Due to COVID-19, communal area amenities shared with other groups of guests (ie: pools, spas, club access etc) are likely limited or unavailable until further notice. Reach us at 877.805.7794 to discuss the impact on your stay dates.
The historic renovation effort, completed in 2006, has created an easy and comfortable home away from home in the Herdsman Cottage. Sleeping six, this beautifully remodeled cottage has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half-bath, and accommodates guests with one king-sized bed, and two full beds. The master bedroom includes a fireplace and an en suite bathroom. There are flat screen TVs in the living room and both bedrooms upstairs.
The cozy living room is complete with a fireplace, and the kitchen is fully-stocked to help make meal prep a breeze. Dine together at the six-person table and recount the day’s events. Relax on the back deck in one of the lounge chairs and admire the view of the rolling mountains. Guests have access to the Old Dairy Community Center located across the street which includes a seasonal outdoor pool, large indoor hot tub, and fitness room. Herdsman Cottage is conveniently located in close proximity to the area attractions, including the Milk House Market, the Jefferson Pools, and only a 10 minute drive to the Homestead Resort.
For your convenience, the cottage includes a washer and dryer and free Wi-Fi. We encourage you to bring your four-legged friend, as dogs are accommodated for an additional $100 fee. Please note that guests must be 21 years of age to rent this property.
Our cottage was so lovely and comfortable for our family! The setting, in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, was simply beautiful. So glad we found this quaint place to spend a weekend!
We visited in late July/early August, 2019. This beautifully renovated cottage was very comfortable and met all of our needs. We had a wonderful relaxing vacation with family and plan to return again. Bath County is a peaceful and beautiful part of the world.
A spectacular retreat!
We stayed at the Herdsman Cottage in February. It's the second year in a row that we stayed at this property and are so happy that we discovered this gem of a getaway. The cottage is spacious and comfortable. We were accompanied by two other couples and our two dogs and we had plenty of room. The cottage boasts all modern conveniences, wonderful furnishings and a nicely appointed kitchen for meals in, if you so choose. We encountered snow during both of our stays, and truly enjoyed utilizing the fireplace, as we visited and enjoyed snacks and cocktails in the main living area. The cottage is set on a beautiful piece of land, with beautiful, serene views. The trailhead of a great hiking trail is also accessible a short distance from the cottage. Additionally, there is availability to a sauna, hot soaking pool with jets, clubhouse/game room and outdoor pool, for use in the warmer months - all within walking distance. There are several, wonderful local restaurants within a short driving distance and a great market just steps away that serves fantastic, gourmet sandwiches.
I highly recommend this property if you're looking for a relaxing family getaway or to reconnect with friends. It's just the place to refresh and recharge.
My Stay at the Herdsman
I enjoyed a very peaceful and relaxing long weekend at the Herdsman Cottage. The home is well maintained and all the expected amenities are provided. It’s charm comes from it’s long history and close proximity to the Dairy Barn Spa. The spa has a hot tub and sauna available for use. There is also a clubhouse with a game room that includes a pool and foosball table. I especially enjoyed the real wood burning fireplace on the cold nights. I highly recommend the Herdsman Cottage.
Rob LJanuary 2019
Always a perfect stay!
This is about our 6th stay at the Herdsman House. It is like home to us and so we decided to stay for a month in August to escape the Richmond, Va heat. It is well appointed and always very clean thanks to Pam and Stacy! With saying that...Stacy, the Natural Retreats manager for the area is the best! She is always ready to help with any of your needs! She creates the perfect stay for us!
Diana Calvo is great about taking care of our reservations and we can just go there seamlessly and not worry about a thing!
Cindy HSeptember 2018
We visited this cottage in late July. Everything was great. The spa, gym, and pool were located across the driveway - so convenient and nice. We would book it again. Would be ideal to book both cottages for a group. Booking was quick and easy. The concierge on site was extremely helpful and responsive.
Cozy, welcoming cottage
A group of 3 couples and one furry four-legged family member inhabited this cottage for a get-away weekend. It was fabulous! It was well-appointed to make our weekend a true home-away-from-home experience. The bedrooms rooms are comfortable, living area cozy and porch areas great for outdoor relaxation. We prepared breakfasts in the well equipped kitchen and even had a local personal chef prepare a gourmet meal one evening. The dining area seats 6 comfortably which suited us for meals and game playing. The house is truly one of the best appointed rental places I have visited knowing that everything I brought was already available in the home (door hooks for towels, tissue boxes throughout the house, first aid kit and scissors, just to name a few items). The one negative item I'll note that could have used some attention were the dead flies. It was winter when we visited, but there were dead flies on windowsills, folded towels in the bathroom and floors. A quick cleanup of these before we arrived would have been appreciated. Overall, the house was one we all would love to downsize into in addition to visiting again! The included amenities of the community room with access to a well equipped gym, steamroom and game room provided great activity options. The Herdsman run by Natural Retreats is highly recommended!!
The LeasFebruary 2018
Absolutely Fabulous Cottage
The Herdsman Cottage was absolutely fabulous. The house was lit up for our arrival. Warm and cozy. The kitchen was fabulous with every kitchen gadget I could need (including a garlic press!). The living room fireplace was perfect for the 4degree temperature we had. Wonderfully insulated. The bathtub in the master en suite was used each day. All the bedrooms were perfect, beds soft and comfortable. Plenty of clean fresh towels and linens. The use of the game room, Jacuzzi and sauna rounded out the experience. We also enjoyed the deli right across the street. We had wonderful sandwiches, something for everyones likes. We will definitely return!
This is our 5th visit to the Herdsman Cottage. We are never disappointed! They truly pay attention to details and it is always perfectly clean! It is our favorite "go to" for relaxation.
My husband, daughter & I stayed in the Herdsman for a weekend in July. It's a lovely cottage set in beautiful countryside. The house itself has a large garden which is perfect for children to play ball games etc (also ideal for dogs - our puppy loved racing round the whole house). There's a very convenient little shop across from the house, which sells alcohol as well as yummy sandwiches. It was very hot when we were there, so we made good use of the swimming pool (2minutes walk from the house). We also liked the games complex (pool table, board games, large TVs etc), which was very useful when it rained. We would definitely stay there again.
Another enjoyable Thanksgiving stay in Bath County!
A long weekend of college friends and wives. Took both cottages (Herdsman and Bull). Great setup. Both cottages had all the amenities. Also great that we could bring our dog who loved the space and hiking through the woods. We played golf at the Homestead and eat out at some local restaurnats. All in all a great spot for this typr of gathering.
My husband and I visited Warm Springs for Labor Day weekend and really enjoyed the dining options and hiking trails in the area. While the Herdsman cottage needs a few upgrades it was very comfortable and met our needs. It was clean, comfortable and in a convenient location for exploring Bath County.
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I visited this home for a relaxing weekend. The pool was fantastic, and we spent one day paddling Lake Moomaw. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Venture OutSeptember 2016