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
4.6

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Excellent Getaway

5 on January 07, 2017

My wife and I stayed here for a nice quiet New Years adventure and they delivered! Very peaceful setting. Comfortable bed and beautiful furnishings throughout the home. We will be back!


Home away from home

5 on January 04, 2017

The owners of the Orchard House B&B are some of the nicest people I've ever met. They went out of their way to be kind and helpful, and I feel that they are now friends. I stayed in the two story farmhouse, with it's own living room and kitchen. My room was spacious and very comfortable and cozy, with two large armchairs, a TV, and a large wonderful bed with lots of pillows. In the kitchen there was a supply of foods for breakfast and I could have cooked a whole meal had I wanted to. This was one of the nicest places, if not the nicest place, I have every stayed. There are also rooms available in the main house, and whether you stay in the farmhouse or in the main house, you can be served a complete breakfast if you like. The surrounding countryside is lovely, and there are spacious grounds on the property.


Orchard House

5 on January 03, 2017

Every aspect of our stay was enjoyable and relaxing from the initial greeting when we arrived to the wonderful breakfasts to the Inn-sponsored winery tour. We had planned a brewery and winery tour and our hosts were invaluable in selecting several off-the-beaten path locations that ended up being our most favorite of the trip.


Perfect End To The Holidays

5 on December 30, 2016

Our stay at Orchard House was the perfect end to the busy holiday season. Deb and Mike were gracious hosts. The entire house was decorated in a warm festive way. The grounds are beautiful and spacious. Mike's breakfasts were delicious - excellent recipes right down to the local coffee. They truly go over and above to make sure their guests are happy and comfortable. There is so much to do in the surrounding area that we will have to come back again soon. Thank you for a lovely stay! Denyse &Brennan O'Connor


Wonderful cozy place

4.8 on December 22, 2016

The innkeepers are great hosts, the property is attractive and comfortable, and breakfast was a treat. We stayed at another B&B later on our trip through VA and felt Orchard House was a class above the ordinary.


Wedding

5 on December 16, 2016

Found this location when searching for a location to exchange wedding vows - a "just the two of us" event. Stopped in to take a look, and discovered a beautiful home and wonderful property with a barn, pond with fountain, a gazebo backed up to a small vineyard, and gorgeous trees...back dropped by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The home is charming, filled with antiques and tasteful decor. We spoke with Mike and Deb, and found they offered wedding packages. While set up to handle large weddings, they also were happy to offer a "just us" package, including a ceremony on the property or inside the Orchard House, as well as a night's lodging. They also offered options of several add-ons to personalize the event. This was perfect for us, and while they might have been alarmed that we asked to hold our event in less than 2 weeks, they never let on! They arranged for a wedding officiant...located a florist to decorate the Gazebo for a ceremony...found a baker to make a small wedding cake...and furnished a nice cheese/fruit/meat tray with champagne. They were attentive to all requests and were truly interested in helping to make our day special in every way. Everything was perfect, including a beautiful room. The next morning we were treated to a gourmet breakfast included in the stay...not sure we have ever had such an elegant and tasty breakfast in our travels...served in an airy and cheerful dining room with a great view. We also enjoyed being close to wineries, breweries, and all the many enticements of historic Charlottesville - you can't be bored! We stayed 2 nights and hated to leave...a great property with beautiful views and wonderful rooms, and wonderful hosts. Mike and Deb have found their true calling in life....you feel like welcome members of their extended family. Looking forward to another visit soon!


Mike and Deb Verplank are Amazing Hosts with a Beautiful B&B!

5 on December 07, 2016

We were driving back home from Georgia to Pittsburgh and decided to stop at Mike and Deb Verplank's Orchard House Bed & Breakfast. Perfect pitstop but wished we could have stayed longer. The bed & breakfast has many LOVELY rooms. We stayed in the Northern Spy room. Right away when we arrived, we walked around the grounds past the pond with water fountain and the wedding barn where they've already booked a wedding. So cool. Loved seeing all of the holiday decor inside and out. Breakfast was so delicious with such beautiful tables set before we came down. It started with fruit and then the pumpkin muffin fresh from the oven and sausage biscuit and gravy. Breakfast held us over until we arrived back home in Pittsburgh. So good!! Looking forward to our next visit, hopefully, this Spring or Summer with friends so we can take advantage of the swimming pool. Also, so many wineries including Trump Winery close by. Thanks Mike and Deb for your gracious hospitality and a Penn State win over Wisconsin!


Perfect weekend

5 on November 27, 2016

We were visiting the area for 2 nights to attend a Krishna Das concert at Yogaville (about a half hour drive from Orchard House). So happy we were able to book a room at Orchard House B&B, what a pretty setting. My husband and I stayed in the Empire Room, very comfortable and roomy. Deb & Michael are wonderful hosts, very friendly and informative about the area. The food was yummy...cookies in the evening and breakfast in the morning. Great location in Lovingston, VA. Michael knows lots to do off the beaten path, so we checked out some things we wouldn't have know about otherwise. We look forward to another visit some day.


A Great Experience

5 on November 26, 2016

Michael & Deb were pleasant and friendly. The Orchard House is beautiful and very comfortable. The attention to detail is impressive. The breakfast was outstanding. The room was comfortable and homey. This was our first B&B experience and my husband and I were very impressed. The Christmas decorations added to the stay and put me in a holiday mood. Well done and wishes for continued success.


Feels like home

5 on November 21, 2016

My husband and I stayed here and we'd highly recommend it. The owners were so friendly it felt like staying at an old friend's house. The breakfasts were delicious and the house was really nice. They seemed to genuinely be concerned that we be happy. I also really liked the location. It's right on 29 which is the road that takes you everywhere in the region. It's close to wineries and breweries, Charlottesville, the Walton Museum, and lots of other fun places. Believe me, you won't be bored there.


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Rooms & Rates

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

Empire

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-size 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

Northern Spy

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 treehouse 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

Gala

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

Black Twig

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

Winesap

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

White Cascade

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Red Jewel

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

Prairifire

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
  • 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

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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
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Michael and Deb Verplank

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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


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Deals


Special Package

Ongoing Discount

Romantic Getaways $300 - $450 (Based on Room Selection) Two night's accommodations Full breakfast each morning Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks Snack basket in your room One bottle of local Virginia wine Cheese and fruit platter

Birthday, Anniversary

$350 - $450 (Based on Room Selection) Two night's accommodations Full breakfast each morning Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks Snack basket in your room One bottle of local Virginia wine Cheese and fruit platter

Valentine's Day Specials

Valentine's Getaway Package: Nestled in the core of the Virginia countryside, we are surrounded by the breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains, located in Nelson County on Route 29, only 30 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. Starting at $300/couple at the Orchard House B&B Two night minimum, valid February 1 - March 13, 2016 This package includes: Two night's accommodations. A bottle of Fine local Virginia wine from Lovingston Winery Full breakfast each morning. Complimentary water, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Snack basket in your room. Optional Add-on's: Chauffeured Wine Tours, 20% Off, $160/couple (Limited Tours available) - Experienced Viticulturist Chauffeur - Stops at 4 Wineries - Picnic Lunch Included (Served at one of the wineries) - Only Orchard House Guests - No other pickups Price Information From $300/Couple

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