Everything one wants in a country estate – privacy, lush pastures and forested riding and walking trails, sparkling river frontage, and gorgeous mountain views – is wrapped up in one special package at Monterrain. Monterrain’s 176 acres entice you with grand vistas and stunning mountain views, and the subtle delights of a perfectly groomed forest trail. The overall affect is one of simplicity and luxury combined. A casually comfortable farmhouse and cozy guest houses provide the perfect retreat from a hectic life in the outside world. But this private paradise is not so removed that one can’t easily enjoy the finest cuisine, wine, shopping, and theater just minutes away. The ideal country escape for both sybarite and sportsman.
There are three dwellings on Monterrain, in addition to other outbuildings, that make it a cozy retreat for family and friends. The residences are clustered at the farm entrance and arranged in a small hamlet of dwellings. Spaced slightly apart for privacy, but close enough for easy access to the main house for meals and gatherings.
Main House: The circa 1890s farmhouse has been updated over the years to provide for a comfortable family house as either a full-time residence or a weekend retreat.
- Entry Hall (13 x 16) – a large room beyond the entry foyer, with wood burning fireplace, built-in bookcases and cabinets, and painted pine floors. A half bath and access to dining room, great room and downstairs guest room.
- Great Room (29 x 16) – a large room with cathedral ceiling, large fireplace, wide plank pine floors, and a wall of french doors opening to the mountain views. A wet bar and storage space connects this room to the entry hall.
- Downstairs Guest Room (11 x 14) – A charming room with en suite bath, fireplace, and painted pine floors.
- Dining Room (19 x 13) – Room enough for a large dinner party and great entertaining space. Painted pine floors. Opens to kitchen, entry hall, guest room, and both front and back porches.
- Kitchen (12 x 12) – Eat-in space and open to dining room and front porch. Access to bath/laundry and extra storage. Pine floors. Gas range.
- Upstairs Bedroom 1 (15 x 10) – Bead board paneling and painted pine floors make this a cheerful bedroom.
- Upstairs Hall Bath – Good sized room with tiled shower. Services upstairs bedrooms 1 and 2.
- Upstairs Bedroom 2 (20 x 13) – large room with dormer windows and space for two beds.
- Upstairs Bedroom 3 (14 x 12) – comfortable room with en suite bath with tiled shower and skylight.
- Upstairs Bedroom 4 – (12 x 12) – cozy bedroom with painted floors.
Main Residence PHotos
Cook’s House (13 x 19) – A charming and compact house with clapboard siding and metal roof near the main house. A large open room with raw pine paneled walls and floors. Large stone fireplace and a small bath with shower, and small closet.
Log Cabin (15 x 13) – A beautifully restored log cabin with log and board walls, large stone fireplace, and large upstairs sleeping loft and small bath with shower.
Trailer (12 x 22) – There is a small and comfortable mobile home on a private parcel for staff housing
Monterrain is 176 acres of rolling hills, forest, streams, lush pasturage and long frontage on the Hughes River. There are miles of groomed interior walking and riding trails. The fields are all very well maintained and used as hay fields. Trails in the hayfields are maintained through the haying season to connect to the woodland and river trails. The woodlands have been carefully manicured to merge seamlessly with the fields and pasture. Great care has been taken to remove all invasive species and there has been considerable replanting of native species.
Approximately 40 acres have been left wooded. Woodlands are mostly mature hardwoods (Oak, tulip poplars, and other natives) and some pines. There is substantial timber potential, but the woodlands are currently maintained as privacy barriers and wildlife habitat. The open fields are a mixture of orchard grass, fescue, and native forbs. All are in excellent shape and provide a quality hay crop of at least two cuttings a year. There is no fencing on the farm, but if fenced, the farm is ideal grazing for cattle, horses, or other livestock. There are two developed water sources for livestock.
There are several streams and springs that could be developed for a potential pond, or even a lake. The river frontage is nearly 3/4 a mile with wooded banks and walking trails that meander along the banks. The Hughes River separates Rappahannock and Culpeper counties. While the bulk of the farm is in Rappahannock County, there are five acres of the farm across the river in Culpeper county, thus affording the owners full access to the river on both banks. The Hughes is a pristine mountain river of rocky and sandy bottom and is well stocked with trout and other fish.
Open spaces, streams, fields, forest and trails are beautifully maintained to enhance pastoral views and the rustic ambiance. There are several miles of maintained trails throughout the property suitable for walking or riding.
Driveways and parking areas: gravel and grass roadways access the houses and farm outbuildings.
Garage: There is a small one bay garage suitable for car or other vehicle storage.
Chicken Coop: A small shed that can be used for hens or small livestock, or as a garden building.
Garden Shed: A small shed near the orchard for storing garden implements.
Orchard: A small orchard between the cook’s house and the chicken coop is planted with semi-dwarf fruit trees.
Wells and Watering Systems: A well services the residences, with a separate well for the trailer, and there are two springs that have been enhanced with cattle waterers.
Machine Shed: Large building for storage of hay and farm machinery.
Old Cabin: There is a shell of an old cabin on a field’s edge which could be moved or restored in place.
Telecom: Internet service is available through a local broadband provider or satellite dish. Television is also via satellite. Cell phone coverage on the farm is minimal.
Location: Monterrain is located on Slate Mills in Rappahannock County, mid-way between Rt. 231 (F.T. Valley Road) and Rt. 522 (Zachary Taylor Hwy), and is in the Rappahannock Hunt foxhunting territory. Approximately 13 miles from downtown Culpeper and 75 miles from Washington, DC. Travel time to downtown DC is 1 Hour 45 minutes (in low traffic situations). Approximately 60-80 minutes to Dulles International Airport. 45 minutes to Charlottesville. 20 minutes to Warrenton. Train service to Washington DC is available from Culpeper Station.
Amenities: The nearby village of Sperryville boasts three restaurants, Thornton River Grille, Three Blacksmiths, and Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen, as well as two brew pubs; Pen Druid and Hopkins Ordinary. “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.
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