Leesburg, Virginia

The extraordinary Birchwood Estate encompasses 38 acres of the most magnificent land in all of Virginia. The private arboretum of awe inspiring beauty, the exquisite English Country Manor is a masterpiece of the finest quality and design, elegant and charming with spectacular mountain views in a simply “magical setting”.

Ideally located just minutes north of the historic village of Waterford, it is bordered on the west by the Catoctin Creek, one of Virginia’s designated scenic rivers.

Stately iron gates, set in stone pillars, mark the entrance to this exquisite property. A long winding drive crosses a stone bridge and leads to the distinguished residence, ideally sited at the crest of the hill, overlooking sweeping lawns and brilliant gardens. Clusters of rainbow colored flowers and amazing conifers create an inspiring palette of nature at its finest.

The stately English Manor is constructed of native stone with a slate and copper roof. Architecturally, the style is classic and bespeaks history even though it was built in 1996. Perfectly sited, one enjoys the rare combination of privacy and incredible panoramic views. Surrounded by natural beauty one can breathe in sunrise views over the Catoctin Mountains and then later sunset views over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Upon entering the elegant mahogany double doors, one immediately recognizes the utilization of the finest materials and old world craftsmanship. The flooring is of hand scraped oak installed in a herringbone pattern, the detailed moldings and woodwork are exceptional, and the staircase to the second level has a regal feel with low rise, deep set treads and custom handrail and balustrades.

To the right of the gracious center hall is the formal living room with beautiful custom bookcases framing the wood burning fireplace and walls of windows overlooking the splendid perennial gardens. Through the arched doorway to the left is the elegant banquet sized dining room with glass fronted custom made china cabinets, a fireplace with marble surround and a brilliant Waterford chandelier. The spacious gourmet kitchen, breakfast area, and family room are located to the rear of the home, allowing easy access to the lovely stone terrace, pool and spa. The room sizes are gracious and flow beautifully into one another and the huge bay windows are perfectly designed to capture the exquisite views and bathe the rooms in natural sunlight.

The kitchen is a Chef’s delight, with state of the art appliances, granite counter tops and lovely hand-made tiles by local artist Joan Gardiner, as a back splash. The family room and informal dining area are adjacent, featuring an incredible stone fireplace with an antique chestnut mantel and beautiful custom cabinets to accommodate the television and sophisticated surround sound system.

Through French doors from both the living room and family room, one enters a fabulous screened porch, to enjoy the gentle breezes and access to the flagstone terraces. A bubbling fountain surrounded by antique stone pediments, offers a tranquil sound to this amazing landscape.

A hallway from the kitchen, past the convenient butler’s pantry and laundry room, leads to another powder room and the three bay garage.

In the south wing of the main level is the master bedroom suite, featuring a wood burning fireplace, two custom walk in closets and a luxurious bath with a self- heating whirlpool tub. From steps outside the suite one ascends to the private den and office. Being separate from the main living area of the home, there is added seclusion for completing work or seeking solitude. Custom oak cabinetry lines the walls and includes a 75”- 3 D television. An adjacent office, storage room, bathroom, and private balcony complete this level.

From the center hall, which also boasts a guest powder room and closet, the grand staircase leads to the upper level with four gorgeous bedrooms, three of which are en-suite and include wood burning fireplaces. A wonderful combination of cozy sitting rooms and built-ins create a warm and inviting atmosphere in each suite.

Oak steps lead from the foyer to the high ceilinged lower level and into the media/recreation room. Discreetly installed are two custom king sized Murphy beds with hydraulic lifts, wonderful for extra guests. Through heavy antique oak doors one enters an incredible 3500 bottle capacity wine cellar, with a barrel ceiling supported by hand hewn rustic posts. Adjacent to the media room is a well-equipped exercise room with rubber mat flooring. The spotless “systems control room” of the residence is a study in efficiency, with all equipment clearly marked, including the controls for the programmable lighting system, the 7 zone geothermal heating and cooling system and the back- up generator. All the construction records, including plans and blueprints, are organized and readily available. This room perfectly illustrates the attention to detail found throughout and clearly illustrates the quality and years of planning involved.

Birchwood is truly one of the most magnificent estates in all of Virginia. Ideally located just minutes from the historic village of Waterford, with its sweeping lawns, manicured grounds and breathtaking vistas; it offers the utmost in a luxurious country lifestyle.

2 Separate Parcels

Additional 142 acres available.

MLS# LO8616323 PRICE: $2,900,000


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For more information please contact:

Mary Ann McGowan

Office: (540) 687-5523



Jim McGowan

Office: (540) 687-7713


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