Chambourcin grapes have been growing in the five-acre vineyard since 2001. The grapes were used by Corcoran Vineyards to produce their award-winning 2004 Waterford Chambourcin. Under an arrangement with the owner, two local wineries — Fabbioli Cellars and Bluemont Vineyard — lease the vineyard and use the grapes in making their wines.
Wine is only a part of this property. Fishermen also will find the setting enticing. A creek, which the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has identified as the only natural, spring-fed “wild trout stream in Northern Virginia,” runs through the property.
Civil War buffs will be drawn to the property, too. Many homeowners in the community have found objects left behind by soldiers who were most likely on their way to fight in the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861.
And the property is large enough to accommodate barns for horse enthusiasts. Because Big Spring Farm was designed as an equestrian community, it has riding trails that run along the Potomac River.
The stone-and-stucco, Tuscan-style home was built in 2001 by Dale Schulz, and it is the details that set it apart. A sweeping staircase and balcony bisect the two-story family room and foyer. Colorful tiles accent a powder room. The library features a secret room, cleverly hidden by a bookcase.
The main-level master suite has a fireplace, seating nook and doors that open to the pool area.
A sauna is conveniently near the exercise room on the lower level. Large wooden doors open to a stone tasting room, which has a ventilation system designed to prevent cigar smoke from escaping into the house.
The gazebo is an ideal spot to sip wine made from the grapes grown on the estate and to watch bald eagles and blue herons pass by.
“You just typically don’t find a home of this stature surrounded by such beautiful topography,” said listing agent Mary Dionisio Roberge of McEnearney Associates. “Even though it’s grand, you live in this home. It’s warm and inviting.”
Besides the 8,683-square-foot home with its six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, the property has a carriage house with a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment above a four-car garage.
The estate is listed at $3.45 million. The monthly homeowners association fee is $178.
Listing agent: Mary Dionisio Roberge, McEnearney Associates
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