Elegant, pet friendly lodging in Somerset, Virginia.
Somerset has a far reaching reputation as one of the premier farm and estate areas in Virginia. Important homes like Somerset Plantation, Frascati, Fairview Farm, Rocklands and James Madison’s Montpelier date from the mid nineteenth century when the best land was chosen and improved. The old post office and train station were built where the railroad crossed Blue Ridge Turnpike (Route 231) just after the turn of the 20th century and here was built Maple Crest in 1929, a fine home, beautifully crafted with a solid oak structure and brick exterior.
We are happy to offer Maple Crest with entirely modern systems (all new kitchen and baths), yet still so rich in character with high ceilings, original oak flooring, and solid wood doors, each with original glass doorknobs. The well equipped kitchen now adjoins the dining area with a dining table that seats six comfortably. There is a large living room with a fireplace and a sun room that captures the sunsets in the west and sunrises in the east.
There are three bedrooms upstairs. The largest has a private bath and the other two share the hall bath with a shower and clawfoot tub. Each window has a different view over the adjoining farms to the Southwest mountain range. There is a powder room on the first floor and a good utility basement with a washer and dryer.
Maple Crest is situated on two acres with a lush front yard surrounded by mature boxwoods. The side yard is also surrounded by boxwoods and has an outdoor brick fireplace ideal for outdoor gatherings and cooking over wood. The property is pet friendly with a nicely fenced back yard. The remainder of the property is a one acre fenced pasture with a magnificent walnut tree in the center. We are contemplating offering it as a wedding venue in the future.
While the sights and sounds around Maple Crest are distinctly rural (cows and chickens next door, crickets and tree frogs on summer nights, and an occasional train passing by), the location is very convenient. The charming and historic small towns of Orange and Gordonsville are each just five miles away and Charlottesville – with the University of Virginia – is a beautiful 30 minute drive via Route 20. There are many important historic sites nearby and we are in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail.