- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2005

A touch of Williamsburg can be found in a 1946 Upper Marlboro estate designed to recall the area’s rich Colonial heritage. The driveway leading onto the grounds blends in with a newer-home subdivision off Drumsheugh Lane. The home and its 7 acres, offered at $2,500,000, are surrounded by a white split-rail fence with an electronically controlled gate.

Lush lawns, mature trees, shrubs and hundreds of azaleas line the road to the main house.

Six other buildings on the grounds are surrounded by acres of gently rolling, landscaped gardens.

A wooden statue of an American Indian in the middle of the circular drive greets arriving visitors. The Indian theme is carried on into the house in its decorating scheme.

Traditional Williamsburg-style windows with black shutters embellish the stately home.

The interior is filled with extensive molding and wainscoting, arched entryways and the original Caribbean pine flooring.

The foyer opens into a central hall that extends from the front of the home past the staircase to the back of the home. In fact, the rear entrance echoes the front main entry. In the foyer, the owners created an inviting sitting area with a bench.

Reproduction light fixtures are an integral part of the home’s decor.

With five bedrooms and five working fireplaces spread throughout the four-level home, there is ample space for nesting and entertaining.

Vibrant red walls in the grand living room are a great contrast to the white molding and trim. Here is a gas fireplace highlighted with picture-frame molding and wall sconces. Entries flanking the fireplace allow access from the front and rear of the center hall.

Solid six-panel doors are original to the home, and the custom window treatments throughout will convey.

Another doorway in the living room leads into a cozy library with a fireplace and walls of built-in cabinets and shelving. The owner says the library is her favorite room.

The dining room with green accent walls features a ceiling medallion and detailed molding. A fireplace adds warmth and sets the tone for both casual and formal dining.

The owners call a narrow room in the back of the house their “bird room,” as this sunlit space is home to several species of birds. This room would work as a craft area, hobby room or computer station. Nearby are another back door and a powder room with shutters.

The owners also have kennels set up on the property for their prizewinning mastiffs.

The kitchen mixes old style with modern design and has its own private staircase to the second floor. This feature was once used as a convenient access to the maid’s quarters.

Granite counters mesh well with the shiny pine cabinetry, which has handles that imitate rocks. Among the stainless-steel appliances are a double oven and a refrigerator.

Exposed ceiling beams and exposed brick on one wall add to the kitchen’s charm.

Back in the center hall, an attractive wood staircase with white spindles leads to the second and third levels. All five bedrooms have ceiling fans, and each closet has an automatic light that comes on when the door is opened.

The master suite has a fireplace and spacious step-down sitting room. The private sitting room, which utilizes the original second bedroom, has built-in drawers and window alcoves.

The master suite boasts separate his and hers bathrooms, one with a tub and the other with a shower. There’s another bedroom on this floor, and a set of stairs lead up to a light and airy finished level with two bedrooms with plush off-white Berber carpeting.

One of these bedrooms has a mirrored wall and exercise equipment that will convey. Both rooms are generously sized, and the bathroom has a unique mural.

Yet another fireplace is on the lower level, where there are a recreation room, a full bath, a powder room, a laundry room and a walk-in clothes and storage closet.

Exit the basement steps into the yard to the L-shaped swimming pool surrounded by flagstone. The pool house has a small kitchen, changing area, shower and half bathroom.

Not far from the pool, there is a hot tub built into a deck with bench seating that is nestled within the professional landscaping.

A scenic walk-though on the grounds leads to a quaint one-bedroom cottage offering just the right amount of privacy for guests.

This cottage features a living room, full kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, deck and porch. A separate driveway leads directly to the cottage from the main entrance.

Five years ago, the owners added an attractive five-car garage with a large entertainment loft above it that can also be used as a studio apartment.

Made of all cedar walls, this space has a full kitchen and features a working model railroad suspended from the vaulted ceiling and a carpeted open recreation space with eight theater-style chairs for comfortable television viewing. Conveyance of the chairs is negotiable.

The loft has two full baths, a sauna, a washer and dryer and a deck that overlooks the scenic property.

Additional buildings include a heated caretaker’s office with electricity, a spacious gardening shed and a barn that can be used for a workshop or storage or be converted into a garage.

The pipes and electrical work have been updated, and three-zone heating and cooling keep the house comfortable year round.

Address: 11311 Drumsheugh Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Community: Upper Marlboro

Age: Built in 1946

Price: $2,500,000

Size: About 5,400 square feet on 7 acres

Taxes: $6,946 in 2004

Exterior features: Brick Colonial home, gated entrance, in-ground pool, pool house, hot tub, deck, one-bedroom cottage, five-car garage with entertainment loft or apartment, gardening shed, barn, professional landscaping

Interior features: Five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, four finished levels, library, master-suite sitting room, Caribbean pine floors, granite counters, dual staircases, butler’s pantry, extensive crown molding and wainscoting, ceiling fans

Amenities: Five fireplaces, sauna, surveillance camera, exercise equipment, model train, three-zone heating, cedar closet

Schools: Kettering Elementary, Kettering Middle, Largo High

Close by: Watkins Regional Park, Largo Town Center, Bowie Town Center, Six Flags America, Prince George’s Stadium, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Wittney Youngblood of Weichert, Realtors, 202/345-4499.

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