Sold – Buxton Farm
Perhaps the most private and protected river farm in all of Bath County, Virginia, the pristine Cowpasture River, laden with trout and other panfish, runs for roughly 2 miles throughout approx. 875 acres of forest and fields comprising Buxton Farm. Recognized and cherished as one of the cleanest rivers in the state, fly fishermen have coveted the Cowpasture for generations.
The land is a pleasing blend of verdant pastures, hayfields and forest. In addition to the long river frontage there are springs, streams, a 5 acre pond and rare vernal pools. Walking trails wind through the forest and along the river. The farm is partially eased protecting specific areas and the richness of diversity Bath County is famous for.
The main residence has a cedar board and batten exterior surrounding a log core. The interior is finished in black walnut, local chestnut and oak, giving a rustic feel, yet thoughtfully designed with numerous built-ins for storage, including a wet bar, dresser, linen closets and bookcases. Native stone fireplaces highlight both interior and exterior living spaces. Common areas include a large living room, a library/office, separate sitting area and mudroom. The main entrance is an attractive fieldstone covered porch. Other large porches include one with a massive stone fireplace and another which is both open and covered, overlooking the fields and river below as well as George Washington National Forest beyond.
A few steps from the home is a one bedroom guest apartment and separate office. Just past that is a large wood shop and equipment barn. Backing up to the farm’s orchard is a charming, rustic board and batten cottage featuring a massive stone fireplace and 2 bedrooms with one bath and a full kitchen. On a bluff above the river is a beautifully restored log cabin moved from Fauquier County. It has one room with a stone fireplace and full loft. The large covered porch overlooks the pasture and mountains in the distance.
A classic circa 1900 farmhouse with 3 bedrooms sits on a knoll above the barn complex with structures favoring any sort of agrarian pursuits. Nearby is a scenic, spring-fed 5 acre pond. A double crib log barn and other historic farm building pay homage to farm days long past. A set of metal farm buildings in the lower field accommodate more modern cattle operations. A farm of this scale with such varied river frontage of quiet, deep pools, rock ledge shoals and gentle current offering world-class fishing is rare indeed. Yet, add to that wide-open fields, lush forest and breathtaking views and you have a perfect sportsman’s retreat. Just off the Route 39 Scenic Byway, Buxton Farm is close to The Homestead resort and Garth Newel Music Center. Charlottesville, Richmond, Washington, and Charlotte are all within an easy drive away. Sold October 2017 for $3,600,000.
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