Millwood Farm combines history, comfort, and craftsmanship in equal measure. Situated on a small bluff, the farmhouse is at the core of the farm. Various outbuildings are connected to the house by garden areas with centuries old boxwood lined paths. Views of the Blue Ridge from the house and gardens are centered on Old Rag Mountain in the distance. In the foreground are the pastures and paddocks of Millwood and neighboring farms. It is an idyllic setting for those who wish to enjoy a relaxed country life.
Built in 1836 to the highest standards of the day, the main house remains an example of quality workmanship throughout its nearly 200 years of existence. Noted cabinet and furniture maker, Peter Kramer, spent over 40 years adding custom touches to all the main rooms and providing exquisite detailing to wall panelling, bookcases, kitchen cabinetry and other built-in furniture.
Today the house is a very comfortable home for either a young family or those seeking a weekend or retirement home. Sited on a gentle rise, the house has expansive mountain, garden, or pastoral views from every window. The main level master bedroom provides easy access with additional bedrooms on the upper level. The basement level has more informal family gathering spaces, and has a suite of rooms that could very easily be converted into an in-law suite with very little effort.
Millwood Farm has a cluster of outbuildings that create an intimate courtyard feel behing the house. Connected by bluestone and cobblestone paths, the attached garage is connected by a gateway to a carriage house with upstairs loft. This building could be easily converted into a guest house. Around the corner are two additional outbuilding with garage doors that be used for storage, small livestock, or as workshops. An old pump house is in the center of the back courtyard and beyond that is the pool area anchored by a log cabin that serves as a pool house and outdoor entertaining space.
Surrounding the house and outbuildings are centuries old boxwoods that provide garden walls to a series of garden rooms between the house and the farm itself. These intimate gardens are planted with a variety of perennials, groundcovers, and annuals. A small garden pond and fountain is a focal point right off the side porch of the kitchen and extends to flagstone coping around the pool. The log cabin pool house is surrounded by a bluestone terrance and a long pergola that frames the view of the mountains beyond. The perennial borders at the front of the house provide four seasons of interest upon arrival to the farm. Behind the carriage house is a series of raised beds in a kitchen and cutting garden.
There are approximately 20 acres of grazeable land on Millwood Farm. The farmland is fenced for horses and has a number of paddocks and aisleways between them. There is a barn that serves as a machine shed for farm implements. All paddocks have run-in sheds and all have an automatic water source. The back boundary of the farm is a bold creek that empties into Blackwater Creek. The expansive front lawn is partially fenced and can easily be converted in to pasture for grazing or haymaking. While ideal for horses, with some minor adjustments the farm works easily well for cattle, or small livestock such as sheep or goats. The storage barns can be reconfigured for almost any agricultural use and the machine barn provides excellent equipment storage and maintenance facilities. Additional land is potentially availble for purchase as well.
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