There were endless antique stores along the route, too, and I'm looking forward to another visit when I can enjoy a bit of shopping. B&B owners, Deb and Mike were so very warn and hospitable, and the rooms were incredibly clean and cozy. The bed was comfortable and the breakfast was exceptional....Mike's chocolate waffle and cheesy scrambled eggs were my favorite! We look forward to staying at Orchard House again in the future!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for being such wonderful guests, and we loved being a small part of your college search! Hopefully you will find the perfect school in our area and be back soon and often!


Amazing B&B!

5 on July 11, 2016

The photos from the website, while beautiful, simply don't do the Orchard House justice. We fell in love the moment we turned into the driveway, saw the bunnies scampering and heard the frogs croaking. We had to arrive a bit late due to unexpected traffic, but that was not a problem. Mike answered the phone cheerily, and Deb greeted us at the door. Deb showed us around the house a bit and told us about the history of the home. The house is immaculate, the decorations are so classy yet comfortable. Deb made sure that we were happy with our room, and knew where everything was. Breakfast was entirely home cooked each day, a different thing every morning. Coming "home" (because it really felt like a home) each evening after our excursions was a delight because as you walk in the front door you are greeted with a little note saying welcome back, and a plate filled with fresh baked goodies. Chocolate chip cookies, butterscotch bars, cheesecake cups....one could live a very happy life there! During our stay, a local vineyard was having a weekend festival. Mike and Deb offered up their large shuttle van to take people there as a designated driver, without any additional charge. Not only is this an absolutely wonderful house with unsurpassed "extras", but Deb and Mike are truly amazing hosts. We have never met them before and yet within moments we felt so welcome. They are lovely people who are more than happy to give suggestions on places to go, or activities to do in the area. Likewise, Deb spoke with us at length about what guests might like to see happen with the B&B to improve it. I have stayed in a few B&B's in various places in various countries, in addition to all manner of hotels. I have never felt so at ease and relaxed as at the Orchard House. We wish Deb and Mike all the best and thank them for such a fantastic experience in their beautiful home. Orchard House is going to make many people very happy!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for this wonderful review and amazing recap of your weekend with us. We absolutely loved having you here, and hope you will return often. The views just keep getting better! Our little bunny family has quadrupled, as have the many birds that visit our feeders each day. We couldn't agree more: "one could live a very happy life there"...and we are! :) Please come back soon.


Great place to stay.

4.4 on July 07, 2016

Very comfortable & relaxing. The breakfasts were wonderful! Very gracious hosts. Would highly recommend staying here.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review...we're glad you enjoyed the breakfasts....best start to each day here! We hope you will return again!


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Rooms & Rates

Orchard House Empire Room

The Empire is our large first-floor room that includes a spacious private bath, featuring a single-person jacuzzi tub and a beautiful granite vanity. Relax in this generous room with a queen bed, top-quality linens, and cozy duvet. Enjoy the historic fireplace with flameless candles and a sitting area that views your TV, or look out the two windows that view the sweeping front lawn or the picturesque vineyard. The Empire room is a tranquil and elegant choice for any occasion!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Orchard House York Imperial

Relax and enjoy the amenities of the spacious second-floor York Imperial suite. Unwind in the sitting area, sit at the antique desk, bask in the comfort of the queen-size pillow top sleigh bed, or soak up the amenities of the generous bathroom. Gaze out the two farmhouse windows…one overlooks the sprawling front lawn and red barn, the other has a perfect view of our one-acre vineyard. There are so many benefits to selecting the York Imperial room, and your total relaxation is high on the list!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Orchard House Northern Spy Room

A guest favorite, the Northern Spy boasts gorgeous bay windows that overlook an historic oak tree. Watch the birds constantly visit the bird feeders and witness the two resident bunnies scampering across the lawn. It feels like you’re sleeping in a tree house when you are staying in the Northern Spy! Enjoy the in-room pedestal sink while your partner takes advantage of the large shower/bathroom area. You will feel refreshed, pampered, and relaxed if you choose the Northern Spy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Orchard House Gala Room

One of the most popular rooms, the Gala has spectacular views of the front lawn, and the side yard oak tree. Enjoy the in-room pedestal sink while your partner showers. Relax in the sitting area, or stroll around in your logo Orchard House robes. Anticipate the generous country-style breakfasts after using the Keurig station that is right outside your door. We enjoy pampering you during your visit!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Orchard House Winesap Room

Second floor, private room with private bath. Gorgeous views overlooking the one-acre vineyard. Enjoy your room sitting area, while planning your visit to the numerous wineries and breweries. Soak up your own bath area with a tub/shower combination and multiple mirrors. Quiet, private, peaceful and perfect are the words we hear describing Winesap.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Orchard House Black Twig Room

A popular choice, the Black Twig is one of the three original 1874 farmhouse bedrooms. Black and white toile awaits you, as well as two black leather chairs with silver custom nailhead trim. Share a bottle of wine from your sitting area while gazing out the central farmhouse window over the sprawling property. Enjoy the large bathroom and dry off in the logo’d bathrobes. This type of luxury is addicting!!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Apple Blossom Farm House Red Jewel Room

A second floor treasure…the Red Jewel features a queen sized bed, a private bath, a sitting area, a tv, and gorgeous views of the red barn front lawn and side yard. Listen to the pond frogs chirping from the pond, witness the multitude of birds accessing the many bird feeders, take advantage of the fully-stocked common kitchen and relax in the comfortable living room area. This type of relaxation is invaluable!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Apple Blossom Farm House White Cascade Room

King-size comfort in the 1910 farmhouse, with its own private bath. What could be better than a view of the vineyard, combined with another view of the barn and front entrance? This fabulous room can accommodate a king-size bed, or two twin beds. Sitting area, tv, private bath, and gorgeous views are just some of the amenities. Take advantage of the fully-stocked kitchen and common family room area. You will never want to leave!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Apple Blossom Farm House PrairiFire Room

Fantastic first floor room with a queen size bed, tv, sitting area, in-room vanity, and private bath. Listen to the pond frogs chirping and gaze out your windows at the gorgeous entrance grounds and red barn. Contemplate the history that is part of this unique farmhouse! Shiplap and the original wooden floors from the 1910 farm-manager’s homestead…such a treat to stay here!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Rural, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Charlottesville, stay on Hwy 29 for 28 miles to Lovingston. The Orchard House B&B is on the right 6.2 miles from the intersection of Route 6 West at Walton's Mountain Gift shop and just 0.4 mile past the intersection to Route 718 on right (Note sign to Mountain Cove Vineyard). When you get to 718 slow down below 30 as our driveway is on the right as you round the right curve on Route 29.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Wildlife Preserves, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Farm

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Pool, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Swiming Pool (in season)

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Antiquing, Apple/Berry Picking, Massage, Hot Air Balloon, Wine Tours, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night most weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations are confirmed on receipt of one night's deposit.
  • Cancellations: Please see Cancellation Policy on our web site

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Michael and Deb Verplank

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Cats

About the innkeepers

We have enjoyed traveling throughout our 30-year marriage, choosing to stay at bed and breakfasts whenever possible. We would always leave an amazing experience saying "we would love to do this!" A vision was born, and a year ago, the opportunity presented itself as our two kids were off to college and we were suddenly empty-nesters with unique career changes. And so begins the next phase and "living the dream"! We make a good team with a unique combo of skills and visions. Come visit us!

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Meals

Breakfast

Multi course

  • Time Served: 8:30-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Low Carb


Signature Dish

Eggs Benedict


Deals


Special Package

Romance Packages

Romantic Getaways $300 - $340 (Based on Room Selection) Two night's accommodations Full country breakfast each morning Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks Snack basket in your room One bottle of local Virginia wine Cheese and fruit platter Self Tour one to seven of our Nelson County Wineries

Wine Lovers Getaways

Winelover's Package $300 - $340 (Based on Room Selection) Two night's accommodations Full country breakfast each morning Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks Snack basket in your room One bottle of local Virginia wine Cheese and fruit platter Self Tour one to seven of our Nelson County Wineries

Birthday, Anniversary

$300 - $340 (Based on Room Selection) Two night's accommodations Full country breakfast each morning Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks Snack basket in your room One bottle of local Virginia wine Cheese and fruit platter Self Tour one to seven of our Nelson County Wineries

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