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South River Highlands Country Retreat Information


You won't be disappointed choosing to stay here! In addition to the absolutely gorgeous views and magical land are overnight accommodations to suit a variety of travelers. Authentic log cabins from c.1775 to early 1900's have been reconstructed with modern amenities and add-ons i.e. decks, bedrooms, kitchens etc. These cabins and land have privacy and stunning views of 2 mountain ranges on 250 acres of hay fields and forest above the Maury and South Rivers. A/C and heat. Truly magical! In addition there are 2 guest suites within The Heartstone Lodge, a remodeled and re-purposed dairy barn, plus 3 modern comfortable studios adjacent to Lodge that are perfect for individuals attending retreats, couples, groups and family gatherings in addition to weddings and receptions. A beautiful 65 ft grapevine covered pergola with fish pond fountain, meditation garden, fire-pit and lots of nooks with cozy spaces to relax. Each of the cabins have been brought to this land from other places in Virginia and what is now called West Virginia. Loving care was given to each unique cabin as more modern additions were added. Attention was given to adding top quality, very comfortable bedding plus totally outfitting each accommodation with family style bath toiletries, coffee/tea/cocoa, dishes, kitchenware and everything you could need for a several day to one month stay here. This is a nature preserve and a place of restoration, where joy, happiness and appreciation of the natural environment comes naturally and easily. There is no wi-fi though cell phone service is rarely a problem. Each cabin, each studio and the guest rooms in The Lodge are totally unique. Something for everybody. You'll leave here at peace with life and be planning your return.

Antonia Albano, is currently co-owner/co-operator with her husband Barney Brown, of this vacation cabin and event facility on 250 acres in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I It is amazingly beautiful here. She and Barney moved to Virginia after several decades in Sausalito/Sebastopol CA and 6 yrs sailing and living aboard their deep sea sailing vessel. They love water environments, mountains, the natural environment, travel, good restaurants and fun coffee shops. Antonia is totally intrigued with sacred geometry. She designs geometric sculptures and facilitates workshops in sacred geometry throughout the country. Barney is fully immersed in his love of painting and gardening. She and Barney have both had and continue to have a colorful, incredible career and life path. Life is more than good!!


  • Air conditioning
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Pet(s) live on property


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Business Facilities

  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference & events

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Shopping
  • Antiques & fairs
  • Theater
  • Walking
  • Wine tasting
  • Farm life
  • Adventure
  • Arts & crafts
  • Backpacking
  • Concerts, music
  • Family fun
  • Games, chess, cards
  • Group parties
  • History/science museums
  • Leisure park
  • Retreat
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    3:00 PM (Reception open 24 hours)
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    11:00 AM
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    No preference
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
  • Quiet Hours
    Quiet hours between 23:00 and 07:00
Booking Terms and Conditions


A car is recommended when staying at the property
  • Road from Downtown Lexington (4.5 miles)

    From downtown Lexington - 4.5 miles

    From Roanoke - approx. 52 miles

    From Charlottesville - approx. 70 miles

    From Staunton - approx. 35 miles

    From Washington, DC - approx. 190 miles

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