The Best of Countryside Living

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

Our Favorite Takeout Restaurants in Cville!

With all of us spending plenty of time at home, we’re sure you have cravings for those delights that can only be enjoyed at a restaurant. Plus, we don’t all want to be prepping and cooking every meal of every day. And don’t forget, in a time like this it is important to support our local community, which includes our local eateries! With plenty of restaurants closed during this time, we thought we’d put together a list of local places with some delightful cuisine available through take out or curbside pickup. 

Common House

Usually known to be a safe space to gather, relax, and socialize, Common House has kept their doors open to give members AND non-members the benefit of curbside pickup. So, they more recently have adapted their kitchen to fit the changing needs of the community. If you’re looking to hunker down with a burger + fries, and a full bottle of House blend on a Friday night, this is the place to order from. Oh and just to make things easier, they offer online orders or even better…Concierge Service!⁠

Citizen Burger Bar

Clearly known as a spot for its delicious burgers, Citizen Burger Bar believes “A DELICIOUS BURGER IS YOUR RIGHT. perhaps even your responsibility,” so they remain open for the burger fiending community. Usually you can enjoy a tasty burger and a beer in-house, but not to worry, you can do the same in the comfort of your own home. Surely you are wondering what makes the burgers here so special? Well, they have teamed up with a few exceptional nearby farms and designed a menu around locally produced, top-tier ingredients. Take a stab at some “uncommonly good stuff to eat and drink…” through their curbside pickup!

Oak Hart Social

Known to serve fare unlike any other in Cville, Oakhart Social has an incomparable menu and guess what…yes, they offer curbside pickup! Featuring such an inspiring interior design with its white brick walls and reclaimed wood flooring, this place deserves a visit when it reopens. But in the meantime, they are offering a limited menu Monday-Saturday from 4PM- 8PM. And to top it off, they are serving up fare from their friendly neighbors over at Little Star. As a word of advice, I recommend you try the charred carrots…you won’t regret it!  

Now get out there and support your local restaurants!

Tour 3 Featured Properties Right Now With Videos!

In the wake of the digital age, we now have the luxury of touring a space via photos, videos, and even virtual experiences. I’m sure we’ve all had our moments where we see the property of our dreams and wish that we could jump from screen to home. So, while you’re bundled up indoors, we thought we’d share with you a few notable properties that you can thoroughly enjoy and tour in cinematic fashion!

White Hart

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To start you off, we have an English Country Manor Estate hidden amidst 353 acres of rolling countryside in Northern Albemarle County. Heart Pine floors, woodwork and paneling throughout are just a few of the notable features. All of these luxuries feature among a state of the art kitchen with Viking stove, subzero refrigerator and freezer, granite counter tops, 4 sinks and stainless steel vent hood. For those who are outdoor advocates, the property consists of 200 acres of rolling pasture and 153 acres of hardwoods and 2 large ponds with a year round creek and panoramic mountain views. 

5785 Stony Point Road Barboursville, VA

Listed for $4,995,000 by Murdoch Matheson

518 Rosemont Drive

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Next, we have a Premium Charlottesville property in the Murray District of Western Albemarle. Conveniently located 10 minutes from UVA and downtown, this exceptional Colonial offers large living with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and 7,684 s.f. of open concept for easy entertaining. Did we mention that the luxurious main level master suite comes with walk-in closets, a gracious walk-in tile shower, jacuzzi and heated floors? And for those looking to venture outside, there is 8.3 Acres of land with a heated pool, guest house, and covered stone/brick patio with cathedral ceiling with an outdoor fireplace overlooking the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. I think it’s safe to say this property creates a truly incredible living experience.

518 Rosemont Drive Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 United States6BD I 6.5BA I 8.3 Acres

Listed for $1,850,000 by Conor Murray

Shannon Hill

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Last but not least, welcome to the ultimate bucolic experience. Hidden just off I-64, quiet and incredibly private, this 185-acre property offers everything. For starters, we have the picture-perfect 1920’s renovated farmhouse with multiple modern upgrades. The manor house has been thoughtfully designed and offers panoramic pastoral views in every direction and a pond. With 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a large dining room, a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, there is plenty of room for everyone. To our liking this property adapts well to the warmer season s as well with an elegant pool and landscaping, second-floor porch for viewing the night sky and garage apartment. To round it off, the property is currently set up as a cattle ranch and could easily be converted for horses with additional acreage, a large hay barn including an office and hanger. And lest we forgot the location, this property is located just a short drive to Richmond or C’Ville.

5370 Martin Rd Kents Store, Virginia4BD I 4.5BA I 8,002 SqFt I 245.88 Acres 

Listed for $2,100,000 by Frank Hardy

Every property has a story to tell…So pull out the popcorn and start watching!

Charlottesville’s Best Local Breweries

Who said that Charlottesville is just a small town in Virginia?! We are slowly but surely becoming the Brewery Capital Of The Mid-Atlantic! In our “small town” you don’t have to trek too far to find a great local brew. While there are some great breweries in the surrounding towns, Charlottesville has become home to quite a few admirable breweries. Today we dive into some of the best spots in our town!

Random Row Brewery

Random Row has come storming to the forefront in Charlottesville, as one of our newest breweries in the area. Few places find a good balance between a great atmosphere, incredible brew selection, and tall pours. But hear us out when we tell you, Random Row has got it down. And if you find yourself here with your beer-loving friends, thinking “I don’t do beer”, don’t worry! They’ve got delicious homemade kombucha on tap. With a pop-up eatery, yoga and bingo, this brewery has all bases covered. Last but not least, Random Row supports your local UVA community by hosting school events and offering a student discount.

Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company was founded on the idea of great beer and great times, with family and friends. Having opened in August of 2013, Three Notch’d carries the spirit of the famous “Jack Jouett Ride” which became a legendary portion of Virginia’s history. Be sure to go check out the full story on the wall! With plenty of space and plenty of beers, this spot is sure to delight everyone with it’s diverse selection of beer. In case you go with an empty belly, they have you covered with a great menu featuring much more than just your typical ‘bar food.’ Don’t just sit there…stop by and “Leave Your Mark, too!” – Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

South Street Brewery

As one of Charlottesville’s underrated breweries , South Street delivers one of the most exceptional IPA’s in town. Combine that with your classic pub food and buzzing atmosphere and you’ll find yourself a winning formula. In case you were curious, that world-renowned IPA is the Barhopper IPA brewed in-house. As one of Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pubs, they have “food offerings from beef to bread, from tofu to produce and everything in between—reflecting our belief that Charlottesville, Virginia is the best place on Earth to live, drink and eat!”

Get out there and get tasting…Cheers!

The Best Fitness Studios in Charlottesville

It’s February 2020 and here we are wondering where all those New Year’s Resolutions went. It’s always a good time to get out there and go. Find your zen at a yoga class, start kickboxing or hit the good ole’ treadmill! Now’s the time to push yourself because no one is going to do it for you. Here’s a few places to get started. 

M3 Core Training

M3 is Charlottesville’s unique home for rowing, Megaformer + HIIT classes that offer a high intensity, low impact workout. Their dual studios also offer athletically focused Functional HIIT and strength based classes.  Those looking towards building strength, flexibility, and endurance this spot is made for you. And if this isn’t enough the studio has spa like amenities and a comfortable lounge area just a few steps away!

Zoom Cville

Zoom Charlottesville is a is boutique fitness studio offering both strength and cardio classes under one roof. Their beat driven indoor cycling classes offer the most innovative, immersive indoor cycling experience in Charlottesville. If you’re looking to build strength and endurance this is the place for you!

Formula Complete Fitness

Formula Complete Fitness offers classes focused on strength, stamina, and function. From bootcamp-style classes to mindful running +  yoga classes, they have a little bit of everything. They are most famous for their 1 hour EQUILIBRIUM class, a workout that alternates between intervals on their high performance Woodway Treadmills and strength training on their super-sleek Fitbenches. If that’s not for you, they recently began offering a FLOW class combining 20 minutes of mindful running and 25 minutes of yoga.

Charlottesville has a fitness studio for everyone, see you out there!

3 Virginia Properties Perfect For Winter!

Presented by: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International

It’s February and Winter is here – it’s an absolutely picture-perfect time to visit Charlottesville & the surrounding counties! Here are three homes to check out that would look great in a fresh coat of snow this winter.

1. Aspian Lawn Farm

Charming and idyllic country property with an historic c. 1750’s home located in Albemarle County with stunning water and mountain views, only 16 miles from downtown Charlottesville. 


6591 Markwood Road, Earlysville, VA

6BD I 4.5BA I 4,932 SqFt I 183 Acres

Listed by Ann Hay Hardy for $2,250,000

For Info and Interest, please contact Ann Hay Hardy at 434.296.0134

2. Highbrighton

A 530 acre Estate for the Virginia Sportsman. 15 miles north of Charlottesville, Highbrighton from a family home hosting sporting and social events, to a thriving diversified business is one of Virginia’s most coveted properties.


1756 Moore Rd, Ruckersville, VA

Listed by Murdoch Matheson for $8,000,000

For Info and Interest, please contact Murdoch Matheson at 434.296.0134

3. Cranefield

Stately Brick Manor with 500 ft of waterfront on 4.64 acres along the Ware River in Gloucester, includes finest of details and finishes throughout; enjoys a grand setting set back along the water with brick columned entrance. Quiet and private location in Gloucester.


8473 Bailey’s Wharf Rd, Gloucester, Virginia

4BD I 4BA I 2 HalfBA I 12,000 SqFt I 4.64 Acres

Listed by Frank Hardy for $2,090,000

For Info and Interest, please contact Frank Hardy at 434.296.0134

For all other information, please visit our website,

-The Frank Hardy Team

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3 ways to spend New Years in Charlottesville, Virginia

2019 is coming to a close and that means you have just a few more days to enjoy the end of this decade. Here’s a quick list of a few of the best happenings around Charlottesville on December 30th and 31st as we head into the New Year.

1. Watch UVA in the Orange Bowl!

On December 30th, The ACC and SEC collide when the No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers take on the No. 9 Florida Gators in the 2019 Orange Bowl on Monday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami at 8:00pm ET.

Random Row Brewing Co is one of many bars / breweries hosting a watch party and they’ll be discounting some of their pints. Go Hoos!

Image Source: University of Virginia

2. Festival of the Arts in Downtown

Head downtown with friends and family and soak in the local music and arts scene on New Years Eve.

“First Night Virginia is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville in 1982. 2020 will be the 38th annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.”

For events wristbands and more info, visit:

Image Source: First Night VA

3. Hit the Dance Floor at Common House!

If you’re ready to dance, many of the bars and clubs will be hosting parties on NYE.

Chamomile and Whiskey, Zocalo and Oakhart Social will all be hosting New Year’s Parties to end the decade!

One of our favorite spots, Common House, will also be hosting a NYE Bash.

“Chime in 2020 at Common House’s third annual soireé. Hit the dance floor with jazzy tunes by the Jack Sheehan Trio from 8-10pm, followed by DJ JT’s set until late o’clock.”

For more info, visit:

Wishing everyone a fun and safe New Years! We’ll see you in 2020.

-The Frank Hardy Team

Give the Gift of Real Estate: 3 Virginia Homes that would make the ultimate holiday gift!

It’s the holiday season and that means gift shopping is in full swing! With Black Friday and Cyber Monday already past, the Team at Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty has curated three properties that would make for the ultimate holiday gift.

1. Greenfields – 9313 Greenfield Farm Scottsville, Virginia 24590 United States

$6,295,000 – 6 Bedrooms / 4 Full Baths / 1 Partial Bath / 8,680 Sq Ft. / 763 Acres

This 763-acre equestrian paradise, features a meticulously updated 1904 grand Classical Revival. Highlights of this quintessential gentleman’s farm – reflective of bygone era, but with modern conveniences – include 3 dependencies offering bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens in all. A formal dining room and living room, perfect for entertaining and an inviting family kitchen and warm breakfast nook. The master suite is an oasis of luxury with separate his and her bathrooms and closets. Not to be missed is the widow’s walk with sweeping 360 views, which offer a spectacular Fourth of July show from multiple surrounding towns. The extensive and state of the art Equestrian amenities include a barn with indoor arena, wash stalls, office, tack room, laundry, bathroom, outdoor hot walker, paddocks and riding ring.

For Info and Interest, please contact Frank Hardy at 434.296.0134

2. Rolling Cedar Farm – 4004 Cannon Brook Way Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 United States

$2,300,000 – 4 Bedrooms / 3 Full Baths / 1 Partial Bath / 3,900 Sq Ft.

Sophisticated living in this custom designed, elegantly styled home, with stunning views. Detailed millwork and quality materials used throughout. The generous foyer welcomes you into an open floor plan that encapsulates the kitchen, living and dining area, complete with walk out access to the outdoor second floor balcony overlooking the terrace. Great indoor/outdoor flow. A gourmet chef’s kitchen with high end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The fireplace in the family room features a beautifully carved mantelpiece as the focal point for the room. The approximately 4000sf property has a master suite wing, full basement, and 4 bedrooms total. Large, oversized in ground hot tub and scenic views. 108 acres not under easement, in Western Albemarle with a pond, mountain and pastoral views. Dependencies include a well maintained log cabin with 2 bedrooms and loft, Garage with storage and hunting room, barn and stables. A great property that has it all in a sought after location.

For Info and Interest, please contact Ann Hay Hardy at 434.296.0134

3. Bramblewood – 5600 Turkey Sag Rd Keswick, Virginia 22947 United States

$6,700,000 – 6 Bedrooms / 7 Full Baths / 2 Partial Bath / 15,156 Sq Ft. / 522 Acres

Bramblewood is a stunning 522 acre private sanctuary in the Southwest Mountains and the heart of Keswick, Virginia- a renowned estate area just east of Charlottesville. This magnificent property showcases the manor home built circa 2008, with over 14,000 square feet of finished living space, constructed of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship with undivided attention paid to every detail. The 6 bedroom primary residence boasts Italian plaster walls and ceilings, cut limestone floors and moldings, 6 fireplaces, his/her studies, custom & antique lighting, and unique blends of exotic wood, stone & metals.

For Info and Interest, please contact Murdoch Matheson at 434.296.0134

For all other information, please visit our website,

Happy Holidays!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…3 of our Favorite Restaurants in Charlottesville Right Now

Presented By: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International

Breakfast: Quality Pie

Our Order: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie & a Cortado

Location: 309 Avon St, Charlottesville

Lunch: Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Our Order: Polpettine Al Forno (Meatballs) & a Diavola Pizza

Location: 205 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville

Dinner: Fleurie

Our Order: Duck Breast, Peaches, Pistachio, & Blackberry Red Wine Sauce

Location: 108 3rd St NE, Charlottesville

Presented By: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International