Spruce Hill Farm sits nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a private 99.9 acres with meadows, ponds, forest and hiking trails. Located just outside the village of Sperryville, the farm is a bucolic escape yet close to restaurants, galleries, shops and more.
The heart of Spruce Hill Farm is a 1798 home with a massive stone foundation and stone chimneys on each side. Over the years, owners of the farm have added on in order to provide modern conveniences. The home was further upgraded in 2007 with hardiplank siding, new windows and new architectural shingle roofing. The main entrance to the home features an open and inviting covered front porch. Entering the front door, you will see a long dining room with space to fit even the largest farmhouse table. To the right is the kitchen, breakfast area and a half bath. The kitchen was renovated in 2012 and features soapstone counters, a peninsula, and a beautiful stone accent wall. The gorgeous wood floors in these two rooms continue throughout the main floor.
Beyond the kitchen is a centrally located wet bar, complete with a sink, fridge and built-in ice machine. The living room, with its field stone fireplace, is in the original part of the home and features built-in shelves on either side of the chimney. Also in the original part of the home, and just beyond the living room, is the master suite. Another fireplace is in this bedroom, as is a walk-in closet with cedar panels. The attached master bath, remodeled in 2016, features dual sinks with soapstone counters and a ceramic tile floor that looks like antique barn wood.
The upper level uses the old, manor-house staircase of the original home. One bedroom and an office area are found in the original part of the upper level, and a very large bedroom with many dormer windows is in the newer part. The upper level bedrooms share a full bath with the same barn wood-look tile floor as the master bath, and a beautifully tiled shower. Another set of stairs leads up to the attic space which has impressively wide plank floors and the original exposed log rafters from 1798. This room could easily be used for storage or perhaps finished for more living space.
From the main floor, a wide staircase leads to the English basement with its slate floors. The family room area has a field stone fireplace with an efficient wood stove insert. The other end of the room boasts a second, full kitchen with an antique oven and a wood-fired cooking hearth. Two doors from this room provide access to the broad patio that overlooks the larger of the two ponds. On the other side of the basement is the large laundry and utility room plus a root cellar. With its exposed stone walls, this might be a great wine storage area. The remaining corner of the basement has a full bath and a door out to the patio and outdoor hot and cold water shower.
Spruce Hill Farm’s gardens feature extensive hardscaping, with stone walls and stone steps leading to different garden “rooms.” The impressive stone foundation was continued by a previous owner as a retaining wall and provides a front entrance garden just off the front porch. There are stone steps leading down towards the pond and some stone steps leading up towards the raised beds of the former vegetable garden.
No farm is complete without a barn, and Spruce Hill has a beautiful and charming specimen. There is also a four-bay machine shed and a detached carport and workshop with electricity and a utility sink. Above, there is a walk-up loft area for more storage space.
Spruce Hill Farm’s almost 100 acres have a multitude of mature trees, several areas in which the current owner is growing new hardwoods, and extensive woods just waiting to be explored. Plentiful fish can be found in the pond, and wildlife abounds because of the ponds, streams and many acres of contiguous woods. There is a mowed loop trail that is perfect for the hunter or simply for a stroll.
Rappahannock and surrounding counties offer endless recreational possibilities. Shenandoah National Park and Old Rag Mountain are nearby. The park is home to scenic Skyline Drive with its overlooks as well as many miles of trails. There are wineries and breweries, great restaurants and cafes, antique stores, farms and orchards, and much more. Looking for cultural activities? Visit one of the many art galleries, attend a play or a concert at one of the theaters, or visit the Rappahannock Historical Society’s museum.
Near Sperryville and “little” Washington, and convenient to Warrenton and Culpeper, this property is ideally situated for full-time residents or weekenders alike. Located a mile off four-lane, divided Lee Highway (Rt. 211), less than two hours from Washington, DC, and about an hour from Charlottesville, the property is within an easy driving distance for weekend getaways.
- Price: $1,295,000
- MLS: VARP106922
- Acres: 99.9
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Half Bathrooms: 1
- Main Floor Bedroom: Y
- Basement: Y
- Garage: Y
- Year Built: 1798
- Address: 21 Annie's Lane
- Living Area: 3,199
- Levels: 4
- Taxes: $3,100
- Heat Type: Forced Air
- Heat Fuel: Electric
- Cool Type: Central AC
- Cool Fuel: Electric
- Water: Well
- Exterior: Stone and Hardiplank-type Siding
- Pool: N
- HOA: N
- Year Renovated: 2012