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Running Cedar — Nothing Is Overlooked, Except The Rappahannock

Perched 100’ above the Rappahannock River that winds its way through the valley below, renowned landscape architect Richard Arentz found a 70-acre dream site that inspired an amazing home. With the assistance of architect Richard Williams and interior designer Jose Solis Betancourt, Running Cedar was born in the Virginia Countryside, to the acclaim of the design community locally, nationally and internationally.

Windows overlooking the lush foliage outside surround the living room on three sides, while cantilevered oak stairs in the entry gallery provide a sculptural presence in the space that graciously unites the east and west gardens. A massive Shenandoah stone wall — a visual continuation of the stone outside — divides the open floor plan and maintains a connection from the 6,500 square foot main house to the 1,250 square foot guest house. The kitchen was designed to conceal many of its functional appliances in a library-like fashion and acts as a center for casual entertaining.

Inspired By The Virginia Countryside

Running Cedar's main house draws inspiration from simple farm buildings in the vicinity. The design is one room deep yet gracious in its flow from one room to the next.  Its three-stories house four bedrooms and provide sprawling spaces for entertaining and others for intimate gatherings. An open courtyard connects to the guesthouse with a vine-covered pergola overhead — it's the perfect spot for summer buffets al fresco.

The swimming pool, guesthouse, and main residence flank a boxwood-edged west lawn. Verdant lawns enhanced by extensive four season landscaping abounds, including the property's namesake groundcover, Running Cedar. The thoughtful combination of perennials and annuals bloom throughout the growing season in whites, yellows, oranges and salmons. Water features echo the sound of the river below.

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The Fabled Virginia Lifestyle

Running Cedar makes its home in the outskirts of Orlean, a village recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a picturesque landscape rich in history and replete in activities.

Orlean; the nearby towns of Marshall, Oak Hill, Flint Hill, Warrenton and Hume; and Fauquier County itself embody the grace and style that makes the Virginia countryside so inviting. Passionate riders pursue equestrian activities including fox-hunting, trail riding, and dressage. Writers, actors, politicians and others easily recognized find peace, quiet and anonymity in the hills and meadows. Nearby are excellent theater, concerts, art galleries, wineries, and the Shenandoah National Park.

Fine and casual dining are abundantly available including The Griffin Tavern, the Public House Inn, the Bridge Cafe, Claire’s at the Depot, and the famed Inn at Little Washington. You're also tempted by local specialty shops and markets, as well as outposts of large national chain stores.

Recreational Events and Venues include:

  • Great Meadow hosts Virginia Gold Cup, Twilight Polo and Twilight Jumpers, as well as international equestrian events
  • The Upperville Colt & Horse Show spans seven days and showcases over two thousand participants
  • South Wales Golf Club
  • Fauquier Springs Country Club
  • Spring and fall steeplechase races
  • Antique shows, craft festivals, holiday parades and celebrations

Located 11 miles from Rt. 66 (Marshall Exit 27), Orlean is an hour's drive from Washington, DC and a little more than an hour away from Dulles International Airport.

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