La Bella Terra has exciting news ! First, we are going SOLAR ! By the time you visit next, 50% of the electricity for the farmhouse will be provided by a solar ground mount. Also, 2018 is the 102nd anniversary of our National Parks, in honor of which I will discount ALL YEAR all room reservations by 10%!!! Meanwhile, if you'd like to visit for the remainder of 2018, I will be here and available but for a weekend devoted to yoga retreats (my R&R).
Summer, fall, and winter reservations are WIDE open, so do think about spending time with us in 2018. Please make your reservations well in advance, for La Bella is popular as the most affordable B&B conveniently located to the Shenandoah National Park's most popular hikes, Madison township, Culpepper township, Rappahannock County, and Charlottesville.
To make reservations in advance, please e-mail me at [email protected] or call 540 547 2317/703 975 2687.
Now, here's the skinny in terms of the seasons for the balance of 2018: Spring has been fitful this year, but quite soon our gardens will show themselves. In summer, our high-level location in the foothills on the morning side of the Blue Ridge Mountains turns into a cool, peaceful place of bird song where the smell of fresh mown hay from the fields that surround us pervades. Fall? Well, yes, some say this is the best time. For you cannot imagine the cobalt mountains turning gold and maroon against azure skies and perfect temps for doing just about everything--hiking, biking, paddling local streams, just sitting on the porch.
Always, you can look forward to coming home to La Bella Terra at your own pace, for you will have your own key. And you will be free to tell me what you need and want. Perhaps, in the summer but mostly the fall and winter, for example, you will want a warming fire ready for you in the main living room and to repair to the in-season pool or all-seasons hot tub on the pool deck in cozy robes for awesome night time viewing of the stars and even the Milky Way. Yes, our night skies are clear.
All very sweet and cozy, especially if you are on a romantic getaway with your honey.
For that special time, La Bella Terra now offers a NEW double bed room on the first floor of our farmhouse, called the Double Room. It is actually a suite but not priced as such, for from it, you have direct access to the adjacent fireplace room with its working fireplace, extensive library, and many board games.
On the second floor of our farmhouse, we offer two other guest rooms many, including friend parties and families, have enjoyed: The King Bedroom, with a king bed and two single beds, and the across the hall, the Princess Bedroom, with two single beds.
All La Bella Terra bedrooms look out over the eastern side or "morning side" of the Blue Ridge. A full breakfast is always on the offer, per your specifications, every morning you are here, always based on fresh, local produce and herbs, including, in season, from my own garden. Great coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice or other juices, a variety of teas, and on and on. If you want the full MAN breakfast, no problem. I, your hostess, proprietor Kit Johnston, am your personal chef every morning you are here, and I will get up quite early to make breakfast sandwiches for you if you have an early hike in mind. (The breakfast sandwiches are a HUGE hit.)
I have to tell you bikers a secret: La Bella Terra is quite near the mostly untraveled Hebron Valley Road, with unbelievable vistas of this side of the Blue Ridge. It will take you from here to Madison township or even all the way down to Syria and Graves Mountain Lodge and beyond. Just ask me about that. I'll guide you. If you are a hiker, I'll tell you when and how to access the best trails. If you are kayakers, hey, I am too. I'll guide you to our rivers, and if you need an extra kayak, I have one,
Local vineyards and wining, we've got it in spades: I have devised a route map of three of my favorites, I call it the Foothills Tour, that will take you from DuCard, near here, to Sharp Rock, next, to Quievremont just outside of Sperryville, Rappahannock County. I will have tried to negotiate a small discount for your tastings from each of these. Remind me.
Along the way you will have a good choice of local restaurants to visit, including but not limited to the Madison Inn, the Thornton River Grille, and Tula's.
As pertains to the Fall season, my recommendation, generally, is to reserve for the last two weeks of October. Everyone usually says peak season is earlier, and they are generally wrong, believe me.
This is a very peaceful and quiet location for a getaway, and you will sleep like a baby here, perhaps but for my neighbor's nutty rooster who crows at full moons. La Bella is surrounded by farms, hills, and mountains yet, when you are ready, is remarkably close to all manner of charming "urban" centers, like the tiny, historic township of Madison, and, yes, even trendy Charlottesville. Lots to see and do on and off site. Here, you are also smack dab in the middle of old farms and farming ways of life, six ways to Sunday and Sunday too. Most of my neighbors have been here for five/six generations. And they are wonderful folks.
Yoga: Before I forget, when you stay here, I offer free yoga lessons on the pool deck in the mornings, weather permitting.
Would LOVE to see you. E-mail or call for reservations. Ask about the discounts. When you arrive, be sure to ask about my special stash of maps to help you get around. 50% deposit required on all reservations to hold the reservations. Checks or cash only.
Looking for a memorable all-seasons getaway?
Come to La Bella Terra B&B!
La Bella Terra is a place to rest, relax, and restore. I know this area very well. I'll guide you or just tip you off to the best of what I know. Then you can choose for yourself. I'll feed you well in the morning then the rest of the day, including wine at sunset at one of our many wonderful wineries or dinner at one of our varied and wonderful restaurants, is up to you. Unless you want a professional massage on site. That can be arranged. No problem.
One thing I know for sure, when you climb into bed at the end of a day at La Bella Terra, you will sleep very well. This place is VERY PEACEFUL and QUIET. See you soon.
Reservations and Room Prices:
Please do make reservations for 2018 now for yourself, you and a friend, you and a special friend, or a friend gang, in advance (call now--540 547 2317 /703 975 2687
La Bella can accommodate eight guests in THREE guest bedrooms: The King Bedroom bedroom can accommodate four folks total in one king bed and two singles. Price: $175, not including tax. The Princess Bedroom can accommodate two total in two singles. Price: $95, not including tax. And the new Double Room bedroom can accommodate two total in one double bed. Price: $135, not including tax. Note: A friendly but all male Border Collie lives here, mostly outside. Other friendly dogs welcomed.
Location and History:
We are located between Route 29 S and State Scenic Route 231 S, Slate Mills Road, and West Hoover Road. That's North Madison County and the heart of Piedmont farm country---rolling hills, lots of trees and rivers and fields and cows, and one of the best views if not the best view of the morning side of the Blue Ridge.
The address is 22 Parish Rd., Reva (Madison County), VA 22735. La Bella sits just back from the old crossroads of Rts. 606 (Novum Rd.) and 605 (Novum Church Rd.). Don't worry, directions are easy from either Rt. 29 or Rt. 231.
History? La Bella is an historic (1840) two-over-two farmhouse featuring three guest bedrooms, all with mountain views. Two bathrooms serve guests, one upstairs near the guest bedrooms and one downstairs. The house also features two living rooms, one with a working fireplace, a large dining area, a comfortable and sunny South porch overlooking gardens first planted in 1840, and a large and comfortable West porch, overlooking the Blue Ridge. All around you is open land, much of it owned and farmed by the same families over many generations.
PLEASE NOTE all you GREEN HEADS OUT THERE: Amtrak now makes it even easier to get here and back home...without a car ! See www.amtrakvirginia.com for schedules (esp. the Northeast Regional) for DAILY trains to and from Washington, D.C. Just let me know your plans, and I'll pick you up and deliver you back to Culpeper for stress-free travel to and from La Bella Terra. Or contact La Bella Terra at 540 547 2317 for more details and assistance. I've taken the NE Regional, and it is lovely. Only 1.5 comfy hrs. each way by train (then 15 quick mins. by my car to and from C'peper and the beautiful land).
Proprietor Kit Johnston is a chef, wine specialist, and former contributing writer (to The Virginia Wine Gazette, among other publications), caterer, and yoga instructor, so let her know about your special desires, including event planning and hosting and yoga instruction on or off site. [email protected] 540 547 2317.
Please e-mail or call for reservations in advance! [email protected] or cell,703 975 2687.