About

THE AREA:

The home is within one hours drive to Richmond or Lynchburg and 10 minutes from Farmville, VA.  Farmville is home to Longwood University and Hampden Sydney College with multiple opportunities for art and cultural events.  The southern border of the property adjoins the Highbridge Rails to Trails State Park.  This is a wonderful trail to enjoy your daily runs/walks or for riding your bikes or horses.  Besides Highbridge, there are four other State parks within 30-90 minutes of the property – Twin Lakes, James River, Bear Creek, and Holiday Lake.   The close proximity to the colleges, Green Front Furniture and other tourist attractions in the area provides an excellent opportunity for agri-tourism or a B&B.   In 2017 the owner obtained  zoning approval for conversion of an enclosed workshop area into a 1 to 2 two bedroom cottage to be rented as a B&B.  The work had been scheduled to begin this fall.

THE HOME:

Completed in 2006 the custom build home sits on a little over 31, mostly open, acres.  The one story home is situated so that you have panoramic views of the surrounding pastures, large pond with pier, and wooded property line.    There are four bedrooms and  3 full baths.  The home features an open floor plan with a breakfast nook and a separate dining room, and  9′ ceilings in the main living areas with 8′ in the dining, and bedrooms.  All baths have tub/shower combinations with the exception of the master which has a shower and a heated whirlpool bath.   The home has ash wood flooring throughout, and ash cabinetry in kitchen.  The kitchen was designed for an island but the owner opted for using a small farmhouse table instead.  The home is equipped to accommodate a whole house sound system with speakers in all rooms except the dining room and two smaller baths.

There’s  a large utility room with a pantry and room for a chest freezer.  Down several steps there’s also a large bonus room  with a concrete floor that is currently being utilized for storage and as a gym.  There is also a whole house fan that is vented through the attic for those days you want to cool the house but don’t want to run the AC .

The home has a 300 AMP service panel with lots of space available and is wired for an emergency generator.  A 325 gallon propane gas tank is situated to allow for a gas generator and your grill.  The area directly around the house is fenced with a picket fence to maintain a definitive break between the manicured lawn area  and the surrounding farmland.   There is a 24′ above ground pool with a copper/titanium filtering system (no chemicals required).

The home is well insulated and has a three zone, York heat pump with electric backup  and a conditioned crawl space.   The system has a transferable total coverage extended warranty with three years remaining.  There is a free standing Jotel wood stove with glass front door for viewing and fire grate if you would like to “play fireplace”.  There is also a side door for side loading.  The wood stove sits on a stone hearth with a floor to ceiling stone wall behind it.  It  provides a large amount of the heat without the living area becoming overly hot because of the openness of the main living area.  Due to the orientation of the house, sunny days require little or no additional heat in the first half of the day after the sun comes up.

The exterior is Hardiplank,  the porches are composite decking, and the roofing is architectural shingles.  All windows are double pane, double hung, and tilt out except the casement windows in the breakfast nook and the master bath.  Full lite exterior doors leading onto the rear porch in the breakfast nook and the master bedroom.  White mahogany exterior front door with 2/3 lite beveled glass design, with matching side lites  and transome.

The home has large closets and an abundance of storage, and a large open attic that is 75% floored.  There is an 80 gallon hot water tank in the utility room and a 50 gallon tank under the house which is currently bypassed since it’s currently not needed.  For visiting RV loving friends and family, there is an electric, water and septic connection close to the house near the garage area.

THE GROUNDS:

The landscaping is mature and well maintained.   Five frost free water hydrants are strageticaly placed  around the property for convenience.  The family garden plot is conveniently located near the home and near the workshop/hay barn and has very rich soil due to the generous amendments of  cattle manure, leaf clippings, cover crops, and minerals over the last 10 years.  There is a small orchard of fruit trees and fruit bushes (apples, cherries, plums, peaches, blueberries, and elderberries).

In the pastures, there are 5  frost free two hole waters with piping for a 6th for your cattle or horses.  All are fed through underground pipes from one of the home’s two wells.  The house and the waters are supported by two wells with the ability to easily switch between them whenever you desire.  There are twelve  paddocks designed for easy access to the waterers and easy rotational grazing.   Pastures have been regularly and systemically “refurbished”.  Miles of well maintained high tensel electric fencing.  Mobile chicken coop with large 50’x100′ x6′ fenced area with large gate.  Additional 12’x14′ chicken house/brooder/shed on southern pasture.

Additional grazing acreage across the pond could be leased if more pasture is needed.  For horse lovers, there is a 7 stall horse barn on adjoining property that could be rented.

OTHER STRUCTURES:

The property has two hay barns – one large one on the perimeter of the property and another small one close to the house with an adjacent 22’x24′ fully enclosed work space.

One large utility shed (14′ x 40′) with water and electricity (previously used for milking -two stalls).

One 20′ diameter silo.

One 12′ x 14′ utility shed near the garage with a lean-to woodshed addition on one side and an additional 10′ x 12′ woodshed nearby.

Three metal carports with windbreaks strategically positioned in pastures.  Previously used for winter shelter and summer shade  for cattle.