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The Virginia Country Cottage at the Black Twig Garden- 30 Acres, 1 mile from I81

Mountain accommodation with fireplace, near Jefferson National Forest

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Troutville, VA, United States of America
  • Sybille and Mark are exceptional hosts. The cottage was absolutely charming, comfortable…

    Jul 11, 2021

  • Sybille and Mark quickly and graciously attended to our every need. Our family of four…

    Dec 25, 2020

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Parking available
  • Bathtub
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Dining area
  • Hair dryer

What’s around

  • Jefferson National Forest - 18 min walk
  • The Flying Mouse Brewery - 18 min walk
  • Hollins University - 5.6 mi / 9.1 km
  • Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
  • Botetourt Sports Complex - 4.5 mi / 7.2 km
  • Eleanor D. Wilson Museum - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

2 Twin Beds

Bedroom 2

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 3

1 King Bed

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About this cottage

Our housekeeping activities entail an enhanced disinfection cleaning protocol due to COVID-19. The Virginia County Cottage at the Black Twig Garden is adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and Route #76 Biking Trail. Located in the East Coast Mountain Biking Capital Corridor of the Blue Ridge Mountains it is nestled on a 30 acre farm with access from the Town of Troutville, a designated Appalachian Trail Community. Easily accessible via I81, one mile from Exit 150B close to shopping and restaurants.
This 1940 farm house has been fully restored with all modern conveniences and outfitted with fine furniture. The Appalachian Trail is just a short walk from the cottage where a spectacular high meadow awaits with panoramic mountain views. The farm is enclosed by actively managed forestry sporting much wildlife including hives of honeybees. The orchard entails many heritage apple and pear trees. The Black Twig Garden is a ¼ acre enclosed organic working square foot garden for growing a variety of vegetables, berries, flowers, and home to our pet farm chickens.

Local activities include hiking, biking, birding, fabulous dining, wineries, craft breweries, Greenfield Sports Center, Attic Productions, and historical sites within short driving distances. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the James River and boating on Claytor Lake are the preferred watersports. Hollins University, Roanoke College, Virginia Tech, and Radford University are easily reached via I81.

The Cottage has one formal Monticello inspired Chippendale porch and one casual porch outfitted with a gas grill. Campfire opportunities can be made available on top of the orchard overlooking the property. The first floor entails the Queen Size Bedroom with double sized closets, Full Bath with walk in shower, Dining Room, Kitchen with Nook, Living Room, Laundry room, and Den with game table/writing desk. The upstairs has a large King Size Bedroom with a walk in closet, a Twin Sized Bedroom with two beds, and another Full Bath with a skylight. Bedrooms are dressed with fine linens and resemble more traditional bed and breakfast venues.

What’s around


  • Jefferson National Forest - 18 min walk
  • The Flying Mouse Brewery - 18 min walk
  • Hollins University - 5.6 mi / 9.1 km
  • Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
  • Botetourt Sports Complex - 4.5 mi / 7.2 km
  • Eleanor D. Wilson Museum - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Read Mountain Preserve - 6.2 mi / 10.1 km
  • Carvins Cove - 6.3 mi / 10.1 km
  • Splash Valley at Green Ridge Recreation Center - 8.6 mi / 13.9 km
  • Old Monterey Golf Club - 8.7 mi / 14 km
  • Valley View Mall - 9.4 mi / 15.2 km

Getting around

  • Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) - 13 min drive
  • Roanoke Station - 18 min drive
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Troutville, VA, United States of America

The manager

Sybille Nelson

Speaks: English, German

The cottage

Key facts

  • Cottage (1400 sq ft)
  • Onsite parking
  • WiFi
  • Car recommended
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing machine
  • Pets allowed


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bedroom one - 2 twin/single beds
  • Bedroom two - 1 queen bed
  • Bedroom three -1 king bed
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Full bathroom one - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom two - 1 shower/tub combination and 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper


  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Separate dining area
  • Dining table

Entertainment and recreation

  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Arcade/game room
  • Books
  • Games
  • Children's books
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Powerboating nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Water tubing nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby


  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Outdoor furniture

Other amenities

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Fireplace

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 6
  • Minimum check-in age: 21

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 4:00 PM
  • Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others

  • Pets allowed
  • Restrictions apply*


  • This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business.

    For details on pet restrictions, contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

    Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

    This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).

Also known as

  • Virginia Country Cottage Black Twig Garden 30 Acres 1 Mile I81
  • Virginia Country Black Twig Garden 30 Acres 1 Mile I81
  • Virginia Country Cottage Black Twig Garden 30 Acres 1 Mile I81
  • Virginia Country Cottage Black Twig Garden 30 Acres 1 Mile I81
  • Virginia Country Black Twig Garden 30 Acres 1 Mile I81


  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, pets are welcome.
  • You can check in starting at 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Pancho Mexican Restaurant (2 mi), Bellacino's (2.1 mi), and Tizzone (2.4 mi).
  • Have fun with activities like cycling, fishing, and hiking, and practice your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation nearby includes wildlife walks, basketball, and birdwatching. Enjoy amenities like an arcade and a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfect family getaway

    The property and our experience with hosts Sybille and Mark fully lived up to all of the other wonderful reviews. We (a couple with two teenagers, two dogs, and a 90+ yo grandma) were looking for a scenic and safe place to spend a couple of days. We especially enjoy hiking, birding, and star-watching, and were not disappointed - we could do all of that without having to drive anywhere! While it turned out that Grandma was not able to join us, the house was very well suited for someone who might have difficulties navigating stairs or maneuvering around - the first floor bedroom and bathroom and easy access to both porches were perfect in that regard. Plus, the numerous COVID precautions taken at this property made us feel very comfortable. Everything was just so nice - thoughtful and informative communications from the hosts, lovely linens, super-clean newly updated bathrooms, perfectly outfitted kitchen (the first we have stayed at that actually had a working wine opener!) and special treats (delicious bagels! fresh eggs! and supply of excellent quality coffee!) made it a wonderful stay. Our two days went by much too quickly. We would love to come back. Thank you, Sybille and Mark!

    Laura S., 2 night trip, Nov 7, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    This cottage will spoil you

    My wife and I have stayed at quite a few rental houses over the years. This cottage was one of the best, if not the best, we have visited. Sybille and Mark have gone above the normal regarding all the small details that soon add up (fresh eggs in the refrig, fresh bagels and cream cheese, assorted chocolates around the house, various entertainment options, well stocked kitchen, fire pit,and it goes on). Being that we stayed on Christmas, having a lit and decorated Christmas tree was even more special. If you are tired of staying at hotels, you should treat yourself to this place as you won't regret it.

    Fred R., 3 night trip, Dec 23, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful, comfortable, mountain farm home

    This home, surrounded by nature, created a happy atmosphere for our long weekend stay. We appreciated the porches where we could bird watch even when it rained one morning. All around the property were neat surprises and the Black Twig garden was especially impressive to me as I also grow an organic garden. The house was very cozy and comfortable. Sybille and Mark were wonderful hosts. The surprise treats were a big hit and we enjoyed the provided board games too. It was fun to explore the area and do some hiking and biking in this beautiful part of Virginia.

    Linda A., 3 night trip, Oct 18, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great find!

    You will not be disappointed with this property! So well appointed and just perfect! Sybille and Mark haven’t forgotten a thing! They are just delightful hosts! We enjoyed a girlfriend getaway, but I would return with my husband, or just alone for some quiet time.

    Gina H., 4 night trip, Oct 2, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very nice property!

    The location and property was as advertised. Clean and comfortable the owners are on the property and we’re available if needed but very respectful of our privacy. Would recommend and stay again when in the area.

    Steve L., 6 night trip, Sep 4, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    wonderful mini-vacation

    The Twig was very clean and the owner thought of everything. We are planning to come back next summer and stay longer to enjoy the gardens and the local hiking.

    Lynn M., 2 night trip, May 19, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    one of our favorites!

    very clean and comfortable, hosts are very thoughtful and accommodating!

    Maureen A., 2 night trip, May 16, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Awesome cottage

    We have been using VBRO for over 10 years and this is one of our favorites. The cottage was very clean and well stocked with everything you would need. The bed was very comfortable and Sybille and Mark were very gracious hosts and were very welcoming. There are many great hikes in the area including the Appalachian Trail next to the property. We highly recommend renting this property you will not be disappointed.

    Virgil W., 8 night trip, Apr 26, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Relaxing race weekend

    Our family (3 couples) was in town for the footlevelers half marathon. We had a wonderful visit at this cozy, private and exceptionally well equipped home. Our hosts were very gracious and made sure we had what we needed but also made sure we had our privacy. We rent often and have never stayed anywhere that had as many amenities. The owners truly anticipated every need. We would absolutely stay here again.

    Doug S., 2 night trip, Apr 12, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Cozy, beautiful farm house with gorgeous nature all around😎

    We truly did not want to leave this beautiful farm house! Loved the birds and all the great hiking spots!! Thanks for making us feel so welcomed and at home! We sure hope to return some day for more hiking and a kayak trip down the James River!!!

    gary c., 6 night trip, Mar 31, 2019

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