Norfolk, Virginia school principal, Jack Thomas, purchased the Carr family home and began visiting Annies Cabin in the 1970s. His secretary, Barbara Otto, and her husband and family started joining Jack for his weekend trips to the mountains. When Jack built his mountain chalet in the early 1980s, Barbara and Ray Otto purchased an adjacent piece of property from Jack and built their own chalet. The same builder who built Jacks Place built the home and the two dwellings are similar, however, Barbs House was designed to be a full time home rather than a weekend cottage. It featured an extra bedroom downstairs and the loft was much larger and more spacious. Later, Barb and Ray added another room to the rear of the house making it even larger. Ray and Barb lived there until Rays death in 1997. Barb remained and ran her guesthouse business until the summer of 2000 when she decided to move back to the Tidewater area.
Barbs House offers a living area with a leather couch, two comfortable wing chairs and a side table with reading lamp. A TV with satellite connection and a DVD player are available for your entertainment. This is one of two units with satellite TV. The home is heated with gas heat, and a small air conditioner is provided. The kitchen has a full size refrigerator, an aluminum double sink and a microwave oven. There is also a four-burner stove and oven and plenty of cabinet space. A dining table and chairs are provided. Basic pots, pans and tableware are provided. There are also ceiling fans in the living area and the bedroom to keep the air circulating.
The main downstairs bedroom features a double bed, nightstand and lamp and a chest of drawers. (Bed linens, blankets and pillows are provided.) Between the two bedrooms, there is a bathroom with a tub/shower combination. Guest towels are provided.
The second downstairs bedroom features a queen bed, night stand, lamp, chest of drawers and a wooden rocking chair for reading. There is also a door to the back yard and fire pit from this bedroom.
A third downstairs bedroom has been converted into a game or craft room. There is a small table and chairs and a lamp for reading.
The stairs up to the loft are very steep and are not recommended for older guests or the very young. The loft features a reading area and a third bedroom with two twin beds, night stand and lamp, chest of drawers and a wooden rocking chair for reading. There is a small bathroom with a toilet and small sink in the loft.
The porch offers gorgeous views of the mountains and guests can hear the sound of the Tye River rushing over the rocks down below. There is a set of Adirondack wooden furniture and a porch swing for lazy summer afternoons. A Weber Smokey Joe grill, and cooking utensils are provided for barbecuing. Off the back bedroom of Barbs House is a stone fire pit for building campfires and a wooden picnic table for eating alfresco. (Chopped firewood is available for purchase from the office.) Barbs House is located about 100 yards through the woods from Jacks Place and Annies Cabin. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained with indigenous fruit trees and flowering plants.
For all weekends we do have a two night minimum for each cabin (Thursday and Friday, Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday).
To see our Cabin Availability, please click "Book Now" under any Cabin page. Clicking this will bring you to our calendar (dates in blue are dates that are available... dates in white are already reserved).
Barb's House rents for $179.95 per night, with an additional $23.03 taxes (Nelson County 5% & VA State 7.8%) for a total of $202.98 per night.
There is NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION on the mountain. There are no phones in individual cabins. There is a guest phone available for use located outside the Priest View Internet Lounge, located beneath Tony's Place. Please plan accordingly. Complimentary wifi is available in the internet lounge.
If you are looking for a good size mountain chalet with most of the conveniences of home, Barbs House may be the place for you.$202.98/night BOOK NOW
Includes Virginia State Taxes (7.8%) and Nelson County lodging tax (5%) for a total of 10%. Pets are welcome in Barb's Tony's Jack's and Annie's with an additional $25/night surcharge. Guests are responsible for pet related damage. All deposits are fully-refundable until fourteen days prior to stay, after which, deposits become non-refundable. Minimum stay is two nights, but most weekdays can be booked as single nights. Contact us for details.
Wonderful and amazing memories were made while at Richard's Retreat! The night-time sky was breathtaking... Can't wait to return!Tammy