4 Hunt Country estates open for Garden Week
Peace and Plenty at Bolingbrook dates to the early 1800s.
Historic Garden Week in Virginia will include a tour of four “spectacular properties” in Hunt Country — two of them in Northern Fauquier and two nearby in Loudoun County.
Built in the late 1700s, Ovoka stands just outside the Village of Paris.
The Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club will host the self-guided tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 22-23.
A spring tradition for 85 years, the Garden Club of Virginia’s event features 25 tours that local affiliates host around the commonwealth. In addition to showcasing great homes and gardens, the tours raise funds for preservation of public landscapes and for horticultural education.
The local tour, focused on Paris and Upperville, costs $50 per person or $25 for a single site. (Half price for children 6 to 12 years old; those 5 and younger get in free.) Tickets will be available Sunday and Monday at each property on the tour, at Buchannan Hall (the tour headquarters) in Upperville and at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg.
Discounted advance tickets may be purchased at Christine Fox and The Town Duck in Warrenton.
The local tour will feature:
750 Gap Run Road
Nestled against the Blue Mountains with commanding views of the Crooked Run Valley, Ovoka Farm is situated in one of the most painted and photographed settings in the Eastern United States.
Historically significant as part of the George Carter land grant of 1731 surveyed by a young George Washington, the property also served as a temporary headquarters for both armies during the Civil War. Built in the late 18th century, the home is an excellent example of American Federal architecture, boasting a columned front portico, an elliptical fanlight and sidelights, a foyer stretching the length of the residence, 10-foot ceilings, double-hung windows, original millwork, including eight hand-carved mantels, authentic hardware and period paneling of pine, walnut, oak and cherry harvested onsite.
Completely renovated in 2006, Ovoka today is a vibrant family home filled with elegant furnishings and antiques. The owners raise black Angus cattle on their working farm, which is under conservation easement and surrounded by 2,000 acres of protected land. Numerous agricultural outbuildings include an 18th century log cabin and an early 19th century carriage house, while orchards, mature shade trees, magnolias and boxwoods complete the bucolic setting. The entrance and terraces surrounding the house are planted with spring bulbs.
Peace and Plenty at Bollingbrook
1610 Delaplane Grade Road
The long, winding entry to the circa 1809 house leads through a countryside that is virtually unchanged since 1702, when it was part of the Lord Fairfax Grant to Robert “King” Carter.
Originally a classic four-over-four bonded brick farmhouse, Peace and Plenty at Bollingbrook was transformed in 1830 into a grand example of the southern plantation manor in the Italianate style. Today, a balustrade and soaring columns adorn the front porch, welcoming guests into the 100-foot foyer and adjoining drawing rooms.
Sixteen-foot ceilings, a winding staircase and intricate millwork lend a classic air to the thriving, 365-acre working horse and cattle farm, under conservation easement. The front of the estate is anchored by a 200-year-old Cedar of Lebanon. Paintings, trophies and memorabilia throughout the house harken to a life well loved and lived in the Virginia countryside, while a portrait of the owner, a three-time Grand Champion in the Sidesaddle Division at Madison Square Garden, graces the grand foyer.
Numerous paintings of animals attest to her fondness and commitment to the many animals that call this farm home. Most of the 17 significant outbuildings on the estate have been restored, including the circa 1800s Gothic-style church.
10100 John Mosby Highway
This 19th century fieldstone house has undergone multiple stone additions and renovations over the years. Its set- ting just to the east of Ashby Gap, along with the colonial road over the Blue Ridge Mountains leading west to the frontier (the now-paved John Mosby Highway), remain virtually unchanged since the Civil War.
The fields around Kenilworth were, collectively, one of the sites of the Battle of Upperville in June 1863 during the Gettysburg Campaign. An original print from Harper’s Weekly, circa 1860s, illustrating the same view is displayed in the house. A tree-lined drive leads past a pond flanked by river birches to a fieldstone-paved circular drive at the entrance. Crepe myrtles form a line across the front of the house, and the center circle is planted with roses and a central garden ornament.
There are various beds and containers of spring bulbs around the building and in the pool pavilion area in the rear of the house. The interior is decorated in the style of an English country house, with many antiques and decorative accessories adding to the cozy and intimate atmosphere.
33846 Foxlease Lane
This large equestrian estate includes extensive training facilities for polo, eventing and foxhunting.
In the 1990s, the owner added an attractive stone center building to existing 19th century structures, transforming them conceptually into a Mas, the distinctive architectural style of traditional farmhouses found in Provence, France, where the family spends time.
The work of Jacques Wirtz, a world-famous Belgian landscape designer, was the primary inspiration for the landscape of the farm. His signature “clouds” of undulating boxwood frame the front and rear of the house and appear strategically throughout the surrounding acreage, creating a subtle green architecture that serves to preserve and enhance the spirit of place within this vast countryside.
From the rear of the house spectacular views of a lake, stream and small waterfall are the primary focus. At the western end of the lake a weeping Katsura tree anchors the space next to a small orchard. Completing the scenery are numerous outdoor entertaining spaces surrounded by expanses of green pastures. High ceilings and contemporary art dictate the style of the interior of the house.
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