148 Hittles Mill Road
148 Hittles Mill Road
You will be astonished by the unsurpassed views and huge open sky of this contemporary home near Flint Hill. It deftly weaves natural elements of cedar, native fieldstone, grained wood and copper into a picture perfect property. The sophisticated design incorporates the fundamental principles of Sarah Susanka’s landmark book, The Not So Big House - economy of space, energy efficiency and attention to important details. The result is a home where the interplay of space and light marries the luxurious and comfortable interior with the dramatic natural setting.
Subtle architectural details like rounded corners, clever closets, curved hallways and built-in cabinetry radiate throughout the house. It seems almost every detail was considered and every potential problem addressed. Beyond design, systems and structure are also special with features like a tankless, on-demand water heater, a conditioned crawl space with a concrete floor, passive solar design and easy access to all utilities.
The heart of the home is an airy and open Great Room where cooking, dining and living space flow together but are subtly delineated. The kitchen is a cook’s delight with ample counter space, handcrafted cabinetry, high-end appliances and excellent efficiency. A simple interior pergola defines the cooking space and provides a palette for plants, vines and decorative accessories. The living and dining areas have an arched wall of windows to the west framing the postcard-like view of the lake, meadows and mountains. Central to the living area, a native fieldstone fireplace solidifies the otherwise airy and open room and provides a warm focus on winter nights.
On either end of the central core of the home are private spaces. To the north is a multi-purpose room, a bedroom, bathroom and private office. The southern wing includes the master suite, another bedroom, bathroom and the laundry and utility room. All the rooms are splashed with natural light and have lovely views of mountains, orchards and meadows.
Attached by a drive-through portico on the rear of the house, a two-car garage has ample extra space for a workshop, studio or hobby space. The clever overhead doors are mostly glass, once again taking advantage of natural light and the beautiful surroundings.
The 25-acre parcel is gently rolling and ideal for small livestock operations or specialty agriculture. On a gentle hill behind the home are old apple trees, an interesting vestige of the days when orchards sprawled across the countryside and Rappahannock was the largest apple growing county in Virginia. The yard also boasts several healthy apple and peach trees that provide ample fruit.
The house is sited near the rear of the property but the land in front is where the real treasures lie and the view to the west is one of the finest in the county. The landscaped lawn slopes to a good-sized lake with a sandy beach and dock for swimming, fishing and contemplation. The shoreline is accented with ornamental grasses, shrubs and perennials. Beyond the lake is a rolling meadow of wildflowers and grasses that is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. The Blue Ridge Mountains command the horizon with the classic view of gentle mountain peaks rippling to infinity. The land is situated so there are almost no other manmade structures in eyeshot and the nights are dark.
In a county renowned for unique homes, this property is among the most special. The location combines the best of country seclusion and easy access to amenities. It is a 75 minute drive from downtown Washington, DC, 10 minutes from a supermarket in Front Royal and less than 5 minutes to the 3 restaurants in Flint Hill. The home and property are in excellent condition so you can move right in — it's easy and peaceful and always fun enjoying the ever changing views. The property is about 15 minutes from the Castleton Festival and Chateauville Foundation, which bring in world-class concerts, operas and other performances much of the year. It's a 10 minute drive to the Shenandoah National Park boundary offering an amazing array of waterfalls, canyons, trails and hikes. Rappahannock County has many fine restaurants and wineries that will allow you an array of great activities every weekend.
MRIS# RP8048905 CAAR# 508897
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From town of Flint Hill take US- 522 towards Front Royal. Approx. 3M left onto Hittles Mill Road. .6M and house is on the right with locked gate. From Sperryville take 211 East approx. 8.3 miles. Turn left onto US-522 go approx. 4.9 miles and turn left onto Hittles Mill Road. .6M and house is on the right with locked gate. By appointment only!