"This remarkable offering is unique in its ease of living as well as its sublimely modern aesthetic and superb location. The lines between indoors and out are blurred - the ever changing landscape yields a kaleidoscope of colors through the seasons.  This will make the perfect country retreat for a lucky new owner."

Embrace your modern getaway into nature at this stylish estate in Virginia’s legendary hunt country. Revamped and transformed by noted architect Ben Van Dusen, nothing has been left untouched or unfinished. The marriage of home and land is integral to the overall appeal, with over 10 acres that segue from manicured lawns to rural character and scenic beauty. Step inside and you’ll be treated to something extra special with soaring vaulted ceilings, loft-inspired overviews and glass for days, inviting the beautiful outdoors into the home itself.

While this contemporary house may resemble a quintessential rambler from the circular front drive, your first walk around the side reveals a wholly different narrative with multiple levels, decks and curved stone walls. Delightful surprises continue with every room, nook and cranny fully renovated by opening walls and partitions, widening passageways and adding airy touches throughout. Step into a sunken great room with a fireplace and massive 25-foot stone chimney wall, as natural light streams down through giant skylights. At night, you can kick back on the sofa, basking in the warmth from a roaring fire with the moon’s bright glow overhead. It’s the country good life.

Embracing the principles of modernism, the house adapts to nature in absolute harmony. Boulders jut from the earth, reminiscent of earlier times, juxtaposed with perfectly placed plantings and artist-commissioned outdoor sculptures. The morning sun will tip-toe into your two-story Chef’s kitchen, infusing it with luminescence from geometrically fascinating windows, as well as glass sliders leading outside. Sip coffee at the granite island, have a sit-down in the dining room with its cathedral ceiling or eat al fresco on the giant wraparound deck. A butler’s pantry/wet bar adds to the culinary convenience.

Exquisite refinished hardwood floors are custom tinted a uniform shade. A spacious owner’s suite offers a mansard ceiling, sunny exposures and sitting area, a walk-in closet that has been opened for organic flow, a dressing room, new wool carpeting and glass doors out to the deck. The en-suite bath boasts tall windows with shades, a skylight, twin-sink vanities, designer fixtures and a giant walk-in shower. There’s also a wonderful office library with a fireplace at one end of the house plus a second office with east/west views at the opposite end, ideal for a couple working from home. New fiber-optic cable and high-speed internet has been installed and contracted with a private supplier, a rarity in the country. The powder room has new European fixtures and flooring crafted from the estate’s hand-selected stone.

Summer breezes and the crispness of winter surely lend to a glass of red or white from one of the great local vintners. Fortunately, you can store varietals in a new temperature controlled wine room with wooden racks and a hand-laid floor of native stone. For workouts, a pro-designed gym where there once was a fourth bedroom awaits with floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall, exercise bar, ventilation and sound. Two other bedrooms are at the walk-out level, plus a full bath and storage. There is a mudroom with a hardwood bench and locally-forged iron coat hooks, a laundry room with new washer and dryer, and approximately 5,700 square feet of living space in all.

A multilevel rear deck follows the contours of the home, with railings, private sections and built-in bench seats. The vista beyond feels like a deep breath slowly exhaled; a plateau on the high rocks with greenery all around. Native oaks and poplars stand sentry, along with hollies and walnut trees, elms and dogwoods, and stone dappled with lichen. The frogs and the walking sticks, the birds at dawn and their morning songs, and the distant sound of bugles when the horses and hounds pass by.

There were 65 trees removed for the re-siting of a new quarter-mile private road and circular drive, yet approximately 30 new saplings planted for Mother Nature. There are new stone walls at the property entrance, premium limestone walkway and side paths, and landscaping from front lawn to flower beds. Extras include a two-car garage with new doors and remote-access openers, an outdoor storage shed, and countless examples of new lighting, hardware, fixtures and other mechanicals, inside and out.

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The Plains

This rare jewel is in the historic village of The Plains, and also situated at the midway point between The Plains and Middleburg. A new private quarter-mile drive with stone walls at the entrance curves up from Rock Hill Road, which branches off the quaint country road of Rock Hill Mill Road (Rte. 702). Your journey from Washington, DC is an easy one, motoring west along Route 66 all the way to The Plains. Your city stresses will melt away as the green pastoral splendor takes over.

The gray clapboard home with its perfectly placed red accents sits atop a gentle rise, and at the end of the new premium gravel drive with special underground drainage. The acreage itself is revelatory, melding nature’s green beauty with carefully considered landscaping. A conservation easement ensures the natural transition of the property to the preserved open spaces beyond. In other words, no worries about anyone building condos next-door! You can roam to your heart’s delight through the woods and across the meadows; all part of the rich tapestry of Fauquier County.

The Plains of today remains casual and unpretentious, with antique shops, a tea room, galleries, and Main Street restaurants like The Rail Stop, Girasole and Front Porch Market and Grill. The local farmers’ market has been in operation for 23 years! Nearby is Middleburg with a film festival, a tennis club, boutique shops and great restaurants such as King Street Oyster Bar and The Red Horse Tavern. Area wineries include Barrel Oak Winery and Tap Farm Taphouse, Blue Valley Vineyard, Red Vineyard, and Boxwood Estate, to name a few. And of course, equine pursuits reign supreme from leisurely trail rides to hunt chases and show jumping.

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