The Farm on Tennants Church Road
Tucked away off a bucolic country road, The Farm on Tennants Church Road is the perfect blend of timeless rustic elegance, modern amenities and easy country living. The 53.9+/- acre property features open fields, mature woods, a one-acre +/- spring fed pond as well as a four bedroom farmhouse, a one bedroom log cabin guest house and several barns. Designed as a casual but refined retreat for enjoying country living with friends and family, the home reflects the ambience and allure of the spectacular natural setting and the gentle beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A meadow filled with wild grasses swaying in the gentle breeze welcome you to the farm. You can almost feel your cares and worries being carried away as you follow the gently curving driveway up to the main farmhouse. A beautifully built stone wall delineates the end of the field and the front yard of the clapboard sided home. A matching equipment barn sits next to the farmhouse. Built in 2016, it is almost impossible to tell if someone did an impeccable job renovating an old home or if the architect just designed the perfect house for this special property.
From the end of the driveway, a slate walkway leads you to a wraparound front porch with views of the field and Thoroughfare Mountain in the distance. With an eastern view, sunrises with all of its resplendent colors, are particularly spectacular. A salvaged antique door, replete with a warded lock, beckons you to enter the home.
The foyer is the perfect harmony of old and new. Reclaimed wood flooring has been perfectly restored while the bright airy feeling in the two story foyer leave an impression of modernity. In line with the duality of the home, the foyer flows into an open concept living room, breakfast room and gourmet kitchen. On one side, a large stone fireplace anchors the living area while a gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters and a La Cornue stove anchors the other side. Between the two sides is a breakfast area that is large enough for a long farmhouse table. French doors provide warm light throughout. The current owners enjoy the seasonal changes of the views, but with a little clearing you would have year round expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stony, Doubletop, Fork, Lewis and Saddleback Mountains are just a few of the peaks you can see. A screened-in porch sits behind the living room area for anyone who wants to enjoy the evening air.
Truly a chef’s dream, the gourmet kitchen boasts plenty of counterspace, gourmet appliances and abundant pantry space. A butler’s pantry sits between the kitchen and the formal dining room. Behind the kitchen a hallway leads back towards the mud room, laundry room and oversized three car garage. Off the hallway, the owner’s quarters are tucked away from the main living space. Perfectly proportioned, the owner’s quarters include an expansive master closet, master bath with both a Victoria & Albert soaking tub and a walk-in shower, as well as the primary first floor bedroom.
The second floor features another primary bedroom with en-suite bath as well as a third and fourth bedroom that share a Jack and Jill bathroom. The primary and third bedroom both feature western views while the fourth bedroom, currently used as an office, looks out over the front field and the Thoroughfare Gap Mountain range. A large unfinished basement provides plenty of storage. Despite its historic feel, the farmhouse features every amenity you can imagine: geothermal heat, closed circuit tv security system, backup generator, an Loehr full-house lightning protection. There are even hot/cold frost proof faucets at the front and rear of the home for outside events, washing your dog or vehicles.
Sitting next to the farmhouse is a perfectly renovated log cabin guest house. This simple yet elegant cabin features a wraparound front porch that is calling out for you to rest in one of the rocking chairs. As you enter the cabin, a stone fireplace that rises from the floor past the loft and to the ceiling is a true work of art. The original cabin, circa 1830, features rough hewn white oak logs, reclaimed rough hewn flooring and historically accurate Marvin windows. A loft bedroom sits above the main living area. A small addition to the original cabin adds space for a kitchen, replete with SubZero drawer refrigerator and freezer, a laundry closet and a full bath with a clawfoot tub. This cabin would also make an excellent office or art studio.
A path behind the cabin leads down to the one-acre spring-fed pond. Like everything else on the property, the owners spared no expense and installed an ipe floating dock and made sure the pond was stocked with bass and blue gill. The pond features a nicely shaded picnic area surrounded by several sunlit fields.
On the other side of the farmhouse is the clapboard sided equipment barn. Like the main house, the barn features hardiplank siding and a standing seam metal roof. The equipment barn is large enough to fit two cars (or other equipment) and still have room for the built-in custom cabinets/counters. A stairwell leads to a loft area that sits above the garage making storage easy and accessible. Behind the garage area is the tractor bay which runs the width of the building. Dual entrances on either side of the bay makes storing equipment a breeze. Sitting beside the garage area is a large screened in porch which is perfect for working on projects where you need a little fresh air or just relaxing between jobs.
The 53.9 +/- acre property is the perfect blend of open fields and mature woods with just enough gentle roll to give the land a little texture. A stand of trees to the north delineates the main farmhouse and front fields from the rest of the land. The other half of the 53.9 acres features a large open meadow with impressive mountain views, a stream, the pond and a historic old barn, shed and chicken coop that have all been stabilized. This side has its own entrance from Tennants Church Road and could make an excellent home site if you decided to build a second home or if you wanted to divide the property.
The entire property has been meticulously maintained and is in turnkey condition. It is rare to find a home that was built with a focus on entertaining friends and family, both inside and out. Every inch of the home is full of special details sure to make all guests feel welcome and comfortable.
Despite its perfect privacy, the Farm on Tennants Church Road is only two miles from Route 29, about 30 miles from Charlottesville and under 90 miles from Washington DC. The towns of Culpeper and Sperryville are all only 25 minutes away. The county seat of Madison is only five minutes away. Old Rag Mountain, White Oak Canyon and the Shenandoah National Park, with hundreds of miles of hiking trails, are about 15 minutes from the home. There are numerous wineries, breweries, galleries and fascinating shops in the area. A wonderful plus about the Farm is the proximity to the Hebron Valley in Madison County with lovely views in every direction. This is a terrific area for bike riding, hiking and just taking a stroll down the road.
With an excellent location, marvelous views, seclusion and a spectacular home and guest cottage, the Farm on Tennants Church Road offers the very best of country living in turn-key condition.
- Price: $2,095,000
- MLS: VAMA2000256
- Acres: 53.9
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Half Bathrooms: 1
- Main Floor Bedroom: Y
- Basement: Y
- Garage: Y
- Year Built: 2016
- Address: 785 Tennants Church Rd
- Living Area: 3,545
- Levels: 3
- Heat Type: Geothermal
- Heat Fuel: Electric
- Cool Type: Geothermal
- Cool Fuel: Electric
- Water: Well
- Exterior: Artisan Hardiplank
- Pool: N
- HOA: N