Designed as a dressage enthusiast’s dream, Birchgate Farm’s evident charm extends beyond horse enthusiasts. In fact, one of the best things about Birchgate is that it can serve as a quiet weekend retreat for harried city dwellers and offer a great facility for dressage training. With a separate barn and arena entrance, the equestrian side of the farm can easily be rented out and help finance an affordable historic weekend getaway for those who would rather look at horses from a distance.
Dating to the mid-1730s, an original log cabin forms the core of the house. 20th century additions created a large eat-in kitchen, a small formal living room, and an expansive dining room/family room. Today the house at Birchgate is a comfortable space for a couple and their guests. The adjoining guest cottage has a separate kitchen, bedroom, living room, bath, and large sleeping loft. A front porch off the kitchen, a large back porch, and a flagstone terrace provide plenty of outdoor living space as well.
Entry Hall (15 x 8) – pine floors and connecting front and back doors with dining room, living room, den, and staircase.
Living Room (15 x 15) – fireplace, bay window, bookcases and pine floors.
Dining Room (16 x 16) – large room with a bank of windows facing the back porch. Connects to kitchen and entry hall. Oak floors.
Den (15 x 15) – cozy room with log cabin interior with stone fireplace, pine floors, and access to sleeping loft above and kitchen and entry hall.
Kitchen (14 x 14) – generously proportioned with room for breakfast table. Formica counters, brick floors, electric stove, and wood stove. Access to the front porch, den, dining room, and utility room.
Utility Room – Small room with storage and new washer and dryer.
Bath – Full bath with shower stall accessible through utility room.
Front Porch (8 x 15) Screened porch with ceramic tile floor and access to kitchen.
Master Bedroom (15 x 13) – quiet room with pine floors, fireplace, and comfortable seating area.
Hall Bath – shower/tub combo and a single vanity sink counter.
Sleeping Loft (15 x 15) – Spacious sleeping loft with bookshelves, small fireplace, and wide plank floors. Opens to den below.
Connected to the main house by a flagstone terrace, the guest house is a small board and batten cottage which offers more living space. A strategic addition could easily connect the two to create a larger house with more interior space.
Living Room (15 x 14) – dutch door entrance, wide plank pine floors, wood stove, and French doors to a private terrace. Access to sleeping loft, kitchen, hall bath, and bedroom.
Sleeping Loft (15 x 14) – accessed by ship ladder stairs, this ample room has carpeted floors and French doors opening to a small balcony.
Kitchen (9 x 7) – a small galley kitchen with rustic cabinets, linoleum floors, and formica counters.
Hall Bath – a full bath with shower/tub combo and linoleum floors
Bedroom (11 x 10) – carpeted room with closet and small desk area.
PHOTOS OF THE RESIDENCE AND GUEST COTTAGE
The 70 acres of land at Birchgate is divided into 3 tax parcels. A 36 acre parcel has a separate right of way and is used mainly for hay production. A 20 acre parcel is mostly wooded and forms the back perimeter of the property. A 15 acre parcel contains the houses, garage, barns, and arena. A wooded buffer at the entrance provides privacy for the farm. There are approximately 5 acres used as lawn and garden areas with larger specimen trees around the house and barns. A small pond in the center of the property is stocked with fish.
The roughly 20 forested acres are managed as a woodlot, and the open fields are kept in hay. Areas around the house are mowed as lawns and a good portion of this land and surrounding hayfields could very easily be re-fenced as paddocks for horses or other livestock.
PHOTOS OF GROUNDS
Birchgate offers a fully operational dressage facility, and with some new fencing and minor repairs, it could easily become a premier equestrian destination. A separate entrance to the barns and area provides privacy to the house and cottage.
Stables: A traditional barn layout features 12 large box stalls, office/tack room, feed room, and a drive through paved center aisle. The tack room/office includes a washer/dryer and ample work space. There is plenty of natural light, and water and electricity in the building. One stall doubles as a wash stall with hot water. The 8 stalls fronting on the eastern side have individual access doors to the outside for turn-out.
Indoor Arena: (70 x 200) – the large indoor arena is designed for dressage competition and training. There are three large drive-through entrances and one walk-through entrance. Walls are banked and mirrored in corners. A sprinkler systems ensures proper footing and minimal dust. Natural skylights and extensive florescent lighting provide excellent lighting in all areas.
Riding Ring: (66 x 133) – the outdoor riding ring is regulation sized for dressage. Excellent turf footing. The surrounding fence boards need to be replaced.
Barn: Near the stables is a shed barn with large space that can be used for small livestock, or hay or equipment storage.
Garage: Near the house and parking area is a large garage with space for 4 cars. There are two large double doors for vehicle access and a smaller side door as well. This space can be easily re-configured as a workshop or other space and still have plenty of room for 2 or more cars.
PHOTOS OF OUTBUILDINGS
Telecom: Internet service is via wireless network on a satellite dish. Television reception is also via satellite. All three major carriers show some cell reception at Birchgate Farm although Sprint seems to have the strongest signal.
Location: Birchgate is located in Rappahannock County at the county line between Rappahannock, Fauquier, and Culpeper counties about 10 miles from Warrenton and 12 miles from Little Washington. Birchgate is ideally located as a potential hunt box in the center of Old Dominion Hounds hunt territory. Birchgate is 11 miles from Rt. 66 (Marshall exit 27). Approximately 64 miles from Washington, DC. Travel time to downtown DC is 1 Hour 15 minutes (in low traffic situations). Approximately 45-60 minutes to Dulles International Airport. 1 hour 30 minutes to Charlottesville. 10 minutes to Warrenton.
Amenities: Warrenton, the Fauquier County seat has lots of shopping opportunities and is the home the Newbridge Cafe, Claire’s at the Depot, and numerous shops on Main Street. Nearly equidistant is the town of Little Washington, the Rappahannock County seat which offers excellent theater, the Foster-Harris House, the world-renowned Inn at Little Washington, art galleries, wineries, and the nearby Shenandoah National Park. Equestrian pursuits (fox-hunting, trail riding, dressage) are very popular in the immediate neighborhood of Birchgate.
Map of Birchgate Farm showing the 3 tax parcels.