Frog's Leap Farm
260 Castleton View Road
Frog’s Leap Farm is a picture-postcard of a farm sequestered in a private glen, a patchwork quilt of woodlands, pasture and mountain streams. The 70-acre farm is equally appropriate as a high-end horse farm or a family homestead.
The heart of Frog’s Leap Farm is an unusually large log home that was built between 1785 and the early 1800s by German immigrants. Charles McRaven, author and one of America’s leading authorities on restoration and preservation of log houses called it, “one of the finest log homes I’ve seen in years.”
The house was updated and doubled in size in the 1970s by Rappahannock restorationist John Morgan. It was completely renovated in 2005 by the current owner, who equipped it with the modern accoutrements without sacrificing any of its authenticity. It has 3 – 4 bedrooms (depending on how the lower floor is configured), a gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters and custom cabinets, great room, dining room, library, six fireplaces, and a sunny office on the lower floor. The floors and finishes combine original wood with reclaimed lumber. Throughout the home original hardware, historically accurate fixtures and architectural detailing compliment millwork and details. Fine wood paneling in the family room, stone walls in the basement, and antique dry sinks in bathrooms provide period touches. The result is one of the most historic, comfortable and unique homes in Rappahannock County. It is a museum quality showplace yet very livable and relaxed.
Flanking the main house are mature flower and herb gardens, stone walls, porches, terraces and lawns that invite relaxing and entertaining. Numerous old dogwood trees separate maintained areas from the working farm. More dogwoods dot the forest, rim the pond and add their spectacular seasonal show throughout the property.
Near the main house, a restored log cabin provides a charming guest quarter, attached to a three-car garage. Its brick floors, gas-fueled wood stove, full bath and comfortable sleeping loft are an authentic early American environment with modern comforts.
Below the home a broad path leads to the vegetable garden, cold frames, a spring house and the pond. Rich soil has been organically maintained with manure-fueled compost and a deer fence keeps the midnight marauders from wiping out the lettuce patch. Buried water lines have been installed to the garden for irrigation. The spring fed pond is approximately an acre in size, harbors perch and bass and is improved with a floating dock and swim platform.
From the main house, a farm lane leads past the caretaker’s cottage and a number of useful structures en route to the stable. The caretaker’s cottage is a one and a half story cottage with a living, dining and cooking area on one floor and a spacious storage loft. It has a broad deck behind the cottage that is sheltered form the main house so the caretakers can enjoy outdoor entertaining without disturbing the privacy of the rest of the property.
Significant dependencies include a woodshed, woodworking shop and equipment shed, chicken coop/run-in shed, and a long pole barn for cattle and hay.
The six-stall horse barn, built in 2005, comes equipped with insulated tack room, wash rack, electricity, hot and cold water, phone and ample hay loft.
The land features gently rolling fields and a spring-fed stream flowing into the pond. About half of the property is open grazing land, with six of seven fenced pastures served by water and electricity. The rest of the acreage is wooded with mature oaks, poplars and an understory of dogwoods, redbuds and other natives.
If you are interested in a country property with history, privacy and natural beauty Frog’s Leap Farm could be the place for you.
The home and property are in excellent condition so you can move right in — it's easy and peaceful but never boring. Frog's Leap is convenient to Warrenton, Culpeper and only about two miles from the Castleton Festival and Chateauville Foundation, which bring in world-class concerts, operas and other performances much of the year. Only 20 minutes away the Shenandoah National Park offers an amazing array of waterfalls, canyons, trails and hikes. Rappahannock County has many fine restaurants and wineries that will allow you an array of fun activities every weekend.
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From Sperryville take US-522/Sperryville Pike 6.3 miles. Turn left onto Scrabble Road and proceed approx. 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Castleton View Road (#616) and go approx. 0.6 miles and gated property is on the right.
From Warrenton take Rt. 211 West /Lee Highway 13 miles to Amissville. Turn left crossing the four lane highway at Hackleys Mill Road (#642), for 3.9M. Turn right when it dead-ends onto #640. Follow for 1 1/2M and pass the Forest Grove Baptist Church on the right. At the stop sign turn right onto Richmond Road (#729). Continue on and the road will pass Laurel Mills store and gas station on your right, and then Castleton Farms and the Castleton Volunteer Fire Dept will both be on the right several miles later. Continue bearing to the right and the road turns into Castleton View Road. The property will be on the left in approximately 3M at 260 Castleton View Road.
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