Our group of 6 college friends from the '60's enjoyed a perfect 3 nights in this beautiful cottage! It is only 20 minutes from Lexington, where we explored everyday, shopping, enjoying many restaurants, VMI and W&L. The cottage has everything you need, and is so comfortable and inviting! Cliff, the owner made us feel so welcome, and made sure we had everything we needed. The bedrooms are beautiful, and the bathrooms are well-stocked with towels, etc. It's a perfect getaway for friends, group of couples or a family. Cliff even gave us a wonderful, historical tour of his beautiful B&B, The Inn at Forest Oaks, which is just behind The Vine Cottage.
We were very surprised at the beauty of the cottage and the items in it and the decor. There was everything you needed with extra and if we had a question we would call and get an answer right away. It was very comfortable, homey and roomy. The beds were wonderful. We loved the tour with all the information. It was a wonderful weekend. I would call it a must.
We stayed in the cottage 4/8-4/12/2017 and it was the perfect weekend getaway. Every year we try to explore new places close to home (2 hours from RVA) and we found an incredible place here at Forest Oaks. The Cottage was well appointed, Cliff and Chris provide all of the essentials. The location is super convenient to visit the Natural Bridge, Caverns, and the VA Safari Park. Our kids enjoyed exploring the property at Forest Oaks and checking on the horses. Cliff recommended the we check out the Bridge at night, and what a spectacular showing...maybe one of Virginia's best kept secrets. I would highly recommend staying here, you won't be disappointed. And wish the best of luck to Chris and Cliff! We hope to be back soon!
Our group of four stayed at Vine Cottage, located on the historic Forest Oaks Estate this weekend. If we could give it more than the "5" rating we would.
The cottage was extremely well appointed. Everything from comfortable bedding and plush towels to a well stocked kitchen. The owners have taken great care to think of, and provide, all the amenities (and then some) that you would want and need.
Multiple cutting boards, a set of quality kitchen knives, a full set of nice pots, pans, and baking trays. More than enough cutlery, dishes, and cups. Plus numerous other kitchen accessories that most rental properties don't think to add.
Beyond that, they provided k-cups, bottled water, snack bars and popcorn as welcome treats.
Spending the weekend in Vine Cottage was a dream. The highlight of the weekend was the tour of the main house. Chris is a delightful and gracious host. We didn't want to leave - and we will be back. Thank you for sharing such a special property with us and thank you for all the work you're doing to restore such a wonderful piece of Virginia history.
My family spent four days in the cottage of this historic estate for our son's Washington and Lee graduation. We were only 15 minutes from campus, but it felt as if we were deep in the hills with nothing but nature around us. With soft breezes, wind-blown grass, sleepy trees and hedge hogs playing in the pasture, we were able to relax and enjoy visiting with family when away from the hustle and bustle of graduation. It made for a wonderful family get-together. The beds were extremely comfortable. Although, there is central air and heat, it wasn't even needed because the cottage is so solidly built, as in the old days, that it insulated itself from the fluctuating temperatures. We kept the doors open onto the screened porch and remembered what it was like growing up with only the sound of loved ones' voices and a summer breeze. The owners made sure that we were very comfortable and gave us a wonderful tour of the manor house. Highly, highly recommend a stay in the cottage!
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We had 4 adults and 3 toddlers and were extremely comfortable. The property was beautiful and well appointed. The owners were fantastic at getting any questions we had answered. We will absolutely be back!
The only suggestion I would have for you is to go through Lexington for groceries (about 20-30 min) if you plan to cook before you get on to the property in Natural Bridge as there isn't much in the way of fresh foods that we found.