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5 Things You May Not Know About Your Favorite Hunt Country Wineries

It’s officially wine season in Hunt Country! You already know that our home holds some of the world’s best wine, but we bet there’s some things you may not know about the places and people who make it! Keep reading to see if your favorite made the list. Boxwood Estate Winery You may know Jack Kent Cooke as the former, long-time owner of the Washington Redskins. What you may not know is that Boxwood Estate was opened in 2001 by Cooke’s son, John, to honor his father’s long-held dream of owning a vineyard. To this day, the vineyard is owned and operated by the Cooke family, who swapped the Redskins for red wine and seem to have never looked back. Cana Vineyards Cana Vineyards is one of the few Virginia wineries that welcomes dogs indoors as well as out, making it a great destination during the colder months. Situated on [...]

2019-11-08T21:10:32+00:00November 7th, 2019|

Meet Phillip Thomas

Meet Middleburg's Master Realtor…Our Own Phillip Thomas When asked what he thinks about the real estate market in the Virginia Piedmont, Phil Thomas smiles and says, "Real estate in the Hunt Country is unlike any in the D.C. area. You aren't just buying a home, you are buying into a unique landscape and a special way of life. This real estate tends to retain its value because it offers so much more than just a residence." Phillip Thomas and his agents have invested much time and energy into the preservation of the countryside and the cultivation of long-term relationships with property owners and homebuyers here. And Phil is proud of the fact that, over the years, his firm has bought and sold nearly every notable property in the area — most of them more than once. He's also been instrumental in the protection of open spaces. Phil worked hand-in-hand with [...]

2019-10-31T15:54:38+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Country Curb Appeal

Thinking of Selling Your Country Home? Remember…Dressing Up a Home's Curb Appeal Isn't Just for Houses in the City. Perhaps, for a home in a country setting, it should be called roadside appeal. Or, front lane appeal. Whatever you call it, dressing up your home's exterior prior to putting it on the market is essential for attracting the most buyers – and for getting the selling price you want. Here are a few ways, some large, some small, that can make your country home a for-sale showpiece. Paint We're starting big first. Unless your home was fully repainted with within the past two years, inspect the exterior thoroughly to find touch-ups that you can do yourself, or to determine if it needs a full paint job by a professional. You will easily recapture the cost of painting in your selling price. Also, if your property includes outbuildings like a barn, [...]

2019-10-31T15:54:47+00:00October 31st, 2019|

The 2019 Virginia Fall Races – A Hunt Country Tradition

Since 1955, the annual Virginia Fall Races have been a mainstay of the hunt country social calendar, attracting crowds in excess of 10,000 to witness the spectacular pageantry of rigorous steeplechase competition. This year, race day is Saturday, October 12th, with the event held as it has been for 65 years at historic Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Virginia – the oldest continually active competition equestrian course in the Commonwealth. Gates open at 8:30am, and the post time of the first race is 1:00pm. Exciting field hunter competitions begin at 9:00am. Thomas & Talbot Real Estate has long been involved with the Virginia Fall Races, and this year, our own Cricket Bedford is a member of the Race Committee. Ms. Bedford, a hunt country native, has been a riding enthusiast her entire life. Proceeds from the Virginia Fall Races benefit the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation, as well as the Glenwood Park [...]

2019-09-24T21:06:22+00:00September 5th, 2019|