The SpaceWe built our home in 2011 with the intention of creating a place that would be enjoyable to raise our four children and for entertaining our many friends and large extended family.
The house is traditional stucco and most of the interior doors and wood accents are reclaimed oak timber from an old barn on the property. The primary floors are rift and quarter sawn white oak, finished dark, the bathrooms and mudroom are natural stone, and the bedrooms are carpeted. We like to spend time outdoors, but when the weather isn’t cooperating we enjoy reading, playing board games, or if we’re really feeling lazy, we’ll watch a movie in the home theatre (though it’s usually reserved for Fun Friday).
We love children, and our home welcomes them often.
Aspects that we enjoy:
Family room: is spacious with views out of every window. The high-efficiency wood fireplace, when properly kindled, creates a beautiful display of billowing flame, while warming much of the first floor.
Kitchen: we love to cook, so the kitchen is well kitted, with granite countertops, custom cabinets, a central island, two sinks, a GE Induction Range, dual GE Advantium ovens, oversized fridge, separate freezer in the butler's pantry, and a kitchen table that seats 8. The island is a great place for making Jamie Oliver pizza! There are plenty of other small appliances available too and of course a coffee maker and bean grinder.
Dining: the formal dining room has a large dining table that seats 10-12 and plenty of stemware for enjoying the local wine.
Living Room: the formal living room has a gas log fireplace and is a bit cozier than the family room. We find it perfect for an afternoon nap or enjoying a good book (and it’s great for serious board games like Axis & Allies, that take more than a day to play, and would probably be destroyed if left in the family room).
Master suite: When you need a little peace, escape to the spacious master bedroom suite. Sit at the writing desk and enjoy the pastoral views leading up to the Blue Ridge Mountains that form the backdrop. The master bath includes a claw-foot tub and dual showers with a private WC.
Basement/rec. room: We have four children and the finished basement provides a great place for the kids to do a little roughhousing if the weather outside isn’t inviting.
Movie theatre: for kids (of all ages), the movie theatre has a 14’ diagonal screen and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Our video library is mostly children’s movies, so you may want to bring your own Blu-Ray disks or rent online or from the video shop in Crozet.
Patios: There is a back patio for grilling and two balconies for morning relaxation. We have recently been doing landscaping, so some of the lawn has been seeded. Guest AccessYou will have access to the entire home. Interaction with GuestsWhen we aren’t at home in Virginia we are probably in England, so we won’t personally be at home to greet you. We will provide telephone numbers should you need assistance. The NeighborhoodThe surrounding area is one of our favourite places in the world to be. The Greenwood/Afton area is a national historic district, comprised of lovely estates and horse farms. The Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding countryside are lovely to take-in.
We are at the heart of Piedmont wine country. Our immediate neighbor is Pollak Vineyards, and there are several other notable vineyards (Veritas and King Family to name a few) within a 5 mile radius. Wine tours can practically start from your door. And for the beer lover, Blue Mountain Brewery (a fantastic venue) is less than two miles away, and Starr Hill Brewery is in Crozet. There are numerous other breweries, pubs, and cider houses in the area.
If you like outdoor activity, there are plenty of great hikes in the area, as well as canoeing, mountain-biking, camping, skiing and snowboarding (at Wintergreen Resort, 23 miles away), etc.
There is plenty to interest the history buff too, with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville (20 miles), Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace in Staunton (also 20 miles), Zachary Taylor in Barboursville (40 miles), and James Madison’s Montpelier (47 miles), not counting the four other presidents also born in Virginia. Getting AroundWe're about 17 miles to Charlottesville, 7 miles to Crozet (Harris Teeter, etc), 14 miles to Waynesboro, and about 26 miles to Staunton.