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So Much to Learn.
In the Heart of Virginia.
BrightEyes Alpaca Retreat is indeed a retreat for our alpacas, livestock guardian dogs and us! We are an alpaca farm set up as an agritourism facility that hosts groups and organizations seeking a different type of educational experience.
In addition to the alpaca farm, we offer lodging as an Airbnb residence with a separate apartment above a detached garage for rent. The apartment includes a fully equipped kitchenette, a dining area, sitting area, and bedroom with a queen bed.
Our property is a unique micro farm that supports our livestock and their working protectors, a Great Pyrenees named Jake and an Italian Maremma named Jili. Alpacas are very social animals, sharing every aspect of their lives with their community. As animals of prey, the alpacas rely on Jake and Jili for their protection. The guardians watch over the girls and warn us if they suspect there may be problems or threats.
Schedule a Tour
To learn more about the alpacas, their protectors and the details of the farm itself, schedule a tour or event with us! We are continually updating our educational opportunities for schools, groups, and organizations. We can arrange for a broad educational tour or detail specific aspects of the farm – alpacas, fiber, barn, pasture and livestock guardian animals.
Our ‘Pacas and Pups
Ruby, age 4, is our youngest, and the last to join us here in Farmville. She is Saffron’s daughter and is a bit shy and skittish. Ruby is still developing her confidence, but she is very curious. She is finally starting to get more comfortable interacting with us!
Lily, age 6, takes the role of the herd leader. She is protective of her friends, and will approach anyone she thinks may impact the dynamic of the herd. Lily is the most social of our girls and loves to pose for photos. She is also calm and loves to lean on you and give kisses on your cheek.
Connie, age 7, likes to give everyone the aristocratic stare. She is somewhat aloof, approaching you on her own terms. If you have food she will become your BFF! She has huge alpaca eyes with long eyelashes and a superior white fleece.
Saffron, age 8, is Ruby’s Mom! Saffron seems to take the role of general protector. She is more of a follower, and just goes with the flow. She loves to eat, and often will go from bowl to bowl at feeding time.
Everyone calls Brownette, age 5, Brownie! She is very sweet, gentle and sometimes protective when a stranger appears. Brownie loves to eat everyone’s food! She flips her bowl and prefers eating outside the bowl. Her favorite pastimes include rolling in the dirt and sneaking into the barn. She also charms Bill and follows him around.
Jili is an Italian Maremma Sheepdog with a happy, bouncy personality. She tries very hard to have good manners, but she is just so excited to see you all the time. Jake and Jili complement each other; she learns from him, supports him and makes sure the herd is safe at all times! She loves to eat, and loves the opportunity to learn new commands, as long as there is a TREAT as her reward!
Jake is a Great Pyrenees about 130 pounds and growing.
The breed is very stubborn—Jake will do what we want him to do after he decides that it is his idea! Great Pyrenees are nocturnal, so he is on guard for predators while we sleep.
Jake is a gentle giant; very calm, and slow moving. He loves to meet people at the gate and check them out, and loves to visit town and Longwood University campus to give people a chance to hug and share some love!