I just stumbled across an amazing country house estate that will be auctioned next month! Located just 50 miles south of Washington DC, and set on more than 170 acres of Virginia’s finest hunt country, this property — now known as “Poplar Springs” — will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, November 6 at 11 am. If you want to take a look, previews will held on Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 30 from 11 am-1 pm!
The magnificent property is part of a rich tradition of “country houses” that were built in the early 20th century in the United States. If you’ve never heard of it, the “country house movement” started in American during the 1880s (many say Vanderbilt’s “Biltmore” kicked-off the trend) and continued until about 1940. As cities got more crowded in the late-1800s, wealthy families began to migrate to the countryside, where they could acquire huge tracts of land and build impressive mansions — or “country houses,” as they called them.
Architecturally, country houses were commonly modeled after European examples in an effort to create a little “old world” grandiosity in the (relatively young) United States.
At country house estates, families could enjoy the restorative pastimes that nature and countryside had to offer – such as “gentleman farming,” hunting, golfing, horticulture, boating, tennis, and the exciting new pastime of automobiling.
At the property known as “Poplar Springs,” a majestic tree-lined drive and a beautiful stone bridge provide a picturesque scene to arriving visitors.
Two beautiful structures of exceptional architectural design are located on the estate. The first of these is a 1928 fieldstone manor house of over 12,500 square feet that presently serves as a restaurant and event space. (One cool fact I read was that the fieldstone for the house may have been taken from Union camp chimneys from the Civil War!).
The mansion’s European-inspired architecture features 30-foot stone walls, dramatic beam architecture, and an impressive fireplace. Arched doors, immense windows and a large adjacent flagstone terrace offer magnificent views of the property’s expansive lawns and spring-fed pond.
Built in 2002 to complement the site’s original mansion, a separate 20,500 square foot square foot “inn” is comprised of 21 spacious guest rooms and bathrooms, each with a generous flagstone balcony.
Two suites offer a fireplace, whirlpool soaking tub and separate shower. Guest rooms are ingeniously and uniquely laid out to maximize guest privacy and relaxation. The more recent building’s classic architecture includes an inviting arched entryway and circular drive with a landscaped center garden. Banks of side-by-side windows flood the building’s interior with sunlight and are offset above by mullioned transoms. Southern Living magazine referred to the ample 4,000 square foot “spa” facility (including the steam rooms attached to the Inn), as “a luxurious experience.”
Immediately behind the spa, a large-scale terrace surrounds a geothermal-heated pool and submerged hot tub that enhance the tranquility and charm of this location. Well shaded by some of the property’s many mature and varied trees, the fenced, all-weather tennis court is conveniently located just a few hundred yards from the inn’s entrance, providing players plenty of quiet and privacy.
Not to be overlooked (and an architectural achievement in itself), the property also includes a massive two-story flying Gambrel-roof barn with original silo intact. Five other outbuildings of clapboard and stone grace the borders of the working farm that regularly feeds restaurant guests.
Nestled amid Virginia’s vineyards, historic battlefields, and serene natural preserves, this breath-taking location seems to offers as many possibilities as the imagination can conceive. The estate has served as an inn, spa and restaurant with its own working farm for the last 11 years. Less than an hour from Dulles International Airport, potential opportunities for this historic estate are limitless, but include its continued role as a luxurious boutique resort, a commercial conference center and retreat, or the ultimate private estate.
Just minutes from the charm of historic Old Town Warrenton, Washingtonian magazine recently lauded this property as “sweet bliss.” A certified “Virginia Green” property, Poplar Springs is heated and cooled by geothermal power.
Poplar Springs Inn is located at 9245 Rogues Road in Casanova, Virginia. Previews will held on Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 30 from 11 am-1 pm. Interested parties may contact Jeff Stein, Partner, Tranzon Fox at 888-621-2110 or visit www.tranzon.com/FX7219 for detailed information and directions.
In the meantime, check out the incredible photos of this place below!