Meet Your Hosts

Nancy & Robin Vance live on Davis Run Road, just a mile or two from both The Guest House. They share their home with four dogs: Red, Leah, and Ernie who are Australian Kelpies, and Cheyenne, a Shetland Sheepdog. You're likely to meet all four canine friends sometime during your stay.


Robin has lived on the Bullpasture River all his life. He grew up "two farms down," and his father was born and raised in The Guest House. Robin works on Riverbend Farm, which is situated between these two family farms. As the herdsman for registered Black Angus cattle, he takes care of bulls, cows, and calves along with making hay and all the other chores that come with raising livestock.

Nancy grew up in Union, West Virginia, about a hundred miles south of Highland County. She moved to Monterey in 1982 when she was hired by Highland County Public Schools as an elementary librarian. She met Robin at a Christmas party that December. After dating two years, they were married in July 1985. Nancy retired from her public school position in June 2012 after spending 30 years with kids and good books.


Both Nancy and Robin thrive on country life. They raise a garden every year, canning and freezing vegetables for yummy winter meals. In good apple years, they make cider and every February finds them tapping trees and boiling sugar water to make delicious maple syrup. Robin enjoys horseback riding so you'll probably meet Flash and Bubbles if you stay at The Guest House. Flash was born right beside the red barn in June 2007. And no country life would be complete without chickens! The Vance flock, when happy and content, produces about a dozen eggs a day.


Nancy and Robin look forward to getting to know you and hope there will be time to "sit a spell" and visit while "you're home at our place."