STONECREST – Elegant, comfortable French Country-style home, overlooking a private pond on 6.8 acres, just outside historic Lewisburg, West Virginia. This graceful 5775 square-foot, 5-bedroom home is tastefully designed for both warm, intimate gatherings and large parties. The kitchen is a cook’s paradise, with a state-of-the-art kitchen personally designed and used by the former Executive Food Director at The Greenbrier, one of the world’s top luxury resorts.
Architecturally inviting, with a white vertical board-and-batten exterior offset by local stone, the front entrance is landscaped with evergreens, a magnolia tree, boxwoods and a rose garden. A pea gravel circular driveway leads to double front doors.
Located in Lewisburg’s premiere development, Beechwood Hill, the home is sited for a feeling of total privacy, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a bluestone patio with built-in benches and an herb garden facing a gently sloping 4-acre lawn, a stocked fish pond, a fire pit, and a hillside with beech, red oak, white oak and Virginia pine trees. Every window in the house offers a panoramic view of the natural world outside, and the hills or distant mountains.
A soaring, open interior with exposed knotty pine beams, a 20-foot stone fireplace and recessed lighting, artfully blends stylishness and rusticity and suggests a casual lifestyle, but a generous capacity for entertaining. The spaces are flexible, with nooks for small meals and conversation, and flowing expanses for larger gatherings. A Bose Surround-Sound system provides background music or concert volume entertainment.
The spacious kitchen features granite and stainless steel counters; a commercial Traulsen double refrigerator; Sub-Zero freezer drawers; a double sink and prep sink with garbage disposals; a Dacor 6-burner gas cooktop, microwave, oven and warming drawer; a dishwasher; a butler’s pantry with extra cabinetry, a third prep sink and a second dishwasher; and a large walk-in pantry with plenty of shelving, another oven, and an upright freezer. Essentially there’s nothing a cook could want to do in a kitchen that can’t be accommodated, including feeding family and friends at the welcoming granite counter. A formal dining room with a mountain view connects to the kitchen via the butler’s pantry.
Much thought has been given to layout and traffic flow in this contemporary home with vintage touches. The main floor includes two private office spaces, a master bedroom with a 19-foot cathedral ceiling, a master bath with a Jacuzzi and a large shower, and a walk-in closet that leads to the laundry room. At the far end of the main floor, zoned separately so the central heat and air conditioning can be reduced when they aren’t in use, are two bedrooms with private baths and a private balcony, and a powder room for guests.
Four rooms on the upper and basement levels can serve as bedrooms, recreation or hobby spaces. A large room over the double garage, accessible from inside the house, is set up in such a way that it can function as a private apartment, with a bathroom, closet and 12-foot window seat, or a rec room spacious enough for a pool table. Three rooms in the basement, with their own private entrance/exit, can be configured as bedrooms, studios, hobby spaces, or a home gym for workouts. This level also has a full bath.
The house is located less than 10-minutes from downtown Lewisburg, but is situated and landscaped in such a way that local wildlife find it inviting. Black bear, deer, foxes, cranes, hawks and turkeys have all been spotted on the property. At the same time, shopping, fine dining, live music at Carnegie Hall, performances at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, a new 8-screen multiplex movie theater, and the 75-mile long Greenbrier River Trail are just minutes away. Lewisburg, surprisingly cosmopolitan for a small town, is home to a medical school, a community college, a new $3 million library, two annual food festivals and a literary festival. The renowned Greenbrier resort is in nearby White Sulphur Springs, and Snowshoe Mountain Ski resort is less than a 2 hour drive through pristine mountain scenery.
A true country estate, with comfort, spaciousness and curb appeal, this property has been lovingly tended and maintained by its original owners, who want to pass it along to new owners who appreciate its many special qualities.