- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Rollyston Farm exudes a timeless quality on its 45 acres at 25546 St. Michaels Road in St. Michaels, Md.

The compound includes more than a half-mile of waterfront property along the Miles River. Although the property has been transformed from a working farm to an exclusive estate, the interaction here of open land, water and sky remains unchanged.

Now on the market for $8,995,000, Rollyston Farm includes a 13,000-square-foot residence, originally built in 1930 and recently renovated inside and out to include the latest technology.

The estate has a new four-bedroom guesthouse, a new 12-car garage and a renovated two-story boathouse with an expansive entertainment room on the second floor.

The boathouse accommodates a 40-foot yacht inside. The water is about 7 feet deep. The estate has a sandy beach along the river, a pond, a barn and pasture land, and the 375-foot dock has seven slips.

The estate’s original guesthouse on the waterfront would be ideal for servant quarters. It has been approved, and permits have been secured for an additional 4,000 square feet, which could be connected to the main house and used for extra bedrooms or an indoor swimming pool.

The new guesthouse and garage are fully heated and air conditioned, with a full bath and laundry room on the ground floor, along with three 20-foot-wide garage doors, which open to accommodate 12 cars.

The second floor includes a Jacuzzi, a kitchen and four individual guest suites, each with a balcony and a private full bath.

The owners meticulously transformed the main house to maintain the original farmhouse style while incorporating the latest in technological improvements, including 60 miles of Category 5 wiring for the computers, televisions and a sound system.

Eight zones of floor heating and air conditioning have been added, all computer-controlled.

The home has a computerized lighting system with individual room controls and three LCD panels that control lights in the entire main house and guesthouse.

The mechanical room for the main house and the guesthouse is in the garage to eliminate noise in the residential areas.

The garage is connected by a 350-foot tunnel to the main house.

Realtor Cornelia Heckenbach says Rollyston Farm’s foam insulation is the first of its kind, making it the first commercially foamed residential building to have an average R-value higher than 30. R-values measure the effectiveness of insulation. Home improvement guru Bob Vila (www.bobvila.com) reports that a one-inch fiberglass blanket has an average R-value of 3.5.

The foam at Rollyston Farm allows no air filtration, making the heat and air systems extremely efficient. Purified air is provided through in-line electrostatic air cleaners, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, making the house a fortress against outside contamination, she says.

While the high-tech improvements were one priority for the owner, another was to enhance the beauty of the main house inside and out.

More than 5,000 square feet of porches and patios have been attached to the main house, and copper roofs were added to the main, guest- and boathouses.

Mahogany double entrance doors with 240 panes of double-paned glass provide a grand entrance into the main house, which features a two-story wraparound staircase in the foyer, which has an 18-foot ceiling.

Hand-carved moldings that conceal light switches have been added throughout the home, and all floors on the first and second levels have had in-floor heating installed, topped with exotic wood flooring.

The main house, which has three bedrooms, 31/2 baths and six fireplaces, includes a living and dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, a billiards room and home theater, and a master suite that includes a bath with a fireplace and steam shower.

The kitchen provides a focal point for the family and guests, with a wood-burning fireplace; Italian Arclinea cabinets; mahogany counters; two center islands; and commercial-grade stainless-steel appliances, including a Wolf 60-inch gas oven and range, two Miele dishwashers, two commercial steamers, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer.

The third level has been finished as a studio with windows and four 6-foot-wide storage closets. Each second-floor room has access to the third floor through connected attic spaces.

The first-floor laundry room has access to the outside of the house, to a cabana and to an exercise room.

For more information or an appointment to visit Rollyston Farm, contact Ms. Heckenbach of Meredith Real Estate Co. in St. Michaels at 410/310-1229 or visit www.stmichaelsmdwaterfront.com.

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