Deer Chase circa 1740, is a Historic gem that lends itself well to a small horse farm. You can feel the history as you enter the property on winding lane through the woods that opens center point on a classic brick & slate cape cod with double chimneys and circular boxwood garden in front. Captivating views are found through every window. The property includes a total of 56 acres of woods and pastures and is located very near to the Piankatank and Rappahannock Rivers. Local history indicates that bridal races were held years ago on the back 12 acre pasture. Currently the open land is being farmed. The home can be sold on 16 acres for the price of $725,000. There is a large (5000 square ft.) 2 story barn that has two stalls, a hay loft that opens to lower level, a heated and cooled work shop, and loads of extra space. Open shed storage flanks both sides of the barn for grooming and equipment storage. There is a charming old school house, once known as Deer Chase Academy, that has guest cottage/ studio potential. Many of the original structural details still remain. The brick ruins of the original farm office still exist on the property. This is not a large estate, however Deer Chase has a special grace that will captivate your soul. The pastoral land that surrounds it is quiet and serene as it has been for centuries.
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- Deer Chase is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This designation in an honorary designation and does not restrict the owner's rights and use. The original land patent for Deer Chase dates back to 1685 when Captain Oswald Cary was granted 460 acres on the Piankatank River. Captain Cary was the son of a London merchant and served on the vestry at Christ Church in Middlesex County in 1682. The ownership of the property remained in the hands of Captian Cary's descendants for 114 years until it was sold on default to Philip Ludwell Grymes. Renovations to the home started in the 1954 by Reverend Emmett Hoy, of Christ Church, and then Mr. and Mrs. Garland Sydnor continued the project in 1969. The current owner has made major contributions also; a new slate roof, new Kitchen, central air, new porch decking, updated bathrooms and electric service. Most noteworthy however, is the brick mason who constructed it 280 years ago. It has stood the test of time which is "surely a tribute to his skill and craftmanship".
- Inside perfect symmetry abounds on this wide center hall plan with parlors flanking each side. Large windows framed in beautiful inset angled moldings give rooms good natural light. The home includes 11 plus foot ceilings, 5 impressive fireplaces, wide pine plank flooring, modern kitchen, fabulous wrap porch across the back of the house, 3 bedrooms upstairs, 2 of which can function as master suites. Large center hall on second floor can serve as office space or reading nook.
- There is a deep Artesian well with good water that services the house and the barn. There is an underground propane gas tank located near the house that provides fuel to heat the house. The current septic system qualifies for 4 bedrooms. A forth bedroom was anticipated to be added in the school house. The area around the house and the barn is fenced. Older fencing exists around the perimeter of much of the property but it is old and will need repair. The property is currently cared for by the owner's caretaker that lives on the adjoining land. The caretaker is available to cut the grass and help with the yard upkeep if so desired. The house can be sold with 16 acres or 56 acres or possibly something in between. The house on 16 acres is offered for $725,000 and$775,000 for the whole 56 acre parcel. There is a stipulation that no more than 4 additional single family residences may be added.
- The open land is currently leased by a commercial farmer. The lease can be terminated or extended with proper notice.
Horse Facility Features
- The barn has a concrete floor so it will need to be modified with rubber mats to accommodate horses. There is plenty of room to add more stalls if desired. The barn roof was replaced in 2017.
- The owner of the property also owns a large farm, approximately 1100 acres, that adjoins Deer Chase. It is an old family estate. With mutual agreement, the owner may allow the new owners of Deer Chase to trail ride on his farm next door.
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2328 Stormont Rd, Saluda, Middlesex County, Virginia