The SpaceOur home reflects our travels and family history: my father was a diplomat, my mother a fine artist and I'm a potter with an in house studio, so expect some fascinating collections! We are professional musicians and work from home. You may be staying during a band rehearsal, house concert or during voice lessons! Our gardens are magical, with dragons, trolls, fairies and more. Guest AccessPlease Note! Even though the listing is for "whole house", this is misleading but a qualification imposed by Airbnb. We only have 2 bedrooms and bathrooms to offer. We do not leave our home when guests are booked.
Guests are welcome in the living rooms, kitchen, laundry, atrium, porches, decks, gardens and picnic/campground. Interaction with GuestsSince we work from home, either my husband or I should be on hand most of the time. We do have our private work spaces which gives everyone some separation. The NeighborhoodWe live in a rare suburb of Washington DC zoned "Conservation". We have no county amenities (water, sewer) so have a well/septic facility and are on 5 acre lots with horse stables and lots of history. 2 miles down Clifton Rd., we enjoy the only winery in Fairfax County with regular music and other events available year round. Just beyond Paradise Springs Winery, is the beautifully preserved Victorian town of Clifton which boasts 3 singular restaurants plus the ever popular Ice Cream Depot, several craft and antique shops, and a plethora of festivals (Wine, Antique Cars, Clifton Days, House Tour and more!). We are also close to the historic town of Occoquan with access to more of the above and boating activities, and the Lorton Workhouse Art Center in the old Lorton Reformatory. The Manassas battlefields and other Civil War skirmish sites, plus Revolutionary War sites are close by.
Old Fairfax Station was once a Union stronghold and Old St. Mary's Church provided shelter for soldiers wounded in Manassas battles en route to the nearest hospital in Alexandria. Clara Barton nursed them here and John Mosby with his raiders harassed the Union troops via the local stream beds. Getting AroundWe really are "in the country" here. You WILL need a car to get around. We are within a 20-25 minute drive of 2 different metro lines and 15 minutes from the VRE (Virginia Railroad Express). In good traffic, we're 35 minutes to downtown DC. Other Things to NoteWe do host house concerts, band rehearsals and students. We are happy to inform potential guests of these activities. (URL HIDDEN)