- - Thursday, September 20, 2012

If Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee or memories of the London Olympics have you longing for England, perhaps a spot of the English countryside in McLean will suit your fancy.

The Alderley Estate, designed by architect David Cooper of ACG Architects and built by BOWA Design/Build in 2007, is a grand Cotswold-style manor home set on 5 acres.

The grounds of this estate, at 576 Innsbruck Ave. in Great Falls, are completely fenced and surrounded by a wall of evergreens reaching as high as 40 feet for complete privacy and security. On the market for $8,750,000, this home includes manicured lawns, woodland gardens with stone paths and secluded seating areas and gardens throughout the property and within the walled courtyards of the home’s wings. A heated swimming pool with a rock waterfall and a custom-designed pergola provide a private setting for entertaining outdoors, with a nearby terrace and outdoor kitchen.

A long pea-gravel driveway leads to the estate entrance, which has an electronic gate opening onto a Virginia flagstone entry court. The estate has a three-car garage and several parking areas for guests. Ohio river stone, limestone, a slate roof and chimney caps from England make up the exterior of this home, which is highlighted with outdoor lighting.

This grand residence has approximately 20,500 square feet of living space designed by Leslie Tuttle of Tuttle & Co., including six bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths. This home’s formal entertaining spaces include a gracious foyer with an archway that leads into a reception hall. The hall has a gas fireplace with a wood mantel and a marble hearth and surround.

Across the back of the main level is the rear garden gallery, which has stone flooring with radiant heat bordered by reclaimed antique oak flooring and five sets of French doors that lead to the terrace garden.

The formal living room has a gas fireplace with a wood mantel and a marble hearth and surround flanked by glass doors that open to the side garden. Adjacent to the living room is a library lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases except for the French doors that open onto the side garden.

Across the foyer from the living room is an elegant formal dining room with a gas fireplace flanked by glass doors that open onto the kitchen garden.

A butler’s pantry links the dining room with the kitchen garden gallery, which has stone flooring with radiant heat, a ceiling with beams, four sets of double floor-to-ceiling windows and a set of French doors that open into the kitchen garden.

Nearby, the breakfast room has three sets of French doors that open onto the rear terrace as well as two open entrances to the kitchen garden gallery, with views of the kitchen garden. The breakfast room has a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets and bookcases.

The ceiling in the adjacent kitchen has beams and recessed lighting, a wood-topped center island with a breakfast bar, granite counters, a subway-tile backsplash, a farm sink, extensive custom wood cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances.

This level also has a wing with his-and-hers offices, a powder room, a laundry room and multiple closets. A second powder room is near the kitchen.

On the opposite end of the main level is the opulent master-suite wing, which has a sitting room with walls of bookcases, a bedroom with a fireplace and two dressing wings, each with a private full bath, multiple closets and dressing rooms.

Upstairs are four additional bedrooms, many with built-in cabinets and dormer windows with seats. Two of the bedrooms have a private bath, while the other two share a full bath.

The sixth bedroom is part of a separate guest suite accessible from the side entry hall. The suite includes a living area with a beamed ceiling, an antler chandelier, two window seats, built-in bookshelves and cabinets, a closet with a stacked washer and dryer, and a breakfast bar. The suite also has a bedroom with window seats, two built-in bureaus and a full bath.

The finished lower level includes extensive entertaining space, with a recreation room, a home theater, a gym with an adjacent terrace, a marble spa-style full bath, a music room, a snack bar and two wine cellars in addition to multiple storage rooms.

For more information or an appointment to view the Alderley Estate, contact Washington Fine Properties Realtors Mark McFadden at 703/216-1333 or William F.X. Moody or Robert Hryniewicki at 202/243-1620 or visit www.washingtonfineproperties.com.

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