Eagle Annie’s Cottage

& The Chicken Coop

Relax in the quaint, historic village of New Hampden, which is situated in the heart of the iconic Blue Grass Valley of Highland County, Virginia. Nearby attractions offer hiking, biking, birding, and other adventure opportunities for solo travel, a couples getaway, or family vacations.

Check out our newest lodging option…

“The Chicken Coop!”

A former barn renovated into a cozy, 800-square-foot space.

We follow COVID-19 Cleaning Procedures and allow at least two days to elapse between guests.

Eagle Annie’s Cottage is not available until further notice.

In the meantime, check out “The Chicken Coop!”

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We’re open year-round including winter, when many birders see Golden Eagles and Rough-legged hawks. However, a large variety of feathered friends are visible year-round. For more info on Virginia bird species, visit the VSO website!

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Quiet Roads & Paths

Highland County is known for its quiet roads, which offer cyclists and motorcyclists many scenic, low-traffic, winding routes. The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge occurs every August and has become a very popular event.

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Artistic Inspiration

Artists and photographers absorb the incredible landscapes and rural scenes, capturing Highland County’s intense beauty. Perfect for a solo retreat or a small group getaway. Don’t miss our annual Artists’ Weekend or simply indulge in your own solo retreat!

Sites in

the Sky

Patti Reum, owner of Eagle Annie’s Cottage, is an avid birder, who can direct you to all the great birding hotspots in the county. The Blue Grass Valley, where our cottage is located, is on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Patti “Eagle Annie” Reum

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I moved to Highland County in 2001. As a teacher and biologist, I have been involved in many interesting projects – bird surveys, field trips, and a nesting box project for the American Kestrel. I am also a professional musician and play in a contra dance band.

I enjoy meeting new friends and offer oodles of information on things to do and places to go in the area, so if you would like any recommendations, just ask!

Hospitality & Friendliness

Thank you for making our first Highland County Maple Syrup Festival a true delight! Your cottage is a pleasant, comfortable place to stay, but your generous hospitality and friendliness enhanced the experience. We look forward to returning.

The Ray Family

Hope-Renewing & Memorable

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having us here. This is our first trip as a family, and your warmth and hospitality have made it truly memorable. Every nook and cranny of this charming cottage bears testament to your thoughtful nature and loving spirit. In a world where intolerance and hatred threaten to undo the fabric of our society, your lock-less cottage renews our hope and minds and the gold finches add the final flourish. We leave tomorrow with heavy hearts hoping to return.

A Restorative Retreat

What a wonderfully restorative, relaxing week. I loved walking up Laurel Fork Road, buying local meat, organic milk, eggs and cheese, Allegheny trout, listening to the river and watching the light play off the stones, sighting my first kestrel and grouse, gazing out at the mountain from the dining room table and going to sleep on a heated mattress. Patti, you’ve created quite a home! Found this place when I needed it the most!

A Writer on Retreat from Washinton D.C.

Lots of Great Things To Do

We got in lots of great Highland County experiences: Farmers Market, cider at Big Fish Cider Company, playing in the river, visiting the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and still had plenty of time to sit quietly and relax.

Couple from California

Maple Season Family Getaway

We had a great stay in Highland for a COVID-safe Maple Festival of our own. Our kids enjoyed exploring the house as much as the countryside. As our daughter said, it was so much fun that I am going to tell all my friends.

Family from Charlottesville


Please use these directions as GPS is not dependable. 

FROM Monterey: Head north on Rt. 220. At Forks of Water (Ginseng Mt. Store), take a left onto Rt. 642. Continue on this road until you reach Blue Grass (3-way stop sign). At this point, the route number changes to Rt. 640 (Blue Grass Valley Rd.) Continue straight (you are heading southwest) for about 1 mile until you reach the village of New Hampden (there is no sign for this). You will see an Episcopal Church on the right. Immediately across the street is Eagle Annie’s Cottage.

It is a good idea to bring a Virginia map with you.