- - Thursday, June 7, 2012

While Virginia’s horse country in Loudoun and Fauquier counties may be world-renowned, a hidden equestrian estate is available in the midst of heavily populated Fairfax County.

This 12.2-acre wooded estate off Georgetown Pike in McLean includes a five-stall barn, a paddock and direct access to the Great Falls Park equestrian trails. On the market for $6,850,000, this property also includes a tennis facility, formal gardens, a heated swimming pool, a main residence and a guesthouse.

The property encompasses two lots: a 10.95-acre parcel at 9050 Falls Run Road and a 1.25-acre parcel at 9022 Falls Run Road. A long drive winds through the woods and meanders throughout the property.

Both the horse barn and the main residence were designed by Anthony “Ankie” Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects and were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Besides the stalls, the barn has a heated tack room and a loft that holds approximately 500 bales of hay.

The indoor tennis facility includes a regulation-size hard court, a viewing deck, an exhaust fan and seven garage-door exterior walls that can be opened to create the feeling of being outdoors. Terraces, decks and formal gardens surround the property and the swimming pool, and some of the acreage has been left as natural rolling hills.

Natural stones from three local quarries encase walls of glass in the main residence, which has 12,500 square feet. A pea-gravel motor court with a columned porte cochere entry leads to a slate front walkway to French doors that provide a grand entrance into the home.

The entry hall includes windows on two sides and two double-door coat closets. The central reception hall has a tray ceiling and an entrance with columns into the grand salon, which has hardwood flooring, a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting, faux column molding on upholstered walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that open onto a stone patio with an arbor.

The main level includes a dining room with windows on three sides, a coffered ceiling with a domed ceiling medallion and chandelier, and a built-in buffet with a granite top. Outside the dining room is a reflecting pool that wraps around three sides of the room.

The open family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen includes a deep bay window, state-of-the-art appliances, extensive custom-designed cabinetry and granite counters. The family room area has a tray ceiling with cove lighting, walls of illuminated built-in bookcases, and cabinets with media equipment, a flat-screen TV and a wood-burning fireplace.

The breakfast area has walls of windows, a chandelier and an entrance to the solarium, which has a cathedral ceiling, natural stone flooring, a buffet with a natural stone top, and three glass doors to walkways that lead to the formal gardens.

This level also has several staircases to the upper and lower levels, storage closets, a mudroom, a pantry, a rear foyer and a powder room, plus a door to the four-car garage.

A short stairwell leads to a mezzanine level with a study that has a fireplace set into a floor-to-ceiling stone wall. The study has walls of windows, cove lighting and a built-in desk. The hall adjacent to the stairs has built-in cabinets and French doors that open to an interior Juliet balcony overlooking the grand salon.

Upstairs, the master-suite wing includes a bedroom and sitting room with a faux-painted barrel ceiling, two built-in bookcases, two sets of French doors with Juliet balconies and a gas fireplace with a built-in TV above. The suite has two dressing rooms with built-in cabinets, drawers and hanging areas, plus a luxurious bath with a whirlpool tub with a marble surround, two vanities and a separate shower with a bench.

The second bedroom suite has three walls of windows and French doors to a private deck, a built-in desk and dressers, a walk-in closet and a private full bath. The third and fourth bedrooms each have a private bath and walls of windows.

The finished lower level includes a game room with a fireplace, a recreation room, a fitness center, a home theater, a second exercise room or playroom, a wine cellar, a wine tasting room, a guest bedroom with a full bath, a laundry room and storage rooms.

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