Much like the English manor it so wonderfully resembles, Orlean House presides over the village of Orlean in a grand yet friendly manner. While focused on the 220 year old stone main house, the 18 acre property also includes all the traditional trappings of a country manor, but with 21st century conveniences. The pond, guest cottage, 5 stall stables, paddocks, and barns create the ideal setting for a hunt box for serious fox-hunters. The pool, tennis courts, spa, and extensive landscaping make this property the perfect country retreat without the maintenance and expense of larger acreage. In short, Orlean House is a country escape par excellence.
Dating to the mid-1790s, the stone manor house has had several additions in the 19th and 20th centuries, and a complete refurbishment in the 21st. Today it maintains its colonial era charm with a gentle overlay of 21st century sophistication. The four bedroom, three and a half bath has been elegantly renovated to the highest of standards, with luxury fixtures and fittings in every room. The kitchen is a true gourmet’s delight. The ideal set-up for a serious cook, or wonderful layout for catered parties, the home is superbly designed for entertaining. Orlean House has been featured in several publications.
Entry Hall (19 x 8) – wide plank pine floors and connecting front and back doors with dining room, library and staircase.
Living Room (19 x 17) – gas fireplace, mahogany panelling and bookcases and pine floors.
Dining Room (20 x 22) – large room with gas fireplace, pine flooring, original mural wall covering and enough room for a grand piano.
Kitchen (14 x 25) – Large kitchen with massive island and skylight. Custom cabinetry, two large sinks, two dishwashers, high end appliances, and oversized range with pot filler. Honed granite counters and pine flooring.
Breakfast Room (13 x 10) – A light filled room adjacent to kitchen and opening to the terrace via a bank of French doors.
Family Room (18 x 19) – Large comfortable room with pine flooring and a wood burning fireplace with copper insert and access to kitchen and breakfast room.
Powder Room – off of Kitchen and service staircase to the upper level.
Master Bedroom (19 x 15) – quiet room with pine floors, gas fireplace, two closets and comfortable seating areas. Master bath is across the hall.
Green Room (18 x 10) – Beautiful room with pine floors and ensuite bath with high end finishes.
Yellow Room (16 x 15) – Quiet spacious room with wood burning fireplace and adjoining bathroom.
Attic Study (10 x 8) – Nice office alcove for work or study.
Eaves Bedroom (17 x 11) – Skylights, exposed beams and pine flooring make for a very charming bedroom
Attic Storage – Unfinished storage space.
Gym (20 x 16) – large room with gas fireplace, stone walls, and pine floors. Ideal space for a game room or expansive wine tasting room.
Systems Room 1 (18 x 12) – Heating, cooling, and electric service panels and lots of storage space.
Systems Room 2 (17 x 12) – More systems with exterior entrance and storage.
Located in a private area away from the main house is a cozy two bedroom, one bath cottage nestled in a garden with an inviting front porch. The living room/dining room combo features pine flooring, a cathedral ceiling and a woodburning fireplace. The two bedrooms are connected by a full bath with shower. A separate kitchen opens to the dining area.
Photos of the RESIDENCES
The 18 acres of immaculate gardens, pond, and paddocks has been landscaped by one of the country’s leading landscape architects, and has won an award for landscape design. Although nestled in a village, the property is artfully concealed and provides a private retreat of mountain views from the upper paddocks, to lush gardens and lawns surrounding the houses, and privacy hedging along the road. The grounds have most recently been featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Home & Design.
Ancient oaks and poplars have been joined by a variety of specimen trees and shrubs and hedges. Over 40 irrigation zones ensure just the right amount of moisture to keep all the plantings looking their best. A pond for fishing and frogs is wonderfully sited below the house, and from every point of the tennis court and paddocks above are wonderful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All four paddocks are fenced with board fencing and come equipment with automatic waterers, and the riding ring is ideally sized for schooling show jumpers.
Photos of Grounds
Outbuildings and Features
The truly spectacular setting of Orlean House includes every structure necessary for full enjoyment of country life at its finest. A seamless blend of house, gardens, and these elements make for an exquisite setting.
Pool Shed: A small tasteful building near the pool housing heating and filtration units and storage for pool related items.
Pool/Spa: The large rectangular pool features expansive flagstone edging and coping and a retractable cover. A separate flagstone spa affords private relaxation.
Stables: A traditional barn layout features 5 large box stalls (12×12), a wash stall, and a drive through brick center aisle. The large tack room/office includes a washer/dryer and ample seating and work space. Hay loft storage.
Riding Ring: (120 x 40) – unfenced with cinder footing.
Barn: Near the stables is a shed barn with large space that can be used for small livestock, equipment storage, or any other purpose.
Corn Crib: Next to the barn is a rustic corn crib that is a focal point
Tennis Court: Regulation sized tennis court with a ‘classic clay‘ surface provides a high end but low maintenance court ready for your next tournament.
Pergola/Reviewing Stand: A beautiful wisteria covered pergola is a lovely reviewing stand for the tennis courts and a wonderful dining location to take advantage of the outstanding mountain views.
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 cell reception in the village of Orlean.
Location: Orlean House is located at the center of the village of Orlean in Fauquier County, not far from Warrenton. Orlean House is ideally situated for participation the local hunt (Old Dominion Hounds). Orlean 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 15 minutes to Charlottesville. 10 minutes to Warrenton.
Amenities: The village of Orlean boasts a shop and the Orlean Store, the nearby village of Flint Hill has three restaurants, Orlean Market, and The Griffin Tavern. Warrenton, the county seat has lots of shopping opportunities and is the home the Bridge Cafe, Claire’s at the Depot, and lots of shops. Nearby are excellent theater, concerts, art galleries, wineries, and the Shenandoah National Park. Equestrian pursuits (fox-hunting, trail riding, dressage) are very popular.