A long, private, wood-lined drive guides you from the eponymous road sign—illustrated with a white horse—past a two-acre vineyard planted in the large front yard, and culminates in the convenient circular driveway. The stately house stands in a sturdy “H” formation, the newer addition built in 2004 wrapping around the original, circa 1780 “T” structure. This initial view of the house strikes a fine balance between old and new as the original well has been preserved, giving a nod to the home’s history, and sits just to the side of the newer front steps and porch with Roman columns. Form does indeed follow function as wood-paneled shutters on every window both enhance the appearance of the house and are completely functional. Just beyond the house are visible Blue Ridge Mountain views.
Beautiful pine floors await your step into the spacious foyer. From there, the large dining room unfolds beyond with 9’ ceilings, a grand chandelier, built-in shelves, and a fireplace. To the left of the foyer lies the great room with a fireplace and access to the screen porch, which has views of the pond. Between the dining room and great room is the highly accessible and functional butler’s pantry, which also has access to the patio. This little crossway also contains a conveniently located half bath and coat closet.
Between the great room and butler’s pantry is the generously proportioned kitchen. One of its most distinct characteristics is the fireplace embellished with ornate woodcarvings and a custom-fit mirror. It also boasts upgraded granite countertops and custom-built cabinetry throughout with solid construction and dovetail joints designed by Watts & Wright (the Bespoke Cabinetmakers). The kitchen also has a door that accesses the screen porch.
As you make your way through the dining room to the original part of the house, a small office sits tucked away off to one side. Straight ahead is the former main entrance, flanked by a parlor room on either side. The parlors each contain original fireplaces with mantelpieces intact, original molding, and doors with mortise and tenon joints, as well as large replacement windows. The original heart pine floors are still in fine condition and these downstairs rooms offer plenty of headroom with 9-foot ceilings. A staircase then leads to two upstairs bedrooms with original fireplaces that share one full bathroom opposite the stairs. A wide porch sits atop the original main entrance and provides unobscured views of the farm.
Beyond this wing, a third bedroom with an en suite bathroom sits at the back of the house, while a grand gallery leads to the second landing and the master suite at the front of the house. The master suite also has its own fireplace, as well as a dressing area with multiple closets and a large master bathroom. Pocket doors can be summoned from their hiding place to separate the landing and master suite from the rest of the upstairs, providing even more privacy. In total, White Horse Farm has four chimneys that support nine fireplaces.
Downstairs, the screen porch runs the full length of the side of the house. It is fitted with ceiling fans to further heighten the comfort of a relaxing evening or morning spent admiring your bucolic setting. A large, flat side yard between the screen porch and the pond provides the perfect blank canvas for a garden. Beyond it, weeping willows bend their heads toward the water, including one that stands on its own little island in the middle of the pond. Quality landscaping such as weeping cherry trees, holly hedges, magnolias, and daffodils surround the house, enriching the verdant sight and aroma of springtime on a farm.
The property consists of 278+/- acres that support two ponds, three springs, and a creek, as well as several structures. A 6-bay garage provides ample room to store and protect vehicles from the elements. From there the paved driveway continues beyond the pond and toward the farm manager’s house, a hay/equipment barn, a 6-bay equipment shed with an enclosed storage space, a riding ring, and a dog kennel with 6 separate runs. And finally, within the massive red barn resides the ultimate luxury of this property: the customized athletic facility. It contains a basketball court, weight room, bunk room, pitching mound, and batting cage. Beyond that there is an 8-stall stable with a tack room and office, three paddocks, run-in sheds, four-board fencing, pasture waterers, and a separate farm entrance to support agricultural operations.
Whether you are looking for a quiet estate from which to observe your natural surroundings or you wish to be a hands-on farmer, White Horse Farm’s unique qualities deserve your attention.
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Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. is a Charlottesville Va real estate broker that strictly abides by the U.S. and Virginia Fair Housing laws.