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Arborvitae is a wonderful 111 Acre Country Estate located two miles northeast of the Town of Warrenton. This land features significant road frontage on both Lee Highway and Fosters Fork Road and is not currently in Conservancy, but does enjoy tax benefits of being in Land Use. Stone posts mark the entrance to the private drive, which then passes through a row of trees and circles in front of the home. To the right of the home the driveway leads through a porte-cochere, and then continues past the estate’s 3 apartments, housed in restored farm buildings, to the entrance on Fosters Fork Road. The original home, ca. 1880 was substantially damaged by fire in 1937. The owner at that time had lived in England and commissioned the architect, W.H. Irwin Fleming, to design a fine English Country house. Among Mr. Fleming’s many creations include The Oaks in Warrenton, the extensive renovation of Airlie’s Hopefield, and Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains. In 1938, this home was created with an emphasis on bringing in the natural light and views; the attention to design and the craftsmanship of the details, must be viewed to be fully appreciated. The deep-set front door opens into the dramatic foyer with its stone flooring and cross-vaulted ceiling. To the left, as one steps down into the grand living room with its nearly 11’ high barrel vaulted ceiling, one is greeted by beautiful light streaming through the large southern facing windows. French doors lead to the covered terrace, and the beautiful English gardens creating a natural extension of the home. From the gardens one is able to more fully appreciate the stately mansion. Stone walls, sunken gardens and level lawns have hosted grand parties and lawn games. Returning to the foyer, the handsome dining room is to the right and features a deep fireplace, built-in cabinetry, and a walk-in bay window. One then enters the spacious kitchen with its U shaped work area, an informal dining area and cozy sitting nook, A door leads out to a hallway, which serves as a mudroom for the side parking area and the gardens. Also from this hallway one has access to a main level pantry, and lower level wine cellar. Another doorway opens into the conservatory, which connects the front part of the home to the very private office/studio with its vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, stone fireplace and spectacular window, providing garden views. This office has an additional benefit of having its own private entrance. Again at the foyer one finds the wonderful alcove housing the elegant stairwell. An arched doorway beneath the stairs leads out to the gardens, a second door leads to the conservatory and the private office and a third door opens to a powder room tucked beneath the stairwell. The stairwell is a work of art: the gentle rise of the steps, the finely turned handrail, tall windows with garden views, and the stunning octagonal ceiling. At the top of the steps above the living room is the spacious primary bedroom which features a fireplace and cedar lined closets. The barrel vault ceiling and numerous windows draws ones attention to the garden views. A private bath separates the bedroom from the sitting room or possible nursery. Three additional charming bedrooms each with a private bath are on this level, one of which is more private having direct access to the second stairwell. Arborvitae is a remarkable country retreat. Open land surrounds the home and a strong stream separates the wooded acres from the pasture-land. Conveniently located on the D.C. side of Warrenton, this country estate is easily accessible. In addition to the fine home, there are 3 apartments (sold in "as is" condition), currently providing $3,000/month in income. Arborvitae is a property, which offers a fine residence, privacy and convenience. Please Note: Owner is not responsible for "Roll Back Taxes" should Purchaser remove this property from "Land Use"
Thomas and Talbot Estate Properties, Inc.
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