Farm on Ashby Lane SOLD
493 Ashby Lane
Etlan $699,000 SOLD
The Farm on Ashby Lane is a magical property. It has a sense of history, an ideal location, luxurious landscaping, a historic home, and much more. The ice cream cone shaped property rises up the eastern flank of Old Rag Mountain with a generous pond at the point and a mature hardwood forest at the top. In between is one of the sweetest homesteads one can imagine.
The heart of the property is a stately foursquare farmhouse, circa 1910, shaded by majestic maples and bordered by gracious gardens of native plantings. Typical of foursquare architecture, the home has a long center hall with a paneled staircase to the second floor. On one side of the hall is the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has a sitting/family room added to the back with a brick chimney and European woodstove. The spacious kitchen has a center island and an eating area for breakfast or casual meals.
Opposite the kitchen and dining room is a long living room. The wall between the two rooms that one would typically find has been removed and a fireplace has been installed on the long wall. Built in cabinetry adds a library-like feeling at one end. The result is a very comfortable, well-lit and generous living room for entertaining and relaxing.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two on either side of the center hall. One of the bedrooms has a new en suite bath and a second full bath serves the other three bedrooms. All four of the bedrooms are in the corners of the house so each has windows on two walls providing lots of natural light.
The house has a broad front porch across the entire width of the home. It has an eastern exposure so it is a cool and shady place to sit and enjoy the majestic view. From the front porch, an impressive allee of boxwoods lines the front walk with an extensive view down to the pond and mountains beyond. The allee was a popular landscape feature in older homes and is a delightfully nostalgic feature of this old farmhouse. There is another porch on the rear of the house that has a brick floor and delightful ornamental gardens.
Across a shaded lawn and through other ornamental gardens, the swimming pool is the best place to be on summer afternoons. The terrace around the pool also has long views across the property and to rolling foothills on the horizon.
Above the pool there is a three-car garage, more gardens and the drive to the horse barn. The center aisle stable has eight stalls, including a wash stall, feed room and heated tack room. One of the stalls has been converted into a very spacious chicken house.
The grounds around the house feature large trees, mature plantings and a sense of timelessness. This is a house and grounds that have been maintained and nurtured for many years. The garden area includes raspberry and blueberry bushes and a large asparagus patch. All of these plantings are well established and will enhance your garden bounty all summer long.
The lower portion of the property consists of sloping pastures with board fences and copses of shade trees. A small stream fed by numerous springs bisects the pasture area and forms a pretty stocked pond near the bottom of the land.
The upper portion of the property is a mature forest laced by hiking and riding trails. A dense canopy and occasional clearings, some with stone walls, have controlled undergrowth, resulting in a forest floor free of annoying vines and creeping plants. A second small lot has been cleared offering the opportunity for another dwelling, riding ring or investment potential.
The Farm on Ashby Lane is a property that you will cherish for its authenticity, opportunities for enjoyment and almost mystical insight into mountain life from days gone by.
MRIS# MA7830275 CAAR# 500822
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From Sperryville .6M down Rt. 522. Make a right on F.T. Valley Road(Rte. 231) and travel approx. 7.8 miles. Right onto Peola Mills Road go 0.3 miles. Right onto Nethers Road for 1.5 miles to left on Champe Plain Road. Go approx. 0.5 miles to right on Route 717, Ashby Road. House is approx. 0.5 miles on the left after you go through a gate and the sign reads "end of state maintenance". NO SIGN AT PROPERTY. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!