- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2005

‘Farfelu” is French for “eccentric,” but you don’t have to be eccentric to fantasize about living the life of a vineyard owner.

Farfelu, a vineyard at 137 Farfelu Lane in Flint Hill, Va., is now on the market for $3,850,000, including the vineyard, winery equipment, wine inventory, a guesthouse and a manor house inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s style of architecture.

Charles Raney developed Farfelu in the 1960s and chose the name because he was told he was crazy to attempt to make wine in Virginia.

Virginia is now the fifth largest wine-producing state in the United States, and Farfelu, the first licensed winery in the state, is recognized as one of the region’s premier wineries.

In addition to winning an array of awards in recent years, the wines of Farfelu are served in such highly regarded local restaurants as the Inn at Little Washington, Butterfield 9, New Heights and David Greggory, and sold in a variety of gourmet wine stores.

Farfelu Vineyards rests on 86.5 acres in Rappahannock County, bordered on three sides by the Rappahannock River, with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to the seven acres of vines, the winery includes modern winemaking equipment housed in an 1860s dairy barn with an attached tasting room, wine lab and offices.

More than 5,000 cases of wine, both bottled and in bulk, are currently in the inventory, and everything needed to continue the business is included in the sale price.

On weekends in pleasant weather, Farfelu’s grounds are frequented by visitors interested in tasting and purchasing wines and enjoying the scenic property. The grounds include a walking trail along the river, a large deck for picnicking and a playing field suitable for boccie, horseshoes and volleyball.

In 2000, John and Caroline Osborne purchased Farfelu and revitalized the business and the property, remodeling the manor house and the winery and replanting the vines. In 2002, a new guesthouse/caretaker house was built.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired manor home rests on a private drive on a low hill with sweeping views of the vineyard and the charming dairy barn that houses the winery equipment.

Behind the home are a tennis court and swimming pool, and the grounds surrounding the residence have been professionally landscaped.

The home, built in 1971, has been uniquely designed to accommodate visiting friends and family for country weekends, with up to three or four families sharing the residence.

There are a total of five bedrooms and three full baths in addition to an office, living and dining areas, a center-island kitchen and a family room.

The stone, wood and glass structure blends into the surrounding trees.

At one end of the home are open living and dining areas designed for easy entertaining, with a dramatic stone, wood-burning fireplace as the focal point of the space.

Decks and patios surround the home for enjoying outdoor living. The living room deck looks directly at the Blue Ridge Mountains, while the patio off the kitchen overlooks the swimming pool and tennis court.

At the opposite end of the home is a welcoming family room lined with built-in wood bookshelves, a sliding glass door to a patio and walls of windows. This room also includes a fireplace.

The main level has a home office with built-in bookcases and two full baths, each with stone accents. One of these baths features a glass-enclosed shower with one wall of natural stone.

One wing of the home features four bedrooms with lofts, each meant to allow an entire family to share a bedroom. The main bedrooms each have tall windows to frame views of the natural surroundings of the home. A ladder from each room leads to a private loft above the bedroom with space for a queen-sized bed and a row of windows tucked under the eaves.

Stairs lead from the main hall to the upper level, devoted to a private master suite with walls of closets, a private full bath and wood-burning fireplace in the bedroom, which has sloping wood ceilings lined with transoms.

The caretaker/guesthouse overlooks the pond and includes three bedrooms plus an open floor plan with a living room, dining room and kitchen under soaring ceilings.

For information, contact Realtor Fred Burks of Evers & Co. Real Estate at 540/460-6614 or 202/364-1700, Ext. 1077, or visit www.eversco.com.


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