An interesting and elegant home in an idyllic private setting, this one-of-a-kind historic property needs some attention and rehabilitation. It has the potential to be a custom showplace, and offers possibilities as a year-round residence or family retreat. Commercial development is also possible, with subdivision into an exclusive enclave with as many as 30 lots entirely within the city limits.
This spacious 1930, 2-story, 6-bedroom country home is stone construction with a Buckingham slate roof. Custom gates from Walpole Outdoors are flanked by low stone walls and Bevolo gas lanterns. The tasteful entrance opens to a lane meandering a mile through the woods, leading to an 80-foot long stacked stone retaining wall bordering the driveway. The exterior is accented with boxwoods and English ivy, and a stone patio faces the creek.
The home enjoys a very private fairyland setting with extensive grounds boasting hundreds of peonies, thousands of rush daffodils, magnificent oak trees and ornamentals. The property has its own aquifer and pump house, affording an unlimited, private source of water for the home and grounds.
Interior features include a two-story front entry, hardwood oak flooring, 20-inch stone walls, five fireplaces, cherry paneling, original hardware, extensive crown molding and tall baseboards.
The large sunny living room with a southeast exposure has cherry crown molding, a large fireplace with a beautiful wood mantel and a wall of built-in bookshelves. The nearby den is a classic, with exposed ceiling beams, cherry paneling on all walls, a fireplace with wood mantel, and an antique brick floor laid in an eye-catching herringbone pattern.
The spacious dining room has a fireplace, brass chandelier and brass wall sconces. The dining room opens to the stone patio for outdoor dining and entertaining.
The kitchen and walk in pantry require updating and could be reconfigured to incorporate the mud room alcove that exits to the back lawn and garage. The charming butler’s pantry provides cabinetry, additional counterspace, a large sink and north-facing window.
The first floor also includes a powder room with pedestal sink.
There are four bedrooms in the upper level, and all have hardwood floors. The master suite has a fireplace and a walk-in closet, and the master bath has a shower-tub and a pedestal sink. Bedroom 2 has a bath with a shower-tub, a pedestal sink and linen closet. This bedroom connects to a “bonus room” that can serve as an office, a playroom, or a large closet/dressing room. Bedrooms 3 and 4 are smaller and utilize a private hallway bath. This spacious second floor can be reconfigured if desirable, and bathrooms should be updated.
The attached 3-car garage has an apartment over it, accessed via an interior kitchen stairwell. This apartment has two bedrooms and one large bath.
An enormous attic runs the length of the main portion of the house.
The slate roof is an important feature. Quarried in nearby Buckingham, Virginia, Buckingham slate has a distinctive gray/blue/black color and high mica content that causes it to glisten in sunlight and rain. One of the world’s highest quality slates, its famous uses include The Dakota overlooking Central Park in New York City, the Smithsonian Castle, Ford’s Theatre and the University of Virginia. The primary roof has been fully renovated with new copper flashing and snow guards. The much smaller portion over the garage apartment still requires updating.
Its White Sulphur Springs location provides ready access to the nearby 11,000-acre Greenbrier resort, with fine dining, boutique shopping, indoor and outdoor recreational activities, championship golf courses, an equestrian center, and a tennis complex with a 2500-seat stadium. The Greenbrier hosts an annual PGA Tour event and it has served as a summer training camp for two NFL teams.
The historic and charming town of Lewisburg is only eight miles away. Lewisburg offers shopping, dining, art galleries, year-round live theatre and concerts, the annual State Fair of West Virginia, two food-themed festivals and a literary festival.
Five miles away, the 75-mile long Greenbrier River Trail, which follows the winding path of the river, is popular with hikers and bicyclists. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest winter sports complex, is a 1½-hour drive to the north on a scenic country highway.