Patricia Stout, who had long admired English gardens, hired New York-based landscape designer Adele Mitchell to create the landscaping. The gardens were featured in Washington Home and Garden Magazine in 2008.
“I love flowers, gardens and trees,” Patricia said. “I always loved courtyards. That’s why she gave me the courtyard in the front of the house. I always liked fountains so she gave me two fountains — one in the front and one in the sunken garden.”
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Mitchell added several types of trees, including elms, redwoods, cedars and maples. She created the sunken garden, which is contained by low-slung rock walls and filled with hydrangeas, peonies and roses. Because of the expansive gardens, the Stouts entertain nearly as much outside the house as inside it. In early June, with the roses in peak bloom, they would host a lavish outdoor fete to kick off the summer.
“Every year everyone looked forward to our annual rose garden party,” Patricia said.
The inside of the house is well suited to entertaining as well.
“The left side of the house is strictly for entertaining,” Shawna said. “It’s this great self-contained entertainment wing of the house. There’s a lot of intimate spaces, even though it is a large house.”
To the left of the entry hall, the rooms flow in a circular pattern. A welcoming wet bar allows a guest to grab a drink before heading into the spacious living room. The wood-paneled library offers a quiet respite. The formal dining room easily seats 14.
On the right side of the house, beyond the kitchen and breakfast room, is a large family room with a vaulted ceiling and a cheery sunroom with faux-painted walls, large windows and warm wood ceiling. Patricia’s favorite part of the house is the sunroom, where she has breakfast.
The lower level has a media room with theater seating, wet bar, sauna and exercise room.
The 15-acre property includes a four-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 8,600-square-foot main house, a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,000-square-foot guesthouse, a three-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage, a heated swimming pool, a spa, a koi pond, a 12-stall courtyard-style barn and a large riding ring. It is listed at just under $3.8 million.
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