Madison County is renowned for its spectacular scenery and its myriad of outdoor opportunities and Sweetland Farm is the quintessential Madison County homestead. The farm is 176 acres of rich bottomland, wooded knolls and heavily forested mountain land with two good streams and commanding vistas. The property is essentially a broad hollow that is surrounded on three sides by steep ridges reaching 1,200 feet, thus it is well protected and very private. Despite its sense of seclusion, the property is easily accessible via a private drive off of the FT Valley Road.
With ample water and a combination of mature forest, dense woods and open fields, Sweetland Farm is the ideal environment for quail, grouse, turkey and big game like deer and bear. The property is also located within minutes of two trout streams, the Robinson River and the Hughes River. Both of these streams are stocked by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Fishing for native trout is available in the nearby wild streams in the Shenandoah National Park. Needless to say, the sporting opportunities of Sweetland Farm are extensive.
Sweetland Farm has an interesting and varied topography so it seems even larger than it is. The property is laced with hiking trails for hours of exercise, exploring and enjoying. It is ideal for birding, wild flower exploring and hunting the elusive morel (merkels as they are known locally). In winter the cross country skiing is excellent.
If your outdoor enjoyment tends more to hiking, rock climbing and exploring, the riches of the Shenandoah National Park are minutes away. Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon are among the best trails but there are hundreds of miles of lesser known trails that are equally enjoyable. The impressive cliffs of Old Rag have become a popular rock climbing destination.
The property has about 40 acres of cleared pasture that is currently in hay production. This bottom land could be fenced for cattle, sheep or horses as water is available in all the fields. The land is also ideal for specialty agriculture, grapes or small grain production. Indeed, the current owners had a successful dried flower business on the farm and there are still many perennials and flowering shrubs in the gardens.
The property also includes a modest 2 bedroom 1.5 bath cottage that is solid, cozy and comfortable but could use some updating. The delightful front porch has outstanding views of Old Rag Mountain and the Shenandoah National Park. The cottage would be great for weekend use and as a temporary dwelling while a new home was built. The property also includes an old barn and two workshop buildings, all of which are of little value.
Sweetland Farm is protected by a conservation easement that limits its subdivision to a total of two parcels and there are limitations on the size and number of home that can be constructed on the property.
Sweetland Farm is definitely a land of many opportunities and it is priced attractively for a property of this consequence.