- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Beyond the wrought-iron gate, a tree-lined driveway with its elegant light post and a picturesque cobblestone bridge provides an impressive entrance to a Tudor-style home in Ashton that took more than four years to build.

The driveway leading to the six-bedroom house crosses the bridge and widens as it approaches the large circular drive and lush landscaping, reminiscent of an English garden.

The home’s exterior is mostly brick, with stone and stucco highlights intermingled through the design. A closer look reveals intricate patterns in the brickwork.

Slate used in the driveway and front walkway enhance the home’s curb appeal. Four chimneys anchor the house to its 5-acre tract.

On the market for $2.75 million, the home was completed in 1987 and offers recently updated features. Buyers who enjoy spending time outdoors will appreciate the multiple terraces and large in-ground swimming pool and spa with flagstone paving and 8-foot brick privacy walls.

A path leads guests through a covered vestibule, highlighting a lavish front door with a gothic arch and beveled-glass design.

The two-story foyer — with marble floors and detailed crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding — provides a gracious space to welcome company. The main level’s airiness can be attributed in part to the 10-foot and 12-foot ceilings.

Just off the foyer is a banquet-sized dining room that can easily accommodate 14 persons. The dining room, which has hardwood flooring, faces the front of the home and ushers in sunshine through three large windows.

Across the foyer is a formal living room with a bay window and two sets of French doors leading to the east patio. The living room’s marble fireplace is one of four fireplaces found throughout the home. Elegant sconces are also a part of the room’s decor.

Double doors from the dining room lead to the roomy country kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and white ceramic tile floors with a blue diamond pattern. Granite counters and a matching custom granite kitchen table go well with the mahogany cabinets.

The dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator both have doors that blend in with the cabinetry.

Counter and cabinet space is plentiful. An island, which also doubles as an electric cooktop, offers even more work space.

An opening over the sink peeks into the bright solarium with its cathedral ceiling and skylights. The solarium provides a space to relax and take in the view of the rear terrace and pool.

There is a sunken octagonal great room near the kitchen, boasting a 12-foot ceiling, Berber carpeting and built-in beverage service and media center. The focal point of the room, though, is a dramatic stone fireplace that occupies an entire wall. Four sets of French doors face the rear gardens and terrace.

A unique feature is this home’s two-level cherry-paneled library with a rolling ladder near the built-in wall unit. Pocket doors to the living room can help minimize distractions, and a fireplace provides a cozy place to curl up with a book.

One wing of the home, which has its own entrance and staircase to a private bedroom, would be ideal to use as an in-law suite or maid’s quarters. This portion of the home also has a large office or playroom on the main level with built-in shelves and recessed lights.

The main staircase off the foyer leads to five bedrooms and five baths on the second level. This wide staircase winds up to a gallery overlooking the foyer and a large picture window with a charming view of the bridge.

A large octagonal master suite has a fireplace and tray ceiling. The master bedroom offers two built-in dressers and an enormous bathroom with sliding glass doors that open to a private balcony overlooking the estate.

Marble flooring covers the bathroom, which also has a raised tub with skylight, a double vanity with make-up counter, bidet and two large walk-in closets.

All of the home’s closets have lights that automatically come on when the closet door opens.

Four other bedrooms are all generously sized and have private full bathrooms. One of the rooms, behind a doorway, has its own private hall with access to a secondary stairway and second front entrance.

The lower level is a spacious entertainment complex. There is a comfortable cocktail area featuring a large marble-topped bar with a sink, dishwasher, ice maker and refrigerator. Guests can take advantage of the billiards area with a tournament-sized pool table or dance the night away on the sunken marble dance floor with disco lights.

A wine cellar, large mirrored exercise room and private phone booth round out the basement’s many features. This level is also home to the sixth bedroom with marble flooring and a full bath.

Buyers searching for an exquisite home on a secluded estate will appreciate this cleverly designed English Tudor home.

More info:

Address: 100 Ashton Oaks Court, Ashton, MD 20861

Community: Ashton

Age: Built in 1987

Price: $2.75 million

Size: Lot of 5 acres

Taxes: $14,587

Exterior features: Tudor style, brick and stone exterior, wrought-iron gate entrance, long driveway, cobblestone bridge, balcony, patio, terrace, gazebo, brick and stone landscaping walls, in-ground pool and spa with stone surround, professional landscaping with cherry trees and English boxwoods, three-car garage

Interior features: Six bedrooms and 6 baths, sunken great room and library, solarium, dance floor, mirrored exercise room, mud room and laundry room, 10-foot and 12-foot ceilings, marble floors, wood floors, crown molding, recessed lights, pocket doors, granite countertops, mahogany cabinets, vaulted ceiling and skylights, kitchen island, main-level laundry room, arched doorways, French doors, Berber carpeting, bay window, two staircases

Amenities: Four fireplaces, built-in bar with ice maker, phone booth, decorative wall sconces, built-in dressers, bidet, intercom and sound system, zoned temperature control, wine cellar, two water heaters, three separate wells, 57 phone and cable jacks throughout the house

Schools: Sherwood Elementary, Farquhar Middle, Sherwood High

Close by: Olney Town Shopping Center, Olney Park and Swim Center, restaurants.

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Doug Mainwaring at Weichert Realtors at 301/928-3683

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