A unique adventure begins at this villa in Hume! The original part of the home, 'Barbee's Tavern,' was built before the Civil War and was used as headquarters for the Union and Confederate armies. Today, it's a vacation rental equipped with modern luxuries like a seasonal saltwater pool. The villa has 6 king beds, 6 full baths, and 2 half baths, and additional sleeping accommodations. Return after a day of exploring Shenandoah National Park and enjoy a glass of local wine on the patio!
WINERIES/VINEYARDS: Winding Road Cellars (1.6 miles), Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (2.1 miles), Desert Rose Ranch & Winery (5.4 miles), Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn (7.7 miles), Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse (8.1 miles)
HISTORICAL SITES & ATTRACTIONS: Barbee's Tavern (on-site), Hume Baptist Church (0.2 miles), Hume Methodist Church (0.2 miles), Leeds Church (1.4 miles), Mosby's Confederacy Tours (5.9 miles)
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Shenandoah National Park (15.4 miles), Luray Caverns (39.1 miles), Grand Caverns (78.0 miles)
AIRPORT: Dulles International Airport (44.6 miles)
We arrived at 5024 Leeds Manor Road Hume, Va with all the excitement built up from over a year of being locked down from a pandemic. When we pulled into the driveway, we were a little taken back by the landscape of the estate. The pictures on the EVOLVE site showed a totally different picture. Very misleading upon entrance.
We start to question the cost of our stay and the lengthy conversations we had with EVOLVE people about the cost. As you read below, I am not sure the cost out ways the benefits? Yes the space was great, the house is beautiful, It is in disrepair and the cost is too high for the problems /misrepresentation it has.
So, we open the house and the cottage by the pool to see what was in store for us. We were very excited to finally be here. We unpack our items and start to relax and figure out how the estate works. To our dismay we start to find many issues start to arise that we were not expecting. We had notes in baskets that state to use the black face towels for make up removal, so not to stain the white towels for bathing. Most baskets with this note did not have the black face cloths to use. Why a note and no towel to use.
I was surprised to see a note on the main stove that the oven is not usable. Really? We used the double wall oven, and the lower oven has a mind of its own. Temperature works when it wants to. Shutting off and on.
Many light switches do not turn on items. There was a garbage disposal in one of the kitchen sinks that did not operate unless you used the plunger to assist the drainage of water.
Many outlets in the main house are not working in the bathrooms. After 2 days we find out it is a tripped circuit breaker. Many hours searching and looking for the cause.
In the 3 ring binders for the main house on how to operate TV’s, the remotes do not actually work for the TV’s. One remote is damaged. Plus, we could not get the Google Home application to work on the TV’s. As stated in the directions.
We found in the Tavern the fireplace which has a gas log, the cord to use was not long enough to reach any outlets in the area so we could use?
The gas log in the meeting room did not work also. So many issues around remote-controlled items that do not work.
A damp kitchen towel was left on the kitchen counter, and it was the attack of the ants. We had to spray and spray to get rid of the ants.
In the bedrooms on the second floor are issues with window shades that do not work.
As for the Cottage by the pool. To use the kitchen sink I had to repair the faucet to my best ability for our use. When trying to operate the faucet would move around on the sink and not turn on. I repaired enough to use for our stay as I was not aware that I needed to be a plumber for this vacation.
We also had to take time out of our vacation for the local communications company to repair the Wi-Fi in the cottage. Not sure why this was not working before our arrival?
There is more detail I am not getting to. Because as you know no one listens to a lengthy crying wolf. This place is in dire need of some TLC. Inside and out.
The area is full of history and beautiful scenery. We very much loved.
The main issue was No Water Pressure for the first day. I had to spend a good part of my vacation day working with the plumber to get some water pressure. By the end of the day, we did get some water pressure, but nothing that would allow for more than one shower going at a time. The water pressure never reached a normal level.
Also, there are many power outlets not working in the house. Especially in the bathrooms.
Lots of privacy if needed and lots of togetherness as well. Enjoyed by all age groups. A place to go and forget all about life worries. Life is good at this property.
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Door was locked upon arrival with no instructions as to how to get in. Unable to reach property manager. Overflowing trash on the side of the house when we arrived leaving an odor outside during our entire stay. Other than that house was roomy and pool was nice
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Originally known as The Inn At Vineyards Crossing, this unique property is an original inn from the late 1700s that has been expanded to include more modern buildings. It was apparently a bed and breakfast until recently.
Aside from its interesting history and unique layout, the property had a few highlights, including several large, well furnished bedrooms with their own bathrooms, a private pool, restaurant-caliber stove and a great location in the heart of Virginia wine country.
Unfortunately it appears to have been neglected since its bed and breakfast days. All of the bathrooms had either non-working outlets or broken fans, if not both. Water damage on ceilings was barely painted over. Cracked counters, sticky cabinets and broken appliances detracted from what was otherwise a very charming kitchen. Lawn maintenance was desperately needed as well, with the pool deck mostly unpassable due to overgrowth and an entire outdoor patio area that was completely inaccessible due to runaway weeds and spiderwebs. Oh, and that thing that looks like a hot tub is not a hot tub, just an extension of the pool that you have to pay (a lot) extra to kind of/sort of heat. Finally, the sitting/gathering areas could use some furniture that makes you want to sit and gather, not grandma's uncomfortable chairs and a weird podium.
We actually enjoyed our stay for the most part, but the run down state of the place was sharply at odds with the luxury price tag we paid. With a little TLC, I'm sure it could be a lovely vacation rental again. In its current state, I'd give it 2.5 stars tops. I wish I could post the photos I took to show the general disrepair.
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