House of the Week | Calvert County horse farm for $2.4 million

October 18, 2013

History and horses come together on this wooded peninsula in Calvert County.

Surrounded on three sides by water, Little Cove Farm in St. Leonard overlooks the spot where Joshua Barney, commodore in the U.S. Navy, and his flotilla of barges deterred the British forces on their way to Washington during the War of 1812.

The almost 50-acre property has a nearly 1,000-foot waterfront along St. Leonard Creek. An L-shaped, 98-foot pier with a powerboat lift juts into water that is plenty deep enough for the owner to dock his 55-foot trawler. From the wetlands and wooded bluffs to the rolling pastures, the site attracts a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, gray and red fox, wild turkey and migratory birds.

The main draw is the state-of-the-art equestrian center with boarding, training and show facilities.

A computer-operated insect control system keeps the stables with its 10 matted stalls free from flies and other insects. Each stall has an interior and exterior entrance so that the horses can easily escape in the event of an emergency. The hay loft, which can store more than 50 tons of hay, is designed for effortless feeding.

The indoor and outdoor arenas have river sand and bluestone footing. A heated and air-conditioned riders’ lounge with a kitchenette overlooks the indoor arena, which has a dust-control system that can remove dust in 90 seconds. The lighting in the arena is specially designed to prevent shadows that could interfere with the horses’ jumping.

“It really is quite well thought out,” said listing agent Edward Poutier of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

The main house is a modern version of the original 1920s farmhouse. Built 15 years ago, the two-bedroom, three-bathroom home is heated and cooled by a geothermal system, one of the many energy efficient features in the home. Emergency backup power is provided by an 8,000-watt generator that has been wired to the house.

The spacious screened porch provides a place to relax and unwind with sweeping views of the gardens and the water.

A short breezeway connects the main house to a two-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse. The guesthouse has its own kitchen and laundry room. A professional-grade green house and potting room are attached to the guesthouse.

The property is on the market for $2.4 million.

Listing: 2455 Garrity Rd., St. Leonard

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