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Carriage House at Warren Mill ~ Scottsville, VA

We had the absolute privilege of staying in the carriage house, of a real, live gristmill from 1792. Just a few years after the Revolutionary War was fought, The Warren Mill was built and faithfully served its community on Ballenger Creek near the James River for over 100 years. Exquisitely redone and now a beautiful family home, occupied by the Schneider family, the formidable, stone Warren Mill is available for occasional rental.

A mill built in 1792, now functioning as a home! It is times like this, on our Presidential Homes Tour, that my jaw just drops. We visited homes from the Revolutionary War, and now we are staying in one? You can take the girl out of California, but you cannot take California out of the girl – we don’t have homes from the 1790’s that you can stay in!

After a busy day touring Monticello and enjoying Michie’s Tavern and UVA in nearby Charlottesville, VA, we headed out about a half an hour away, through pristine Virginia wilderness in Albemarle County, then driving alongside rolling hills with beautiful horse farms until we got to Warren Mill in Scottsville.

We stayed in the very private Carriage House at Warren Mill, a newer building with plenty of room for a couple or family to spread out. Ideal for family getaways, the Carriage House is fully loaded with everything you need for a delightful stay. You walk in to a large great room, with soaring ceilings and gorgeous countryside views.

Relax in the large, comfy living room, with large sofas and lots of pillows for the kids. Stocked with everything you need for an enjoyable time with family, including bookshelves stocked with carefully chosen living books, childrens books galore, and lots of games for lazy afternoon and evening entertainment. Even had time to browse through some local writers, including Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingslover, who writes in the nearby Appalachian Mountains of Southwest VA.

Gourmet cooks will enjoy the fully equipped kitchen! Bring your own coffee, cappuccino and food, and cook away in the spacious kitchen. If you eat in and only eat a few meals out, it is a wonderful way to deal with food allergies and an inexpensive way to vacation!

The Carriage House is ideal for families of all ages, and will even accommodate young children and toddlers with child safety locks, a high chair, and an upright baby bath! A laundry room balances out the practicality of this wonderful vacation cottage.

We visited in July and enjoyed the quiet lull of the cicadas, along with twinkling fireflies at night. You are way out in the country, so it gets very dark and on a clear night you can see the stars! You can walk the beautiful grounds, and enjoy the horses on property, funny goats, and super friendly dogs. It was like coming home to family!

Two lovely bedrooms round out the Carriage House. The first is a pretty bedroom with two twin beds, fluffy linens, perfect for a children’s room. The master bedroom had a queen size bed with what was the MOST comfortable bed ever I slept like a log and I rarely sleep much away from home. One bathroom rounded out the home.

A feeling of peace flowed through our time at the Carriage House. We went on quiet walks along the grounds, enjoying the animals. Ballenger Creek beckoned and bubbled lazily along. Heading back into the house, there was always with that lovely feeling of being in a tree house, surrounded by enormous branches and happy green leaves.

We awoke to the stunning Virginia countryside, enormous old trees and birds singing. It was a rare moment of perfect solitude, ALL ALONE in the morning. The world had stopped and it was just that moment, in a place that time had forgotten. I walked out on the porch and simply enjoyed the beautiful views, relaxed. It was such an incredibly gift to put aside our pressing schedule and our next stop.

All too soon, it was time to go, and rush back into life. The life of a travel reviewer can be hectic and the time carved out of our trip, spent at our beautiful retreat at Carriage House at Warren Mill was precious.

Close to UVA, University of Virginia, all of the presidential homes and historical delights in Charlottesville: Monticello, and Ash-Lawn and Montpelier in Orange, and within a few hours of Washington DC. As you are exploring history in the area, we highly recommend packing coffee and some fabulous food and enjoying some quality time at the Carriage House at Warren Mill! Tell them the folks at LivingHistorySites.com sent you!

Carriage House at Warren Mill ~ Scottsville, in Albemarle County, VA