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Our historic Manor House (circa 1856) was completely renovated and refurnished in 2004. From its hilltop location, you enjoy commanding views of the Southwest Mountain range and of our vast pastures. Children and adults alike are transported far from the world of the city to life on an old Virginia estate, immaculately restored, situated on land once owned by President James Madison, whose Montpelier home is just on the other side of the mountain.
This is a wonderful place to gather several generations of family in a locale where all ages will be contented. Adults savor the peace and quiet, the views, the local historic sites, museums, fine restaurants, wineries, antique shops and art galleries, scenic drives and quaint villages. Children are endlessly fascinated by having 600 acres on which to run wild, explore nature, skim rocks and fish in ponds, watch horses and cows and wildlife, peer down old wells, smell manure, chase lightening bugs and frogs, and have rural adventures of all sorts. If you can get them off the farm, they can trail ride on a neighboring farm, go rafting, see UVA, visit three former Presidents' homes within a 30 mile radius, or go to a livestock auction, horse show, or other local summer event.
It is no exaggeration to describe Wolf Trap and its environs as idyllic. Spend some time on a Virginia estate, and see why so many celebrities and jet-setters who could choose to live anywhere have chosen this part of rural Virginia for their country retreats.
We have two separate cottages. The Servants' Cottage is 30 yards behind the Manor House and sleeps up to four (see vrbo #442721). The Pond House is 150 yards away and sleeps up to 7 (see vrbo #90883). Visit the farm's website using the link at the end of this listing.
The real amenities are provided by Wolf Trap's remarkable setting atop the last foothill, affording a close-up view of the first range of mountains, And you are out of earshot of traffic, in the middle of 600 acres of verdant rolling pastures and woodlands, with 9 ponds, numerous creeks, abundant wildlife, with the elegance of horses serving as living adornments to the landscape. Fishing gear provided to fish our well-stocked ponds....moreless
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While at the farm, adults enjoy long walks on our woodland trails, watching the constant wildlife activity around the ponds, rocking and swinging on the porches, playing horseshoes, and chilling out on the patio, If there are young children, the adults will be constantly helping them explore nature at the farm, and swinging them on the rope swings. The older boys love the ponds, with the fishing, frog hunting, groundhog holes, snakes, and other wild stuff, The girls often can't take their eyes off the horses, And when everyone is worn out, they sit and talk on the porches, on the patio, in the den or around the kitchen table, Wolftrap is the setting where your family can create its favorite memories. Great for family reunions. Combine with our Pond House and/or Servants' Cottage for larger groups. Be sure to visit the farm's website, using the link at the foot of this listing.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: My wife and I live in Virginia Beach, where we have engaged in buying and renovating properties for many years. In 2003, while looking for a mountain 'getaway' property, I stumbled upon a rundown horse farm that looked like it needed me. At 584 acres, it was about 20 times more than we were looking for, but we dove in. Only after we completed the purchase did we learn that the Manor House predated the Civil War. After 18 months of rehab work on the 3 homes and 2 barns, we opened two of the houses for guests.
Why the Owner Chose Charlottesville: Charlottesville is one of the most beautiful areas in America. The terrain is beautiful - rolling, with mountain views, and beautiful farms (including Wolftrap). You have all the amenities of civilization (including great restaurants), but you are in a rural area dotted with small towns and villages. There's a reason Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Governor Barbour and other historical personages picked this area, and why some modern day jet setters chose this area for their East Coast hideaways.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate: We enjoy the beauty of the farm itself. Everywhere you look, you are seeing the mountain range, beautiful pastures with horses or cattle, or the woods. The house is great when we have family or friends sharing it with us. The best thing about the house itself is the number of places where people sit and talk. Somehow, the size and configuration of the rooms and furnishings just make people want to sit and talk. This happens at the kitchen table, in the den, the living room, on the upstairs porch, at the horseshoe pits, on the patio, and in the hot tub. Our grandchildren love the rope swing and the ability to roam the trails.