Being home all the time isn’t easy, but we know just how important it is to do so in a time like this. Not every home is the same and we wanted to share with you a home with all the space, comfort and privacy you can find in the countryside. And for those seeking the ultimate countryside experience, while still remaining close to Downtown Charlottesville, we’ve got your answer.
Nestled in a cove in one of the most stunning corners of Albemarle County, Virginia is Highland Orchard. This property is a unique opportunity for acquisition of a completely private retreat farm, situated among the headwaters of the Hardware River. Originally utilized as a fruit orchard, the land has been restored to pasture and represents a prime location for a large livestock operation south of Charlottesville. And don’t forget that the land and pasture have been managed under organic practices for 8 years with guidance from the Holistic Management Institute.
For those wine lovers out there, vineyards have also been installed in what is coveted by local wine makers as an ideal site for fruit growth. With a soil structure as rich as this one, the property has a rich biodiversity evidenced by songbirds, game birds and an abundance of natural wildlife prospering in this habitat. And for those long summers, there is a bluestone terrace with a full outdoor kitchen and grill created for large scale or intimate gatherings while finding yourself surrounded by the majestic views.
Now, let’s not forget the home itself. Built as a brick residence in 1984 the property has copper roof features with numerous upgrades created with comfortable living in mind. With a stylish contemporary residence featuring vast windows there is no shortage of space to enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside.
In case you were looking to casually entertain as well, there is a fully restored guest cottage featuring charming formal spaces amidst calm serene colors with period attributes that reveal a simple elegance reminiscent of grander homes. The arched doorways are authentic as is the slate foyer which provides access to the attached fieldstone terrace complete with a second story that offers 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with ample space for guests or tenants.
Last but not least we can’t forget the barns, constructed in 2008-2009 having served several purposes for full scale farming operations of various livestock. Just to boot, there is also a caretaker’s cottage with 1,900 square feet and a tenant ranch home with another three bedrooms and one bath.
All in all, this amazing property was created with everything in mind to serve up the ultimate bucolic experience.
6142 Highland Orchard, Covesville, VA
Listed by Murdoch Matheson