One of the most spectacular farms in Virginia, Gilknockie is a rare combination of river frontage, lake, stream, mountain views, woodlands, cropland, and pasture enhanced by a manor house, five tenant houses, an airstrip, and several impressive barns. While currently a thriving cattle and crop farm, Gilknockie has significant potential as a resort, vineyard, educational facility, or private retreat.
The main residence at Gilknockie Farm is a large 1930s Georgian manor that has undergone recent renovations with considerable updates. This imposing home has kitchen and dining on the lower level, large main reception rooms on the main level, bedrooms on the upper level, and excellent storage in the attic spaces. The site above the Robinson river affords views of the farms cropland, lake and river frontage.
Main Residence PHotos
Tenant House 1: A small 2 bedroom Cape Cod cottage with attached garage. Overlooks Leather’s Run which runs through the property. Privately located between the main house and the dairy complex.
Tenant House 2: A 3 bedroom farmhouse house at the edge of the village of Haywood. Fenced yard.
Tenant House 3: A 3 bedroom cottage near the show barn. Separate garage and fenced yard.
Tenant House 4: A large Victorian farmhouse with 3-4 bedrooms depending on configuration. Barns and outbuildings. Outstanding views.
Tenant House 5: Old farmhouse with small barn nearby. Outstanding views and near Leather’s Run.
Tenant House Photos
Gilknockie Farm features some of the most stunning landscapes in Virginia. Rolling pastureland with several meandering streams merge with mature woodlands. Over 90 acres of fertile river bottom cropland hug the Robinson river. This varied landscape is nestled in a private valley with outstanding views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Of the 1,200 acres, approximately 850 acres are in open pasture land, 100 acres in cropland, and approximately 250 acres are in woodlands of mature hardwood with considerable timber value.
Once a showplace farm for a prize-winning herd of Angus cattle, today Gilknockie farm is run as a cow/calf operation that grows its own hay and corn for feed. The farm has water in all fields and is fenced for cattle. The landscape and facilities are ideally suited for cattle, but with some slight modification could be excellent pasturage and facilities for horses, sheep or other livestock. There is considerable potential for viticulture given the soil types and elevations required for grape growing.
Outbuildings and Features
Gilknockie Farm has a multitude of structures located throughout the farm. There are over a dozen barns and farm structures but smaller buildings are in poor repair. An advanced dam/sluice system fills the farm lake from the Robinson River. A small park between the manor house and Leather’s Run has a gazebo and some stonework. Some of the more notable features include:
Show Barn: A large barn cement stone barn that was once a premier cattle show spot on the East Coast. This building is open and easily converted to stalls or large indoor space.
Dairy Barns: This cluster of three barns includes a large silo.
Barn Village: These six barns/sheds located between the dairy complex and tenant house 1 are of various sizes and in various states of repair.
Lake: This large lake was formed by diverting water from the nearby Robinson River. It is stocked with bass, sunfish and catfish. A large picnic area is adjacent to the swimming dock. The spillover dam releases water back into the river.
River: The Robinson river forms the southern boundary of the farm for approximately 1/2 mile. There is an elaborate sluice system which diverts water from the river to the lake and other areas for agricultural use. While not navigable for boat traffic, the Robinson is an excellent fishing river for wading and shore casting.
Airstrip: nearly a mile long, this grass airstrip is well maintained and situated below the house surrounded by cropland.
Outbuilding and Features Photos
Telecom: Internet service is available from satellite providers. Television is also via satellite. Cell phone coverage is available from AT&T and Verizon.
Location: Gilknockie Farm is located on West Hoover Road between the village of Sperryville and towns of Culpeper and Madison in Madison County, Virginia. Travel time to downtown DC is 1 Hour 40 minutes (in low traffic situations). Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Dulles International Airport. 45 minutes to Charlottesville. 10 minutes to Culpeper and 30 minutes to Warrenton. It lies in the Bull Run Hunt territory.
Amenities: Nearby Culpeper is home to a number of restaurants including Foti’s, Hazel River Inn and Thyme, several shops such as The Cameleer, Green Roost, and Pepperberries, and theaters, including the State Theater and the Library of Congress’s Packard Theater. Commonwealth Park, Virginia’s largest equestrian facility is also nearby.
A map with approximate farm boundaries can be found here.
A map of potential farm subdivisions can be found here.
A current survey plat of the farm is unavailable at this time.