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.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Weekend getaway:)

5 on October 20, 2016

We had a fabulous stary at the Orchard House Bed & Breakfast! It was a quick get away weekend with two other couples and it was wonderful. The Room was perfect, quaint and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and so were the brownies that were always available! We did a wine tour Saturday and it was wonderful! I have been to CA and this was just as good as Nappa Valley! Thank you Deb and Mike for a great weekend:)


5 on October 18, 2016

Beautiful B&B with exceptional breakfasts! Wonderful mountain views! Gracious owners who served as our Host and Hostess!! Felt very comfortable and not fussy with our stay.

Wonderful visit

5 on October 16, 2016

Staying at the orchard house was awesome- the place is beautiful and the owners are awesome. Beautiful decor and wonderful breakfasts! Thank you!


4.6 on October 13, 2016

We spent the night here on October 1 after visiting Monticello in the afternoon of that day and before hiking to Spy Rock on the morning of the next day. We stayed in the Apple Blossom Farmhouse. Clean, comfortable room, nice common spaces (kitchen and living room), beautiful grounds, delicious coffee and AMAZING breakfast served in the main house dining room. Owners are super friendly and welcoming. Definitely would return to this lovely property.

Wonderful Place! Hosts Made it Great

5 on October 10, 2016

My friend and I escaped to Nelson County for a romantic weekend. We found the Orchard House and because of a cancelation were fortunate to book a last minute room. Our first impression was how wonderfully the grounds were maintained. Beautiful! Wine grapes growing in part of the lawn, winding drive that showed off the house and chairs and hammocks set out to allow one to enjoy the view and the night skies. My friend has an injured leg and had a bit of trouble climbing the stairs onto the perfectly appointed front porch. But it was well worth the effort. We had the Empire Room on the first floor (fortunately). We usually prefer an out building to a room in the main house because of noise. However, even with a large group of recent college grads enjoying a reunion we never hear a sound. The room and the house are beautifully decorated. Just the kind of sweet and romantic place one is looking for in a B&B. However, what made the stay exceptional were out hosts, Deb and Michael Verplank. We instantly felt like old friends. Michael is a first rate chef and the breakfasts were perfect, In addition we took advantage of his chauffeured wine tasting being driven from winery to winery in his luxury red bus. I cannot remember being treated with such genuine kindness and friendship. Although Deb and Michael are recently retired professionals who have only been at this since April 2016, their infectious enthusiasm makes you feels as if they were born to run an inn. Deb's description of her plans to decorate for Christmas have us planning a return trip in December. Do not miss this place.

Perfect getaway

3.8 on October 07, 2016

The Orchard House is a beautifully decorated and well-cared for property. Mike and Deb have not overlooked a single detail in making their guests feel welcome and at home. The rooms are spacious, the food is excellent and the location is super-convenient so you can enjoy all that Nelson County has to offer. We loved our stay there and highly recommend it!

Perfect Getaway

5 on September 29, 2016

Deb and Mike were the perfect hosts the entire weekend. From the moment we arrived on their beautifully cared for property and house, we felt welcomed and cared for. The wine tour is a must. Mike did a wonderful job taking us to some stunning local wineries and even catered a private lunch for our group. The breakfast was incredible and delicious with excellent service. There was a group of 8 of us who stayed there and felt at peace and relaxed the whole time. I highly recommend staying here and will be back!

Incredible Experience

5 on September 28, 2016

Mike and Deb do a really great job of making you feel at home. The house is very spacious, clean and well decorated. The breakfast was delicious. Deb is an amazing cook. The best part of your experience at the Orchard House is the owners. We would recommend booking the wine tour.

Perfect anniversary getaway!

5 on September 25, 2016

My wife and I just celebrated our first anniversary with an unforgettable three days at the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast. The Verplank's created a romantic getaway with their southern hospitality and personalized accommodations. Further, the Orchard House is equipped with a scenic landscape and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our room was spectacular and maintained a hint of historic charm. The Verplank's offered a delicious spread each morning, and my wife loves the famous Eggs Benedict. We were so grateful for the Orchard House's willingness to create a custom anniversary package that evolved into the perfect romantic escape in Nelson County. We will certainly be back in the future and highly recommend the Orchard House to all who are interested.

In A Heart Beat I'd stay Again!

5 on September 02, 2016

And in fact we are! Our stay was every bit lovely because of the thoughtful willingness of Deb and Mike. Every need or want was met with sincerity and smiles. Very much a Home and not a house. Delicious welcome home treats, and tasty delightful smells of breakfast. The grounds and house are peaceful, relaxing and beautiful. Memories of good times and wonderful people we are left with.

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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 king 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 King

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 king size 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 King

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 Queen

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 Type

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


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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  • 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



Michael and Deb Verplank

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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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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


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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