Three Ponds Retreat
Located about three miles outside of Sperryville, Three Ponds Retreat is the outdoor sportsman’s dream. Whether it is eagles and herons fishing in the ponds or deer, bear and other wildlife that wander out of the Shenandoah National Park there is always something new to see. This magical 33.9 acre property features three ponds, two cabins, mature forests as well as a border with the national park. Whether it is the end of a long day of outdoor adventures or a welcome refuge from a week spent in town, Three Ponds Retreat is the perfect place to stop, relax and enjoy nature.
The Thornton River runs along Old Hollow Road directly across from the Three Ponds Retreat. As you turn in, you are greeted by a wide open grassy area that features a trout pond complete with a holding tank, aerator and a fishing pergola. Sitting next to the pond is a small fishing shed. A short path leads you from the trout pond to the sport fishing pond filled with bass. From the two lower ponds, the property gently winds through a mature forest up to the main cabin, the garage and the second home. An old logging road takes you further up the hillside to the woodland pond. Several hundred yards from the National Park Boundary, there is an almost constant flow of wildlife that stop for a drink as they wander down from the mountain to enjoy the lowlands. The remains of the logging road continue further up the hillside to a stately rock formation on a ridge that offers an expansive view across Old Hollow in the winter.
The main house, built in 1993, is a modern cabin with a wide open floor plan, plenty of light and a relaxed inviting feel. A wide front porch that looks out to the forest that surrounds the home is particularly resplendent as fall comes and the leaves turn a brilliant hue. From the front porch, you enter into the great room. This expansive room is warmed by a wood stove that is the focal point of the home. The floors are reclaimed antique heart pine. The great room flows seamlessly into the kitchen and dining areas. The kitchen is quite comfortable with a spacious island and plenty of space for cooking. The large dining area is perfect for large family gatherings. A three season sun room sits off of the kitchen/dining area. This is the perfect room to watch the local fauna while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine in the evening.
A second bedroom with its own sitting room/office sits off of the living room. Originally, the sitting room was designed as a fourth bedroom and it could easily be converted back to its original design. Running the width of the entire home, the master bedroom takes up the entire western side of the home. The downstairs includes a large game room, a third bedroom, as well as plenty of storage.
Next to the main house is an A frame style two car garage with an attached run-in area for storing canoes, bass boats, ATV’s or anything else you would want. The second floor of the garage is a finished shop area that makes an excellent wood shop, but could also be an office or studio.
Hidden by a large bank of trees, the 2 bedroom second home, built in 1980, sits on a small knoll higher up the hillside. This compact home could make an excellent rental or guest overflow.
Three Ponds Retreat is about 3 miles from the village of Sperryville. Recently recognized as the best small town in Virginia, Sperryville is hopping with two breweries, a distillery, yoga studio, fitness center, restaurants and interesting shopping. Rappahannock and surrounding counties offer endless recreational possibilities. Shenandoah National Park and Old Rag Mountain are nearby. The Park is home to scenic Skyline Drive with its overlooks, as well as many miles of trails. There are wineries and breweries, great restaurants and cafes, antique stores, farms and orchards, and much more. Looking for cultural activities? Visit one of the many art galleries, attend a play or a concert at one of the theaters, or visit the Rappahannock Historical Society’s museum.
Near Sperryville and Little Washington, and convenient to Warrenton and Culpeper, this property is ideally situated for full-time residents or weekenders alike. Less than two hours from Washington, DC, and about an hour from Charlottesville, the property is within an easy driving distance for weekend getaways. Three Ponds Retreat offers the perfect end from a long day of outdoor adventure, or a welcome refuge from a week spent in town.