WeatherLea Farm occupies 28 acres of rolling hills in Lovettsville, VA. We are at the northern tip of Virginia -- less than a mile from the Potomac River bridge to Brunswick, Maryland, and only six miles from the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah rivers at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
Since purchasing Weather Lea in 1992, Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin have planted perennial and kitchen gardens, apple and peach orchards and a small wine grape vineyard. We work hard on our farm tending our vineyard and our flock of sheep and llamas, and hosting weddings and events as well as overnight guests. We are deeply involved in local efforts to preserve farmland and the historic and natural heritage of Loudoun County.
Once a milking parlor for dairy cows, the Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm has been completely refurbished as a charming and cozy one-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen and bath and a large living/dining room with a convertible sofa bed. Guests enjoy visiting our wine grape vineyard (sometimes helping with the harvest if their visit coincides) and seeing our flock of llamas and sheep, including spring lambs. Apples, peaches and raspberries can also be picked in season. Viognier and Cabernet Franc wines made from WeatherLea grapes are available locally, and wool products from our sheep are available for purchase on the farm.
Surrounded by historic farm buildings that include a 1794 log and frame farmhouse and a circa 1900 barn, as well as a stunning landscape including a pond and lovely gardens and trees, the cottage also offers close proximity to many historic points of interest -- especially the Civil War sites within the 'Journey Through Hallowed Ground' historic corridor, including Antietam Battlefield, Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg (only a 45-minute drive).
Visitors also have easy access to sightseeing and business in Washington D.C. by way of a commuter train that can be boarded only a mile away. For hikers, bicyclists, rafters, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts, nearby attractions include the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the C&O Canal Towpath, the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Both fine dining and casual restaurants are nearby, and the historic towns of Leesburg, VA and Frederick, MD -- both of which offer an abundance of antique shops and art galleries, as well as restaurants, movies and entertainment -- are both about 15 miles away.
Loudoun County, known as 'D.C.'s Wine Country,' includes over 30 wineries open for wine-tasting and purchase. And for equestrians and racing afficionados, we are about 25 miles from Middleburg, VA -- a Mecca for steeplechase races and fox hunting -- and 12 miles from the Charlestown, WV thoroughbred racetrack. Popular seasonal events in the area include the Waterford Craft Fair and the Loudoun Farm Tour in October, a number of equestrian events in Leesburg and Middleburg between May and October, and the county fairs of Loudoun in Virginia and Frederick in Maryland.
Breakfast, Self preparation
Full kitchen, Linens provided, Laundry facilities, Internet, Ground-floor bedroom, Great View, A/C, Private Bath, Free WiFi, Barbeque/Grill, TV, DVD/VCR, Farm Store, Refrigerator, Microwave, Pond, Public transportation nearby
Activities & Animals
Animals, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Bird Watching, Skiing, Canoeing/kayaking, Wine Touring/Tasting, Sheep, Llamas, Rafting, Boating, Museums, Vineyard, Orchards, Swimming, Berry picking, Antiques, Board games