The heart of Emerald Hill Farm is a captivating American Foursquare farmhouse that has been gently updated with all the modern amenities. Beautifully sited among rolling pastures, the property has long frontage on the Hughes River. It a lovingly maintained family retreat and an ideal base-camp for outdoor adventures from fishing to hiking to day trips to local vineyards.
The craftsman style home, c. 1905, has high ceilings, tall windows, wood floors and original chestnut trim throughout. The chestnut paneled front staircase is a beautiful example of handcrafted honest woodwork and the fireplace mantels demonstrate the original style of a Hawkins House, built by a renowned local builder.
The cheerful front porch opens to an entry hallway with the aforementioned chestnut staircase. Double chestnut doors lead to the front room, anchored by a soapstone stove and a high chestnut paneled mantel. The kitchen and dining room occupy the rear half of the main floor.
The large country kitchen opens to the airy dining room lit by large east and south facing windows. The kitchen door leads to a sunny south facing rear porch.
The second floor has four bedrooms, one of which has access to a screened sleeping porch. There is also a quiet office space tucked into the rear of the second floor.
A full staircase leads to an ample attic that could be retrofitted for more living space.
The grounds around the house include professionally landscaped gardens, mature shade trees and an extensive stone terrace with a brand-new professional grade built-in grill next to an outdoor fireplace. It is shaded in the summer by a pergola and wisteria vines for outdoor entertaining and enjoying country living. Further afield, near the guest house, there is a garden area for spring herbs and summer tomatoes. There are also blackberry vines and blueberry bushes.
At a discreet distance from the main house, a gorgeous guest house with full kitchen, full bath and woodworking stone fireplace offers guests privacy and comfort. It would be an excellent writers retreat or art studio.
At the end of the lane, a picturesque red barn doubles as a great place for parties. It has electricity.
The property is 35.4 acres on two lots of lush hay fields, rolling pasture and mature woodlands. The current owners operate a hay farm and enjoy fishing in the river and bird hunting in the fields. The fields could easily be converted to pasture for cattle, sheep or other livestock. It also has excellent potential for equestrian uses and the barn could easily be retrofitted with stalls.
Emerald Hill Farm is located in the community of Slate Mills, about 10 miles south of Sperryville which was recently voted the best small town in Virginia. Sperryville features restaurants, a coffee shop/wine bar, a whiskey distillery, two breweries, a yoga studio and gym, art galleries and a nine-hole golf course.
Emerald Hill Farm is only about 20 minutes from the town of Culpeper where the historic Main Street thrives with restaurants, bakeries, and interesting shops. Culpeper has most of the standard big box stores as well as multiple grocery stores.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and about an hour from Charlottesville, it is an easy drive for a weekend get-away, yet it will feel a world away.
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