Blueberry Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast

956 Spottswood Road, Steeles Tavern, Virginia 24476
Innkeeper(s): Franklin & Jean Debrot
 
  • Introduction

    Blueberry Hill Farm in VirginiaBlueberry Hill Farm in Virginia’s historic Shenandoah Valley is midway between Lexington and Staunton. It is located in beautiful countryside yet convenient to Interstate 81 and easily found, andonly a 15 minute drive from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Described as “informal yet elegant” by a recent guest, the suite is in the upper part of our large home with a separate entrance via the upstairs porch, which is for your private use. The air-conditioned bedroom has an antique queen bed and a daybed.  There is a fully equipped kitchen with coffee, tea and basic staples provided, and for those who wish the convenience, we offer a breakfast basket for an additional fee with a generous selection of items for breakfast on your own schedule: homebaked muffins, farm fresh eggs, a loaf of my freshly baked artisan bread, homemade granola, fruit of the season, and other standard breakfast items (milk, juice, yogurt, butter). From the year-round sun room you have a wonderful tree-top view of the farm, gardens, pond, wildlife habitat and distant mountains.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Franklin & Jean Debrot for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay for a weekend get-away in the country where they can enjoy the beauty, history and cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The wonderful tree top view from the sunroom of the farm, gardens, pond, distant mountains and possibly a glimpse of thewildlife. Peacefulness and serenity punctuated by birdsong and church bells.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The #1 reason to visit is to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley by hiking, biking or driving.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    “Blueberry Hill Farm is MAGICAL! So serene and naturally beautiful.” (from our guest book)
    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    In the summer it is cooler here at our farm than in most of the rest of the Shenandoah Valley because of the higher elevation and the Shenandoah Valley is cooler than many areas in states to the north.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Outdoor Activities:
    • On the farm: row boating, fishing, bird watching, berry picking and hiking
    • Nearby: Hiking in the St Mary’s Wilderness Area, to Humpback Rocks, or Crabtree Falls
    • Biking along country roads where bike tours are often routed
    • Swimming in Sherando Lake at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains
    Other day-time activities:
    • Scenic drives: along the Blue Ridge Parkway; through Goshen Pass; to picturesque villages and farms along country roads
    • Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of historic Lexington
    • Attend events at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington
    • Visit the Museum of Frontier Culture in Staunton
    • Visit neighboring Rockbridge Vineyard and nearby Cyrus McCormick Farm and Museum where he invented the reaper
    • Go antiquing
    • Visit caverns
    • Tour Polyface Farm, Joel Salatin's nationally known sustainable farm
    Night-life:
    • Take in a play at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Theater in Staunton
    • Attend musical or dramatic productions at Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, or the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington
    • Friday nights dance at Clark’s Ole Time Music Center
    • Go to one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The entire 88 acre farm with woods, open fields, wildlife habitat, stream, and 2 ponds is within walking distance. The larger pond is stocked with large-mouth bass and catfish for fishing and you may use the rowboat. Up the road a couple of hundred yards is the historic Old Stone Church (Presbyterian, c. 1793) with its walled cemetery containing graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Nearby: Edelweiss German Restaurant. There are many fine restaurants in Staunton and Lexington.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
    Our website, www.blueberryhillfarmva.com, lists activities and points of interest. In the suite we have a large collection of brochures, maps and information about area attractions.
    How many rooms does your inn have?

    One, which is actually a suite with a bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, sunroom/sitting room, porch and private entrance.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept only service dogs.

     

  • Activities and Attractions

    There is so much to do in this area! In Lexington take a horse drawn carriage tour of the historic town, or attend events at the Virginia Horse Center. In Staunton take in a play at the  American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Theater, or visit the Frontier Culture Museum. Nearby, go for a tour and tasting at Rockbridge Vineyard, hike mountain trails, or bike along picturesque country roads. On the farm enjoy row boating or fishing on our pond which is stocked with largemouth bass and catfish.  Or you may prefer just relaxing on the porch taking in the beauty of the countryside and maybe catching a glimpse of the wildlife.

  • Directions

    We are located midway between Staunton and Lexington about 2 miles from the Raphine exit off Interstate 81.

    1. Get off I 81 at exit 205 and go west on Route 606 a very short distance
    2. Just past the southbound exit ramp take a sharp right onto Route 917 (Old B & O Rd) and go north about 2 miles
    3. Turn left onto Route 620 (Spottswood Rd)
    4. Go 1/3 mile
    5. #956 is a large brick house on the left

    GPS systems, Mapquest and Google Maps do not always give accurate directions in this rural area. The above directions are the best to follow.

    Pull in the driveway in front of the house and come to the front door.