- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 23, 2004

Architect William Dew lives and works in Middleburg, Va., and if his name rings a familiar bell, there’s

a good reason.

In 1937, the Middleburg Inn, a historic structure renowned since 1728 as a stopping place for food and drink, was destined to be destroyed. A local resident saved the building from the wrecking ball; renamed it the Red Fox Inn; and then hired a young architect, Mr. Dew, to remodel the tavern.

Today, the Red Fox is a landmark loved by many Washington-area residents.

Mr. Dew’s career has been spent creating commercial and residential properties in Northern Virginia.

Some 21 years ago, he designed a European-style country manor on two acres in the heart of McLean known as Melrose. Located at 1001 Basil Road in McLean, this sophisticated property is now on the market for $5,500,000.

This stucco-and-limestone masterpiece designed by Mr. Dew features a circular driveway that offers guests a place to catch their breath and absorb the grand facade of the home.

Custom decorative railings grace the balcony above the front door and are complemented by decorative iron railings along the interior staircase.

Both were created by Nol Putnam, an artist and blacksmith and the owner of White Oak Forge. Mr. Putnam’s forged iron works can be seen at the Washington National Cathedral as well as in private homes, and each is a work of art.

Appealing Parisian-style gardens surround the home and swimming pool, which functions as a reflecting pool for the plants, trees and sky. Nearby are elegant sculptures, a circular fountain, a gallery of stone arches, and flagstone walkways for peaceful strolling and admiring the grounds.

Designed for entertaining indoors and outdoors, this property offers an Old World tranquillity along with plenty of privacy just minutes from Washington. Guests can be welcomed in the two-story foyer, which features a marble floor and a sweeping grand staircase with a wrought-iron railing.

Most of the main-level rooms feature hardwood flooring. Formal rooms on the main level include an expansive living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a generously sized dining room with a chandelier.

Both rooms include French doors leading to the gardens, allowing residents and guests to pass with ease from sophisticated interior rooms to spectacular garden spaces.

The main level also includes a formal library with French doors to the garden, walnut-paneled walls and a wood-burning fireplace, one of five fireplaces in the home. The nearby family room also features French doors to the gardens and a wood-burning fireplace.

The expansive kitchen and breakfast area includes hardwood flooring and a wood-burning fireplace.

The master suite on the second level has hardwood flooring underneath the carpet, a wood-burning fireplace and a separate sitting room. Five more bedrooms, each with a private full bath, complete this level. In addition to the six full baths there are two powder rooms, one on the main level and one on the lower level.

A full-size private apartment provides the perfect refuge for in-laws, a nanny or long-term guests.

Contact Associate Broker Caroline Rocco of Coldwell Banker Real Estate at 703/883-9053, or visit www.carolinerocco.com.

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