- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 1, 2004

Near the village of Round Hill in Loudoun County, a country estate on more than 3 acres of land — once part of High Hill Orchards — still includes some 80 apple trees along with both chardonnay and cabernet grapevines.

The Orchards at Round Hill are now part of a National Audubon Bird Census area. Deer, fox and other wildlife frequently visit, too.

Now on the market for $1,099,800, the home at 17676 Artists View Court in Round Hill offers mountain and pastoral views from the front porch and a view of the apple orchard and other elegant homes sprinkled on local hillsides from the back of the house.

Low stone walls, which have been on the land for centuries, still provide an attractive backdrop for the apple trees and function as a frame for the curving front drive, which leads to a three-car garage. Split-rail fencing has been added to complete the encirclement of the property.

Built six years ago, this home is a replica of a design by Robert Adams, a popular Scottish architect in the 1700s and a leader of the classical revival in England. Adams was an eclectic architect who incorporated light, color and detailed ornamentation.

In this home, soaring ceilings, tall windows and arched entrances create an almost contemporary style and fill the rooms with sunlight, yet the detailed moldings add a traditional touch.

The exterior of the home on three sides consists of Flemish bond brick, a technique that uses twice as many bricks as the standard method of bricklaying, with every other brick placed vertically into the wall rather than horizontally.

This creates an intricate pattern while also necessitating deep walls for greater insulation. The combination of a hillside location, thick brick walls and abundant windows allows the owners to rarely need to use air conditioning, even on the hottest days.

Gently sloping lawns surround the home and are dotted with apple trees and grapevines. Garden beds have been created close to the house for seasonal color.

At the front of the home, a deep brick front porch wraps around two sides of the home and includes a beadboard ceiling and columns. At the back of the home, a deck of Trex — a virtually maintenance-free decking material — offers plenty of space for enjoying the outdoors. When shade is desirable, a flagstone patio with stone walls and arched entrances provides a cooler spot for outdoor pleasures.

An antique wood front door with a Palladian window provides a dramatic entrance into the two-story foyer, which, like most of the main and upper levels, has polished beech flooring.

Detailed moldings complement the ceilings in the foyer and other formal rooms, and a gentle arch connects the foyer with the formal living room. Two tall windows grace the living room, which has recessed lighting. Most main-level rooms include 10-foot ceilings, while the lower- and upper-level rooms have 9-foot ceilings.

A second arch links the living room with the dining room, which has a brick gas fireplace and two glass doors to the brick patio. Another arch leads from the dining room to the kitchen and breakfast area, which also has a laundry room and a glass-front cabinet near the dining room for crystal and china storage.

The open kitchen and breakfast area share space with the dramatic family room, which has a 25-foot ceiling and a brick fireplace. Windows adorn these three spaces, including a bay window at the breakfast area.

Built-in cabinets provide additional storage adjacent to the fireplace, and a niche with recessed lighting provides an elegant place for treasured artwork or colorful souvenirs in the kitchen. The kitchen features granite cabinets and upgraded appliances, along with abundant wood cabinets.

Beech stairs lead to the second level, which includes an open landing overlooking the family room.

The master suite has a tray ceiling and a deep bay window, along with windows over the stairwell and family room, which allow more light into the room. The master bath features a whirlpool tub, a large shower with two shower heads and a double-sink vanity. An office adjacent to the bedroom features a picture window overlooking the orchard. Two walk-in closets complete the suite.

The second bedroom has three windows with mountain views, plus a private full bath. The third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity.

One of the most unusual features of this home is the finished upper-level bonus room, which has 1,156 square feet under a vaulted and beamed wood beadboard ceiling. Three deep dormers and two additional side windows provide natural light for the space; pendant lights and recessed lights are overhead.

The room includes a half-bath, which can be expanded to a full bath, plus it has been wired for a home theater. The entire house features surround-sound wiring.

The lower level has also been finished into a sunny place for entertaining or for long-term guests. The owners painted the space a cheerful yellow with white trim and bamboo flooring. This level has also been wired for a home theater and includes a stone fireplace in the recreation room.

Adjacent to the recreation room is a full kitchen with a dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, cabinets and counter space. An open area next to the kitchen has Berber carpet and is currently used for exercise equipment, as is an adjacent den or media room.

This room could be converted to a guest bedroom because it has a double door and a closet. Nearby is a full bath with a whirlpool tub.

Plenty of storage areas are also included on this level, along with a space for a laundry room, if desired.

This home has been designed and approved for the easy addition of an elevator, if desired, and it includes a separate fuse box for each level.

Address: 17676 Artists View Court, Round Hill, VA 20141

Community: The Orchards at Round Hill

Age: Six years

Price: $1,099,800

Size: 6,873 finished square feet on homesite of 3.16 acres

Taxes: $7,137 in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home with three sides of Flemish bond brick; original stone fence and new wood split-rail fence surround property; stone walls create natural entrance for asphalt drive; brick front porch with columns; three-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; two half-baths; formal living room; formal dining room; kitchen with granite counters and upgraded appliances, open to breakfast area and great room with fireplace; master suite with sitting area in bedroom, bath and separate office; finished attic-level bonus room with half-bath, beamed ceiling; finished lower-level apartment with kitchen, recreation room with fireplace, exercise area and full bath

Amenities: Eighty apple trees, grapevines; flagstone terrace with arched openings; Trex deck; two whirlpool tubs; three gas fireplaces; two rooms wired for home theater; zoned heat and air conditioning

Close by: Route 7; town of Round Hill; Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park trail; one mile to Appalachian Trail

Schools: Round Hill Elementary, Blue Ridge Middle, Loudoun Valley High

Open house: July 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Gloria Rickel of Prudential Carruthers Realtors at 703/777-8200.

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