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Middleburg, Virginia

On the market for only the third time since it was built over a century ago is Stonyhurst Farm, located less than one mile from the stoplight in the historic village of Middleburg.  This gently rolling 94-acre property, once called Mt. Olive, is anchored by a stunning circa 1890’s stone house first owned by the well-known Duffey family, one of the founders of the Middleburg Hunt.  Follow the meandering driveway through re-built stone fence lines up to this magnificent home privately sited on a slight rise near the back of the farm.

Back in 2000, this large parcel of land was slated to become the site of 15 homes when the current owners saved it.  The farm, with nearly half a mile of road frontage along Foxcroft Road, was placed under a conservation easement and has been lovingly brought back to life over the last 17 years.

The house was in desperate need of serious renovation when the owners tasked a young Washington DC architect named Donald Lococo to restore and modernize the historic structure.  Their goal was to embrace the simple country lifestyle they so desired in Middleburg without over-doing the home. 

Lococo’s idea was to keep the basic footprint of the house, adding a screened porch to the front and a covered porch in the back so the owners could watch sunrises and sunsets from all angles.  The 2½-year remodel also considered how the home might yet expand.  Homes of that era were added on to over time and the plan provides for a logical place for another addition to the North side of the house.

Mr. Lococo took the house back to its farmhouse roots by utilizing old style building methods more typical of that time period.  He gave careful consideration to the materials used by salvaging as much of the original hardwood flooring as he could, preserving the original stone mantels, and using only native field stone found at the site for the additions.  The owners employed artisans who could match the unique imperfections found in both the interior stucco wall and the mortar in the exterior stonewalls.

In order to add space to the house, the owners were careful to the make the additions balance with the rest of the structure. All new windows and doors were added to bring in natural light throughout the house, including five new dormer windows on the third floor. 

The owners asked Rosemarie Howe, of Rosemarie R. Howe Interiors LLC of Washington DC, to assist them with the interior redesign of the house.  She created a kitchen that evokes a traditional farmhouse feeling, incorporating a paneled ceiling, rich hardwood flooring, and hand-made custom cabinetry built by local artisan, Calvin Page.  Mixed in are modern luxuries, which include thick Brazilian soapstone countertops, a deep farmhouse apron-front sink, a 6-burner Dacor stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a large island.

Small original bedrooms on the 2nd floor were reconstructed into a Master Bedroom Suite with a Walk-in Closet and a Full Bath, along with a second Bedroom with a Full Bath.  The top floor was opened up to create a new third Bedroom with a spacious sitting area and a Full Bath.

To the Southwest side of the house, an addition allowed for functional service spaces such as a Powder Room, Mudroom and a separate Laundry Room. A large screened in porch with an outdoor fireplace overlooks the gardens and pool area below.  Above is a large two-room Office space or another Guest Bedroom.

To round out the renovation team, the owners hired landscape architect, Barry Stark of Earth Design Associates, to accentuate and compliment the incredible beauty of this setting.  Over 200 trees have been added to the property while century old trees have been protected.  He convinced the owners to change the placement of the main entrance to incorporate a tree-lined driveway that ambles through the farm.

Other outbuildings include an old Farm Manager’s House, a Bank Barn with a Workshop, a 4-stall Shed Row barn and other storage structures.  There is an installed underground dog fence and the property is fully fenced with 4-board fencing for all livestock.

The farm is ideal for all equestrian pursuits, or just enjoy it as a primary residence or weekend retreat.  Stonyhurst is a versatile property that will suit any buyer seeking to embrace the serenity of living in the Middleburg countryside.

MLS# LO10148971

Price: $4,425,000

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