Farm Stays


Highland County is Virginia’s most rural county and farms, particularly cattle and sheep farms, dominate the landscape. A number of these farms provide visitors with the opportunity to experience the environment of a working farm. Whether your desire is to wander at will while observing farm life or to get some hands-on experience at a particular farm activity, these listed farms can accommodate your wishes.


::: Berriedale Farms
Berriedale Farms is located in the Cowpasture River Valley of Virginia and among the the Appalachian Mountains. Our small family farm, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, is committed to the progressive conservation of land, water and heritage livestock. Berriedale Farms raises Red Poll cattle – recognized by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as a threatened heritage breed. We work the farm and in the winter, feed the cows hay with a rare breed of Suffolk draft horse. Our farm endeavors to raise the healthiest and the most flavorful grass-fed and grass-finished beef east of the Mississippi River. Escape from the bright lights and the maddening crowds to a Cabin on the Cowpasture River!!!

Hosts: Lizzie Biggs & Nelson Hoy • 10245 Cowpasture River Road • Williamsville, Virginia 24487 • (540) 925-2308 Voice Land-line • Email & Web site

::: Chestnut Cottage
Chestnut Cottage is located on a 130-acre livestock farm, high in the Appalachian Mountains near Blue Grass, Virginia. The cottage provides guests with a private, peaceful, romantic retreat. Well appointed, the cottage offers one bedroom (queen bed), full bath, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen, and living room with fold-out twin bed.

Host: Caroline Coe • Bluegrass VA 24413 • (804) 276-1397 • E-mail &Web site

::: The Farm House
Enjoy the beauty of the mountains in this charming restored farmhouse situated on a 250 acre working farm near Monterey. Retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys. Lend a hand with farm chores such as gathering eggs and feeding lambs. Hike through the mountain pastures or enjoy the stars while you gather around a campfire. The Farm House offers 5 bedrooms, a complete eat-in kitchen, dining room, comfortable living room and sun porch.

Hosts: Marty and Rodney Leech • 6467 Mill Gap Road • Monterey VA 24465 • (540) 499-2618 • E-mail & Web site

::: Rainbow Springs Retreat at Riven Rock Farm
Rainbow Springs Retreat

Riven Rock Farm is located in beautiful Highland County, Virginia.  We strive to offer a place where the wild meets agriculture, a place where healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are priorities over monocultures and dollars.

This 62 acre addition to our farm, has 6 ponds and over 1/2 mile of trout stream for fishing.  Walking paths around the property provide you with an opportunity to visit the beaver lodge, and stroll through hay meadows and wildflower fields.  The groves of sugar maples and spruce trees make homes for a variety of birds.

890 Halterman Hollow Lane • Monterey, VA 24465 • 540-474-3022 • Email • Website