This English Country Manor Estate is hidden amidst 353 acres of rolling countryside in Northern Albemarle County.
The exterior is comprised of antiqued brick with a beautiful slate roof. The property consists of 200 acres of rolling pasture, 153 acres of hardwoods, 2 large ponds, a year round creek and panoramic mountain views.
The interior features beautiful pine floors, woodwork and paneling throughout, state-of-the-art kitchen with a Viking stove, subzero refrigerator and freezer, granite counter tops, 4 sinks, and stainless steel vent hood.
Nestled away on 22 private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, this French-inspired equestrian estate is built with quarried natural stone and superb quality construction.
Featuring prime Blue Ridge Mountain views, this property comes completely fenced for horses, including an equally stunning carriage house with 3 stall barn, 1,100 s.f. apartment, and 6 car garage below.
The interior of the residence features an open floor plan with spacious rooms, high ceilings, large windows, & heated stone floors throughout. The main level includes a master suite, a second bedroom/study with two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level.
This thoughtfully designed 26 acre equestrian farmstead set among large estates is located just 20 minutes from Charlottesville. A small, stocked pond borders the front lawn and long driveway, and numerous paddocks encompass the farm.
The traditional center aisle barn features 5 stalls, a tack room, a wash rack and attached hay storage. A recently built and truly comfortable one bedroom cottage sits across from the barn, perfect for guests or a groom. Just beyond is a riding arena.
The main residence, once a barn, was restored and expanded by noted contractor Ralph Dammann. Common spaces include a formal living room with heart-pine flooring and an intricate period mantled fireplace, a large conservatory, and a sunroom opening to a sweeping flagstone terrace replete with a Koi pool and surrounding landscape features.
Sonoma may be best known for its production of exceptional wine and its array of superior restaurants, but its architecture and singular style—which marry indoor-outdoor living, rustic materials, soothing palettes, relaxed but chic furnishings, and plentiful light—are equally loved and emulated. The residence at the heart of Sutton Place Farm, a 9.15-acre wine country idyll located on one of Sonoma’s premier thoroughfares, is a paradigm of that distinctive and desirable aesthetic.
The heart of the home is a great room with a soaring pitched ceiling, an outsize wood-burning fireplace, and stylish space for sophisticated living and dining. The dining area flows to a light-flooded kitchen with a lofty ceiling, a generous marble-topped island with counter seating, and a double Wolf range with a pot filler. Nearby is a convenient butler’s pantry and wet bar with an auxiliary refrigerator and, naturally, a full-size wine chiller. In the family room, two sets of French doors fold open to the grounds, creating a sense of unity between indoors and out. The serene bedrooms feature walls of windows and glass doors that admit glorious sunlight and fresh breezes. A luxurious owner’s bath with dual vanities and a soaking tub conjures an ambience of glamorous days gone by.
Throughout the home, the hues are calming, neutral, and organic thanks to such carefully chosen materials as Belgian limestone and reclaimed wood. Imported and antique details and accents such as a Provence plaster finish signal a reverence for tradition. The view from nearly every window resembles a plein air painting of mountains, sunrises, sunsets, stalwart trees, and thriving vineyards.
Further off lie a swath of vineyard and superior equestrian facilities that will please any horse lover. They include a 16-stall stable with hot and cold water, a lounge, a tack room, a bath, and a top-tier covered arena with Pinnacle footing. These facilities could easily be repurposed to serve a variety of functions or could be removed and replaced with additional grapevines. Storage buildings are also plentiful, and the property is threaded with walking trails and maintained by two wells, a new 30-kilowatt solar power system, and a backup generator.
The estate’s location is steps from the Sonoma’s historic plaza—as well as those restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms that have made this region such a desirable destination—whether for a weekend or a lifetime.
Fall’s the time for sweaters, apple cider, and scenic drives to enjoy fall foliage. In locales from West Coast to East, these estates offer private showings, allowing for appreciation of autumn’s colors without leaving home.
The Crane Estate
Perched on Nantucket Sound’s Juniper Point, this historic eight-bedroom residence has been updated and augmented with every desirable modern amenity. It offers 7,500 square feet of timeless living space on three levels and enjoys 380 feet of frontage on the water and a sandy beach. The striking lighthouse-like tower provides guest living quarters, a full kitchen, a window-wrapped aerie, and a wraparound deck for surveying all the sights on land and sea, including the swaths of trees, sporting New England’s legendary fall hues.
One of the most significant estates in Greenwich, 18.39-acre Oldfield Farm is a peerless property featuring a majestic 14,956-square-foot manor, a pool, tennis courts, and equestrian facilities. The dazzling landscaping provides year-round color: woodland perennials, herb gardens, flowering plants, and an array of mature trees, from maple and ash to dogwood, willow, cherry, and pear. The grounds have been configured to create a variety of enchanting outdoor living spaces with views of paddocks, the captivating foliage, and sunsets.
The Highlands Estate
Awash in the autumnal tones of mature trees, vineyards, fruit and olive orchards, and rolling golden hills, this classically charming 7,000-square-foot residence estate accommodates every need with six bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room, a study, a great room, a gym, a billiards room, a wine cellar, a theater with stadium seating, wraparound porches, spacious decks, and a swimming pool. The 21.59-acre property also includes a pond and a delightful party barn.
Central Park West Penthouse
The pièce de résistance of this one-of-a-kind penthouse is its wraparound terrace, designed for appreciation of outdoor living and views that encompass the southern skyline, the Hudson River, and ever-changing foliage of Central Park. Other highlights include a living room with a vaulted ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, and a set of arched windows facing the Park. Also on this floor are a dining room, a study, a library, a southwest inspired eat-in kitchen, and a restful owner’s suite. There are two bedrooms, a gym, ample closet space, and a bath on the lower level.
Classic Style on the Waterfront
This delightful Shingle-style home and its charming one-bedroom guesthouse are nestled amid tall colorful trees on the banks of Mill Pond, an 85-acre lake perfect for sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The home features a light-flooded living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, a large eat-in kitchen, an adjoining family room with a fireplace, a sunroom, and five lovely bedrooms. The three-acre property also offers an oversized two-car garage, gardens, a swimming pool, and two private docks.
Ashland is situated on 92 acres in the heart of Madison. This property has a fantastic location: only five minutes to 29 and 25 minutes to Charlottesville. Still, this home is secluded, quiet, and peaceful.
2. Charming Amenities
The 158-year-old grand home includes formal and informal living spaces perfect for entertaining. It features beautiful original hardwood floors, eleven-foot ceilings, and eleven fireplaces! Ashland’s English basement has amenities galore: a second kitchen, an outdoor sunroom/kitchen, and more.
With Blue Ridge Mountain views, the land is a Certified Wildlife Landscape with quail and whitetail habitat, riding trails, a stocked pond, bold stream, colorful wildflower fields, ten-year-old pine stands, a school house converted guest house, a tenant house, excellent and functional outbuildings, greenhouses, and incredibly impressive gardens.
Ann Hay Hardy is a Charlottesville, Virginia native who grew up working in the real estate business. She attended St. Anne’s Belfield School from preschool through 12th grade, and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with a BFA in Film. During her senior year she studied abroad at the Chelsea College of Art in London. While there she was given the opportunity to work in the fashion industry.
After living there for a few years, she then relocated to Los Angeles, California to work in television. In 2007, she returned to Virginia to work with her family’s business full time and is now an Associate Broker with the firm. In 2012 Ann Hay married her husband, Adam, also a Charlottesville native and real estate photographer.
Ann Hay is thorough in her communication and dedicated to always meeting her client’s needs and expectations. She is experienced in working with buyers and sellers in both the residential and estate markets. Having lived all over the country and internationally has not only broadened her network and reach, but given her an understanding of the truly global marketplace and community. Her artistic background presents a new way to look at real estate, which her clients find advantageous. She is ranked a top 3 agent in her firm and a top 25 agent in the local board for all sales over $1million in the last decade.
During her time off, Ann Hay can be found attending her children’s various soccer games, swimming, and tennis lessons. She values her time with friends and family, and is a regular supporter of many non-profit organizations in the community. She and Adam reside in the city of Charlottesville with their two sons.
This month we have quite a few gorgeous homes, as well as land to build on. Whether you are looking for a new home base or a second property to escape to, many of these options could fit the bill.
526 North 1st St. // Charlottesville, VA // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 The details: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,971 square feet, 0.26 acres What we love: This beautiful property, four blocks off the downtown mall, allows for an easy walk to many wonderful shops and restaurants. A fully renovated 1890’s Victorian, this home is on a double lot that also features a guest house, and plenty of outdoor space to gather. The chef’s kitchen granite countertops and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances will impress even the most discerning of home cooks.
The Point – 721 Gobbler Ridge Lane // Huddleston, VA // Contact: Frank Hardy, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134 The details: 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 12,251 square feet, 21.15 acres What we love: Situated on a peninsula on Smith Mountain Lake, the waterfront views of this property make it the perfect escape for all seasons. Every detail has been considered in this home, from the Italian travertine tile flooring to the reclaimed wood paneling and beams throughout. All furniture and art are included in the sale, making this an ideal turnkey vacation home.
Hightop Drive // North Garden, VA // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 The details: 284.50 acres What we love: This large piece of land, adjoining Bundoran Farm, is conveniently located 15 miles southwest of Downtown Charlottesville. Two building sites have already been designated on this property. This is the perfect opportunity to build your dream home.
2408 Old Lynchburg Road// Charlottesville, VA // Contact: Ann Hay Hardy, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 202.297.0228 The details: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 15,500 square feet, 21 acres What we love: A serene sanctuary set on 21 acres of land, this estate is perfectly private. Immaculately landscaped, the grounds include a waterfall, dipping pool, raised garden beds, and a play ground. A sauna, wine cellar and dog grooming room are only a few of the many luxuries that come along with this estate. In addition to the main house, the property features a large guesthouse, barn and greenhouse.
3595 Lonesome Mountain Road // Charlottesville, VA // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 The details: 192 acres What we love: It’s rare to find such an exquisite plot of fertile land in Albemarle County with Blue Ridge views. Situated at the base of the Southwest Mountains, the property features both open fields and wooded areas and has potential for agricultural and residential use. Added bonus: it’s close to the heart of Charlottesville.
Shannon Hill – 5370 Martin Road // Kents Store, VA // Contact: Frank Hardy, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134 The details: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 8,002 square feet, 183 acres What we love: Hidden just off I-64, this thoughtfully renovated 1920s farmhouse is the ultimate country escape, with a gorgeous pool and elegant landscaping. The property also features a bonus cottage, and a hay barn with an office and hanger. The panoramic pastoral views offer incredible privacy and quiet.
1305 Amber Ridge Road // Charlottesville, VA // Contact: Ann Hay Hardy, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 202.297.0228 The details: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,684 square feet, 0.21 acres What we love: Well-appointed one-level home, located in the Highlands. The welcoming front porch with a ceiling fan will be an appreciated respite in warm-weather months. The open floor plan throughout the living space, with sky lights in the living room, make this a lovely home with easy access to downtown.
The Glen – 285 Wallace Gap Lane // Madison, VA // Contact: Conor Murray and Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.964.7100 The details: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,504 square feet, 400 acres What we love: This estate is nestled in the pastoral valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering privacy and stunning views. A completely turn-key property, all furnishings, including farm equipment, are offered in the sale.
3470 Old Lynchburg Road // North Garden, VA // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 The details: 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 8,164 square feet, 52.72 acres What we love: Built in 1800, this historic property was once a Civil War general store. Renovated in 1996, the home now offers modern comfort, classic style, and the privacy of over 52 acres. The interior features antique beams and vaulted ceilings, five stone fireplaces, beautiful moldings, and historic details. The exterior and outdoor spaces include large porches, a bluestone courtyard, a private hot tub and sauna, and a nearby stream. Also found on the property are a guest house built as a music studio and a flexible indoor tennis facility/gym space, which could be utilized a number of ways.
After spending 10 years in San Francisco working at a Fortune 500 consulting firm, Yates and his family decided to move back to his hometown of Charlottesville. Yates is a Saint Anne’s Belfield School “sandbox kid” and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. A consummate professional, Yates is mindful of the effort required to build trust and represent his client’s best interests. He is an extremely dedicated individual, a strong communicator and facilitator who knows how to operate in both the residential and estate markets. A Charlottesville native, he is deeply knowledgeable on the regional influences and local characteristics that can affect the value and feasibility of a specific property.
In his previous role as a corporate innovation consultant, Yates led the development of strategic partnerships, key pursuits and investment in new ventures including resilient infrastructure solutions and smart city technology. Prior to that, Yates was a GIS and mapping specialist focused on urban planning and environmental remediation projects. This mapping and analytical skill-set has proven invaluable when it comes to the evaluation and marketing of properties.
Yates combines his diverse experience with a relaxed yet methodical approach to real estate. As your Realtor, he will bring a unique perspective to the evaluation and positioning of your property. His polished presentation, analysis and negotiation tactics are brought to the table in every transaction. Yates also works with a group of carefully selected tradesmen, interior stylists and landscape professionals that will ensure a positive and stress-free experience when preparing and guiding a property through the market.
In addition to real estate, Yates participates as a mentor at the University of Virginia Innovation Lab, enjoys roasting coffee and slowly growing his record collection. Having personally navigated through the process of moving to Charlottesville, Yates is also a great resource to clients that are planning to make a similar transition.
Ronda was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she attended St. Anne’s Belfield School from pre-school through the 12th grade. A Dean’s List student, she proudly graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004 with a degree in Classics, having extensively studied the Latin and Ancient Greek languages.
During her collegiate career, she also studied abroad at Oxford University in England. Upon graduating she launched her real estate business in Charlottesville, and for over eight years Ronda achieved success and recognition – both for her professionalism and sales volume achievement – while representing buyers and sellers in and around the Central Virginia area.
In 2013, Ronda married an Englishman and moved abroad to London. There she gained exposure to the international property market and cultivated personal and professional relationships with a network of varied individuals from all over the world. Despite the thrills of living in the world’s most cosmopolitan city, she and her husband, Hugo, and their beloved spaniel, Dexter, returned to Ronda’s hometown of Charlottesville in 2015 to start a family, and she is excited to be back in the local real estate industry.
Ronda has extensive experience in all forms of real estate transactions, including working with a wide-range of clients from first-time home-buyers, sellers of unimproved land, those seeking investment opportunities, to buyers of estate properties. Through her past transactions and her life as an ex-pat living abroad, she is comfortable working with a variety of clientele from various backgrounds. She is committed to providing professional, attentive, and enthusiastic service to all those seeking guidance in their real estate needs.
In the Charlottesville community, Ronda donates her time and energy to numerous non-profit volunteer organizations, animal rescues and social clubs. She is an avid runner, swimmer, and tennis player. During her free-time she enjoys travel, baking, country music, good wine and good conversation with her friends and family.
Tending to a garden has long been a preferred pastime for its ability to lift the spirits. As we all spend more time close to home, there has never been a better time to cultivate outdoor spaces that encourage relaxation and calm.
These five homes, in addition to being stunning works of architecture, also feature skillfully landscaped grounds, inspiring hedge arrangements, and calming lawns that will inspire even the most lapsed green thumb to pick up a trowel and rethink their outdoor space.
As would be expected for a villa in the South of France, this property in Saint Tropez fully embraces the warm climate with tiered landscaping and ample outdoor seating. Stone steps lead from the main home to three discrete levels of garden space—all the way down to the sleek swimming pool and lounge area. Instead of crowding the garden with tall trees, the landscape designer instead chose to plant low evergreen shrubbery of various types, keeping the sightlines open from the home out over the rest of the property. Save for the odd patch of lavender—an icon of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur countryside—and an established tree serving as the central focal point, the garden is a harmonious example of refined and timeless landscaping through greenery.
A Central Water Feature in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
This stately property in Palma de Mallorca was originally constructed in the 15th century, and its 1998 renovation managed to retain its historic charm. One of the most breathtaking qualities of the estate is the landscaped promenade, a tiered green space where a central water feature flows between the different levels. Tranquil pools provide the backdrop for pensive walks through the garden, which has been designed so that different forms of plant life are arranged in their own quadrants. A courtyard on the property follows the same principle of geometric garden design, with neatly groomed shrubs and small potted trees lining the stone walls—architectural details that hint at the property’s storied past.
This estate in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania exudes a European sensibility in a distinctly American countryside setting. The grounds are dotted with deciduous trees, a smart landscaping choice that delivers stunning orange leaves in the autumn and vibrant green through the spring and summer. A walk through the property is sure to instill a sense of romance thanks to details like ivy-covered brick walls and stone steps set amidst the green lawns. Reminiscent of a French palace, the home and grounds feature an aviary, tennis courts, and two swimming pools, but it’s the garden details, like the serene pond and strategically placed potted plants, that make the property one-of-a-kind.
Redefining what luxury looks like in the Northeast, this estate in Alpine, New Jersey is only eight miles from Manhattan and sits on six acres of lush grounds and gardens. The central lawn backs onto both a swimming pool and tennis court, with the kind of landscaping befitting a European villa. A pristine green is bordered by meticulously groomed shrubs, while bright pink flowers peek out of Grecian-style planters. Additional elements like a water fountain, marble steps, and an assortment of both deciduous and evergreen trees line the property, ensuring that the home feels enveloped in serene plantlife year-round.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this property in Leinster, Ireland are the garden terraces overflowing with lavender and greeting guests with a calming and welcoming fragrance. The country home, built in the early 19th century, looks as if it belongs in a painting with its timeless pastoral backdrop. Climbing vines accent the façade of the home, while tiny flowers in shades of white, pink, and purple crowd the paths and stone walkways—their intentional-yet-organic placement gives the impression of wildflowers taking over the space on their own accord. The result is an enchanting garden exterior, further enhanced by the 27 acres set against the backdrop of the Dublin Mountains.
No matter the season or the acreage, it’s important that your home provides you with room to breathe deeply and appreciate nature. These gardens serve as spaces for contemplation and creative expression, allowing homeowners to reconnect with their own well-being.
For more garden inspiration, discover homes from around the world that provide ample room for growth and creativity.
From the moment Katherine’s parents settled in the picturesque town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Katherine knew she was home. Katherine graduated from Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville and attended Oberlin College where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Law and Society.
After years of living in various places, such as Brooklyn and the Brazilian Amazon, Katherine began to yearn for the comforts and easy living of Charlottesville. In 2016, Katherine and her husband moved back to Charlottesville to raise their children.
The concept of home and community has always been a central theme in Katherine’s life and the work she pursues, which is what brought Katherine to pursuing real estate. Drawing on her childhood experience growing up on horse farms, her intimate role in families’ lives while working as a birth doula and her eye for architectural nuance developed through her photography, Katherine has a unique ability to work with families and individuals in finding their specific idea of “home”. Katherine is a dedicated and highly motivated agent who has the special skill of listening to her clients and is able to translate her client’s vision into a reality.
During her time off, Katherine can be found at her local yoga studio, hiking with her family in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, or strolling through her eclectic downtown neighborhood of Belmont. Katherine has a passion for Charlottesville and all that it offers and brings that enthusiasm to all aspects of her work.