Nestled in a secluded bowl on the southern side of Gaar Mountain and surrounded by mature forest, Hidden Springs Retreat is an updated version of a private country retreat. It has a delightful sense of sophisticated seclusion yet it is only 5 minutes from the Town of Madison via Ruth Road, a beautiful country lane. The home is in the center of the 44.7-acre property so your privacy is ensured and no other houses are visible from the home site.
The home has access via a meandering paved and landscaped driveway that winds it way across a stream and through the forest. The property has a varied topography with steep mountain land, a serene valley along the stream and huge rock outcroppings. A variety of walking trails fan out from the driveway for exploring, hiking and enjoying the land.
The home is an updated 2-story colonial with a wide front porch that wraps around the front. It was designed for convenience and easy country living with a master suite, office, laundry and access to attached 3-car garage all on the main floor. Wide arched windows create a sense of spaciousness and integrate the interior with the outdoors. Tall ceilings and a soaring fireplace in the great room contribute to expansive ambience. 200 year old reclaimed heart pine flooring adds richness, warmth and texture.
The gourmet kitchen features heart pine flooring, cherry cabinets, granite counters, high quality appliances and a handy pantry with double doors. The kitchen opens to the great room for casual get-togethers and there is a glass door to the rear terrace for outdoor entertaining. Adjacent to the kitchen is the light-filled dining room with a large arched window and two other windows that overlook the front porch. The attached 3-car garage leads into the laundry/mud room, which is very convenient.
The master suite includes a spacious bedroom, commodious closets, a luxurious bath with double vanities and a separate sitting room that opens to the rear terrace. Across the hall from the sitting room is an office that could be used as a library or music room. The upper level of the main house includes a second master suite and two additional bedrooms that share a “Jack and Jill” bathroom.
Above the garage is a large light filled room that the current owners use as offices for their home-based business. With Verizon Home Fusion high speed internet this allows you to skip the commute and work from this ideal office space. It has a gas fireplace, built in shelving and expansive arched windows. If you don’t need the office space, this room is ideal for a family room, game room and/or media room.
The basement level is almost all finished as an “in-law” suite, although technically it is considered a 4-bedroom home. There is a full bath, good sized sleeping quarters, a small kitchenette area and a large living area with a wood burning fireplace. The living area has plenty of room for exercise equipment, a pool table or media enjoying area. It would make an excellent wine cellar and tasting room.
Mature landscaping that accentuates the private oasis in the forest feeling surrounds the home. The gardens were designed for easy care and to provide color and visual interest in all seasons. It seems there is always something blooming. The property is forever protected by a conservation easement through the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. This protects the beautiful landscape, and as an added bonus, ensures lower property taxes.
Beyond the house is a detached 3-car garage that is used for tractor, lawn equipment and tool storage. If not used for equipment it would make a great studio or workshop.
The property is convenient to Madison and Charlottesville where there is a wide array of shopping, cultural and educational opportunities and excellent healthcare. It is close to trout streams, the Rapidan Wildlife Refuge and the Shenandoah National Park. With its excellent location, perfect privacy and spectacular home, Hidden Springs is the ideal country retreat.
- Price: $779,000
- MLS: MA9662461
- Acres: 44.7
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
- Half Bathrooms: 1
- Main Floor Bedroom: Y
- Basement: Y
- Garage: Y
- Year Built: 2004
- Address: 4112 Ruth Road
- Living Area: 3,984
- Levels: 3
- Taxes: $3,904
- Heat Type: Heat Pump(s)
- Heat Fuel: Electric, Bottled Gas
- Cool Type: Central Air
- Cool Fuel: Electric, Bottled Gas
- Water: Well
- Exterior: Hardiplank
- Pool: N
- HOA: N