Randleston Farm is prized throughout the Steeplechase Community. It sits high on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with views that are simply majestic. This classic craftsman style stone mansion is truly a masterpiece of design and distinction and presides over coveted land stretching between the Shenandoah River and Ebenezer Road. Featured on the Virginia State Garden Tour and the holiday issue of “Virginia Living”, it is a rare offering of grace and historic beauty, providing privacy and seclusion in an idyllic country setting.
Beautifully sited on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Randleston Farm encompasses 116 gorgeous acres of rolling countryside with breathtaking mountain views. The Shenandoah River borders the western perimeter and lush pastures, flowering fruit trees and brilliant English gardens grace the grounds.
The 10,000 square foot stone manor was built in the 1920’s and recently underwent three years of meticulous restoration with extraordinary quality, superb craftsmanship and exquisite décor.
The classic proportions of the stone edifice belie the Arts and Crafts interior of the four story manor home of Randleston. Exquisitely crafted, using indigenous materials and local artisans, the home was commissioned in the 1920’s by the owner of the Savoy-Plaza, New York Supreme Court Judge Phillip Dugrow, for his only daughter. Unfortunately, her ownership was brief due to the 1929 crash of the stock market and that event and a series of unfortunate ownerships left the property in disrepair. It was the current owners who embarked on a true restoration with meticulous attention to preserving its historical integrity.
The restoration to the interior of the home includes the replacement and updating of the wiring, plumbing, and four zone heating and cooling systems. The clean lines of the new mission style kitchen cabinetry as well as the classic fixtures, wainscoting and white subway tile in the baths, blend beautifully with the 1920’s home. The walls of the Great Hall are fashioned from wood cut to the size of limestone and faux finished to resemble travertine, and the exposed beams were stripped of black varnish, exposing the natural wood. The flooring in the common areas was topped with wide board oak, and the rooms flanking the Great Hall are custom fitted with exquisite Wilton carpeting. Renovations to the exterior include repointing of the stone, a new standing seam metal roof, new Marvin divided light windows, copper gutters and the addition of c.1600 lighting fixtures.
MAIN LEVEL: A long graceful drive circles beneath a Porte Cochere, where one enters the east side of the home into the gracious foyer. From here doors open into the dramatic Great Hall, beautifully symmetrical, grandly scaled and extending the full depth of the home. Instructions from the original owner to the architect were that this room was to be “large enough to turn a four-in-hand team”. The two massive stone fireplaces facing each other are centered in the room, above which is an impressive chandelier from the estate of renowned architect, Stanford White. A second floor gallery encircles this room and provides access to the three bedrooms on the second level and a stairway to the four bedrooms of the third level.
Spacious, sun drenched rooms flank the Great Hall. To its south is an elegant sitting room/parlor, where the present owners added two sets of French doors which open to the wide stone terrace and overlook the sweeping lawns and magnificent gardens. Custom cabinetry lines one wall and frames a charming gas fireplace with slate surround. A hidden door opens to the wet bar area with marble counters and glass fronted cabinets. Also on this side of the home is the stunning library, rich with the color of its birds-eye maple faux finishes, a stone fireplace, tall windows, glass fronted bookshelves and a private bath.
On the north side of the home, the formal dining room displays magnificent 16th century Flemish wall panels that once adorned Samuel Guggenheim’s penthouse at the Savoy-Plaza. The dining room includes a corner fireplace, a coffered ceiling and has glass paned French doors opening to the paneled billiards room, perfect for gracious entertaining.
A swinging door leads to the butler’s pantry and accesses the gourmet country kitchen, which was completely modernized. It features state of the art appliances, a center island, floor to ceiling subway tile and Italian granite counters. This entire level creates an atmosphere of a distinguished historic estate of a fabulous bygone era.
The low rise and deep run of the stairs to the second level gallery are of beautifully finished oak as is the handrail and mission style balustrade. The gallery overlooks the Great Hall with two bedrooms sharing a bath on one side and the owner’s suite occupying the other side. The owner’s suite includes a corner fireplace and a private sitting room with large, dramatic curved windows on the front and side walls and a barreled ceiling. The views are simply magnificent. The suite’s luxurious bath is charming with subway tile and high wainscoting lining the walls. There is a steam shower, hammered nickel sinks, marble counters and spacious closets. Heated floors, a mini kitchen, private laundry and deep soaking tub, all create an ideal setting for pure relaxation.
EQUINE FACILITIES: Currently leased to a veterinarian specializing in horse breeding, the facilities include an incredible 20 stall stone and stucco stable with ceiling and exhaust fans, providing excellent air flow. There is a separate three stall foaling barn, a round pen and an Equifit horse walker with Tapeta footings, providing an excellent riding surface that does not freeze. All the paddocks are board fenced and double fenced and the large paddocks have run-in sheds and automatic waterers.
MANAGER’S/GUEST HOUSE: Remodeled within the past 10 years, it offers a “great room” open concept, three bedrooms, a modern kitchen and a loft. There is a fireplace and decking for outdoor enjoyment.
Wonderfully designed, the third level offers four very spacious bedrooms with windows capturing the panoramic views. These bedrooms share the two tiled baths at each end of the hallway and additional walk-in cedar closets are opposite the bedrooms.
LOWER LEVEL: With access both from the kitchen and steps from the outside, this level houses a handsome wine room, a stone walled pub room, laundry and storage.
GROUNDS: Towering trees, a spring fed pond and brilliant perennial gardens enhance this magical mountain top setting. An alley’ of mature boxwoods leads to a glorious fountain and walking paths, bordered by stone walls and iron gates.
There is a separate five bay garage with a two bedroom apartment above.
LOCATION: With easy access to Route 7 and the Toll Road, Randleston Farm’s location is one of convenience between Winchester and Leesburg, with excellent access to Dulles International Airport and the nation’s capital.