Many people dream of a quaint country retreat tucked away from the rest of the world and nestled along a babbling brook. 22 Augusta Lane is the property that fulfills that dream and more. With over a quarter mile of private frontage on the Hughes River, a noted trout stream, the property is a fisherman’s paradise as well as a nature lover’s dream. Sited on a bluff above the river, the property expands along a wooded hillside and down a gentle slope to two spring fed streams below that meander through the property. In between these streams and the river is a network of trails that is one of the area’s most thoughtfully created and curated reserves of native wildflowers and plants. And, if that wasn’t enough, just a short walk down the road is the Old Rag Mountain trail of the Shenandoah National Park (one the world’s 25 best hikes/mountain climbs according to Outdoor Magazine).
The mid-century bungalow is exactly what its 1954 build date would lead you to expect. However the current owners have updated it with recessed lighting, a new kitchen, a woodsy bath, and other features. Renovations in 2010 resulted in new windows and extensive upgrades, as well as an new HVAC system. Roof was replaced in 2017 with a color impregnated standing seam roof. Further renovations completed in 2021 include a tankless water heater and other upgrades. Today it is a comfortable home suitable for country weekends or as a full time residence. The unfinished basement has a laundry room, storage areas, a half bath, and a walk-out entrance to the outside. A third bedroom has been framed out in the basement as well and there is plenty room for an adjoining family room, media room, or other additional living space.
Augusta Lane is a wildflower enthusiast’s paradise. Aside from the lawns and garden areas, and the wildflower meadow itself, all the river and woodland trails are jam packed with native wildflowers as well. These flowers provide dazzling interest as one wanders along the river and bold streams that course through the property. Most of the acreage is wooded hillside and river frontage. It is very private, and the only sound one is likely to hear is the river rushing nearby. There are two bold streams the flow year ’round and empty into the Hughes River on the property. The woodlands are a mix of native hardwoods. The lawn areas of the property feature groves of White Pine and various dogwoods and magnolias. A stunning speciment of a rare native Umbrella Magnolia is found at a secret spot on one of the trails. Above the house is an elevated field that was meant to be a new septic drainfield if the house were ever to be enlarged. In the meantime it is doing double duty as a wildflower meadow and a place to watch the sun set over the mountains and star gaze at night.
Telecom: Broadband internet is currently provided by ViaSat satellite service, and television service is also available via satellite. Starlink Internet is available at this location, and high speed fiber broadband is anticipated in late 2023. Cell phone service is unavailable due to the topography of the parcel.
Location: Augusta Lane is located approximately 9 miles from Sperryville near Nethers and roughly 1 mile to the entrance to the Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park. The property is 42 miles from Rt. 66 (Marshall exit 27) or 50 miles (Ft. Royal exit). Approximately 85 miles from Washington, DC. Travel time to downtown DC is 1 Hour 40 minutes (in low traffic situations). Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to Dulles International Airport. 1 hour to Charlottesville. 15 minutes to Culpeper, 30 minutes to Warrenton, and 30 minutes to Front Royal.
Amenities: Sperryville is home to Pen Druid Brew Pub, Headmasters Pub, Hopkins Ale Works, Francis Bar, Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen, the Corner Store, a gym, art galleries and shops, and the highly acclaimed The Three Blacksmiths restaurant. “Little” Washington, the county seat of Rappahannock County is the home of The Inn at Little Washington, Foster-Harris House, Patty O’s, Ballards, and galleries and theater. Rappahannock County is a close-knit rural community with excellent theater, concerts, art galleries, wineries, restaurants, and the Shenandoah National Park.