Real Estate Auction | Located in the
foothills of the South West Mountains in Albemarle County, VIRGINIA near the City of
Charlottesville and in the heart of Keswick horse country, lies this 394+/-
acre Equestrian Estate. While this farm
and surrounding property provide a relaxed, rural lifestyle, it is also conveniently
located to Interstate 64, Richmond, Roanoke, Northern Virginia, Washington
D.C., within a few miles to Historic Charlottesville where the University of
Virginia is located, and between two major horse show-grounds: Lexington, VA and Morven Park in Northern
Virginia. Free Property Package.
This property offers all the desired amenities of a World Class equestrian facility with the added benefit of a beautiful country manor home. The farm was built and restored with integrity and passion, carefully balancing an environmental awareness and the needs of a working horse farm. Encompassing this are three barns, Olympic size indoor and outdoor covered riding arenas, multitude of paddocks, miles of riding trails, fully restored 1800s estate manor, guest/managers cottage, pool, orchard, and much more, this property has it all!
Nestled amongst old growth oak trees on a hill lies the turn of the century, fully renovated residence. With views of the property from every angle, this 5,967 square foot primary residence provides privacy and country living at its finest. Restored in 1940 and further renovated and expanded in 2009, this home exudes old world charm with the luxury of modern amenities.
exterior of this four bedroom, four bath home is constructed of concrete Hardie
board, which provides a rich look of planked wood with the durability of fiber
cement to withstand weathering. The roof
of the home and garage complex was replaced in 2009 and is constructed of a
combination of copper and Enviroshake roofing shingles, which have a 50-year
warranty. Copper gutters and down spouts
were also added at that time, as were copper lightning rods on all building
roofs and oak trees. The backyard is fully fenced and leads to the in-ground
swimming pool and spa. Mature landscaping
surrounds the home providing beauty and privacy. A covered walkway leads to a three-car garage
and a heated and air conditioned exercise room.
An organic, fully fenced fruit orchard provides kiwi, peaches, pears, cherries, apricots and a variety of apples. Irrigated raised beds in the fenced garden area provide an excellent place to grow your own vegetables. For those who desire to have fresh eggs daily, there is a large chicken coop attached to the rear of the garage.
The multi-level home offers a host of comfortable entertaining spaces, from a formal living room and dining room to a cozy den, gourmet kitchen with butler's pantry and glassed in breakfast room overlooking the back lawn and fields beyond. A separate French door to the butler's pantry provides easy access to a large kitchen, which boasts custom hart pine cabinets, ceramic tile flooring, two Subzero refrigerators and freezer, center island, and an exposed old beam. The kitchen opens to a glassed-in breakfast room with cathedral ceilings and wood flooring. There are many features in the house including finished wood floors, crown molding, and built-ins. All interior walls and ceilings were hand painted by a local artist. There are a total of five wood burning fireplaces throughout the home. Upstairs are three bedrooms [two with wood burning fireplaces], and two full bathrooms. The finished basement offers a bedroom, full bathroom, and beautiful office with built-ins and fireplace, offering heated tile floors in the bedroom and bathroom. The numerous upgrades and renovations include an updated electric system throughout the house, a vapor barrier and dehumidifier in the crawl space under the house, and special water purification and softening systems including a reverse osmosis spigot in the kitchen and a Radon system.
The manager cottage is approximately 1,054 square feet and was fully renovated in 2008. It received many upgrades including a new Spanish-style Gerrard metal barrel tile roof with life time warranty, renovated bathroom, new appliances, a vapor barrier including dehumidifier in the crawl space under the house, and a new septic system. The cottage consists of two bedrooms, family room with wood burning fireplace, updated kitchen, office, a full bathroom and detached three-car garage.
three barns situated on this property. These,
as well as all of the equestrian improvements, were designed with the safety of
the horse in mind. The main barn, built
in 2007, has a footprint of 6,750 square feet plus an additional 1,581 square feet of space on
the second level. This barn is an insulated,
steel building with an insulated, vault metal roof with cupolas. The two
additional barns are wood construction with special Gerrard metal tile roofing,
which gives the look of a Spanish-style tile roof, are of much lighter weight,
and offer less inherent problems than traditional clay or cement-based tiles. These tiles provide strength and longevity of
the roof while efficient and pleasing to the eye. Gerrard roofs also offer a lifetime
warranty. Two barns, the manager
cottage, and all run-in sheds have Gerrard tiled roofs.
The main barn is an open two-story
space with clean lines and stained wood ceiling and walls. There are ceiling fans and numerous windows
providing ample light. There are ten 12x13 foot Euro style custom stalls designed by Lucas Equine Equipment. The center aisle is 20 feet wide with rubber
interlocking brick pavers and drainage.
Each stall has an exterior door accessing an attached small
paddock. There are two wash racks with
heaters, a grooming/farrier stall, laundry room, grain room, tack room with
custom bridle and saddle racks, rider lounge, and half bath. The two-story rider entrance has a stairway
leading to a large 17x18 foot storage room and an office overlooking both the
barn aisle and stalls below and out over the paddocks, pond, and fields outside. This barn also houses a 1,054 square foot one
bedroom, one bathroom apartment.
Barn Two was built in 1997 and is a
wood framed barn measuring approximately 2,640 square feet with the Spanish style Gerrard
roof with cupolas. It was remodeled in
2000. The barn has eight 12x12 foot
stalls, a 16 foot concrete center aisle with center drains, wash rack with heater,
tack room, half bath, grain room, laundry room, and storage areas. Attached to this barn is a 480 square feet studio
apartment with stained wood paneling and cathedral style ceilings.
Barn One was built in 1999 and is also approximately 2,640 square feet. It was designed with a similar footprint, style, and amenities as Barn Two. There are eight 12x13 foot stalls and a 16 foot center aisle paved with asphalt and equipped with center drains. The wooden partitions in four of the stalls are removable transforming them into two 12x26 foot foaling stalls. The one bedroom/one bathroom apartment attached to this barn is approximately 960 square feet It has an open floor plan with high ceilings and a spiral staircase leading up to the bedroom.
Other Farm Improvements
There are four miles worth of custom cement walls and wood fencing on the farm. The cement walls bordering the front of the property along Gordonsville Road was custom designed for safety and curb appeal. There are many paddocks and pastures of varying sizes surrounding all three barns. Six of these are stallion paddocks with 5-bar fencing. They all have automatic, heated waters and several paddocks have run-in sheds.
The 16,000 square foot indoor arena, built in 2000, is 80x200 feet, the size of an Olympic dressage arena. It has an insulated metal roof and insulated metal exterior walls. The interior consists of wooden walls with mirrors, 6 feet high kick-wall, PA system, ceiling fans, and professional lighting. The arena contains a special footing made of a mixture of sand, sawdust, and calcium chloride. This combined with a bluestone base provides excellent footing with little need for watering. This combination footing also helps to keep the dust down for both horse and rider. There is a 16x16 foot viewing area at one end of the building complete with arena style bench seating located behind a sliding door.
In addition to the indoor arena, there is a covered outdoor arena constructed of steel columns that support a metal roof. It is approximately 20,000 square feet, measuring 100x200 feet. Special drainage has been installed in order to provide excellent footing throughout the year. Both arenas are strategically located in close proximity to the barns. In addition to the arenas, there are many places to ride from wide-open fields to miles of trails running throughout the rolling hills of the property.
The three bay hay and shavings storage barn is a steel building constructed in 2007. It is approximately 2,400 square feet and was designed to compliment the existing barns at Ashanti Farm. There is also a 36x48 foot equipment storage shed to house farm equipment.
Two Cummins Diesel generators power the entire farm in the case of a power failure. The one between the manor house and the cottage is an 85KW generator and powers the main house, cottage, and wells. The second is a 95KW generator with noise reduction built in and powers all of the farm improvements including the entry gate.
Conservation and Building Envelope
With the intention of providing the balance between environmental preservation and the needs of a working horse farm, a conservation plan for Ashanti Farm was implemented. It was designed to support and sustain the ability of the land to provide a healthy habitat for wildlife as well as allow the continued enjoyment and needs of a horse farm. Considering the characteristics, amenities, surrounding areas, and the current use that many would consider the "Highest and Best" use for Ashanti Farm, a reasonable conservation plan for Ashanti Farm is not only responsible, but a divine benefit for future generations. A responsible conservation plan is often procured through an instrument referred to as a "Conservation Easement."
A Conservation Easement is a commitment made by a landowner to preserve our precious resources with multiple goals depending on the Subject Property. Some of these goals may include but are not limited to the promotion of Agriculture, Forestry Resources, Land Preservation, Land Conservation, Water Supply Resources, Natural Resources, Scenic Resources, Historical Resources, Archeological Resources, and Cultural Resources. Ashanti Farm, the Grantor made an admirable commitment to conservation and preservation in 2007 by granting a Conservation Easement to the Nature Conservancy, the Grantee, a non-profit organization. Careful planning and implementation went into this conservation commitment to insure the preservation of Ashanti Farm property resources while minimizing or negating any future depreciation of value by allowing the Farm to continue operating within its "Highest and Best" use. Ashanti Farm currently operates within the aforementioned Highest and Best use, as it did prior to the Conservation Easement being placed as a commitment to keep its natural resources intact for future generations.
Ashanti Farm has a significant natural area that qualifies as a natural habitat of fish, wildlife, and plants. The property contains 13,900 linear feet of frontage on Mechunk Creek and tributaries to Mechunk Creek and approximately nine acres of riparian wetlands. Mechunk Creek is a tributary of the Rivanna River which joins the James River and flows into Chesapeake Bay. Protection of the property frontage on Mechunk Creek and tributaries is also consistent with the purposes and policies of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act of Virginia, and Albemarle County Water Protection Ordinance.
Albemarle County has specifically recognized the importance of the continued preservation of the Property as agricultural and forest land by providing special assessment of the Property for real property tax purposes. The ordinance provides for the special assessment of real estate devoted to agricultural, horticultural, forest and open-space use.
Ashanti Farm fronts Route 231 or Gordonsville Road, which is designated as a Virginia Byway by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. A Virginia Byway is defined as having a relatively high aesthetic or cultural value, leading to or within areas of historical, natural or recreational significance. The preservation of undeveloped property frontage on this road furthers the goal of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
Ashanti Farm is located within the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ashanti Farm is committed to preservation through the Conservation Easement limits the growth, development, and commercial activities on the farm; however, the easement allows Ashanti Farm the following:
- To subdivide the property into no more than two parcels.
- Up to 12,000 square feet of new or expanded improvements within building envelopes.
- For improvements outside a building envelope with written consent of the Nature Conservancy prior to construction.
- For agricultural purposes according to written conservation plan approved by Nature Conservancy.
- The grazing livestock provided that density of animals does not exceed one animal per three acres of Agricultural Areas and Building Envelope combined.
- The breeding and pasturing of swine, dairy cattle, poultry and fowl provided that numbers of such animals does not constitute the operation of a hog farm, dairy operation, or poultry house.
- To conduct forest management activities in forested areas for commercial purposes provided a forestry management plan is in place and approved by the Nature Conservancy.
- To harvest timber solely to provide firewood for residences on the property.
- To cut emergency firebreaks, remove dead or damaged trees.
- To construct new trails for non-motorized vehicles and engage in recreational activities.
- To conduct a home business as long as it does not contradict the values protected by this Conservation Easement.
A commitment was placed with care in order to preserve the valuable resources associated with Ashanti Farm by Ashanti Farm. This commitment not only provides a benefit to the current resources of the property, but also benefits future generations. The Conservation Plan permits the farm to operate according to the "Highest and Best" use which allows the property to maintain premium market value while promoting stewardship of the land.
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