It is said that in the mid 1700s, George Washington planted the seeds that have grown into majestic stands of White Oak trees dotting the central section of Clarke County. Kentmere is set on 51.82 acres, in a glen of these specimen hardwoods. A rare and spectacular offering, this premiere equestrian estate is where “Teddy”, one of American horseracing’s most famed Thoroughbred stallions stood from 1931-1936 and sired 65 stakes winners plus the fourth dam of Secretariat.
The property is located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley on the west side of the Blue Ridge and within the prestigious Blue Ridge Hunt territory, a revered Club dating to 1888; informally to the time of George Washington. Notably, it is across the road from Saratoga Farm, constructed in 1779 by Hessian soldiers for the revolutionary war hero Daniel Morgan. Every day, country life at Kentmere unfolds with a legacy of horsemanship and the love of family and friends.
Arriving through majestic wrought iron gates at the primary entrance, the main dwelling lies ahead down a meandering lane and through a mature oak park. The home was built in the 1890s as the property’s Carriage House and Stallion Barn. In 2011, the building was thoughtfully redesigned into the estate’s primary residence with a commitment to weave the past and present into one full-scope high-end renovation. Historic preservation was key as was a commitment to integrating modern “green” elements. Masterfully realized by principal architect Page Carter of Carter+Burton Architecture, PLC, who has been at the forefront of the sustainable design movement since 1992, and built by University Homes, the property boasts state-of-the-art mechanical systems including hydro-radiant heated flooring and energy efficient, Mira windows and doors.
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473 Millwood Rd, Boyce, Clarke County, Virginia