- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

Home-schooling takes on a new meaning for the owners of a large, water-privileged estate in Prince Frederick, Md. They integrated a historic one-room schoolhouse into their home.

The main entrance door opens into a great room featuring the kitchen and dining room, which once was Barstow Schoolhouse No. 5, built in the mid-1800s.

Twenty-five years ago, the homeowner saw potential in the old schoolhouse four miles down the road and had it moved by a company known for relocating unusual structures.

The home is available at $1,250,000.

An extensive driveway, beginning with a welcoming sign that reads “Schoolhouse Manor,” ends at the red-siding home. It leads to an 8-acre estate that includes a quarter-acre pond, a large gazebo that has been used for weddings; walking trails; numerous gardens; shaded picnic areas; and a guest cottage.

Indoors, a carefully crafted wood staircase greets guests at the door and separates the dining room from the kitchen. The railing and spindles in the free-standing staircase are from the Kenyan embassy.

Ten-foot ceilings and hardwood floors throughout the main level add a sense of spaciousness and elegance.

Twelve sets of French doors throughout the residence help owners and visitors take advantage of the tranquil view. The home allows access to the outdoors from four main-level entrances and five lower-level entrances.

Many antiques throughout the freshly painted home will convey with the property.

The schoolhouse portion of this home offers a bright and open space. The owners have collected photos that tell the story of the transition from schoolhouse to an extensively renovated space with stylish rooms and modern conveniences.

The dining room is warmed by an elegant fireplace, one of four fireplaces in the home featuring marble, detailed moldings and large mirrors above.

This room is spacious enough for a large dining table that accommodates 10 chairs. The sturdy wooden dining-room set with high-backed cushioned chairs will convey to the new owners.

White cabinetry in the kitchen, including a row of glass-panel cabinets, is a great contrast against the hardwood floors and rich green counters.

The kitchen also has all new white appliances, including a double oven. An L-shaped breakfast bar provides room for several stools and is perfect for casual dining, grabbing a quick snack and chatting with guests.

A doorway in the great-room area has pocket doors and leads into the library. The library then opens into a huge, richly appointed living room that boasts another fireplace.

The master suite, measuring 22 by 28 feet, is on the far end of the home, offering a private sanctuary for relaxing.

A hall leading into the master suite showcases large his-and-hers antique French armoires in a raised-floor niche made especially for these pieces.

In the brightly lit master suite, decorative wall sconces are found above the fireplace. This room also includes a master bath, laundry room and built-ins.

The master bathroom has a large shower, custom doors, whirlpool tub and ceramic-tile floors.

Upstairs are two bedrooms that have new carpet and share a full bath. There’s also a storage space on this floor.

The lower level is home to the roomy fourth bedroom, which can double as a convenient home office with organizing shelves already in place.

This multifunctional lower level also has a family room with a walk-out to the brick patio, a game room with two ceiling fans and a gas parlor stove, and a sunroom with cheerful yellow-painted walls filled with windows.

Up to six cars can fit into the garage, which has a custom door and workshop space along the side wall.

For now, the garage is hosting the homeowner’s prized tractor, which will convey with the home. This Kubota automatic four-wheel-drive tractor has a six-blade deck mower, front-end loader and aerator, and 600 hours of running time.

The white guest cottage with two apartments is a short walk away from the main home.

The upper-level unit has hardwood flooring, a vaulted ceiling and four Palladian windows with a scenic view of the pond. The guest cottage has a separate well and septic system and separate electricity meter, and it is wired for satellite television and phone service.

One of the highlights of this home is the 10-foot-deep quarter-acre pond the homeowners added to the property.

The pond features thousands of koi in 13 varieties, including championship Nishigi koi the owner had sent from Japan.

The gazebo near the pond has been the site of weddings and receptions, and has electric and water service.

Nearby is a community pier and boat slip on Battle Creek.

Address: 2925 Honey Cove Court, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Community: Honey Cove Estates

Age: Original schoolhouse built in 1856; renovated and built out in 1981

Price: $1,250,000

Size: Lot of 5 acres; two additional lots — a 1-acre lot and a 2-acre lot adjacent to the 5 acres — also convey

Taxes: $2,700

Exterior features: Cape Cod-style home with siding on the exterior, three decks, brick patio, gazebo with electricity and water, quarter-acre koi pond on the property, six-car side-entry garage, water access, water views, 10 mature magnolia trees, lotus pond, pergola garden, walking trails, shady wooded picnic areas, tree-lined driveway

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3 baths, handcrafted staircase, family room, great room (kitchen and dining room), game room, sunroom, library, laundry room in master-bedroom suite, additional laundry room in lower level, hardwood floors and ceramic tile throughout, two kitchen islands, new appliances, 10-foot ceilings, 12 sets of French doors

Amenities: Four gas fireplaces with detailed mantels of marble, with moldings and mirrors; master bath with whirlpool tub and custom shower; built-ins in living room and kitchen; two-apartment guest cottage with separate entrances; hardwood in upper apartment; Kubota automatic four-wheel-drive tractor with six-blade deck mower, front-end loader and aerator; selected European antiques.

Schools: Calverton Elementary, Calvert Middle, Calvert High

Close by: Battle Creek; 10 minutes to Benedict, Cypress Swamp Park, Patterson Park, Calvert Cliffs State Park; minutes from state Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Michelle Dawson, Weichert Realtors, 571/213-1847

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