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Arcadia Sanctury

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· Virginia
83 acres
14 sites
1 Lodging
1 RV
12 Tent
Arcadia is the name we gave to our 83-acre mountainside retreat center for Earth-Based Spirituality. It’s nestled on the south-eastern slope of 4000-foot Mount Pleasant in Central Virginia, convenient to I81. (Note, there is a town called Arcadia off I81, but that is not us. Not to confuse.) We have a mountain creek with waterfalls, towering Beech and Sycamore trees, Witch Hazels leaning over the water, trout, crayfish, snakes, salamanders, and all the rest. We have about 2000 feet of the vertical mountainside with trails to explore. (But the stage and most of the camping is down closer to creek-level.)  There are more sites higher up the mountain if you like more isolated camping.  More of a trek to the bathrooms/showers/freshwater. We have one of the finest private stages on the East Coast with a top-notch sound system and a natural amphitheater which is like a single pie wedge of a Stadium that has regular live performances throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  Our yurt is regularly booked as a unique glamping experience.  There are chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guinea fowl free-roaming.  One dog, eight cats, and several humans are blessed to call this home.  
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Virginia, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Fran P.Joined in April 2019
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120 ratings · 107 reviews
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Jarrell W.recommends
March 19, 2023
Snuggle up corner
Arcadia is an Oasis in central VA!
What an incredible trip! Arcadia provided just the retreat and respite that I was looking for. Tucked in the beautiful mountains of Amherst Va the property is surrounded by beauty in every direction. From giant dormant trees waiting for their spring leaves to the roaring Thrashers Creek that runs the property that made for perfect white noise for bed time. I camped next to the duck pond where two cute ducks kept me company during my trip. There was plenty of firewood to keep me warm and the host Fran even brought me some delicious chicken eggs to purchase. There so much space, I mean acres! So you’ll definitely get in your hiking fix. Need some assistance with your relaxation? Fran the host is an experienced herbalist that offers consulting services, which I highly recommend looking into! After my hike I explored the rest of the campsites and their beautiful yurt, now I can’t wait to return later this spring! I honestly couldn’t have planned for a better trip, see you soon!
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Debbie M.recommends
February 26, 2023
Red yurt in beautiful setting
Fabulous yurt stay
Beautiful grounds and yurt. Despite a cold rainy Saturday, we had a great time. Bathrooms are clean and amenities are thoughtful. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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Charles G.recommends
November 22, 2022
Over hang
I had a great time, two nights at Arcadian Sanctuary. It's got a lovely remote feel to the area. The camp sites were clean and welcoming. The hosts were very friendly. Their dogs and cats are adorable. I would definitely stay again.
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Riley B.recommends
November 20, 2022
Over hang
Great spot. The drive up the the campsite was gorgeous. Fran was very friendly and welcoming. Would come back again if given the chance, but maybe in warmer weather next time!
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Keegan T.recommends
November 14, 2022
Red yurt in beautiful setting
Fairytale Yurt in the Mountains!
We loved our stay! It felt like a fairytale falling asleep to the sound of the nearby creek, viewing the stars through the yurt’s covered dome. We spent most of our first morning just enjoying breakfast and exploring the campsite. It’s a gorgeous slice of the mountain :) We devoured Fran’s homemade bread before the second night and got to take home little soaps as a souvenir.
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Adam R.recommends
October 30, 2022
Snuggle up corner
Fran is very nice and prompt at responding. The location is gorgeous and very unique. Tons of animals! The facilities are very clean.
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Weston S.recommends
October 25, 2022
Over hang
The place was awesome! A little retreat into nature, The animals were fun to watch and one of the cats was so friendly it followed us around everywhere and even jumped in the hammock with us! Stars were beautiful, saw more than 3 shooting stars. Fran and Finley were also incredibly nice and we’re great hosts.
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Wesley T.recommends
October 25, 2022
Snuggle up corner
Quiet Setting
Very secluded location. Pretty views. Nice hot shower after a long day of biking at a nearby park
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Jennifer W.recommends
October 24, 2022
Snuggle up corner
Snuggle up
We really enjoyed our time here. Our site was private and not too far from the very clean bathrooms. Fran and everyone was helpful and kind. We definitely recommend and would go back again.
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Patrick R.recommends
October 23, 2022
Over hang
Fran was great to communicate with, and was more than accommodating while on my stay. Definitely recommend and I will be back!
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Amber Y.recommends
October 23, 2022
Neverland
Upper Balcony Site was amazing!
Amazing view of the stars at night! The upper balcony was perfect and secluded but still a quick walk to the shower/bathroom. Dog friendly too! We had a blast.
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Tammy H.recommends
October 17, 2022
Pond life
Beautiful camping
My friend and I loved this camping spot. We were near the duckpond and it was just so beautiful. With all of the ducks, Guineas, chickens, & turkeys all around it was just incredible. It was a lovely spot. Fran and her volunteers were all so nice. Will definitely go back. We hiked to the top of the mountain on her property and it was a great work out. Discovered we were close to the Piney River rails to trails so we will come back and camp here and do the bike trail next time.
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Jaclyn M.recommends
October 16, 2022
End of the line
We had such a lovely visit to Fran’s property this weekend! She was so welcoming and everything was just as described- clean showers and bathrooms, a beautiful property, and dozens of charming chickens, ducks and other animals! The highlight of our stay was truly breakfast on the deck- everything was delicious and the setting was gorgeous! Thanks for being a wonderful host for a sibling reunion!
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Arielle G.recommends
October 11, 2022
Far far away
The “far far away” campsite was clean and in a nice spot close to the creek. Our site shared a picnic table with the neighboring site. We happened to bring our own table, so we let our neighbor use the picnic table. There are two bathrooms and two shower rooms, all were clean and only a 2 minute walk from our site. We were very happy with our stay, and would gladly return!
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Matthew K.recommends
October 4, 2022
Middle earth
Wonderful spot in the mountains
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Todd H.recommends
September 27, 2022
Pond life
The host Fran was welcoming and friendly. The restrooms and showers were clean with supplies as needed.
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Marissa S.recommends
September 25, 2022
Red yurt in beautiful setting
Very peaceful
We had a great weekend at the yurt; it was so peaceful and cozy; the dogs loved watching all the fowl from the private deck!
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Ryan P.recommends
September 16, 2022
Up and over
Very welcoming with secluded camping sites and good facilities. They host occasional event (eg music), so be on the lookout!
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Thomas D.recommends
September 15, 2022
Over hang
Excellent place to be. The host is very nice and accommodating. The showers and bathhouses are nice.
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Will C.recommends
September 5, 2022
Spring side
Camping under the trees
Large level camp and very quiet.
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Ross M.recommends
September 5, 2022
Pond life
Had to cancel last minute!
Our trip changed and we had to cancel our stay with Fran last minute. So this review is just about the pre-trip interactions, which were excellent. Looking forward to trying again soon!
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Peter S.doesn't recommend
September 5, 2022
Up and over
Don't expect peace and quiet
We were at one of the farthest camp sites but we could hear people singing, laughing and talking until about 3 am. We ended up staying for only 1 of the 2 nights reserved.
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Peter S.doesn't recommend
September 5, 2022
Up and over
Don't expect to get much sleep
While Fran was a nice host, the camping experience itself was pretty unpleasant. A large group of people outside the house stayed up singing, laughing and shouting until about 3 am and, even though we were one of the farthest campsites from the house, we could hear them as if they were right beside us. Suffice it to say, we didn't get much sleep and ended up only staying for 1 of the 2 nights we had reserved.
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Julia B.recommends
August 9, 2022
Over hang
Fantastic hosts!
Beautiful property and lovely hosts!
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Ana O.recommends
July 19, 2022
Red yurt in beautiful setting
Arcadia! What a dream, the jam, the fresh bread, the kittens, the yurt! What more could you ask for?
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Bianca P.recommends
July 17, 2022
Red yurt in beautiful setting
Peaceful retreat
I loved visiting Arcadia in Fran’s yurt this weekend. She was very hospitable and gave us some of her homemade bread and jam. We also got to try some of her fresh eggs. The scenery is lush and was a perfect relaxing getaway
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Michael H.recommends
June 13, 2022
End of the line
Absolutely heavenly camping spot!
What an absolute blast camping here. We were up on the Lower Balcony and felt like we were in our own little slice of heaven. Serenaded by chickens and Guinea fowl and entertained by a turkey who couldn’t stop talking. Fran pointed out a trail so I could get some vertical miles in. Fun, relaxing sight with live music Saturday night. You have to check this place out!
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Cynthia H.recommends
June 12, 2022
Far far away
Arcadia Sanctuary is Delightful
My family had such a lovely time at Arcadia Sanctuary. My kids had fun petting the turkeys, dog, and cats. The bathrooms and showers were clean and just a short distance from our campsite. Fran was so kind, and everyone working on her farm was friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend this camping spot. I hope to visit them again sometime!
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Kevin G.recommends
June 7, 2022
Neverland
Excellent campsite
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Davis W.recommends
June 5, 2022
Snuggle up corner
Great time!
Very private, quiet campground with a wonderful host. I enjoyed my stay at Arcadia with my girlfriend immensely.
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