- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2009

People who dream of living in an area surrounded by acres of private land will be drawn to Fairhaven, an English country-style estate home near Bluemont, Va. The home, which features an exterior made of stone and cedar, rests on 6.23 acres with vistas of the Shenandoah Valley.

This Clarke County home, priced at $1,695,000, is at 17697 Raven Rocks Road. It has five bedrooms and 6 1/2 baths. The front courtyard has garden beds, mature trees, flowering shrubs and stone walls. A covered front entrance and stone archway lead from the courtyard to the heated garage, which has room for four vehicles.

Above the garage is an apartment (with a private entrance) that includes a living room, a kitchen and a bedroom with a full bath plus a fifth bedroom/office with another full bath.

The main house features an arched wall of stone surrounding the double wood-and-glass front doors that open into a warm, expansive foyer with a herringbone-patterned brick floor. The main level includes a living room with antique pine hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace, along with a distinctive round window tucked into a niche.

The dining area includes mullioned windows that frame Shenandoah Valley views, along with antique pine hardwood floors and French doors to a terrace.

The family room includes a wood-burning fireplace, while the library includes a stone wall with a gas fireplace. Both rooms have antique pine hardwood floors and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors.

The expansive center-island kitchen features a mix of cherry and white cabinets, butcher block and granite counters, along with new state-of-the-art appliances including an energy-efficient dishwasher, a convection/microwave oven, a wall oven and five-burner gas cooktop. Adjacent to the kitchen is a breakfast area with windows.

The main level also includes a sitting room (or billiards room), a half bath and a guest bedroom with a private full bath.

Upstairs, the stairwell landing features a charming sitting area with a dormer window. The master bedroom suite includes a gas fireplace, two walk-in closets and two separate baths. One bath includes a whirlpool tub tucked underneath a half-moon window, while the other has a glass-enclosed shower.

The upper level includes an office and two more bedrooms, each with a private full bath.

Recent upgrades include a new heating and air conditioning system with two completely separate systems for the main house and a third system for the apartment.

For more information about Fairhaven, call Realtor Barbi Powell with Evers & Co. Real Estate at 540/554-2299 or visit www.eversco.com.

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