Slip back to a simpler time and a slower pace,
where an occasional logging truck is the only traffic and the
sounds of nature
Fully restored and thoughtfully improved upon every year, OLD SPRING FARM BED &
offers country living at it’s
best in Blue Ridge Wine Country fifty miles south of Roanoke, VA.
This area has an indelible past. Alexander Rakes built the 2-story farmhouse in
1883 with money
made from moonshine
(or so the story goes).
In the teens and twenties, it was forgivable and pardonable to make a living
bootlegging when a gallon of
moonshine selling for $5.00
put more food on the table than a bushel of corn selling for 50 cents. The
of making bootleg survives to this day, giving this
area and it’s surrounds the distinction of being called the
of the World”.
A few artifacts of the art remained, when OLD SPRING FARM relocated to Charity,
VA in 1983 in continuance
of breeding a
spotted horse known as an Appaloosa. Descendants of one of the farm’s
stallions, Red Eagle’s
Peacock, who was inducted
into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame in 1996, carry on his bloodline to this day.
A walking tour of the farm at feeding time affords exercise and the opportunity
to view the latest foals and
The joint venture of Bed & Breakfast and working farm began in 1997 and has
quickly become one of Virginia’s
getaways. A hearty breakfast for the gourmand is served on Apple-patterned
vintage family silverware. Expect wholesome meals with a gourmet touch with
vegetables and eggs.
OLD SPRING FARM BED & BREAKFAST is fortunate and appreciative of the prestigious
recognition it has received.
BED & BREAKFAST IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA -City Magazine, Roanoke, Virginia
GOURMET MAGAZINE - August 2003
PATCHWORK PILGRIMAGE - by Barbara Lazear Ascher
“Breakfast at the rustic 1883 house means eggs from Pabst’s chickens, vegetables
from her garden,
jams from her fruit trees,
and spicy chutney (or ‘Mountain Jam,’ as they call it) unlike any I’ve tasted.”
WASHINGTON POST - Sunday, June 29, 2003
ONE OF FARM STAYS IN MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON POST - Wednesday, January 28, 2004
THINK FLOYD - by Julian Smith
“Escapes” - STAYING THERE: OLD SPRING FARM B & B is a working 25 acre farm
about 30 minutes from Floyd,
up and over the Blue Ridge Parkway in Woolwine.
Comfortable rooms in the 1883 farmhouse or outbuildings are $125 - $150 a