Imagine a private oasis with flowing green fields and forest against a magnificent backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now imagine a large manor house perfectly sited in this landscape to capture the views of the mountains and surrounding farmland. Next add some meandering woodland trails, two sparkling ponds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a guest house for visiting friends, and you have the perfectly self-contained oasis that is Henselstone Farm.
The Henselstone Farm is steeped in history. The first historical record for the property shows it part of a colonial plantation, established by the French Huguenot family of Joseph Amiss, founder of the nearby village of Amissville. The land was originally surveyed by George Washington. The remains of an old fireplace next to the swimming pool, were perhaps a part of a separate kitchen building, circa 1763. The farm played a role in the Civil War as well and was the scene of the battle at Corbin’s Crossroads in 1862.
Built in 2001, the 5 bedroom, 5 and a half bath manor house is perfect for entertaining with large open rooms, high ceilings, and covered porches with views to the Blue Ridge. A well-appointed country kitchen and generous dining room occupy the southern wing of the main floor. A large living room with fireplace is the centerpiece of the main floor and the north wing includes a library with built-in bookcases and a main floor bedroom suite. The second floor offers a generous master suite with outstanding views of the Blue Ridge mountains. It also includes a fireplace, and master bath, whirlpool tub, separate shower, and walk-in closet. A bedroom with private bath, and 2 additional bedrooms with a shared bath complete the 2nd floor layout. A full attic is available for storage. The lower level offers a large family room with full bath, laundry area, ample storage and utility access. The main house was constructed to the highest energy and security standards, including R30 walls and roof, as well as German-made windows and doors with R12 triple glazing. The roof and HVAC system have been updated within the last ten years.
The guest house was built in 1938 and was comprehensively renovated in 2007 with updated exterior finishes, roof, windows and doors, systems, kitchen and baths. The 3 bedroom two bath guest house features a wonderful covered porch that takes advantage of the incredible views while overlooking the pool and tennis court.
Currently run as a cattle and hay farm, Henselstone Farm has approximately 115 acres of open land suitable for crops. There are approximately 35 acres fenced for horses and cattle in several grazing pastures. The residue of the farm consists of 73 acres of forests of harvest-able hardwoods. A barbed wire perimeter fence covers two thirds of the property. Nearly five miles of trails meander throughout the farm. Wildlife abounds within the confines of the farm. Henselstone is definitely a bird-watchers paradise, with a variety of waterfowl, migratory birds, and raptors (including Bald Eagles).
Tucked away from the residences are several commercial buildings. A large machine shed (80 x 80) built in 2007 with concrete floors suitable for storing several tractors and a cavernous open hay storage area with 25 ft ceilings. This building can easily be repurposed as a potential brewery/wine-making facility. A second (60 x 80) barn contains an insulated shop with concrete floors, loading dock, and covered area for equipment storage. Attached is a stables area with 3 stalls for horses or other livestock. One field has been heavily planted with peonies and hydrangeas for commercial harvest. A small orchard near the pool provides fruit in season. The remainder of the land is fenced with woven wire and barbed wire fencing for cattle. There is a substantial stocked pond on the farm, and a smaller stream fed pond as well.
Telecom: Henselstone Farm boasts excellent cell phone coverage from Sprint and AT&T networks. The farm has excellent broadband internet from Piedmont Broadband.
Location: Henselstone Farm is located on Waterford Road (Rt. 611) in Rappahannock County near Amissville, off of Highway 211. Waterford is 20 miles from Rt. 66 (Marshall exit 27) or 17 miles (Ft. Royal exit). Approximately 65 miles from Washington, DC. Travel time to downtown DC is 1 Hour 30 minutes (in low traffic situations). Approximately 60 minutes to Dulles International Airport. 1 hour 15 minutes to Charlottesville. 15 minutes to Warrenton, 20 minutes to Front Royal. Henselstone Farm is in Old Dominion Hounds foxhunting territory.
Amenities: The nearby village of Flint Hill boasts three restaurants, Skyward Cafe, The Blue Door, 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.