circa 1840

Delaplane, Virginia

98 Acres which has included a Thoroughbred Breeding Farm
Listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Historic Landmarks

BACKGROUND: Steeped in History, the land of Ashleigh was originally part of Chief Justice John Marshall’s estate of Oak Hill. Margaret Marshall Smith, his granddaughter, designed this home for her residence where she and her husband lived until 1860. The exquisite stone and stucco Greek Revival country home is sited on a knoll with grand views of the Delaplane countryside. The massive boxwoods, which are trimmed bi-annually by the Boxwood Society, provide an even more spectacular setting for this wonderful home.

INTERIOR: From the front portico breathe in the views before entering the grand hall (36’ x 12’) with its beautifully finished heart pine floors, wide mouldings, and 12’8” ceiling height. Through deep set, 8 ‘ heart pine doors, the hall opens to the light filled double drawing room (37’ x 20’) with a fireplace at each end of the room and wet bar. Tall, graceful windows open onto decorative iron balconies overlooking the stone terrace, fountain and gardens.

Part of the elegance of the design of this home is that its profile does not compete with its surroundings. Built into a hillside, the lower level is an English Basement. This design allows the home to remain cooler in the summer. Close friends generally use the lower level entrance which opens into a gallery with stone floor and wonderful tile mural. The mural was commissioned by the previous owner, and made by local artist Joan Gardiner, depicting the owner’s family on a hunting trip in Georgia.

The gallery leads to a gracious sitting room (32’ x 11’) from which one accesses the formal dining room (18’ x 17’6”) with French doors leading to the terrace. Also accessed from the sitting room is the study (18’ x 15’), finished with pine paneling, removed from the White House during the Hoover Administration, by then owner Dr. Edmund Horgan. It was Dr. Horgan who had the foresight to list this property on The National Register of Historic Places in 1973, where the nomination form states, “…Ashleigh remains one of the most distinctive antebellum homesteads in Northern Virginia.”

The upper level of the east wing is accessed from the grand hall and contains 2 bedrooms, each measuring (15’ x 15’), and 2 full baths. In 2001, during Sandra Whitney Payson’s ownership, the 28’ x 28’ octagonal library was built to house her extensive collection of books and art. The new addition accommodates a wood paneled elevator and full bath. On the lower level of this wing is a walk in safe, wine room, auxiliary kitchen, 2 additional bedrooms, bath, storage and garage.

The upper level of the west wing houses a very private owner’s suite. The foyer of the suite offers wonderful closets and powder room. The lovely sitting room (15’ x 13’) with its 10’ ceilings, heart pine flooring and fireplace leads to the master bedroom (17’6 x 16’) and full bath, all with stately deep set windows providing beautiful light.

The quaint and historic stairway connecting the two levels is also in the west wing. The kitchen is on the first floor and is equipped with Viking and Thermador appliances and cherry cabinetry. Adjacent to the kitchen is the sunny breakfast room, office and bath; this area has easy access to the gardens and side drive. For ease of mind there is a generator which powers the heating, kitchen and some lighting during a power outage.

Gardens and Pool: Ashleigh enjoys spectacular views and wonderful entertaining space all four seasons. The gardens of Ashleigh are enhanced by mature plantings, perennial gardens, including a famous allee of peonies, and sculpture. The heated pool is surrounded by a stone patio which adjoins the two bedroom, two bath pool/guest house with full kitchen and wonderfully inviting family room.
Horse Facilities and Dependencies: Manhasset Stable- A Thoroughbred breeding stable was brought to Ashleigh through Sandra Payson in the 1970’s. In addition to a 10 stall, 4 stall, and 3 stall barn with appropriate tack rooms there are several run in sheds and a large machine shed. Attached to the10 stall barn are two separate living quarters for farm managers. Close to the main home is a two bedroom, two bath guest cottage.

Land Use: Ashleigh has 42 acres in managed Forestry which reduces the owner’s tax obligation. Should purchaser choose to not continue with such, current owner will not be subject to roll back taxes.
Ashleigh is an estate of beauty and substance in addition to being a historically significant property. Located at the SW intersection of Winchester Road, (Rt. 17) and Rt. 55, it is very convenient to I- 66.

MLS FQ8758225 $2,500,000


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