Rural Homestead

Location: Bentonville, VA

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the small village of Browntown, Virginia, this weekend retreat reflects the scale and materials of the surrounding farm structures. Board & batten siding and standing seam metal roofs are part of the vernacular in these parts and right at home on this rural homestead.

The house is sited to maximize views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and Skyline Drive. Designed as a comfortable weekend getaway for two, the four gabled “cabins” that make up this cozy retreat can easily accommodate family and friends. The guest cabin and master bedroom cabin are connected to the “main lodge” by enclosed bridges. This design allows for a unique separation of public and private spaces. The oversized detached garage can accommodate just about any type of vehicle and incorporates a covered walkway to keep you out of the elements. Economical materials such as fir plywood and board & batten siding were used in unusual ways on the interior to create a warm, rustic environment within the limited budget. The exposed rafters, wood floors and stone fireplace contribute to the cabin feel.

Photography: ©Greg Hadley