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Farm/Animal Sanctuary

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· Scottsville, Virginia
25 acres
2 sites
1 Lodging
1 RV/Tent
Peaceful, safe, and magical are just a few words guests use to describe our farm.  It's the perfect retreat to relax and reconnect with yourself and nature. Enjoy exploring the farm, spending time with our animals, and stargazing by the fire pit.  We're located in historic Scottsville Virginia (the heart of Virginia’s Monticello Wine Region). Seated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 25 acre farm is home to many domestic, farm and wild animals. The lush green rolling pastures offer exquisite views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and direct access to the James River. It truly is a serene private paradise. Our farm is on the James River and we encourage guests to enjoy fishing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing or just floating off the beach. We’re 420-friendly! Please let us know if you're bringing dogs or cats.  Our focus at the farm is two-fold. Promote agro-ecotourism and support our sister non-profit, Gentle Moon Conservancy. The mission of Gentle Moon is to provide lifetime care and shelter for animals in-need and inspire environmental stewardship through the power of individual action. We love the beauty and spirit of our farm so much that we want to share it with people who appreciate a peaceful vibe. You'll find that we are very relaxed and inclusive and welcome guests to enjoy the farm for all it has to offer. 
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Scottsville, 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 Katie V.Joined in September 2019
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43 ratings · 81 reviews
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Bobby L.recommends
January 22, 2023
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
We highly recommend staying on Katie’s land for many reasons including a beautiful farm filled with animals, cozy sleeping arrangements, and a peaceful ambiance. We would absolutely come back to this farm.
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Brandy K.recommends
October 11, 2022
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Little piece of heaven:)
This was the perfect fall getaway. We walked the trails and sat by the fire. Our labs made new friends with the resident “pack” who walked with us and greeted us throughout our stay. The little house is super clean (and I’m picky) and has all the special touches including extra snacks and supplies. What a treat!! We’ll be back and can’t wait to bring our granddaughter who will love all the farm animals.
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Laura H.recommends
June 19, 2022
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Outdoosy Gals
This camping spot was amazing! The views were top notch and the animals were all so sweet. The farm is the perfect distance from popular hikes and vineyards. I will be staying here again for sure!
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Glen M.
June 11, 2022
Gorgeous Stay Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Wonderful spot, Dogs pose an issue
This was a lovely setting with beautiful views, a large open field for the kids to play in, and numerous farm animals to visit. Overall it was a big hit with our kids and we had a nice time. That said, before booking this site please ponder the impact the dogs will have on your stay. 5+ dogs live on site at this farm. They are friendly, fairly docile with the kids, and for the most part a pleasure to have around if you are a dog-lover like I am. However, they were NOISY at night. I am not a light sleeper, but they woke me and our small children at least 5 times overnight between 1am and 5am with loud repetitive barking directly adjacent to our tent. My son has slept through severe airplane turbulence, a hurricane, and his siblings screaming. I have slept on fire engines with sirens running, and outside in sub-zero temperatures. Neither of us could sleep through the night at this campsite. The dogs also caused trouble with mealtimes. At least one of the dogs (Shiloh) is not well trained, although she is super sweet. She ate food off my son's plate while it was in his lap, repeatedly raided our S'mores stash as we tried to roast marshmallows, got into our trash can twice even as we yelled and tried to chase her off, and wouldn't move away from our dinner table despite our best efforts. If not for the dogs destroying our night's sleep and causing chaos around meal times, this would have been a perfect spot. We still had fun, but wish the dogs were better behaved.
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Abhishek N.recommends
June 9, 2022
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
A beautiful little cottage with gorgeous views around. Plus, animals!
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Guinevere U.recommends
May 17, 2022
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Amazing view. Loved hanging out by the river. The farm animals were a wonderful bonus to the whole experience. I would definitely stay here again.
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Bradley V.recommends
May 9, 2022
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
A Unique Experience
We loved our stay! The location is so unique and awesome. The cabin was clean, organized, and well stocked. There was so much to explore and take in. The walk down to the river was scenic and peaceful. Watching the sunset from the top of the hill was magnificent. It was immediately obvious that no detail was overlooked. I can't state enough how wonderful our stay was. We look forward to visiting in the future.
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Katie S.recommends
April 13, 2022
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Perfection!
Wow! Just wow! This tiny cottage (full of well-appointed decor and loads of snacks) is set right on a real working farm. Everything it claimed to be and more. My girls (4 and 2) had more fun playing with the baby goats and other animals than I ever could have imagined. Free to come and go as we wanted at the barn, saw all the chores and even a vet visit for spring wellness checks! Spent our second evening down at fire pit by the river and walked all the trails and creeks on the property. We could t have felt more comfortable and relaxed. Thank you Katie and Jen for an amazing stay. We will most certainly be back!!
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Greg B.recommends
January 15, 2022
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
We loved staying in the tiny house. It was well appointed with all the right touches. All of the friendly animals were really enjoyable to be around. We were literally escorted down to the river by the dog named River . Not kidding . It’s about 300 yards from the house. We started walking that way and he just just got a few feet ahead of us and we just followed him! We will be back this summer. We are looking forward to it. While at the house we had a few visitors here and the like a few of the dogs ( very sweet and pretty chill ) a couple of roosters and cats . There is much more animal wise but the Guinea hens are a hoot to watch. Bottom line, if you love animals you’ll love this place .
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Kristina G.recommends
January 1, 2022
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Heaven on earth.
There is nothing more special than waking on the farm. The animals and river make it wonderful. Can't wait to go back. The best hospitality around.
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Melanie L.recommends
December 18, 2021
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Wow, what an amazing find! This place was absolutely perfect for a little getaway. My husband and I felt so refreshed after spending a night surrounded by beautiful scenery, loving animals and a warm fire. 10/10 recommend.
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T.K. L.recommends
December 2, 2021
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Five stars above and beyond from start to finish. Only con was the wi-fi was at a crawl
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Dawn L.recommends
November 1, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
We enjoyed the picturesque rolling hills, the well-spaced out camping sites, and the visits from the Great Pyrenees patrol team of Ben & River, Huck the Hound and the kittens. We recommend camping on Farm & Animal Sanctuary.
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Eric L.recommends
October 31, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
We had a fantastic time on a wonderful and beautiful farm. Thanks to our hosts!
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Joyce O.recommends
October 26, 2021
Gorgeous Stay Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Beautiful place!!
We loved our stay at the beautiful place! The hosts were so welcoming, and we loved meeting their animals. The mountain view is spectacular and the sunset was perfect. We can’t wait to come back!
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Steven H.recommends
October 25, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
A beautiful property close to Charlottesville and Shenandoah NP. Perfect for our base camp while on our hiking and sightseeing weekend. Katie has done a wonderful job making sure everyone has a nice and comfortable stay. We hope to go back again soon.
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Kevin W.recommends
October 3, 2021
Riverfront Camping-Animal Sanctuary
Katie was very helpful and the property is beautiful with lots of space. Great for friends, dogs and being on the river
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Tay J.recommends
September 20, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Beautiful property! Endless land that truly makes you feel like you are on your own little oasis. Not to mention if you love dogs, you will be happy to know that they welcome you with open arms. Definitely a great getaway and will continue to recommend. Only suggestion would be to either purchase the River location or be prepared to walk a good couple of mile or more to the river. Also, bring water shoes! The river access is extremely muddy.
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Matt G.recommends
September 9, 2021
Riverfront Camping-Animal Sanctuary
Another awesome camping experience!
This was our second time camping at Katie’s and this time we went all out!! We camped in tents, cooked on the fire, and bathed in the river!! It was awesome!! Beautiful weather and time with friends!! We went tubing during the day and enjoyed the stars and campfire at night! Katie and Jen are so accommodating! They checked to see if we needed more firewood and allowed us to use their floating dock and inter tubes for the river. We’ll definitely be camping at this lovely site again!! Love this site!!💕
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David R.recommends
September 7, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Peace, solitude and dogs. Great!
OMG! What a wonderful weekend at such a peaceful place. The directions are easy to follow and take you down a gravel road to a beautiful pasture on the top of a hill. It was easy to find. Once you are in the pasture, take your time and find a level ground and park. Your hosts in the form 4 ( + or -) Great Pyrenes and a hound (Huck) will soon stop by to greet you and make sure you are comfortable. They will check on you from time to time. These dogs are such beautiful animals who spend their time protecting their guests and the rest of the farm community. Our human hosts, Katie and Jen are great as well. They have a heart for animals and let you roam free on their farm; I truly enjoyed talking to them. If you have children or just love animals, this is the place to go to interact. You are a few miles from Scottsville, which has food, drink and groceries and the James River is about a 15 minute walk to the end of their property. There is an Air B&B already on the property and another one being built. I had an opportunity to meet Brian and get a tour of this next tiny house. Brian is building the house and I can see the he Jen and Katie have a great vision. I enjoyed our conversation and was intrigued by the plans to use alternative energy in this house. I can't wait to see the results. Sunset on the pasture is one of my most fond memories; I don't think you can find a better view. I look forward to returning back to Valhalla Mountain. Thank You for the opportunity to stay!
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Kathleen M.recommends
September 7, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
We had a quick, weekend stay here but enjoyed every second of it. Everyone was really nice and welcoming, and Katie was a great communicator. My wife loved all the goats. We can't wait to go back!
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Sarah R.recommends
September 3, 2021
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Can’t say enough positive things about staying here! Yes it’s tiny but you couldn’t ask for anything more - there are snacks, drinks, plenty of seating, all the kitchen appliances and utensils…plus all the lovable animals! There’s an indescribable peace with staying here. Even with periods of bad weather my kids were out playing with the dogs and cats and making the most of farm living. We will be repeat guests for years to come! Highly recommended!
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Karen C.recommends
August 30, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
You won’t be disappointed
My stay here was Beautiful
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Karen C.recommends
August 23, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Would Not Regret
Katie’s Farm was Beautiful, hope I get the chance to stay here again.
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Matt G.recommends
August 15, 2021
Riverfront Camping-Animal Sanctuary
Our Anniversary Get-A-Way
When we arrived late Friday night Katie happily greeted us at the entrance to lead us to our “anniversary get-a-way” campsite. It was pitch dark, therefore we were unaware of our surroundings., however the next morning we woke to a picturesque view! The rolling river and lush landscape were more than we could have imagined! Aside from taking in the site, we had options to interact with the friendly animals at the sanctuary, or take a leisurely raft ride down the James. Also, our doggie Milo HIGHLY enjoyed himself! We are ready to return to Katie’s as soon as we can!!! She and Jen were most accommodating and kind. Thank you both for making our short weekend vacay away so special!
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Eva S.recommends
August 11, 2021
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Loved this place!
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Danielle C.recommends
July 30, 2021
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
We loved our stay. Everything about it was amazing. We will definitely be back.
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Jen W.recommends
July 15, 2021
Rare Find: Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Lovely time. Thank you so much! Jen + Charlotte
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Jason B.recommends
July 11, 2021
Gorgeous Stay Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Beautiful view
Beautiful spot! The farm is great, and we respect the work they do. Katie was very responsive and quick to answer any questions. The animals are very friendly and wander around the property. The big working dogs keeping watch over the animals are very sweet, but be aware they can pop up at any time. They happened to spook our dogs a few times appearing out of nowhere. Not a negative, they are doing their jobs. Just mentioning in case you bring your pets with you. We felt very safe with them around. The river access is also a bonus. We will definitely be back and be prepared to enjoy the river next time.
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Sarah H.recommends
July 10, 2021
Unique Stay - Farm/Animal Sanctuary
Peaceful Getaway
This beautiful, peaceful Sanctuary is amazing! The hosts are so welcoming and accommodating and both took the time to tell us about the animals at the Sanctuary. This is our go to spot when we need some peacefulness and quiet time. The animals are so adorable and we love spending time with them. They bring so much joy to the experience! The campsites are within minutes from the river, too. We are looking forward to our next visit in the fall..
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