Rivandale Farm is a special retreat in highly sought after Somerset, Virginia, only 14 miles (under 20 minutes) from CHO airport and shopping, 20 miles from Charlottesville and UVA, and 90 miles from Washington, DC. Immediately upon entering the gated, tree lined driveway, you relax at the sight of the beautiful vistas, and experience the peacefulness and privacy of Rivandale’s 177 acres.
The 4-bedroom, 4 ½-bathroom classic Virginia farmhouse, with wrap around porches, built in 1901, has been completely remodeled and updated. The hardwood and stone floors, crown moldings and built-in cabinets and bookshelves convey a feeling of understated elegance and comfort. The approximately 4,500 square foot home offers two master bedroom suites, as well as two other bedrooms, foyer, living room with fireplace, family room with fireplace, kitchen with soapstone counters, center-island and fireplace, breakfast room, dining room, office, laundry room, mud room, and a screened-in dining/living area. There are open wrap-around porches as well, and a large stone terrace off the screened porch.
The house is centered in a veritable “tree park” with dozens of varieties of mature trees, shrubs, and flower beds, all surrounded by three ponds stocked with fish. You enjoy pastoral, private views in every direction. A gunite swimming pool, 45’ by 22’, is tucked away in a garden near the house. The property enjoys high speed internet, and all utility wires have been thoughtfully buried to enhance the serenity of the estate.
Additional improvements to the estate include: Generac house generator; two three-car garages; stable with up to 12 stalls, tack room with bathroom, hot & cold wash stall, feed room, equipment storage and kennel; pre-Civil War barn; pool equipment shed; cattle working pen; and run-in sheds for horses.
Rivandale is completely fenced and cross-fenced into six large pastures with fertile Davidson Loam soil and plenty of water and shade for horses or cattle. The farm contains miles of riding and hiking trails and offers extensive ride-out opportunities as well. Wildlife is abundant, including deer, turkey, eagle, heron and fox.
Rivandale is located within the Keswick Hunt Club territory and is part of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District. James Madison’s Montpelier is five minutes away. Rivandale and many other farms in the area are under conservation easements protecting the views and open spaces on thousands of acres of land. Rivandale is a perfect family retreat--private and peaceful, yet convenient to Charlottesville and UVA.
An adjoining 3.8-acre property with a charming 3-bedroom and 3-bathroom house, perfect as a farm manager or guest residence, is separately available for purchase. This property includes its own 4-stall stable with tack room, wash stall, feed and hay storage, as well as a lighted dressage riding ring and two paddocks.
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