Paris, Virginia

LOCATION: Nestled against a hillside in the Crooked Run Valley just outside the quaint village of Paris, Virginia is Ovoka Farm, a stately and picturesque Federal manor home and estate. In permanent conservation easement and surrounded by 2,000 acres of protected lands, Ovoka holds tremendous historical significance, as it was part of the George Carter land patent of 1731, a grant of more than 3,000 acres made to the son of Robert King Carter by Lord Fairfax. George Washington, who surveyed this land in 1769, later purchased acreage adjacent to Ovoka. The property also served as temporary headquarters for both armies during the Civil War. An excellent example of American Federal architecture, Ovoka embraces neoclassical elements of design, bright interiors with large windows, walls and ceilings, and a decorative yet subtle appearance.

A brilliant equestrian facility as well, Ovoka possesses a long history of accomplishment, as the sight of the first trotting track in the US and as the previous home of C. Reed Thomas, former Master of the storied Piedmont Foxhounds and founder of the Hunt Country Stable Tour. Under the current owners, Ovoka has been the home of International Three Day Event horses who have competed at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 Pan American Games, and the World Cup, as well as top finishers at such esteemed International Events such as The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and the Burghley Horse Trials in England.
Convenient to Route 50, the farm is located twenty minutes to Winchester Regional Airport, under an hour to Dulles International Airport, and roughly ninety minutes to Washington, DC.

THE RESIDENCE: Situated in one of the most painted and photographed landscapes in the Southeastern United States, Ovoka has evolved over a period of some 200 years, including a complete, historically sensitive renovation in 2006. In spite of its changes, the home maintains a classic, cohesive style, boasting original millwork (including heart of pine, walnut, oak and cherry woodwork, all native to the property), fine period paneling, built in bookcases and niches, and authentic hardware throughout. The hand carved mantles on all eight fireplaces date from the late 18th/early 19th centuries.

The long driveway from Gap Run Road gently guides you home, past the recently updated farm manager’s cabin, a scenic pond and traditional Virginia black Oak plank fencing, arriving at a circular drive in front of the impressive entrance, surrounded by mature boxwood hedges, magnolias, and other shade trees. Painted wood pillars grace the front portico, flagstone terrace and front door, crowned by a period fanlight window and flanking sidelights.

MAIN FLOOR: The Foyer is luminous and convivial, stretching the width of the residence. To the right of the main entrance sits the Living Room (20’X17½’ ), with grand windows facing east, providing ample natural light and ventilation, in addition to gorgeous hood molding and wood burning fireplace. To the Left is the Library (20’X18½’), featuring the same stunning views, as well as its own fireplace and gorgeous built in shelves on which to display an impressive literary collection.
A hallway off the Library shows the way to the Formal Dining Room (20’X13½’), which also has a fireplace with original mantle. Adjacent to the Dining Room is located a wet bar, featuring marble counter tops, small refrigerator, ample cabinet space, and a slate floor.
At the end of the hallway is the Country Kitchen (28½’X15’), to the immediate left of which is located the back staircase leading to the second floor. The Kitchen, with slate floors, vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, enjoys tremendous natural light, in addition to state of the art AGA gas range, steel appliances, soapstone countertops, a spacious pantry and tremendous cabinet space, including a generous built in bookshelf perfect for keeping treasured family recipes. French doors open to one of two flagstone terraces at the back of the home, which overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mudroom at the end of the Kitchen contains a spacious closet and utility sink and the attached laundry facilities include a water closet.

A back hallway, with windows spanning its length, is located just off the end of the foyer. Here you will find access to the second flagstone terrace as well as a full bathroom featuring a glass door stand up shower, travertine floor and limestone vanity. The wood paneled Office (13’X12’) sits at the end of the back hall, just before the grand, yet comfortable Family Room (32’X17’), with its striking walnut floors, cherry paneled walls and ornate fireplace. On opposite walls of the Family Room are doors leading to the front and back gardens, respectively. In the far corner is the staircase leading to the Guest Room (21½’X15 ½’) on the second floor.

SECOND LEVEL: Just off the first landing of the main staircase, with its painted wainscoting and railing, sits a short hallway containing multiple built in closets and cabinets, opposite of which is located Bedroom #1 (14’X23’), a bright and lively abode with fireplace and excellent views of the back gardens. It also features recessed windows and double closets. At the end of the hall, find a second full bath with tile floor, tub, and built in cabinets and linen shelves.

THIRD LEVEL: Atop the second landing, you will find a large full bath, with mosaic tile floor, painted wainscoting, built in linen shelves, tub, marble vanity and plantation shutters. To the right of this landing is situated the open and airy Bedroom #2 (19½’X16 ½’), with double closets, large windows, and spectacular views facing East to the front of the property. The Master Suite (19’X16½’) completes the third floor and is comprised of the generously sized bedroom with copious windows, fireplace, and substantial His and Hers walk in closet.

THE PROPERTY: Home to numerous mature plantings including boxwood, magnolia, black walnut, cherry, weeping willows and others, Ovoka features two outdoor terraces facing West overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, in addition to an outdoor stone charcoal grill, gazebo, and expansive flower and vegetable gardens. Dependencies include a garden house/cutting room, dog kennel and separate office building with French Doors, built in shelves, and combination of tile and hardwood flooring.

EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES: Ovoka Farm features a new custom built six stall center aisle barn with Lucas exterior and stall doors, automatic fly abatement system, piping for automatic waterers, feed room and well-equipped tack room. Attached under the long, covered breezeway is a completely refinished antique two-stall barn with utility washroom and large blanket drying room, plus a kitchen and a bathroom. There is a four-stall bank barn beneath the historic Carriage House that includes a tack room and wash stall. Attached to the Carriage House is a tractor storage bay.
Ovoka possesses numerous multi-acre fenced paddocks, most with automatic waterers, a bluestone-based sand riding arena, a fenced grass jump ring, gallop filed and access to miles of trails up and over the Blue Ridge behind the farm. Ovoka’s famous hills have provided a conditioning venue for successful steeplechase racehorses and International Three Day Event horses.



MLS# FQ7423565 PRICE $4,250,000



Photography by Paul Rocheleau

from the book Hunt Country Style


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John Coles

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