Hungry Run Farm is an iconic Rappahannock County landmark. The dramatic mountain views, lush woodlands, open fields, and granite cliffs tumbling down to the Rappahannock River are emblematic of the rural serenity that can be found less than an hour from the capital beltway. This working farm takes pride in environmental stewardship and has embarked on a unique partnership to protect the local watershed at the same time preserving open farmland through a groundbreaking streambed mitigation program.
Hungry Run Farm has three dwellings grouped together in a residential compound. The main house is sited furthest along the entrance drive and is afforded some privacy from the other two homes by a screen of mature trees.
The manor house dates to the mid-1800s, but has some elements that indicate an even longer history. The stone, stucco and clapboard residence has had several additions in the 1920s and 1970s to keep its rustic charm but still provide for some modern conveniences.
- Basement Room (25 x 19) – large unfinished room with laundry area and utilities.
- Family Room – (25 x 26 ) – this large room was added in the 1970s to provide a gathering space for the whole family. It features hardwood floors, a woodburning fireplace, cathedral ceilings and French doors to the pool.
- Kitchen (12 x 13) – a fully functional galley kitchen with a small butler’s pantry/bar adjacent to the dining room.
- Dining Room (18 x 14) – an old Virginia dining room with large fireplace and original plank floors.
- Screened Porch (20 x 16) – accessible from the dining room and back sitting room this screened porch offers expansive views of the entire farm, and provides a wonderful summer dining area.
- Ground Floor Master (19 x 11) – this master bedroom suite features a fireplace in the bedroom, dressing room, en suite bathroom, and sitting room with fireplace.
- Library (16 x 14) – a cozy room with dark paneled walls and large fireplace and original floors.
- Pool – a free-form pool surrounded by a generous terrace is on the south side of the house and is directly accessible via the family room.
- Guest Bedroom (16 x 12) – Guest room under the eaves above dining room
- Front Bedroom (19 x 15) – Large sunny bedroom over looking the front garden area.
- Back Bedroom (15 x 15) – Comfortable bedroom overlooking the farm.
- Hall Bath – Full bath with shower/tub.
Guest Cabin: A charming log cabin with open kitchen and living areas and large stone fireplace. There is one bedroom and a separate sleeping loft, with storage on the lower level. Located within walking distance of the main house.
Tenant Cottage: A comfortable 1950s bungalow with kitchen, living room, bath and 3 bedrooms.
photos of residences
The 487 acres of High Meadow Farm are divided almost evenly between woodlands and open pasture acreage. Approximately 230 acres are in woodlands with significant timber resources. The balance of roughly 240 acres is kept in hayfields and pastures. The farm extends from wooded hillsides to rolling pasture land, and level hayfields. There are coop jumps throughout the farm and great effort has been expended to allow for generous interplay between fields and forest, open up mountain views, and provide wildlife corridors. The farm is protected by a conservation easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
- Gardens: Flower beds and more informal shrubbery around the pool and house are mixed with larger specimen trees located within a walled and fence residential compound. Large pines and spruce trees provide shade and privacy between the main house and the guest house.
- Cemetery: There is a small cemetery located within the garden walls of the residential area of the farm. Centuries old grave markers and old stone walls make this a quiet area of repose.
- Streams: All streams and streambeds are currently being repaired and improved to allow for unimpeded water flow and a pristine wildlife environment. These waterways are protected by a stream bed mitigation program which is detailed here.
- Pastures: Approximately 240 open acres are planted in a mix of orchard grass, fescue clover, and other grasses. Roughly 30 acres are kept ungrazed as hayfields, though hay-quality pasture is available in other fields as well.
- Fencing: Several larger fields have been fenced, but there is minimal cross-fencing on the farm. Under the terms of the streambed mitigation program, all livestock must be fenced out of the stream bed areas to create buffer zones of undisturbed vegetation. The mitigation map can be viewed here. There are several coop jumps for horses along the fencelines.
- River: The Rappahannock River forms the northern boundary of the farm with over 1 mile of river frontage. The river meanders past granite cliffs and sandy banks, and ranges in depth from 1 foot to 8 ft. There are several swimming holes and numerous private picnic areas along the riverbank. There is also excellent fishing in the river since the removal of the barrier dam in Fredericksburg (70 miles downstream). A number of fish species that have been barred from the river for over 100 years have been returning to their ancestral spawning grounds.
- Cattle Barn: Large multi-purpose barn with water and electricity suitable for sorting livestock, horse stalls, storage for hay, etc.
- Pole Barn: Smaller barn with shed roof attachment. Flexible space but with room for up to 8 box stalls.
Photos of Farm
Telecom: Internet service is available via wireless network on a satellite dish or via mobile broadband. Television is also via satellite (DirecTV or Dish). Cell phone coverage on the farm is available on the Sprint, AT&T and Verizon networks.
Location: Hungry Run Farm is located on South Poes Road in Rappahannock County, between the villages of Amissville and Flint Hill. Hungry Run is a prime hunt fixture for the local foxhunting pack (Old Dominion Hounds). Hungry Run Farm is 14 miles from Rt. 66 (Marshall exit 27) or 21 miles (Ft. Royal exit). Approximately 68 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 15 minutes to Charlottesville. 20 minutes to Warrenton, 10 minutes to Front Royal.
Amenities: The nearby village of Flint Hill boasts two restaurants, 24 Crows, and The Griffin Tavern. “Little” Washington, the county seat is the home of The Inn at Little Washington and shops and theater. Rappahannock County is a close-knit rural community with excellent theater, concerts, art galleries, wineries, and the Shenandoah National Park. Equestrian pursuits (fox-hunting, trail riding, dressage) are very popular.