Hume, Virginia | 25.11 acres | $1,485,000 | under contract Get Directions | MLS #VAFQ2001116
For more information please contact John Coles jcoles@thomasandtalbot.com (540) 270-0094

WRENWOOD, the charming country home of one of Hunt Country's most renowned landscape designers, is being offered for the first time. Custom built to her and her husband's specifications of Western Red Cedar, this home was designed to be a retreat in nature while offering stunning interior spaces. Of the 25 acres, most of the land is in woodlands with approximately 9 acres in open field suitable for pasture. As one would expect, this 25 acre estate features magnificent gardens including specimen trees, delightful year round.

One enters the home from a covered front porch to find a dramatic 2 story gambrel vaulted great room, also of Western Red Cedar, with 3 x 14 exposed beams and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The many large windows and glass doors, provide beautiful light, making this an extraordinary and inviting room with wonderful living and dining areas perfect for hosting gatherings. Open to this room and sharing a breakfast bar is the chef's kitchen with cabinetry of Sugar Pine custom made by Country Cupboards of Little Washington. The U shaped workspace features 37 1/2' high counters and includes a Wolf induction cooktop, wall oven, Miele dishwasher and Gaggenau refrigerator. Behind the kitchen is a cozy bonus room with custom cabinetry and a daybed. Both the kitchen and great room offer doors to the wrap around deck encouraging serene outdoor living and al fresco dining enveloped in nature. For approximately 5 months of the year, once the trees have dropped their leaves, one can enjoy Blue Ridge Mountain views. From the great room one also has access to a full bath on the main level and stairs of Heart Pine, which lead to the second level office loft and bedroom suite. This was the original primary bedroom and features a small bath and a balcony overlooking the gardens. As part of the original home, from the kitchen one has access to the lower level with laundry room, home office, storage and a large room used as a woodshop.

Returning to the foyer one now enters the Tavern Room of the stunning 2 story addition featuring exposed log walls and a dining area overlooking the gardens. This wing of the home features a main level primary suite with exposed logs and beams. The exposed log walls in both the Tavern Room and bedroom are from a late 1600's log cabin from Botetourt County, Virginia. The logs were split in two and attached to the exterior 2 x 6 insulated walls to provide the charm of history and comfort of today. The ceiling beams, with the markings from the adze add to the ambiance, as well as the deep set windows with custom shutters on the front 3 windows. One now enters the dressing room with wonderful cabinetry and the bath, which features a Kohler Body Spa Shower, Kohler whirlpool tub and double vanities. The upper level of this addition offers 2 charming dormer rooms and a full bath.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS: Having been included twice in Garden Week tours, the Landscape Designer/Owner provided the following description of Wrenwood's gardens. The gardens at Wrenwood were begun about 40 years ago, Many of the trees were planted first so they could become well established and provide a "framework' for the rest of the gardens. Planted are native trees, but also many unusual specimens that we saw at places like Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Biltmore Estate, and at Arboretums around the east. Longwood influenced us greatly as we are in about the same climate zone as they are.

Design priority was to have a garden with 4 season interest. Even in winter the native Beech maintain apricot colored leaves, the native Dogwoods have red berries to feed the birds, Boxwood provide dark green structure, the Sweet Bay and Southern Magnolia hold their large shiny leaves, and the Conifers provide varying shades of blue, green and chartreuse. Several trees with beautiful bark are planted here including Paperbark Maple, Kousa Dogwood, Beech, Persian Parrotia, River Birch, ,and the white Crepe Myrtle 'Natchez'.

Spring is absolutely amazing - bulbs, Hellebores, flowering trees and shrubs everywhere. Most prized are the large Native Azaleas I bought from Jim Plyler at Natural Landscapes in Pennsylvania. (his native azaleas are planted in many places at Longwood Gardens) The native Azaleas are not evergreen, but they make up for that with delightful flowers in white, pink, yellow or orange and most have a wonderful fragrance. The woodland area also has many groundcovers and ferns. Summer brings perennials and ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, including Clethra with a spicy fragrance, and a native Azalea (R. prunifolium) that opens bright orange flowers around the 4th of July. Many flowers and shrubs have been planted for Butterflies, Hummingbirds and small pollinators Fall is an extravagance of color for 2 months provided by trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. The large Gingko is one of the most amazing, pure yellow. Japanese and native Maples have varying colors of orange to red, native Hickory a bright yellow. When the leaves finally drop off the trees in the woodland we can see the trees in the field and the Blue Ridge Mountains from the house for the next 5-6 months.


Western Red Cedar siding on exterior

Western Red Cedar paneling in great room, tongue and groove boards

12" cinderblock basement walls

2 x 12 rafters with 11" fiberglass insulation

2 x 6 walls with 5 ½" fiberglass plus 1" rigid insulation on top of that (including the log walls.

2 x 12 floor joists

Heart pine stairways, breakfast bar and mantle

Floor to ceiling stone fireplace in great room

Wood stove adjacent to great room fireplace

Wood stove in basement with venting at great room fireplace

Chimney rebuilt with poured material surround all 3 flues

Kitchen cabinets hand made from sugar pine by Country Cupboards in Little Washington.

Rat-tail hinges on all kitchen cabinets

Log Walls- from a late 1600's log cabin in Botetourt County, Virginia. The logs were split in half and applied to a 2 x 6 insulated wall

Heart pine flooring in hallway and main level primary bedroom

Hand planed doors in primary bedroom with custom hardware

Deep set windows with custom shutters on front windows of primary bedroom

Kohler whirlpool and Body Spa in primary bath

Dressing room with built in cabinets

Electric panel with 18 switches behind picture at landing

Laundry chute from original primary bedroom to basement laundry

Large number of built in cabinets and bookshelves

Individually designed lighting fixtures from Authentic Designs in Vermont

5 Casablanca ceiling fans

2 heat pumps

2 x 12 floor joist on back deck, with 6 x 6 posts

Extensive gardens and specimen trees on Garden Week tours twice

Woodland gardens


Hume, Virginia | 25.11 acres | $1,485,000 | under contract Get Directions | MLS #VAFQ2001116
For more information please contact John Coles jcoles@thomasandtalbot.com
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