“Bleak Hill” Estate to be Auctioned in King George, VA

In less than a month, the impressive “Bleak Hill” Estate, in King George, Virginia, will be auctioned.  Original portions of the house were built in the 1790s by historically renowned architect, Dr. William Thornton — the designer of the U.S. Capitol building.  The estate offers an incredible panoramic view, so it’s not surprising that it’s reported to have been used as a Union Army headquarters during the Civil War.  What is a little ironic, however, is that the house is said to be the architectural “sister” of the historic “Sully Plantation,” which was built by the uncle of Robert E. Lee — the legendary Confederate general.

Located at 10316 Ridgeway Drive, King George, VA, the house offers an astounding 7 bedrooms and 9 baths (5 full, 4 half), and the estate totals 76 +/- acres, which will be auctioned in 5 separate tracts.  The estate “offers a private country club feel” featuring fenced clay tennis courts, a heated 35,000 gallon Grecian-style swimming pool, and a large rear patio and pool house. This property also includes a 4-stall horse barn, equestrian exercise ring, smoke house, and 28’x32’ pavilion overlooking the estate.

It appears that the auction will be held both on-site and online, and it’s scheduled for Friday, October 12th at 3:00pm Eastern. If you’re interested, check out the auction website here, or you can contact Motley’s Auction and Realty Group at (804) 355-210 or

More pictures and info are below . . .

“This custom built home gleams with elegance and class – complete with a gourmet chef’s kitchen featuring granite and Corian counters, Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, a butler’s pantry and custom cabinetry. The stunning master suite offers breathtaking views of the countryside and includes a private balcony, a lavish luxury bath, and a custom designed walk-in closet. The grand second floor family room accentuates the entire first and second levels. This property offers all of the character and charm of an historic estate with the desired amenities of today.”

“The home is located on a 50.177± AC lot with unobstructed countryside views as far as the eye can see. There is a large lower pasture perfect for horses right behind the house, and a manicured lawn surrounding the home, pool area, and tennis courts.”

“In addition to the amenities listed above, there is also an original smokehouse with brick floor, a 60’x40’ warehouse with a 36 ft. ceiling and concrete flooring with two 10ft. bay doors, and one 14 ft. bay door. The 4-stall barn has a 15’x16’ horse wash room, 6’x14’ tack room, 2000± SF of hay storage above, 15’x14’ office, a 16’x15’ saddle/supply room, three entrances for horses, a large run-to area, and a large fenced paddock behind the barn. There is also a 3-car detached garage and a 27’x23’ attached 2-car garage.”

“The property is zoned A-2.The additional 4 parcels available include a 9.822± AC parcel, a 9.521± AC parcel, a 3.193± AC parcel, and a 2.453± AC parcel with breathtaking views and the potential for great future home sites.”

“This property is located in King George County, Virginia which is considered the gateway to the historic Northern Neck. Established in 1720, King George is the homeplace of James Madison, the 4th president of the United States. King George is bounded on the north by the Potomac River & on the south by the Rappahannock River. It is Ideally situated just off Rt. 3 Kings Highway, approximately 14± miles from Downtown Fredericksburg and 65± miles from Washington D.C. with easy access to interstate I-95 and VA Rt. 301.”

Room Dimensions & Features from the auction company:


Foyer: 30’x11’ – Heart Pine Floors, Dental Tooth Molding, Original Stair Rails
Living Room: 17’x20’ – Heart Pine Floors, Picture Frame, Crown, & Chair Rail Molding
Dining Room: 15’x16’ – Heart Pine Floors, Fireplace, Wet Bar, Crown & Chair Rail Molding, Exit to Patio
Food Staging Area: 7’x12’ – Adjacent to Dining Room, Built in China Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Hardwood Floors, 10’x8’ Butler’s Pantry
Kitchen: 16’x20’ – Wolf & Subzero Appliances, Recessed Lighting, Granite Island, Double Oven, Triple Bowl Sink, Corian Countertops, Custom Cabinetwork, Hardwood Floors, Half Bath
First Floor Family Room: 24’x13’ – Hardwood Floor, Stone Fireplace, Ceiling Fan, Recessed Lights
Library: 23’x13’ – Arched Entry, Recessed Lights, Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Fan, Built-in Bookcase
First Floor Laundry Room: 7’x8’ – Wash Down Sink, Built-in Ironing Board


Master Suite: 21’x14’ – Heart Pine Floor, Sky Lights, Recessed Lights, Ceiling Fan, Walk-in Closet, Private Bath, Private Balcony
Bedroom 2: 12’x14’ – Heart Pine Floor, Private Bath
Bedroom 3: 16’x11’ – Heart Pine Floor
Bedroom 4: 14’x13’ – Heart Pine Floor· Full Bathroom servicing Bedrooms 3 and 4
Bedroom 5: 18’x11’ – Heart Pine Floor, Private Bath
2nd Floor Family Room: 18’x26’ – Heart Pine Floor, Vaulted Ceiling, Recessed Lights, Balcony
Office/Study: 19’x10’ – Heart Pine Floor
2nd Floor Laundry Room: 7’x8’
Half Bath


Bedroom 6: 10’x11’ – Heart Pine Floor, Private Bath


Recreation Room: 16’x20’ – Original Exposed Brick Walls and Flooring, Updated Electrical, Fireplace
Great Room: 23’x25’ – Pergo Floor
Basement Bedroom: 19’’x12’ – Pergo Floor, Whole House Generator Panel Box
Equipment Room: 14’x20’ – Exposed Brick Walls, Water Filtration System, Hot Water Heater
Storage: 14’x10’
Storage: 11’x7’
2 Half Baths




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  3. by Lovely, on 05.03.13 @ 6:27 PM


    Please inform me, whether or not the “Bleak Hill” Estate was sold. If not, and it has been vacant for a long time, do you have an opportunity for free usage of it for a Prayer Retreat Center 7- 30 or more years? At least 3-5 or more people, will live onsite. We are formerly farmers, and some are still, keep things clean, and will keep the property up-to-date.

    Kind regards.

    P.S. Ready to move-in now.

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