Hot Springs, Virginia

Herdsman Cottage

Elegant, historic cottage located just across from the Old Dairy Complex

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 primary bedroom includes a fireplace (non-functioning) 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. **Please be advised that Old Dairy access is limited due to COVID-19, and will not be available if there is an event.** 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 non-refundable pet fee for 1 dog and $50 for a second.

Please note that guests must be 21 years of age to rent this property.


43 Reviews
4.95 out of 543 Reviews
The house was perfect! Everything was thoughtful, comfortable, and clean. The kitchen was well appointed. My kids were ready to move in!
RosemarySeptember 2023
Great stat as always!!!
Airbnb guestJuly 2023
The cottage was clean and the amenities associated with our stay made it even better. As always, Stacy should be rated a 12 on her hospitality.
DANIELJuly 2023
CarrieJune 2023
Stacy your manager is truly awesome
JonathanApril 2023
Love staying here every-time! Stacy you are the best!
Airbnb guestApril 2023
MaryMarch 2023
The cottage was lovely, felt like home. We had a wonderful time.
RichardMarch 2023
NR is helpful
MaryFebruary 2023
Beautiful house and very comfortable!
SarahDecember 2022
Natural Retreats was both very accommodating for our stay at the Herdsman Cottage and use of the Old Dairy Farm. We will definitely be back!
JakeNovember 2022
The Herdsman cottage was clean and well appointed. Access to The pool, fitness room and hot tub across the street was very nice. The Market across the street was very welcome and convenient. We enjoyed our stay very much, as did our dog.
JenniferSeptember 2022
Customer service was outstanding. We were checked from time to time to insure we had everything we needed. If we had a question, someone was readily available. The accommodations were great. The cottage was clean and roomy. The setting was wonderful. That is if you love the mountains.
DANIELJuly 2022
Wish check in were earlier and check out less hectic felt a lot of pressure to get out It was a lovely property
BruceApril 2022
the house was so welcoming when we walked in, I love the area and The Herdsman is my favorite property.
DenzelFebruary 2022
Staff responded promptly to any of our needs!
LeithJanuary 2022
This was a beautiful and easy vacation spot! Very clean and well furnished, with easy check in.
Airbnb guestDecember 2021
Very comfortable and obviously well maintained, very easy and professional processes and communication
NathanDecember 2021
Beautiful cottage- well equipped in every way. Just a lovely spot to relax. Loved everything about it!
Airbnb guestNovember 2021
From the staff to the amenities to the warm welcome ( lights on, music, spotless and we’ll appointed...everything was perfect! Thank you Stacy and rest of the staff!!
AlOctober 2021
everything was in tip top shape and the home was very clean
MattAugust 2021
The herdsman cottage is everything advertised and more. The kitchen is a dream fir a rented holiday house. Beds are very comfortable and the living areas are well appointed. If you have ever arrived at a VRBO house and found the pictures are better than the reality this is the exact opposite. Four of us had a wonderful stay and will stay again. There are so many activities in the area. Stacy will help to guide you in the right direction. The pool is a short walk from the house and is delightful.
ColinJune 2021
4 days and 4 nights of beautiful country sunshine, warm days and cool nights, peaceful and quiet vistas. Humans (2 couples) and dogs alike had a wonderful time with hilly climbs for exercise as well as easy strolls, great golfing at the Homestead resort, and delightful culinary surprises at area restaurants. This was our first opportunity to travel outside of the Washington, DC area since COVID. The Herdsman Cottage was clean, beautifully maintained, and had everything we could possibly need. Five stars -- we'll hope to come back again!
Barry and LindaJune 2021
Charming, well-appointed and clean cottage! Friendly and accommodating staff at NR!
AnneMarch 2021
Lovely accommodations’
anneJanuary 2021
Lovely cottage which was well appointed with everything we needed for Thanksgiving weekend. Setting is beautiful. Location is convenient to many things nearby. Service was helpful and responsive. Cleaning was immaculate. Couldn’t ask for better.
TeresaDecember 2020
Impeccable property. Restful destination. Really enjoyed the stay.
PhillipNovember 2020
Everything was awesome! I meant to hit 10. My only suggestion would be to let people know that the Old Dairy and Spa are closed due to COVID when making their reservation.
MarloOctober 2020
Home was lovely, and we loved the pool! Very relaxing getaway.
JessJuly 2020
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!
TammyFebruary 2020

Herdsman Cottage

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.
BonnieAugust 2019

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.
joan828March 2019

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

Lovely cottage

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.
nedwardsJuly 2018

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!
jeeul13January 2018

Welcome home!

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.
CandKDecember 2017

Beautiful Views

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.
TaraJuly 2017

Cozy Cottage!

Another enjoyable Thanksgiving stay in Bath County!
lauraGNovember 2016

reunion weekend

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.
BartGOctober 2016

Great Amenities

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

Beautiful area!

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.
esack1September 2016
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