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Wolftrap Farm offers Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Rental accommodations on a 584 acre horse and cattle farm, with mountain views, miles of forest trails, rolling pastures, abundant creeks and brooks, nine ponds, and easy access to all the attractions of Charlottesville and the Central Virginia area.
James Madison described his Virginia home, Montpelier, as "Just a squirrel's jump from heaven." Wolftrap Farm is even closer. Five miles Southeast of Madison's Montpelier home, this spacious farm sits atop the last foothills of the Piedmont, offering commanding views of the Southwest Mountains.
At Wolftrap, you are far away from urban pressures, but still only a "squirrel's jump" from civilized local attractions. Charlottesville and Culpeper are each one-half hour away. Nearby historical attractions include Montpelier, Monticello, Michie's Tavern, Ashlawn, the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum, the Barboursville Ruins, the Madison Museum, Wilderness Battlefield, and the historic downtowns of Charlottesville and Culpeper.
If your interests include vineyards, fine dining, antiques, history, art, theatre, music, nature, horseback riding, scenic byways, quaint villages, pastoral views, golf, skydiving or river rafting, those passions can each be indulged near Wolftrap.
Wolftrap's barns and equestrian Denfacilities are now home base for Bonnie Mosser, an international competitor in the equine sport known as Three-Day Eventing. Eventers compete with a single mount in dressage, show jumping, and a race against the clock over a grueling cross-country course. Guests at the farm often get to see the horses being schooled or exercised in the training ring or on the way out for conditioning work on our woodland trails.
Guests may book Wolftrap on a traditional B&B plan, or as a Vacation Rental at special rates which include kitchen privileges. Spaces can be combined to accommodate families and reunions. Enjoy Wolftrap as a secluded B&B getaway for a weekend, or plan a special vacation for several families to enjoy together. Give us a call, we would love to help you with your plans.
A farm-style breakfast is offered in the eating areas (dining room, kitchen, upper porch and/or patio) of the Manor House to "Bed & Breakfast" guests paying full rate. Short term guests at the Pond House are provided a deluxe continental breakfast set-up or, at their option, ingredients to prepare their own hot breakfast in the Pond House's kitchen. "Vacation Rental" guests (who are taking most or all of the Manor House or are at the Pond House for an extended stay at a discounted rate, have the use of the kitchens and prepare their own breakfasts, unless special arrangements are made. These are the customary arrangements, but we are flexible.
Top Ten Reasons to Vacation at Wolftrap
- It's a great location!
- You can rest and relax to your heart's content!
- The accommodations are stunning!
- The glories of nature will surround you.
- You can make yourself at home in our kitchens.
- We have great staff and helpful neighbors.
- The regional attractions offer entertainment, education and adventure.
- You can eat good food that you did not have to cook.
- You can drive through some of the most charming countryside in America.
- You can decide for yourself whether the Charlottesville area deserves its ranking as the "#1 Place to Live in America".
Things To Do
- Golf: Meadows Farms Golf Course, Somerset Golf Club
- Historic Sites: Elwood Manor, Montpelier - Home of James Madison, Barboursville Ruins, Civil War Museum, Chancellorsville Battlefield, Fredericksburg Battlefield, Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield, Wilderness Battlefield, Wilderness Battlefield at Fredericksburg, Civil War Trails
- Restaurants: There are several excellent restaurants nearby, including both gourmet establishments and down-home country fare. You will find a list of our recommendations at the farm. You won't find a Starbucks in Gordonsville or Orange, but we'll tell you where to find the great little coffee shops.
- Airports: Orange County Airport, Skydive in Orange, Gordonsville Airport
- Visit the art galleria at Corner House Gallery.
- Hot Air Ballooning at the Orange airport.
- Go tubing, rafting or canoeing on the Rappahannock River.
- Go bicycling or take a drive on the local scenic byways.
- Go shopping on Charlottesville's thriving Historic Downtown mall (30 minutes drive), or at the fabulous new Short Pump Mall just north of Richmond (45 minutes drive), or make a day trip to Potomac Mills for outlet shopping at its best (1 Â½ hours toward Washington).
Additional Things To Do
- Go antique shopping in Orange, Ruckersville, Gordonsville, Culpepper, or anywhere in Central Virginia.
- Visit the Zoo on Highway 29.
- Take day trips to Shenandoah Valley attractions such as Luray Caverns, or the Frontier Life Museum in Staunton.
- Ski at Masannutten.
- Visit Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park
- Watch polo matches in Charlottesville.
- Take in outdoor theatre performances by the Four County Players at Barboursville.
- Enjoy Atlantic Coast Conference Sports at the University of Virginia.
- Enjoy folk music at the Prism Coffeehouse in Charlottesville, or go Contra dancing in Crozet or at the Municipal Arts Center in Charlottesville.
- Fish at Lake Monticello, or at Lake Orange.
- Buy vintage lumber at Mountain Lumber near Charlottesville.
- Visit the Plough & Hearth Catalog Outlet in Madison.
- Shop for horse stuff at Horse Country (Warrenton, one hour's drive) or at Crawford Saddlery (Ruckersville, 30 minutes drive).
- Enjoy "pick your own" orchards and berry farms.
- See a livestock auction (including horses) just five minutes from the farm at the Orange County Livestock Auction.
The stables and equine facilities at Wolftrap have become home base for Bonnie Mosser, an international competitor in the equine sport of Three-Day Eventing. Bonnie competes at the highest levels of her sport, and trains both horses and other competitors at Wolftrap, with the assistance of her staff.
Bonnie was attracted to Wolftrap due to its location in Central Virginia's horse country, which is somewhat of a magnet for Three-Day Eventing and other equine sports. The farm's vast acreage and rolling terrain made the farm an excellent location for building the stamina so necessary for horses used in Bonnie's sport. Bonnie conducts clinics and offers individual and group lessons at Wolftrap. Serious students can bring their horses and enjoy the accommodations at the farm while taking daily instruction.
Visit Bonnie's website, www.BonnieMosser.com, to find out more about her latest achievements and activities.
Area Website Links & Activities
- Meadows Farms Golf Course
- Somerset Golf Club
- Ellwood Manor - www.fowb.org
- Montpelier - www.montpelier.org
- Barboursville Ruins - www.barboursvillewine.com
- Shenandoah Valley - www.shenandoahvalleyweb.com
- Luray Caverns - www.luraycaverns.com
- Frontier Culture Museum
- Shenandoah National Park
- Skyline Drive - www.blueridgeskyline.com
- Four County Players at Barboursville - www.fourcp.org
- University of Virginia - www.virginia.edu
- Prism Coffeehouse
- Civil War Museum - www.hgiexchange.org
- Civil War Trails - www.civilwar-va.com/about/maps/1864map.pdf
- Orange County Dept. of Tourism & Visitors Bureau - www.virginia.org/Listings
- Virginia's Scenic Byways - www.vdot.virginia.gov/programs/faq-byways.asp
- Chancellorsville Battlefield
- Fredericksburg Battlefield
- Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield - www.fredericksburgvirginia.net/spotsylvania_battlefield.asp
- Wilderness Battlefield
- Wilderness Battlefield at Fredericksburg -
- Fredericksburg Area Tourism
- Children must be supervised.
- Hazards include hot tub, ponds, large animals including horses, cattle, and a donkey, farm equipment, the usual snakes, wasps, hornets, and other dangers of rural life.
Weddings & Events
Simple, beautiful, private and affordable - Wolf Trap Farm offers a stunning site for outdoor weddings, with accommodations for up to 25 guests in the Manor House, Pond House and Servants' Cottage.
The most popular ceremony site for weddings is pictured above. The wedding guests face the tree-covered first range of the Southwest Mountains, where the gentle slope forms a natural amphitheater. There is also a Pond-Side site that has special charm for nature lovers. Since the wedding party, family and closest friends may stay on-site in the Manor House, Pond House and Servants' Cottage, many couples have been prompted to organize their rehearsal dinners on the farm as barbecues or cook-outs. The ponds full of bass and bream, the rope swings, the horseshoe pits, the miles of woodland trails and the pastures adorned with beautiful horses assure that every generation from the children to the grandparents will be charmed.
For remaining dates in 2013, the farm is available for weddings by booking all three houses for at least two nights ($1,000/night), plus an additional $10/guest for the wedding and/or reception. Rates for 2014 available upon inquiry.
The farm is also a great place to hold other celebrations, such as wedding anniversary parties, college reunions, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and so forth. There is no extra charge to have a dozen or so additional friends over for a cook-out at the farm, or just to hang out, fish and enjoy the scenery.
For more information please visit our website.
How To Find Us
(For larger trailers and vans see instructions below for Back Entrance)
Take Exit 136 (Zions Crossroads/Orange). Proceed north on Highway 15 through Gordonsville toward Orange. About 3 1/2 miles from Gordonsville, turn right on #706. Proceed 1/4mile to railroad crossing (check for trains). When you cross the tracks, you are on the farm.
From Washington, D.C. and environs:
Take your favorite route to get to Orange, either through Fredericksburg (I-95 to route 3 to route 20) or through Culpepper (I-66 to route 29 to route 15). Take Highway 15 south from Orange. Proceed about 5 miles towards Gordonsville. Turn left on #706. Proceed 1/4 mile to railroad crossing (check for trains). When you cross the tracks, you are on the farm.
From Charlottesville/Highway 29 Corridor:
At Ruckersville, take Highway 33 south to Gordonsville. Turn onto Highway 15 north toward Orange. Proceed 3 1/2 miles and turn right on #706. Proceed 1/4 mile to railroad crossing (check for trains). When you cross the tracks, you are on the farm.
Back Entrance (recommended for larger trailers and vans):
The front entrance (#706) is steep and curving. If you have a longer trailer or heavy load, use our Back Entrance on Cox Mill Road (#643), which is flat. Get to Cox Mill Road using #690 (Black Level Road), which turns off of Highway 15 two miles closer to Gordonsville. Proceed on #690 one mile to #643, Cox Mill Road. Turn left and proceed 2 miles to Wolf Trap Drive, which is the Back Entrance.